Bearcats run to a 2-2 tie with Bucknell
10/30/2012 (Updated 11:13:52 PM)VESTAL -- Visiting Bucknell (7-6-5) scored twice in the final 19 minutes of regulation, forcing a 2-2 tie with Binghamton (6-10-1) in a non-conference mens soccer game on Tuesday evening at the Bearcats Sports Complex.
The game was the final regular-season contest for the Bearcats, who now head to Stony Brook on Saturday for a 12 p.m. America East quarterfinal game.
Goals by senior midfielder Adam Whitehead andsenior forward Jake Keegan put Binghamton in command for much of the game. Whiteheads shot from outside the box in the 20th
minute was assisted by senior back Trey Jasenski. Keegan, meanwhile, finished off a cross by freshman forward Luca Bottoni in the 63rd minute.
The Bison, however, started their comeback on a close-range goal by Mark Kramarchuk in the 72nd minute. Vinny Cinotti tied the game nine minutes later on a rebound, also from close range.
I thought we started off the match terrific, head coach Paul Marco said. We are able to get a great goal by Adam and a good finish by Jake. We were able to play a lot of guys tonight so we will be fresh for Stony Brook.
Keegan now has a team-high 10 goals this season. He is the first Binghamton player to reach that total since Cameron Keith also had 10 goals during the 2007 campaign. Heading into the conference tournament, Keegans 23 total points is the second-best total recorded during Binghamtons 11-year NCAA Division I era. Charles Darkwah finished with 29 points in 2004.
Bucknell finished the game ahead on shots, 17-14.
Freshman goalkeeper Stefano Frantellizzi made seven saves for Binghamton.
NOTE: Before the game, Binghamton honored its seven graduating seniors. Joining Whitehead, Keegan and Jasenski were senior backs Kevin Bunce, Tommy Klim and Austin Hughes as well as senior goalkeeper Chris Hayen.
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