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For Immediate Release: November 14, 2003
Contact: Thomas Moore II (sports@binghamton.edu)
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Bearcats fall to Terriers in America East championship game in penalty kicks

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BOSTON, Mass.--Binghamton (11-2-8) was only six minutes and thirty seconds away from sucessfully defending their America East Championship title, but Boston University (10-7-2) scored with 6:29 left in regulation to tie the game 2-2. The game went scoreless through both ten minute overtimes. Boston won converting all five of their penalty kicks, while Binghamton only made three.

"It is disappointing to lose," head coach Paul Marco said. "We had some stretches where we controlled the game, but I give boston credit, we couldn't finish them off and they were able to get it done."

In regulation the Terriers took the early advanage, with Jamie Johnson scoring on a penalty kick 10:20 into the game. The Bearcats came back with a goal by Kyle Antos (Endicott, N.Y.) fed by Michael Austin (Oneonta, N.Y) to tie the game at one a piece. Joey Neilson (Boothwyn, Pa.) fed sophomore midfielder Bryan Arnault (Clay, N.Y.) in the 75th minute to give Binghamton the 2-1 lead. With 6:29 left to go in regulation, John Cooper of Boston got a pass from Brian Conway to tie the game up at two a piece, to send it into overtime.

Arnault had a chance to end the game midway through the second overtime when he got by Boston goalkeeper Chad Conroe and had an open net. His shot, however, was blocked by Boston's Zack Kirby.

In the shoot out, Boston's Jamie Johnson shot first and scored against Bearcat junior goal keeper Stefan Gonet (Refrewshire, Scotland). Then Binghamton's junior back Grahm Munro (Inverness, Scotland) scored his kick to even the shoot out at one a piece. Derek Puerta scored next for the Terriers. Followed by junior back Ryan Pierce (Cobleskill, N.Y.) to tie the shoot out at two all. Erik Evjen scored for Boston, then Austin scored for the Bearcats, tying the shoot out at three. Roland Erlichman scored on Gonet for the forth Terrier goal. Comroe stopped the shot by junior midfielder Danilo (Sao Paulo, Brazil) to put Boston ahead 4-3. Brian Conway made the clinching goal to give Boston the America East Championship title.

The game was evenly played throughout, with the Bearcats holding the 12-11 advantage in shots. Gonet and Comroe each made four saves.

The America East all-tournament team consisted of Arnault, Danilo and Munro for Binghamton. This was the second consecutive year that Danio and Munro were named to the team.

NOTE:
With the tie today, the 2004 team set a new school record of eight ties on the season, last season the team went 12-3-7.
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