For Immediate Release: April 28, 2007
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Binghamton men's lacrosse upsets No. 6 Albany 9-8 in regular season finale

Game Stats

VESTAL, N.Y. --- Senior attack Rob Williams (Fulton, N.Y.) scored a team-high three goals, leading Binghamton (4-8, 3-2 AE) to a 9-8 upset over No. 6 Albany (14-2, 4-1 AE) in an America East Conference men's lacrosse game on Saturday afternoon at the East Gym Complex. The Great Danes are the highest-ranked team that the Bearcats have defeated in their six-year intercollegiate program history.

Williams broke a 7-7 deadlock with 10:40 remaining in the fourth quarter to put the Bearcats ahead for good. Senior midfielder Jeff Santucci (Cicero, N.Y.) padded the lead to 9-7 with an unassisted man-up goal with 1:17 remaining. Derek Dale scored just 12 seconds later, pulling Albany to within a goal. The Bearcats held on the rest of the way.

Williams scored his first two goals in the first half, as the Bearcats went up 4-0 with 11:54 left before halftime. Albany's high-powered duo of Frank Resetaritis and Merrick Thompson, however, combined for three unanswered goals in a span of 2:16, which trimmed the deficit to 4-3.

The Bearcats rebounded to take a 6-4 halftime advantage and after a scoreless 12 minutes to start the third quarter, freshman attack Drew Wichman (Syracuse, N.Y.) put Binghamton back up by three goals. Resetarits, however, netted back-to back goals and Mike Ammann tied the game with 11:53 left in the fourth quarter. Just 1:13 later, however, came the final goal by Williams.

Resitaritis led all scorers with four goals.

Albany outshot Binghamton 27-25 but both goalies kept the score in the single didgits. Sophomore goalie Larry Kline (Beverly, Mass.) made nine saves for the Bearcats while Dan McKeon stopped 10 shots for Albany.

The America East Conference Tournament starts this coming Thursday at Albany, with the Great Danes having already clinched the top spot of the four-team event. The Bearcats clinch the No. 3 seed and will face No. 2 UMBC in the semifinals on Thursday.

NOTES: Prior to today's win, the highest-ranked team that the Bearcats have ever beaten was No. 8 Towson, 7-6 in double overtime on March 4, 2006 ... Williams now has six career hat tricks ... with two goals, Santucci now has eight career multiple-goal games.



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