VESTAL - After 110 scoreless minutes in the America East semifinals, second-seeded Binghamton (9-6-2) prevailed over third-seeded Maine (9-5-3) 4-2 in the penalty kick shootout Sunday afternoon from the Bearcats Sports Complex.
The Bearcats now advance to the championship game and will face top-seeded and defending champion Boston University at 1 p.m. next Saturday in Boston.
Senior back Nicole Montoya slotted home the winning kick to clinch it for Binghamton, which returns to the conference title game for the first time in five years.
The Bearcats won the crown in 2004.
Senior keeper Jen McEachron stopped Maine's second attempt and when the Black Bears' fourth shooter missed off the post, the stage was set for Montoya. Binghamton converted all four of its attempts, from junior back Stefani Knopick, freshman midfielder Emily Pape, sophomore midfielder Mary DeWitte and then Montoya.
Boston University defeated Binghamton 3-0 in Boston back on September 27 and is 8-1 all-time against the Bearcats.
Binghamton is 4-2-4 all-time in the America East tournament and was playing in the program's third consecutive semifinal game.