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Vestal, N.Y. — Junior forward Tracy Kasmarcik (Binghamton, N.Y.) scored a career-high three goals as the Binghamton University Bearcats (5-2-1) cruised to a 7-1 win over the Howard University Bison (1-7-1) in a non-conference game on Friday afternoon at West Gym Field.

“We were very pleased with our effort today,” said BU head coach Jeff Leightman. “Howard is a very athletic team and we knew we would have to do more than just get in behind them in order to get a win.”

In a muddy, rain-soaked event, the Bearcats scored three goals in a six-minute span midway through the first half and took a 4-1 lead into the break. Kasmarcik opened the scoring at the 15:43 mark when she took a pass from teammate Deli Plourde (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and beat the keeper from 10 yards out. Tatiana Mathelier (Pomona, N.Y.) also recorded an assist on the play. Barely a minute later, freshman defender Meghan Taylor (Campbell Hall, N.Y.) recorded her first career goal on a 20-yard free kick. At the 21:45 mark Mathelier scored on a pass from freshman Lauren Massey (Toronto, Ontario). Kasmarcik added her second goal of the half with just under 15 minutes remaining. Junior midfielder Danielle Kosecki (Syracuse) passed the ball ahead on a fastbreak, and Kasmarcik blasted the ball past Howard’s goalkeeper.

Howard scored its only goal at the 22:21 mark, when Michelle Williston (Windsor, Conn.) seized control of the ball and found the net. Ranieka Bean (Madison, Ala.) assisted on the goal.

In the second half, Deli Plourde scored her first goal of the season following a corner kick at the 54:05 mark. Plourde took the ball off a corner kick from Amanda Norman (Middletown, N.Y.) and had an open shot at the goal. Just 30 seconds later Norman picked up a goal of her own, beating the keeper from 15 yards out. Seeking her first-ever hat trick, Kasmarcik had several chances to score that were stopped by the Howard keeper. That was until the 77:48 mark when Kasmarcik made a run downfield and found the net to close the scoring.

The Bearcats outshot Howard 33-8 for the game, and the seven goals marked the highest scoring output since Binghamton defeated St. Peter’s 7-1 last October 19.

“We knocked the ball around very well,” Leightman said. We got behind [Howard] and finished our balls better than we have in other games this year. We played a very good game tactically and that led to good things.”

Howard goalkeeper Lindsey Walton (Upper St. Clair, Pa.) had eight saves and several gutsy blocks on potential BU shots. For Binghamton, senior goalkeeper Lauren Cherry (Wyncote, Pa.) stopped six shots.

“It was a physical game, but that doesn’t bother us the way it might have in the past,” said Leightman. “We have played some very physical teams so that doesn’t take us off our game.”

The Bearcats return to action on Sunday when they travel to Colgate for a 1 p.m. game. The next home game is on Wednesday, October 2, at 4 p.m. against Albany.

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