Immediate Release: March 23, 2004
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Bearcats fall to Long Island 9-8 on last-second goal
BROOKLYN, N.Y.--A free-position goal with one second remaining in the game lifted host Long Island (2-4) to a 9-8 victory over Binghamton (1-3) in a non-conference game played Tuesday afternoon at LIU field. The Blackbirds rallied from what had been a 7-3 deficit early in the second half by scoring the final four goals of the game for their second win of the season.
Freshman attack Becky Green (Altamont, N.Y./Guilderland), who entered the game ranked sixth in the nation in assists, showed off her scoring prowess with a team-high three goals. Green also had one assist, and took over the team lead with 14 points on the season (seven goals, seven assists). America East Rookie of the Week Anna Riordan (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) and sophomore center Lauren Wetherell (Bethpage, N.Y.) added two goals and one assist apiece. Riordan leads the team with nine goals this season and continues to be the only Bearcat who has found the net at least twice in all four games.
Long Island entered the game as the top defensive team in the entire nation, having allowed just 4.4 goals per game in their first five outings. Binghamton surpassed that total before halftime, and led 6-2 at the break. After the Blackbirds tied the score at 1-1 just over 10 minutes into the contest, the Bearcats scored five unanswered goals. A score by junior attack Laura Gabbamonte (Glen Cove, N.Y.) gave BU the lead, and Riordan had both of her goals during the run.
In the second half, Green scored Binghamton's last goal of the game with just under 18 minutes left, giving the Bearcats an 8-5 lead. Shortly after was when Long Island seized control of the game, scoring three straight goals in a span of 3:45 to tie the game. That set up the final-second heroics, and LIU's Nichole Lopez converted on the game-ending free-position attempt.
Senior goalie Christa Quon (Vestal, N.Y.) made 14 saves in goal, including nine in the second half.
Binghamton returns home on Saturday at 1 p.m. to take on Canisius.
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