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Celebrating five years in America East

1. On April 18, 2001, Binghamton University was officially welcomed into the America East Conference. At a press conference on campus, Athletic Director Joel Thirer was joined by former America East Commissioner Chris Monasch, President Lois DeFleur and Baxter the Bearcat.

2. Matt Dresser of the men’s cross country team became the first Binghamton athlete to earn America East All-Conference honors when he placed ninth at the 2001 championship race.

3. Yun Qu had a historic 2001-02 season. She was named the Most Outstanding Swimmer at the America East Conference Championship Meet and became the first Binghamton athlete to earn Division I All-America honors. She placed 13th in the 200 butterfly at the NCAA Championships.

4. Sarah Cartmill of the women’s basketball team was named the 2002 America East Conference Player of the Year. She averaged 18.4 points per game and led the Bearcats to a 19-9 record in their first season in the conference.

5. The first Binghamton team to win an America East title was the men’s swimming and diving team in 2003. After cruising to a 93-point win over secondplace Boston at the conference meet, the Bearcats took a victory plunge.

6. After years of success at the Division III and Division II levels, the golf team picked up right where it left off after joining the America East Conference. In 2003, the Bearcats won the first of two conference ti

The first Binghamton women’s team to win an America East title was the soccer team. Head coach Jeff Leightman and goalkeeper Kristie Bowers receive the traditional victory bath.
tles in a three-year span. They also made the first of two straight trips to the NCAA Division I Tournament.

7. Binghamton stunned the conference to win the 2003 America East championship in men’s soccer. In the previous three years, the Bearcats won just 12 games. Binghamton returned to the championship game the following two seasons.

8. The first Binghamton team to win a game in an NCAA Division I Tournament was the men’s soccer team in 2003.

9. On Jan. 31, 2004, the Binghamton men’s basketball team played its first game at the Events Center. A standing-room-only crowd of 4,660 watched the Bearcats defeat Hartford 75-68.

10. Josh Ruff of the wrestling team earned his second consecutive trip to the NCAA championships in 2004. He won a pair of matches at the 141-pound weight class before losing to the eventual national champion.

11. In 2004, their third season as a intercollegiate sport, the Binghamton men’s lacrosse team went 10-6 and advanced to the conference finals.

12. Kevin McKeown of the men’s lacrosse team was named honorable mention All-America following the 2004 season. He led a Bearcat defense that was ranked No. 1 in the nation.

13. In 2004, Jessica Chellis of the softball team became the first Binghamton athlete to earn first-team All-Conference honors three years in a row. The four-year starting catcher graduated as Binghamton’s all-time

The volleyball team won the 2005 America East Conference title.
home run leader.

14. The first Binghamton women’s team to win an America East title was the soccer team in 2004.

15. Rory Quiller shattered the America East record in the pole vault at the 2005 conference indoor championships. He advanced to the NCAA Division I Championships and placed 12th overall in the event.

16. Binghamton played host to the 2005 America East Conference men’s basketball championships. The Bearcats advanced to the semifinals for the first time in program history.

17. The men’s tennis team has been the most successful team in terms of winning conference championships. In 2005, the Bearcats captured their third consecutive America East Conference title.

18. Matthieu Bergeron of the baseball team was named the 2005 America East Player of the Year after rewriting the school record books. He belted a programbest 16 home runs and drove in 55 RBIs.

19. Zeynep Altinay of the women’s tennis team was named the 2005 America East Player of the Year after going 30-4 at No. 1 singles. It was the most successful season by a player in school history and propelled the Bearcats to a runner-up finish at the conference tournament.

20. Danielle Edwards of the women’s lacrosse team broke the program record with 33 goals during the 2005 season. The sophomore went on to earn America East All-Conference honors at the conclusion of the season.

21. Bing

Graham Munro
hamton hosted the America East Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 2005. Four athletes won individual events as the Bearcat men’s and women’s teams finished a program-best fourth.

22. Katie Radzik of the women’s cross country team made the most of Binghamton hosting the 2005 America East Championship Race. She placed a program-best third overall in her freshman season. The following week, Radzik became the first Binghamton runner to earn NCAA Division I All-East Region honors.

23. Despite losing three players to graduation, the volleyball team won the 2005 America East Conference title. Behind tournament MVP Jacki Kane, the Bearcats beat Maine 3-1 in the semifinals and Stony Brook 3-1 in the championship match.

24. Graham Munro of the men’s soccer team earned thirdteam All-America honors from College Soccer News at the conclusion of the 2005 season. The senior back was named the America East Conference Defender of the Year for the third straight season and propelled the Bearcats to three straight appearances in the conference title game.

25. After competing for his native Turkey at the 2004 Athens Olympics, Kaan Tayla arrived at Binghamton and was named the 2005 and 2006 America East Most Outstanding Men’s Swimmer. He became the first men’s swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Division I Championships, where he competed in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle races.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08