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Men’s Lacrosse Clashes With Visiting Hartford Saturday at 1 pm

Bearcats (5-5, 1-1 AE) and Hawks (5-5, 1-1 AE) jockey for position in conference standings

April 11, 2013


Men’s Lacrosse Clashes With Visiting Hartford Saturday at 1 pm

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Contact: Mike Porter (sports1@binghamton.edu)

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GAME INFO
Teams: Hartford (5-5, 1-0 AE) at Binghamton (5-5, 1-1 AE)
When: Saturday, April 13 (1 pm)
Venue: Bearcats Sports Complex (Vestal, NY)
All-Time Series: Binghamton leads 8-3
Last Matchup: Hartford won 11-7 (April 14, 2012)

Setting The Scene
The Bearcats head into Saturday riding the momentum of their biggest win of the season to date, a thrilling 14-13 OT victory over Stony Brook last weekend. Trailing 13-4, Stony Brook wound up tying the game with just under a minute left in regulation, and later forced the game to a sudden death overtime period. In the overtime, junior Michael Antinozzi stepped up and ended the game off a 10 yard strike, giving BU their first victory over the Seawolves since 2005. Fellow junior Matt Springer scored a career-high six goals, improving his total to 23 this season. He becomes the first player in BU history to have three straight seasons with 20+ goals. Senior Tyler Perrelle had a big afternoon in the midfield, scoring a goal and three assists. With his second assist Saturday, he became the program’s leader in career assists, beating out Chris Mulheron’s record set back in 2009. Junior Alex Doerflein won 19-of-31 faceoffs against the Seawolves, picked up 13 ground balls and added a goal for the Bearcats who improve to 2-3 on the road this season.

After falling on the road 24-11 to conference leaders 12th ranked Albany, Hartford bounced back with a gritty 8-7 win over Dartmouth on Tuesday. Senior midfielder Garrett Dollard provided the fireworks, scoring a game-winning goal with just 15.6 seconds remaining to deliver the non-conference win. Dollard scored a team-high two goals as six others entered the score sheet for the Hawks. Junior goalie Frank Piechota had a terrific outing between the pipes, stopping 15 shots on the afternoon. Freshman Jack Bobzien leads the team with 35 points this season and is ranked fifth nationally with 2.70 assists per game. Both Kevin O’Shea and Andrew Cacchio are tied for the team-lead in goals with 16 apiece. As a team, Hartford enters Saturday’s matchup having scored an average of 9.80 goals per game.

Offense Shines In The Win
Binghamton’s 14 goals on Saturday is their best offensive output of the 2013 season. The Bearcats also recorded a team-best shooting percentage of .318 against the Seawolves; their highest since April 28, 2012 against UMBC.  On Saturday, they had four separate 3-0 runs that catapulted them to a 13-4 lead halfway through the third quarter. A season-high seven different players scored for BU on their way to totaling 20 points on the afternoon.

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Playing Extra Minutes
Since 2004, Binghamton is 7-5 (.583) in overtime games. Their thrilling 14-13 OT win on Saturday marks the first win since April 2, 2011 in extra time when they completed a terrific comeback over Vermont, scoring the game’s last five goals, including Matt Springer’s winner with under a minute left in the first overtime. Three players on this year’s roster (Michael Antinozzi, Matt Springer and Tyler Perrelle) have scored game winning OT goals. All-time, BU is 4-3 versus fellow America East schools in sudden death situations.

Springer Approaches Yet Another Milestone
Junior attack Matt Springer is just two points shy of hitting 100 career points for his career. He would become the second player in school history, and interestingly enough the second player this season to hit this mark, joining teammate Tyler Perrelle who stands atop the career list with 107 points. With his six goals Saturday, he now has 81 goals and 17 assists in just 38 games played in a Binghamton uniform.

History of Beating The Hawks
Binghamton is 8-3 all-time versus Hartford since 2002, including seven wins in their last eight meetings. Last season, the Hawks snapped a seven-game losing streak with their 11-7 victory in West Hartford, but its been Binghamton who has owned the series historically. The Bearcats are 4-0 all-time at home against their fellow America East competitor and last beat the Hawks in April of 2011, when Hartford made an improbable run to the NCAA tournament on a last second goal over Stony Brook in the America East Championship game. Springer has been a standout versus Hartford in the past, scoring four goals twice in wins in 2010 and 2011.

IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Team:
Man-Down Defense: 0.842 (3rd)
Man-up Offense: 0.429 (10th)
Saves Per Game: 12.90 (12th)
Individual:
Ground Balls Per Game: Alex Doerflein, 8.20 (5th)
Save Percentage: Max Schefler, 0.578 (11th)
Saves Per Game: Max Schefler, 12.20 (14th)
Assists Per Game: Tucker Nelson, 2.00 (16th)
Face-Off Win Pct.: Alex Doerflein, 0.555 (20th)

Game-By-Game Matchup With Hartford
4-13-02: Hartford 21, Binghamton 4
4-19-03: Hartford 13, Binghamton 7
4-10-04: Binghamton 13, Hartford 5
4-20-05: Binghamton 13, Hartford 7
4-1-06: Binghamton 16, Hartford 8
3-31-07: Binghamton 16, Hartford 4
4-26-08: Binghamton 10, Hartford 5
4-25-09: Binghamton 11, Hartford 9
4-24-10: Binghamton 13, Hartford 12
4-23-11: Binghamton 10, Hartford 8
4-14-12: Hartford 11, Binghamton 7

AMERCIA EAST STANDINGS

Team

Conf.

Pct.

Ovr.

Pct.

#12 Albany

2-0

1.000

8-3

.727

Stony Brook

1-1

.500

6-5

.545

Hartford

1-1

.500

5-5

.500

Binghamton

1-1

.500

5-5

.500

UMBC

1-1

.500

4-6

.400

Vermont

0-2

.000

3-8

.273

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