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Runner Garn seizes 2013-14 Moment of the Year
July 21, 2014
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VESTAL, N.Y. - Track runner Jesse Garn captured the third annual Binghamton Athletics “Moment of the Year” Fan Poll. The poll featured the top eight achievements of 2013-14 set up in a seeded, bracket-style format with advancement through the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship matchup.
QUARTERFINAL #1 - No. 1 Baseball vs. No. 8 Sydney Harbaugh
No. 1 seed - Baseball wins second straight America East title and third in six years
Baseball successfully defended its America East crown, besting top-seeded Stony Brook, 8-7, in a thrilling 12-inning title game. Freshman catcher Eddie Posavec delivered a bases loaded RBI single to drive in the game-winning run and clinch BU’s second straight conference championship. After losing the opening game of the tournament, the Bearcats reeled off four straight elimination-game victories, becoming just the second team in conference history to accomplish the feat. Senior first baseman Shaun McGraw was named Most Outstanding Player after hitting .450 with five RBI in five games. The Bearcats then made the program’s third trip to the NCAA tournament in the last six years.
No. 8 seed - Softball player Sydney Harbaugh is named America East Player of the Year
Sophomore OF Sydney Harbaugh was named America East Softball Player of the Year in 2014 after hitting a team-high .366 on the season. Harbaugh led the league with an outstanding .465 average in conference games and became just the second player in program history (Jessica Phillips, 2011) to earn Player of the Year honors. Harbaugh also was named to the second-team NFCA All-Mid Atlantic Region squad.
RESULTS: Baseball wins with 82% of the vote
QUARTERFINAL #2 - No. 2 Men’s Tennis vs. No. 7 Bill Bereszniewicz
No. 2 seed - Men’s tennis wins seventh straight America East title and 10th in 13 years
In its final season competing in the America East, the men’s tennis team left in style by capturing the program’s seventh straight conference championship. Binghamton blanked Stony Brook 4-0 in the championship match. Junior Ismael Dinia secured the winning point with his 6-2, 6-2 victory at fourth singles. The Bearcats wrapped up a dominant run in the America East, winning 10 titles in 13 seasons.
No. 7 seed - Baseball all-star Bill Bereszniewicz is drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers
Baseball center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz was picked by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 28th-round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Bereszniewicz, a first-team all-conference and second team All-Northeast selection, led the America East in hitting (.367) and stolen bases (23) in his final collegiate season. He became the third Bearcat drafted in the last three years and the program’s earliest field position player to be taken since 1990.
RESULTS: Bereszniewicz wins with 66% of the vote
QUARTERFINAL #3 - No. 4 Jesse Garn vs. #5 Men’s Lacrosse
No. 4 seed - Track runner Jesse Garn becomes second runner in school history to break four minutes in mile
Junior runner Jesse Garn became just the second runner in school history to break four minutes in the mile in 2014. Garn clocked a 3:59.37 at the Boston/Last Chance Meet in early March, joining former BU standout Erik van Ingen as the only two Binghamton runners to break four minutes. In addition, Garn competed in the prestigious Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games and earned Most Outstanding Indoor Track Athlete at the America East Championship to cap off a remarkable junior campaign.
No. 5 seed - Men’s lacrosse starts conference play 4-0, finishes regular season as runnerup
Men’s lacrosse started the America East conference season at 4-0 for the first time since 2004 and secured the two-seed in the conference tournament; their first trip back since 2011. The Bearcats finished out regular season play by winning five of their last seven games and pushed eighth-ranked Syracuse to the final minute at the Carrier Dome, narrowly losing 10-8. Six players earned all-conference recognition and head coach Scott Nelson was honored with America East Co-Coach of the Year award honors.
RESULTS: Garn wins with 81% of the vote
QUARTERFINAL #4 No. 3 Cody Reed vs. No. 6 M/W Indoor Track
No. 3 seed - Wrestler Cody Reed defeats two ranked opponents to reach NCAA Championship quarterfinals
Senior wrestler Cody Reed advanced to the NCAA championship for the third consecutive year and then turned heads with two upset wins to reach the national quarterfinals. Reed, who was EIWA runnerup at 197 pounds, knocked off the ninth-seed from Maryland in overtime, 3-1, in the first round and then bounced the eighth-seed from Ohio, 4-0, in the second round. The John Bilos award winner finished his stellar career with 94 wins.
No. 6 seed - Men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams each finish as America East runnersup
Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams snatched second-place finishes at the America East Indoor Championships in 2014. The men secured 10 all-conference nods, while the women nabbed an additional four and had their highest finish in school history. Jesse Garn was named Most Outstanding Track Performer, Jon Alkins was honored with the conference’s top rookie award and head coach Mike Thompson and his staff were recognized as the men’s Co-Staff of the Year.
RESULTS: Cody Reed wins with 56% of the vote
SEMIFINAL # 1 No. 4 Jesse Garn vs. No. 1 Baseball.
RESULTS: Garn wins with 58 percent of the voting
SEMIFINAL # 2 No. 3 Cody Reed vs. No. 7 Bill Bereszniewicz
RESULTS: Bereszniewicz wins with 66 percent of the vote
FINALS: No. 4 Garn vs. No. 7 Bereszniewicz
RESULTS: Garn wins with 69 percent of the vote