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Bearcats fall to New Hampshire 1-0 in regular season finale
Binghamton finishes first America East campaign with 3-4-1 record
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DURHAM, N.H. -- Freshman midfielder Katie Stevens seized a pass from the midfield and found the back of the net in the 69th minute, leading the New Hampshire Wildcats (10-6-1, 5-2-1) to a 1-0 victory over the Binghamton Bearcats (9-7-2, 3-4-1) Sunday afternoon in each teams' regular-season finale. With the loss, the Bearcats fail to qualify for the America East Women's Soccer Championship. New Hampshire earns the second seed in the tournament. The top four teams in the conference qualify for the tournament. Binghamton finishes the season tied with Maine for sixth place overall.

"Obviously this is a very disappointing result," said BU head coach Jeff Leightman. "There have been a lot of games similar to today this season, and it seemed like not many breaks went our way."

Binghamton outshot the Wildcats 15-12 for the game, but were unable to find the net. Binghamton's best chance to score came just three minutes after New Hampshire grabbed the lead. After a shot by junior forward Tracy Kasmarcik (Binghamton, N.Y./Susquehanna Valley) was deflected, the rebound came to sophomore midfielder Deli Plourde (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa). Plourde's ensuing shot hit off a New Hampshire defender and went out of bounds. Less than 10 minutes earlier, the Bearcats missed a chance for a 1-0 lead by inches when a shot from the left corner of the box skirted just past the goal. New Hampshire goalkeeper Kristen Ouellette had six saves of the game, stopping five shots in the decisive second half. Bearcat senior goalkeeper Lauren Cherry (Wyncote, Pa./Cheltenham) had four saves on the game.

"I thought it was a pretty back-and-forth game," Leightman said. We had some good chances, including a shot that went off the goalpost in the second half, but New Hampshire had their opportunites as well."

After beginning conference play 2-0-1, the Bearcats lost four of their final five conference games, scoring just one goal in that span, the game-winner in a 1-0 win over first-place Hartford. Cherry closes her stellar BU career with 317 saves, the second-most in school history. Her 114 saves senior season are also the second-highest single-season total. Kasmarcik finished the season with a team-best 30 points on 12 goals and six assists. Her 95 career points rank her fourth in school history, just one point behind Sarah Young (1998-01) for third place.
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