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Men’s Lacrosse Gears For Road Test At No. 5 Cornell Tuesday

Bearcats in search of first win of the season; faceoff set for 4 p.m.

February 26, 2013


Men’s Lacrosse Gears For Road Test At No. 5 Cornell Tuesday

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Contact: Mike Porter (sports1@binghamton.edu)

Ithaca, N.Y.—
GAME INFO
Teams: Binghamton (0-1) at #5/7 Cornell (1-0)
Site: Ithaca, N.Y. (Schoellkopf Field)
Date & Time: Tuesday, Feb. 26 (4 p.m.)
All-Time Series Record: Cornell leads 9-0

SETTING THE SCENE

Binghamton (0-1) heads to nearby Ithaca to take on their biggest test of the early season. The Bearcats take on No. 5/7 Cornell (1-0) from Schoellkopf Field beginning at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. The meeting marks the 10th time the two programs have played and second consecutive year at Schoellkopf field. Cornell, who was ranked number three at this time last season, defeated the Bearcats 17-12 on Feb. 28, 2012.

The Bearcats dropped their season opener to Siena on the road 9-8 this past Saturday. Despite carrying a 7-5 lead into half, BU was held to just one goal in what was a cold and rainy day in Loudonville, NY. Junior midfielder Mike Antinozzi netted his eight career hat trick, while sophomore attack Tucker Nelson notched a goal and two assists in his Binghamton debut. The Saints, who were picked as MAAC Preseeason favorites, won the ground ball battle 35-26 and outshot the Bearcats 41-38 on their way to their first win of the 2013 campaign.

Cornell was victorious in their first game of the season this past Sunday, beating Hobart 19-11 from the Carrier Dome. Senior attack Rob Pannell, a two-time all-american, netted four goals and dished out five assists for the Big Red. Fellow senior Steve Mock had quite the game as well for Cornell, tallying five goals on just nine shots. The Big Red has an experienced squad coming back for Ben Deluca’s third year atop the program, returning eight starters and 25 upperclassmen.

STRONG STARTS
Juniors Alex Doerflein and Max Schefler had excellent outings in their first career starts at Binghamton. Doerflein got the starting nod taking faceoffs for head coach Scott Nelson, winning an impressive 15-of-21 (.714) attempts. The junior from South Side HS also scooped up a team-high 11 ground balls. Schefler earned his first career start in goal for Binghamton after a strong fall and preseason. He was solid between the pipes for BU, saving 13 shots and nearly 60 percent of the shots he faced versus Siena.

PERRELLE NAMED TO TEWAARATON AWARD WATCH LIST
Senior midfielder Tyler Perrelle was recently named to the Tewaaraton Award watch list this past week—award goes to the most outstanding player in Division I men’s lacrosse. Perrelle, who hails from Mahopac, NY, has had an excellent three-plus years at Binghamton. He currently has 47 career goals (7th all-time) and 45 assists (second all-time) and with six more points becomes the all-time leader in program history with 98. A consistent performer, Perrelle has scored a point in 21 consecutive games and a goal in 14. He joins 2012 graduate Ben Waldron as the only other Binghamton player to receive this honor.

WHAT A RETURN
After missing all of last season with an injury, junior attack Matt Springer is back for . Springer had a strong outing this past Saturday versus Siena, netting a pair of goals in his first start since May 4, 2011. Now with 60 career goals at Binghamton, Springer is just six goals shy of taking over the program record set by Phil Cavallo—who had 66 from 2003-05.

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