Virginia outscored Binghamton 8-2 in the second half to gain a 10-7 come-from-behind-victory over the Bearcats this afternoon before 913 fans at Klöckner Stadium.
The win is the ninth in a row for the third-ranked Cavaliers, who posted their biggest comeback victory since last season's win over Princeton. In that game Virginia trailed 4-1 midway through the second quarter before winning 7-6.
Virginia extends its winning streak to 22 consecutive wins at Klöckner Stadium and improves to 9-1 overall this spring. Binghamton falls to 2-5 with the loss.
"We struggled from beginning to end. Certainly give Binghamton a lot of credit," said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. "I thought that they played great. I give our kids a little credit for showing a little bit of guts for 60 minutes. It never was easy, (but) we certainly are happy with the win.
"It looked like we were painting pictures in the first half. We would be crossing the midline with the ball in our stick and decide it was time to pose. And the Binghamton kids were making plays, knocking the ball out of our stick. But we got a little better and started to work and got a little sharper (as the game wore on)."
Freshman Brian Carroll scored 34 seconds in to give the homestanding Cavaliers a quick lead. The lead held for more than 11 minutes before Nate Kerstein's extra-man goal late in the first quarter. Kerstein's goal started a four-goal run for the Bearcats, the longest by a Virginia opponent since the Syracuse game a month ago.
Jake Boyce scored the first of his three goals at the 12:10 mark of the second quarter to give the Bearcats a 2-1 lead. Just over three minutes later Jeff Kaylor added to Binghamton's lead with a goal off a nice pass from Matt McNamara.
Steve Carlson scored the fourth unanswered goal for Binghamton by beating goalie Kip Turner with a low shot 95 seconds before halftime.
Danny Glading scored an important goal for the Cavaliers in the waning seconds of the first half as the Cavaliers trailed 4-2 at the break. Following a Binghamton turnover, the Cavaliers countered quickly with Will Barrow finding Glading all alone in front for the goal with 7.1 seconds remaining.
"I thought that goal was really big," said Starsia. "We just couldn't make anything happen in the first half and it was really discouraging from the sideline to be struggling that way. At the very least we got a goal and closed the gap a little bit going into halftime.
Boyce opened the second half scoring by taking an across the crease pass from Jeff Santucci and beating Turner for his second goal of the game.
Glading scored his second in a row for the Cavaliers with a well-executed fast break tally set up by an excellent feed from Garrett Billings.
Jack Riley scored his ninth goal of the season from 10 yards out with 6:05 to play in the third quarter as Virginia inched closer to the Bearcats.
Ben Rubeor, the nation's leading scorer, forged the first tie since early in the contest by converting on a pass from Steve Giannone and beating goalie Larry Kline from the right side.
The game remained tied for nearly two minutes until Duncan Streeten's first goal of the season with three minutes and 19 seconds left in the third.
Streeten's goal interrupted Virginia's momentum for a time, but the Cavaliers regained it with three quick goals to start the fourth quarter. Barrow notched his third goal of the year at the 13:08 mark to tie the score at 6-all.
Binghamton won the ensuing faceoff but Mike Timms caused a Bearcat turnover. Giannone picked up the loose ball at the midline and fed Glading running at the restraining line. Glading reacted quickly with a quick pass to Rubeor in front for the go-ahead score.
Glading added to the Cavaliers' momentum by beating Kline on an inside roll to give his team an 8-6 lead with 11 minutes on the clock.
Billings scored the fourth Cavalier goal in a row with an extra-man tally with just over five minutes to play as Virginia extended its lead to 9-7.
Boyce cut into Virginia's lead with 4:50 remaining with his third goal of the contest, but the Bearcats could get no closer. Giannone closed out the scoring with his first goal in three games with 3:34 left to play.
"I thought we came out of the locker room with a little bit more intent and a little bit more focus," said Starsia. "We played a little bit better in the second half, but it never was easy. There was no magic happening out there and it was a working man's day and we were able to gut that one out.
"At this point in the season, with a team like this, give us a little credit for gutting out a win, but certainly we're all aware that we're going to have to play better with these other games on the horizon."
Turner kept the Cavaliers close with an excellent performance in goal. He finished with 11 saves, his second-highest total of the season, including six in the first quarter when the Bearcats dictated the game's pace.
Led by Matt Kelly's nine ground balls, the Cavaliers won the ground ball battle 58-42. Adam Fassnacht continued his excellent faceoff work by winning 13 of 19 faceoffs.
Virginia returns to action this Saturday against North Carolina at Klöckner Stadium. The program is attempting to set an attendance record with at least 8000 fans for the 7 p.m. start.
Binghamton 1-3-2-1--7 record: 2-5
No. 3 Virginia 1-1-3-5--10 record: 9-1
Scoring (G-A)--B: Jake Boyce 3-0, Steve Carlson 1-1, Jeff Kaylor 1-0, Nate Kerstein 1-0, Duncan Streeten 1-0, Matt McNamara 0-1, Jeff Santucci 0-1, Stephen Smith 0-1. V: Danny Glading 3-1, Ben Rubeor 2-0, Will Barrow 1-1, Garrett Billings 1-1, Steve Giannone 1-1, Jack Riley 1-1, Brian Carroll 1-0, Drew Thompson 0-2.
Goalie Summary--B: Larry Kline 58:40 mins., 12 saves, 10 goals allowed; Jeff Walker 1:20, 0 saves, 0 GA. V: Kip Turner 60 mins., 11 saves, 7 goals allowed.
Shots: B--28, V--42
Ground Balls: B --42, V--58
Clearing: B --21x35, V--25x32
Faceoffs: B --6, V--14
Penalties: B --5-4:30, V--3-2:30
EMO: B --1x3, V--1x5