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Kasmarcik's goal leads Binghamton to 2-1 win over Lafayette in season-opener

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Vestal, N.Y. —Junior forward Tracy Kasmarcik (Binghamton, N.Y./ Susquehanna Valley) scored the game-winning goal on a header at the 83:39 mark, leading Binghamton (1-0) to a 2-1 win over Lafayette (1-0) in the season opener at West Gym Field. It marks the fourth consecutive season that the Bearcats have won on opening day.

Kasmarcik’s goal, which was assisted by sophomore forward Tatiana Mathelier (Pomona, N.Y./ Saddle River Day (N.J.), came just 23 seconds after the visiting Leopards tied the game at 1-1. Mathelier fired a cross to Kasmarcik who was waiting on the doorstep of the Lafayette goal.

“This team knows how to respond to adversity,” said head coach Jeff Leightman. “We fought back quickly after they tied it up and that was a beautiful goal by (Kasmarcik). Our ability to come through in the clutch has been a trademark the past few seasons and today added another chapter to that trademark.”

After a scoreless first half, Binghamton struck first on a goal by freshman midfielder Lauren Massey (Burlington, Ontario/ Notre Dame) at the 65:08 mark of the game. She took a pass from fellow freshman midfielder Kelly Sanders (Ramsey, N.J.) and then fired a 35 foot shot past Lafayette senior goalkeeper Ashley Wesmiller.

Lafayette evened the score when junior midfielder Kati Kochersperger tipped in a cross from senior midfielder Briana Rinchiuso at the 83:16 mark.

Wesmiller had six saves while Binghamton senior goalkeeper Lauren Cherry (Wyncote, Pa./ Cheltenham) made two saves.

The Bearcats are back home against Mt. St. Mary’s on Sunday at 3 p.m. Lafayette travels to Mt. St. Mary’s on Sept. 7 for a 1 p.m. game.

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