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BINGHAMTON MEN’S SOCCER DAILY UPDATE

Blogging our way through the 2012 season (As of November 5)

November 5, 2012


BINGHAMTON MEN’S SOCCER DAILY UPDATE

November 5, 2012

Thank You

As is always the case, this is the blog entry that we like writing the least.

Saturday’s 5-4 overtime loss bring to the end the 2012 Binghamton men’s soccer season. It also brings to the end the Men’s Soccer Daily Update.

To close out the year, we’d like to thank a number of people who have been a tremendous help this year:

1. Coach Marco and his team: All of them have been very responsive to our text messages after games and each of them has always been very up front after wins and losses.

2. The Seniors: Jake, Tommy, Adam, Trey, Kevin, Chris and Austin. For the last 3-5 years, each of these players has been a pleasure to work with.

3. We could thank all of the parents (and I do), but we want single out Stephen Hughes in particular for his outstanding photography the past five years. He will be sorely missed by everyone in the program.

In the upcoming weeks, the All-Region and Scholar-All Region teams will be announced, and there will be updates on the Binghamton website.

Until, everyone take care and its been a pleasure working with and writing for all of you.

Sincerely,

David O’Brian
Assistant Sports Information Director
Binghamton University

Posted November 5, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. Feedback can be sent to dobrian@binghamton.edu

 

 

November 2, 2012

Top 5 List: First Round Games

Binghamton arrived safely in Long Island last night, having navigated through the remnants of Hurricane Sandy. While the Bearcats look ahead to tomorrow, its time to look back at the their first previous semifinal games. With two shootout wins, a three-goal performance and a pair of late heartbreaks, their is plenty to sort through:

5. 2010: New Hampshire 1, Binghatmon 0

A week after dealing the Wildcats a 1-0, double-overtime loss, the Bearcats allowed an own goal late in the second half.

4. 2009: UMBC 2, Binghamton 1

After a scoreless first half, the second 45-minute period saw more than its share of fireworks. Each team scored during the first three minutes. In the end, however, Levi Hoapeu banged home the game winner for the Retrievers in the 72nd minute at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

3. 2004: Binghamton 0, New Hampshire 0 (3-2 win in penalty kicks)

Due to a torrential downpour at the West Gym Field, this match was moved to Binghamton’s practice field. After a 0-0 tie, the two teams went to penalty kicks. After four rounds of penalty kicks, the score was tied at 2-2. Stefan Gonet then achieved the rare double of making his shot in the top of the fifth frame and making the save off of New Hampshire’s ensuing attempt.

2. 2008: Binghamton 3, New Hampshire 1

This is perhaps the least mentioned of Cameron Keith’s games at Binghatmon. In the first half, he recorded a goal and two assists, leading the Bearcats to its biggest margin of victory in a first round game.

1. 2005: Binghamton 1, Boston Univ. 1 (5-4 win in penalty kicks)

In the second of three straight shootout games against Boston in the playoffs, Joey Neilson gave the Bearcats a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute. The defending champions, however, tied the game in the 79th minute.

The difference in the penalty kick round came in the bottom of the second round, with Binghamton up 2-1. Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Bertoni stopped Zach Bauer’s shot to give the Bearcats an edge they would not relinquish through the rest of the shootout. After four rounds, Binghamton held a 4-3 advantage when junior forward Peter Sgueglia (Schenectady, N.Y.) converted the clinching kick.

“This was one of the best college soccer games I’ve seen,” head coach Paul Marco said. “They came at us and we came at them. Ryan’s save in the shootout was fantastic.”

One more note about that game: The Bearcats’ win gave them a semifinal date at…guess where? UMBC.

Five Years Later…..

Tomorrow marks the five-year anniversary of Binghamton clinching its most recent America East regular-season title. The site of the 1-0 win? Stony Brook.

Recap

Posted November 2, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Feedback can be sent to dobrian@binghamton.edu

 


November 1, 2012

Elite Company

Not only did Jake Keegan earn first-team all-conference honors today from the America East, but he achieved the rare double of also being named to the conference’s all-academic team. He was one of only two players to earn both distinctions this season, joining Liam Paddock of UMBC.

Keegan is also one of only three Bearcat men’s soccer players ever to earn both honors in the same year. Here is a look at the other three:

Graham Munro (2005)

Dowser earned first-team honors for the fourth year in a row. The all-academic team was only created his senior year, otherwise, the three-time America East Defender of the Year would have made multiple appearances.

Danilo (2005)

This was Danilo’s second appearance on the first team. Like Dowser, he would have been a shoe-in as a junior as well.

Adam Chavez (2006 and 2007)

Following Dowser’s graduation, Chavez moved into the starting center back position. By his senior season, he was the conference’s Defender of the Year. Chavez is the only Binghamton player to have swept both first-team and all-academic honors.

Final Thoughts

The Bearcats trained today at their home complex before leaving around 3 p.m. for Stony Brook. Here were some final thoughts from the guys about the state of the team:

Junior forward Tommy Moon

“I thought our game against Bucknell went okay. At times we were very good and it was great to see us get the ball in the net again. This weekend is huge and the guys are looking forward to playing Stony Brook again.”

Senior forward Jake Keegan

“It was unfortunate to give up the late lead against Bucknell but overall, I thought we improved as a team against them.  Looking ahead, we are confident that we can play well against Stony Brook again.”

This Day in Binghamton Men’s Soccer History: November 1, 2006

Other than the 2003 and 2006 title games, this was the best Division I era men’s soccer game ever played at the old West Gym Field. Binghamton and Boston University were tied at 1-1 after the second sudden-death overtime period. Binghamton won the decisive penalty kick shootout 6-5, thanks to a save by Jason Stenta in the bottom of the sixth round.

What people forget, however, was that Binghamton needed a late goal in regulation to tie the game. With the Terriers up 1-0, they were clearly packing it in defensively. A perfectly-place cross from nearly midfield by Cody Germain was headed in by Joey Neilson in the 78th minute.

Stenta deserves to be remembered for his lunging save to seal the win, but without Germain’s cross, Binghamton would have been done.

Recap

Speaking of Stenta’s save, click here for the photo:

Posted November 1, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. Feedback can be sent to dobrian@binghamton.edu

 

 

 

OCTOBER 31, 2012

Binghamton-Bucknell Wrapup

While it wasn’t a win, it wasn’t a loss either against the Bison. Most important, Binghamton snapped out of its scoreless streak. It was a game many honestly did not think would be playerd, given the forecast of Hurricane Sandy. Having been trapped without power during the 2011 flood, it was pretty nice to be sitting in a press box last night.

Welcome to the Club

Jake Keegan finally did it, becoming the third player during Binghamton’s 11-year Division I era to score 10 goals in a season. Tomorrow, the all-conference teams will be announced and Keegan is in position to be named an America East all-star for the second time in his career.

Here is a look back at the other two 10-goal seasons:

Charles Darkwah (2004)

Darkwah was one of two players to follow head coach Paul Marco from West Virginia to Binghamton in 2002. He led the squad with seven goals during its 2003 championship season. In 2004, however, he really hit stride. Darkwah finished with 12 goals and 29 points, both of which led the America East Conference. He was named the America East Striker of the Year, first-team NSCAA All-Region and a COSIDA Academic All-American.

Cameron Keith (2007)

Up until the Bearcats home opener on Sept. 29, there wasn’t much special about Keith’s first season at Binghamton. He started off the season injured and had yet to score a goal. Three home games, however, changed everything. Against Cornell in the first ever men’s soccer game at the Bearcats Sports Complex, he recorded a hat trick. The next game, his two-goal performance in the Bearcats 2-1 overtime win over Boston set off a post game celebration the likes of which has yet to be duplicated. On Oct. 20, Keith had his second hat trick of the year. Like Darkwah, Keith was the America East Striker of the Year as well as a first-team all-region selection.

Keegan’s season, meanwhile, has been punctuated by a pair of games. His two-goal, one-assist performance against UNC-Wilmington was capped off by a goal in the final second. On Sept. 29, he scored the game winner in overtime against New Hampshire.

Welcome to the States

Senior Day is always a memorable time for the Bearcats’ graduating players. For Adam Whitehead, however, it was also a chance for his parents and sister to see him play live instead of via video back home in England.

Whitehead’s mother paid him a surprise visit during Homecoming Last year. On Tuesday night, however, Whitehead was fully aware of his family’s presence.

Duckpins or Ten Pins?

Jamie Forbes picked an usual way to be introduced as a starter against Bucknell on Tuesday. After waving to the fans, he turned to the Binghamton bench and pretended to bowl.  A few seconds later, the bench players acted like pins and fell down in unison.

At least it wasn’t a gutter ball.

On the Menu

Not sure who is making the chili at the postgame tailgate. Whoever you are, you are two-for-two so far this season.

Coming Up Next…

Binghamton host its post-season media day at 2 p.m. today. Tomorrow, the Bearcats leave for Stony Brook after training. We’ll have player quotes in tomorrow’s blog.

Stay tuned….

Posted October 31, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. Feedback can be sent to dobrian@binghamton.edu

 

 

OCTOBER 29, 2012

When Life Takes Over

One year ago, the Binghamton area was ravaged by the floods of 2011. I was stranded in my house in Apalachin for two days with no power. While our home did not get flooded, the area two blocks down got so much water that people were riding in canoes. It marked the second time in six years that our neighborhood suffered that fate. While we were one of the lucky ones, the memories of those two years will forever be etched in the minds of our family.

As I type this, Hurricane Sandy is arriving in the area at 2 p.m. today. I am leaving the office at 10 a.m. to prepare for the storm. There has yet to be a decision on tomorrow night’s game.

If there is no game tomorrow night, the next blog entry will be on the seniors who were to have been honored at a pregame ceremony.

In the meantime, may everyone stay safe until the storm has passed.

Then we can get back to focusing on the task at hand….playoff soccer.

Posted October 29, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. Feedback can be sent to dobrian@binghamton.edu

 

 

 

OCTOBER 25, 2012

Do the Math, Part 2

Since I will be traveling with another team tomorrow morning at 6 a.m., this entry is going to double as Thursday and Friday’s piece.

I graduated from Gettysburg College in 1992 with a degree in political science. Coach Marco graduated from West Virginia the previous year with a degree in physical education. After last night, both of us should get our honorary degrees in math.

First off, Binghamton played by Coach Marco’s accounts “our best game ever at Nickerson Field” despite what the result came out to be. Judging by the shot totals, not much to argue with. Personally, I’d say the 2004 title game, in which Binghamton and Boston played to a 2-2 tie before the Terriers won in penalty kicks ranks first, but still, compared to the results the previous couple of years, coach Marco’s point is well taken.

Last night, my office became what the network’s election headquarters are going to look like on November 6. I had live stat links to four games going on at one time.

Early on, it was pretty evident that UMBC was going to shove their game with Hartford into the win column. That was good news for the Bearcats, who don’t hold the tie breaker over the Hawks. Vermont and Albany took a while before the Catamounts finally got on the board. In Stony Brook, it looked as if the Seawolves game with New Hampshire would end in a draw. That was until a pair of Rafael Abreu goals decided the outcome.

When Coach Marco called me after the game against Boston, I gave him the run down. I wondered if we were in the playoffs, but I wasn’t ready to make a call on it. Coach Marco, however, was.

“Hartford and Albany play each other on Saturday,” he said. “I figured it out. We are in.”

I had my article typed up and ready to send to the media, but first, I had to send an e-mail to my colleague at the America East Conference asking to verify our claim.

It took nearly an hour to hear back but the e-mail I got was worth it.

“You are correct, because of your win over Albany.”

Who would have thought that a seemingly routine 1-0 win back on Oct. 6 would loom so large three weeks later.

Since 2003, Binghamton has now qualified for the America East tournament nine out of 10 seasons.

This Day in Binghamton Bearcats History: October 25, 2008

Cameron Keith scores twice in a 2-0 win over New Hampshire at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The game was delayed nearly an hour due to a heavy storm that soaked the field earlier in the day.

Recap

2012 Men’s Soccer E-Guide Now Online

For those of you who have yet to see it, check out the link to the 2012 Binghamton men’s soccer e-guide.

Link

Posted October 25, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. Feedback can be sent to dobrian@binghamton.edu

 

 

 

OCTOBER 24, 2012

Binghamton and Boston University

Today is a day to focus on the 7 p.m. match at Nickerson Field as the Bearcats seek to clinch a playoff spot.

For this blogger, however, it is also a time to reflect on what has been one of the finest America East rivalries in any sport during the past decade. It has been a rivalry built on mutual class and respect. Tonight’s game marks the end of the Binghatmon-Boston men’s soccer rivalry in the America East Conference. While we should wish the Terriers the best of luck in the Patriot League next year, any longtime follower of the Binghamton soccer is likely to be saddened by the end of this annual series.

Between 2003 and 2008, Binghamton and Boston won four of the six America East championships as well as four of the six regular season titles. The two teams met in the conference tournament four times with three of those games being decided by penalty kick shootouts.

In talking with Coach Marco over the years, the respect he has for longtime Boston coach Neil Roberts was evident. The respect the players had for their Boston rivals was evident. There was no hate and no trash talking and a lot of shaking hands after the game. There was true sportsmanship all the way around. Talk to any Bearcat alum and you will seldom hear a bad word about the Boston program.

One moment best illustrates this rivalry in a nutshell. In 2006, Binghamton and Boston met in a semifinal match at the West Gym Field. The two teams completed the second overtime, still tied at 1-1. Marco and Roberts were in the same area right as the two squad came off the field to prepare for the penalty kick shootout. This would be the third straight season the two squads would go to a penalty kick shootout and the two coaches just shoot their head smiling.

“You just knew it would come down to this,” Roberts said to Marco.

Marco nodded his head, continuing to grin.

There was no animosity. No hatred. Just two coaches and two programs involved in one of the most exhilarating times of the season.

Since their final postseason meeting in the 2008 title game, neither Binghamton nor Boston has won a title, but there have still been several memorable contests. In 2009, the two squads appeared on Fox Soccer Channel. Who can forget last season’s shocking 5-1 Bearcat win over a Terrier team that eventually won the regular season title? Or the previous year, where Boston won an equally surprising 4-1 decision?

During the era of the Bearcats Sports Complex, the 2-1 overtime win against Boston in 2007 remains the most memorable victory in the history of the facility.

So while tonight’s game at Nickerson field could launch the Bearcats into the playoffs, there is no questions that it will mark the end of an era. For longtime Binghamton soccer followers, that is a sad thought.

Good luck to Neil Roberts and Boston University as they enter the Patriot League next year. They should be commended for the the type of program they are…a classy group that certainly brought out the best in our program here at Binghamton.

Posted October 24, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Feedback can be sent to dobrian@binghamton.edu

 

 


OCTOBER 22, 2012

Do the Math

Usually with about a week left to go in the regular season, the America East Conference sends conference tournament scenarios to our office.

Not this year. One look at the standings illustrates why.

Link to the 2012 Men’s soccer standings

Vermont leads the conference with 11 points, followed by Stony Brook (9), Boston Univ. (8), UMBC (7), Binghamton (6), Albany (6), New Hampshire (5) and Hartford (4).

A few things to note:

1) Boston University is not eligible for the America East Tournament, so if the season were to end today, Binghamton would be a number 4 seed.

2) All of the sudden, Binghamton’s 1-0 win over Albany looms big. The Bearcats own the tie breaker against the Great Danes, who surged up in the standings following the Oct. 6 match against the Bearcats.

3) Ditto for that 2-1 overtime win against New Hampshire on Sept. 29.

4. Vermont has gone 1-0-2 in its last three games, with its only goal being the now infamous penalty kick against the Bearcats on Homecoming Weekend

Giving credit where it is due

Binghamton’s inability to find the back of the net on Saturday night can largely be attributed to Hartford goalkeeper Viltsu Tuumi. He made nine saves against the Bearcats including two kick saves against Marts-Reid Warden and a lunging leap on a blast by Trey Jasenski.

Against Vermont the previous week, the Bearcats fired shot after shot right at Catamount goalkeeper Conor Leland. On many shots, Leland did not have to move. Tuumi, however, was acrobatic in many of his saves.

Having grown up in Finland, where hockey is big, one has to wonder if Tuumi studied any of the Finnish goalkeepers, especially with his kick saves.

This Day in Binghamton Men’s Soccer History: October 22, 2003

Binghamton won a key road game against Stony Brook, coming away with a 2-0 triumph. Graham Munro and Joey Neilson scored in the first eight minutes of the game and the Bearcats’ top-ranked defense took care of the rest of the game.

Recap

Coming Up Next…..

While Boston University will be leaving the America East next year, there is still plenty to say about what has arguably been the Bearcats best rivalry the past decade.

With a trip to Nickerson Field coming up later in the week, we’ll have our thoughts about the Terrier program tomorrow.


Posted October 22, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Feedback can be sent to dobrian@binghamton.edu

 

 

 

OCTOBER 19, 2012

Binghamton vs. Hartford

Since 2002, Binghamton and Hartford have meet 11 times. The Bearcats have a 6-4-1 lead in the series. You don’t often think about games the Hawks as some of the most significant but after reading this list, perhaps you’ll change your mind:

5. October 15, 2006: Binghamton 1, Hartford 0

This game, against a Hartford team that came into the Bearcats Sports Complex with a 3-0-0 record in conference play, will be remembered as much for the post-game interviews than for the actually play on the field. Justin Leskow was stationed in front of the net when the ball deflected off the cross bar. He promptly send the rebound into the net. The goal in itself was not memorable, but Leskow’s description of it was:

“Some may call it a world class finish. Other’s may not. But none the less, the ball found its was into the back of the net and we won 1-0.”

4. October 4, 2006: Binghamton 1, Hartford 0

This game, played at the West Gym Field, was remembered most for its hour-long thunderstorm delay. Binghamton had just come off a loss at Boston four days earlier and was sitting at 2-1-0 in conference play. Peter Sgueglia scored in the first half but it was shortly afterwards that lightening forced the suspension of the game. After heavy rains soaked the field, Binghamton was able to hold on to its lead. The victory lauched a a 5-0-2 streak that propelled them to the the America East title exactly one month later.

3. October 13, 2010. Binghamton 2, Hartford 1 (OT)

It was the game that introduced everyone to the word “fernuffel.”

Scott Zobre scored in overtime, giving the Bearcats a 2-0-1 record in conference play. In the post-game interview with WBNG TV, he mentioned how their was a fernuffel in front of the goal and he was able to get the loose ball and put it in the net. WBNG anchor Brendan O’Reilly led off his sportscast that night with the highlights followed by the question “what is a fernuffel.”

Turns out Leskow coined that phrase two years earlier following his “world-class finish.”

2. November 8, 2003: Binghamton 1, Hartford 0 (AE Semifinals)

It was Binghamton’s first-ever Division I America East playoff game, and the outcome was in doubt until Graham Munro converted a penalty kick in the 80th minute. The Bearcats were the No. 2 seed in the tournament and were heading to the finals. But the biggest piece of news came shortly after the match. No. 1 UMBC was upset by defending champion Northeastern. The Bearcats would therefore would not be going to the America East finals, they’d be hosting the finals.

1. October 15, 2003. Binghamton 1, Hartford 0

This is one of the most underrated games of the 2003 season. And perhaps of Binghamton’s Division I era.

In its two years in the America East Conference, Binghamton had yet to win a road game against a conference opponent. They headed up to Hartford 1-1-1 and seemed like they’d attain their goal of qualifying for the conference tournament.

But when Stephen Bruce scored on a breakaway with just a few minutes left in regulation, all of that changed. The Bearcats had now equaled their conference win total from the previous season. They would not surrender a goal for the rest of the regular season.

It was this game against the Hawks on the road that truly vaulted the Bearcats into a force in the America East in 2003.

Speaking of WBNG

Brendan O’Reilly has announced that he will be stepping down as the sports director of WBNG to take over a position within the company’s sales department. Since that magical 2003 season, O’Reilly has been one of the mainstays in covering the Binghamton men’s soccer program.

He has given the program very good coverage over the years, whether it be preseason media days, post season interviews or highlights from the games themselves. The best illustration of O’Reilly’s coverage come from that 2006 season.

Binghamton’s 2006 title game against Hartford came during a very busy Saturday of football. Normally, local stations are to booked with high school football and soccer playoffs the first weekend of November. That weekend, there was a lot going on. Still, O’Reilly made sure to send someone over, just in time to get Barry Neville’s title-winning penalty kick.

I have been at my job for 13 years and O’Reilly has been in the sports department just as long. As we have said many teams, the local video media has been very good to the Binghamton men’s soccer program over the years, and O’Reilly has epitomized that coverage.

He has been a true professional in his job. He will be missed out at the Bearcats Sports Complex, but we wish him the best in his new role.

Posted October 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Feedback can be sent to dobrian@binghamton.edu

 

 


OCTOBER 17, 2012

Dave Schneider’s Big Day

While close to 30 recent alums made the trip back to Binghamton this past weekend, no alum had a more significant experience than Dave Schneider. The 1992 All-American was inducted into the Binghamton Athletic Hall of Fame, and was able to share the special day with his former coaches and current family.

“Every one of the players who is in the Hall of Fame truly deserves to be there,” said Schneider’s coach Tim Schum at the ceremony. “I am awfully happy for Dave. He was one of our great players who could play anywhere out of the field. We never used him as one of our goalkeeper but he probably would have done a respectable job there as well.”

“I am very humbled to be in the presence of a lot of great players,” Schneider said. “Coming to Binghamton was something that helped me learn a lot about the game from the people who played it the best. I have been able to move into the coaching ranks and I attribute most of that to Coach Schum.”

Schneider has remained heavily involved in soccer since his graduation. Although he works full time as the principal of JFK Middle School, he has also been the director of the Long Island Olympic Development Program (ODP).

“It has been great staying connected to the sport,” he said. “I have been able to travel all over the world to Europe and South America in my coaching and director roles. I have three kids and one of my sons has been able to come everywhere with me.”

“I always told my players that while their playing careers might be over, they have a lot to give back to the game,” Schum said. “I am really pleased that Dave has been able to do that.”

Schneider took part in the alumni game after the Hall of Fame inductions. Asked how he would do against the younger Binghamton alums, he was cautiously optimistic.

“As of about 18 months ago, there were still not many people who could keep up with me until my latest operation. But as of this last week after a pickup game, I think I am going to do just fine.”

From the Colonial Era

Schneider wasn’t the only one of Schum’s former players on hand at the alumni game. Fred Peck (Class of 1966) and Dave Lenorovitz (Class of 1965) were on the sidelines with their former coach. Both of them shared their thoughts about their time here at Binghamton.

“The first year we played was Tim’s first year of coaching (1963),” Lenorovitz said. “We went 4-0 to go undefeated that season.”

“Coach Schum was like a parent and a mentor to us,” Peck said. “He was only 10 years older than us. We have managed to stay in touch all of these years.”

“Tim wasn’t a personality that would get super upset and yell and scream,” Lenorovitz said. “He was always saying the right things to us at the right time.”

Back to Present Day

The Bearcats have resumed training following their Homecoming match. If the past is any indication of what lies ahead, then the current goal-scoring frustration should be coming to and end soon.

Consider last season, when the squad didn’t score for nearly three consecutive games. They eventually put everything together and blew out first-place Boston University in the season finale.

Although the scoring drought is at two games, there is one notable difference between this year and last year.

In 2011, the Bearcats were 0-3-1 in conference play after four games. Their eruption against the Terriers came only after they had been eliminated from postseason contention.

At 2-2-0 through four games, Binghamton is still very much in the chase.

Stay tuned…..

Posted October 17, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Feedback can be sent to dobrian@binghamton.edu

 

 

 

OCTOBER 16, 2012

The Alumni Game

Today we’ll give the full scoop of the alumni game, which featured 90 minutes of a group of former Binghamton men’s soccer players competing at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The camaraderie will still very much in tact even if the fitness level was not.

“It’s magic to be back and see the boys,” 2008 graduate Darren McAllister said. “These are guys we spent a lot of time with and it is good to be side by side with them again. We will be at the game supporting the lads and hopefully we will get a good result tonight.”

“When you leave and come back, it feels like you never left to begin with,” Chris Terry said. “Everybody picks up where they left off. We make the same jokes. It shows how much everybody cares about each other that they come back, whether it is from overseas or in the states.”

“It’s great to see how everyone has grown and matured,” Brendan McGovern said. “It’s great to get back on the field and get a few touches as well.”

This year, the alums decided to play the three-team game, as opposed to a straight game. The shortened size of the field and chance to get a breather gave the former players a chance to rest up.

“A few of the boys didn’t make it on the field today,” Kyle Kucharski said. “I know Arnie (Bryan Arnault) just finished a marathon but (Justin) Leskow is no excuse for not being out here.”

The current players came out and watched the alumni game. Each of them had their own opinion as to what kind of shape the former players were in.

“There are a few big fellows out there but other guys seemed to have taken care of themselves,” Robbie Hughes said. “We are looking forward to guys like Austin and Trey being back next year in this game.”

When asked how the alums would do in the beep test (the preseason conditioning test), however, Hughes just broke out laughing and couldn’t give an answer.

Marts Reid-Warden, however, was a little bit more kind.

“On a good day…...some of the guys would get about an eight,” he said.

Still, the current players appreciated the alums coming back to campus to support them in their battle against the Catamounts.

“It means the world to us,” Reid-Warden said. “It’s nice to see people who have done what we do come back to support us. Their encouraging words mean a lot.”

This Day in Binghamton Men’s Soccer History: October 16, 2009

In a game seen on Fox Soccer Channel, Binghamton defeats Boston 2-1 at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Jake Keegan had a goal and an assist in the victory.

Recap

Coming Up Next….

Tomorrow, we will talk more about Dave Schneider’s induction, plus visit with a few other Colonial Alums.

Posted October 16, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Feedback can be sent to dobrian@binghamton.edu

 

OCTOBER 15, 2012

Quick Hits from Homecoming Weekend

We’ll go over in detail the events from this past Homecoming Weekend. Today, however, we wanted to go over the best moments.

Best Win

From time to time, we mention how other teams on campus are doing. With that in mind, kudos have to go out to the Binghamton volleyball team for its five-game win over Stony Brook at the West Gym on Friday night. It was a must-win match and after both soccer teams lost recent heartbreakers to the Seawolves, it was great to see Glenn Kiriyama’s troops come out with the win.

Best Moment

Any of the speeches from the Hall of Fame ceremony would qualify here. From a soccer perspective, we’ll go with Dave Schneider’s induction. Both of his coaches (Tim Schum and Hristos Dmitrous) were present at the event. Afterwards, Schneider joined in the Binghamton alumni game.

Worst Shooting Under Pressure

At Late Nite Madness on Friday night, Tommy Klim was the men’s soccer team’s representative in the student-athlete’s free throw shooting competition. In 30 seconds, he made three shots, but lost out to Jessica Bump of the softball team, who made four attempts.

“I think I let the team down,” Klim said the following day. “I should have gotten five but I don’t think the hoop was regulation so I am going to blame it on that.”

“It was a bitter pill to swallow,” said Robbie Hughes, who was present at the event. “We really put all of our eggs in Klim’s basket and I think he really let himself down.”

At the volleyball team’s win over UMBC two weeks earlier, the Bearcat players did the “Bouncy” chant after each game victory. Hughes was asked if the guys would have reenacted it if Klim had won the contest.

“Most definitely,” he said.

Best Visit to Campus

Pascale Trappe’s father and brother made the trip over from Germany and came by campus to watch the game against Vermont. Although Trappe had to leave the game against the Catamounts with an injury, the presence of his family made for a memorable weekend.

Best Alumni Performance

It was hard to tell who was in the best shape at the alumni game, which turned into a version of the three-team game. On alum who did not take part in it was Bryan Arnault—but for good reason. He competed in a marathon a few weeks earlier. Arnault is the second former Bearcat that we know of who completed a 26.2 mile race this year.

While he did not take part in the alumni game, we’ll give Arnualt his due for his marathon performance.

Also not competing in the alumni game…but on the sidelines was Justin Leskow. He, however, gave no reasonable explanation for his inactive status.

On the Menu

Plenty of good stuff at the pregame tailgate but kudos go out to Stephen Hughes, who not only continues to take photos during the game, but kept the grill running after the game and cooking very good BBQ chicken.

We’ll have plenty more about Homecoming Weekend in the day’s ahead.

Posted October 15, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. Feedback can be sent to dobrian@binghamton.edu

 

 

 

OCTOBER 12, 2012

Top 5 List: Homecoming Games

Since 2007, there have been five Homecoming games at the Bearcats Sports Complex. An average of 2,163 fans have packed the facility each season and the Bearcats have compiled a record of 3-1-1. Three of those games have been regionally televised. There have been four one-goal games, including an overtime decision, in addition to a tie.

Here then is our top five list of the best homecoming games at the Bearcats Sports Complex:

5. Adelphi 2, Binghamton 1 (2011)

Although it was a loss, the last 10 minutes of regulation gave the crowd their money’s worth. Jerome Robinson tied the game at 1-1 in the 82nd minute, sparking a wild celebration at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Panthers, however, bounced back and scored the game winner with less than a minute to go.

Recap

4. Binghamton 1, Rhode Island 1 (2009)

The Rams were inserted into this weekend after Maine discontinued its program. Before a facility-record crowd of 2,604 fans, the Bearcats and Rams played to a 1-1 tie. This game will always be remembered for the bow that Kevin Shaw took in front of the BU Soccer Hooligans after scoring for Rhode Island in the 49th minute. Of all the visiting celebrations after a goal, Shaw’s remains the most creative.

Recap

3. Binghamton 1, Vermont 0 (2010)

Ryan Walter’s first-half goal occurred before many of the fans arrived from the pregame tailgate. The win extended Binghamton’s unbeaten streak to six games.

Recap

2. Binghamton 1, Vermont 0 (2008)

This was a night of firsts. It was the first sellout ever for an event at the Bearcats Sports Complex. It was the men’s soccer game to be regionally televised from Binghamton’s home facility. It was the first year of the University’s pregame tailgate. Cameron Keith then punctuated the evening with a second-half goal, giving the Bearcats the victory and a share of first place in the America East. The victory also avenged Binghamton’s loss to the Catamounts the previous season in the conference title game.

Recap

1. Binghamton 2, Boston Univ. 1—overtime (2007).

Was their any question about this one being ranked first?

All you need to do is remember the post-game celebration after Cameron Keith’s overtime game winner. Before the game, the Bearcats Sports Complex was formally dedicated by several state dignitaries. But it was Keith who truly christened the new facility. In the first two games at the Bearcats Sports Complex, Keith scored five times.

Recap

Keith will be one of nearly 30 players on hand for this weekend’s festivities. The alumni game starts at 2:30 followed by the pregame tailgate at 4 p.m.

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OCTOBER 11, 2012

From the Colonial Era: Dave Schneider’s Big Day

We’ll have plenty to say in the coming days about the Division I era alums returning to campus for Homecoming Weekend. Today, however, the spotlight deserves to be on a member of the Division III era Colonials.

Dave Schneider will be the ninth Binghamton men’s soccer player of coach to be inducted into the Binghamton Athletic Hall of Fame this weekend. He is one of seven Binghamton players to have earned NCAA Division III All-America honors.

When Schneider arrived on campus in the fall of 1989, the Colonials had won the past two SUNYAC titles. He would earn a starting back position and was even named to the all-tournament team at the Colorado College Invitational his freshman season. Binghamton finished the season with a 16-4 record, captured its third straight SUNYAC title and advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The next two seasons were marked by transitions with the program. The Colonials streak of conference championships ended in 1990 and their streak of 10 consecutive winning seasons ended with a 7-7-3 record in 1991. One constant through the challenging seasons was Schneider, who earned NSCAA Regional All-America honors both years.

In 1992, Schneider started at the forward position and racked up 12 goals and 35 points. Binghamton ended the season with a 15-3-2 record and at one point, was ranked No. 25 in the NSCAA Division III poll. The season, however, ended in heartbreaking fashion as the Bearcats were denied an at-large bid to the NSCAA Tournament and then lost the ECAC Upstate New York crown to Albany in penalty kicks.

The following January, however, came the biggest news for Schneider. He had earned second-team All-America honors from the NSCAA. After three all-conference and all-state selections as well as three NSCAA Regional All-America honors, Schneider has earned his highest personal honors.

Dave Schneider was a unique player within Binghamton program. He arrived in 1989 and helped the program win its third straight title. He was a key player during two transitional season and then starred on a team that returned to its winning ways in 1992. It should be noted that the Colonials continued the momentum the following two seasons after Schneider left. They won the ECAC championship in 1993 and returned to the NCAA Division III Tournament in 1994.

On Wednesday night, before the current Binghamton team’s game against Stony Brook, I caught up with Schneider’s coach Tim Schum in the stands of the Bearcat Sports Complex. I have never met Schneider, but from what Schum told me, he is now a high school principal.

Saturday figures to be a memorable day for the current Bearcats and recently graduated Bearcats, just like every Homecoming has been for the men’s soccer program. Still, it is the induction of Dave Schneider that makes the festivities extra special.

Silver Lining

With Homecoming now just two days away, my plan was to write a blog entry about the Stony Brook game last night. Given the heartbreaking way the game ended, however, I chose to wait until this morning.

The rest of the America East scores last night indicate that Binghamton is clearly in the thick of things in the America East Conference. After dropping their first three conference games last year, the Bearcats have a chance to collect their third win on Saturday night. Albany and New Hampshire, the two opponents Binghamton beat earlier in the year, defeated future opponents UMBC and Hartford.

Vermont played to a scoreless draw with Boston University but played a man up for most of the second half and in overtime.

I talked to one player last night whose mood seems to permeate the team right now

“Those scores were crazy and were great for us,” he said. “Hopefully we will have another game against Stony Brook in the playoffs.”

The Seawolves figured to dominate the game at the midfield last night, especially with the reigning America East Midfielder of the Year in Leonardo Fernandez. Through the first 25 minutes of the game, however, Binghamton had the clear advantage in that department.

The last time Binghamton played a man down was in the 2009 America East quarterfinals against UMBC. Although the Bearcats also surrendered the game-winning goal in that contest, they never mustered the offensive attack they did against Stony Brook last night.

The spirit of the team does not seem to be broken. If anything, they know they can compete with the top teams in the conference. On Saturday night, the support of a large Homecoming crowd, especially the alums, figures to lift their spirits even more.

On the Menu

Last night was a light night at the postgame tailgate and to be honest, no one was really too hungry after the game. But whoever made the chili, complete with the chopped onions and shredded cheese, you did good.

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OCTOBER 9, 2012

Stepping Up on Defense

Since losing 5-0 at home to No. 18 Cornell nearly two weeks ago, Binghamton has been playing its best defense of the season. During its current 3-0-0 stretch, the Bearcats have allowed only a single goal and have outscored their opponents 6-1 in the process.

We caught up with three of the mainstays on defense who talked about the overall progress by that unit:

Junior back Kevin Bunce

“We started sorting out our communication a lot better. The front three are doing a great job getting back and our midfield is making more of a presence. We still have some work to do with clearing balls better, but overall, we have had some great games since Cornell.”

Senior back Trey Jasenski

“We are clicking better and everyone is battling on the field to do everything that can to compete and not give up goals. We are coming together as a team and everyone is playing their part.”

Senior back Austin Hughes

“After Cornell and even New Hampshire, we worked a lot on being safe in the backfield so that we avoid giving up easy chances for our opponents.

Stony Brook Game Notes

A strong test awaits for the Bearcats and their improved defense on Wednesday night in the form of the defending America East champions from Stony Brook. The Seawolves are averaging a conference-best 1.82 goals per game.

Click here for the game notes.

Reading List

Check out the Pipe Dream’s recap of Saturday win at Albany by clicking here.

While he did not find the back of the net in Saturday’s win at Albany, senior forward Jake Keegan is still ranked sixth in the nation with 1.90 points per game. Click here to go to the NCAA’s weekly statistics.

Alumni Updates

Okay, we know that Coach Marco and the team is focused only on Stony Brook. Period.

For the alums, however, it is a different story. We heard from Cameron Keith who sent these thoughts about returning to campus this weekend for the Homecoming festivities:

“I cannot wait to get back out again and I’m delighted I’ll be there 2 years in a rown for Alumni Weekend. I have actually been in Binghamton every single year since I graduated in 2009 as I was there in summer 2010 before Baz’s wedding, 2011 for Alumni Weekend and then this year for Alumni Weekend too. I still keep in touch with a lot of the boys on a regular basis and these guys will remain my mates for life.”

We also heard from Erwin Seguia, one of the founders of the BU Soccer Hooligans who had these words to say:

“I’m very excited to get back to Binghamton this year because I have been in touch with a lot of the men’s soccer alumni and hooligans and we are all very excited to be able to get into the stands for another year! It’s definitely going to be a great atmosphere with Vermont coming into town, and I’m sure the stands will be rocking. I’ve also been putting some potential new chants out there, but there will be some classics.”

Seguia ended his words with a suggestion for my blog.

“I think you should start signing off blog posts with either COYBC (come on you bearcats) or BCTID (bearcat ‘till I die)... it’s only fitting!”

Hmmmm…....

Can’t do it….sorry Erwin. :(

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OCTOBER 8, 2012

Weekend Wrap Up: Final Thoughts from Albany

For the second time in three games, the Bearcats went on the road for a game that on paper, they were supposed to win. They did just that….again.

We had lots of statistics in our recap focusing on the magnitude of the win in light of the past couple of seasons, but here is the big one. Binghamton has already surpassed its win total from last season and has tied its win total from two years ago.

Since the game against nationally-ranked Cornell, the Bearcats have gone 3-0-0 and have outscored their opponents 6-1 in the process. Before turning our attention to the defending conference champions, who visit the Bearcats Sports Complex on Wednesday night, let’s hear from the players following Saturday’s win:

Junior forward Tommy Moon

“This was a big win for us. It was nice to finally beat Albany after tying them the past two seasons. On a larger note, it is great to get an away win in conference play play to go 2-0 and we are now looking forward to our match against Stony Brook.”

Sophomore midfielder Tucker Sandercock

“It was a hard-fought match that could have gone either way at times.  Being 2-0 in conference play is a great feeling, but there is a lot more work to be done. Our defense has been looking very strong. They make our attack work really hard during training sessions.”

Senior back Kevin Bunce

“Albany fought until the end but we stayed tough and got the shutout as well. Morale is very high right now going into our next game, which will be a battle.”

Senior midfielder Adam Whitehead

“The boys worked really hard tonight, so it was a well-deserved win. We have to keep moving forward and improve for our next game.”

Third Time is the Charm

Austin Hughes has scored three goals during his career at Binghamton, with two of them being game winners.

His first career goal came against Stony Brook in 2010 but came during a 2-1 overtime loss at the Bearcats Sports Complex. On the sidelines that night was his father Stephen, who has been the team’s photographer the past four seasons. Stephen has also been gracious enough to share his photos with our office. Since Austin’s goal put the Bearcats up 1-0, I remember thinking how proud Stephen would be if that goal stood as the game winner. But it didn’t.

Back on August 31, Austin scored Binghamton’s first goal in a 2-0 win at Buffalo. Stephen, however, was unable to make the trip, a fact I was shocked to hear when I spoke to Austin after the game.

On Saturday, however, everything fell into place. Stephen was on hand for Austin’s game winner.

With Stony Brook coming into town on Wednesday, I asked Austin if he could score another goal against the Seawolves and this time, make it stand as the game winner.

“That would really bring things full circle,” he said.

Under the Radar

Much has been documented about Jake Keegan’s record-setting year, and rightfully so. But senior midfielder Adam Whitehead has been making history of his own. He already has 15 career assists, which is the highest total recorded by a Binghamton player during its Division I era. He is one assist from tying the single-season record during the program’s Division I era.

In Binghamton’s last three games, Whitehead has a goal and two assists. He has registered a point in every game.

From the Colonial Era….

Whithead’s 15 career assists mark the sixth-best total during Binghamton’s 52-year program history. Four of the top five leaders ahead of him were NCAA Division III All-Americans. Dave Pabon tallied a program-best 36 assists from 1992-95, followed by Marty Friedman (1971-74) with 30, Dave Schneider (1989-92) with 22 and Charley Lineweaver (1972-72) with 17. Motty Gutflais is fifth overall with 16 points.

It is worth noting that Schneider will be inducted into the Binghamton Athletic Hall of Fame this coming Saturday morning.

This Day in Binghamton Men’s Soccer History: October 8, 2008

Right back up to Albany we go. Cameron Keith had a goal and an assist in the Bearcats’ 3-0 road victory to open up conference play.

Recap

Alumni Update

While the men’s soccer team is focused solely on Stony Brook the next few days, several men’s soccer alumni are getting ready to return to campus this weekend.

We caught up with 2010 graduate Jason Stenta who had these thoughts to share with us:

“Returning to campus is always great. You get to see the knew improvements the university is making. It’s a little different for me this year because the previous two years, I have been on the coaching staff so I haven’t bee able to do all the tailgating and enjoy it with my teammates. This year I look forward to joining in all the festivities and for the first time, watch a Homecoming game from the stands. I know there is a good number of alumni coming back this year which makes it very exciting. As you could see from (our Facebook page), pictures of the past have been going up and a lot of banter has been going back and forth between everyone. It’s building up the excitement for everyone to finally be reunited on Friday and Saturday. The three team game at alumni will be in full effect.”

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OCTOBER 5, 2012

Final Thoughts Before Heading to Albany

We spoke to several of the Bearcat players yesterday about the progress of the team as it heads up to Albany for its Saturday night game against the Great Danes:

Senior back Kevin Bunce

“It’s been competitive in training this week and we are getting excited for this weekend’s game. Albany is a key game and we are hoping to come out with a win. They are a hard-working team but as long as we play our game, we can get the result we are looking for.”

Senior forward Jake Keegan

“We have been able to get a lot done in training without a mid-week game. We have been able to improve in areas we struggled during the game against New Hampshire and hopefully, that can help us get a good result against a tough, hard-nosed Albany team. The games against them have always been close and we expect Saturday to be a tough, hard-fought game.”

Senior back Austin Hughes

“Albany is always a tough team that works very hard during a match. The key is to out work them and stick to our game plan.”

Junior midfielder Tommy Moon

“We have had a pretty good week of training. Everyone has worked hard to improve. We have been working a lot on defensive tactics (such as) clearing the balls out of the backfield and putting higher pressure on the ball. We are looking forward to this match against Albany because the games against them are always tight.”

Pregame Links

For the game notes for the Albany match, click here.

For the live stats link, click here.

There will be no live video available for the match.

Reading List

Check out the Pipe Dream’s preview of Saturday’s Albany match. Click here for the story.

Alumni Update

We are checking in with some of the alums who will be returning to campus for Homecoming next week. Today, we hear from 2008 graduate Adam Chavez as to his thoughts about next week:

“Binghamton has been home to me my entire life. I grew up in the area and chose Binghamton University in order to grow as a soccer player and person. The Binghamton Men’s Soccer team has helped in all aspects of who I am today. The hard work and dedication instilled in me by my parents and family carried on through college and helped me and the team have a very successful four years. Throughout my time at Binghamton I have gained some of my closest friends and feel that it was the atmosphere the team had which allowed that. We were a close-knit team which allowed us to work hard to make each other better and extremely successful. Homecoming is a great time to get back and relive some of those very moments that have defined us as adults. I love being able to catch up with old friends from the US and Abroad and see where we are all at today.”

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OCTOBER 4, 2012

Top 5 List: Games Against Albany

Throw out the records.

That seems to be the one sentiment Binghamton should have heading into Saturday’s game against Albany. The past four games between the Bearcats and Great Danes have all gone into overtime. Twice since 2004, Binghamton gave away the No. 2 seed heading in the conference tournament to Albany but avenged their miscue in the postseason.

Binghamton enters this weekend seeking its first three-game winning streak since 2009. The Great Danes, meanwhile, are looking for their first win since early September.

To illustrate our point, here is a look at the top five games against Albany during the program’s 11-year NCAA Division I era.

5. October 8, 2008: Binghamton 3, Albany 0

This game at Albany was not as close as the final score appeared. Justin Leskow scored a first-half goal but the Bearcats had to cling on to the one-goal lead for the next 40 minutes. A perfectly placed free kick by Barry Neville and a breakaway goal by Cameron Keith clinched the win.

Recap

4. October 16, 2008: Binghamton 1, Albany 0

Joey Neilson was have a frustrating senior season, having not scored a goal heading into this contest on the road. His second half goal, however, made up for that drought. The Bearcats moved into first place in the America East Conference with this victory. Three days later, they only needed to play to a scoreless tie at home against Vermont to nail down their first-ever America East regular season championship.

Recap

3. November 10, 2004: Binghamton 3, Albany 1 (AE semifinals)

To fully appreciate the magnitude of this win, one must go back to the final regular-season game, which these two squads played seven days earlier. Binghamton blew a 2-0 lead and lost 3-2. With it, they handed the Great Danes the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. In the semifinals, however, Binghamton broke open a tie game with a pair of goals early in the second half.

Recap

2. October 7, 2009. Binghamton 2, Albany 1 (OT)

Hard to believe that this is the only home game that makes the list. But as we indicated two days ago, Jason Stenta needed to make a penalty kick save early in the first sudden-death period to keep Binghamton in the game. Two minutes later, Adam Whitehead would win it. It should be noted that Albany was winless heading into the game. The Great Danes, however, sure didn’t play like they were.

Recap

1. Binghamton 1, Albany 0 (AE semifinals) 2 OT

This game not only ranks first in this series, but next to the two America East title game wins and the 2003 first round NCAA win, has to go down as the one of the most significant wins of Binghamton’s Division I history. With the victory, on a goal by Cameron Keith, the Bearcats became the first team to advance to six straight America East title games. It should be noted that Binghamton had a chance to wrap up the No. 2 seed against Maine in the final game of the regular season. The Bearcats, however, lost that contest, opening the door for Albany to clinch the first-round bye.

Recap

Outtakes

Here are some excerpts from Tuesday’s interviews with YNN reporter Chris Whalen that did not make the news.

Senior forward Jake Keegan

“We want to continue to take (advantage) of our chances when we get them. We need to do a little bit of a better job at that. We defended set pieces a better last game so hopefully we can continue to build on that.”

Head coach Paul Marco

“The competitive spirit of our team has been good. One thing we need to do a better job of is protecting the ball. We have been giving the ball away a lot so possessing the ball better is a big goal of ours.”

From the Colonial Era

Binghamton and Albany have been squaring off long before the two schools moved up to the NCAA Division I level. The first match between the two schools took place during the 1969 season, with Binghamton winning 5-4 in overtime.

During the 1987-89 period, when Binghamton won three straight SUNYAC titles and went on to the NCAA Tournament, Albany was one of its tougher opponents. The series between the two programs was deadlocked at 1-1-1 during that span.

One interesting note, Binghamton never lost an overtime decision against the Great Danes during their Division III era either. They won twice (1969 and 1973) and tied the rest of the overtime matches.

Posted October 4, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Feedback can be sent to dobrian@binghamton.edu

 

 

 


OCTOBER 3, 2012

Press Clippings

Senior forward Jake Keegan’s banner season has resulted in quite a bit of coverage from our local media here in Binghamton. The local press has always been very good to the BU men’s soccer team but with Keegan’s exploits, the press have taken notice of his accomplishments.

Lynn Worthy of the Press & Sun Bulletin stopped by last week with a photographer (as we mentioned in yesterday’s update). The story ran today. Click here for the link.

Chris Whalen of YNN came out to training yesterday, braving what at times was heavy rain. Click here for his recap.

In Case You Missed It…..

We did not get to post the New Hampshire game highlights and interviews until late on Saturday. Click here for the link.

Reading List

We know about where Keegan ranks nationally—here is the latest America East Conference statistics. Click here for the link.

Didn’t see this in time yesterday, so check out the Pipe Dream’s recap of Saturday night’s win by clicking here for the link.

This Day in Binghamton Men’s Soccer History: October 3, 2002

In head coach Paul Marco’s first season, the Bearcats capped off a season-high, three-game winning streak with a 2-1 win at Niagara. Michael Austin and Kyle Antos netted the goals for the Bearcats. Click here for the recap.

Speaking of three-game winning streaks, Binghamton will be aiming for its first three-game winning streak since the 2009 season when it travels to Albany on Saturday.

From the Colonial Era….

With Jake Keegan’s exploits, thoughts come to mind of Cameron Keith and Charles Darkwah during the Division I era. For the Division III alumns, memories of Feyyaz Baskent, Charley Lineweaver, Marty Friedman and Dave Pabon are recalled.

There is one goal scorer from the Division II era who often gets overlooked—Doug Dillman.

In his senior year, he scored 18 goals, a feat that ranks second all time in program history. Six times during that season, he scored twice in a game.

Dillman’s senior year was no fluke. Like Keegan, he entered the year as a proven goal scorer. He had 15 career goals leading up to the 1999 season. In both 1998 and 1999, Dillman was named All-NECC (New England College Conference).

Binghamton finished 10-7-1 in Dillman’s senior season and advanced to the ECAC Division II semifinals.

There is one more similarity between Dillman and Keegan…both are alums of John Jay High School.

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OCTOBER 2, 2012

Odds and Ends

Nothing too big to write about today, but plenty of topics to discuss.

So Where Does It Rank?

Seems like every week, we have to revise Jake Keegan’s best games as a Bearcat. Given that Saturday was his first career overtime goal, we’ve got to rank it pretty high. The UNC-Wilmington game this year is still number one, but given what was at stake, I’m putting the UNH win second, ahead of the 2009 and 2011 games against Boston.

Any questions?

So Where Does It Rank (Part 2)?

It’s been nearly two years since the Bearcats won an overtime game on their home turf. With Saturday’s heroics, let’s go down the top 5 overtime wins at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

5. September 29, 2012. Binghamton 2, New Hampshire 1

I know its low on the list right now, but should the Bearcats get on a roll, this game will move up in the standings.

4. October 13, 2010. Binghamton 2, Hartford 1

Scott Zobre not only

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