“Today’s win was an extraordinary team effort,” the head coach Neel Bhattacharjee the word. “We went on knowing that it was our first game of the season and we had a few players unavailable. Despite the difficulties, our players came back to this point. We scored two good goals and fought hard until the last second against one of them. top team at the conference. “
The win over the Albany side who have won three of the last five conference titles is a big statement for the Bearcats side who were relegated to a staggering sixth in a pre-season coach poll.
“There is no coach who is more proud today than me … I love our effort and resilience,” added Bhattacharjee. “We will enjoy this well-earned win, earn our recovery and focus our attention on hosting another very talented team at Stony Brook.”
Binghamton beat Albany 13-9 and went into the first board in the 27th minute. After Anand was dropped from outside the penalty area, BU was awarded a free kick. With the two McKnight sisters on the ball, it’s the new midfielders Victoria McKnight who makes a cross towards goal that meets the head of the senior defender Erin Theiller. The attacking Theiller sent his header into the near corner to take a 1-0 lead. It was a fourth career goal for Theiller, who is better known for his defensive work.
The Bearcats took the lead into the first half and got through the first 23 minutes of the second before Albany capitalized on the pressure to equalize. A thru ball in front of BU’s back line leads to a finish from eight yards with 21:14 to play. But with a team looking to be headed for extra time for a second straight year, BU played to the whistle and grabbed the win to remain unbeaten at Casey Stadium in the last three tries (2-0-1).
Junior guard Haylee Poltorak is credited with two saves as a BU backline negating most of the Albany attacks.
Sixteen months after playing their final game and amidst the challenging circumstances created by the pandemic, Bhattacharjee and the team have another reason to celebrate on Sunday.
“Just being here is a big win,” he said. “We appreciate everything East America, Binghamton University and our administration of athletics and sports medicine have done to make this moment possible.”
Binghamton welcomes defending champion Stony Brook to the Bearcats Sports Complex at 1pm next Sunday.
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