Immediate Release: March 24, 2004
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Late goal lifts Colgate over Binghamton
BINGHAMTON, N.Y.--Visiting Colgate (3-4) scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in the final minute of play, and defeated Binghamton (1-4) 8-7 in the Bearcats home opener from Alumni Stadium on Wednesday evening. A shot by the Red Raiders' Rob Ryan deflected off teammate Jeff Vander Meulen and bounced into the goal with 2.8 seconds left to give Colgate the win.
The Red Raiders outscored Binghamton 4-2 in a wild fourth quarter that featured three lead changes, including two in the final 3:13. BU freshman Nate Kerstein (Rochester, N.Y./Irondequoit) scored at the 10:48 mark and again with 3:13 remaining to turn a 6-5 deficit into a 7-6 lead. However, Colgate evened the score when Jeff Vander Meulen scored on a feed from Rob Ryan with just 55 seconds left. The Red Raiders won the ensuing faceoff and held for Brennan's final shot.
In the first half, Binghamton fought off deficits of 2-0 and 3-1 and the teams entered intermission tied at 3-3. Colgate opened the second half scoring when Vander Meulen scored just 22 seconds into the third quarter. Binghamton evened the score just over five minutes later when sophomore attack Phil Cavallo (Cedarhurst, N.Y./Lawrence) scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season. A goal by sophomore midfielder Charlie Cook (Liverpool, N.Y.) with 2:24 remaining in the period gave Binghamton a 5-4 lead, its first of the game. In the fourth quarter, Colgate once again struck early on, scoring a pair of goals just over a minute apart early in the frame.
Kerstein led Binghamton with three goals, while freshman Matt McNamara (Oswego, N.Y.) had three assists. Sophomore attack Brian Chaapel (Penn Yan, N.Y.) scored his first two goals of the season, and second-year keeper Kevin McKeown (Brewster, N.Y.) made 10 saves in goal.
Vander Meulen scored four goals to lead Colgate, while Rob Ryan had two. Eddie Brennan and Ramsey Brame each scored one goal. Ryan and Brian Robinson each had two assists, and goalie Andrew Jarolimek had seven saves.
Binghamton is idle until next Tuesday, when they visit Wagner at 3 p.m. Following that game, the Bearcats will play its first four conference games, three of which will be at home. The conference opener is at home against Stony Brook on April 3.
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