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Binghamton Men’s Soccer Daily Update (as of October 31)

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Binghamton Men’s Soccer Daily Update (as of October 31)

OCTOBER 31, 2014

Top 5 List: Senior Day Games

Since 2001, there have been 13 Senior Day ceremonies prior to the Bearcats’ final home game during their Division I era. Each of them has been memorable in its own way. But as is the case with Homecoming, here is our annual list of the Top 5 Senior Day Games during the Bearcats’ Division I era.

5. 2011

At the end of a difficult season, which saw the Bearcats miss out on the America East Tournament for the first time in nine years, the offense came alive in a 5-1 thumping of eventual regular-season champion Boston University. The game is also remembered for being pushed back a day due to a freak snowstorm.

4. 2010

Binghamton and New Hampshire were locked in a 0-0 tie in the second overtime period. If the Wildcats salvaged a tie, they would host Binghamton the following weekend in a first-round America East Tournament game. The Bearcats had to win to host New Hampshire the following week. Tommy Klim’s goal gave the Bearcats a 1-0 victory.

3. 2002

Head coach Paul Marco was in his first season at the helm when the Bearcats hosted a Stony Brook team it had not beaten since 1999. Graham Munro’s two penalty kick goals punctuated a 3-1 Binghamton win.

2. 2006

It wasn’t a win but the Bearcats’ 0-0 tie against Vermont clinched their first-ever America East regular-season title. More important, it gave the Bearcats home field advantage when they hosted (and beat) the Catamounts in the conference title game two weeks later. This would also be the last season at the old West Gym Field.

1. 2005

This game is remembered just as much for the senior class as it was for the outcome of the game. Graham Munro, Danilo, Darius Ravangard, Phil Grommet, Joe Howe, Ryan Pierce and Luc Vallone had helped transform the Bearcat program into a regional and conference contender.

Five of them arrived before the squad had experienced success and by the time senior day rolled around, this senior class had more than left their mark on the Binghamton program. They had won over the university, the media and the community. Even if people did not like soccer, they came to watch the players because of who they were as people.

Writing this senior script was one of the tougher tasks we have done in all our years working with the Binghamton men’s soccer program. These were stand up guys who loved the university and appreciated everyone around them. They would leave a legacy that continues to define the Binghamton soccer program.

Oh yes, the Bearcats beat Boston University 1-0 in overtime to win the Senior Day Game. But that was icing on the cake. The most touching tribute came during the pregame ceremony.

After snapping the group photo following the Senior Day tribute, Danilo approached us and shook our hand.

“Thank you for everything you have done for us,” he said.

No Danilo. Thank YOU.

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OCTOBER 30, 2014

Kudos to the BU Women’s Team

As the BU men’s soccer team seeks to bounce back in its final two regular-season matches of the season, it need not look any further than the Bearcat women for some inspiration.

Less than three weeks ago, the BU women lost their Homecoming game 1-0 to New Hampshire. Other than the 2004 team returning to be honored on the 10-year anniversary of their historic America East championship, there were few highlights from that day. In several other ties and loses, Binghamton had done enough to win. Against New Hampshire, however, it was a different story.

The Bearcats left the field that day knowing that their chances to make the America East tournament were in serious jeopardy. Their last two regular-season matches were on the road and they needed at least a win and a tie plus some teams ahead of them to lose in order to continue their season.

Yesterday, however, the women’s team left for New Hampshire, where they will face the Wildcats in a first-round game tonight at 7 p.m. Thanks to a pair of dramatic double-overtime wins, plus a timely loss by Stony Brook, Binghamton is indeed in the playoffs. In what had to be the most pressure-packed week of the season, the Bearcats came through with flying colors.

There was one small draw back.

For years, head coach Sarah McClellan has done radio interviews with Roger Neel on WNBF during the postseason, just like men’s coach Paul Marco does. While Marco is a definite morning person, McClellan, by her own admission, is not. She has to have enough time to get caffeinated in the morning before she can go on the air.

The first question we asked her on Monday when we stopped by her office is whether she had enough caffeine ready for the interviews. She went on with Roger Neel on Tuesday at 8:40 but when we asked her later how the interview went, she had a hard time remembering.

Hopefully, the wins will continue and she will have another chance next week.

Do The Math

We have tried going through the America East standings and nothing is official yet in terms of teams clinching playoff spots.

We will know more on Saturday night but until then, feel free to try yourselves. Click on the link below.

America East Standings Page

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OCTOBER 28, 2014

Major Upset

Jason Stenta, who starred on the BU men’s soccer team from 2006-09, saw more than his fair share of significant wins as a player. But he can’t say that he has ever experienced what he did this weekend as a coach.

Stenta is currently an assistant coach at nearby LeMoyne College, which competes at the NCAA Division II level. The Dolphins are currently 7-4-0.

This weekend, however, he was on the sidelines when LeMoyne upset previously undefeated, defending national champion and top-ranked Southern New Hampshire 1-0 in double overtime. Click the link below to check out the recap and highlights.


Even though he wasn’t playing, Stenta’s elation about the win is evident.

“It was a great win for our program,” he said. “Southern New Hampshire hadn’t lost in 415 days. Our guys came in and did everything we asked of them.”

Before the game, Stenta had a message for the Dolphins as they prepared for their biggest game of the season.

“I told the guys during pregame ‘Thanks for giving your heart and souls because that’s what it is going to take today,’ “ he said.

We asked Stenta if he could remember an upset of that magnitude during his time at Binghamton.

“I am not sure if I can remember our biggest upset,” he said. “But the best moment I remember was when we played Boston in the (2006) playoffs and I save the (decisive) penalty kick in the shootout. It was a similar feeling.”

Need a refresher on the moment Stenta is talking about? Click the link below to access the photo of his decisive save.


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OCTOBER 27, 2014

The Celeste Family

There is a reason we did not post a daily update today. We have been finishing up our feature article on the Celeste family. For those of you who do not know them personally, give this a read. They should make all of our alum readers proud to be a part of the program.

Link to feature article

On an related note, when we first received the stats from UMass Lowell after Saturday’s game, it had Steve Celeste’s goal assisted by someone other than Bret. We got a text from Bret on the way home, nicely stating that he passed Steve the ball. That was followed by a text from Steve indicating the same thing. Sure enough, when we brought it to Coach Marco’s attention, he gave us the official go-ahead to petition UMass Lowell to make the change..which they did.

A perfect example of brothers looking out for each other.

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OCTOBER 24, 2014

Alumni Updates

While the BU men’s soccer team is getting ready to head off to Lowell later today, a few alumni updates to pass along:

A Call from the Hall

Congratulations to 2009 alum Brendan McGovern, who was recently inducted into the Lakeland High School Hall of Fame. Here is the write up that appeared in his hometown paper afterwards.


In McGovern’s senior season (2008), which was also the first year we did the Men’s Soccer Daily Update, we wrote a profile on him. His performance in the classroom was unmatched and while he was not a starter, he still had as much respect from his teammates as anyone in the program. The University as well as the America East both re-ran that piece on their own websites.

Here is that write up:

Feature Story: Brendan McGovern

McGovern was in town this past Homecoming Weekend and stopped by the Bearcats Sports Complex during the team’s kick around. He was also one of several alums to come to the team’s game at Columbia last year.
Check out the video we did from that alumni gathering, which includes an interview with McGovern


On a personal note, McGovern’s parents were just as classy. The night of the Bearcats’ 2008 Senior Day game, they came up to the press box when we were still cleaning up. They had a loaf of Irish Soda Bread as a way of saying thanks for the article we wrote.


We heard from 2006 team captain Kyle Antos last week, who had hoped to be on campus Homecoming Weekend. He and his wife Ashley have a one-year old son, Aidan.

During the summer, Antos took his son to a Yankees game for his first birthday and managed to get him on the JumboTron screen at Yankee Stadium. For those of you who are on the Binghamton Bearcats Facebook site, you can check out the photos by clicking the link below.

Facebook Photo

For Antos, the greatest moment of his Binghamton sports career had to be when he accepted the 2006 America East championship trophy after the Bearcats beat Vermont 1-0 in the conference finals. Having been injured during the Bearcats’ 2003 title run, he more than made up for it as the captain of the team three years later.

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Odds and Ends

OCTOBER 23, 2014

Following the BU men’s soccer team’s midweek game against Columbia, it’s time to catch up on a bunch of topics before turning our attention to UMass Lowell.

Welcome Back

On Saturday, Pascal Trappe saw his first action in nearly two seasons. Last night, it was Tucker Sandercock’s turn. After rejoining the Bearcat program this year, Sandercock struggled with injuries most of the season. Last night, however, he not only played. He got to start.

A Big Hit

As of last night, nearly 350 of the Bearcat scarves, which serve as a season ticket pass to both men’s and women’s BU soccer games, were reported to have been sold.

Last week, on his WNBF interview with Roger Neel, Binghamton head coach Paul Marco noted how some fans at the Bearcats Sports Complex had started to hold up their scarves during the National Anthem.

Upcoming Features

We are working on a full length feature article of the Celeste family. Steve is in his final season with the program and will be honored at Senior Day next Saturday against Stony Brook. Bret is a redshirt junior and will still be eligible next season. Their parents Lois and Jack are fixtures at every game and Lois has helped the parents organize game day tailgates and other events.

Yesterday, Lois and Jack drove straight from Saratoga Springs so we could do a photo shoot with the four of them before the match against Columbia. Despite the overcast conditions, we managed to get the photo done.

On the Menu

Speaking of the postgame tailgate, nice touch last night with the parents ordering chicken marsala and rice pilaf. As the stepparent of a varsity player at nearby Vestal High School, I am constantly looking for postgame ideas for my family.

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OCTOBER 21, 2014

Making His Mark

Since the first game of the season at Bucknell, freshman Christian Dam has been a starting center back. Playing alongside senior Jamie Forbes, he has played a pivotal role on a Bearcat defense that has surrendered just 13 goals this season.

Unlike most freshmen, Dam did not just leave home to come to Binghamton. He left his native Denmark to come to the United States. Two months into the season, however, he has no regrets about his decision.

“The team has been terrific,” he said. “When I first came here, I thought there would be a lot more separation between the freshmen and upperclassmen. But there has been no difference at all. They have really made me feel (like a part of the team).”

In particular, Forbes has been both a teammate and a mentor to Dam during his first season.

“He has been really great,” he said. “We talk a lot both on and off the field and we have discussed everything together.”

Dam’s teammates have taken an instant liking to him as a person and an appreciation for him as a player.

“He is very good player,” sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes said. “He communicates well on the field and fits in very well with our team.”

“He has fit in really well with our team,” sophomore back Charlie Novoth said. “He has been playing very well and the boys all like him. (Opposing) attackers find it hard to get around him.”

Dam has been impressed not just with the team but also with the crowd support. Through eight matches this season, the Bearcats are averaging over 1,000 fans a game. In particular, Dam was impressed with the support this weekend against Vermont in the Homecoming game.

“It was fantastic,” he said. “The crowd was outstanding. I have never played before that many fans before. It was really, really great.”

Posted October 21, 2014 at 4:45 p.m.
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OCTOBER 20, 2014

Leftovers from Homecoming

Despite the heartbreaking finish on Saturday night, Homecoming Weekend was a memorable one at Binghamton. Here are some of the highlights:

Welcome Back

During the team’s kick around early Saturday afternoon, several alumni came out on to the field to greet their former teammates. They also shared their thoughts on returning to campus.

“First and foremost, it feels great to be back and see the smiles on people’s faces before a big game,” Marts Reid-Warden said. “The atmosphere at Homecoming is always second to none and hopefully the weather will hold up.”

“It’s great to see everyone,” Kevin Bunce said. “Looking at the field, I remember how hard we worked as a team and it’s great to be back together.”

There were also alums who came back from the Colonial era to visit the team as well as their former coach, Tim Schum. On Friday, 1988 graduate and BU Hall of Famer Raul Martynek was one of five alumni panelists who spoke to the current Binghamton senior class about networking and job searching.

A handful of other Colonials came and shared some thoughts of how Schum kindled their current love for soccer. There were other stories, however, that served as a sharp contrast to how fit players have to be today.

“When I get done with practice one day,” an alum from the 1960s said. “I remember going back into the locker room and one of my teammates was lighting up a cigarette.”

Welcome to BU

It was a memorable Homecoming weekend for senior midfielder Pascal Trappe. His parents and brother are currently visiting from Germany for two weeks. They joined him at the tailgate and then watched him play his first minutes in nearly two years.

On a related note, the Pipe Dream beat writer for men’s soccer inquired during the match against Vermont if they could talk to Trappe about having his family over and when he hopes to play again.

At first, we told them that if he did not play, he would not be available for interviews afterwards. That has always been our policy.

Needless to say, the Pipe Dream writer looked very happy after Trappe subbed into the game.

Ten Years Later

On Sunday, the 2004 BU women’s soccer team was honored during halftime of their Senior Day game against New Hampshire. Fourteen of the players, along with both coaches, came back to campus. Head coach Jeff Leightman, who is now the coach at San Jose State, even flew across the country for the event.

After the team photo and ceremony, the players were in no hurry to leave the field. Hugs and chatter ensued for a good couple of minutes.

Like the 2003 and 2006 men’s teams that also won conference titles, the 2004 women’s team was a special group….and still is.

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OCTOBER 17, 2014

Top 5 List: Homecoming Games

With one day to go before the match against Vermont, it’s time to once again count down the top five Homecoming games at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Since 2007, an average of over 2,100 fans have watched the men’s soccer team on Homecoming Weekend. Four of those games have been regionally televised and three of those contests have gone into overtime. The Bearcats are 4-2-1 all-time in such matches.

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

5. 2009: Binghamton 1, Rhode Island 1

This contest will be remembered for setting the facility record with 2,604 fans filling the Complex. Jake Keegan netted the game tying goal in the second half. Rhode Island’s goal, however, was followed by Kevin Shaw running over to the BU Soccer Hooligans and taking a bow. Still the most creative visitor celebration we have seen.


4. 2013: Binghamton 3, UMass Lowell 0

Of the three goals scored by the Bearcats, two were followed by memorable goal celebrations. Ben Nicholson’s goal in the second minute was punctuated by a flip. Marts Reid-Warden’s second-half goal was followed by his tribute to Premier League star Daniel Sturridge. Logan Roberts, meanwhile, finished the game with a goal and an assist but had no post-goal celebration to show for his efforts.


3. 2010: Binghamton 1, Vermont 0

Ryan Walter’s first-half goal came before most of the crowd had found their seats. The Catamounts came into the game with a 6-3-3 record and had upset No. 13 Stanford earlier in the season.


2. 2008: Binghamton 1, Vermont 0

The first facility sellout and the first regionally televised game are enough to put this game high on the list. Cameron’s Keith’s second-half goal, however, was the clincher. Binghamton stayed in first place in the America East and avenged its 2007 title game loss against the Catamounts on the same field 11 months earlier.


1. 2007: Binghamton 2, Boston Univ. 1 (OT)

Barring a championship win, this is bound to remain the greatest men’s soccer game in the history of the Bearcats Sports Complex. Start off with a downpour that moved the pregame facility dedication indoors. Add to that an early Boston goal and you have a disappointing evening for over 1,700 fans. But then Keith scored before the half and scored again with the first overtime winding down. The end result launched pandemonium as the team raced over to the stands to celebrate with the fans. Binghamton at the time was 7-2-0 and receiving votes in the NSCAA Poll.


Moving forward….we’ll know on Monday if this year’s game makes the list.

Stay tuned.

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OCTOBER 16, 2014

Instant Impact

Like many first-year players, Isaiah Barrett arrived at preseason hoping to make a splash with the Binghamton men’s soccer program.

Well he did…literally.

At the Bearcat Open Golf Tournament, which is held each preseason, Barrett’s tee shot on the first hole went into the pond 15 yards away. So too did his golf club.

It was not the most auspicious way to start his freshman year but on the soccer field, Barrett has been a starting midfielder for most of the season. He has won over his new teammates with his work ethic on the field and personality off it.

“He’s been fantastic,” head coach Paul Marco said. “He’s a guy who has come and has responded well to the environment and the team.”

“He’s been a great addition to the team,” senior forward Pascal Trappe said. “He gives it everything he has on the field and is a pretty funny guy off it.”

Barrett arrives from Wilson, New York, where he was a standout for both Wilson High School and the Revolution Empire U-18 Development Academy Team. He has made the most of his first year with the Bearcats and has thoroughly enjoyed his experience.

“It’s been awesome,” he said. “My teammates have really welcomed me and the coaches have really pushed me to be the best player I can be. I am just happy I can be contributing.”

While the team has a whole has made Barrett feel at home, he credits the veteran midfielders with taking him under their wings.

“Bret Celeste plays next to me in the midfield,” Barrett said. “He has shown me the ropes as far as what to do and when to do it. Charlie Novoth has also been a leader to the team in general. He is just a great guy.”

He has only been with the team for two months, but Barrett can sense that he has improved already in that stretch.

“I think I have improved quite a bit,” he said. “Playing with the best that Binghamton has had to offer really has helped me to develop as a player.”

While Barrett has felt embraced by his team, Marco has noticed him starting to reciprocate.

“He has been outstanding as a teammate,” he said. “I see him talking to a lot of the guys and not just a few. The guys on the team really seem to like him and he has found a home here. We are very happy to have him.”

Barrett has been up for the challenge of contributing as a freshman but he is well aware that the Bearcat Open Golf Tournament awaits him again next year.

“I am keeping my clubs in the bag for now,” he said. “But I’ll practice and see about next year.”

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OCTOBER 15, 2014

Pizza With Vaughan

Our office received a call from Head coach Paul Marco during training on Monday. Normally that is not a good thing. Unless there is a serious situation, he and the coaching staff are locked into the action on the field.

Well, there was a situation taking place on the field. But a serious situation? Hardly.

“Just want you to know that Ryan Vaughan is down here filming training,” Marco said. “He is trying to promote our Homecoming Game.”

Ryan Vaughan is an adjunct professor of English on campus, who is very popular with his students. Many of the BU men’s soccer players have had him for a class and came away very impressed.

“He provides valuable life lessons through his teaching,” senior back Jamie Forbes said. “He makes students think for themself and doesn’t just shove information in your face. He is also one of the funniest guys I have ever met.”

“I’ve known Ryan Vaughan for over a decade,” Marco said. “Our daughters were in the same dance class growing up. He is an outstanding faculty member as well as a great person in our community.”

On top of his classes, Vaughan launched an internet talk show entitled Pizza With Vaughan. In each episode, he goes around campus in search of good stories throughout the year. The show’s Facebook site has over 1,000 likes.

It is against that backdrop that Vaughan came to the Bearcats Sports Complex to help promote the Homecoming Game against Vermont. Instead of interviewing the team, however, Vaughan took part in the same drills as the team….with interesting results.

In one segment, Vaughan is seen taking part in a goalkeeping drill. He also took part in the same warm ups as the team and competed against a certain blogger in a reaction game (yes, that would be yours truly).

“He always puts a smile on your face,” Forbes said. “As you could see by the drills, he is pretty hilarious.”

There was only one disappointment in Vaughan’s participation in the training session.

“It would have been perfect if it was his birthday,” Marco said. “We would have been able to flip him in the air. We are going to have to bring him back on his birthday.”

Click the link below to watch the video


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OCTOBER 14, 2014

Giving Back

Following the Binghamton men’s soccer team’s 1-0 win over New Hampshire on Saturday, the Bearcats had less than 10 minutes until their next action on the home field started.

This time, however, they weren’t facing another team. Instead, they were taking part in a post-game clinic and autograph session, which was open to kids age 12 and under.

Despite having just gone 90 minutes against the Wildcats, the Bearcats were more than happy to take part in the event.

“It’s great to give back to the community,” senior back Matt McCoy said. “These kids come out and support us and this give us a chance to say thanks.”

“We want to show the people who come out to support them that we care about them,” captain Tommy Moon said. “It means a lot to us when we do these events.”

For the next hour, the Bearcats divided up into stations to show the kids different skill sets. They then went over to the autograph session. There was little doubt that the autograph the kids wanted the most was from Derrick Ladeairous, who scored the game-winning goal against New Hampshire.

“When you score the goal that wins the game, you are going to be signing more autographs,” captain Tommy Moon said. “I’m jealous.”

Asked if he had writer’s cramp after the autograph session, Ladeairous admitted he did.

“I did sign my name a lot today but it was all worth it,” he said smiling.

Click the link below for photos from the autograph session.

Photo Gallery

Reading List

Check out the Pipe Dream’s recap from the win over New Hampshire on Saturday.



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OCTOBER 13, 2014

New Hampshire Wrap Up

Some thoughts from the team after the 1-0 win over New Hampshire on Saturday:

Head Coach Paul Marco

“One of the things we have stressed with the guys is that we have to create more opportunities. If we do that, we told our guys that the goals were going to come. The guys had a great week of training and now we have to prepare for another big one.”

“I thought Derrick was terrific on the goal today. He has always been pretty quick, even when he was playing in the backfield. He’s a guy who can play anywhere on the field and we are going to have to rely on him like we did today,”

Senior midfielder Derrick Ladeairous

“This is a great feeling. We had a dry spell for a while but now we are starting to roll.”

“I’ve been playing up front a lot more this year and have been training pretty hard. I did play in the back the past three years but having been a defender, I know what they are thinking when we move the ball downfield.”

Sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes

“It’s an awesome win. We worked really hard for it. We have really improved a lot on defense. I always felt safe with the job the backline did today.”

Senior forward Steve Celeste

“It was a huge impact having the crowd we did today. We love when we can get that many people out to the games. It really boosts the spirits of the boys. Hopefully they can keep coming back and we can keep winning.”

“The chances to score have been there before. We’ve just (managed to) put them in. Today, Derrick (Ladeairous) had a great strike on goal.”

About Those Animations…

On Friday, we talked to Coach Marco about the animations he used during film sessions. In particular, we broached the topic about the goal celebration animations he created.

With that in mind, we asked him about the celebration following the game winner against New Hampshire.

“All of the guys came over to Derrick pretty quickly, which didn’t give Derrick a lot of time to do anything on his own. If he had a little more space, we might have seen something. Still, I am more thrilled with the actual goal than anything.”

Let’s Go to the Videotape

Check out the Highlights from the win over New Hampshire by clicking on the link below.


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OCTOBER 10, 2014

Final Thoughts Before UNH

A shorter session, concluding with a four-team game was the Bearcats’ final workout before tomorrow’s match against New Hampshire.

Sophomore back Charlie Novoth

“It’s been a great week. We have worked on a lot of fitness. The boys have been working hard. We had longer sessions earlier in the week and lighter sessions now.”

“Coming off a win, the boys are pretty pumped. Hopefully we can give a result to the fans that come to watch us tomorrow.”

Captain Tommy Moon

“After the win against Hartford, everybody’s spirits have been pretty high. We have had a good week of training and I think we are really ready for the match tomorrow.”

Animation at Its Finest

This morning on the WNBF Morning Show, Roger Neel was talking with Coach Marco about some animated goal celebrations he showed the team before the Hartford game last week.
“There was a while where I wondered if the team would know what to do after a goal,” Marco quipped. “We had put some animation in our scouting reports and one of the things we did last week was to show the guys what happens after we score a goal.  A couple of the guys even followed the animation perfectly after we scored the goal.

Since the Bearcats Sports Complex opened in 2007, there have been several notable goal celebrations by Binghamton players.

“Ben Nicholson (who did a backflip following his goal on Homecoming Weekend last year) was probably the best we’ve had,” Marco said. “I did like Marts Reid-Warden’s celebration last year as well. Graham Munro’s celebration after he scored on a PK was pretty good. Then there was Cameron Keith, who was on the fence so much I can still see a permanent mark on it.”

A Belated Bath

At the end of training on Friday, this blogger stopped by thinking he was just going to do interviews. Instead, he got called out for having a birthday that the team missed last week.

As is the team’s custom, they threw the birthday celebrant up in the air three times…which has happened twice before to him. They then put the person on the ground and as he was getting up….whoosssssh! The bucket of ice water unexpectedly landed on him.

“We’ve always thrown guys up on their birthdays but this year we added the ice bucket since we did the (ALS) Ice Bucket Challenge earlier in the year,” Tommy Moon said. “We got really into that during the summer so we wanted to just throw water on whoever the birthday boy is.”

“Any member of the team has to partake in those happy moments,” Marco said. “The added touch of the Ice Bucket is….refreshing.”

When Coach Marco was asked if the guys could ever throw 2003 alum Mike Hibbert…who was known..for obvious “Hulk,” he was pretty quick in his response.

“No chance. They guys would get injured. As far as I’m concerned, he never had a birthday when he was here.”

Reading List

Check out the Pipe Dream’s preview of the match against New Hampshire


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OCTOBER 9, 2014

Family Weekend

For the first time since moving into the Bearcats Sports Complex in 2007, the BU men’s soccer team will be playing at Saturday home game at 1 p.m. The Bearcats’ upcoming game on Saturday has been moved to be part of the Binghamton University Family Weekend Festivities.

“It gives our families who have come into town for the match more time to be with their families after the match,” head coach Paul Marco said. “It should be a great event and we expect a good crowd.”

As of Thursday, the University has sold over 250 tickets to the match against the Wildcats as part of the Family Weekend package.

The Bearcats head into the match with a week off following their 1-0 win over Hartford on Saturday.

“We have had a good week of training,” Marco said. “The intensity has been terrific and we have nearly all of our players back from injuries so it’s been a very good week so far.”

Check out more details on the University’s Family Weekend schedule by clicking the link below:

Binghamton University Family Weekend Website

About Last Week….

In addition to breaking out of its slump last weekend, the Bearcats’ win came against a Hartford squad that was ranked seventh in the NSCAA East Region Poll. This week, the Hawks are No. 10. The complete poll can be found in the link below

NSCAA Northeast Region Poll

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OCTOBER 8, 2014

30 Under 30

For BU assistant coach Nic Rossi, the last year has been one of significant change, both professionally and personally. Last fall, he and his wife Amy welcomed their first child, Stella. At the same time, he was one of 30 college assistant coaches in the nation taking part in the NSCAA’s 30 Under 30 program.

Launched in the summer of 2013, 30 Under 30 is a year-long education and mentorship opportunity for a select few up-and-comers who have made soccer coaching their career of choice. This program was created to support fledgling coaches and foster their growth at a crucial point in their vocation.

More than 350 applicants, all under 30 years old with at least 1-3 years college coaching experience, applied for admission into the program. Rossi was one of 15 men’s coaches chosen. There were also 15 women’s coached selected.

“It was a great experience for me,” he said. “I got to learn from a lot of great mentors and some of the great coaching educators in the country. I got to attend the (NSCAA) National Convention which was very valuable as well.”

Rossi was part of the inaugural class to go through the 30 Under 30 program, something he takes pride in.

“Being the first group to go through the program, I hope we were able to pave the way for this year’s class to have just as good if not an even better experience,” he said.

Before coming to Binghamton in 2012, Rossi had already worked with three collegiate program who were either nationally ranked, or advanced to the NCAA Tournament (Ohio State, Stevens Tech and Brown). He considers his two years at Binghamton to be another significant part of his career.

“I’m very grateful for the trust that (head) Coach (Paul) Marco gives me on a day-to-day basis,” he said. “Being able to work with a great group of young men and point them in the right direction has been invaluable.”

“Nic has been terrific here,” Marco said. “Being able to be part of the 30 Under 30 program was a great way for him to make more contacts in the coaching (profession) and also to interact with colleagues who were in a similar situation as he is.”

While Rossi has been able to coach many young men at Binghamton, the question was posed to him as to when his one-year old daughter will see her first action on the soccer field.

“Stella might be on the U-1 national team,” he said. “She loves the ball and is always running around the house with it.”

“I saw her play one-v-one already against another little one in the hallway here and she was pretty good,” Marco added.

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OCTOBER 7, 2014

Reading List

Slow day on Tuesday, but check out the Pipe Dream’s recap of the win over Hartford.


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OCTOBER 6, 2014

Hartford Recap

It wasn’t the offensive outburst like the games we mentioned on Friday’s post, but BU’s 1-0 win over Hartford put the team back on track as they began conference play on Saturday.

Head Coach Paul Marco

“We got a complete match tonight and I am very happy for our guys. Hartford is a very good team and we did a great job defensively. We got our first goal at home and I am really happy for the guys.”

“To start off conference play 1-0 is outstanding. We got a long road ahead of us and we still have many more matches to play.”

“I thought heading into the game that we had been playing well all year. We have been having great sessions and I really like the guys’ attitudes at training.”

Senior forward Steve Celeste

“Ben (Ovetsky) put a great first cross which went over my head. It dropped right to Derrick who put into the box and I was waiting for it.”

“We knew a goal was coming. We had been working hard and putting in the effort.”

Captain Tommy Moon

“Our coaching staff always does a great job with the scouting report so we knew what to expect tonight. It was a great feeling to be able to come through tonight because it’s been a tough run for us.”

Not Just An Offensive Break Through…

The Bearcat defense had also waited six games…for a shutout. Getting one against a Hartford team that made the conference finals last year was especially satisfying.

“It was a great feeling (to get a shutout),” sophomore back Charlie Novoth said. “We had been giving away some sloppy goals. Hartford was a strong team and we were able to contain him well.”

Thanking the Fans

Other than Celeste’s goal, the most memorable part of Saturday’s game occurred after the final whistle. With most of the crowd still in the standing cheering, the Bearcats made their traditional walk across the field to thank the fans.

“The support the fans have given us this year during our hard run has been great,” Tommy Moon said. “We just wanted to get a win for them and walking across the field afterwards was great.”

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OCTOBER 3, 2014

Breakout Games

Today’s update includes a countdown list of a different sort.

There is no question the Bearcats are in a goal-scoring drought, which has extended through the last six games. There is also no question they have the potential to score, as evidenced by six goals in their first four games. When a team breaks out of a goal-scoring slump, they really break out of it. This has been true for most soccer teams, including Binghamton.

Here then are the top five breakout games we have witnessed during the Bearcats’ Division I era. As always, we call out any Colonial alums to let us know their own memories…which we will post.

5. October 25, 2008

Although the Bearcats had gone 2-2-0 in their previous four games, they had scored only twice during that stretch. The Pipe Dream newspaper even came out with a column warning that their lack of scoring could end their five-year run in the America East finals. Cameron Keith responded by scoring a pair of goals, giving the Bearcats a 2-0 win at home over New Hampshire. From there, Binghamton went on a 3-1-0 run to make their conference-record sixth straight trip to the championship game.


4. September 12, 2010

After three shutout losses to start the season, all against ranked teams, BU fell behind No. 11 Penn State 2-0 early in the match. The Bearcats rallied before losing 4-3. Still, that outburst triggered a 4-0-3 run over the next month.


3. October 23, 2002.

In Coach Marco’s first year at BU, the Bearcats were on a five-game losing skid and had managed just one goal during that stretch. On Senior Day, however, they beat Stony Brook 3-1. Graham Munro converted a pair of penalty kicks in the process. It’s worth noting that all three goals came in a nine-minute span.


2. September 3, 2006

The Bearcats started off the season 0-2-1 and had been shut out twice. Behind a goal and an assist by Cody Germain, the Bearcats rallied for a 4-3 win over Long Island. The Bearcats would go on to sweep both the America East regular-season and post-season titles.


1. October 30, 2011

Through their first seven conference games, the Bearcats had scored only three goals and had gone 0-5-2. In their season finale, they had already been eliminated from postseason contention and faced a Boston University team that was trying to clinch the America East regular-season title. To make matters worse, a freak snowstorm in the local area forced the game to be pushed back a day.

But when the game started, Binghamton erupted for a 5-1 win. Jake Keegan scored two goals and tallied a career-high five points. The Terriers did wind up as the regular-season champions but Binghamton was able to end its season on a very good note.


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OCTOBER 2, 2014

In Case You Missed It

Here the details for the October 11 home game vs. New Hampshire, which includes a post-game clinic and a promotional ticket giveaway, courtesy of SUBWAY.


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OCTOBER 1, 2014

Alumni Update: Phil Grommet

At the conclusion of the BU Men’s Soccer team’s year-end banquet in April 2006, head coach Paul Marco presented the “Bearcat Award.” It is the final award of the banquet each year and in many ways, the most significant. The Bearcat Award goes beyond the stats and individual honors and recognizes a player who represents all of the significant aspects of the BU men’s soccer program.

That night, the award went to Phil Grommet, who was a backup goalkeeper during his four-year career (2002-05). The respect he had gained from the team had no one disputing Coach Marco’s decision.

“Phil was everything we could have asked for,” he said. “His competitive spirit was great. He worked really hard and got himself into fantastic shape. He was a great team player and was very well-liked and respected by the guys.”

Like many of the freshmen who arrived on campus in the fall of 2002, Grommet did not know what to expect. The Bearcats had won only two games the previous year and were only in their second year as a NCAA Division I program.

Four years later, Binghamton was the top program in the America East Conference, having won the 2003 title and advancing to the finals the following two years. From 2003-05, the Bearcats were in the national rankings each year.

“It was a really special group that I was a part of,” Grommet said. “We went to three straight America East Championship games, advanced in the NCAA Tournament and consistently cracked the national rankings.  As a group, we also achieved many academic accomplishments too.”

Like many of his teammates, Grommet has gone on to achieve great things since graduating from Binghamton. He graduated from CUNY Law School in New York City and is now a practicing attorney at Levene Gouldin & Thompson LLP. His office is located in Binghamton.

“I practice predominantly in the areas of business and real estate law,” he said. “At the moment, I am also making some appearances in local courts on various matters.”

Being a part of the BU men’s soccer team did not just help Grommet improve as a player. It also helped prepare him for the rigors of life after college.

“The work ethic and time management skills that I gained as a BU student-athlete definitely prepared me for law school,” he said. “Coach Marco always stressed that winning matches required practicing hard, practicing smart and getting yourself prepared over the spring and summer.  You can’t just show up and expect to get great results.  The same principle applied to doing well on my law school exams and in passing the bar exam.”

Although it’s been eight years since Grommet graduated from Binghamton, he remains close with many of his former teammates.

“All my teammates are still great friends,” he said. “Just this year, I went to Darius Ravangard’s wedding and Luc Vallone’s wedding.  Along with Bryan Arnault, I also attended Graham Munro’s induction into the BU Hall of Fame (last November).  I was emailing with Stephen Bruce during the Scottish referendum, and Danilo is going to be updating me on the upcoming Brazilian elections.”

“All of our guys are great at staying in touch with each other and with our program,” Marco said. “Phil, in particular, has really stayed connected with us as an alum.”

Despite being a backup goalkeeper during his Binghamton career, Grommet still considers being a part of the Bearcat program as a significant chapter of his life.

“I did not get to play as much as I had hoped for,” he said “But being a member of this team was one of the best experiences of my life and I would not change a single thing about it.”

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

Odds and Ends

Some quick updates while the team travels to Hofstra for tonight’s game:

Homecoming Weekend Plans Set

The BU men’s soccer team has announced its Homecoming Weekend plans, starting with a gathering on Friday, October 17 at Burger Monday’s at 8 p.m. The annual alumni game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. the following day and the Homecoming match against Vermont is at 6 p.m.

U.S. vs. Europe

Some serious Ryder Cup banter on social media between the American and European men’s soccer alums has been taking place the past few days. Here are the best exchanges we have read:

“Just an absolute licking fellas. Cheers for coming over though. How’s your Ryder Cup?!”

-Cameron Keith

“It was never in doubt. About time (the U.S.) partnered with Australia or South Africa to give us some competition.”

Graham Munro

On that note, we’ll call up Ernie Els and Greg Norman to hear their thoughts on this idea…...

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2014

Seven Years Later

On our Facebook site, we have a feature at noon each day entitled “THIS DAY IN BINGHAMTON BEARCATS HISTORY.” It notes an event from one of the BU athletic teams which corresponds to that date.

Today’s entry took place on September 29, 2007. Seven years ago. It was the first-ever men’s soccer game at the Bearcats Sports Complex. As many of you remember, it was the day Cameron Keith introduced himself to the soccer community by netting a hat track. The Bearcats beat the Big Red 3-0 before over 1,800 fans.

Since that night, there have been 55 other men’s soccer games played at the Bearcats Sports Complex. An average of 937 fans have attended each of those games. That includes five playoff games, seven homecoming game and five televised games.

It’s in that spirit that we have chosen the best home game for each of the seven previous seasons.

October 6, 2007.
Binghamton 2, Boston Univ. 1 (OT)

Although Keith netted a pair of hat tricks, this game remains his signature home performance. He scored a pair of goals, including the game winner in overtime against the Terriers. The post-game celebration, which included the team going to the stands to celebrate with the fans, remains vivid seven years later.

Oct. 18, 2008
Binghamton 1, Vermont 0

The first-ever sellout and regionally-televised game at the Bearcats Sports Complex saw the Bearcats beat defending conference champion Vermont 1-0 on a second-half goal by Keith. With the win, Binghamton moved into first place in the America East Conference.

October 3, 2009
Binghamton 2, Albany 1 (OT)

Things looked grim for the Bearcats when Albany was awarded a penalty kick in midway through the first overtime. But Jason Stenta made the save to extend the game. A few minutes later, Adam Whitehead ended the game on a free kick.

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

The term “fenrufel” become a household word when Scott Zobre was describing to the media how he scored his game winning goal in overtime against the Hawks. The next night, WBNG had a graphic that read “WHAT’S A FERNUFEL?” That term was actually coined by Justin Leskow two years earlier.

October 30, 2011
Binghamton 5, Boston Univ. 1

The Bearcats closed out a disappointing year with a 5-1 win over eventual regular-season champion Boston University. The match was originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 29, but a freak snowstorm forced the postponement of the match. Jake Keegan scored twice and added an assist. Adam Whitehead added a goal and two assists.

September 29, 2012
Binghamton 2, New Hampshire 1 (OT)

Jake Keegan’s most dramatic goal at the Bearcats Sports Complex came in the first overtime against the Wildcats.

October 3, 2013
Binghamton 3, UMass Lowell 0

This Homecoming win is most noted for Ben Nicholson scoring in just the second minute of the game and then celebrating with a flip. Too bad a good portion of the crowd was still filing into the Bearcats Sports Complex.


Yet to be determined. Five games left.

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

Princeton Preview

- Binghamton (2-6-0) lost 1-0 to No. 18 Syracuse on Tuesday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes made a career-high 11 saves for the Bearctas. Sophomore forward Alex Varkatzas continues to lead the team with two goals and four points. Junior forward Luca Bottoni and sophomore back Charlie Novoth each have a goal and an assist.

- Princeton (2-2-2) defeated Drexel 1-0 on Tuesday night. Thomas Sanner converted the game winner on a penalty kick in the 53rd minute. For the season, Sanner has three goals and seven total points. Cameron Porter, meanwhile, leads the Tigers with four goals and eight total points.

- Binghamton and Princeton have yet to square off in men’s soccer. The Tigers, however, are one of three Ivy League schools the Bearcats play this year. Cornell and Columbia are the other two squads.

- Defensively, the Bearcats have allowed one goal or fewer in seven of their first eight matches. This includes a 2-0 shutout victory over Niagara on Sept. 7.

- Sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes’ 11-save performance marked the eighth time in Binghamton’s Division I era that a goalkeeper has stopped at least 10 shots. The most recent occurrence took place when junior goalkeeper Stefano Frantellizzi made 12 saves against Columbia on Oct. 19, 2013.

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2014

Where Does It Rank?

While the BU men’s soccer team is looking ahead to Princeton on Saturday, we decided to take a look back at some of the most significant goalkeeping performances in the Bearcats’ Division I history.

Despite the loss on Tuesday, sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes stopped 11 shots against the No. 18 Orange, including several from close range. His performance brings to mind some of the past performances in program history. We will go in reverse chronological order.

These will go in reverse chronological order.

October 26, 2013

While Stefano Frantellizzi only made five saves, they came against then seventh-ranked UMBC to preserve a 0-0 tie at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Although he made 12 saves against Columbia four days earlier, the magnitude of this game, in which the Bearcats were outshot 16-5 by a nationally-ranked team, carries more weight.


September 17, 2010

Chris Hayen’s first career shutout came against No. 26 Lafayette, as the Bearcats won 1-0 in the opening round of the Colgate Red Raider Invitational. He made three saves but stopped several other crosses during the match.


November 3, 2007

Of all Jason Stenta’s memorable matches, this one is below the radar compared to most. The Bearcats won their second straight America East regular-season title, 1-0 at Stony Brook in rainstorm. The Bearcats were outshot 14-12 but Stenta made nine saves to preserve the win.


September 5, 2005

Facing a Coastal Carolina team that was receiving votes in both major polls, the Bearcats won 1-0. Ryan Bertoni made three stops and helped organize the defense through the last part of the game. The Bearcats, who scored midway through the second half, were outshot 11-10 for the game.


November 25, 2003

In the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the Bearcats were defeated by seventh-ranked St. Louis 1-0 in overtime. In regulation, however, Stef Gonet made 10 saves to keep the upstart Bearcats in the game. Many of those saves were from close range. The next day, the headline in the St. Louis dispatch read “Bilikens overcome pesky goalkeeper to advance.”


Calling All Colonials….

For any of you alums from the Division II or Division III eras, feel free to send us the best Colonial goalkeeping performances you have seen. We will post what we hear back!

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2014

Syracuse Wrap Up

Some thoughts from the team following last night’s game against Cornell:

Head Coach Paul Marco

“I thought our intensity has improved over the last few games. We came out tonight sharper than we had previously. We were a little unlucky around the goal but that will come.”

Senior back Jamie Forbes

“I think Coach (Marco) touched on it right after the game. We brought a lot more energy tonight. I don’t know if it was because we are playing a ranked opponent or what not but we can definitely take away that energy we brought tonight into our next match.”

Senior back Derrick Ladaeirous

“I think our team has definitely turned it around the last few games. We are looking a lot better communication-wise. I think we will be playing a lot better from here on out.”

Home Support

Although it was a mid-week game, a crowd of 647 fans came out to the match against Syracuse. Through five home games, the Bearcats are averaging 831 fans per contest. This does not include the upcoming Homecoming match on Oct. 18, which traditionally draws the biggest crowd of the year.

“It’s great to have the student body out supporting us,” Forbes said. “The BU Zoo has done a great job this year and we appreciate every single person that comes out.”

“It’s been great,” Ladaeirous added. “Although we haven’t won at home yet, they are still coming out. As the wins come, we expect even bigger crowds.”

Heard in the Press Box

Last night, when we polled the media as to which Bearcat players they wished to interview after the game, one of the writers asked for sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes. When we told them it was his first interview, the writer’s reply was classic:

“It’s okay,” they said. “I speak German.”

Tomorrow, we will take a closer look at Moewes and his 11-save effort last night against the Orange.

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2014

Meet and Greet

Following training on Sunday, the Binghamton men’s soccer team headed to the University Union for a “Meet and Greet” with the BU Zoo. The student-run fan organization had pizza and drinks for the team and the event gave the Zoo members a chance to interact with the players.

Andrew Loso, who is one of the BU Zoo’s leaders, helped coordinate a similar event for the women’s soccer team earlier in the year.

“It’s one thing to cheer on a team but it’s another thing to get to know them better,” he said. “It gives us a chance to have a more personal connection so when we see them on the field, it’s a much more exciting and energized atmosphere.”

In his second year of helping to lead the BU Zoo, Loso has gotten to know head coach Paul Marco and many of the players on a personal basis.

“They are wonderful to deal with,” Loso said. “They are very nice and Coach Marco has helped me out for with the Ice Water Challenge we did earlier in the fall.”

“They are terrific,” Marco said about the BU Zoo. “When you have a group of students who rally support like they have, it’s wonderful. I am proud that our guys get a chance to play in front of a group of very enthusiastic bunch of students.”

“It’s great that we can do this Meet and Greet with them,” junior goalkeeper Stefano Frantellizzi said. “We really appreciate it and just want to thank them for all that they do.”

Before Sunday’s event, many of the players had met and gotten to know Loso and other BU Zoo members pretty well.

“I met them last year and the stuff that they do is fantastic,” team captain Tommy Moon said.

Loso and Coach Marco both addressed the audience during the Meet and Greet, encouraging support for the upcoming match against Syracuse.

There was one small glitch with the event. Loso and the BU Zoo ordered two large sheet pizzas for the women’s soccer team’s Meet and Greet. There were leftovers then. For the men’s gathering, however, the two pizzas were gone much sooner.

“After a training session, two pizzas were not enough to feed us,” Moon said with a smile.

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

Making the Stop

Junior goalkeeper Stefano Frantellizzi remembers the last time he stopped a penalty kick. Before Saturday, that is.

“In my senior year of high school I did it in a couple of games,” he said. “It’s been a while.”

Three years later, he came through again…this time for the Binghamton Bearcats.

Less than a minute into the second half of Saturday’s game against Lafayette, he faced off against Tom McCutcheon. Frantellizzi was able to guess right and dove far enough to bat away McCutcheon’s attempt. It was the first time Binghamton stopped a penalty kick since Jason Stenta did the honors against Albany on Oct. 7, 2009.

Frantellizzi had yet to stop a penalty kick at the college level heading into the season but trained hard over the summer to get better in that area.

“I trained hard and practiced a lot over the summer in reading the kicker before they shoot it,” he said. “I feel I definitely have improved because of that.”

Name That Tune

When Frantellizzi and the rest of the Binghamton Bearcats were introduced to the crowd at the freshman BBQ on August 28, he used his time behind the mike to also let the crowd know he was a disc jockey as well.

With that in mind, we asked Frantellizzi what music should have been played at the Bearcats Sports Complex when he stopped the penalty kick on Saturday.

“I don’t know,” he said. “Maybe Eye of the Tiger?”

Coming Up Next…

The BU Zoo held a Meet and Greet with the team on Sunday night. Check back tomorrow for details.

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SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

Lafayette Preview

Here are some quotes from head coach Paul Marco during his WNBF Radio interview this morning with Roger Neel:

“The last match we had against Cornell, I thought our guys had a terrific performance in the second half. We were a bit unlucky in that we did not put the ball in the back of the net. I thought we started the match quite slow, which has been a problem for us at home this year, but we dominated the possession in the second half.”

“We’ve had the week off and hopefully we’ve fixed this issue that we’ve had of starting slow in home matches. We’ve discussed it at length with our leadership group and put in a couple of new things to start the pregame warm up.”

“Lafayette plays the same system that we do. They have three forwards (in the starting lineup), so the game should be pretty exciting with both teams attacking.”

“Our guys are playing pretty well in general. They are just falling a little short in front of the goal. We are creating chances and have been pretty good on s

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