Binghamton vs. Albany
March 29, 2003
The Game Story:

Vestal, N.Y. –- Freshman Chris Martocchia had two goals and one assist, as Albany opened America East Conference play with a 9-6 victory over Binghamton in a wind-driven rain on Saturday, March 29 at mud-filled East Gym Complex.

Albany (4-3, AE 1-0) reversed a 2-1 deficit in the second quarter by scoring four times in a five-minute span. Sean Donnellan, who had a pair of goals, tied the contest off a feed from Luke Daquino, before Martocchia gave his team the lead for good with 7:41 left in the period. Michael Solazzo ended that stretch with the first of his two goals on the day, and the Great Danes took a 5-2 lead to the locker room.

The Great Danes, who posted back-to-back victories for the first time this spring, scored three times in the opening seven minutes of the third quarter to build an 8-2 margin. Martocchia hit the net with just 26 seconds elapsed in the period off Jon Smith’s pass, and then later fed Donnellan as his team built a six-goal lead with 8:03 remaining.

Brian Chaapel, a freshman attackman, led Binghamton (2-4, AE 1-2) with two goals, while Phil Cavallo scored once and assisted on two more. Freshman goalkeeper Kevin McKeown stopped 13 shots.

Albany’s Chris Gill made the second start of his career at goalkeeper and recorded 13 saves in going the distance. Daquino, a sophomore, tied a career-high with four assists for the Great Danes, who will play their first home game of the season on Saturday, April 5 against conference-rival Hartford.