Bearcats go two overtimes, beat St. John's 1-0
Vestal, N.Y. Junior midfielder Mary Fazio (East Northpoint,
N.Y./ John Glenn) took a pass from sophomore forward Tracy Kasmarcik
(Binghamton, N.Y./ Susquehanna Valley) and scored the game-winning
goal with exactly one minute remaining in the second sudden-death
overtime period, lifting Binghamton (3-1) to a 1-0 win over St.
Johns (1-3) in the final round of the Binghamton/ Adidas
The win gave the Bearcats a 2-0 record in the round robin tournament,
equaling that of Western Michigan (2-2), which beat Iona (0-5)
8-1 earlier in the day. The Broncos, however, would win the tournament
title by virtue of its better goal differential over the weekend.
Still, Binghamtons win avenged last seasons 2-1
overtime loss to Northeastern in the final round of last seasons
Binghamton/ Adidas Tournament.
This is a tremendous win for us, said Binghamton
head coach Jeff Leightman. We didnt play well in
the first half (St. Johns outshot Binghamton 12-2) but
really battled back in the second half and in overtime. Im
very proud of our team because they showed a lot of heart in
The game winner was set up when Kasmarick scooped up a loose
ball on the end line, dribbled past a St. Johns defender
and lifted it to Fazio, who was waiting in front of the goal.
Fazio tipped it into the net, sparking a wild celebration by
Tracy really had to work hard to get me the ball,
Fazio said. It was all her. I didnt even see the
ball go into the net.
The fact that Binghamton even got the game into overtime can
be attributed largely to junior goalkeeper Lauren Cherry (Wyncote,
Pa./ Cheltenham), who made a critical save with 21 minutes remaining.
St. Johns freshman forward Chelsea McNally dribbled in
on a breakaway and shot the ball to Cherrys right, apparently
destined for the back of the net. Cherry, however, made a lunging
catch, keeping the game deadlocked.
We won that game for Lauren because she got us into overtime
with that save, said Leightman. We owed it to her
because we would never have had the chance to win without her.
As for the Broncos, they beat Iona 8-1 behind a hat trick from
junior midfielder Mary Gignac. Western Michigan outscored its
opponents 13-1 during the weekend.
TOURNAMENT NOTES: Fazio, Kasmarcick, Cherry and junior midfielders
Cara Biondo (Woodmere, N.Y./ Hewlett) and Amanda Norman (Middletown,
N.Y./ Orange County CC) were named to the all-tournament team
for Binghamton. Gignac, junior forward Kersten Conklin, junior
midfielder Amber Scyphers and sophomore defender Abi Morrell
were Western Michigans players on the all-tournament team.
Representing St. Johns were sophomore defender Courtney
Rhett and junior forward Erin Zambelli. Iona lone pick was sophomore
midfielder Alison DeMarch. Conklin was named the tournaments
offensive MVP while Biondo was named the defensive MVP.