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Men’s Lacrosse Releases Spring Schedule
14-game slate features seven home games, including matchup with Penn State on March 19
October 22, 2012Tweet
Vestal, NY—Second year head men’s lacrosse coach Scott Nelson recently announced his squad’s upcoming 2013 schedule this week. With a total of 14 fixtures, including seven home games at the Bearcats Sports Complex, Binghamton will have nine non-conference and five America East games for 2013.
“We put together a schedule full of quality opponents and really feel both confident and excited about the spring,” Nelson said. “Our goal has always been to test ourselves early and often, and make sure we are playing our best lacrosse come conference play.”
The spring slate begins on the road for the Bearcats as they head to Loudonville, NY on Feb. 23 to square off with Siena, who finished runner-up in the MAAC a year ago. Last season, Binghamton ousted the Saints 9-7 at home on the strength of five goals from current junior attackman Mike Antinozzi. This year’s meeting marks the fourth straight season they have gone toe-to-toe and the seventh time overall (series tied at three wins apiece).
Three days later, they find themselves on the road once again as they travel to nearby Ithaca to take on national powerhouse Cornell at Schoellkopf Field. Cornell returns eight starters from a team who was nationally ranked for a majority of 2012, and regains the services of 2011 Attacker of the Year Rob Pannell, who was forced to redshirt last season after an injury in his second game.
On March 2, BU hosts its first game of the season against Hobart. The Statesmen handed the Bearcats a 15-10 loss in 2012 and return three of their top-5 point scorers from a year ago. Binghamton is 6-5 all-time in home openers, including a 10-8 win last season over Lafayette.
After their quick stint at the Bearcats Sports Complex, BU throws on their visiting jerseys to play tough opponents in Delaware and Colgate on March 9th and 12th respectively. The Blue Hens played a challenging schedule in 2012, facing six nationally-ranked opponents (2-4). Colgate comes off the best finish in school history, going 14-4, eventually falling to Duke in the NCAA quarterfinals. The Raiders feature the 2012 Tewaaraton award winner Peter Baum. Baum scored a school-record 97 points last season.
With four of their first five games on the road, Binghamton finally settles at home for a four-game stretch beginning with Manhattan on the 16th of March. The Jaspers narrowly defeated BU 11-10 in the first ever meeting a season ago. Shortly thereafter, Penn State comes to Vestal on March 19 for a 4 pm start. This marks the first ever meeting between the two programs. The Nittany Lions finished 2012 at 9-6, losing in the CAA semifinals to Drexel. The final two non-conference games of the season pits the Bearcats up against Quinnipiac (March 23) and Canisius (April 15). Binghamton went 1-1 combined against the two teams, highlighted by their 11-7 win over the Golden Griffs, who later advanced to play in the NCAA tournament.
To begin the America East conference schedule, Binghamton hosts Albany on March 30 at 3 pm. The Great Danes have enjoyed recent success against BU, winning four of the last five meetings. Albany finished 3-2 in the America East a year ago, falling to Stony Brook in the conference championship. Speaking of Stony Brook, the Bearcats will get a crack at the defending conference champs the following weekend at LaValle Stadium. The Seawolves have advanced to the NCAA tournament two of the last three years and are led by sophomore Mike Rooney, reigning America East Rookie of the Year.
On the 13th of April, Hartford comes to town having finished fourth in the America East in 2012. The Hawks return four second team all-conference players and a pair of All-Rookie selections this spring. Despite losing 11-7 in 2012, Binghamton has historically had a good track record versus Hartford, going 8-3 overall. The following weekend, BU plays host to Vermont for a noon start on senior day. Vermont missed the AE postseason, but upended the Bearcats 11-5 a season ago.
For the second straight year, UMBC is Binghamton’s final regular season game of the year, this time with the Retrievers as the home squad. BU closed out the 2012 season with an impressive 15-8 victory over UMBC in which three Bearcats recorded a hat trick.
The America East conference tournament will be held at a host site for the first time in conference history. Stony Brook’s Lavalle Stadium, which seats 8,200 people, will carry the honor of playing host. The tournament begins on May 1 with both semifinal games and concludes three days later with the finals.