Binghamton falls to Albany 9-6

VESTAL, N.Y.--Playing in a constant wind-driven rain on a mud-filled field, the visiting Great Danes of Albany (4-3, 1-0 AE) scored four unanswered goals late in the first half and defeated host Binghamton (2-4, 1-2 AE) 9-6 Saturday afternoon at the East Gym Complex.

The Great Danes, picked to finish atop the America East Conference this season, led 1-0 until a pair of Binghamton goals in a span of nine seconds in the second quarter gave the Bearcats their only lead of the afternoon, a 2-1 edge with 10:58 remaining in the second period. Binghamton got on the board at the 11:07 mark on an unassisted goal by freshman attacker Brian Chaapel (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy). On the ensuing faceoff, Binghamton controlled the ball and freshman midfielder Brian Morgan (Littleton, Col./Heritage) fed classmate Phil Cavallo (Cedarhurst, N.Y./Lawrence) to give Binghamton the lead.

Later in the period, however, Albany scored four unanswered goals, the last coming with 3:20 left in the period, to take a 5-2 lead into intermission. Freshman attacker Chris Martocchia (Wantagh, N.Y.) scored both of his goals in in that span and sophomore attacker Luke Daquino (Farmingville, N.Y./Sachem) had a pair of assists. Albany extended its lead to 7-2 early in the third quarter and then maintained the lead as Binghamton made the game close with three goals in the final period.

Daquino finished with a game-high four assists, while junior attacker Sean Donnellan (Massapequa, N.Y.) and junior attacker Michael Solazzo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) netted two goals apiece. Junior goalie Chris Gill (Hauppauge, N.Y.) played the entire game in goal and produced 13 saves.

Chaapel led Binghamton with two goals and is now tied for the team lead in scoring with Cavallo. Both players now have 11 points on the season. Cavallo extended his streak of games with a goal to six games. Morgan finished with two assists and also added his fifth goal of the season. Freshman defender Aaron LaFlair (Watertown, N.Y./General Brown) and freshman attacker John Gaudet (Binghamton, N.Y.) also netted goals for the Bearcats, while freshman defender Sean Meluney (Lewes, Del./Cape Henlopen) and junior defender Chris Healy (Freeport, N.Y.) both had assists. Freshman goalie Kevin McKeown (Brewster, N.Y.) had 13 saves. Binghamton outshot the Great Danes 34-29.

Albany 9, Binghamton 6

SHOTS: Binghamton 34, Albany 29
SAVES: Binghamton 13, Albany 13
GROUND BALLS: Binghamton 37, Albany 38
FACEOFFS: Binghamton 7-18, Albany 11-18
CLEARS: Binghamton 16-22, Albany 16-26
PENALTIES: Binghamton 5/6:00, Albany 3/2:00
EXTRA MAN OPPORTUNITIES: Binghamton 0-3, Albany 1-5


Albany (Goals-Assists)
: Chris Martocchia (2-1), Sean Donnellan (2-0), Michael Solazzo (2-0), Jon Smith (1-1), Bakary Janneh (1-0), Brendan Russell (1-0), Luke Daquino (0-4), Bobby Gabriel (0-1)

Binghamton (Goals-Assists): Brian Chaapel (2-0), Brian Morgan (1-2), Phil Cavallo (1-0), John Gaudet (1-0), Aaron LaFlair (1-0), Chris Healy (0-1), Sean Meluney (0-1)

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