Immediate Release: April 9, 2004
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Bearcats defeated 20-14 at Albany in conference opener
ALBANY, N.Y.--In the America East opener for both teams, Binghamton (2-6, 0-1 America East) and Albany (4-6, 1-0 AE) engaged in a shootout, with both teams finding the net early in the game and often thereafter. In a game in which the longest stretch without a goal from either team was only five minutes, the Great Danes outshot the Bearcats 49-31 and went on to a 20-14 victory Friday afternoon at Varsity Field.
There were four lead changes in the first half, but Albany scored the final three goals of the period for a 9-7 advantage at the intermission. In the second half, the Bearcats cut the deficit to 9-8 and 10-9, but four unanswered goals by the Great Danes in a span of 5:22 extended the lead to 14-9. Binghamton answered just 34 seconds after to get within 14-10, but was no closer in the final 20 minutes of the game.
Freshman attack Heather Grose (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) tied a school-record six goals and classmate Becky Green (Altamont, N.Y./Guilderland) totaled three goals and four assists. It was the second time this season that Green had at least seven points in a game. She ranks among the nation's leaders in both assists and points per game. Sophomore center Lauren Wetherell (Bethpage, N.Y.) and junior attack Laura Gabbamonte (Glen Cove, N.Y.) each scored two goals, while freshman attack Anna Riordan (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) handed out three assists.
The tone of the game was set early on. With the score tied 1-1 less than halfway through the first stanza, the teams combined to score five goals in less than two minutes, and Albany led 4-3 at the 11:05 mark. The Bearcats held leads of 6-5 and 7-6 late in the period before the Great Danes scored three unanswered goals in the final 5:29 of the frame.
Although the scorers dominated the game, Binghamton senior goalie Christa Quon (Vestal, N.Y.) had a strong effort in the net, making 21 saves. She stopped 14 shots in the first half to keep the Bearcats in the game until Albany's second-half outburst secured the outcome.
Binghamton continues the conference schedule on Sunday with an 11 a.m. start at Vermont. The Catamounts were defeated 13-2 by defending champion Boston University in their first conference matchup. Vermont is 4-6 overall and is coming off an 11-8 win over Siena.
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