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Booby Trappe! BU rallies past Stony Brook in double OT

VESTAL, N.Y. – Graduate student midfielder Pascal Trappe scored 5:02 into the second overtime period, lifting Binghamton (9-7-2) to a 3-2 win over Stony Brook (7-8-3) in an America East men's soccer quarterfinal game on Saturday evening at LaVelle Stadium. With the victory, the Bearcats advance to the conference semifinals for the second straight season and will travel to Albany for a 7 p.m. match on Wednesday.

Trappe's goal, which was his team-best sixth of the season, was set up by senior midfielder Bret Celeste, who headed the ball back to him 15 yards in front of the goal. Trappe then smashed it into the upper-right corner of the net.

Things looks grim for the Bearcats with 18 minutes left in regulation. Already up 1-0, the Seawolves padded their lead when a cross by Alejandro Fritz found its way into the back of the net.

Senior back Zach Galluzzo, however, cut the deficit in half in the 77th minute when he scored on a sliding shot from the penalty spot. Junior forward Alex Varkatzas was credited with the assist.

Varkatzas was a part of the game tying goal as well. His cross right on the end line was tapped in by freshman forward Nikkos Psarras with just 3:06 left in regulation.

"I am so proud of our team," head coach Paul Marco said. "Our team grew a bit tonight. We played well for most of the match but up until the last 15 minutes, had nothing to show for it. Everyone played great, especially in the second half."

Binghamton outshot Stony Brook 18-11 for the match. In the second half, the Bearcats had a 9-4 advantage and in the overtime periods, led by a 4-2 count at the time of Trappe's goal.

The two-goal deficit is the largest that Binghamton has overcome for a victory in the postseason during its 15-year NCAA Division I era.

NOTE: Galluzzo and Trappe were both named first-team all-conference on Friday afternoon … three of Trappe's six goals this season have been game winners.

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)