come through in final home game as Bearcats defeat Vermont 3-2
N.Y. --Senior forward Tracy Kasmarcik (Binghamton, N.Y./ Susquehanna
Valley) tied a season-high with two goals and classmate Irene
Morales (New Rochelle, N.Y./ New Rochelle) assisted on another
goal, leading Binghamton (9-6-2, 3-3-2 AE) to a critical 3-2
win over Vermont (5-8-3, 1-5-1 AE) in an America East Conference
game at West Gym Field on Sunday. With the win, the Bearcats
remain in contention for a spot in the conference tournament,
which will begin in 10 days.
"This was a must win game for us," head coach Jeff
Leightman said. "It got ugly at times but we had the killer
instinct to finish it off."
Kasmarcik got the scoring started at the 19:12 mark, when she
drilled a shot into the net from five yards out to make it 1-0
Bearcats. Juniors Tatiana Mathelier (Pomona, N.Y./ Saddle
River Day) and Caitlin O'Shaughnessy (Stony Point, N.Y./
North Rockland) were credited with the assists. That lead,
however, lasted just 14 seconds, as junior midfielder Kate Moran
got by the Binghamton defense and then took a pass from freshman
midfielder Kara McDonough and slid it in the net to deadlock
the game at 1-1.
With the score tied, Binghamton come out firing in the second
half as Morales took a corner kick and found sophomore defender
Vicky Vernicek (Randolph, N.J./ Randolph) right in front
of the goal. Vernicek then headed the ball home, reclaiming the
lead for Binghamton just 1:16 into the second half. Kasmarcik
then added an important goal at the 70:38 mark, as she took a
pass from freshman defender Danielle White (Haddon Township,
N.J./ Haddon Township) and went in on a breakaway to give
Binghamton a 3-1 cushion.
Vermont wouldn't quit, however, as senior midfielder Sara Jablonski
took a cross from freshman midfielder Amy Cochran and shot it
in the net at the 73:03 mark. Still, the Bearcats were able to
hang on for the win.
For the game, Binghamton outshot Vermont 20-14. Freshman keeper
Kristie Bowers (Rochester, N.Y.) made seven saves for
the Bearcats while senior Katie Duffy had nine saves for the
concluded its regular season on Saturday at Boston at 1 p.m.
NOTE: The game against Vermont also marked the final regular
season home game for senior midfielder Danielle Kosecki (Syracuse,