Binghamton vs. Hartford
April 16, 2005
The Game Story:
VESTAL, N.Y.--Binghamton freshman Stephen Smith (Canandaiuga, N.Y.) had a school record six assists as Binghamton (2-8, 2-2 AE) defeated Hartford (2-9, 0-5 AE) 13-7 in a conference game Saturday afternoon at the East Gym Complex. The Bearcats went 2-1 in home games this season.

Binghamton struck first on a man-up goal by sophomore Matt McNamara (Oswego, N.Y.) who was assisted by Smith. Hartford answered back with a pair of goals before the end of the first quarter, giving them the 2-1 advantage. Sophomore Jeff Santucci (Cicero, N.Y.) tied the game up at the 10:17 mark in the second quarter on an assist by Smith. Hartford took the lead again on a goal by junior Matt Holman, junior Phil Cavallo (Cedarhurst, N.Y.) tied the game up with only 56 seconds left in the first half, Smith assisted the goal.

In the second half the Bearcats offense woke up from their season slumber and netted ten goals. Sophomore Nate Kerstein (Rochester, N.Y.) scored an unassisted goal with 11:05 left to play in the third quarter, giving Binghamton its first lead since early in the first quarter. The Hawks tied the game at 4-4 on a man-up goal. Cavallo found the net for an unassisted goal with 6:17 left to play in the third quarter. Just over a minute later Hartord tied the game up for the final time with a man-up goal.

From the 4:13 mark in the third quarter to the 2:16 mark in the forth quarter the Bearcats went on a 8-1 run to break the game open. Scoring for Binghamton over this stretch was Smith, junior Brian Thomas (Ithaca, N.Y.) and Kerstein with one each, Cavallo with two and McNamara with three goals. Following the final Bearcat goal, junior Andrew Rohmer won the face-off for the Hawks, shot to score the final goal of the game.

"This was a game we had to win, our backs were against the wall," head coach Ed Stephenson said. "We have to win next weekend as well to get into the play-offs. In the second half we commited to high percentage shots and it paid off."

Junior goalie Kevin McKeown (Brewster, N.Y.) made 7 saves. Binghamton collected 33 ground balls, while the Hawks had 21. The Bearcats won the face-off battle for the first time this season, winning 12 of the 23 faceoffs. Binghamton outshot its opponent 45 to 17. Hartford converted two of its four extra-man opportunities, while the Bearcats were 4-7.

The Bearcats will head to Quinnipiac on Saturday for a 1 p.m. game.