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Men’s Lacrosse Picked Fifth in America East Preseason Poll
Bearcats return six starters from a team who finished 7-8 a year ago
February 10, 2012Tweet
The Binghamton University men’s lacrosse team recently was picked to finish tied for fifth in an America East Preseason Poll announced by the conference on Wednesday. Hartford, who defeated Stony Brook on a last second goal to advance to the NCAA tournament, sits atop the poll receiving five first-place votes.
The Bearcats are fresh off a 7-8 2011 season, in which they boasted a 3-2 conference record that earned them a spot in the America East playoffs for the first time since 2009. New head coach Scott Nelson, who has 24 years of coaching experience and most recently served at the helm of Marist, has six starters returning at his disposal for the 2012 campaign. Binghamton displays a strong defensive unit led by senior defenseman and reigning first-team all-conference member Ben Waldron. Waldon led the team in caused turnovers (30), which paced the Bearcats to a league-leading 9.27 caused turnovers per game.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Bearcats are led by the all-around skills of junior midfielder Tyler Perrelle. Perrelle led the Bearcats with 16 assists and finished second in points at 27 during the 15-game 2011 season. BU also has its share of young talent for the upcoming season. Now-sophomores Michael Antinozzi, Brandon Planck and Greg Cove earned All-Rookie honors a season ago. Antinozzi and Planck scored a combined 27 goals from the attack position, while Cove started 11 games on defense picking up 30 ground balls on the year.
Binghamton kicks off the 2012 season on Feb. 25 when they welcome in Lafayette to the Bearcats Sports Complex for a 1 pm start.