Villanova vs. Binghamton
March 11, 2006
The Game Story:
Binghamton Beats Villanova Men's Lacrosse 7-6 In Overtime

Defenseman Paul Genovese scores his third career goal

March 11, 2006

Box Score

Villanova, Pa. - Binghamton University (3-0) scored the final six straight goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to defeat host Villanova University (2-3) 7-6 this afternoon at Villanova Stadium.

BU's Rob Williams drew first blood, scoring off a feed from Matt McNamara. Villanova's junior Mike Haas (North Wales, Pa.) and freshman Tim Langan, Jr. (Madison, N.J.) teamed up to get `Nova on the board and tie the game. Haas's goal kicked off a string of six straight by the Wildcats, who led 6-1 at the start of the fourth quarter.

Wildcats junior Garrett Hohendorf (White Lake, Mich.) and freshman Matthew Fritts (Dallas, Tex.) each posted an unassisted goal, at 2:31 in the first and 11:54 in the second, respectively, to put Villanova up 3-1. Junior Chris Mercer (Severna Park, Md.) scored off a feed by Langan, Jr. at 3:32 in the second before junior Andy German (Wayne, Pa.) and junior Paul Genovese (Huntington, N.Y.) each knocked in unassisted goals to give 'Nova its 6-1 advantage.

But Binghamton fought back and scored five consecutive goals, including two man up goals by Chris Mulheron and McNamara at 2:24 and 1:17 in the fourth respectively to get the Bearcats to within one, 6-5. BU's Stephen Smith knocked in the equalizer with 12 seconds left when he beat Villanova goalie Joe Canuso (Moorestown, N.J.) low right.

Just 42 seconds into the overtime period, Binghamton's Jeff Santucci scored the game-winner, unassisted, when he came down the center and beat his man for the goal.

Bearcat goalie Kevin McKeown had nine saves in the win. Canuso notched 11 for his fourth straight game with 10-plus saves.

With the win, Binghamton takes its first victory in the young series. Villanova now leads 3-1 overall. The two teams were fairly even on the face-offs, with `Nova holding a slight edge 9-7. Binghamton was two-for-eight on extra man opportunities, while Villanova failed to score on either of its opportunities.