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Men’s Lacrosse Visits UMBC Saturday In Pivotal Conference Game

Bearcats (5-8, 1-3 AE) faceoff against Retrievers (5-7, 2-2 AE) at 3:30 pm

April 25, 2013


Men’s Lacrosse Visits UMBC Saturday In Pivotal Conference Game

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Contact: Mike Porter (sports1@binghamton.edu)

GAME INFO
Teams: Binghamton (5-8, 1-3 AE) at UMBC (5-7, 2-2 AE)
Date: Saturday, April 27 (3:30 p.m.)
Site: Baltimore, Maryland (UMBC Stadium)
All-Time Series Record: UMBC leads 2-11
Last Meeting: Binghamton won 15-8 on April 28, 2012

SETTING THE SCENE
Binghamton heads into the weekend matchup with a record of 1-3 in conference play after suffering a narrow defeat to Vermont, 8-7, this past Saturday. Despite a three-goal effort from junior Brandon Planck, the Bearcats fell behind 4-2 in the first quarter and continually played catch up as they fell short in the end on senior day. Junior Michael Antinozzi scored a pair of goals and added an assist from the midfield and junior goalie Max Schefler made 13 saves in defeat for BU. Seniors Tyler Perrelle, Shane Warner, Kraig Heston and Matt Moynihan were honored before the game as three of the four players saw action in Saturday’s game.

UMBC also fell this past weekend, losing to #10 Albany, 16-10, on the road Friday. Senior attack Matt Gregoire tallied four goals and an assist, but was outdone by the duo of Ty and Lyle Thompson who combined for 12 goals and seven assists for the Great Danes. Trailing just 8-7 at half, the Retrievers had no answer for the nation’s leading offensive team as UAlbany outscored them 8-3 in the final 30 minutes of action. Phil Poe won 15-of-25 faceoffs and tallied a goal in defeat for the Retrievers who average 11.33 goals per game as an offensive unit.

GETTING TO KNOW THE OPPONENT
The Retrievers are in a three-way tie for second place as it stands in the America East conference. With wins over Vermont and Stony Brook, UMBC would advance to their 10th consecutive conference tournament with a win over Binghamton Saturday. The Retrievers are second only to Albany in goals per game in conference play (14.00) and lead the league with a faceoff percentage of .542. Three players have tallied 20 or more goals this season for UMBC, led by senior Scott Jones. Jones has 27 goals this season, starting each and every game on the attack for 20th year head coach Don Zimmerman. Phil Poe will take a majority of the faceoffs on Saturday, heading into Saturday with a .579 success rate out of the “x”.

WHERE THEY STAND
The Bearcats, as mentioned earlier, have a record of 1-3 in conference play. They are currently in the outside looking in when it comes to making the conference tournament. Three teams share a record of 2-2 (Stony Brook, Hartford and UMBC). With a Binghamton win, coupled with both a Vermont and Stony Brook loss, the Bearcats would nab the third seed. Hartford plays Vermont at 1 pm on Saturday and Stony Brook plays league leaders Albany later that night at 7.

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SPRINGER TIES GOAL RECORD
The 2013 season has been a historic one for junior attack Matt Springer. Earlier this season against Manhattan, his five goals gave him the program record in goals scored. Later, he reached the 100-point plateau against Hartford, and this past Saturday he tied teammate Michael Antinozzi for the single season goals record with 32. As it stands, Springer is fifth in the conference in goals per game this season (2.46). For his career, he has 90 goals and 107 points in 41 games played.

SCHEFLER STANDS OUT
Junior goalie Max Schefler has started all 13 games this season and has put together one of the better season’s in school history between the pipes. He has compiled 156 saves and carries a 5-8 record in net for the Bearcats. With four saves Saturday, he would pass former All-American standout Kevin McKeown for the single season saves record. Also, if the season ended today, Schefler would have the third highest save percentage mark at .565, only behind McKeown’s mark in 2004 (.589) and 2003 (.607).

CAPITALIZING ON THE MAN UP
The Bearcats are 19-of-46 on the man up this season, scoring over 41 percent of the time on such opportunities. They currently boast the 11th best man-up offense in the entire nation and are the best amongst America East schools- edging out Saturday’s opponent UMBC who sits at 39.5 percent. Springer leads the team with five goals on the man-up and juniors Brandon Planck and Michael Antinozzi both have four scores apiece to pace the Bearcats. Their current mark of .413 would go down as the best percentage in school history, besting the 2011 season when they went 19-of-54 (.352). The record for man-up goals in a season is 22, set back in 2006.

GAME-BY-GAME VERSUS UMBC
4-7-04: Binghamton 5, UMBC 4
4-13-05: UMBC 10, Binghamton 4
4-15-06: UMBC 11, Binghamton 5
*5-5-06: UMBC 6, Binghamton 3
4-14-07: UMBC 12, Binghamton 11 (2 OT)
*5-3-07: UMBC 11, Binghamton 7
4-5-08: UMBC 10, Binghamton 5
*5-1-08: UMBC 6, Binghamton 5 (OT)
4-4-09: UMBC 13, Binghamton 4
*4-29-09: UMBC 9, Binghamton 8 (2 OT)
4-10-10: UMBC 12, Binghamton 6
4-9-11: UMBC 8, Binghamton 6
4-28-12: Binghamton 15, UMBC 8

AMERICA EAST ACTION
Saturday, April 27 (1 pm): Hartford (6-6, 2-2 AE) at Vermont (4-9, 1-3 AE)  Live Video
Saturday, April 27 (7 pm): Albany (10-3, 4-0 AE) at Stony Brook (7-7, 2-2 AE) Live Stats

AMERCIA EAST STANDINGS

Team

Conf.

Pct.

Ovr.

Pct.

#10 Albany

4-0

1.000

10-4

.714

Stony Brook

2-2

.500

7-7

.500

Hartford

2-2

.500

6-6

.500

UMBC

2-2

.500

5-7

.417

Binghamton

1-3

.250

5-8

.385

Vermont

1-3

.250

4-9

.308

 

 

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