Immediate Release: April 7, 2004
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upset No. 19 UMBC 5-4
scores game-winner with four seconds left
N.Y.--Sophomore attack Brian Chaapel (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn
Yan Academy) scored his second goal of the game with four
seconds remaining, propelling Binghamton (4-4, 2-0 AE) to a 5-4
upset over No. 19 UMBC (3-4, 1-1 AE) at the East Gym Complex
on Wednesday afternoon. The win marks the first time in its three-year
history that the Bearcats have defeated a nationally-ranked opponent.
It also vaulted Binghamton into sole possession of first place
in the America East Conference.
"We have prepared a long time to pull off a win like this,"
head coach Ed Stephenson said. "One of our goals this season
was to qualify for the America East Conference Tournament and
today was a big step in that direction."
With time running down in regulation, Chaapel went behind the
UMBC goal with the ball, came around the right side and fired
a shot that took one bounce and landed in the net. That goal,
as well as the conclusion of the game, sparked off a wild celebration
on the Binghamton sideline.
"I knew I had time to get a good shot off," Chaapel
said. "Coach (Stephenson) wanted us to take as much time
off the clock as we could. This win is a big step for our team
and we are going to keep things rolling."
went up 2-0 in the opening 3:46 of the game. Freshmen attacks
Rob Williams (Fulton, N.Y./ Fulton) and Matt McNamara
(Oswego, N.Y./ Oswego) each netted an unassisted goal during
that span. UMBC, however, closed the gap to 2-1 on an unassisted
goal by freshman attack Drew Westervelt with 7:04 left in the
Williams and Westervelt each added another goal in the second
quarter as Binghamton lead 3-2 with time running out in the half.
The Retrievers, however, got a goal from senior midfield Franklin
Berry with four seconds left to deadlock the game at 3-3.
Each team scored a man-up goal in the third quarter. Sophomore
attack Brendan Mundorf gave UMBC a 4-3 lead with 9:12 left to
go but Chaapel tied the game at the 1:30 mark. Williams assisted
on Chaapel's goal.
The two teams went scoreless in the fourth quarter until Chaapel
pulled his heroics.
UMBC outshot Binghamton 22-16 but sophomore goalie Kevin McKeown
(Brewster, N.Y./ Brewster) made 10 saves. Junior goalie Kevin
Cepelak had nine saves for the Retrievers.
Binghamton travels to Hartford for a 1 p.m. conference game on