Binghamton vs. Lafayette
February 27, 2010
The Game Story:
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Tom Pereni and Matt Mersey each had three goals, as Lafayette (2-0) held off Binghamton (1-1) 12-9 in a non-conference men's lacrosse game on Saturday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Bearcats had been receiving votes in the USILA Top 20 poll heading into the game.

Binghamton nearly came back from a 9-1, second-quarter deficit. Junior midfielder Frank Donlon finished the game with three goals and an assist while senior attack Jeff Rurey had two goals and a pair of assists. Freshman attack Matt Springer also netted a pair of goals and senior midfielder Steve Carlson added two assists.

Meskey and Perini each scored twice in the first quarter as the Leopards built a 6-1 lead. Lafayette outshot Binghamton 18-8 during the opening 15 minutes and took advantage of five Bearcat turnovers.

In the second quarter, the Leopards showed no signs of letting up, taking a 9-1 lead with 2:44 left before halftime. Mersky recorded his final goal during that period of play.

With 1:55 left in the second quarter, Rurey started the Bearcats' rally with his first goal of the season. Donlon and senior attack Andy Cook each scored a man-up goal in the opening two minutes of the third quarter, trimming the deficit to 9-4. Donlon and Rurey then scored 1:18 apart as the Bearcats pulled to within 9-6 with 10:21 still remaining in the third period.

Pereni broke the Bearcat run with a goal at the 8:58 mark of the third quater but Springer answered right back 14 seconds later, pulling Binghamton to within 10-7.

In the fourth quarter, goals by Donlon and Springer made the score 10-9 with exactly nine minutes remaining in regulation. That would be, however, as close as Binghamton got. Steve Serling padded the lead to 11-9 at the 7:59 mark and Colin Serling added an insurance goal with 47 seconds left to go.

Kevin Dunbar finished with a game-high three assists for Lafayette while Stafan Bauer and Colin Serling each tallied a pair of assists.

Lafayette outshot Binghamton 49-36 for the game while the Bearcats won 14 of 25 faceoffs.

Junior goalie Dan Solazzo made 16 saves for Binghamton while Vinny DePasquale recorded 15 saves for Lafayette.

Binghamton heads to Villanova on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. game.

NOTES: Donlon now has two career hat tricks. His first one came against Stony Brook on April 18, 2009. He now leads Binghamton with five goals and two assists so far this season ... Rurey's four points is a career-high.