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Men’s Lacrosse Opens Conference Play Against Albany Saturday

Bearcats (4-4) host high-powered Great Danes (5-3) at 3 p.m.

March 28, 2013


Men’s Lacrosse Opens Conference Play Against Albany Saturday

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Contact: Mike Porter (sports1@binghamton.edu)

Vestal, NY—

GAME INFO
Teams: Albany (5-3, 0-0 AE) at Binghamton (4-4, 0-0 AE)
When: 3 p.m.
Venue: Bearcats Sports Complex (Vestal, NY)
All-Time Series: Albany leads 10-3
Last Meeting: 3-31-12 (Albany won 12-11)

SETTING THE SCENE
Both teams enter Saturday coming off a win and a successful non-conference slate. Binghamton (4-4) defeated visiting Quinnipiac 11-9 on March 23 thanks to a late 5-2 run that propelled the Bearcats to their third home victory of the season. Junior Matt Springer netted three goals and sophomore Tucker Nelson reeled off four points (1 G, 3 A) in the comeback win. BU outshot Quinnipiac 43-34 and won the ground ball battle 32-24 Saturday. Junior Alex Doerflein won a career-best 17-of-23 faceoffs against the NEC school, picking up 13 ground balls and his first career goal against the Bobcats. Heading into Saturday’s matchup with Albany, Binghamton carries a 5-6 all-time record in America East openers.

Albany heads to Vestal having won four of their last five games, including a 16-7 win over Harvard this past Tuesday. Leading point scorer Lyle Thompson paced the Great Danes with four goals and four assists. Albany put 28 shots on goal compared to the Crimson’s 13. Lyle Thompson leads the country in assists (35) and is second in the nation with an eye-popping 7.88 points per game. Brothers Miles and Ty Thompson also have been standouts for the America East Preseason favorites, combining for 41 goals in just 13 games. Despite boasting the strongest offense in the nation (14.38 goals per game), the Great Danes give up nearly 14 goals a game themselves.

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
With the win last Saturday, Binghamton improves their record to 3-1 at home in 2013. BU has outscored opponents 37-28, allowing visitors just 7.01 goals per game. Springer has led the offensive unit, scoring 11 of his 16 goals this season at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The red-shirt junior from Hamburg, NY shares the lead in points at home with Tucker Nelson at 13 apiece. In goal, junior Max Schefler is allowing less than 7 goals per game at a .667 save clip. Binghamton’s lone loss this season came against the 17th ranked Penn State Nittany Lions (11-7).

ONE-TWO PUNCH
In his first year with the program, Tucker Nelson has fit in seamlessly. The sophomore and son of head coach Scott Nelson leads the team in points (24) and assists (18). Nelson ranks 11th in the country with 2.22 assists per game in great part to his immediate connection with fellow attack player Matt Springer. Nine of Springer’s 16 goals this season have been assisted by Nelson. Against Manhattan, three of Springer’s season-high five goals came from Nelson.

BINGHAMTON CAPITALIZES ON PENALTIES
Binghamton ranks amongst the top-10 in man-up scoring and man-down defense in the country.  In 13 opportunities, the Bearcats have allowed just two goals this season on the man-down which is third best in the nation (.846). When BU is afforded a penalty, they have scored nearly 44 percent of the time on a man-up situation. Junior Michael Antinozzi leads the team with four man-up goals this season.

AMERICA EAST STANDINGS

Team

Conf.

Pct.

Ovr.

Pct.

Albany

0-0

.000

5-3

.625

Stony Brook

0-0

.000

5-4

.556

Binghamton

0-0

.000

4-4

.500

Hartford

0-0

.000

3-4

.429

UMBC

0-0

.000

3-5

.375

Vermont

0-0

.000

3-6

.333

 

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