Immediate Release: October 23, 2008
STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Freshman forward Colleen McKenna scored the game-winner in the 85th minute to give host Stony Brook (9-7, 5-2 AE) a 3-2 win over Binghamton (6-8-1, 2-5 AE) in an America East game Thursday night from LaValle Stadium. The Bearcats twice built one-goal leads only to see the Seawolves answer.
With the score knotted at 2-2 late in regulation, McKenna scored an unassisted goal - her sixth of the season. Binghamton was forced to play the second half without its defensive leader and captain, center back Nicole Montoya, and Stony Brook took advantage. The Seawolves applied pressure and held an 11-3 shot margin in the final period. Montoya took a direct blow to the face and was unable to return to the game.
"Char and Mary had great goals but following our goals we had mental breakdowns that allowed Stony Brook back into the game," head coach Sarah McClellan said. "We have to sharpen up on that. Losing Nicole for the entire second half was a big blow for us."
The Bearcats opened the scoring in the 28th minute when senior forward Charlotte Foster headed in a corner kick from sophomore Dani Raske or her third tally of the season. It was Raske's fifth assist of the fall.
The Seawolves tied it 2:43 before halftime.
In the second half, the Bearcats recaptured the lead when freshman forward Mary DeWitte scored her first collegiate goal in the 69th minute. Raske sent a free kick at the goal, and DeWitte banged in a loose ball from close range.
But the lead was shortlived, as just 1:08 later, the Seawolves struck for the equalizer.
Junior keeper Jen McEachron made five saves for the Bearcats, who were outshot 13-9. Stony Brook held a commanding 11-3 shot margin in the second half.
The Bearcats wrap up their regular season Sunday at Vermont with a playoff berth on the line.
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