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Men’s Lacrosse Squares Off With Quinnipiac Saturday
Bearcats (3-4) look to get back on track against Bobcats beginning at 1 p.m.
March 22, 2013Tweet
Contact: Mike Porter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Teams: Quinnipiac (3-3, 0-0 NEC) at Binghamton (3-4, 0-0 AE)
When: Saturday, March 23 at 1 p.m.
Venue: Bearcats Sports Complex (Vestal, NY)
All-Time Series: Binghamton leads 3-2
Last Meeting: Quinnipiac won 12-11 (3/24/13)
SCOUTING THE BEARCATS
The Bearcats (3-4) look to get back into the win column after a most recent 11-7 defeat at the hands of #17 Penn State Tuesday. After trailing the Nittany Lions 9-3 at halftime, BU staged a 4-0 run in the third quarter to get within two. However, their comeback attempt in the final 15 minutes fell short as the visitors held Binghamton scoreless in the fourth. Red shirt junior Matt Springer paced Binghamton with two goals and two assists, while Tucker Nelson added three points in the loss. The Bearcats went 3-of-4 on man-up opportunities Tuesday, improving their season total to 12-of-27 (.444). Despite allowing nine first half goals, the Binghamton defense has been extremely efficient. Opponents are avergaing just a shade below 8.5 goals per game against the stingy backline this season. Headlining the defensive unit are juniors Shawn Needham and Garrett Augustyn. Both have combined for 18 caused turnovers and 24 ground balls in the first seven games. Senior Tyler Perrelle is on the heals of yet another milestone for the Bearcats. Perrelle is just one point shy of 100 for his career; he would be the first player in program history to reach that feat.
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
Quinnipiac (3-3) has lost three straight close contests after starting the season 3-0. Their narrow 11-10 loss at Fairfield is their third one-goal loss in a row. Sophomore midfielder Pat Corcoran tallied a hat trick and Michael Sagl added four points (1 G, 3 A) in the loss. After falling behind 6-3 at half, the Bobcats eventually tied things up at 9-9 with just over eight minutes remaining. Unfortunately for Quinnipiac, the hosts were able to fend off their comeback, scoring two of the last three goals in the contest. On the season, the NEC members have eclipsed the 10-goal mark five out of six games. Led by Sagl’s team-high 25 points, the Bobcats are averaging nearly 18 points on 10.5 goals per game. Senior midfielder Basil Kostaras has 11 goals on the season, including five straight multi-goal games. Junior Dylan Webster has been an all-around player for 12-year head coach Eric Fekete, scoring seven goals on the season all the while taking a majority of the faceoffs for Qunnipiac. Webster has won 66-of-125 (.528) faceoffs and also leads the team in ground balls with 53.
LET’S GO STREAKING
Both Michael Antinozzi and Tucker Nelson have recorded a point in all seven games this season. Antinozzi, who has 11 goals on the season (2nd on the team), has scored a game in every game this year and in eight straight games dating back to last season- longest streak on team. Nelson has a team-high 15 assists and 20 points for the Bearcats in his first year with the program. He has recorded two or more assists in four games this season.
BINGHAMTON’S HISTORY VS. QUINNIPIAC
BU is 3-2 all-time versus the Bobcats, but most recently fell to the NEC school last season in a back-and-forth affair. Jay Binkowski’s goal with 40 seconds remaining lifted Quinnipiac to a 12-11 victory on March 24, 2012. JT Hauck, Tyler Perrelle and Michael Antinozzi all recorded two goals apiece for Binghamton in the losing effort. Binghamton’s last victory against Quinnipiac came on April 23, 2005- a 6-3 road win.