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Keegan nationally ranked in two NCAA statistical categories
Junior forward off to stellar start with four goals and 10 points
September 14, 2011
VESTAL, N.Y.—Junior forward Jake Keegan, who leads the America East Conference with 2.50 points per game, is off to one of the best starts among all NCAA Division I men’s soccer players. Through four games, he ranks seventh overall in points per game and is tied for fifth with 1.00 goals per contest. In addition, Binghamton as a team is tied at No. 24 with 2.50 goals per game.
Keegan has already etched his name into the Binghamton record books this year, becoming the first player during the program’s 10-year Division I era to score a goal in four straight games. He scored in the opening minutes against No. 10 West Virginia on Sept. 2 and against Ohio State on Sept. 11.
In his freshman season, Keegan led the Bearcats in scoring with seven goals. He was named second-team all-conference and was also member of the America East All-Rookie squad. Last season, however, Binghamton’s offense struggled and Keegan was only able to net three goals.
This past summer, Keegan played for the Westchester Flames of the Premier Development League (PDL). He led the entire 64-team league with 1.00 goals per game and was just one of 11 players to earn All-PDL honors.
Since Binghamton opened up its season with a 3-1 win at Bucknell on Aug. 26, Keegan has showed no signs of slowing down. He had a goal and an assist in the victory over the Bison, a feat would duplicate nine days later in a 4-1 triumph over Houston Baptist. At the Nike/West Virginia Classic Sept. 2-4, Keegan finished the weekend with two goals and an assist and was named to the all-tournament team.
In just a little over two seasons, Keegan has 14 career goals. He is in sixth place in the program’s Division I era record book (since 2001). Bryan Arnault (2003-06) is in fifth place with 15 goals while Joey Neilson (2003-06) sits in fourth place with 16 goals.
Binghamton (2-2-0) continues its season this coming weekend as it hosts an invitational. The Bearcats play Central Connecticut State on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Rider on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.