Robert Martin Obituary – Binghamton Graduate Student Goalie Has Died, What Happened?
Robert Martin, a fifth-year goalie for the Binghamton Bearcats men’s lacrosse team and a graduate student at Binghamton, committed suicide on Friday, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard. While the school did not go into depth about Martin’s death in their announcement on Saturday, Shaun Smith, Martin’s high school coach, confirmed to the Post-Standard that the 23-year-old had committed suicide.
According to usalaxmagazine.com, Martin played in 27 games for Binghamton across five seasons, most recently against Princeton on Feb. 22. In 2019, he started nine games and was a part of the Bearcats’ leadership council the previous season. He researched integrative neuroscience, according to his Binghamton bio and Legacy.com obituary.
Martin was a standout athlete at Syracuse’s Corcoran High School. During his high school career, he was a three-time all-league goaltender who also scored five goals. Smith, who is currently the head coach at Jordan-Elbridge, lamented the lack of mental health awareness and resources for young athletes.
“I look back and wonder whether there was anything I could have done,” he told the Post-Standard. “I’m not sure.” There is a greater need for education. More outreach is required. More assistance, knowledge, and resources are needed. “All that is required is for there to be more.”