Immediate Release: May 4, 2005
Contact: Thomas Moore II (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Binghamton men's lacrosse season ends to #2 seed Albany 11-3
in AE semifinal
ALBANY, N.Y.--#2 seed Albany (9-5) was up 4-3 at halftime then
finished the game on a 7-0 run defeating #3 seed Binghamton (4-9)
11-3 in an America East semifinal on Wednesday afternoon at University
Field. Albany who is currently nationally ranked at number 17
held Binghamton's offense over the final 32 minutes scoreless.
This is the second strait year that Albany ended the Bearcats
postseason, last season the Great Danes defeated the Bearcats
in the Americas East Championship game 10-4.
Brendan Russell struck first with an unassisted goal for Albany
with 11:26 to play in the first quarter. Junior midfielder Joe
Conner (Ijamsville, Md.) tied the game up at 1-1 with an
unassisted goal at the 8:58 mark. Luke Daquino scored with 3:17
remaining in the first quarter to give the Great Danes a one
Merrick Thomson scored to open the second quarter, giving Albany
the 3-1 advantage. Sophomore attack Jeff
Santucci (Cicero, N.Y.) scored at the 5:17 mark on assist
from junior midfield Matt
DeCirce (Binghamton, N.Y.) puting the Bearcats within a goal.
Russell scored his second goal of the game 45 seconds later to
give Albany the 4-2 advantage. Sophomore attack Jeff
Kaylor (Beverly, Mass.) scored the final Bearcat goal of
the game with 2:25 left to play in the half.
With Binghamton down 4-3 at the half, Albany scored seven unanswered
goals in the second half to break the game open. Five of the
goals came in the third quarter, two in the fourth.
Junior goalie Kevin
McKeown (Brewster, N.Y.) made seven saves in goal during
his 53:56 minutes in the net, freshman goalie Jeff
Walker (Rochester, N.Y.) made no saves while allowing one
goal in his 6:04 minutes in the net. Kevin Rae made 11 saves
and allowed three goals for Albany.
"They wore us down towards the end of the first half,"
head coach Ed Stephenson said. "The game became too physical
for us and thats when they started winning the ground balls and
Albany outshot Binghamton 27-24. Albany won the ground ball battle,
collecting 42 of the 76 ground balls.
concludes its fourth season of varsity and Division I competition
with a 4-9 overall record. Nine of the 13 games the Bearcats
played were against an opponent who was nationally ranked during
the 2005 season.