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Bearcats lose five-game heartbreaker to Stony Brook
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STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- In the final regular season conference match for both teams, the Binghamton Bearcats (9-20, 3-9 AE) lost 3-2 to the Stony Brook Seawolves (21-12, 7-5 AE) on Saturday evening. The loss eliminated the Bearcats from the America East conference tournament. Stony Brook will enter next week's four-team tournament as the #3 seed.

In tonight's match, Binghamton jumped out to a 2-1 lead before dropping the final two games. After the Seawolves took game one, 30-26, Binghamton responded with 30-21 and 30-26 wins. However, Stony Brook closed out the match with 30-21 and 15-11 victories. In game five, the Seawolves quickly jumped out to an early lead, but a Binghamton rally cut the deficit to two at 13-11. However, Stony Brook served the following two points to close out the match.

"I thought we played pretty well tonight," said BU head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "We showed improvement from our earlier match against [Stony Brook]."

For Binghamton, sophomore outside hitter Michele Heck (Chicago, Ill./Resurrection) led the way with 17 kills and 16 digs. Classmate Jennifer Smith (North Tonawanda, N.Y.) added 16 kills and 18 digs, while middle blocker Anne Crocus (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) had 13 kills (.385 attack percentage) and six blocks. Sophomore setter Glorimar Ortega (Naranjito, Puerto Rico) dished out 47 assists.

"Our passing broke down a bit in games four and five," Kiriyama said. "However, we did a good job of coming back and cutting the deficit to two in game five. We started to run out of gas towards the end but we didn't give up and our hitting and blocking were solid tonight."

Outside hitters LaToya Byerly and Valerie Maloy led Stony Brook with 16 kills apiece, while sophomore setter Julie Zub handed out 58 assists.

Binghamton concluded its first America East campaign with a 3-9 conference record, tying for fifth place. The Bearcats close out the 2002 regular season with a 3 p.m. match against Colgate at East Gym on Sunday afternoon.

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