Immediate Release: March 30, 2004
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Bearcats rout Wagner in tuneup for conference play
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.--Freshman attack Matt McNamara (Oswego, N.Y.) scored four goals and Binghamton (2-4) produced the best defensive effort in its history with an 11-1 win over Wagner (1-5) on Tuesday afternoon. The Bearcats are now set to open the six-game America East slate with a home game against Stony Brook on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Binghamton established a big lead early on and never looked back. The BU defense limited the Seahawks to just seven shots in the first half, and the Bearcats built a 5-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. Wagner managed 12 shots in the second half, but sophomore goalie Kevin McKeown (Brewster, N.Y.) made seven of his 11 saves over the final 30 minutes to prevent any possible rallies by the Seahawks.
Freshman attack Nate Kerstein (Rochester, N.Y./Irondequoit) opened the scoring just under five minutes into the game, and sophomore attack Phil Cavallo (Cedarhurst, N.Y./Lawrence) followed with consecutive man-down and man-up goals in less than a minute. McNamara scored the first of his goals with 4:22 left in the frame and senior midfielder Chris Healy (Freeport, N.Y.) added an unassisted goal with just four seconds left.
Cavallo totalled two goals and two assists in the game, and Healy also handed out a pair of helpers. Freshman attack Rob Williams (Fulton, N.Y.) netted a goal and two assists, while Kerstein netted two goals.
Binghamton took advantage of 10 Wagner penalties to score three man-up goals. Meanwhile, the Seahawks went 0-for-7 on man-up opportunities despite eight penalties called on the Bearcats. Through its first five games, the Bearcats ranked seventh in the nation with a man-down defense of 0.87.
Both teams battled nearly even for possession of the ball, as Binghamton held a 43-41 edge in ground balls and seized 10 of 16 faceoff opportunities. The Bearcats controlled the ball better, however, coverting 19-of-22 clears and outshooting the Seahawks 35-19.
After playing five of its first six games on the road, BU will play three of its next four contests at home. All four games are against America East foes. Following the conference opener against Stony Brook, the Bearcats will await a matchup with conference newcomer UMBC on April 17 at 1 p.m. The Retrievers have been nationally ranked this season and were picked to finish atop the conference this season.
NOTES: Binghamton had previously held an opponent to four goals on three occasions ... Two of those games were against Wagner, while the most recent was the season-opening 11-4 win over Lafayette ... The 11 goals also matched the Lafayette game for the team's highest offensive output ... The second half marked the first time the Bearcats have held an opponent scoreless for an entire half.
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