Immediate Release: October 30, 2008
DURHAM, N.H. - Freshman forward Mary DeWitte scored in the 36th minute to propel sixth-seeded Binghamton (8-8-1) past third-seeded and host New Hampshire (6-11-1) 1-0 in an America East Championship quarterfinal game Thursday afternoon from Lewis Fields. With the victory, BU advances to the semifinals for the second straight year and third time in the last five seasons. Binghamton will play at No. 2 Stony Brook Sunday night.
The Bearcats applied pressure from the opening whistle, and scored the game's lone goal in the 36th minute. Junior center back Nicole Montoya played a thru ball toward the New Hampshire goal, and DeWitte outmuscled two UNH defenders to keep possession of the ball inside the box. DeWitte then sidestepped an onrushing UNH goalie and tapped the ball into the vacant goal for her second tally in the last three games.
"We've been working hard all year with a lot of obstacles and the players really deserve this win today," head coach Sarah McClellan said. "We executed perfectly in the first half. After Mary (DeWitte) scored a great goal, we continued to pressure their defense. In the second half, our players just grinded it out. We had to stay smart. Jen (McEachron) had a great game in goal. Nicole (Montoya) and Dani (Raske) also were excellent at center back, and Jen (Abbate) stood out as well. We are very excited and honored to move on to the semifinals."
Binghamton outshot UNH 9-3 in the first half and 12-10 for the game.
Junior keeper Jen McEachron made six saves for her seventh shutout of the season.
The Bearcats now pay a return visit to Stony Brook, where the Seawolves used a late goal to pull out a 3-2 regular season win over BU on October 23.
2008 America East Tournament
October 30 (quarterfinals)
November 2 (semifinals)
Nov. 8 or Sun., Nov. 9 (championship)
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