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Four Players Selected As Captains For 2014 Men’s Lacrosse Season
Antinozzi, Cove, Donigan and Springer set to lead Bearcats
October 11, 2013Tweet
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Vestal, N.Y.—The men’s lacrosse program has selected four senior captains for the 2014 season. Four-year players Mike Antinozzi, Greg Cove, Kelly Donigan and Matt Springer will lead the Bearcats throughout the 2014 campaign as announced by third-year head coach Scott Nelson.
“Each one of these young men have earned the respect of their teammates as leaders,” Nelson explained. “All of them are accomplished players and students who carry themselves in a way that positively reflects our program here at Binghamton.”
All four senior captains have played pivotal roles in their three-plus years with the Bearcats. They have played in a combined 158 games, tallied 180 goals, 49 assists and 175 ground balls as a group. Antinozzi, Donigan and Cove have been three-year starters with BU, while Donigan has been an integral player off the bench in the midfield.
Senior midfielder Mike Antinozzi has been an electric player up the middle for the Bearcats. The Fallston, Md. native has scored 66 goals and 90 points in just three seasons. He’s earned an all-conference selection each of his first three seasons, including a first-team selection in 2012 when he scored 32 goals and a program-record 46 points. This past spring, Antinozzi was the recipient of a SUNY Chancellor Scholar-Athlete Award, an honor that rewards student-athletes for their combination of academic excellence and outstanding athletic achievement.
Defender Greg Cove has played in each and every game (42) since arriving on campus back in 2010. Cove has started the past 27 games out of the back, leading a defensive group that is always near the top of the conference in caused turnovers. With career totals of 75 ground balls and 30 caused turnovers, he has impressed coaches throughout the America East. In 2011 he was an All-Rookie selection and just two seasons ago he made the second team defense.
Joining Cove and Antinozzi is classmate Kelly Donigan. Donigan not only is a standout on the second-line midfield unit for head coach Scott Nelson, but he also is a terrific student. In addition to scoring a career-best 10 goals this past spring, Donigan was named to the Binghamton AD Honor Roll (GPA of 3.3 or higher).
Lastly, red-shirt senior Matt Springer rounds up the captain unit for BU. Springer is the most prolific scorer in program history, netting 94 goals and 111 points (both program records) in 42 games played. After sitting out a year with an injury, Springer returned stronger than ever in 2013. He scored a program-best 36 goals; a number that was highlighted by his team leading five hat tricks. He joined Donigan on the AD Honor Roll and is in pursuit of a degree in Management for the spring.
“Already this fall, I’ve seen our captains step up and become a strong voice in the weight room, the locker room and out on the practice field,” Nelson said. “They continue to push their teammates and want to get the best out of them, which is certainly a positive sign heading into the spring season.”
The four captains are a part of a large senior class for the Bearcats in 2014, a group that extends to nine overall. In addition, Binghamton has nine starters returning from a squad who finished just a game out of an America East tournament bid at 5-9 overall.