April 30, 2011

Binghamton Tops Albany in Final Seconds

from press release

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Freshman attackman Brandon Planck netted the game-winning goal with 20 seconds left to carry Binghamton (7-7, 3-2 AE) to an 8-7 triumph over the University at Albany (5-10, 0-5 AE) Saturday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The host Bearcats snapped a three-game losing streak to the Great Danes and posted its fifth straight win at home, setting a program record for the most regular-season home wins since the team's inception in 2002.

With 35 seconds remaining, senior midfielder David Raleigh turned and fired a shot in traffic from point blank range but hit the top of the post. Planck was there for the rebound directly behind the cage and fired home the game-winner to beat Albany's goalie Edmund Cathers high.

With seven wins on the year, BU matched the win total of the 2006 squad for the second winningest season in school history.

The Bearcats, who were tabbed sixth in the America East preseason poll, finished in a three-way tie for second place in the regular-season standings at 3-2. Due to the tiebreaking procedure, BU earned a No. 4 seed heading into next week's America East Tournament and will face nationally-ranked Stony Brook in the semifinal round.

"We did a good job of creating opportunities for ourselves, even though we didn't finish as much as I would have liked," interim head coach Kevin McKeown said. "We had a lot of good time consuming possessions and put excellent defensive pressure on them throughout the game."

The Bearcats raced out to an early 4-0 lead and dominated the first half of play, shutting out an Albany squad for the opening 28:56 of the contest. Sophomore midfielder Tyler Perrelle posted a pair of goals during that stretch, including a man-up score at the 10:36 mark of the second quarter. Classmate Matt Springer added his team-leading 27th goal of the year 45 seconds before Perrelle's second score. The Great Danes finally stopped the bleeding with a goal from Joe Resetarits at the 1:04 mark before the half.

In the third stanza, junior John Clark opened up the scoring with an unassisted tally at the 12:52 mark, extending BU's lead to 5-1. However, the Great Danes controlled the face-offs (5-of-7) and shot totals (15-5) en route to outscoring the host squad 5-1, taking a 6-5 lead with 1:44 remaining in the quarter.

Freshman Michael Antinozzi converted a man-up opportunity with 8:24 remaining in the contest to stop a 5-0 Albany spurt, knotting the score at six apiece. An offsides penalty against the Great Danes, coupled with a two-minute unreleasable penalty, created a 6-on-4 man-up possession that BU capitalized on with a score from Planck at 7:39.

Resetarits tied the game at seven with an unassisted goal 90 seconds later, setting the stage for Planck's heroics in the final minute.

NOTES: Jordan Marra and Miles Thompson were named the America East Players of the Game ... Binghamton's five-game home winning streak is tied for the fourth longest active streak in the nation ... Binghamton won five home games in 2004, with the fifth win coming against Stony Brook in the semifinals of the America East Tournament ... BU's 49 total shots was four shy of the program record of 53, set against Vermont in 2007.


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