Immediate Release: April 3, 2004
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Bearcats edge Stony Brook 9-7 in conference opener
McNamara scores go-ahead goal with 5:52 remaining
BINGHAMTON, N.Y.--Freshman attack Matt McNamara (Oswego, N.Y.) scored the go-ahead goal on a feed from sophomore attack Phil Cavallo (Cedarhurst, N.Y.) with 5:52 left in the fourth quarter and the Bearcats (3-4, 1-0 America East) earned a 9-7 win over visiting Stony Brook (4-4, 1-1 AE) in the America East opener Saturday afternoon from Alumni Stadium.
"This was a tremendous win for our program," head coach Ed Stephenson said. "It's a very exciting win for the guys. It was a fun game."
Despite leading for much of the game, Binghamton found itself down 7-6 after Stony Brook sophomore attack Adam Marksberry scored a man-up goal just nine seconds into the final period. It was Stony Brook's first lead since a 2-1 edge early in the second quarter. The Bearcats found an equalizer just under four minutes later, when sophomore Brian Chaapel (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy), who had been knocked down, fired a ball into the net while flat on his back.
The teams traded possessions over the next several minutes, and the Seawolves had two chances to take the lead, but both times sophomore goalie Kevin McKeown (Brewster, N.Y.) came up with a clutch save. With the Bearcats clinging to an 8-7 lead after McNamara's goal, Stony Brook was whistled for a penalty with 2:09 remaining for having too many players on the field. The Bearcats held their possession until McNamara scored an empty-net insurance goal with 48 seconds left to secure the victory.
McNamara and Chaapel each scored a pair of goals, while freshman Jeff Santucci (Cicero, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) recorded his first collegiate goal. McKeown made 12 saves in the net.
Marksberry led Stony Brook with three goals and sophomore attack Jason Cappodoro netted two goals. Each player also had one assist, and freshman goalie Brendan Callahan had 10 saves.
Callahan entered the day leading the entire nation in goals-against-average (5.3) and save percentage (.710), but Binghamton struck for four goals in the second quarter and led 5-4 at halftime. The Bearcats added three more goals in the fourth quarter in matching the most goals scored against Callahan this season.
The Bearcats scored three unanswered goals in a span of 5:21 in the second quarter to take a 4-2 lead, and then led 5-3 after a goal with 4:32 left. However, a turnover on a long pass with just seconds remaining in the half led to a Stony Brook goal with 13 seconds showing. The Seawolves tied the game twice in the first 5:15 of the third quarter before holding the brief lead in the fourth quarter. Although Binghamton controlled much of the game, it missed several potential scoring opportunities by converting only 15 of 25 clears. The Seawolves outshot Binghamton 31-24 and took 13-of-19 faceoffs.
The Bearcats are now set to host conference newcomer UMBC on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The Retrievers, who have been nationally ranked this season, are 3-3 and have won their first two conference games over Hartford (14-4) and Albany (10-9). UMBC was selected to finish atop the conference in the preseason coaches poll.
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