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Men’s Lacrosse Set For Showdown With #17 Penn State Tuesday
Bearcats (3-3) host Nittany Lions (3-3) at 4 p.m.
March 18, 2013Tweet
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Teams: #17/19 Penn State (3-3, 1-0 CAA) at Binghamton (3-3, 0-0 AE)
When: Tuesday, March 19 (4 p.m.)
Venue: Bearcats Sports Complex (Vestal, NY)
All-Time Series: PSU leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Penn State won 7-9 (2-19-12)
SETTING THE SCENE
The Bearcats (3-3) host Penn State Tuesday afternoon in what will be the second time the two programs have met. Binghamton looks to stay unbeaten at home, fresh off a 13-6 win against Manhattan on Saturday. Red shirt junior Matt Springer had his best game of the season, scoring five goals on the afternoon. Sophomore Tucker Nelson dished out a season-high five assists and Brandon Planck added a hat trick in the rout. Senior Tyler Perrelle tallied his 51st career goal on Saturday, which proved to be a milestone for the four-year contributor. With that goal, Perrelle now becomes the all-time leader in points with 98. BU has won three of their last four games, holding opponents to just seven goals per game.
Penn State (3-3) defeated #19 Massachusetts 7-5 in the CAA opener Saturday. Senior attack Jack Forster tallied a team-high four goals and Kyle VanThof scored the game-winner as the Nittany Lions snapped a three-game losing skid. Junior goalie Austin Kaut made 16 saves on the day, holding the Minutemen to a shooting percentage of just .125. Forster and freshman TJ Sanders are off to terrific starts for third-year coach Jeff Tambroni, combining for 43 points in just six games this year. Playing out of the CAA, Penn State has played one of the toughest schedules in the country. All but one game has been against a ranked opponent as their biggest win on the resume was a 15-12 win over Denver, who is now ranked fifth in the country.
SPRINGER SETS GOAL RECORD
Matt Springer has played in just 34 games at Binghamton and despite that fact he finds himself as the program’s all-time leader in goals scored. The Hamburg, NY native passed Phil Cavallo (2003-05) on Saturday with his five-goal performance against the Jaspers. Springer now has 69 career goals and is continually climbing the charts in points (3rd), shots (6th) and hat tricks (1st).
HOME SWEET HOME
The Bearcats are a perfect 2-0 this season at the Bearcats Sports Complex, beating both Hobart and Manhattan earlier this season. As a team, BU is holding opponents to just four goals a game at home as junior Max Schefler continues to shine. Schefler has compiled 29 saves and a goals against average (GAA) of 3.61. On offense, Springer and junior Michael Antinozzi have combined for 10 goals on their home turf and junior Alex Doerflein has won 20-of-32 faceoffs for the Bearcats.
BINGHAMTON’S HISTORY VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
The Bearcats have won six games against ranked opponents dating back to 2004. Their last victory came back on Feb. 20, 2010 with a thrilling 7-6 home win over #20 Colgate. Overall, the Bearcats are just 6-29 (.171) against the top-20, but have beaten a pair of top-10 teams in both 2006 and 2007. This season, BU is 0-1 against ranked opponents, losing to #3 Cornell on Feb. 26.