Immediate Release: April 9, 2005
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Binghamton men's lacrosse falls to Albany 12-6
BINGHAMTON, N.Y.--Sophomore attack Merrick Thomson recorded a game-high seven goals, lifting No. 14 Albany (6-3, 3-0 AE) to a 12-6 win over Binghamton (1-7, 1-1 AE) in a conference game Saturday afternoon at the East Gym Complex. This was the first regular season conference loss for the Bearcats since the 2003 season when they lost to Hartford 13-7, going 7-0 over the span. The last time these two teams saw each other was in the America East Championship game last season, where the host Bearcats fell to the Great Danes 10-4. This marks the fifth loss to a ranked opponent this season for the Bearcats.
Binghamton scored first on an unassited goal by junior Matt DeCirce (Binghamton, N.Y.). Thompson scored the next three goals for the Great Danes. Sophomore Matt McNamara (Oswego, N.Y.) scored on an assist from sophomore Jeff Kaylor (Beverly, Mass.) with 4:06 left in the second quarter. Thompson scored the final goal of the first half with just under two minutes to play to give Albany the 4-2 advantage at the half.
The second half opened up with a goal by freshman Stephen Smith (Canandaigua, N.Y.) on an assist by Jeff Kaylor. The Great Danes followed with three more goals to have a 7-3 cushion. Following a penalty on Albany, McNamara fed junior Brian Chaapel (Penn Yan, N.Y.) who found the back of the net for a man-up goal with 7:25 left to play in the third quarter. Two more goals were scored for Albany before sophomore Rob Williams (Fulton, N.Y.) scored at the 10:13 mark in the fourth quarter on an assist from sophomore Tom Wilmot (Rockville Centre, N.Y.). With 7:49 left to play McNamara scored the final Bearcat goal of the game. The Great Danes scored three more goals before the final horn.
"Albany is obviously a good team; they are the 14th ranked team in the country," head coach Ed Stephenson said. "In order to beat a team of that caliber we need be able to finish and not have so many errors. We are clearly lacking in some points of the game."
Junior goalie Kevin McKeown (Brewster, N.Y.) made 11 saves on 34 shots attempted by Albany, Albany goalie Kevin Rae made 6 saves on 23 shots attempted. Albany had 36 ground balls, while the Bearcats had 39. The Great Danes won 14 of the 22 faceoffs.
The Bearcats next head to conference rival UMBC on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. game.
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