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Men’s soccer launches spring schedule

Bearcats open up March 24 at Rochester, head to Manchester Cup the following weekend

March 16, 2012

Men’s soccer launches spring schedule

VESTAL, N.Y.—The Binghamton men’s soccer team will compete in five weekend events during the upcoming spring schedule. The Bearcats will open up next Saturday, March 24 with a 3 p.m. match against the Rochester Rhinos. Home matches during the spring season come against Lafayette on April 21 and Bloomsburg on April 28.

“This spring, we have put together a schedule that will help prepare us for the coming fall season,” head coach Paul Marco said. “Overall, this is the best spring schedule we have set.”

Rochester is a member of the United Soccer League and features former Bearcat standout Kyle Manscuk on its roster. Manscuk just concluded his first indoor season with the Rochester Lancers of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). In his senior season with Binghamton (2010) Manscuk was both first-team all-conference and first-team all-region.

“We open with a great opponent in the Rhino’s and will play against former Bearcat Kyle Manschuk,” Marco said. “Kyle just finished his first professional season with the Rochester Lancers and will now move outside to embark on his first outdoor professional campaign.”

A week after facing the Rhinos, Binghamton heads down to the Manchester Cup at Winthrop University (located in Rock Hill, S.C.). While down there, the Bearcats will square off against South Carolina at 2:30 p.m. and East Tennessee State at 7:45 p.m. The Gamecocks advanced to the NCAA Division I Tournament this past season while the Buccaneers captured the 2010 Atlantic-10 conference title and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

“What a great trip to South Carolina this will be for our guys,” Marco said. “We are playing two terrific teams and the trip is similar to one we will take in the fall to UNC-Wilmington.”

Following spring break, the Bearcats will head down to James Madison for a matches against the host Dukes and Marshall on Saturday, April 15. The start times have yet to be deterimined. In 2011, James Madision advanced to the Round of 16 at the NCAA Tournament and finished the season ranked No. 20 in the NSCAA/adidas Poll. Playing in Conference USA, meanwhile, the Thundering Herd went 8-8-1 last fall, including 4-3-1 in conference play.

“It’s been a few years since I have been to James Madison,” Marco said. “What a great facility they have and having Marshall there means we will be going up against two very good teams.”

Depsite missing the Patriot League Tournament last fall, Lafayette still finished 9-5-1 with victories over Lehigh and Bucknell. Competing at the NCAA Division I level, Bloomsburg went 10-6-2 in 2011.

Binghamton returns seven starters and 17 letterwinners from the 2011 squad. Senior back Trey Jasenski was named second-team all-conference while freshman midfielder Tucker Sandercock was a member of the America East All-Rookie Team. Senior forward Jake Keegan led the Bearcats with seven goals while junior goalkeeper Chris Hayen is a two-year starter.

“The boys are working hard and really embracing each training session,” Marco said. “The hardest part of each session has been walking off the field”

NOTE: The start times for the two home matches has yet to be determined ... Binghamton’s game against Bloomsburg will be part of the Red Card Cancer program. Formed in 2009, Red Card Cancer is a call to action to raise money in the fight against cancer by uniting the global game of soccer. For more more information of the Red Card Cancer program, please click the link below:

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