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Men’s Lacrosse Set For Home Opener Against Hobart Saturday
Bearcats seek first win of the season versus Statesmen at 1 p.m.
March 1, 2013Tweet
Teams: Hobart (1-1) vs. Binghamton (0-2)
Date & Time: Saturday, March 2 (1 p.m.)
Venue: Bearcats Sports Complex (Vestal, N.Y.)
All-time Series: Hobart leads 2-5
Last Meeting: Hobart W 15-10 (3/3/12)
SETTING THE SCENE
The Bearcats return to action after most recently losing 11-6 on the road to fifth ranked Cornell this past Tuesday night. Junior goalie Max Schefler was outstanding in defeat, saving a career-high and program-record 19 saves versus the Big Red. Sophomore attack Tucker Nelson tallied his first career hat trick and leads the team with six points on the season. BU was 3-of-4 on man-up opportunities against Cornell, but was hurt on the faceoff winning just 3-of-21 attempts.
Hobart (1-1) also suffered their most recent defeat to Cornell—a 19-11 loss on Feb. 24 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.. The Statesmen had five different scorers against the Big Red, led by junior standout Alex Love’s five points (3 g, 2 a). Last season’s national save leader Peter Zenino stopped 10 saves in the loss for Hobart. The ECAC members have a potent offensive unit this season, averaging just under 15 goals per game. They scored 19 goals in a win over Siena in their opener, paced by Love and junior Cam Stone who tallied four goals apiece.
HOME SWEET HOME
Binghamton is 6-5 all-time in home openers, including a 10-8 victory over Lafayette last season at the Bearcats Sports Complex. BU has prior history playing Hobart in a home opener, beating the Statesmen 7-5 back in 2006.
ANOTHER HAT TRICK IN THE BOOKS
With Nelson’s hat trick versus #5 Cornell Tuesday, he joins five other teammates who have recorded three or more goals in a game. Both Matt Springer and Michael Antinozzi have eight career hat tricks, Brandon Planck and Tyler Perrelle have two hat trick games apiece and J.T. Hauck rounds up the group with his hat trick versus UMBC in 2012.
STRONG START BETWEEN THE POSTS
In his first two career starts in goal, Schefler has been terrific for the Bearcats. He leads the America East conference with 16 saves per game and carries a save percentage of .615 heading into Saturday. Head coach Scott Nelson praised the play of Schelfter after Tuesday’s game, “Max has stepped up big time in net this season. He has performed at a high level and has done a great job leading our defense in the early going.”