Junior Shawn Needham has been starting on defense for Binghamton for the better part of the past two seasons. (Photo courtesy of Binghamton University)
Canisius senior Joe Rautenstrauch enjoyed a career day to lead the Griffs to a 12-11 win over visiting Binghamton on Monday night at the Demske Sports Complex.
The St. Francis graduate set personal bests with six points and five goals in the win. He was a big factor in spoiling the return to the Buffalo-area of Binghamton’s Matt Springer and Shawn Needham, two former Hamburg High School standouts.
Binghamton, which dropped to 5-7, scored five-straight goals in the final quarter and finally pulled back within one with just 1:32 remaining in regulation, but couldn’t record that tying goal. Springer led that comeback attempt with a game-high six goals.
Returning to the team after a red-shirt season last year due to an injury, Springer recently broke the school record for most goals and now has 89 in his career.
Needham has started all 12 games on defense this season and coming into Monday’s game, led Binghamton close defenders in ground balls (18) and caused turnovers (10) this season.
Rautenstrauch is now second on the team with 16 goals and third with 19 points for a Canisius team now 3-8. Also in the victor, Alex Govenettio of Derby, a Lake Shore graduate, stopped five shots in a winning performance in net.