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Men’s Lacrosse Hosts Manhattan Saturday at 1 p.m.
Bearcats (2-3) look to stay perfect at home against the Jaspers
March 15, 2013Tweet
Contact: Mike Porter (email@example.com)
Teams: Manhattan (1-5, 0-0 MAAC) at Binghamton (2-3, 0-0 America East)
Venue: Bearcats Sports Complex (Vestal, NY)
When: 1 p.m.
All-Time Series vs. Manhattan: 0-1
Last Meeting: 3/17/12
SETTING THE SCENE
Both teams enter Saturday’s game off a loss. Colgate snapped Binghamton’s two-game winning streak with a 12-5 victory in Hamilton, NY on Tuesday. The Raiders outshot BU 41-20 and won the faceoff battle 13-8. The Bearcats were led on offense by junior midfielder Kelly Donigan’s two goals. Donigan has recorded a goal in four straight games and is third on the team with five goals this season. Juniors Alex Doerflein and Garrett Augustyn recorded four ground balls apiece for BU on the afternoon.
The Jaspers lost to #7 Princeton 15-2 on the road Tuesday. The visitors were outshot 54-21, carrying a shooting percentage of just .095. Three players have recorded five or more goals this season for the MAAC school, led by senior midfielder Tyler Jarvis’ seven goals. Junior attack Ryan Payton has been a reliable scoring option for first year head coach Steve Manitta, pacing the Jaspers in points (11) and assists (4). Goalie Michael Wiatrak has started all six games in goal, averaging 14.33 saves per contest—fifth best mark in the nation.
ONE POINT AWAY
Senior midfielder Tyler Perrelle is just one point shy of breaking the school record in points. Perrelle currently has 97 career points and is tied with 2007 graduate Matt McNamara. This season, he has four goals and three assists in five contests. Not only is he on the brink of breaking the point record, he also remains three assists away from the school record of 50.
SUCCESS AGAINST THE MAAC
Over Binghamton’s 12 year Division-I history, they have excelled against the MAAC. Overall, the Bearcats are 10-5 (.667), including a perfect 7-0 record versus both Canisius and Marist. This season, BU is 0-1 against the MAAC, losing a 9-8 heartbreaker to Siena in their season opener back on Feb. 23.
NELSON AND ANTINOZZI CONTINUE STREAKS
Through Binghamton’s first five games, both Tucker Nelson and Michael Antinozzi have recorded at least one point in each game. In Nelson’s first year with BU, he has provided a much needed stability to the front line. He leads the team in both assists (8) and points (12). Antinozzi has picked up where he left off a season ago, pacing the team in goals with eight. With his man-up goal against Colgate, he moved into a tie for fifth place on the school record for goals scored with 54. He’s also second all-time with 16 man-up scores.