men's soccer players earn America East All-Conference honors
named Defensive Player of the Year, Gonet named Goalkeeper and
Rookie of the Year
VESTAL, N.Y.--After a 10-2-6 regular season,
including a 4-1-4 record in the America East Conference, the
Binghamton men's soccer team has been rewarded with six players
earning all-conference honors. The six players is double of the
team's total from 2002 and is the most of any team in the conference.
"Today is a celebration of all of the hard work our team
has put in since the summer," head coach Paul Marco said.
"To have six of our guys honored is fantastic."
Sophomore back Graham Munro (Inverness, Scotland/ Invergordon)
was named the America East Conference Defensive Player of
the Year and earned first-team all-conference honors for the
second year in a row. He paced a defense that led the nation
with the lowest goals against average (0.36) and the highest
shutout percentage (0.78). Binghamton was also the only team
on the NCAA Division I level not to have allowed a first half
goal this season. Offensively, Munro finished the second with
three goals, a career-high two assists and tied a career-high
with eight points.
"Graham has had a fantastic year,"
Marco said. "He had a great freshman year but he improved
so much more this year. His competitiveness is second to none
and he will not allow anyone to beat him."
The other major award winner for Binghamton was sophomore goalkeeper
Stefan Gonet (Refrewshire, Scotland/ Trinity), who was
was named both the America East Conference Rookie and Goalkeeper
of the Year. He also named first-team all-conference and earned
a spot on the All-Rookie Team. Gonet currently ranks second on
the NCAA Division I level among goalkeepers with a 0.36 GAA and
broke the Binghamton school record with 14.0 solo shutouts this
season. He has been named the America East Conference Rookie
of the Week three times this season.
"We have been very happy with Stefan this year," Marco
said. "He knows how to organize the defense and has been
able to anticipate shots before they happen."
Earning second-team all-conference honors for the second year
in a row is junior forward Stephen Bruce (Buckie, Scotland/
Buckie Community). He is currently second on the team with
a career-high five goals and fourth with a career-high 10 points.
Another Binghamton forward earning second-team all-conference
honors is junior Charles Darkwah (Toronto, Onatrio/ Bathulst
Heights), who leads the team with six goals and 13 total
points. He was named the America East Conference Player of the
Week for Sept. 22-28.
"Stephen and Charles are as good of a
tendem up front as anyone in the conference," Marco said.
"For other teams to be concerned with two players gives
us a big advantage."
Sophomore midfielder Danilo (Sao, Paulo, Brazil) is the
third Binghamton player named second-team all-conference. Though
he did not have any offensive statistics, he was the link between
the Bearcats' top-ranked defense and offensive unit that scored
nearly twice as many goals as it did last season (26, as opposed
"Danilo has been our unsung hero this
season," Marco said. "He has been our engine this year
and has done a lot for us both offensively and defensively. He'll
usually cover between five and six miles a game."
Joining Gonet on the All-Rookie Team is freshman forward/midfielder
Bryan Arnault (Clay, N.Y./ Cicero-North Syracuse), who
is tied for second on the team with 11 points (four goals, three
assists). He was named the America East Conference Rookie of
the Week this past week by virtue of his one-goal, one-assist
performance in the Bearcats' 2-0 win over New Hampshire on Saturday.
"We knew Bryan was going to be a good
player," Marco said. "But he has still done better
than we could have anticipated. He has come in, embraced his
role on the team and has been a pleasure to work with."
Picked to finish eighth in the conference in the America East
preseason coaches poll, Binghamton defied the odds and earned
the No. 2 seed in the upcoming conference tournament. For his
part in the Bearcats' surprising season, Marco received strong
consideration for Coach of the Year honors.
Binghamton hosts either Maine or Hartford in a semifinal game
on Saturday at 1 p.m.