Immediate Release: April 3, 2005
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Binghamton men's lacrosse wins in a thrilling double overtime over Vermont 8-7
McNamara scores game-winner with 2:18 left in second sudden death overtime
BINGHAMTON, N.Y.--Binghamton sophomore Matt McNamara (Oswego, N.Y.) scored the game winning goal with 2:18 left in the second sudden death overtime to lead Binghamton (1-5, 1-0 AE) over Vermont (2-4, 0-2 AE) 8-7 at a wet Alumni Stadium on Sunday afternoon. This was the home and conference opening game for the Bearcats, who have not lost a regular season conference game since the 2003 season when they lost to Hartford 13-7, going 7-0 over the span.
Binghamton held a 3-2 led after the first quarter with freshman Stephen Smith (Canandaigua, N.Y.), sophomore Rob Williams (Fulton, N.Y.) and junior Matt DeCirce (Binghamton, N.Y.) each scoring in the first 15 minutes. Sophomore Jeff Santucci (Cicero, N.Y.) and McNamara assisted the second and third Bearcat goals. The second quarter opened with a Santucci goal which was assisted by McNamara at 13:41. Following that the quarter belonged to the Catamounts, who outscored Binghamton 2-0 and outshot them 8-2 to tie the game at 4-4 at the half.
In the opening minute of the third quarter Vermont scored its third strait goal, this one by Jeff Gordon. At 11:49 left in the quarter junior Jeff Kaylor (Beverly, Mass.) answered back with an unassisted goal to tie the game. Vermont's Dan Zwirko came back with a goal at the 7:08 mark, but BU tied it 32 seconds later when sophomore Rob Williams found the net from junior Sean Meluney (Cape Henlopen, Del.) to tie the game up again.
The forth quarter opened with an unassisted goal by Smith at the 13:52 mark to give the Bearcats the 7-6 advantage. With 53 seconds left in regulation Zwirko kept Vermont's hopes alive on his unassisted goal to send the game into sudden death overtime.
In the first overtime junior Kevin McKeown (Brewster, N.Y.) made three stunning saves to keep the Bearcats in the game, two of which came in the final 30 seconds of the the first overtime. In the second overtime Binghamton won the faceoff and had a pair of shots by Smith then by McNamara, which both missed before McNamara scored the game winner on an assist from DeCirce.
"McKeown was amazing, he made three spectacular saves in overtime which kept us in the game," head coach Ed Stephenson said. "We knew this game could have gone either way. This is what we will expect for league play."
McKeown made 12 saves while facing 28 shots, Vermont goalie Mike Gabel made 11 saves on 31 shots. Vermont had 34 ground balls, while the Bearcats had 32. The teams split the faceoffs, winning 10 each.
The Bearcats next head to Colgate for their final regular season non-conference matchup Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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