Immediate Release: November 7, 2004
"I'm absolutely thrilled and so proud of our kids," head coach Jeff Leightman said. "All the work they put in during the season really showed today. They kept on fighting despite any adversity. Today was an ugly game but it was our championship mentality that gave us the edge."
Maine controlled play for much of the first half, until the Bearcats struck with 9:30 remaining. Off a corner kick, freshman forward Tricia Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) outleaped Maine goalie Tayna Adorno and sent a header toward the unoccupied net, where a Black Bears defender reached out and stopped the shot with her hand, prompting a penalty kick call. Junior defender Meghan Taylor (Campbell Hall, N.Y.) stepped up and sent the 12-yard shot into the top left corner of the net for her second goal of the season. Taylor, whose defensive presence carried the team the entire season, was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
In the second half, sophomore midfielder Kelly Burnham (Endicott, N.Y.) scored an insurance goal at the 77:10 mark, knocking in a header from close range after senior linemate Caitlin O'Shaughnessy (Stony Point, N.Y.) had sent her own header across the goalmouth. The goal was Burnham's second of the tournament.
Bowers (Rochester, N.Y.) made six saves for Binghamton, recording
her third straight shutout and seventh of the season.
Joining Taylor on the all-tournament team was freshman defender Katie Kerrigan (Middletown, N.Y.), Burnham and senior forward Tatiana Mathelier (Pomona, N.Y.), who scored a goal in BU's 3-0 semifinal win over Northeastern.
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