Baudouin and McKeown garner America East postseason awards
All year long, the Bearcats were led by a talented group of freshmen that accounted for 93 percent of the team's scoring. Now, three top freshmen have been honored with postseason awards by the America East. Attackman Phil Cavallo (Cedarhurst, N.Y./Lawrence) and defender Michael Baudouin (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Southside) were each named to the All-Conference second team, the conference announced today. Both players also earned spots on the all-rookie team, where they were joined by standout goalie Kevin McKeown (Brewster, N.Y.).
"We're really excited to have three freshmen honored on the all-rookie team and have two get all-conference honors," head coach Ed Stephenson said. "While the league limits each school to three recipients for the all-rookie team, 16 of our top 19 players were freshmen, so it's very difficult to recognize just three."
Cavallo led the team in scoring with 27 goals and 30 points. He scored at least once in every game and recorded multiple goals in a game seven times. He had a season-best five goals in a 10-7 victory over Lafayette on March 1 and set a single-game school record with six points with a four-goal, two-assist effort in a 9-5 win at Siena on April 24. Cavallo ranks third in the conference in goals scored and is sixth in points.
"It's exciting to see a heavily-guarded young player produce such numbers," Stephenson said. "Phil was a consistent scorer despite being marked each game by the opponent's top defender."
Baudouin was one of the top defenders on the Bearcats strong defensive unit. Baudouin started every game and was tied for second on the team with 28 ground balls, including a season-high six in wins over Quinnipiac (March 21) and Wagner (April 9). The Bearcats ranked third in the conference in defensive scoring average (8.75) and held their opponents under 10 goals in all but four games.
"While Cavallo was marked by the opposing team's top defender, Baudouin drew the other team's top offensive player" Stephenson said. "He is a part of the best freshmen defensive unit I have ever coached. It's difficult to single out one player from such a talented unit, as all of them are deserving of recognition."
McKeown quickly established himself as one of the top goalies in the conference. He ranks second in the conference in both goals-against-average (8.22) and save percentage (.607). He had a season-high 17 saves against Quinnipiac on March 21 and also produced 16 saves against Siena on April 24. In all, McKeown produced double-figures save totals in six games and averaged 13.0 per game in the three wins he played in.
"Kevin has been selected as the team's MVP for his play this season," Stephenson said. "He was the backbone of a formidable defensive unit. With a young unit in front of him, he was called upon to make some very difficult saves, and was more than up to the challenge."
Just two years removed from club-level status, the Bearcats showed vast improvement from their inaugural season, reaping quick benefits from a recruiting class of 25 individuals that featured 23 freshmen, including five high school all-americans. Binghamton defeated Quinnipiac 7-6 on March 21 for its first-ever America East victory and finished fifth in a highly competitive conference. A narrow 5-4 loss to Vermont at Binghamton Alumni Stadium on April 12 was all that kept the Bearcats from earning ab erth in the four-team America East Championship.
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