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Bearcats surge past Wagner 8-4

BINGHAMTON, N.Y.--Freshman attacker Phil Cavallo (Cedarhurst, N.Y./Lawrence) netted three goals with one assist and 10 different players found the scoring column as Binghamton (3-5) defeated visiting Wagner (1-8) 8-4 in a non-conference game Wednesday night at Binghamton Alumni Field.

"I give us a lot of credit for being focused on the job at hand," head coach Ed Stephenson said. "We are a young team and we could have been looking ahead to a big conference game over the weekend, but were focused and played well around. Although we didn't have great shooting, we took advantage of the good scoring opportunities we got from close range."

Cavallo, the Bearcats leading scorer with 17 goals this season, quickly extended his streak for consecutive games with a goal, scoring twice in the first four minutes of the game. At the 12:40 mark, Cavallo opened the scoring after taking a pass from freshman midfielder Matt DeCirce (Binghamton, N.Y.). Just under two minutes later defender Sean Meluney (Lewes, Del./Cape Henlopen) seized a ground ball and raced down the field to find Cavallo for another goal.

Binghamton took control of the game for good in the third quarter. After a Seahawks goal at the 12:34 mark of the period, BU scored back-to-back goals for a 6-2 lead, and eventually stretched the lead to 8-2 in the final five minutes of the game before a pair of late goals by Wagner.

Freshman attacker John Gaudet (Binghamton, N.Y.) had a pair of goals and starting goalie Kevin McKeown (Brewster, N.Y.) had six saves. Binghamton outshot Wagner 31-25 and scooped 29 ground balls. Freshman midfielder Binghamton outshot Wagner 31-25 and scooped 29 ground balls. Freshman midfielder Rob Christy (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville) and junior defender George Sainteus (Wyandanch, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) each scored their first career goals.

Senior midfielder Bryan Gallagher (Kinnelon, N.J.) led the Seahawks with three goals. Sophomore defender Eddie Cini (Boonton, N.J./Montville) added the other Wagner goal, and freshman goalie Chris Sochacki (Brant Beach, N.J./Shawnee) had 10 saves.

Binghamton returns to action at home on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Bearcats host Vermont in a crucial America East contest. The Catamounts enter the game 1-1 in conference play, while Binghamton is 1-2. The Bearcats are vying for one of four spots in the America East Championship next month.
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