Immediate Release: May 3, 2004
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Four Binghamton men's lacrosse players honored with AE all-conference awards
America East All-Conference Release
VESTAL, N.Y.--Junior defender Mike Baudouin (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), sophomore attack Matt McNamara (Oswego, N.Y.), Kevin McKeown (Brewster, N.Y.) and freshman attack Stephen Smith (Canandaigua, N.Y.) have been honored with all-conference awards by the America East.
"We are thrilled with the awards," Stephenson said. "Obviously I think all the awards are deserving. Certainly we can get more recognition as we progress. We just have to get some more W's."
Baudouin was named to the first-team all-conference for the second straight year. As a freshman he was also named to the second and all-rookie squads. In 12 regular season games, Baudouin picked up 51 ground balls giving him 4.25 ground balls per game which was third in the conference. He has helped lead the Binghamton to a 7.92 goals allowed average, which ranks 12th in the nation.
"Mike is a clearly deserving of first-team ," Stephenson said. "He has been constant each and every game. I consider him the best one-on-one defender in the league. I think he is equally effective off the ball. He really has knack of knowing where to be and does a great job of playing team defense."
McNamara and McKeown were each named second-team all-conference. For McNamara, it is the second straight year he has been named to the all-conference team. He led the team this season with 17 goals and also had 10 assists. He had the game-winning goal with 2:18 remaining in the second sudden death overtime against Vermont on March 3.
"Matt is coming on at the right time right now," Stephenson said. "We are hoping for some really good things from him in the playoffs."
McKeown finished the regular season ranked first in the conference and 15th in the entire nation in goals-against average, sporting a mark of 7.88. He has also allowed 8.67 goals per game against teams that have been nationally ranked this season. This past Saturday in the Bearcats win over Stony Brook, he allowed only eight goals to the third best offense in the nation at time.
"Kevin is one of the leaders on a group of defenders who as a team make each other great," Stephenson said. "The reason why he is leading the conference in goals allowed average is because of relationship he has with the defenders."
Smith was named to the all-rookie squad. He led the Bearcats in assists with 11. He also was fourth on the team with eight goals and finished the regular season in second on team in points. Smith's best game of the season was against Hartford when he set a school record with six assists. In that same game, he also had a goal giving him seven points in one game, also a school record.
"Stephen has been terrific," Stephenson said. "We knew he was a big-time player. He has been well schooled in the fundamentals of the game. He has been a consistent performer because of that."
Binghamton finished the regular season with a 4-8 overall record and 4-2 mark in conference play. The Bearcats enter the America East Championship as the #3 seed and head to #2 Albany in a semifinal game.
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