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September 30, 2015

Team and individual accomplishments

Men’s soccer goalie Moewes named to national Hermann Trophy watch list

The Missouri Athletic Conference (MAC) has released its Hermann Trophy Watch List for the 2015 men’s soccer season and junior goalkeeper Robert Moewes is one of just 30 players to have been selected.

The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in NCAA soccer. It is presented annually to one male and one female athlete. The winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at the trophy presentation banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.

The Hermann Trophy Watch Lists are compiled by the NSCAA Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division I All-America Committees, based on analysis of returning All-America and All-Region players, as well as any prominent newcomers.

Moewes was named first-team All-Region by the NSCAA following his sophomore season. He was also the America East Conference Goalkeeper of the Year. His signature performance of 2014 came against Stony Brook in the America East quarterfinals when he stopped three penalty kicks in the decisive shootout.

“Robert has had a great start to his career at Binghamton and this honor is well deserved,” head coach Paul Marco said. “We are happy for him and are hopeful to see his name on the ballot at the end of the year.”

This marks the second time during its 15-year NCAA Division I era that a Binghamton player has been named to the Herman Trophy Watch List. Cameron Keith was tabbed in 2008.

Binghamton reports back for preseason next Tuesday and will open its season Augusts 28 at Ohio State.

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Women’s lacrosse assistant helps Canada win World Championship

Binghamton women’s lacrosse assistant coach Allison Daley can now add being a world champion to her coaching resume. Along with coaching for Binghamton the last two years, Daley has also served as an assistant coach for the Canadian U-19 National Team. On Aug. 1, Canada defeated the United States 9-8 to win the 2015 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship.

“Having an opportunity to help lead Canada to its first ever gold medal in women’s field lacrosse was easily one of the best experiences of my life,” reflected Daley. “The two-year process and ten-day road to the championship game was not easy, but as a team and staff we came together and achieved our goal of getting better each day.”

This was Daley’s second year on Scott Teeter’s coaching staff. The Peterborough, Ontario native also played for the U-19 team in 2007.

“Besides the honor of being able to represent your country on the international stage, which is something not everyone can say they have done, my favorite part was coaching such an incredible and talented group of players,” stated Daley. “These are the best players in the country and some of the top players in the NCAA, and they followed our ‘team first’ motto to a T. In addition to their talent, they are great people and ambassadors of our country.”

Canada went 7-1 in the tournament, and had to knock off defending champion United States in the gold medal game. USA jumped out to a 3-1 lead, but Canada fought back to control a 5-4 advantage at halftime. The teams traded four goals each in the second half, with Canada’s defense and goalkeeping withstanding a late USA rally to preserve the 9-8 victory.

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Men’s soccer stuns No. 28 Ohio State

Pascal Trappe scored 3:55 into the match, leading Binghamton (1-1-0) to a 1-0 win over No. 28 Ohio State (1-1-0) in the final round of the Ira and Bert Wolstein Classic on Sunday afternoon. The win marked the Bearcats’ first victory over a nationally-ranked opponent in five years as well as their first-ever triumph over a Big Ten Conference opponent.

Trappe took advantage of a Buckeye turnover in its own end of the field. He then fired the ball into the back right of the net, giving the Bearcats a lead that would hold for the remainder of the match.

“I was looking to get close to the ball and when one of the center backs tried to pass it back to the goalkeeper, I was able to intercept it,” he said. “It was important for us to score early because it gave us the confidence that we could play with them.”

In a tightly contested defensive game, the shots finished even at 6-6. Junior Robert Moewes needed to only make a pair of saves in recording his first solo shutout of the season. His final one, however, came with just nine seconds left in regulation and preserved the shutout.

“I thought our guys were terrific today,” head coach Paul Marco said. “When we watched Ohio State play on Friday (in the opening round of the Bert and Ira Wolstein Classic), we saw how good they were. We were able to put together a great plan and the guys stuck to it and stayed on top of the match. A couple of our younger guys really showed a lot of maturity today.”

Trappe was joined on the Ira and Bert Wolstein All-Tournament Team by freshman midfielder Kevin Flesch and junior back Shervin Mohajeri.

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Track All-Americans honored in special ceremony

The 2015-16 academic year is now a week old but on Wednesday afternoon in the Events Center, Jesse Garn and Keishorea Armstrong were honored at the Events Center for their historic 2015 outdoor track & field seasons.

The Bearcat duo became the 10th and 11th Binghamton student-athletes respectively to earn NCAA Division I All-America honors. At last spring’s NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Garn was fourth overall in the men’s 800, earning first-team All-America honors in the process. Armstrong, meanwhile, was 24th in the women’s long jump and was named an honorable mention All-American.

On Wednesday, Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger and Athletics Director Patrick Elliott each spoke about Garn and Armstrong’s accomplishments. There were also citations and proclamations from New York State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Broome County Executive Debra Preston and Binghamton Mayor Richard David.

“Being an All-American is one of the greatest honors in college athletics and it is something that can put a school like Binghamton on the map,” Stenger said. “Congratulations to Jesse and Keishorea and we are all very proud of all your accomplishments.”

“We want all of our students to be great students, great athletes and great people, which Jesse and Keishorea both are,” Elliott said. “There is so much more to each of them that just being All-Americans. We are very proud of who they are and how they have represented this university.”

Head track & field coach Mike Thompson spoke about Armstrong’s accomplishments while assistant coach Annette Acuff offered her thoughts on Garn’s achievements.

“We were really excited two years ago when Keishorea decided to come to Binghamton,” Thompson said. “I was impressed with how confident she was last spring and how she handled her first trip to nationals.”

“I appreciate Jesse trusting and believing in our program,” Acuff said. “It’s been a great four years and he has been a great ambassador for us.”

Garn has one more year of track eligibility remaining while Armstrong has two more seasons. Although they have begun preparations for the spring, Wednesday afternoon offered them a chance to reflect on their accomplishments to date.

“Competing against the best athletes in the nation was simply breathtaking,” Armstrong said. “It felt amazing and was truly one of the best moments of my life.”

“I have been so fortunate to have had the success that I’ve had,” Garn said. “I started out trying to be one of the top guys on the team and four years later, to be an All-American is great.”