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Binghamton Men’s Soccer Daily Update (as of September 19)

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September 19, 2014


Binghamton Men’s Soccer Daily Update (as of September 19)

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

Lafayette Preview

Here are some quotes from head coach Paul Marco during his WNBF Radio interview this morning with Roger Neel:

“The last match we had against Cornell, I thought our guys had a terrific performance in the second half. We were a bit unlucky in that we did not put the ball in the back of the net. I thought we started the match quite slow, which has been a problem for us at home this year, but we dominated the possession in the second half.”

“We’ve had the week off and hopefully we’ve fixed this issue that we’ve had of starting slow in home matches. We’ve discussed it at length with our leadership group and put in a couple of new things to start the pregame warm up.”

“Lafayette plays the same system that we do. They have three forwards (in the starting lineup), so the game should be pretty exciting with both teams attacking.”

“Our guys are playing pretty well in general. They are just falling a little short in front of the goal. We are creating chances and have been pretty good on set pieces. I am expecting a great performance tomorrow night from our guys.”

“They (Lafayette) are one of those teams that plays for set pieces and they challenge in the box for everything. They are a hard, competitive team with good size.”

This Day in Binghamton Men’s Soccer History: September 19, 2008

The Bearcats defeat Bucknell in their home opener. The game was capped by a Ryan Tomko blast from 25 yards out. A crowd of 1,892 fans showed up on a Friday night for the match.

Recap

Reading List

Check out the Pipe Dream’s preview of the Lafayette match

Pipe Dream Preview

Posted September 19, 2014 at 10:15 a.m.
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SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

Storylines for Match vs. Lafayette

- Binghamton (2-4-0) has had a week off since its 1-0 home loss to Cornell last Saturday night. Sophomore forward Alex Varkatzas continues to lead the Bearcats with two goals and four total points so far this season. Junior forward Luca Bottoni and sophomore back Charlie Novoth each have a goal and an assist.

- Lafayette (1-3-2) played to a scoreless tie against Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. Sandy Leavy made four saves in goal to record his second shutout of the season. The Leopards’ lone victory was a 1-0, season-opening win over St. Peter’s August 29.

- Lafayette leads the all-time series 3-2-0, having won 2-1 in double overtime at home on Sept. 21, 2013. The Bearcats’ last victory in the series was a 1-0 triumph at the Colgate Red Raider Invitational on Sept. 17, 2010. This year marks the first time the two programs square off at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

- Binghamton is in the midst of a season-high, four-game home stand. The Bearcats conclude that stretch on Tuesday against Syracuse.

- The Bearcats have started three freshmen during the first six games this season. Christian Dam has started all six games in the backfield while Isaiah Barrett has played four games at midfield and Ben Ovetsky had been at forward four times.

Posted September 18, 2014 at 3:45 p.m.
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SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

An Anchor on Defense

After playing alongside the past two BU men’s soccer captains, senior Jamie Forbes has taken over the role as the experienced leader of the Bearcat backline. He was seen at the Bearcats Sports Complex over the summer doing workouts and came back prepared for his final campaign.

“Jamie certainly has taken on a leadership role,” head coach Paul Marco said. “That is a role he is comfortable with during certain moments of the game. When his performance is flying, that is when he is on everyone around him.”

Trey Jasenski, who graduated in 2012, and Robbie Hughes, who graduated in the spring, were leaders in more ways than one. In particular, Jasenski’s competitiveness and Hughes’ vocal leadership both made an impact on Forbes.

“Everyone knows that Robbie was an outstanding leader and an outstanding competitor,” Forbes said. “Just being able to train with him every day last year helped me take away a lot of things on and off the field that I have tried to apply to this season. Trey was a crazy competitor who always gave it 100 percent and I hope someone can be saying that about me some day.”

So far this season, Forbes and the backline have allowed one goal or less in five of the six matches. After the tough losses to Cornell and Army last week, however, the defense and team as a whole are looking to tighten up their play moving forward.

“It’s been good to have the week off to clear our heads and nurse our injuries and get our legs back under us,” Forbes said. “We have had some high quality and high intensity training sessions this week knowing that we don’t play until Saturday (at home against Lafayette).”

While Forbes is looking ahead to the rest of the season, he can also look back and see how much he has grown his past four years at Binghamton.

“Being a part of the team for four years has been great,” he said. “The excellence that Coach Marco demands off the field in the classroom and in the community has developed me into a better person. That is going to help me going forward.”

Marco, meanwhile, views his four years with Forbes in the same light.

“He has been an absolutely terrific guy to have with us,” Marco said. “I thought when we recruited him that he would be someone special and he has turned into that.”

Who Turned Out the Lights?

While the BU men’s soccer went about its training session on Wednesday afternoon, the rest of the campus, as well as the surrounding blocks endured a power outage. Evidently a truck on Bunn Hill Road ran into an electric pole shortly after 1 p.m. The Bearcats, however, were oblivious to the chaos as they trained at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

“I didn’t even know the power was out,” Marco said. “We had a great session so it was one of the more productive places on campus today.”

By the time training ended, the Events Center had regained power but other parts of campus were still in the dark….literally.

“I had no idea,” Tommy Moon said. “I wondered what was wrong when we came back inside (after training) and the clock in the Events Center was not set to the right time.”

This Day in Binghamton Men’s Soccer History: September 18, 2004

Adam Chavez and Mike Austin each scored a career-high two goals as the Bearcats win 5-0 at Niagara.

Recap

Posted September 18, 2014 at 6:25 p.m.
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SEPTEMBER 16, 2014

Will Return Tomorrow

Today’s planned feature article will have to wait a day…still have some interviews to finish up.

Same time tomorrow.

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 4:20 p.m.
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SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

Reaching Out

Less than 24 hours after the men’s soccer team played Cornell, the Bearcats Complex was once again filled with action. The men’s team was back on the field, but this time, the players were taking part in the Chevy Clinic.

“This is the second year that we have offered the clinic,” head coach Paul Marco said. “We had over 100 youth players from the community. I thought it was a terrific event and that our guys did a great job.”

For a few hours, the players got to interact with all of the youth soccer players. Some of the kids had been playing soccer their whole lives while others were new to the game.

“An event like this puts things in perspective,” Marco said. “Although soccer is our way of life, it is still just a game. The guys were able to make the kids a little happier and we saw a lot of smiles out there yesterday.”

The event was sponsored by Chevy and the invitation to the clinic was extended out to local clubs who interact with Chevy. Although it is a national program, the local Chevy dealers were the ones who did the specific structure for Sunday.

“Chevy did a lot of organizing but the soccer structure was put together by our staff,” Marco said. “We ended up with a Binghamton World Cup Tournament and I hear that the US and Brazil made it to the finals.”
Asked who won the finals, Marco did not have a clear answer.

“I don’t know who won the finals,” he said. “Whenever you can control the outcome, you go with the USA.”

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 4:45 p.m.
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SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

Cornell Preview

Head coach Paul Marco was on the WNBF Morning Show this morning to preview the match against Cornell:

On Cornell:

“They are pretty similar to last year. They will probably play in the 4-4-2 and they have some pretty good athletic guys up front.”

“They make a lot of changes during the match. In the last match they played, they made nine changes in the first half of the match so that will really test our back four.”

On the match against Army on Wednesday

“I was very pleased with the way we possessed the ball during the game. I think we are getting better in each match. Army had a very good goalkeeper who is on the Herman Trophy Watch List (given annually to the top player in the country).”

Rules Are Rules

Neel and Marco talked about the Bearcat scarves that are available to all season ticket holders. These scarves serve as their admission into the game.

“I’ve seem a bunch of them during the games,” Marco said. “I think it’s been terrific to have them.”

But there was a price to pay when one of Coach Marco’s daughters forget her scarf for the Army match.

“My wife told me after the game that one of my daughters forget her scarf so they had to buy a ticket to get her into the game,” he said. “I might take it out of her allowance. She learn.”

“She’ll need that in a month (when the weather gets cold),” Neel replied.

This Day in Binghamton Men’s Soccer: September 12, 2004

Binghamton wraps up the Philadelphia Invitational title with a 3-0 win over St. Joseph’s. Bryan Arnault and Charles Darkwah each scored their fifth goal of the season in the victory.

Recap

Posted September 14, 2014 at 11 a.m.
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SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

A Day to Remember

This morning, Keith Augeri began his social studies class the way he has every September 11. As a high school teacher in Long Island, he is aware that he is talking to students who were not old enough to remember the attacks on the World Trade Center 13 years ago.

For him and the rest of the 2001 Binghamton men’s soccer team, however, it was a surreal two days which culminated with their match against Stony Brook on the West Gym Field. The Bearcats were originally scheduled to play Stony Brook on September 11, 2001. With the attacks, of course, the match was postponed.

With Stony Brook unable to return home to Long Island the following day, the decision was made to play the game. Both teams were still reeling from the tragic events of the previous day but no one had a problem with playing the game as a way to honor the victims and their families.

Augeri never tires from telling the story of the Bearcats’ game that day and while his current high school students were only three or four years old at the time, they always pay close attention to his words.

“I told my story to them first thing in the morning,” he said today. “It always amazes me how quiet they are and how I have their full attention.”

On A Personal Note

I was at the Holiday Inn the afternoon of September 11 with Shannon Hart, the Stony Brook sports information contact who traveled with the team. I had stopped by to see how they were doing and wound up being glued to the television coverage for a few hours. The mood over there was just as stunned as the mood on campus. Players were trying to reconnect with their families.

Shannon left the sports information field a few years later but each year on September 11, I touch bases with her via Facebook and remember that day. She was a terrific person to work with and remains a good friend. Looking back, I am glad to have been around such a great colleague like her during those two days.

A Moving Gesture

Last night’s match against Army started off with a national anthem to remember. With both teams lined up at midfield following the introductions, the Black Knight players all saluted the flag when the anthem was playing. That moment was not lost on the crowd. One of the press box workers even posted the photo on Facebook, saying that they had a lump in their throat watching the Army during that moment.

Posted September 11, 2014 at 11 a.m.
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SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

Final Thoughts and Notes Before Army Match

Head Coach Paul Marco

“First and foremost, what a privilege it is for us to bring in one of the service academies. They are a well-disciplined group of guys. They are a tremendous soccer team in that they have two or three special guys. They are very fast, have great feet are decent passers of the ball. It will be a very good game for us, similar to what we saw when we went to Navy during the preseason.”

Junior forward Luca Bottoni

“I think it was very helpful for us to play Navy because Army will be a similar type of team. They are very fit and they move the ball well. “

Story Lines:

- In the only previous meeting between the two schools, Binghamton won 2-1 at Army on Sept. 3, 2012. Current senior forward Steve Celeste scored the game winner with just 1:07 left in regulation.

- Through four games this year, the Bearcats have already scored six times. Last year, they netted one goal during that same span.

- In the Bearcats’ run at the Duquesne Invitational, Matt McCoy and Varkatzas became the third and fourth Binghamton players this year to net their first career goals. Earlier in the season against Bucknell, Luca Bottoni and Charlie Novoth each scored their first career goals.

- Varkatzas has now scored goals in back-to-back games. The last BU players to score in consecutive games were Jake Keegan and Adam Whitehead, who both did that on Oct. 30, 2012 vs. Bucknell and Nov. 3, 2012 vs. Stony Brook.

- In honor of Army coming to the Bearcats Sports Complex, the Bearcats game against the Black Knights will include a recognition of all military personnel in attendance.

Posted September 10, 2014 at 12:50 p.m.
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SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

Making His Mark

Looking back two years ago, Luca Bottoni admits that adjusting to the college game was a shock. He was part of a squad that in 2012, was both experienced and successful on offense.

“I was not ready for the speed of the college game when I was first on the team,” he said. “Playing with guys such as Jake Keegan everyday taught me the changes I needed to make in work ethic. Being on the field with those guys and seeing how fast they play made it a lot more realistic.”

Heading into tomorrow night’s game against Army, things could not be more different. The Bearcats have scored six goals through four games and Bottoni has played a role in two of them.

“It just takes a little bit of confidence, which I found this year,” he said. “But I can only be as good as the players around me and we are doing pretty well up front right now.”

“Luca has certainly improved his level of play,” head coach Paul Marco said. “He worked hard in the off season on increasing his production. He has been putting himself in position to create scoring chances and has been passing the ball very well.”

Bottoni’s first career goal came on August 29 against Bucknell. While it was a big moment for him, the magnitude of what it meant for the team was also evident.

“That goal was pretty big,” he said. “It’s always great to score but in a scoreless game on the road, it helped us start off the year with a (2-1) win.”

While college soccer has been an adjustment for Bottoni, academics have not. He is a member of the National College Athlete Honor Society and will be taking the LSAT later in the fall.

“Luca is outstanding in the classroom,” Marco said. “He is certainly one of the brightest spots on the team for us academically.”

There is one thing Bottoni has yet to master— a celebratory dance after his scores a goal. Last year, the Bearcats Sports Complex was the scene of Ben Nicholson’s backflip and Marts Reid-Warden’s tribute to English Premier League star Daniel Sturridge.

“The backflip is probably out of the question,” he said. “I am not as acrobatic as some of the other guys on the team but I will pull something off.”

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SEPTEMBER 8, 2014

Wrap Up from Duquesne Invitational

Some final notes and reactions from the weekend:

- Through four games this year, the Bearcats have already scored six times. Last year, they netted one goal during that same span.

- In the Bearcats’ run at the Duquesne Invitational, Matt McCoy and Alex Varkatsas became the third and fourth Binghamton players this year to net their first career goals. Earlier in the season against Bucknell, Luca Bottoni and Charlie Novoth each scored their first career goals.

- Varkatzas has now scored goals in back-to-back games. The last BU players to score in consecutive games were Jake Keegan and Adam Whitehead, who both did that on Oct. 30, 2012 vs. Bucknell and Nov. 3, 2012 vs. Stony Brook.

Some thoughts from the team on the weekend:

Tommy Moon

“They were two good tests for us. We did not play as well as we wanted to over the weekend but we did score four great goals and hopefully, we can continue to finish our chances in the upcoming matches.”

Luca Bottoni

“It was good to get a result on Sunday and I think we did well enough to win the game. If we were sharper in certain moments on Friday, I think we could have gotten a result there as well. This weekend helped show us what we need to improve on going forward into Wednesday.”

Kudos to the BU Women

The BU women’s soccer team started off the season 0-3 but have rallied for three straight wins to get to the .500 mark. Check out the recap from Sunday’s 2-1 overtime win at Lafayette.

Recap

This Day in Binghamton Men’s Soccer History: September 8, 2013

The last three Bearcat games played on September 8 have ended in ties. The most impressive of which was last year’s 0-0 draw against unbeaten George Mason. The Bearcats were down a man for most of the match.

Recap

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SEPTEMBER 5, 2014

Duquesne Preview

Here are the story lines heading into tonight’s game against Duquesne:

- Binghamton (1-1-0) lost its home opener 1-0 to Marist on Monday afternoon. The Bearcats started the season with a 2-1 win at Bucknell last Friday. Junior forward Luca Bottoni and sophomore back Charlie Novoth each netted a goal in the victory.

- Duquense (1-0-1) defeated St. Francis 4-2 on Sunday afternoon. Austin Lange, the current Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week, netted a hat trick for the Dukes. In its season opener, the Dukes played to a 0-0 tie against Marshall.

- Binghamton and Duquesne meet for the first time since the 2008 season. The Dukes hold a 2-1-0 advantage in the series, having beaten the Bearcats 2-1 in the season opener six years ago. The lone Binghamton victory in the series was a 1-0 triumph on Sept. 11, 2005.

- In the Bearcats’ first two games, eight of the 11 starters have been underclassmen, including three freshmen. Rookies Ben Ovetsky, Isaiah Barrett and Christian Dam have started in both games. In addition, sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes, who has started both games, did not compete last season.

- Tommy Moon, who is the team captain this season, has successfully returned from an injury that kept him out nearly all of 2013. He has started in both games this season.

Posted September 5, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.
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SEPTEMBER 4, 2014

Staying in the Game

A year ago, Robbie Hughes was the captain of the BU men’s soccer team. He may have graduated from the university but he is still involved in college soccer, as the graduate assistant coach at Bloomsburg University.

During his time at BU, Hughes had talked with head coach Paul Marco about his desire to get into coaching after college. To Marco, it seemed like a natural fit.

“He was certainly a leader when he was here,” Marco said. “He understands the game, he’s encouraging and gets players to perform better than they believe that they can. That’s a piece of coaching.”

Hughes is working for longtime coach Paul Payne, who is in his 16th year at Bloomsburg. Payne is deeply involved in the NSCAA and started the Red Card Cancer program.

“I think the world of Paul and the Bloomsburg soccer program,” Marco said. “If I were a young coach again, he would be someone I’d want to work for. It’s a fantastic opportunity for Robbie.”

Hughes, meanwhile, has embraced his new position as well as the Bloomsburg community in general.

“It’s been a great start to my coaching career,” he said. “Bloomsburg is a great university and a fantastic little college town. I have felt really welcome here by all the athletic staff which has helped the transition into my new role as assistant coach.”

He may have left Binghamton but Hughes took much of what he learned from Marco and assistant coach Nic Rossi about how to run a team with him.

“I learned lots of things from both Coach Marco and Nic,” he said. “Too much to even mention right now. Everything from organizing practice to away trips and managing each player differently to scouting opponents. I owe both Coach Marco and Nic a big thank you for the time and attention they gave me.”

Although he is still involved with college soccer, Hughes does miss being out on the field competing. He still keeps in touch with many of his former teammates.

“It’s been a tough transition being away from them through this preseason,” he said. “It was my first one that I wasn’t playing, running and sweating with them. I was able to go see them play and win last week at Bucknell which was good fun but I am hoping to rent somebody’s couch out soon to get up for a visit when I get a weekend free.”

Posted September 4, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
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SEPTEMBER 3, 2014

Wearing the Stripe

Tommy Moon grew up in the Binghamton area and knew of several players who played for the Bearcats when he was younger. He can practically recite all of the team captains over the past 12 years:

Stephen Bruce: 2002, 2003 & 2004
Graham Munro: 2005
Kyle Antos: 2006
Barry Neville: 2007 & 2008
Liam Carson: 2009
Ryan Walter: 2010 & 2011
Trey Jasenski: 2012
Robbie Hughes: 2013

When Moon came back for a fifth year with the team, head coach Paul Marco awarded him with the captain’s stripe. It is an honor he takes very seriously, considering the list of players that preceded him in that position.

“It’s very humbling and it’s a great honor,” he said. “I take a lot of pride in being the captain of this team. There has been a lot of good captains in the past. Those were a lot of guys I looked up to, so it’s nice to follow in their shoes.”

Here is what Moon has to say about three captains that he was teammates with:

Robbie Hughes

“If you think of leadership, you think of Robbie. He was loud on the field. He was loud off the field. He was always encouraging and always trying to get the best out of each individual player.”

Trey Jasenski

“Trey was a very hard-working and determined guy. We kind of shared that sense of wanting to get the best out of ourselves and the best out of each other. It was great to be able to train alongside of him to get the best out of one another.”

Ryan Walter

“Ryan was so tenacious in everything that he did. He always gave 110 percent and what I really got from him was to have no regrets walking off the field after a match.”

When Moon was playing youth soccer growing up, one of his coaches was Munro. Affectionately known as Dowser, the All-American back and BU Hall of Famer remains someone Moon does not forget.

“Dowser used to coach me when I was younger,” Moon said. “He was one of those big Scottish guys that always wanted to get the best out of everyone. You always wanted to perform well in front of him.”

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SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

Marist Wrap Up

Some final thoughts and notes from the BU men’s soccer team’s home opener against Marist:

Home Field Support

The crowd of 1,225 for the match against Marist marked the largest season-opening crowd at the Bearcats Sports Complex since the 2009 opener against Syracuse (2,063). It also marked the 13th time since the facility opened in 2007 that a crowd of at least 1,000 has attended a Bearcat men’s soccer game.

“It was a very impressive crowd,” Alan Duff said. “We really appreciated them all coming out tonight. It’s a shame we couldn’t get the result but it was a very impressive night for them.”

“It was magnificent,” Pascal Trappe added. “A lot of people came out, especially the athletes. The BU Zoo was extraordinary and were trying to get us to score a goal, so it was really good.”

Between the crowd on Monday and the Thursday night training session, which was open to all freshmen, the Bearcats have enjoyed substantial attention on campus this week.

“We’ve gotten a lot of attention this week,” Trappe said. “Now we got to keep working hard and getting the results so they will be happy.”

A New Kit

Monday’s game also brought out the Bearcats latest kit, which included green and white stripped jerseys.

Last year, assistant coach Nic Rossi surprised the team by walking into the meeting room wearing their new green and black kit the morning of the home opener. The players had no idea that a new kit had even been ordered but applauded once they found out.

This year, however, the Bearcats found out the news in a different way.

“We saw it on the team’s (social media) page this morning,” Duff said. “I got a text from Dowser (2005 BU men’s soccer alum Graham Munro) afterwards talking about it.”

“I like them a lot,” Trappe said. “They look good but now we have to win in them.”

Kudos

Congratulations to 2005 BU men’s soccer alum Darius Ravangard, who was married this weekend to BU track and cross country alum Ashley Cornelius. Other Bearcat soccer alums who were in attendance included Phil Grommet and Bryan Arnault.

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SEPTEMBER 1, 2014

Leftovers from Bucknell

Although the home openers against Marist is only four hours away, here are some thoughts from the Bearcats following Friday night’s 2-1 win at Bucknell:

Tommy Moon

“It was a match that we had to grind through. The first half was difficult but in the second half, we created some chances and were able to finish them. It’s great to start the season with a win.”

Luca Bottoni

“I think we improved throughout the match. It was important to us to battle during the first half and we showed our quality later on with two second-half goals. It will be awesome going into the home opener with a win already.”

Jamie Forbes

“Our performance was great in the second half and I thought our energy and fight improved greatly from the first half. It feels great to start the season with a win but we still need to continue to build and get better.”

10 Years Later

Would you believe that the last meeting between Binghamton and Marist came exactly 10 years ago today? Check out the recap from the 2004 season opener, which the Bearcats won 3-2.

Link to Recap

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AUGUST 29, 2014

Final Thoughts

Following Thursday night’s training session, head coach Paul Marco and the team spoke about the upcoming season opener against Bucknell:

Head Coach Paul Marco

“I really enjoy playing against Bucknell. They are always well organized and well coached. This year, they have two or three pretty special kids up front.”

“I think that the attack for both teams will be fun to watch tomorrow. Hopefully, we put on a good performance and the guys come out and compete hard and use what we have worked on for the last 14-15 days to our advantage.”

Senior back Derrick Ladeairous

“As a team, Bucknell is very strong. They compete really well but I think this year we are a lot better than we were in the previous years. I think we will compete with them pretty well in our first game of the season.”

Junior goalkeeper Stefano Frantellizzi

“We have been training well. Everything has been going as planned so hopefully, we will be ready for tomorrow night. We are excited to see what will happen.”

Sophomore midfielder Mike Kubik

“I think we have improved our speed of play. I think we have all come together during preseason both as friends and as teammates. We are pretty hungry and want to get after it on Friday.”

Posted August 29, 2014
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AUGUST 28, 2014

A Welcome and a Sendoff

On Thursday night, the BU men’s soccer team held its final training session before heading to Bucknell for Friday’s regular-season opener. But even as the Bearcats prepared to leave, there was a festive atmosphere, thanks to 3,000 incoming freshman, who showed up at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

Each year, the university hosts move-in day in August when the incoming class arrives on campus. After settling in their dorms, the newcomers head to the Events Center for the official university welcoming ceremony.

Since the ceremony ended at 7 p.m., the Bearcats knew they would be training at that time. The timing worked together so the freshmen could attend the end-of-the-day BBQ right next to the Bearcats Sports Complex. From there, they filled the stadium to watch the team training and to hear from Coach Marco and the players.

“This is outstanding,” Marco said. “I am pleased with our guys’ performance today so far and I thought the crowd was very good. If this the future of Binghamton University, it’s bright. If we can get some of this group for our home opener on Monday, it would be outstanding.”

Marco welcomed the crowd and then each of the players introduced themselves.

“This is great,” senior back Derrick Ladeairous said. “It’s the first year we have done this and it’s great to get everyone interacted.”

The evening ended with volunteers from the crowd taking part in a corner kick contest, with Bearcat scarves going to the two winners.

“It’s been really cool to see all the fans here,” junior goalkeeper Stefano Frantellizzi said. “It gets us ready for the games.”

“I can’t say I’ve had a training session like this before,” sophomore back Mike Kubik said. “It’s been nice having the freshmen come out. Hopefully this rallies up a good crowd for our games.”

For a photo gallery of the event, click on the link below

Freshman Welcome BBQ

Posted August 28, 2014 at 8 p.m.
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AUGUST 27, 2014

Catch Up Time

Few things bring this blogger’s job to a halt more than getting a new computer. That is what happened yesterday, leaving me for a good part of the day without access to my hard drive.  So with everything now in place, let’s do some catching up a day late.

More Thoughts on the Home Promotional Schedule

For those of you who have yet to see it, the BU men’s soccer team released its home-game promotional schedule yesterday.

Here is the link to the article:

Link

Coach Marco had some specific thoughts on a few specific events, starting with the Military Day game against Army on Sept. 10. With the Sept. 11 anniversary the following day, the tie-in seemed ideal.

“When we looked at our schedule and our home games, we tried to come up with some events that made sense to our community,” he said. “We are thrilled to have Army come up here and play us. They are a terrific team and we hope a lot of military personnel will come out to watch the game. We are still working on the details but I know we will have a recognition throughout the game and at halftime.”

Another event that Marco and the team are looking forward to is International Day on Oct. 4 against Hartford. For years, the Bearcat roster had been filled with players from all around the globe.

“I think International Day is going to be a wonderful event,” Marco said. “I saw the Events Center crowded the other night with all of the international newcomers coming in for a dinner.”

The Red Card Cancer program, which the team supported during the spring season, is a cause that means a lot to Marco and the team. It will be part of two home games this year.

“It’s a great program,” he said. “The organization was started by a friend of mine who is the head coach at Bloomsburg University. They have done a tremendous job at raising funds and awareness for cancer.”

With the scarf now a part of the season ticket package, Marco was asked if former BU Soccer Hooligan President Erwin Seguia has purchased one.

“I certainly will make sure he has one,” Marco said. “If he does not, I’ll give him mine.”

Early Morning Shopper

On his way into work yesterday, Coach Marco did what he has done for the past two weeks, stocked up on breakfast for the team at Walmart. We spotted him in line yesterday with a full cart and he said he had been there on a daily basis until the team moves into their dorms today.

“I think I have seen the people at Walmart more than I have seen my wife and two kids,” he said. “They know who I am by now but I let the guys sleep in today so this is a different staff.”

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AUGUST 26, 2014

The End of Preseason

The BU men’s soccer team is now in regular season mode, with single training sessions this week in preparation for Friday night’s game at Bucknell. Here are some quotes from Coach Marco and the players about the progression of the team:

Head Coach Paul Marco

“I think we have made great strides during the preseason. We have certainly grown on the field. I think the guys have a better understanding of what we are looking for when we have the ball and when the opponent has the ball.”

“We’ve done a pretty good job of getting to know each other a little bit. We have some new faces this preseason. In that regard, it’s been quite a good two weeks.”

“I thought we did some pretty good things in the (exhibition) game against Navy (on Friday) but they are a very good and well-coached team that showed us some things to work on this week.”

Tommy Moon

“I think the team is coming together nicely. The freshmen and settling in and the guys are starting to figure out their roles on the team. We learned a lot about ourselves in the two exhibition games. The team will continue to improve and we are looking forward to the start of the season against Bucknell.”

Luca Bottoni

“We’ve made a lot of progress in the last 10 days. We have gotten a lot sharper on the ball and we are starting to gel more as a team”

“Navy was a good opponent for us (in the final exhibition game). It’s a very high quality opponent that we need to know how to play against. They are in the same conference (Patriot League) as Bucknell so that was another good reason to play them.”

Brian LoTempio

“Our fitness is getting sharper and our tactics on the ball are getting better. I think we are going to be ready for the game on Friday.”

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AUGUST 25, 2014

Dinner and a Show

The start of preseason for the BU men’s soccer team is marked by helping the freshmen move in. The midway point is marked by the Bearcat Open. The end of preseason, however, includes chefs juggling food and utensils over a hibachi.

On Sunday night, the BU men’s soccer team held its final preseason training session followed by dinner at Fuji Sahn restaurant. The Japanese Steak House includes a hibachi, which head coach Paul Marco and his staff bring the team to every year after the preseason officially ends.

“I was asking my wife last night when it started,” Marco said. “She thought it’s been going as long as I’ve been here. It’s been at least eight or 10 years. It’s always a terrific night. It’s a time when the guys get to meet our families, which is also nice.”

“Every year Coach Marco takes us there with his family and it’s always a great time with lots of laughs,” sophomore goalkeeper Brian LoTempio said.

“It’s always a good sign when we get to Fuji Sahn because that means the hard running in preseason is over,” junior Luca Bottoni said. “We always get excited about going there.”

As always, a highlight of the evening is which the chefs started tossing food off their utensils for the players to catch in their mouths.

“They weren’t throwing shrimp as usual,” Marco said. “They were throwing broccoli. I was very surprised about the eagerness of some of our guys to catch the vegetable because some guys don’t like broccoli as much.”

“The best part was watching one of our players have the fire (from the hibachi) scare him so much that he had to step back,” LoTempio said.

According to LoTempio, about 90 percent of the players caught their food. As one of the goalkeepers on the team, he was asked if he and his fellow position player was successful.

“Yes,” he said. “You don’t have to worry about that.”

Photo Op

For a look a photo from last night’s dinner, click the link below to go to the Binghamton Athletics Instagram Site

Link

Reading List

If you have yet to see it, check out the feature article the Press & Sun Bulletin wrote on captain Tommy Moon.

Link

Coming Up Next….

Tomorrow, we’ll have Coach Marco and the players discus how the team has progressed during preseason

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AUGUST 22, 2014

World Cup Fever

It’s no secret that the Binghamton men’s soccer team was closely watching the World Cup earlier this summer. Head coach Paul Marco was in Brazil working for the NSCAA and each of the players had their own rooting interests.

For seniors Pascal Trappe and Derrick Ladeairous and sophomore Robert Moewes, however, the final match between Germany and Argentina was personal.

Trappe and Moewes are from Germany and Ladeairous was born in Argentina. The three of them are teammates but the battle lines were drawn for that match.

“It was great to have Argentina go to the finals,” Ladeairous said. “My whole family loved it and we were following it closely. We also talked a lot with our relatives back in Argentina during the (World Cup).”

Trappe and Moewes, however, had to watch the German team battle the U.S. on their way to the finals. That resulted in quite a bit of contact with their American teammates from Binghamton.

“All of the guys on the team were talking to me during the World Cup,” Trappe said. “Playing against America (during group play) was fun with most of the guys being from the U.S.”

Throughout the World Cup, Trappe and Moewes kept in contact with each other. Trappe watched from Berlin while Moewes stayed in his hometown of Dortmund.

“Pascal and I messaged and skyped a lot,” Moewes said. “I also talked a lot to the (Binghamton) coaches.”

After 90 minutes of the finals, Germany and Argentina were scoreless. All three Bearcat teammates were on the edge of their seats.

“Both teams looked great going into overtime,” Ladeairous said. “The Germans had a great semifinal win (over Brazil) so I was nervous during the match.”

“I was more stressed before the game,” Trappe said. “I did not know how Argentina was going to do. But going into overtime and thinking it might go into penalty kicks was not easy either.”

In the end, the Germans prevailed 1-0 in overtime. Trappe joined thousands of his fellow Germans celebrating in downtown Berlin following the game. The next morning, at our request, he forwarded a photo of the celebration downtown.

Our office got the photo the following morning at 8 am EST. That was 2 p.m. Berlin time. Coach Marco explained that Trappe had yet to go to bed. Moewes, however, did not stay up as late.

“I went downtown because that is where everyone was celebrating,” Moewes said. “But I got to bed right after that.”

Ladeairous, meanwhile, returned to preseason having yet to chat with Trappe and Moewes about the game. But the bond between the Bearcats was stronger than a World Cup result.

“At first I did not want to talk to them.” he said smiling. “But we were able to set aside our differences because now we are teammates.”

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AUGUST 21, 2014

Press Clippings

Today’s entry takes a look at the coverage from yesterday’s Binghamton Fall Sports Media Day.

First off, here is the video from the men’s soccer team, which includes head coach Paul Marco, Tommy Moon, Steve Celeste and Jamie Forbes

Link

Next, the BU women’s soccer team, which opens its season Friday at home against Temple, was also at the event yesterday. Click the link below to find out more about their season.

Link

Three TV stations were at the event. Click the links below to access each one of their coverage.

WBNG
WIVT
FOX 40

From the America East

As most of you know, the preseason poll, which is voted on by the coaches, came out on Tuesday. With the Bearcats suffering a rash of injuries last year, the team understood why it was picked seventh. Now fully healthy, however, Binghamton has reason to be optimistic about exceeding this projection.

AE Preseason Poll

From the National Level

Check out the College Soccer News Top 30 Preseason Poll, which includes defending conference champion UMBC at No. 20. The Bearcats played the Retrievers to a 0-0 tie last year.

College Soccer News Preseason Poll

Earlier in the month, the NSCAA released their preseason poll. The Retrievers check in at No. 19.

NSCAA Preseason Poll.

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AUGUST 20, 2014

Media Day

The BU men’s soccer team took part in the Binghamton Athletic Department’s Annual Media Day on Wednesday afternoon. They were joined by the women’s soccer team and volleyball squad. All four local TV stations were in attendance.

Head Coach Paul Marco

“We’ve been training for a week this preseason. What an exciting time with the start of the season. I think if you ask the guys, we are a little ahead of where we were last year. I think the spirit of the team is terrific. The combativeness has been pretty good.”

“I’ll say this—the (America East) conference this year is pretty good. UMBC is a very good team. Last year against UMBC and Hartford, we tied them both in the regular season and lost in overtime at Hartford in the playoffs. I think that we are very competitive and we will be there again this year.”

“Having Tommy Moon back is terrific for us. I say it’s huge but he is a little guy. His fitness is outstanding. I truly can’t believe how fit he is at this stage of the season.”

Senior forward Steve Celeste

“We got a lot of young guys who will contribute this year and a lot of veteran guys this year who can really lead them. There is a lot of camaraderie within the team.”

Senior back Jamie Forbes

“I think we are going to surprise people this year. In just one week of preseason we have made tremendous growth from last fall. Comparing this preseason to the last one we are miles ahead of where we were last year. Looking to improve in our (preseason) game against Navy this Friday and get ready for the regular season.”

Senior midfielder Tommy Moon

“Words can’t really describe how I feel being back after the injury last year. It was hard but I did a lot of hard recovery and to be back with the guys is amazing.”

For photos from today’s event, click the link below. Videos will be posted in the next day or two.

Media Day Photo Gallery

Cartoon Superhero?

During media day, Coach Marco was asked how he felt about being an underdog in the conference this year. The Bearcats were picked seventh in the America East Preseason Poll, and many media questions focused on that topic.

“I love Underdog. It’s a great show,” he quipped.

To find out what he is talking about, click the link below.

Underdog Cartoon

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AUGUST 19, 2014

The Bearcat Open

For the just the second time in his tenure at Binghamton, head coach Paul Marco did not lead his coaches’ team to a victory at the Bearcat Open. Instead, the quartet led by junior Bret Celeste emerged victorious.

“It’s under review,” Marco said before training Tuesday night. “We should have streaming video next year to make sure there are no violations.”

About 12 balls went into the pond just 10 yards beyond the first tee…as well as one club (it was not the first time both a player’s ball and club went into the water on the same swing). One of the team captains even hit his opening shot into the parking lot to the left of the first tee.

“I personally have never seen anyone let go of their club,” Celeste said afterwards. “It’s not a good idea to do that, especially on a water hole.”

All kidding aside, the Bearcat Open this year continued to be a welcome break from the two-a-day preseason workouts as well as a chance to bond further as a team.

“A day like this is great for the guys,” junior midfielder Luca Bottoni said. “We’ve been going pretty hard during the preseason and it’s nice to come out and do something relaxing like this. The teams are nice because you might be around people you normally don’t hang around with that much, especially if you are new.”

“The first time I got here, I never really played golf before so it really helped me get to know people away from the field,” senior forward Pascal Trappe said. “We get along pretty well on the field and since we’ve been training together, it makes playing a sport we don’t do as much more fun.”

Check out the teams from the Bearcat Open in the link below.

Bearcat Open Teams

Say Cheese

Before the Bearcat Open took place, the men’s soccer squad had its 2014 team photo and head shots taken. Check out all of the photos in the links below

Roster
Coaches Page

Coming Back

There has been significant local media interest in graduate student Tommy Moon’s return from his season-ending injury last year. On Tuesday night before training, a pair of TV reporters talked to him and Coach Marco about it.

“I am really excited to be back,” he said. “Not just for me personally but for the team as well. We had a lot of injuries last year but we are healthy and have really grown a lot as a team since last season.”

“Tommy has really grown into the leader of this team,” Marco said. “He was always great with his own growth as a player but in the past 4-5 months, you can see how he has helped those around him get better. He is our captain this year and has been terrific during preseason.”

Coming Up Next…

Moon, senior back Jamie Forbes, senior forward Steve Celeste and Coach Marco will be at the Binghamton Fall Sports Preseason Media Day, which kicks off at 3 p.m. tomorrow. We’ll have complete coverage afterwards.

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AUGUST 18, 2014

First Test

Thoughts from today’s scrimmage against Bryant at the Bearcats Sports Complex:

Head Coach Paul Marco

“I think in some areas we are definitely in a better place than we were last year at this time. The performance overall today was good. We showed good competitive spirit, good use of the ball and scored some terrific goals.”

“I thought our attacking players took what we had been doing in the morning sessions and applied them to the game. I thought the backs did the same. We played two goalkeepers today and I thought they each did a very good job.”

“We need to minimize a few more things. We probably can go through the film and come up with another list of things we need to improve upon.”

“Today was an improvement from where we were a week ago and hopefully by the weekend and then next week we will be a little bit better. By the time we open up against Bucknell (August 29), I hope the guys are fresh and ready to go.”

Senior forward Steve Celeste

“It was good to get out there today, especially with some of those new guys. I like what we saw out there. It’s been a good first week and we want to keep moving forward.”

“We have really good chemistry this year. We have really good camaraderie among the guys and I think the way we were moving the ball was much cleaner and much quicker than preseason last year. We are much more confident.”

Sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes

“We are much more organized than last (preseason). We still have a lot to get better with but I thought that today was good.”

Let the Banter Begin

At the conclusion of his talk to the team following the match against Bryant, head coach Paul Marco went over the schedule for Tuesday. When he got to the afternoon, his mood switched from praising his players about their performance on the field to what he views as impending doom on the links.

“And at 2 p.m.,” he said. “All players will come out to get their butts kicked.”

What else can that mean but the Bearcat Open, the nine-hole tournament the squad plays each preseason. With 11 wins in 12 years, Marco and his staff have reason to feel good.

“I just have that self-belief that we are going to win,” he said. “I know that tomorrow might be our hardest challenge yet but I think we are all going to jump on (assistant coach) Nic Rossi’s back and he is going to carry us to victory.”

A few of the players, however, wanted to answer to that.

“To be honest, I think I can take them down myself,” Celeste said. “I may need another golfer in my group in case my consistency slips but I will be taking down the coaches tomorrow.”

“The coaches like to talk a lot of trash about the Bearcat Open,” graduate student Tommy Moon said. “But I’ll tell you what…Steve Celeste and I have been training a lot on the golf course this summer so we will give the coaches a run for their money.”

“We are going to win,” sophomore forward Logan Roberts said. “After two years of the coaches winning when I’ve been here, we are not going to let them win again.”

Ice Bath for Baxter

Roberts and Jamie Forbes left the postgame team meeting to go up and administer the ALS Ice Bath to Baxter the Bearcat.

Forbes was one of 13 players who accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last week. Roberts, however, escaped that fate and was actually the player to dump the bucket on Forbes.

“I am very lucky to escape the Ice Bucket Challenge twice,” he said.

Instagram Link to Baxter’s Ice Challenge

Facebook Link

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AUGUST 15, 2014

Alumni Update: Trey Jasenski

Trey Jasenski, a 2013 graduate and captain of the BU men’s soccer team, has signed a professional contract to play with the Western Massachusetts Pioneers. Three years after he was named a second-team all-conference back, he is officially continuing his soccer career.

“The team is in the ASL (American Soccer League),” he said. “It is under the league as the Western Mass Pioneers or Lusitano. I signed the contract with them earlier in the week.”

Since graduating from Binghamton, Jasenski has traveled around the globe in the hopes of playing professionally. Needless to say, his signing is the fulfillment of years of training and perseverance.

“To finally be picked up by a team feels great,” he said. “All the work and training is paying off and I am very thankful for everyone that has helped me along the way to get me to where I am right now.”

Back on campus, the Bearcats were equally happy for Jasenski.

“I think it is a wonderful opportunity for Trey,” head coach Paul Marco said. “This just shows you that if you are persistent and you pursue something with all of your heart and passion that dream can come true. We are thrilled for him.”

“It’s fantastic, current Bearcat midfielder Tommy Moon said. “Trey has worked very hard for this opportunity. He was a great teammate and very intense out on the field.”

Moon vividly remembers training with Jasenski the spring after he graduated (2013). Despite not being required to be working out anymore, Jasenski still kept showing up at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

“He and I trained together every day during that spring,” Moon said. “I was going into my fourth year and he was done playing in college. His intensity and drive to get better was always second to none.”

“He was one of the most competitive guys I have ever had the privilege of working with,” Marco added. “He was a warrior on the field and with him out there, you knew the competitive spirit of the team was going to be high.”

Check out the website of Jasenki’s new team as well as his BU bio in the links below:

Western Mass Pioneers
BU Bearcat Bio

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AUGUST 14, 2014

Reaching Out

When it comes to taking part in charitable events, the BU men’s soccer team’s participation in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Tuesday was not an isolated event.

The squad won the BU Athletic Department’s Citizenship Award in May, which was presented to the Bearcat program that stood out the most in terms of its community involvement. On Sunday, that tradition continues when the Bearcats take part in the Wendy’s Walk for Kids at the Dick’s Open (golf tournament) in nearby Endicott.

“These community events are really terrific for our guys to understand about giving back and making connections with people outside of the game,” head coach Paul Marco said.

“It’s a very high priority of the team to support these charities and be there for the community in general because the community comes out and supports us,” graduate student Tommy Moon said.

This will be the second year in a row that the Bearcats take part in the Wendy’s Walk for Kids. After a week of solid preseason training, getting off campus and being a part of such an event gives them a healthy perspective.

“Just because we are going through a tough week of training, it doesn’t mean that we can miss out on helping others,” sophomore back Charlie Novoth said. “It’s good to get out there and also make ourselves known.”

There is a dual purpose, however, of the Wendy’s Walk. After a week of two-a-day’s, Marco gave the team Sunday afternoon off to recover for the following week.

“We like to represent our school and our team,” senior back Jamie Forbes said. “At the same time, walking around and getting the legs moving during the walk is a great way to recover.”

“An event like the Wendy’s walk is a great recovery session,” Marco said. “It’s a great bonding time for our team away from the field but at the same time, the guys aren’t just sitting around.”

Challenge Answered

On Tuesday afternoon, Marco called out BU head women’s soccer coach Sarah McClellan to complete the ALS Ice Bucket. It didn’t take her long to respond. Check out the video by clicking the link below.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

No Summer Heat Here

Preseason is notorious for being a time of intense heat. Not so, however, this week in Binghamton. With temperatures holding in the high 60s and low 70s, that has been welcome news for those student-athletes from other parts of the world.

Forbes is from Canada and Novoth is from England. Count each of them among the grateful ones this week.

“I was out in California traveling this summer so it was nice and warm out there,” Novoth said. “It’s nice to come back here and have the weather be more like England.”

“It’s nice to be out on the field and not have to deal with that 90 degree heat,” Forbes said. “I also like when it’s cloudy because I get sunburned pretty easily.”

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AUGUST 13, 2014

Leftovers from the ALS Challenge

Mothers encourage their children to do many things. Having a bucket of ice water dumped on them is usually not one of them. In the case of senior forward Steve Celeste and his brother Bret, however, that’s exactly what happened yesterday.

Lois Celeste has been actively involved with the parents of the Binghamton men’s soccer team since her sons joined the program in 2011. Both Steve and head coach Paul Marco rave about the role she has played within the program.

“Our mom has always been there for us,” Steve said. “Even when we played club soccer when we were younger, she was very involved. To see it transition to Binghamton has been great. That is always how she is.”

“We have a very active parent group and Lois is certainly at the top of that list,” Marco added.

It was in that spirit that Lois challenged the team on Monday to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The Bearcats had 24 hours to respond. After some juggling of the schedule, they showed up outside the Events Center the following day at 4 p.m., ready to take part.

When it was Steve’s turn to address the gathered media, his first words caused laughter.

“I was challenged to take part in this by Lois Celeste…my mother….I love you mom.”

Marco, Steve, 13 other players and the coaching staff then completed the challenge.

“My mother has called me out for a bunch of things but never something like that,” Marco said later.

“We were glad to do it,” Steve said. “But I have to say that my mother had just a little cup of ice water dumped on her when she completed the challenge. I told her we would show her what a real ice bucket challenge was like.”

The first day of preseason was a chance for the newcomers to feel embraced. In addition to helping the freshmen move in, the Bearcats had all six of them help with dumping the ice water during the ALS Challenge.

“We like to create a good environment for them to come in,” Steve said. “Even though it’s all business out on the field, it’s important to make them feel a part of the program.”

As for how cold the water was, Steve had a definite answer.

“It was real cold,” he said. “Logan Roberts was behind me (with the bucket) and he made me wait a little bit until I got wet. I had to anticipate it a little longer…and it was cold.”

Social Media Sites

The Binghamton Athletic Department is on social media for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Click the links below to go to the corresponding pages.

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

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AUGUST 12, 2014

Catching Up (Already)

Despite not having actual training sessions, Tuesday was a jam packed day for the Binghamton men’s soccer team. So much so that this blog entry is being sent out first thing Wednesday morning.

It started at 8 a.m. when head coach Paul Marco went to the WNBF Station for an in-studio interview with morning host Roger Neel. Click the link below to listen to the entire interview.

WNBF Radio Interview

After helping the six newcomers moving into the dorms later in the morning, the team gathered for what they thought was going to be a day of normal meetings. That was, until the ALS Bucket Challenge from Lois Celeste intervened, causing the team to break at 4 p.m. A pair of television stations came out to film the event, which included Coach Marco and senior forward Steve Celes

BU Men’s Soccer Fall Clinic

Bearcats to hold event Oct. 5 from 9-noon

September 2, 2014


BU Men’s Soccer Fall Clinic

Complete Details

Register Online

Where: Binghamton University Athletic Fields (Multi-Sport Turf Fields)

When: October 5, 2014 (Sunday), 9:00 am- 12:00 pm

Cost: $50.00 per player. Pay by Credit Card by calling 607-777-2849 (BTIX) or by check (checks payable to Binghamton University) Admission to BU Women’s Match at 1pm can be purchased for $3.

Age: Limited spaces available, open to all players’ currently in 10th grade and above.

Details: Comprehensive field sessions including technical and tactical training with University staff as well as organized matches. Classroom session as well as tour of facilities and fitness testing with Strength and Conditioning Staff.

Top 10 Performances and Freshman Records in Each Event

Updated June 2014

June 18, 2014


Top 10 Performances and Freshman Records in Each Event

Program Records

Register For Men’s Basketball 2014 Summer Camps

Head coach Tommy Dempsey hosts 'Net Results Basketball Camp'

April 14, 2014


Register For Men’s Basketball 2014 Summer Camps

Net Results Basketball Camp Flyer

VESTAL, N.Y. - The Binghamton men’s basketball program has announced its 2014 summer camp schedule. Head coach Tommy Dempsey and his staff will conduct two different camps during the months of July and August. Registration is available by clicking on the green button below or filling out the camp flyer and mailing it back to the Events Center. Check in for all camps will be held in the Events Center.

Dempsey’s series of basketball camps coined, ‘Net Results’ offers area youths the chance to learn the game from his staff and players. The program has a proven record of individual improvement and enhancing one’s knowledge of the game. Coach Dempsey has constructed a camp designed to develop players by using methods he and his staff employ at the Division I level. Both skill and educational sessions will be provided for all camps.

The first of Dempsey’s two instructional forums is a day camp held from July 14-18. The camp is open to all boys ages 6-14 and will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. The cost of the camp is $100 with registration beginning on the first day of camp (July 24) at 8:30 a.m. in the Events Center. During the five-day session, campers will be divided into leagues based on age and ability. On day one, players will be drafted onto teams and assigned a coach for the week. A game schedule will then be created for a week full of competition. Parents are welcome to attend the camp and spectate.

Dempsey will hold his ‘Elite Prospect Camp’ from August 16-17. The three-day overnight camp is open to boys grades 9th-12th and costs $150 for day campers and $250 for overnight campers. The ‘Elite Prospect Camp’ is for players who are looking to further their skills and play at the collegiate level. The camp is a perfect place to showcase one’s skill and abilities as well as learn what it takes to be an intercollegiate student-athlete.

Event Center concession stands will be available throughout the camps. Lunch and subsequent meals for overnight campers will be provided at Binghamton University dining halls.

For more information regarding the camps please contact Binghamton Coordinator of Player Development Herb Courtney at hcourt@binghamton.edu or 607-777-2118.

CAMP SCHEDULE
Boys Day Camp: July 14-18
Elite Prospect Camp: August 16 - 17

Keep up to date on Bearcats in the Pros

Links to former BU players playing professionally

April 3, 2014


Keep up to date on Bearcats in the Pros

Scott Diamond
Triple-A Bio/Stats
Louisville Bats website
MLB Bio/Stats
Cincinnati Reds website
Diamond inducted into Binghamton Athletics Hall of Fame (Nov. 2013)

Murphy Smith
Bio/Stats
Midland Rockhounds website (Double-A)
ESPN Albany radio interview with Murphy Smith (April 2014)
Smith shines in Double-A all-star game (June 2013)

Mike Augliera
Bio/Stats
Portland Sea Dogs website (Double-A)
Augliera helps Salem win title (Sept. 2013)
Press & Sun-Bulletin feature on Augliera (April 22, 2014)

Lee Sosa
Bio/Stats
Vermont website (Single-A Short Season)
Sosa has great start to 2013 season for Vermont (July 2013)

Bill Bereszniewicz
Bio/Stats
Ogden Raptors website (Rookie)

2013-14 Media Center

Schedules, Scores, Notes, Play-by-Play, Video...

March 9, 2014


2013-14 Media Center

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Media
Notes
Game
Story
Box
Score
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Highlights
11/2 BLOOMSBURG
(exhibition game)
W 48-47 - + + + +
11/8 LOYOLA (MD.) L 74-79 + + + + +
11/10 @ Brown L 57-74 + + + + +
11/13 @ Cornell W 89-79 + + + + +
11/16 NAVY L 50-68 + + + + +
11/23 RADFORD L 63-69 + + + + +
11/26 @ St. Peter’s L 57-70 + + + + +
12/1 COLGATE L 64-93 + + + + +
12/4 @ Mt. St. Mary’s W 74-70 + + + + +
12/7 @ Syracuse L 65-93 + + + + +
12/14 @ Monmouth L 46-74 + + + + +
12/23 @ Buffalo L 57-87 + + + + +
12/28 BRYANT W 67-62 + + + + +
12/31 @ St. Joseph’s L 44-71 + + + + +
1/5 @ Maine
(America East game)
L 66-82 + + + + +
1/9 NEW HAMPSHIRE
(America East game)
W 67-38 + + + + +
1/11 UMASS LOWELL
(America East game)
L 59-71 + + + + +
1/15 @Stony Brook
(America East game)
L 47-67 + + + + +
1/20 @ Albany
(America East game)
L 60-66 + + + + +
1/23 HARTFORD
(America East game)
L 54-56 + + + + +
1/26 @ Vermont
(America East game)
L 39-72 + + + + +
1/29 UMBC
(America East game)
L 61-73 + + + + +
2/1 @ UMass Lowell
(America East game)
L 55-62 + + + + +
2/4 STONY BROOK
(America East game)
L 53-58 + + + + +
2/8 @ Maine
(America East game)
W 73-58 + + + + +
2/12 @ New Hampshire
(America East game)
W 72-71 (OT) + + + + +
2/19 ALBANY
(America East game)
L 48-57 + + + + +
2/22 @ UMBC
(America East game)
W 72-70 + + + + +
2/27 @ Hartford
(America East game)
L 83-89 (OT) + + + + +
3/2 VERMONT
(America East game)
L 82-92 (OT) + + + + +
3/8 America East Championship
(hosted by Albany)
vs. No. 3 Hartford + + + + +

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Follow Coach Dempsey on Twitter (@tadempsey4)

December 27, 2013


Follow Coach Dempsey on Twitter (@tadempsey4)

Follow Coach Dempsey

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.—Fans can follow Binghamton head men’s basketball coach Tommy Dempsey on Twitter throughout the 2013-14 year.

Dempsey, a 38-year-old Scranton, Pa. native, was hired in May of 2012. He previously served as head coach for seven years at Rider University (N.J.). Dempsey guided the Broncs to national postseason tournaments in three of the last five years and his teams averaged 17 wins per season during his tenure.

The Bearcats open their 2013-14 season at home against Loyola (Md.) on November 8. The team will be introduced to fans at Late Night Madness on October 11.

Map of Binghamton Cross Country Course

Men's 8K course and women's 5K course covers much of the BU Nature Preserve

July 25, 2013


Map of Binghamton Cross Country Course

PDF of Course Map

Binghamton will be the host school for this year’s America East Cross Country Championship Meet, which will be held Nov. 2. In addition, the pre-conference meet will also be held at Binghamton Sept. 7.

Both the men’s and women’s races will begin on campus and cover much of the Binghamton Nature Preserve.

For a PDF version of the course, click on the PDF link above.

BINGHAMTON MEN’S SOCCER DAILY UPDATE

Blogging our way through the 2012 season (As of August 13)

August 13, 2012


BINGHAMTON MEN’S SOCCER DAILY UPDATE

AUGUST 13, 2012

Going the Distance

During his four years at Binghamton, Ryan Walter was always one of the fittest players on the men’s soccer team. Each summer, he won the preseason fitness run by a substantial margin. So it was little surprise to any of his teammates when he decided to run the Hudson-Mohawk Road Runners Club Winter Marathon in March.

“I have always wanted to run a marathon just to experience it,” he said. “It seemed to be a great a challenge, especially for me since I am not a big runner to start with. Other soccer alum before me like Kyle Kucharski and Chris Terry also ran a marathon after their senior season. Really, it was just a challenge that I wanted to test myself with.

Walter started training for the February 19 event, which was held at the University of Albany, in December. His farthest training run was 20 miles but most of his runs were about 6-10 miles.

With his soccer career having ended, Walter continued to train on his own for the marathon while the Bearcats trained for the spring season. The rest of the team had little doubt that he would do well come race day.

“Ryan is one of the fittest guys I have ever had the pleasure of playing with,” Marts Reid-Warden said. “Every fitness test, he always set the bar high for the rest of the players so I wasn’t surprised at all when I heard he was running a marathon.”

“He pushes himself and excels at everything he does,” Trey Jasenski said. “So I knew he would do well.”

“Every year I was here, he always won the (two-mile) Cooper Test,” Jake Keegan said. “So I figured he was running about 13 Coopers.”

The night before the race, Walter stayed with Jasenski and his family outside out Albany.

“Trey and his family supported me the whole weekend of the race,” Walter said. “They were very gracious and allowed me to stay with them the weekend of the race. They made sure I was well fed and rested. I am very grateful for their hospitality and support.”

Walter clocked a time of 3:12.06 in his marathon debut. Jasenski, meanwhile, figured he would be done in about three hours and had planned to meet him at the finish line. That did not, however, go exactly as planned.

“I dropped him off and then we tried to figure out where the finish line was three hours later,” Jasenski said. “We were holding up signs, running around looking for him and finally found him and he looked…..dead.”

:I was very happy with my time especially it being my first time and a sporadic training schedule,” Walter said. “I was very relieved to cross line. Overall it was a long process and the effort paid off.”

Walter’s hard work at Binghamton paid off in several ways. In addition to being a two-year team captain and two-time, second team all-conference selection, he graduated magna cum laude and landed a job at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Looking back, Walter has found memories of his years with the Binghamton men’s soccer program.

“BU soccer was a fantastic experience,” he said, “Truthfully, the program has become like family for me. I greatly value all the friends and relationships that have made my time at BU something that I will always look back on with a smile. Coach Marco’s dedication to the team is outstanding. The amount of time and effort he puts into watching film and scouting teams is tremendous. His ability to prepare the team for an opponent is something that I have not had in any other coach.”

As for the current Bearcats, Walter is a teammate who helped them in many ways.

“He always worked for everyone,” Jasenski said. “He always pushed himself and set the standard for everyone else around him.”

“He is one of those guys who is always competitive and always wants to win,” Keegan said. “Everyone can learn from his competitive attitude on the field.”

Posted August 13, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. Feedback can be sent to dobrian@binghamton.edu

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BINGHAMTON MEN’S SOCCER DAILY UPDATE

Blogging our way through the 2012 season (As of August 13)

August 13, 2012


BINGHAMTON MEN’S SOCCER DAILY UPDATE

AUGUST 13, 2012

Going the Distance

During his four years at Binghamton, Ryan Walter was always one of the fittest players on the men’s soccer team. Each summer, he won the preseason fitness run by a substantial margin. So it was little surprise to any of his teammates when he decided to run the Hudson-Mohawk Road Runners Club Winter Marathon in March.

“I have always wanted to run a marathon just to experience it,” he said. “It seemed to be a great a challenge, especially for me since I am not a big runner to start with. Other soccer alum before me like Kyle Kucharski and Chris Terry also ran a marathon after their senior season. Really, it was just a challenge that I wanted to test myself with.

Walter started training for the February 19 event, which was held at the University of Albany, in December. His farthest training run was 20 miles but most of his runs were about 6-10 miles.

With his soccer career having ended, Walter continued to train on his own for the marathon while the Bearcats trained for the spring season. The rest of the team had little doubt that he would do well come race day.

“Ryan is one of the fittest guys I have ever had the pleasure of playing with,” Marts Reid-Warden said. “Every fitness test, he always set the bar high for the rest of the players so I wasn’t surprised at all when I heard he was running a marathon.”

“He pushes himself and excels at everything he does,” Trey Jasenski said. “So I knew he would do well.”

“Every year I was here, he always won the (two-mile) Cooper Test,” Jake Keegan said. “So I figured he was running about 13 Coopers.”

The night before the race, Walter stayed with Jasenski and his family outside out Albany.

“Trey and his family supported me the whole weekend of the race,” Walter said. “They were very gracious and allowed me to stay with them the weekend of the race. They made sure I was well fed and rested. I am very grateful for their hospitality and support.”

Walter clocked a time of 3:12.06 in his marathon debut. Jasenski, meanwhile, figured he would be done in about three hours and had planned to meet him at the finish line. That did not, however, go exactly as planned.

“I dropped him off and then we tried to figure out where the finish line was three hours later,” Jasenski said. “We were holding up signs, running around looking for him and finally found him and he looked…..dead.”

:I was very happy with my time especially it being my first time and a sporadic training schedule,” Walter said. “I was very relieved to cross line. Overall it was a long process and the effort paid off.”

Walter’s hard work at Binghamton paid off in several ways. In addition to being a two-year team captain and two-time, second team all-conference selection, he graduated magna cum laude and landed a job at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Looking back, Walter has found memories of his years with the Binghamton men’s soccer program.

“BU soccer was a fantastic experience,” he said, “Truthfully, the program has become like family for me. I greatly value all the friends and relationships that have made my time at BU something that I will always look back on with a smile. Coach Marco’s dedication to the team is outstanding. The amount of time and effort he puts into watching film and scouting teams is tremendous. His ability to prepare the team for an opponent is something that I have not had in any other coach.”

As for the current Bearcats, Walter is a teammate who helped them in many ways.

“He always worked for everyone,” Jasenski said. “He always pushed himself and set the standard for everyone else around him.”

“He is one of those guys who is always competitive and always wants to win,” Keegan said. “Everyone can learn from his competitive attitude on the field.”

Posted August 13, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. Feedback can be sent to dobrian@binghamton.edu

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Volleyball Plays Two Today At UMES Invitational

Bearcats face Rider at 10 a.m. and Campbell at 2 p.m.

September 20, 2014


Volleyball Plays Two Today At UMES Invitational

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

Rider Live Stats | Rider Live Video | Campbell Live Stats | Campbell Live Video

MATCH INFORMATION
MATCH #12: Binghamton vs. Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 19 – 3 p.m.)
MATCH #13: Binghamton at Maryland Eastern Shore (Sept. 19 – 7 p.m.)
MATCH #14: Binghamton vs. Rider (Sept. 20 – 10 a.m.)
MATCH #15: Binghamton vs. Campbell (Sept. 20 – 2 p.m.)
MATCH SITE: Hytche Athletic Center (Princess Anne, Md.)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball team travels to the Chesapeake Bay area this weekend for the Best Western Wild Weekend Tournament hosted by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The Bearcats will face Bethune-Cookman, Rider, Campbell and the host Hawks during the two-day, five-team tournament.

BINGHAMTON OUTLOOK
The Bearcats (1-10) lost three consecutive four-set matches at the Army Invitational last weekend. Binghamton fell to Oakland at West Point before coming up short against the host Black Knights and Holy Cross. Binghamton’s last seven defeats have come in four sets and the Bearcats have yet to play a five set match this season.

Binghamton ranks among the top four in the America East in blocks (1.73 b/s), digs (13.70 d/s) and service aces (1.30 sa/s). However, the Bearcats continue to struggle with the opposition’s attack, allowing a league-high .269 hitting percentage. Binghamton is hitting .155 as a team which dropped from .164 the previous week.

The Bearcats are looking forward to the return of leading hitter sophomore Allison Hovie, who sat out the Army Invitational with an injury. Hovie leads Binghamton with 2.71 kills per set, which ranks fifth in the conference. Junior Megan Burgess is beginning to break out after being named to the all-tournament team at the Army Invitational. The junior from St. Petersburg, Fla. ranks among the top 10 in the conference in hitting percentage (.279) and kills (2.62 k/s).

Freshman Alexis LaGoy is filling in nicely in the middle with her .297 hitting percentage, which ranks second in the league. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann is handing out 8.56 assists per set while adding a team-high 14 service aces, both among the top 5 in the conference. Sophomores Bailey Walker and Bianca Anderson are playing well defensively, ranking among the league-leaders in digs and blocks, respectively.

SCOUTING BETHUNE-COOKMAN
This is the fourth and final tournament of the year for Bethune-Cookan, who were in New Mexico last weekend. Junior setter Hazel Ortiz Rosado picked up her third all-tournament nod in as many weeks, registering 70 assists and 10 kills in three matches. Ortiz-Rosado is seventh in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in assists per sets (6.63) and fourth in service aces (0.31).

Junior Rhea Simon is fifth in the league in kills per set (3.4) and has been in double-figure kills six times in 10 matches. Delicia Pierre averaged six kills per match in New Mexico last weekend after sitting out the Jacksonville tournament. Freshman middle blocker Rakaya Neely has had at least two blocks in each of her last four matches.

SCOUTING MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE
The Hawks are coming off a 2-1 weekend in Greensboro, defeating North Carolina A&T, 3-2, and Alabama A&M, 3-1, and falling to UNC Greensboro, 3-0.

UMES has already hosted a tournament this year during opening weekend, going 1-3 at the Hytche Athletic Center.

With 97 kills, Ashley Smith leads the offense, while Precious Manu has totaled 152 assists this year. Kirstin Fink has added 127 assists, while hitting 64 kills. Allison Woods secures the back line with 128 digs and Alana Polk has blocked down 33 opponent attacks.

The Hawks have hit 363 kills (.146 pct.) on 330 assists, and post 13.3 digs per set.

SCOUTING RIDER
The Broncs enter the tournament riding a two-game winning streak, defeating Saint Peter’s, 3-0, on Wednesday and Fairleigh Dickinson, 3-1, on Sept. 10.

Jaclyn Webber owns the most kills for Rider with 94, and also has the second-most digs with 114. Ashlee Amatulli has totaled 1533 assists setting up the Broncs offense.

On the defensive side, Emma Aldaya has dug up 127 opponent attacks, while Kaitlyn Griffin has tallied 31 blocks.

The Broncs are hitting at a .158 clip, with 351 kills on 328 assists, while the defense posts 14.8 digs each set.

SCOUTING CAMPBELL
Campbell is on a two-game winning streak after rounding out the Hampton Inn and Suites of Holly Springs Invitational with wins over North Florida (3-1) and Elon (3-0).

Against Elon, freshman Summer Schuitema had her best defensive outing of the year, totaling 26 digs and adding 41 assists.

Junior libero Mary Crema remains a stronghold on the back line, leading Campbell in digs in every game except Elon, posting 26 against UNC Wilmington. She ranks second in the Big South at 4.17 digs per set and fourth with 0.38 aces per set.

At the net, senior middle blocker Lorin Thomas is sixth in the league with 0.98 blocks per set, and holds the league individual match high with 11 blocks against Valparaiso (Aug. 30).

As a team, Campbell is at the top of the Big South, averaging 16.74 digs per set. CU owns a .169 attack average, and has put down 475 kills on 427 assists.

UP NEXT
Binghamton completes its non-conference schedule with a quick road trip to Ithaca for a Wednesday night matchup with Cornell on Sept. 24. The Bearcats then kick-off America East play against longtime SUNY rival Albany on Friday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. from University Gym.

Friday, September 19th

Time

Matchup

Coverage

11:00 am

Bethune-Cookman v. Campbell

 Live StatsWatch Live 

1:00 pm

UMES v. Rider

 Live StatsWatch Live 

3:00 pm

Binghamton v. Bethune-Cookman

 Live StatsWatch Live 

5:00 pm

Campbell v. Rider

 Live StatsWatch Live 

7:00 pm

UMES v. Binghamton

 Live StatsWatch Live 

Saturday, September 20th

10:00 am

Binghamton v. Rider

 Live StatsWatch Live 

12:00 pm

UMES v. Bethune-Cookman

 Live StatsWatch Live 

2:00 pm

Campbell v. Binghamton

 Live StatsWatch Live 

4:00 pm

Rider v. Bethune-Cookman

 Live StatsWatch Live 

6:00 pm

UMES v. Campbell

 Live StatsWatch Live 

 
 

Volleyball Suffers Pair Of Defeats At UMES Invitational

Bearcats continue action tomorrow morning against Rider at 10 a.m.

September 19, 2014


Volleyball Suffers Pair Of Defeats At UMES Invitational

Bethune-Cookman Box Score

Maryland Eastern Shore Box Score

Tournament Preview

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The Binghamton volleyball team dropped a pair of matches at the Best Western Wild Weekend Tournament hosted by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Friday from Hythe Athletic Center in Princess Anne, Md. The Bearcats fell in straight sets to MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) members Bethune-Cookman and the host Wildcats. Binghamton continues play in the Chesapeake Bay area tomorrow against Rider and Campbell.

In the final match of day one, Binghamton was overwhelmed by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). The Bearcats were limited to a .062 hitting percentage while the Wildcats held a 40-23 advantage in kills.

“We were outplayed tonight by a better team,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “Unfortunately, time is running out (in non-conference schedule), so we have to get better quickly. We know what we need to work on…it’s just a matter of executing. I don’t think we are too far away, but we need to become more consistent. I did see some good things today but we just couldn’t sustain anything.”

Binghamton fell behind midway through the first set, but battled back to pull within one of UMES following a kill from freshman Alexis LaGoy. The Bearcats were able to level the frame at 17, erasing a six-point deficit after a Wildcat error, but UMES countered to open a five-point cushion late in the stanza. Binghamton battled off three set-points, tying the set one more time before succumbing to the hosts, 26-24.

The Bearcats jumped out to an early 6-1 lead in the second set before the Wildcats climbed back to even the frame at 10. A 5-0 run by UMES helped the host open a 15-10 lead, eventually extending its lead to seven. UMES held Binghamton to a match low .000 hitting clip en route to the 25-18 victory in the second set.

In the third set, Binghamton fought UMES early in the frame before falling behind 14-8 after a 6-0 run by the Wildcats. The Bearcats were unable to find any traction in the final set as UMES maintained its lead throughout the stanza. Binghamton committed seven attack errors while UMES generated 13 points off kills to take the third set 25-16.

Junior Megan Burgess recorded a team-high eight kills adding five digs and three blocks. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann handed out 17 assists while sophomore Kelly Leach chipped in five kills and six digs.
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BETHUNE-COOKMAN 3, BINGHAMTON 0

In its opening match of the Best Western Wild Weekend Tournament hosted by the University Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), the Binghamton volleyball team fell in straight sets to Bethune-Cookman, The Bearcats were swept for first time in their last eight matches Friday afternoon at the Hytche Athletic Center, dropping to 1-11 on the season.  Binghamton continues action tonight at 7 p.m. against the host Hawks.

Despite hitting a respectable .216 and a slim margin in kills, Binghamton was unable to generate enough offense down the stretch defeat a Bethune-Cookman team that earned just its second win of the season. The Bearcats connected 35 kills, two fewer than the Wildcats. BC managed a .278 hitting clip en route to its victory of the day.

“I felt like we were never really in the match,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “We never really got going and struggled handling the ball on our side. Our passing needs to be a lot sharper and more efficient. We are working through some tough times right now and we will have to play much better to have a different outcome tomorrow.”

Junior right side Megan Burgess led the Bearcats with a team-high 11 kills. Senior Kristin Hovie and sophomore Kelly Leach each added seven terminations. Binghamton’s leading hitter, sophomore Allison Hovie (2.71 k/s) sat out her fourth consecutive game due to an injury.

Bethune-Cookman eased out to an early lead in the opening set, but a Burgess kill trimmed the deficit ton one. The Wildcats countered with a 6-0 run to break open the set. The Bearcats trailed by as many as 10, before a late 5-0 run completed the frame 25-19. Burgess finished with four terminations in the first set, but Bethune-Cookman committed just one attack error compiling a .333 hitting percentage.

The second set was tied seven times before the Wildcats pushed out to an 18-12 lead thanks to a 6-2 run. Binghamton limited its attack errors, committing just three during the set, but a 16-10 kill advantage led Bethune-Cookman to a 2-0 lead, 25-17. Hovie and Leach accounted for six of the Bearcats’ kills in the frame.

Burgess opened the final set with a kill, but that was the last lead Binghamton would hold as Bethune-Cookman maintained a two-point edge throughout the set. Each team recorded 13 kills in the set, but the Wildcats were more consistent in the serve-receive game. Binghamton misfired on nine service attempts while Bethune-Cookman connected on eight aces in the match. The Wildcats won the third set 25-19 to earn their first straight-set victory of the season.

Bethune-Cookman was powerful at the net possessing a commanding 8.5-3.0 block advantage. Five different Wildcats registered at least one total block.

Senior setter Amanda Dettmann finished the match with 31 assists and four kills. Sophomore libero Bailey Walker recorded a match-high 18 digs for the Bearcats, who held a 38-36 advantage.

Golf Travels North For Cornell Invitational

Binghamton is looking to rekindle their past success

September 19, 2014


Golf Travels North For Cornell Invitational

2012 Cornell Champion, Josh Holling

Contact: Dave Van Gorder (dvangord@binghamton.edu)

Ithaca, N.Y.—The Binghamton golf team will participate in the Cornell Fall Invitational this weekend. The tournament is a 54-hole event at Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University. The Bearcats will compete against 14 other teams, including Bucknell, Canisius, Colgate, Dartmouth, Delaware, Drexel, Fordham, Longwood, Ottawa, Penn, Saint Bonaventure and Siena. There is no returning champion, as 2013 Champion Towson isn’t in the field. Drexel finished second last year, and host Cornell third.

HISTORY ON THEIR SIDE
Last Year the Bearcats finished fifth out of 15 teams, but historically have excelled at this invitational. Prior to last year, Binghamton had won the event for four straight years, and six times since 2003. The success isn’t just at a team level—Senior Josh Holling enjoyed his first medalist performance, as he went home with the top honors in 2012. Last year Holling finished just out of the top-20 (21st place), while senior Jack Sedgewick finished 28th, and sophomore Kyle Wambold grabbed 34th place.

CONTINUING TO IMPROVE
Binghamton’s first event of the fall was the Colgate Fall Invitational, where they finished sixth out of 14 teams. While it wasn’t their finest performance, the team did manage to improve on their overall score each of the three rounds. They will look to continue with the momentum at one of their favorite courses, Cornell’s Robert Trent Jones Course.

Cross Country Teams Head to Iona Meet of Champions

Women’s 6K begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday; men’s 8K at 10:15 a.m.

September 19, 2014


Cross Country Teams Head to Iona Meet of Champions

Meet Website

Contact: David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton men’s and women’s cross country teams head to the Iona Meet of Champions, which will be held on Saturday morning at Van Cortlandt Park. The meet, which is now in its 20th year, annually features several of the top teams in the Northeast Region. The women’s 6K race starts at 9:30 a.m. while the men’s 8K is slated for 10:30 a.m.

At the season-opening dual meet against Albany on Sept. 5, the Bearcat men’s team was paced by junior Ethan Hausamann, who was second overall, and senior Matt Johnson, who took third place. On the women’s side, sophomore Alana MacDonald was a team-best fourth overall while junior Anna Corrigan finished fifth.

Returning to the lineup for the women this weekend are junior Alexis Hatcher, who was the team MVP last year, and sophomore Eileen O’Hara.

Last year, there were 20 men’s and women’s teams that took part in the Iona Meet of Champions.

10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Meghan Taylor

Junior defender was MVP of 2004 America East championship, 2-time all-region back

September 19, 2014


10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Meghan Taylor

Flashback: The NCAA season of 2004

Spotlight: Lauren Massey

Spotlight: Caitlin O'Shaughnessy

Spotlight: Deli Plourde

Spotlight: Tatiana Mathelier

Spotlight: Katie Kerrigan

On the 10-year anniversary of the 2004 team’s historic NCAA season, the communications office caught up with more than a dozen former players and coaches. They each shared their special memories of that championship run.

Spotlight on ...
Who:
Meghan Taylor
Then: Junior defender
Now:  President at the Putnam County Economic Development Corp.


What do you recall about the team heading into that 2004 season?
I can remember during preseason and really every aspect of the season, there was a sense of teamwork and fantastic leadership which really brought the team together in a unique way. We played for each other!

Was there any moment or part of the season where you felt like winning the America East title was a real possibility?
I think the turning point for me was when Deli (Plourde) scored the winning goal at Maine, from 30 yards out, at Maine’s field. I knew then we really had a chance to win the championship! Also, after we beat Northeastern in the semifinals, I knew there was no way we were losing in the championship game at home. We would never have let that happen!

What do you remember about hosting the tournament ... the days preceding your two games, the fans, celebration?
I remember the Maine team complaining about the condition of the game field the morning of the championship and then we had to play on the training field - but in the end it didn’t matter where we played!

What are your memories of the trip and game at Penn State?
I remember Tat (Mathelier) scoring the first goal of the game and having the best feeling ever! After the game I remember feeling crushed that the same exact team would not be back on the field in August. There was a special bond with the 2004 team.

What is your lasting impression of that championship, your teammates, your college career in general and the sport of soccer and how it’s helped shape your life?
Soccer has made me who I am today. Soccer continues to be a HUGE part of my life. Anyone who is around me knows I play soccer, knows ALL of my closest friends I have played soccer with at some point in my life. My drive, competitive spirit, and drive for perfection comes from soccer. I don’t know where I would be without the friends I made at Binghamton, the lessons I learned, and the experiences I was fortunate to have. 

What have you been doing since graduation?
I was the Director of Business Attraction at the Orange County Partnership in Goshen, N.Y. and now I’m the President at the Putnam County Economic Development Corp. (www.putnamedc.org). I live in Port Chester, N.Y.

 

Men’s soccer hosts Lafayette

Bearcats and Leopards kick off on Saturday at 7 p.m.

September 18, 2014


Men’s soccer hosts Lafayette

Sophomore back Charlie Novoth

Live Stats

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Twitter Updates

BU Men's Soccer Daily Update

STORY LINES

- Binghamton (2-4-0) has had a week off since its 1-0 home loss to Cornell last Saturday night. Sophomore forward Alex Varkatzas continues to lead the Bearcats with two goals and four total points so far this season. Junior forward Luca Bottoni and sophomore back Charlie Novoth each have a goal and an assist.

- Lafayette (1-3-2) played to a scoreless tie against Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. Sandy Leavy made four saves in goal to record his second shutout of the season. The Leopards’ lone victory was a 1-0, season-opening win over St. Peter’s August 29.

- Lafayette leads the all-time series 3-2-0, having won 2-1 in double overtime at home on Sept. 21, 2013. The Bearcats’ last victory in the series was a 1-0 triumph at the Colgate Red Raider Invitational on Sept. 17, 2010. This year marks the first time the two programs square off at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

- Binghamton is in the midst of a season-high, four-game home stand. The Bearcats conclude that stretch on Tuesday against Syracuse.

- The Bearcats have started three freshmen during the first six games this season. Christian Dam has started all six games in the backfield while Isaiah Barrett has played four games at midfield and Ben Ovetsky had been at forward four times.

Slow start hurts women’s soccer in 3-1 loss at St. Bonaventure

Bearcats enjoy 18-7 shots edge but surrender two goals in game's opening 10 minutes

September 18, 2014


Slow start hurts women’s soccer in 3-1 loss at St. Bonaventure

Sophomore back Kasey Brida

Box Score

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

OLEAN, N.Y. - Binghamton women’s soccer (4-5) allowed two goals in the game’s opening 10 minutes, couldn’t dig out of a three-goal deficit and suffered a 3-1 loss at St. Bonaventure Friday night at McGraw-Jennings Field.

The host Bonnies (4-4-1) drew a school-record 1,248 fans for its first-ever night game and jumped on BU right out of the gate, scoring just 2:47 into the contest. Another goal at the 9:31 mark made it 2-0 as the Bonnies scored on their first two shot attempts. The hosts made it 3-0 in the 26th minute before sophomore midfielder Katie O’Neill responded 18 seconds later to put the Bearcats on the board. O’Neill let loose on a 40-yard shot that went through a maze of players and into the lower corner. It was her team-high third goal of the season.

But with goals on three of its first four shots, Bona maintained the 3-1 cushion at the break, despite being outshot by BU, 13-5. The teams played a scoreless final 45 minutes.

O’Neill had a good chance to pull the Bearcats to within one early in the second half, but her header hit the crossbar in the 51st minute. Earlier in the game, senior midfielder Emily Nuss hit the bar in the 18th minute.

Binghamton wound up with a comfortable 18-7 advantage in shots and the Bearcats earned a season-high 10 corner kicks. The Bonnies put four shots on goal and scored on three of them.

Freshman keeper Katie Hatziyianis and BU’s back line kept the Bonnies off the board in the second half but the damage was done.

Bonnies goalkeeper Christina Sarokon made nine saves to keep BU at bay.

“We got off to a slow start,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “The team hustled in the second half to try and get back in it and we had a few players step up and play well. We’ll need a full-game effort from everyone on Sunday.”

The Bearcats return home to host Cornell at 1 p.m. on Sunday in the team’s final non-conference game before America East play begins.

Women’s soccer to host Prospect Clinic on October 5

Event is open to all players in ninth grade and up, held at Bearcats Sports Complex

September 17, 2014


Women’s soccer to host Prospect Clinic on October 5

Information/Registration

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton women’s soccer will host its annual Girls Prospect Clinic on Sunday October 5 at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The clinic runs from 3:30-6 p.m. and is open to all players 9th grade and up.

The clinic is designed to train players in advanced technical and tactical skills. Binghamton head coach Sarah McClellan and assistant coach Kristie Bowers will run players through exercises taken straight from the training grounds of BU’s women’s soccer program, which has advanced to the postseason eight times in the last 10 years.

Interested players should contact Bowers at (607) 777-6185 or kbowers@binghamton.edu or register at http://www.bubearcats.com/index.php/tickets.

Speaking program connects student-athletes with campus services

Chief of Police Faughnan addresses group at Events Center: "We're all here to help you succeed"

September 17, 2014


Speaking program connects student-athletes with campus services

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton’s 400+ student-athletes participated in a speaking program featuring University Chief of Police Tim Faughnan Tuesday night at the Events Center. The event, sponsored by the Student-Athlete Success Center, was part of the department’s ongoing collaboration with colleagues across campus.

Faughnan, a former national championship collegiate athlete and lifelong sports enthusiast, has 32 years of experience at the University. He shared his insight on safety and responsibility and the challenges of being a student-athlete in today’s culture. He also spoke about the resources available across campus and his unit’s continued focus on community outreach and engagement. 

“We all want you to be successful ... as students, as athletes and in everything you do,” he said. “I’ve been where you are. We look to you the same way we look to other student leaders on campus. You are the elite ... you are Division I student-athletes. You represent us. Make smart decisions and be accountable to each other. You can’t achieve your dreams doing the wrong thing. It’s never worth it.”

He reminded the group that he and his staff are available to answer questions or be of assistance at any time. “This is about shared responsibility,” Faughnan said. “If you ever have a question, come see me. We’re in this together. We’re a resource, just like many other offices on campus. I want to be part of your success. Listen to what I’ve said and put it in practice.”

Faughnan closed by recalling his past affiliations with high school and college nicknames. “I was a Bulldog ... then I was a Bomber ... now I’m a Bearcat. I love the t-shirts that say ‘Bearcat for Life.’ That’s what I’ll be and I hope you will be too. Good luck this year. I’ll be there watching and cheering.”

The athletics department has brought in numerous speakers to address current issues and trends affecting collegiate student-athletes on a national level. Recent speakers covered topics such as social media, hazing and alcohol and drug use. Additionally, University staff members have provided informational sessions about resources on campus to promote health and wellness and academic success. 

“Our student-athletes are leaders in the community and must strive to continually demonstrate our core value of ‘Excellence with Honor,’” Director of Athletics Patrick Elliott said. “The ongoing partnership between athletics and the University Police Department emphasizes the importance of leading by example and contributing in a positive fashion to the community. We would like to thank Chief Faughnan and his entire department for their continued support and collaboration in promoting responsibility, citizenship and excellence for our students, coaches and staff.” 

 

Smith settling in at Binghamton

First-year coach discusses his background and vision for the Bearcat swimming program

September 17, 2014


Smith settling in at Binghamton

Brad Smith

Contact: David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

It’s been a whirlwind month for Brad Smith, the new head swimming & diving coach at Binghamton University. He was the head women’s coach at Western Colorado when he accepted the Binghamton position on August 13. After moving across the country, he has met the team and begun preparations for the upcoming season. After a month on the job, we caught up with Coach Smith to hear more about his goals and vision for the Bearcat program.

Q: Talk about what you have been doing your first month on the job as the Binghamton swimming & diving coach.

A: I’ve spent the majority of my time catching up on recruiting by introducing myself and welcoming potential student-athletes, getting acquainted with staff and services around campus, meeting with current and incoming student-athletes, and organizing and restructuring the season practice schedule.

Q: What excites you the most about becoming the head coach at Binghamton?

A: Binghamton University is a prestigious institution and has a storied history of success in swimming & diving. As a former student-athlete and assistant coach in the America East conference, I have personally seen some of the accolades and awards earned by the BU Swimming & Diving program. The student-athletes here have not only gotten it done in the water, but also in the classroom and that is very exciting.

Q: What are your initial goals for the Binghamton swimming & diving program?

A: My initial goals are to maintain and or establish a culture of excellence in the classroom and pool here at Binghamton University as well as a strong sense of family and pride. It is already a fantastic group but we must recognize there is more to be accomplished. My other initial goals are to establish a relationship with each of our student-athletes so that I may better assist them with their goals this year and for the years to come.

Q: What do you feel your biggest strengths are as a recruiter and as a coach?

A: I believe my biggest strengths lie in my values. Student-athletes know what they are getting when I recruit them and that is a coach who is going to be honest, hold them to a high standard, genuinely care for them as people, students, and athletes and do everything that I can to help them reach their goals. They know that I will put them first. Communication is another key component of which is a strength of mine that I believe recruits have greatly valued.

Q: Talk about your experiences as an athlete and an assistant coach in the America East Conference

A: My experience in the America was one of a kind. I had the opportunity compete at a high level at the University of Vermont. Unfortunately it was cut short when UVM dropped it’s Men’s program. However, the friends I made and the relationship that I established especially with my coach last even today. As a coach in the America East, I had the privilege of coaching and watching some amazing student-athletes that electrified the pool. One of the things I always valued about being a part of the America East, were the academic prowess of the schools which belong in this conference. The student-athletes which attend this conference in the sport of swimming & diving do so to get a great education while still being able to compete at a high level.

Q: Who are your mentors in the coaching industry and why?

A: My mentors include my father and mother as well my college coach. I’ve always said I have the patience and work ethic of my father and the spirit and persistence of my mother. They sacrificed a lot for me growing up so that I could have many of the same opportunities as others. For that I am very thankful. My college coach and I still talk almost on a daily basis. He has been a huge source of support for me and has guided and mentored me along the way. I strongly believe that his guidance and support has helped me to get to where I am today and has developed me into the man and coach that I am.

Q: Talk about the level of high school talent in New York State.

A: New York has a strong pool of talented swimmers and divers coming through its system and has improved tremendously in its ability to develop competitive high school age swimmers and divers in a very short period of time. New York has quality high school and club level coaches that have fostered great competitive programs for its up and coming student-athletes.

Q: What points of pride do you emphasize with recruits about the kind of education and athletic experience they will receive at Binghamton?

A: We will always emphasize the quality of education here at Binghamton especially with its quality vs cost to attend. We stress the importance of education and the quality of professors here who work to challenge students to be their very best. Athletically speaking, we point to some of the amazing swimmers and divers that have come through the program and their individual accomplishments as well as the programs conference championships and runner up performances. We stress that student-athletes at Binghamton will receive a high quality education at a great institution that will challenge them in the classroom and the pool to be the best them possible.

Q: Talk about your coaching philosophy.

A: I value a positive and encouraging approach to coaching. Making sure that the student-athletes I coach understand that I am there for their entire well being, meaning in the pool, classroom, personal life, and who they are and want to become is very important to me. I see myself as a teacher, mentor, counselor, pseudo psychologist, and of course coach to the student-athletes I get to interact with on a daily basis. Honesty, accountability, integrity, responsibility, work ethic, are some the values I place to the highest degree and emphasize daily. Family is important and understanding that we work together, appreciate what we have and what has been given helps us to reach our potential and lead more meaningful lives.

Q: What led you to pursue college coaching as a profession?

I was unsure of what I wanted to do after having had the opportunity to student teach my senior year of college. I realized teaching art was not the path I wanted to pursue, yet I still wanted to make an impact on others lives. having swam competitively much of my life, I decided to become an assistant coach at a local club team at the urging of my college coach and not too long after graduating became a head coach and the rest led me to where I am now.

Baseball hosts 5th Annual Fall Prospect Camp on Oct. 12

Program will run from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Bearcats Baseball Complex

September 16, 2014


Baseball hosts 5th Annual Fall Prospect Camp on Oct. 12

Registration Form

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.—For the fifth straight year, Binghamton baseball will host its annual Fall Prospect Camp on Sunday, October 12 at the Bearcats Baseball Complex.

The camp is open to all entrants and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $150 per person.

Campers will receive instruction from BU coaches and players and participate in a pro-style workout and controlled scrimmage.

Contact assistant coach Dan Jurik (djurik@binghamton.edu) for more information.

An Honorary Bearcat

Kimmy Salotti has become an integral part of the BU softball program the past two years

September 16, 2014


An Honorary Bearcat

Kimmy Salotti by her new locker in the Events Center

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By David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Binghamton Sports Information Office

On September 14, before the Binghamton softball team hosted Fordham in a fall season game, they showed their newest member her locker in the Events Center. The Bearcats then took her out to the stadium, where she was introduced to the crowd during a pregame ceremony. She then threw out the first pitch and spent the rest of the game in the dugout with her new teammates.
 
Kimmy Salotti, though only 14, is no ordinary girl. She was diagnosed with brain cancer two years ago but has been an inspiration to everyone around her as she continues her recovery. This includes the Bearcat softball program.

With the help of the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, the Bearcats held an official adoption ceremony before their game against Fordham. Their relationship with Salotti and her family, however, extends back much further.

Getting Acquainted

Salotti is from Chester, New York and grew up loving to play t-ball and softball. In the fall of 2012, however, she was diagnosed with brain cancer. She was only 12 and had just entered the seventh grade.

The following spring, the Binghamton softball team became aware of Salotti. A student on campus was on the College vs. Cancer board and was also from Salotti’s hometown.

“One of our softball players, Rhoda Marsteller, was in a class with a student from Kimmy’s hometown,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “She knew Kimmy loved playing softball so she let Rhoda know about her.”

Burrell contacted the family and arranged to meet up with them at the Bearcats’ series at Stony Brook April 27-28, 2013. It was a memorable meeting on both sides.

“The first time we met her, Kimmy was right in the middle of all her chemo treatments,” Burrell said. “She had lost her hair and a lot of weight. It was one of the most difficult times she was going through.”

Despite her condition, however, Salotti was more than happy to be around the team during the weekend. Marsteller, who was a senior that year, remembers how upbeat Salotti was.

“Kimmy wasn’t quite finished with her treatments when we met her at Stony Brook,” she said, “I remember her mom checking in on her during the games. Kimmy kept reassuring her that she was okay and she was cheering right along with the team.”

“The girls on the team and Michelle were wonderful to Kimmy and our family when we met them (at Stony Brook),” said Salotti’s mother Chris. “They really took her under their wings right away. It was a really great experience.”

Following that meeting, the Bearcats kept in touch with Salotti through social media. They invited her to their final regular-season home game against Albany and started getting to know her on a personal basis.

“Kimmy can make any room light up with her smile,” current senior Caytlin Friis said. “We also found out that she is super funny, which made her fit in well with our team.”

“Even though she has gone through so much, Kimmy is a very fun and outgoing person,” current junior Griffin McIver said. “It’s funny when we see her joking around with her dad.”

Staying in Touch

Following the 2013 season, Burrell and the team continued to stay in touch with Salotti. Her condition began to improve and the bond she had with the team began to strengthen. When the Bearcats took their team photo last fall, they wore ribbons on their jerseys in her honor.

“Our players have done a great job staying in contact with Kimmy through social media,” Burrell said. “One year, when it was her birthday, they did a video sing-a-long for her on the team bus and posted it on YouTube.”

Burrell’s offseason is filled with recruiting trips and clinics but whenever she was working close enough to Chester, she made sure to visit.

“I’ve been fortunate to work some clinics out near Kimmy’s hometown, so I am able to go visit her and the family,” Burrell said. “The last time I was there, Kimmy showed me her new pool which she got through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.”

“The softball team’s support throughout this has meant the world to me and my family,” Chris Salotti said. “They treat Kimmy like a queen and she loves all of them.”

The Bearcats have stayed up to speed with Salotti’s treatments. In October 2013, she had her final treatment and she has been clear from cancer since that point. It takes four years to be declared cancer free and when she has her MRI every three months, Burrell checks in with the family.

Though it all, Salotti has earned the admiration from the Binghamton softball team.

“She is a remarkable girl,” Burrell said. “We have been very lucky to stay in touch with her. Every time she comes to see us play, we know she is fighting something much bigger than anything we are dealing with. All of us admire her and she has meant so much to us just being around our program.”

“Kimmy is an amazing person,” Friis said. “She has gone through so much since we met her just a couple of years ago, and seeing her overcome everything she has been through has been such an inspiration to our whole team. Kimmy is our daily reminder that we can overcome any challenge, and no competitor is out of our league.”

Lisa Cutrona, who was a senior on the 2014 team is now in graduate school at Syracuse. Although she is not at Binghamton anymore, Salotti still serves as an inspiration to her.

“When I feel under pressure, I think about Kimmy and her battle,” Cutrona said. “She is an amazing girl and she makes me want to be just like her—headstrong, loving and resilient.”

A Special Day

The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation is a prominent non-profit organization whose goal is to improve the quality of life for children battling pediatric brain tumors. It has been featured twice on HBO’s Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel since 2009.

The Adopt-A-Child program is a significant component of the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. It involves a high school or college sports program being paired up with a child who will support them throughout their fight against brain cancer.

“I was aware of the Friends of Jaclyn program and Kimmy’s mom and I both knew we had done everything but the official adoption,” Burrell said. “The Friends of Jacyln Foundation helped us do the official adoption but Kimmy had already been a part of our program.”

To commemorate the adoption ceremony, the Bearcats all wore purple shirts for their game against Fordham, with the words “Hope for Kimmy” on the back. Many fans also came to the game decked out in the same shirts.

“Seeing all of those fans wearing the shirts in support of Kimmy, as well as the pregame announcements, was so heartwarming,” Chris Salotti said the next day. “Kimmy still has a smile on her face. We have always felt welcomed by the softball team.”

The events, however, meant just as much to the Bearcats.

“Adopting Kimmy meant so much to our entire team,” Friis said. “The smile on her face when she entered the locker room and saw her personalized locker and her very own Bearcat jersey for the first time is something I will never forget. I know it meant the world to Kimmy, and it means the world to our team also to officially have her as a Binghamton Bearcat.”

Women’s Lacrosse Announces 2014 Fall Schedule

Team to participate in four events this fall

September 16, 2014


Women’s Lacrosse Announces 2014 Fall Schedule

Senior Captain Renee Kiviat

Contact: Dave Van Gorder (dvangord@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.— The Binghamton women’s lacrosse program announced its 2014 fall schedule, which features eight games over four weekends. The Bearcats schedule includes trips to Le Moyne College and Thayer Academy in Braintree, MA, sandwiched between events at home.

Binghamton begins with a game against Marist on Saturday, September 27 at noon. The two teams met in Marist last spring, with the Bearcats falling to the Red Foxes 12-7. Then at 3 p.m. the Bearcats square off against Lock Haven. Last year the Bald Eagles lost in the Division II National Championship.

Up next will be a triple-header at Le Moyne College on October 4. Up first is a battle with the host Le Moyne Dolphins at 11 a.m. Following that game the Bearcats square off against Niagara at 12:40 p.m. Binghamton defeated the Purple Eagles at the Bearcats Sports Complex last season 17-7. The team will then finish the day against another team that they beat last year—by a score of 16-11—the Siena Saints (2:20 p.m.).

The following Saturday (Oct. 4) is another three-game event, as Binghamton participates in the Northeast Classic – Faceoff Against Cancer in Braintree, MA. Started in 2008, the event helps raise cancer awareness and money for cancer research. The proceeds from the Bearcats’ games will be donated to Dana-Farber’s Patient and Family Services Program. Game one is against Sacred Heart at 10 a.m.  There are also contests against Holy Cross (11:30 a.m.) and Central Connecticut State University (2:30 p.m.).

Closing out the fall schedule is a home event at 11 a.m. on October 18. The team will welcome back players from past years to the Bearcats Sports Complex as they host the Alumni Game.

Fall Schedule
Saturday, September 27
@ Bearcats Sports Complex
vs. Marist College, Noon
vs. Lock Haven, 3:00pm

Saturday, October 4
@ Le Moyne College
vs. LeMoyne, 11:00am
vs. Niagara, 12:40pm
vs. Siena, 2:20pm

Saturday, October 11 - Northeast Classic - Faceoff Against Cancer
@  Thayer Academy in Braintree, MA
vs. Sacred Heart, 10:00am
vs. Holy Cross, 11:30am
vs. Central Connecticut State University, 2:30pm

Saturday, October 18 - Alumni Game
@ Bearcats Sports Complex, 11:00am

10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Katie Kerrigan

Tough-as-nails freshman defender made all-championship team in 2004

September 15, 2014


10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Katie Kerrigan

Flashback: The NCAA season of 2004

Spotlight: Lauren Massey

Spotlight: Caitlin O'Shaughnessy

Spotlight: Deli Plourde

Spotlight: Tatiana Mathelier

On the 10-year anniversary of the 2004 team’s historic NCAA season, the communications office caught up with more than a dozen former players and coaches. They each shared their special memories of that championship run.

Spotlight on ...
Who:
Katie Kerrigan
Then: Freshman defender
Now:  A 4th grade teacher as well as a literacy and math coach at PS 158 in Manhattan


What do you recall about the team heading into that 2004 season?

Since I was a freshman, I was a little in over my head. I remember just being happy to survive a brutal preseason. I remember the upper classmen always leading by example throughout preseason and that’s what they did throughout the rest of the 2004 season.

Was there any moment or part of the season where you felt like winning the America East title was a real possibility?

I don’t think we really realized we had a shot until the big win versus Boston University. We were real underdogs throughout the whole season.

What do you remember about hosting the tournament ... the days preceding your two games, the fans, celebration?

I remember former players coming back for the tournament to cheer us on and all of our families coming from all over to be with us and support us.


What is your lasting impression of that championship, your teammates, your college career in general and the sport of soccer and how it’s helped shape your life?

I think being a student athlete and more importantly being a BU women’s soccer player shaped the rest of my college athletic career and who I have become today. For the first time hard work and a complete understanding of true teamwork allowed us to support each other to get where we were. This experience has given me lifelong friends who you can truly count on and has taught me to be be dedicated to all the work that I do.

What have you been doing since graduation?

After graduating from Binghamton, I got my master’s degree in Childhood Special Education from Hunter College and now I am a fourth grade teacher as well as a literacy and math coach at PS 158 in Manhattan. In December 2013, I got married to Scott Diamond who is a former Binghamton baseball player.

Hall of Fame coach Starke returns as BU interim men’s tennis coach

Former 20-year head coach will hold reigns while national search commences

September 14, 2014


Hall of Fame coach Starke returns as BU interim men’s tennis coach

Michael Starke

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Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – Binghamton will welcome back Hall of Fame coach Michael Starke as its interim men’s tennis coach, the University announced on Monday. Starke steps in for Adam Cohen, who departed to take a position at Ohio State. Starke will oversee the program through the fall semester while the University conducts a national search for its new head coach. 

Starke led the program for 20 notable years and orchestrated its successful Division I transition before retiring in 2006.

“We’re excited to have Coach Starke return to campus and lead our men’s tennis program through the current fall season,” Director of Athletics Patrick Elliott said. “Michael is a tremendous teacher and coach and we truly appreciate his willingness to assist our program during this period of transition.”

A lifelong Binghamton native, Starke coached from 1987-06, steering the men’s program to unprecedented regional and national success. During his tenure, Starke produced 10 All-Americans, 14 Academic All-Americans and 26 NCAA qualifiers. His teams claimed five conference titles, advanced to the NCAA Championship seven times and won at a 67 percent clip. He won 246 matches and held the niche of being a conference Coach of the Year at all three NCAA divisional levels.

“It’s truly a privilege to be back,” Starke said. “Having worked here for 20 years … returning to coach is special. I hope to make the most of this opportunity and I’m very happy to once again be part of the Bearcat family.”

In 1995, Starke assembled one of the finest teams in school history. The Colonials went 17-4, advanced to the program’s first-ever NCAA Championship, crowned its first four All-Americans and ranked 10th in the entire nation. That began a run of three straight NCAA appearances and three straight top-12 national finishes.

Before turning the reigns over to Cohen in 2006, Starke’s Bearcats produced three consecutive America East titles and NCAA berths, along with the program’s first-ever nationally-ranked Division I player and its first Division I regional team ranking (12th).

He was twice voted ITA Regional Coach of the Year and was selected as America East Coach of the Year three straight years. In four consecutive years during his tenure, Binghamton produced the America East Player of the Year. He was inducted into Binghamton’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.

Starke has been a prominent fixture in local tennis for decades and continues to own and operate the Binghamton Tennis Center. In 1994, he was instrumental in bringing to the area the successful USTA professional tournament, which just held its 21st annual event.

Holy Cross Fends Off Volleyball In Four Sets

Junior Megan Burgess led the Bearcats with a team-high 15 kills

September 14, 2014


Holy Cross Fends Off Volleyball In Four Sets

Holy Cross Box Score

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

WEST POINT, N.Y. -  The Binghamton volleyball team fell to Holy Cross in four sets on the final day of the Black Knights Invitational, Sunday morning at historic West Point. The Bearcats dropped to 1-10 on the season after their sixth four-set defeat in the last seven games. Holy Cross won its second match of the tournament 25-20, 24-26, 25-13, 25-12 defeating Binghamton for the first time in series history improving to 1-2 all-time.

In the opening frame, Binghamton quickly fell behind 9-3 before embarking on a 7-1 run to even the set at 10. Junior right side Megan Burgess and senior setter Amanda Dettmann recorded a pair of kills to spark the run.

The Bearcats held a brief lead thanks to a service ace by sophomore Kelly Leach, but Holy Cross answered with an 8-1 run forcing a Binghamton timeout. Burgess connected on five kills during the frame, but it wasn’t enough as the Crusaders took a 1-0 advantage, 25-20.

Binghamton leveled the match at one game apiece after hanging on for the 26-24 victory in the second set. Three straight kills by Alexa Zbytniewski, Kristin Hovie and Alexis LaGoy handed the Bearcats an early 10-5 lead.

Binghamton extended its cushion to seven thanks to Holy Cross errors, but the Crusaders chipped away at the deficit to pull within two. Following a Hovie kill and Dettmann ace that pushed the lead back to five, Holy Cross fought off five straight set-points to tie the stanza at 24. However, back-to-back errors by the Crusaders handed the Bearcats the second set.

Holy cross eased to victory in the third set, 25-13, after a devastating 11-0 run turned a five-point deficit into a six-point lead. Following the back-breaking run, Binghamton was unable to generate any offense recording a .071 hitting percentage during the set. The Crusaders connected on 15 kills while hitting .333 to create the 12-point margin.

The Crusaders led start to finish in the fourth set capturing the frame 25-12. Holy Cross hit a match-high .372, scoring 19 of its 25 points off kills. Binghamton struggled offensively throughout the frame managing just six terminations during the set.

Burgess, who finished the match with a team-high 15 kills and a solid .364 hitting percentage, was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 3.08 kills per set. Leach recorded a career-high 21 digs in her third straight start. Dettmann finished the day with 29 assists and nine digs.

Holy Cross was efficient all afternoon turning an 82-64 dig margin into a plus-26 kill advantage over Binghamton. The Bearcats were solid at the net maintaining a nine to five advantage.

Over the weekend Dettmann moved into third all-time in program history in career assists with 3,532. The 2012 Co-Setter of the Year surpassed Lindsey Mueller, who amassed 3,446 during three seasons (2007-09) at Binghamton.

Binghamton completes its non-conference tournament schedule next weekend at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for The Best Western Wild Weekend Tournament. The Bearcats will face the host Hawks, Bethune-Cookman, Rider and Campbell during the two-day five team tournament near the Chesapeake Bay.

Women’s soccer blanks Canisius on road 2-0

Gormley, Church score second-half goals as BU wins fourth in last five

September 13, 2014


Women’s soccer blanks Canisius on road 2-0

Senior goalkeeper Gaby Gold

Box Score

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Senior Connie Gormley and junior Stephani Church scored second-half goals to carry Binghamton women’s soccer (4-4) past host Canisius (1-7) 2-0 Sunday afternoon at Demske Sports Complex. The win was BU’s fourth in its last five games.

After a scoreless first half, the Bearcats got on the board in the 59th minute off a corner kick. Senior midfielder Emily Nuss sent the kick into the box, where classmate and center back Gormley beat the keeper for her second career goal.

In the 82nd minute, Church added an insurance goal - again off a corner kick. Junior midfielder Rebecca Raber sent the kick into the box, where freshman back Valerie McNamara fed it to Church, who made no mistake from close range. It was Church’s second goal of the season.

Senior Gaby Gold (2 saves) and freshman Katie Hatziyianis each played a half and shared their second shutout of the season.

“It was nice to end the weekend with a strong performance,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “We tried to control the tempo of the game in the first half and then in the second half I thought we came out hard and worked everywhere on the field. We looked real dangerous on set pieces and scored the two off corner kicks. We played a great game from start to finish and it was nice to get the shutout.”

Binghamton outshot Canisius 20-5.

The Bearcats play at St. Bonaventure on Friday before concluding their non-conference slate with a home game against Cornell next Sunday.

 

Oakland, Army Upend Volleyball At Black Knights Invitational

Burgess led the Bearcats with a combined 22 kills

September 13, 2014


Oakland, Army Upend Volleyball At Black Knights Invitational

Senior Amanda Dettmann

Oakland Box Score

Army Box Score

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

WEST POINT, N.Y. - WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball team fell in a pair of matches at the Black Knights Invitational, Saturday at Army’s Gillis Field House. The Bearcats dropped both matches in four sets as Binghamton was defeated by Oakland University before falling to the host Black Knights. Binghamton completes play at the tournament against Holy Cross at 11 a.m. Sunday.

“We had some trouble executing offensively,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “We played well at times, but we just couldn’t keep up the intensity level. The team played hard throughout which was good to see, but we had a few mental lapses that hurt us at crucial moments of both matches. We will have to step it up tomorrow and work hard to come out with a win.”

Binghamton sprinted out to a 10-5 lead in the opening frame against Army. Senior Amanda Dettmann and freshman Alexis LaGoy each had a pair of kills to spark the Bearcats’ run. Army immediately answered with a 6-1 run to level the frame at 11. From there, the two units battled back-and-forth until the stanza was tied at 21. Binghamton then exploded for four straight kills from Megan Burgess, Kelly Leach, Dettmann and LaGoy to close out the set, 25-21. Burgess and LaGoy combined for nine kills in the first set.

Following an evenly played set throughout the early stages of the second set, Army pushed ahead thanks to a steady defense that limited Binghamton to a .129 hitting clip. Four straight kills by the Black Knights opened a 17-12 advantage. From that point Army never looked back tying the match at one game apiece, 25-20.

Army hit a blistering .655 in the pivotal third set en route to a 25-15 victory to take a 2-1 lead in the match. Binghamton hit a match-high .296 during the frame committing just two attack errors, but the Black Knights were too much scoring 21 of their 25 points on kills.

Binghamton looked to extend the match to a fifth frame in the fourth set, but Army jumped out to a 10-2 lead and never let the Bearcats get any closer than four. LaGoy registered four terminations during the set as Binghamton made a late surge fighting off a pair of match-points before succumbing to Army.

Burgess led Binghamton with a team-high 14 kills. LaGoy finished with 11 kills and a season-high .556 hitting percentage. Dettmann handed out 37 assists while adding eight digs. Leach, who filled in for an injured Allison Hovie in the starting lineup, chipped in a team-high 11 digs to go along with her four kills.

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OAKLAND 3, BINGHAMTON 1

Despite controlling much of the pivotal third set, Binghamton attack errors hampered the Bearcats as Oakland utilized a 9-3 run to capture a crucial 2-1 lead and ease to the four-set victory, Saturday afternoon from Gillis Field House. The Bearcats (1-8) fell to the Horizon League member from Michigan 25-14, 18-25, 25-23 and 25-11, in their opening match of the Black Knight Invitational.

Oakland controlled the opening set from the start peppering Bingamton with 15 kills and a .343 hitting percentage. The Golden Grizzlies took an early 6-1 lead and never looked back. Senior Kristin Hovie connected on three of her team-high eight kills in the frame, to pull the Bearcats within two, 11-9. However, an overpowering 11-3 run by Oakland ended the set quickly, 25-14.

Binghamton answered early in the second set as a pair of kills by junior Megan Burgess handed the Bearcats a four-point lead. Oakland trimmed the lead to one, but Binghamton responded with a 6-1 run highlighted terminations from Hovie and freshman Alexis LaGoy. The Golden Grizzlies committed nine attack errors during the frame leading to a .125 hitting clip. Binghamton leveled the match at one set apiece thanks to 12 kills on a .455 attack percentage.

In the momentum-driven third set, Oakland pushed out to a five-point lead midway through the stanza. Binghamton found themselves down 15-10, when the Bearcats embarked on an emphatic 10-1 run to seize a 20-16 lead. LaGoy registered three of her seven kills during the run. Army answered with a back-breaking 9-3 run however, evening the frame three times before back-to-back Binghamton errors handed Oakland a 2-1 lead, 25-23.

Oakland dominated the final frame on the strength of a .419 attack percentage while limiting Binghamton to a negative hitting clip. The Bearcats evened the frame early, but a resounding 13-4 Golden Grizzlies run opened up a 10-point lead for Oakland. Binghamton managed just three kills on 26 attack attempts during the set.

The Bearcats were unable to capitalize on 10 service errors committed by the Golden Grizzlies. Oakland was efficient on the back line picking up 54 digs, which led to 24 more attack attempts than the Bearcats. The Golden Grizzlies recorded 60 kills on the afternoon while holding the Bearcats to just 34 terminations.

Burgess also finished the match with a team-high eight kills registering a potent .400 hitting percentage. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann handed out 30 assists adding five digs. Sophomore Bailey Walker recorded a team-high 14 digs from the libero position.

Volleyball Visits Historic West Point For Army Invite

Bearcats conclude play at 11 a.m. against Holy Cross

September 12, 2014


Volleyball Visits Historic West Point For Army Invite

Senior Kristin Hovie

Live Stats

Oakland Box Score

Army Box Score

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

MATCH INFORMATION
MATCH #9: Binghamton vs. Oakland (L, 1-3: 14-15, 25-18, 23-25, 11-25)
MATCH #10: Binghamton at Army (L, 1-3: 25-21, 20-25, 15-25, 19-25)
MATCH #11: Binghamton vs. Holy Cross (Sept. 13 – 11 a.m.)
MATCH SITE: Gillis Field House (West Point, N.Y.)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball team looks to capitalize on its first win of the season at Siena on Tuesday when the Bearcats head to historic West Point this weekend for the Black Knights Invitational. Binghamton, who played in the Black Knights Invitational in 2009, will face Army, Oakland University (Mich.) and Holy Cross during the two-day tournament.

BINGHAMTON OUTLOOK
The Bearcats (1-7) make the quick two-and-a-half hour trip to West Point on Saturday where they play Oakland at 1 p.m. before taking on the host Black Knights at 7 p.m. from Gillis Field House. Binghamton wraps up play at 11 a.m. on Sunday against Holy Cross.

Binghamton is coming off an invigorating straight-set victory at Siena on Tuesday. In the opening frame, the Bearcats rallied from nine-set points thanks to an 11-0 run to end the set propelling Binghamton to the sweep. Sophomore Allison Hovie led the Bearcats with a match-high 15 kills while junior Megan Burgess added 10 kills and a solid .320 attack percentage. Sophomore Bianca Anderson played aggressively at the net registering a career-high 10 blocks. 

Though Binghamton’s record doesn’t reflect it, the Bearcats rank among the top-four in the America East in virtually every major statistical category. Binghamton ranks third in assists (10.39 a/s), kills (11.21 k/s) and blocks (1.79 b/s), while placing fourth in hitting percentage (.164), service aces (1.36 sa/s) and digs (14.25). The only category the Bearcats struggle in is opponent hitting percentage, which Binghamton is allowing a league-high .263 attack percentage.

Headlining the Binghamton attack is Hovie and Burgess, who are first and second on the team with 77 and 60 kills, respectively. Freshman Alexis LaGoy has recorded a team-best .307 hitting percentage which is among the top three in the conference. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann ranks third in the league with 8.81 assists per set while sophomore Bailey Walker is also third in the conference with 4.56 digs per set.

SCOUTING OAKLAND
The Golden Grizzlies (3-5) and the Bearcats will meet for the first time on Saturday. Oakland, a member of the Horizon League, is coming off a 1-3 performance at Missouri’s Tiger Invitational. The Golden Grizzlies lone victory came against the host Tigers in their final match of the tournament. Oakland has also picked up victories over Louisiana Tech and St. Francis (N.Y.) at the Western Michigan Tournament. The Golden Grizzlies were selected to finish third in the 2014 Horizon League Preseason Poll.

Oakland, who went 15-15 in 2013, is led by sophomore outside hitter Melissa Deatsch, who is averaging a team-high 2.80 kills per set. The 2013 Horizon League All-Freshmen Team selection is also second on the team with 1.87 digs per set. Junior setter Ciara Schultz directs the offense and her 9.17 assists per set rank fourth in the Horizon League.

SCOUTING ARMY
Binghamton will face Patriot League member and host Black Knights (3-7) for the fourth time in program history Saturday. Army was selected to finish third in the Patriot League Preseason Poll after completing the 2013 season with an 11-5 conference record going 14-13 overall. Army has defeated Binghamton in their three previous appearances, two coming during the Bearcats’ Division I tenure (2001 & 2009).

Army most recently dropped a pair of matches at UC Irvine and Marist, the 2014 MAAC preseason favorites. The Black Knights opened the season at the Hampton Inn Invitational hosted by Bryant where they grabbed victories against the host Bulldogs and America East member UMass Lowell. Army’s third win of the season came against Campbell at the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational.

The Black Knights return 2013 Patriot League Rookie of the Year Olivia Fairfield, who was also named to the Patriot League second-team last year. The sophomore middle blocker was a Preseason All-Patriot League Team selection and is currently averaging 2.03 kills per set and 0.47 blocks per set. The Army attack is equipped with three other options all averaging over 2.60 kills per set in freshmen Carolyn Bockrath (2.68 k/s), and Amber Clay (2.65) and junior Nicole Perri (2.61).

SCOUTING HOLY CROSS
The Crusaders (0-7) and the Bearcats will meet for the third time in program history on Sunday with Binghamton taking the two previous matchups in 2005 and 2011. Holy Cross was predicted to finish eighth in the nine-team Patriot League after going 7-21 in 2013 with a 2-14 conference record.

Holy Cross is led by sophomore outside hitter Mandy Sifferlen, who is averaging a team-best 3.38 kills per set which also ranks second in the Patriot League. Emily Oliver is the second option for the Crusaders as the junior outside hitter is averaging 2.71 kills per set. Hannah Grace Stokes and Katie McKernan have shared setter duties, registering 7.05 and 6.58 assists per set, respectively.

UP NEXT
Binghamton completes its non-conference tournament schedule next weekend at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for The Best Western Wild Weekend Tournament. The Bearcats will face the host Hawks, Bethune-Cookman, Rider and Campbell during the two-day five team tournament near the Chesapeake Bay.

Men’s soccer loses 1-0 to Cornell

Big Red nets game winner in 30th minute

September 12, 2014


Men’s soccer loses 1-0 to Cornell

Sophomore forward Alex Varkatzas

Final Stats

Contact: David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – Conor Goebel scored in the 30th minute, leading Cornell (2-1-1) to a 1-0 win over Binghamton (2-4-0) on Saturday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

Goebel, who now has two goals in as many games, was stationed right in front of the goal when he finished off a cross from Chris St. Germain. Ralph Lee Price IV was also credited with an assist.

Outshot 5-3 in the opening 45 minutes, the Bearcats came out stronger in the second half and the shots wound up even at 8-8 for the game. Zach Zagorski, however, made a pair of second-half saves to preserve his third shutout of the season.

“I thought we played with a sense of urgency for the entire second half,” head coach Paul Marco said. “Our performance in the second half was good enough to try and get a goal back. But I am disappointed how we started the match at home.”

Junior goalkeeper Stefano Frantellizzi made four saves in his third consecutive start.

Binghamton hosts Lafayette next Saturday at 7 p.m.

Women’s soccer can’t capitalize at Niagara, loses 2-1

BU win streak snapped at three despite 23-shot attack; Corcoran nets lone goal

September 11, 2014


Women’s soccer can’t capitalize at Niagara, loses 2-1

Junior midfielder Rebecca Raber

Box Score

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

NIAGARA, N.Y. - Binghamton women’s soccer peppered Niagara’s defense with 23 shots but the host Purple Eagles (3-1-1) used a pair of second-half goals to defeat the Bearcats (3-4), 2-1 Friday afternoon at Niagara Field. The loss snapped BU’s win streak at three.

After a scoreless first half, Niagara got on the board in the 59th minute. Freshman keeper Katie Hatziyianis made a diving save on a blast from the right, but NU defender Bianca Marrara cashed in on the rebound. The hosts doubled their margin in the 72nd minute following a corner kick. The ball ping-ponged around in the box before Niagara senior Haillie Price headed it in.

The Bearcats tallied their lone goal in the 85th minute when junior forward Katherine Corcoran found the back of the net for her second goal of the season.

Binghamton enjoyed a wide 23-10 margin in shots, including 16 in the first half, but put only seven shots on goal. The Bearcats almost broke through in the 13th minute when Corcoran sent a hard shot toward the corner, only to be stifled by Niagara keeper Claire Feiertag, who wound up with six saves. Senior midfielder Emily Nuss just missed minutes later when her 19-yard free kick rang off the crossbar. 

“It was a matter of finishing opportunities today,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “Niagara did a good job of finishing their chances and we weren’t able to finish ours.”

Senior Gaby Gold made two saves in her scoreless first half between the pipes. Hatziyianis also notched two saves in the second half. 


Binghamton will remain in the Buffalo area to face Canisius at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Lauren Massey

Junior midfielder scored overtime winner to beat Boston and start wave of momentum

September 11, 2014


10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Lauren Massey

Flashback: The NCAA season of 2004

Spotlight: Caitlin O'Shaughnessy

Spotlight: Deli Plourde

Spotlight: Tatiana Mathelier

On the 10-year anniversary of the 2004 team’s historic NCAA season, the communications office caught up with more than a dozen former players and coaches. They each shared their special memories of that championship run.

Spotlight on ...
Who:
Lauren Massey
Then: Junior center midfielder
Now:  Works at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto


What do you recall about the team heading into that 2004 season?

I recall a fierce attitude, determination that we hadn’t had before. I think it was the year of building we had done from the previous year.

Was there any moment or part of the season where you felt like winning the America East title was a real possibility?

In every season, we always had a chance and could have won the championship, but that year was different. Everyone played like they were going to make it happen and no team was going to have an opportunity to beat us.

What do you remember about hosting the tournament ... the days preceding your two games, the fans, celebration?

Hosting the tournament was the best feeling ... no one could play in those conditions like we could.  The days preceding were full of excitement with family and friends ... practice was fun. I don’t think there were nerves, at least for me.  The fans were amazing ... all of our families traveled all around to support us and truly were a part of the celebration.  I loved all the support we got from the athletic teams. I know they shared our excitement.

What are your memories of the NCAA game at Penn State?

The trip to Penn state was exciting. We were at another level at this point.  We went to the NCAA tournament, first women’s team at BU; I felt proud and excited.


What is your lasting impression of that championship, your teammates, your college career in general and the sport of soccer and how it’s helped shape your life?

The championship was one of the happiest moments ... I felt that as a unit we were unstoppable and I felt proud and accomplished.  Growing up as an athlete, these are the moments that you aim for all of your life and we worked hard to get there.  I cherish that feeling and I miss it! Throughout my four years on the women’s soccer team I have met the most amazing, wonderful, aggressive, beautiful, irreplaceable people ... my teammates.  They are my family, except I got to choose them. I am lost without them ... does that sum it up? College soccer at Binghamton had been the greatest time in my life, I will never forget all of the hard work we put in. There were ups and downs, but the memories will last a lifetime. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about how much I miss these girls.

What have you been doing since graduation?

Since I graduated, I have backpacked Europe, got my master’s degree in social work, bought a condo in Toronto and now work at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.

 

Volleyball Sweeps Siena For First Win Of Season

Sophomore Allison Hovie highlights straight-set victory with match-high 15 kills

September 9, 2014


Volleyball Sweeps Siena For First Win Of Season

Junior Megan Burgess

Box Score

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball team traveled to the state capital Tuesday night and came home with its first victory of the season defeating Siena in straight-sets, from the Alumni Recreation Center. The Bearcats (1-7) fought-off nine set-points in the opening frame to propel Binghamton to the 26-24, 27-25 and 25-19 victory. The Bearcats have dominated the all-time series with the Saints, which dates back to 1979, claiming a 21-5 advantage.

“This win means a lot for us,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “It’s a different kind of feeling and it is what the team has been striving for. Now we have to repeat this performance the next time we step on the court. It definitely wasn’t pretty, but we are very happy to get our first win.”

Sophomore outside hitter Allison Hovie led the Bearcats with a match-high 15 kills adding eight digs and two blocks. Junior Megan Burgess chipped in 10 kills on an impressive .320 hitting percentage. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann handed out 29 assists contributing six digs, two kills and blocks. Sophomore libero Bailey Walker, who is starting just her eight career match, finished with a match-high 22 digs.

“Allison (Hovie) did a great job for us tonight,” Kiriyama stated. “She was really efficient on both sides of the net, but carried us offensively at times. It was great to see Bailey track down a lot of balls and helping our hitters. To get 22 digs in a three-set match is pretty impressive.”

Binghamton began the match slow quickly falling behind before a pair of Alexis LaGoy kills trimmed the early Siena lead to one. The Saints maintained its lead thanks to a 5-0 run, but costly errors kept the Bearcats in the frame. The Saints held set-point at 24-15 when Binghamton embarked on a devastating 11-0 run fighting off nine set-points the process. Four Hovie kills and a pair of Dettmann aces sparked the run allowing the Bearcats to take the opening stanza 26-24. Siena committed 12 attack errors aiding Binghamton’s late spurt.

The Bearcats carried momentum of the first into the second surging out to the early advantage. Siena rallied to tie the frame twice before back-to-back terminations by Hovie handed Binghamton a 12-10 lead. Two LaGoy kills helped the Bearcats hold its cushion, but Siena went on a late rally to take a 24-23 lead. Binghamton fought off set point again before an Hovie ace and Burgess kill ended the set 27-25, handing the Bearcats a hard-fought 2-0 advantage.

In the third set, Binghamton led most of the frame but had to hold Siena off with a late 9-3 run to complete the sweep 25-19. Hovie ignited the Bearcat offense once again with five kills in the set finishing the match with a season-best .262 hitting percentage. Binghamton maintained a two-point lead throughout most of the set before a quick Siena run gave the Saints a brief advantage. Five Siena errors and three Hovie kills sparked Binghamton’s match-ending 9-3 run snapping the Bearcats’ winless streak at eight.

Binghamton recorded 13 total blocks and forced 28 Siena attack errors which led to a .086 hitting percentage. Though the Saints had more offensive chances (152-126) the Bearcats were the more efficient team with a .147 hitting clip.

“Nothing is coming easy for us right now,” Kiriyama summarized. “We know we have to fight for every point, so it was refreshing to see us battle and execute in end-of-set situations. This win should give us a nice dose of confidence.”

Men’s tennis coach Cohen leaving for job at Ohio State

After eight years and seven titles, Minn. native returns to roots in Big Ten

September 9, 2014


Men’s tennis coach Cohen leaving for job at Ohio State

Five-time America East Coach of the Year Adam Cohen

Ohio State release

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton men’s tennis coach Adam Cohen is moving on after an historic eight-year run with the Bearcats. Cohen, who led the program to a school-record seven consecutive America East championships, has accepted a position as assistant women’s tennis coach at Ohio State University. The Buckeyes are a nationally-prominent program coming off a 19-win season that culminated with an NCAA tournament berth.

The University expects to name an interim head coach in the next few days while at the same time, beginning a national search for Cohen’s successor.

Cohen, five-time America East Coach of the Year and two-time ITA Northeast Coach of the Year, returns to the Big Ten, where he played and coached at University of Minnesota. 

“I’m proud of what we accomplished in my eight years at Binghamton,” Cohen said. “We’ve had some incredible student-athletes and I’ll miss those relationships, both at the University and in the community. I know the future is bright for the BU men’s tennis program, especially now in the Mid-American Conference competing for an automatic NCAA berth every year. I wish the players great success moving forward. My family and I will always reflect fondly on our time at Binghamton.”

At Binghamton Cohen recorded a continuous string of achievements and his program was the most successful of any BU team during the school’s first 13 years of Division I competition. In addition to the seven straight conference titles, Cohen pushed the Bearcats into the national limelight with elite players and a program that was one of the best in the Northeast Region on a yearly basis.

His 2009-10 team went 25-2 to set records for wins, consecutive wins (20) and highest national ranking (No. 43). That team became the first America East tennis program to capture a point in the NCAA tournament when the Bearcats earned the No. 3 seed at the Kentucky regional and grabbed a point from Georgia Tech.

Among his notable recruits was two-time NCAA qualifier, ITA regional singles champion and two-time America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year Sven Vloedgraven. Cohen also produced America East Players of the Year Alexandre Haggai (2012) and Sid Hazarika (2013, 2014), along with four Rookies of the Year and a staggering 61 all-conference selections.

His student-athletes excelled in the classroom at an equally lofty level. During his eight years, Cohen churned out 40 ITA Scholar-Athletes, including eight this past spring. His teams went 120-79 (60%) during his tenure (2006-14). 

“I would like to thank Adam for all his efforts guiding our men’s tennis program to national prominence,” said Director of Athletics Patrick Elliott. “He recruited quality student-athletes, as evidenced by the seven consecutive conference championships and annual academic achievements. Although we’re sorry to see Adam leave, we support his career decision and wish him and his family all the best in the future.”

Binghamton joined the MAC last April and will begin competition this fall with the MAC Indoor Championship in late October. The MAC Championship will be held April 24-25 at Northern Illinois with the tournament champion gaining the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. The Bearcats have advanced to the NCAAs nine times in the last 12 years. 

Women’s Tennis Opens Season at Cornell Fall Invitational

DiMuro and Ostrovetsky advance to B Flight Doubles Finals in non-scoring event

September 9, 2014


Women’s Tennis Opens Season at Cornell Fall Invitational

Annie DiMuro

Contact: David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

ITHACA, N.Y. – Sophomore Annie DiMuro advanced to the semifinals of the B Singles flight and B Doubles Flight, highlighting the Binghamton women’s tennis team’s season-opening performance at the Cornell Fall Invitational. There was no team scoring kept at the three-day event, which concluded on Sunday afternoon.

DiMuro won her first two singles matches before losing 6-4, 4-6 (10-8) to Alyssa Boey of Cornell in the semifinals. In doubles play, DiMuro and freshman Olga Ostrovetsky won their first two matches before being defeated 8-2 by Kristin Quill and Marika Cusick of Cornell in the championship round.

There were three singles flights and a pair of doubles flights at the invitational.

Binghamton heads to the Army Invitational Sept. 26-28.

FLIGHT A SINGLES

First Round
Alba Sala (ALBANY) def. Brodsky (BING) 6-2, 6-2
Alexis Tashiro (BING) def. Anna Glumac (ALBANY)
Katya Medianik (BING) had a bye
Second Round
Margarita Kotok (BUFFALO) def. Katya Medianik (BING)
Marika Cusick (CORNELL) def. Alexis Tashiro (BING) 6-1, 6-2
Consolation Matches
Ashley Ta (NIAGARA) def. Shea Brodsky (BING) 7-6 (7-4),6-0
Priyanka Shah (CORNELL) def. Alexis Tashiro (BING) 6-2,6-2

FLIGHT B SINGLES

First Round
Annie DiMuro (BING) def. Dajana Ognjenovic (ALBANY) 6-1,1-6,11-9
Madison Stevens (CORNELL) def. Olga Ostrovetsky (BING) 6-3,6-0
Sara Kohtz (BING) had a bye
Second Round
Annie DiMuro def. Laura Fernandez (BUFFALO) 7-5, 5-0 retired
Madison Stevens (CORNELL) def. Sara Kohtz (BING) 6-3, 2-6 (10-7)
Semifinals
Alyssa Boey (CORNELL) def. Annie DiMuro (BING) 6-2, 4-6 (10-8)
Consolation Matches
Maria Ortiz (NIAGARA) def. Olga Ostrovetsky (BING) 7-5,6-4
Sara Kohtz (BING) def. Iva Celan (NIAGARA) 6-0,6-0
Dajana Ojanonovic (ALBANY) def. Sara Kohtz (BING) 2-6,6-2,10-6

FLIGHT C SINGLES

First Round
Paulina Tafler (BING) had a bye
Missy Edelblum (BING) def. Iva Celan (NIAGARA) 6-3, 6-2
Second Round
Paulina Tafler (BING) def. Jenna McCune (NIAGARA) 6-0, 6-0
Kristin Quill (CORNELL) def. Missy Edelblum (BING)  6-3, 6-0
Semifinals
Christine Haroldson (BUFFALO) def. Paulina Tafler (BING) 6-3,7-6 (7-3)
Consolation Matches
Missy Edelblum (BING) def. Jenna McCune (NIAGARA) 6-0,6-1
Kristin Quill (CORNELL) def. Paulina Tafler (BING) 6-2,6-3
Chassidy King (ALBANY) def. Missy Edelblum (BING) 6-2,6-4

FLIGHT A DOUBLES

First Round
Brodsky & Edelblum (BING) def. Velasquez & Briseno (NIAGARA) 8-6
Medianik & Kohtz (BING) had a bye
Second Round
Agasieva & Fernandez (BUFFALO) def. Medianik & Kohtz (BING) 8-3
Stojanovska/Kotok (BUFFALO) def. Brodsky & Edelblum (BING) 8-2
Consolation
Brodsky & Edelblum (BING) def. Ta & McCune (NIAGARA) 8-4
Kukkonen & Torres (ALBANY) def. Brodsky & Edelblum (BING) 8-4

FLIGHT B DOUBLES

First Round
DiMuro & Ostrovestsy (BING) def. Ta & McCune (NIAGARA) 8-2
Quill & Cusick (CORNELL) def. Tashiro & Tafler (BING) 8-2
Semifinals
DiMuro & Ostrovetsky (BING) def. Scott & Ognjenovic (CORNELL) 8-7 (7-3)
Finals
Quill & Cusick (CORNELL) def. DiMuro & Ostrovetsky (BING) 8-5
Consolation Round
Torres & Sala (ALBANY) def. Tashiro & Tafler (BING) 8-2

ADDITIONAL SINGLES CONSOLATION MATCHES

Tanja Stojanovska (BUFFALO) def. Shea Brodsky (BING) 6-2, 6-0
Ashley Ta (NIAGARA) def. Olga Ostrovetsky (Bing) 4-6,6-2,10-6

Volleyball Faces Siena In Non-Conference Matchup Tonight

Bearcats look to snap a seven-match losing streak in the state's capital

September 9, 2014


Volleyball Faces Siena In Non-Conference Matchup Tonight

Junior Megan Burgess

Live Stats

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

MATCH INFORMATION
MATCH #8: Binghamton at Siena
MATCH TIME: Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 – 7 p.m.
MATCH SITE: Alumni Recreation Center (Loudonville, N.Y.)
SERIES RECORD: Binghamton leads, 20-5 (all-time)
LAST MEETING: Binghamton won, 3-0; Sept. 17, 2014
2014 RECORDS: Binghamton (0-7); Siena (1-6)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball team heads to the Capital Region for a non-conference meeting with Siena, Tuesday night in Loudonville, N.Y. The Bearcats (0-7) and the MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) members Saints (1-6) are set for a 7 p.m. first serve from the Alumni Recreation Center. Binghamton and Siena will both look to snap losing streaks as the two programs meet for the 15th time since 2002.

Last season, Binghamton swept Siena in the Bearcats’ home opener, defeating the Saints for the fourth time in the previous five matches. The two Upstate New York institutions have competed against each other since 1979 with Binghamton holding the all-time series lead, 20-5.

BINGHAMTON OUTLOOK
The Bearcats are looking to snap a seven-match losing streak to start the season against long-time rival Siena. Binghamton dropped all four of its matches at the Akron Invitational falling to Austin Peay, Bryant, Drake and the host Zips all in four sets. Binghamton will look to bounce back against the Saints in the Bearcats’ ninth straight contest away from home.

The Bearcats are led by a quartet of players that are averaging over 2.00 kills per set headlined by sophomore Allison Hovie. The 2013 America East All-Rookie Team selection leads the team with 62 kills (2.48 k/s) while older sister Kristin Hovie is second with 56 kills (2.33 k/s). Junior Megan Burgess (50 kills, 2.27 k/s) and freshman Alexis LaGoy (51 kills, 2.04 k/s) rounds out the Binghamton attack which is quarterbacked by senior setter Amanda Dettmann who is averaging 8.71 assists per set.

As a team, Binghamton ranks fourth in the league in hitting percentage (.164), third in assists (10.36 a/s) and fourth in digs (13.32 d/s) and service aces (1.40 sa/s). The Bearcats have struggled at the net allowing a conference-high .295 opponent hitting percentage. Sophomore libero Bailey Walker has settled into her new position and currently ranks fourth in the conference with 4.21 digs per set.

SCOUTING SIENA
The Saints are currently on a six-match losing streak after dropping all four matches at the Seton Hall Tournament. Siena was defeated by Rutgers, Seton Hall, Cornell and UNLV during the two-day invitational. The Saints forced a fifth set versus Cornell, but could not complete the comeback falling to 1-6 on the year.

Siena is led by senior outside hitter Rachel Stoklosa, who has recorded a team-high 66 kills (2.87 k/s) and ranks second on the team with 57 digs (2.48 d/s). Sophomore Haley Howell quarterbacks the offense and is currently averaging 8.00 assists per set.

The Saints were selected to finish fourth in the MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll and placed middle hitter Jacqueline Skeen on the Preseason All-MAAC Team. Siena went 14-14 in 2013 with a 13-5 MAAC record.

UP NEXT
Binghamton travels to West Point this weekend for the Army Invitational where they will face Oakland (Sept. 13 at 1 p.m.), the host Black Knights (Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.) and Holy Cross (Sept. 14 at 11 a.m.).

Men’s soccer loses 1-0 to Army in overtime

Black Knights net game winner 1:25 into extra period

September 9, 2014


Men’s soccer loses 1-0 to Army in overtime

Charlie Novoth

Final Stats

Contact: David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.—Shaban Abousaud scored 1:25 into the first sudden-death overtime period, leading Army (2-1-1) to a 1-0 win over Binghamton (2-3-0) in a non-conference men’s soccer game at the Bearcats Sports Complex on Tuesday night.

Abousaud, whose goal was the first of the season, got behind the Bearcat defense and took a cross from Christian Clark. He then fired the ball into the net from close range.

“We are gutted not to have gotten the win tonight,” head coach Paul Marco said. “Both teams played well and I thought we got better as the match went on. But we did not start the overtime well, which I am disappointed about.”

The Black Knights finished the game with a 7-5 shot advantage. Abousaud’s game winner represented the only shot either team had in the extra session.

Binghamton hosts Cornell on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Men’s Lacrosse Begins Fall Ball Season

Take a look at the sights and sounds from the first day of fall practice

September 9, 2014


Men’s Lacrosse Begins Fall Ball Season

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - The Binghamton men’s lacrosse team began its fall season over the weekend as the first week of classes expired. Head coach Scott Nelson returns to the Bearcats’ sideline for his fourth season but will have a busy fall season as he readies a team that witnessed a departed senior class of 12 players, including all-time goal and points scorer Matt Springer.

The Bearcats return 27 letterwinners and six starters to a team that finished second in the America East with a 4-1 record, going 7-8 overall.

Highlighting Binghamton’s returners is senior Tucker Nelson, who dished out 28 assists breaking his own school record he set the previous season. The third-year attackman added 14 goals coming up just four points shy of tying the program’s single-season record. 

Classmate Paul O’Donnell will also feel the pressure to replace the departed production after being the team’s fourth leading scorer in 2014. The 6-foot-3 attackman cashed in on 19 goals while reaching double-digit assists with 10.

Binghamton commences its fall ball competition with the Headstrong Tournament at Ridley High School in Folsom, Pa on October 11.

FALL SCHEDULE
Friday, September 19, Green vs. White Scrimmage, 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 11, Headstrong Tournament, All Day
Friday, October 17, Alumni Game, 7 p.m.




 

Allen Announces 2015 Women’s Lacrosse Captains

Fisher, Kiviat, Antelmi, and Rodgers to lead team in 2015

September 8, 2014


Allen Announces 2015 Women’s Lacrosse Captains

Contact: Dave Van Gorder (dvangord@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.- Binghamton women’s lacrosse head coach Stephanie Allen has named her captains for the 2015 season. Seniors Alex Fisher, Renee Kiviat, and Rachel Antelmi as well as junior Allie Rodgers will provide leadership and expertise to the women’s lacrosse team during the 2015 season.

“It is an honor to announce our captains for the 2014-15 season.  I believe these four young ladies will be strong leaders for our program and I’m excited about the initiative they’ve already taken in kicking off our fall-ball season,” explained Allen.  “They each bring a unique leadership style and are dynamic in their own individual way.  Their styles all parallel our team’s core values and they will prove to be great ambassadors for BU Women’s Lacrosse and the University this upcoming year.”

Fisher, the only captain returning from last year’s team, has played in 43 games during her career. Last season the midfielder had four games where she registered at least three points, and tied for the lead on the team with 30 draw controls. She also recorded a career-high four goals against St. Bonaventure on March 8.

Kiviat is coming off of a season in which she was awarded the team MVP and finished second on the Bearcats with 21 goals.  The Jericho, N.Y.  native was also named to the America East all-conference team, thanks in part to her three hat-trick games.

Antelmi started in all 16 games last season and used her 5’10” frame to anchor the Bearcats’ defense. On the year the Bridgeport, N.Y. native picked up eight ground balls and caused four turnovers.

Rodgers, a 2013 America East All-Rookie selection, tallied eight goals in ten games last season. She also recorded her first career hat-trick against Quinnipiac on March 23. For her career she has played in 24 games, scored 18 goals, and recorded 19 ground balls.

The Bearcats return 19 players from a 2013 team that went 7-9. Binghamton added 10 new players to the 2015 team and Fisher, Kiviat, Antelmi, and Rogers are the ones to lead those players on the field.

10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Tatiana Mathelier

Former senior forward led 2004 team with nine goals, 22 points

September 8, 2014


10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Tatiana Mathelier

Flashback: The NCAA season of 2004

Spotlight: Caitlin O'Shaughnessy

Spotlight: Deli Plourde

On the 10-year anniversary of the 2004 team’s historic NCAA season, the communications office caught up with more than a dozen former players and coaches. They each shared their special memories of that championship run.

Spotlight on ...
Who:
Tatiana Mathelier
Then: Senior forward and leading goal scorer
Now:  In school for ultrasound sonography, and head coach for two girls’ teams at World Class Soccer Academy in Pomona, N.Y.


What do you recall about the team heading into that 2004 season?

I recall everyone working hard over the summer to prepare for preseason (Caitlin and I were up in Binghamton for the summer, so we would get together and do our workouts). Everyone was encouraging each other to be ready for the season. During preseason I had gotten injured, and found out that I had a double stress fracture in my pelvis, and I decided to play instead of redshirt. I remember trainer Dan Sheredy would massage my lower back and hamstrings before every game. I would have to sit on ice after every practice and game, because the pain was so bad. Each time I was in pain, I didn’t want to let my team down and I would push through the pain (of course with the help and encouragement of my teammates). Our team chemistry was strong. We did almost everything together. We practiced together, we all ate together in the cafeteria, and would also sometimes study together. We would always chant “We going to the ship!” and as we got closer and closer to reality, it helped pump us up.

Was there any moment or part of the season where you felt like winning the America East title was a real possibility?

I can’t recall a turning point, but I do remember the tournament being at our house, and we wanted it more than anything.

What do you remember about hosting the tournament ... the days preceding your two games, the fans, celebration?

I remember it had rained a ton, and wondering if we were still going to go through with the games. I also remember playing through puddles on the field. (we ended up having to play the championship game on our practice field). I remember the sidelines were packed for the championship game. We had never had so many people come and support us. Almost exactly one year after watching the guys win where we decided, next year it will be us. It felt good.

What are your memories of the NCAA game at Penn State?

We knew it was going to be our toughest game of the entire season, but we still had some hope in us. I remember scoring the only goal for Binghamton and being happy that we at least got one on the scoreboard to show that we as a team still did not give up, and were fighters.


What is your lasting impression of that championship, your teammates, your college career in general and the sport of soccer and how it’s helped shape your life?

I will never forget how we all as a team encouraged each other, and made sure that everyone was working hard toward our goal. I always try to instill the same mentality with the teams that I coach. I wouldn’t change that experience for anything.

What have you been doing since graduation?

I played professional soccer in the women’s first division league in Iceland (summer of 2006) and then I played for the Women’s Haitian National Team from April 2010- May 2012 (2 Gold Cup appearances, and other international games). I am currently in school for ultrasound sonography and am head coach for two girls’ teams at World Class Soccer Academy. I still live in Pomona, N.Y. and will be getting married next summer.

Golf Finishes Colgate Fall Invitational In Sixth Place

Sedgewick's big day and Kalia's consistency help Binghamton improve from day one

September 7, 2014


Golf Finishes Colgate Fall Invitational In Sixth Place

Final Scores
Individual Rankings

Contact: Dave Van Gorder (dvangord@binghamton.edu)

The Bearcats improved their standing during the final round of the Colgate Fall Invitational on Sunday, moving up a spot to earn a sixth place finish in their opening tournament of the fall season. Binghamton continued to improve in the tournament, shooting a 299 (+11) in round three. Their third round score was the third best among Sunday scores at the Seven Oaks Golf Club.

Jack Sedgewick shot a team-best 71(-1) on day three of the tournament for Binghamton. The senior used four birdies to close out the day with the team’s lowest score of the event. “It was great to see Jack come through today,” explained head coach Bernie Herceg. “He had been struggling, so it’s definitely great for him to get his game on track.”

Right behind Sedgewick was Sameer Kalia, Binghamton’s most consistent shooter in the tournament. The Ontario native shot a 73 (+1) on Sunday, his best round of the tournament. “Sameer had to grind through at times, but he was able to get things going and have a positive tournament,” remarked Herceg. Kalia’s strong day enabled him to hop up four spots in the player rankings, up the a team-best 15th place.

Josh Holling, who was in ninth place at the start of the day, shot a 78 (+6) to fall to 19th overall. Following him was Sedgewick (25th place), Jesse Perkins (56th), and Stephen Mincone (66th). Junior Cal Addy competed as an individual, recording a 73 on day three to end up tied with Sedgewick for 25th place.

Army out paced the competition, finishing in first place by twelve shots. Binghamton was the champion at the Colgate Fall Invitational last year.

With tournament number one in the books, Herceg says the team is already looking forward to competing at the Cornell Fall Invitational in two weeks. “Overall this was not our best event. We’re going to spend the next two weeks building off of any positive, and working on what needs to be better.”

Men’s soccer beats Niagara 2-0 At Duquesne Invitational

McCoy and Varkatzas net second-half goals for Bearcats

September 7, 2014


Men’s soccer beats Niagara 2-0 At Duquesne Invitational

Tommy Moon

Final Stats

Contact: David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Senior midfielder Matt McCoy and sophomore forward Alex Varkatzas each scored a goal, leading Binghamton (2-2-0) to a 2-0 shutout of Niagara (1-3-0) in the final round of the Duquesne Men’s Soccer Invitational on Sunday afternoon at Rooney Field. With the win, the Bearcats finish the weekend 1-1 and scored four goals in the process.

McCoy’s goal, which was the first of his career, came on a free kick from 30 yards away from the goal. Varkatzas, meanwhile, scored his second goal in as many games when he finished off a cross from sophomore Charlie Novoth in the 79th minute.

Niagara finished the game with a 15-11 shot advantage. Junior goalkeeper Stefano Frantellizzi and sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes, however, combined for six saves to record the Bearcats’ first shutout of the season.

“We are happy to get the win but our performance can improve,” head coach Paul Marco said. “We did not have a real thirst for the ball today.”

Binghamton returns home for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday night against Army.

NOTES: Varkatzas and senior back Jamie Forbes were named to the all-tournament team ... Novoth now has a goal and an assist in the three games he has played. As a team, the Bearcats are averaging 1.50 goals per game.

Women’s soccer beats Lafayette 2-1 in OT to extend streak

Rice nets game-winner 7:03 into first extra period to give BU third straight win

September 6, 2014


Women’s soccer beats Lafayette 2-1 in OT to extend streak

Redshirt freshman Jacque Rice

Box Score

EASTON, Pa. - Redshirt freshman forward Jacque Rice scored the game-winner from the top of the box 7:03 into overtime to lift Binghamton women’s soccer (3-3) to a 2-1 win over Lafayette Sunday afternoon at Mike Bourger ’44 Field at Oaks Stadium. The win was BU’s third straight after three losses to open the season.

Rice received a throw in on the left side of the box, spun and struck a shot toward the left corner that grazed the hands of the Lafayette keeper and hit the side netting. It was Rice’s second tally of the season.

The Bearcats outshot their hosts 20-11 and had five corner kicks.

Binghamton opened the scoring 2:10 before half when sophomore midfielder Katie O’Neill sent a beautiful ball over the top to speedy freshman forward Jocelyn Acor. With the keeper charging, Acor chipped the ball over her head for her second goal of the season.

But the lead was short-lived as Lafayette got a header off a cross with just one second remaining in the half to send the teams to the break deadlocked at 1-1.

After a scoreless second period, BU began its first overtime session of 2014 and struck gold on its first shot of the extra frame.

“We kept working hard and didn’t give up on the game,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “We got a great goal by Jocelyn (Acor) in the first half but then were a bit disappointed after giving one up so late in the first half. But in the second half and overtime we didn’t let down and it was another great effort by Jacque (Rice) on the game-winner.” 

Freshman keeper Katie Hatziyianis relieved senior starter Gaby Gold in the 36th minute and went the rest of the way for her second win of the season. Both BU keepers made two saves.

Binghamton improved to 3-0 all-time against Lafayette.

The Bearcats play two games in the Buffalo area next weekend, beginning with a Friday afternoon tilt at Niagara.

 

Volleyball Halted At Akron Invitational

Bearcats fall to Bryant and Drake in final two matches of tournament

September 6, 2014


Volleyball Halted At Akron Invitational

Senior Kristin Hovie

Bryant Box Score

Drake Box Score

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

AKRON, Ohio - The Binghamton volleyball team was defeated in its final two matches of the Akron Invitational, Saturday at the James A. Rhodes Arena. The Bearcats (0-7) lost to Bryant and Drake in hard-fought four-set matches. All four of Binghamton’s defeats at the tournament were in four sets.

“It was a tough day for us,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “We hit well at times but didn’t play good enough defense to sustain any momentum. There were some nice performances this weekend, especially from a few of our freshman, so that is good to see. However, we have a lot of work to do to become a more consistent team. We will try to capitalize on the positives and learn from our mistakes.

In Binghamton’s first match of the day, the Bearcats fell to Northeast Conference member Bryant 22-25, 25-17, 25-15 and 25-14, dropping their sixth straight contest to begin the season. Binghamton is 2-4 all-time against Bryant with all five previous meetings coming during the Bearcats’ Division II tenure.

Bryant limited Binghamton to a .144 hitting percentage while the Bulldogs connected on 35 percent of their attacks. The Bearcats 26 attack errors hampered their offense while Bryant misfired just 10 times. BU struggled at the net registering just three blocks while the Bulldogs compiled nine. Binghamton came into the weekend averaging 1.78 blocks per set, ranking third in the America East.

Binghamton sprinted out of the gates against Bryant taking the opening set 25-22. The Bearcats were led by freshman Alexis LaGoy, who connected on five of her match-high 15 kills during the frame. Sophomore Allison Hovie also had five terminations during the first set, in which Binghamton hit .342. The Bearcats trailed early in the frame, but went on a 9-3 run sparked by back-to-back kills from LaGoy. From there, the Bearcats would not relinquish the lead as 18 termination led Binghamton to the one-set-to-none advantage. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann handed out 17 of her 39 assists during the frame.

Bryant turned up the defense in the second set limiting Binghamton to a negative attack percentage. LaGoy continued to have the hot hand, registering four kills during the frame. Consecutive errors by the Bulldogs helped the Bearcats even the stanza at 10. A Megan Burgess ace kept BU in the set, but a 7-0 Bryant run led the Bulldogs to a 25-17 second-set victory.

After dropping the third set 25-15, Binghamton utilized a 4-1 run capped by a LaGoy kill to level the fourth at 10. Bryant scored the next five points and began pulling away from Binghamton. A pair of kills by Allison Hovie gave the Bearcats life, but it wasn’t enough as Bryant closed out the match with a 25-14 victory in the final frame.

Senior Kristin Hovie finished the match with 12 kills, eight digs and three service aces while Allison Hovie chipped in nine terminations and six digs. Sophomore Bailey Walker recorded a team-high 17 digs.

In Binghamton’s final match of the tournament, the Bearcats fell to Missouri Valley Conference member Drake 25-11, 23-25, 27-25 and 25-21. Binghamton fell to the Bulldogs in the two programs first-ever meeting.

The Bearcats committed 26 attack errors for the second straight match, again hindering their offense from gaining any momentum. Binghamton hit at a .147 clip while Drake registered a .245 attack percentage. The Bearcats struggled in the service game as the Bulldogs recorded 11 aces while BU committed seven service errors.

Drake handled Binghamton in the opening set 25-11, thanks to a staggering .667 hitting clip. The Bearcats regained their footing in the second set jumping out to a 5-1 lead behind back-to-back aces by Dettmann. Drake would tie the set seven times, but Binghamton held the Bulldogs at bay leading the frame from start to finish. Freshman Kristella Morina had her best match of her young career coming up with three critical kills. Morina’s termination with the frame tied at 23 propelled the Bearcats to a 25-23 second-set victory.

The third set witnessed a back-and-forth struggle as the frame was tied 18 times with neither team giving up much breathing room. The Bearcats broke an 11-11 tie thanks to three straight attack errors by the Bulldogs. A Kristin Hovie kill gave Binghamton the largest lead for either team, 17-12, but Drake responded with a 5-0 run to even the stanza. Kills by Burgess and Kristin Hovie handed Binghamton a pair of set-points, but Drake was able to fight off the Bearcats for the 27-25 victory in the third set.

Binghamton, poised to extend the match to a fifth set, led most of the fourth set thanks to a defense that limited Drake to a .093 hitting percentage. However, Drake rallied from a late deficit to go on a 5-0 run and take control of the frame. Terminations by LaGoy and Dettmann pulled BU within striking distance but it was too late as Drake to the final set, 25-21.

Kristin Hovie, Morina and Burgess each finished the match with a team-high 10 kills. Dettmann, who was named to the all-tournament team, handed out 40 assists and added eight digs.

Binghamton will head to the Capital Region on Tuesday, Sept. 9 for its annual match with MAAC member Siena. Last season, the Bearcats defeated the Saints in straight sets in Vestal. Binghamton holds an 11-3 record against Siena since elevating to the Division I level in 2001.

Golf In Seventh Place Through Day One At Colgate Invitational

Holling and Kalia lead the way for the Bearcats

September 6, 2014


Golf In Seventh Place Through Day One At Colgate Invitational

Team Results(day one)
Individual Leaderboard

Contact: Dave Van Gorder (dvangord@binghamton.edu)

Following two rounds at the Colgate Invitational, the Binghamton golf team finds themselves in seventh place. The Bearcats shot 318 as a team in round one, and then improved to shoot 307 in the second round. Through 36 holes at the Seven Oaks Golf Club the team hit 625 (+49).

Josh Holling’s 76 (+4) and Sameer Kalia’s 77 (+5) led the way for the Bearcats in round one. Holling’s round was an up and down affair—he countered four bogeys, a double bogey, and a triple bogey with four birdies. The senior sat at four above par after 14 holes, but settled down and shot par on the remaining four holes. Meanwhile Kalia was at one under par through hole five, but had to battle through a tough back nine to close out the round.

Binghamton improved in round two, with Kalia and Holling setting the pace again. Kalia shot a 76 (+4), thanks in part to a birdie on the eight hole and a strong finish by shooting par on holes 15-18. That effort was good enough for the 19th spot on the player scoreboard. Likewise Holling finished strong, shooting par in his last ten holes to close out with a team-best 74 (+2). He currently sits at ninth on the leaderboard.

Army shot a collective 583 (+7) to close out day one. Host Colgate (+19) sits in second, and St. Bonaventure (+31) rounds out the top-three in team standings.

The final round starts at 8:30 Sunday morning. Follow the action here.

Volleyball Stymied At Akron Invitational

Bearcats (0-5) fall to Austin Peay and host Zips

September 5, 2014


Volleyball Stymied At Akron Invitational

Junior Megan Burgess

Austin Peay Box Score

Akron Box Score

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

AKRON, Ohio – The Binghamton volleyball program dropped a pair of matches at the Akron Invitational, Saturday night from the James A. Rhodes Arena. The Bearcats (0-5) played both Austin Peay and Akron tough, but fell in four sets in each match. Binghamton continues the tournament tomorrow with matches against Bryant and Drake.

“We’re starting to come around,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “However, we still have a lot of work to do. We committed too many errors to overcome some deficits we put ourselves in. They were both tough matches but I was happy to see us play better. The last couple games I saw a lot of improvement both defensively and on our offensive movement. We’ll get some sleep tonight and get back to work tomorrow.”

In Binghamton’s opening match of the tournament, the Bearcats fell to Austin Peay 25-19, 18-25, 25-17 and 25-21. Sophomore Allison Hovie led the Bearcats with a team-high 10 kills and 12 digs. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann picked up her first double-double of the season with 31 assists and 12 digs. Sophomore libero Bailey Walker recorded her first 20-dig match of her career while freshman Alexis LaGoy finished with eight kills.

The Bearcats quickly found themselves behind early in the first set before a pair of Allison Hovie kills pulled the Bearcats within three, 13-10. However, a 6-2 run by the Governors pushed the lead back to six helping Austin Peay take the first set 25-19. 

The Bearcats responded in the second set as a pair of Alexis LaGoy terminations handed Binghamton a 7-5 lead. Both teams battled throughout the middle of the set until a 7-1 run by the Bearcats created separation and handed BU a 22-15 lead. The run was sparked by a pair of service aces from Walker and capped by a fourth LaGoy kill. Binghamton took the second set 25-18 thanks to several Austin Peay errors down the stretch.

After dropping the third set 25-17, Binghamton took the early advantage in the fourth set, but that was short-lived as Austin Peay used a 9-3 spurt to regain the lead. The Bearcats leveled the frame at 14 following back-to-back kills by Kristin Hovie and Bianca Anderson, but the Governors were too much breaking away with a 7-1 run. Binghamton pulled within two late in the frame, but it wasn’t enough as Austin Peay took the final game, 25-21.

Against host Akron, Binghamton battled the Zips tough throughout, but lost 25-22, 25-23, 22-25 and 25-21. The Bearcats were led by junior Megan Burgess, who connected on a match-high 17 kills while hitting a staggering .615. Allison Hovie added a season-high 14 kills while older sister Kristin Hovie chipped in 11. Dettmann had one of her best matches of the year, handing out a season-high 46 assists.

Binghamton hit a season-high .236 against Akron including a .324 clip in the opening set of the night’s final match. The Bearcats fought the Zips throughout the first set as the frame witnessed nine ties and five lead changes. Binghamton took a 17-15 advantage following an Allison Hovie kill and Akron error, but the Zips scored the next three points to regain the lead. From there a Dettmann kill brought BU within one, but Akron held on for the 25-22 first-set victory. Burgess and the Hovie sisters each tallied four kills in the frame.

After falling 25-23 in the second set, Binghamton fought off the sweep with a 25-22 third-set victory. Again it was Burgess and the Hovie sisters leading the Binghamton attack as all three recorded three kills during the set. The Bearcats followed up its .324 hitting clip with a .294 attack percentage, committing just three attack errors. Binghamton led much of the set, but Akron took a 21-18 lead late in the frame. However, a 4-0 Bearcat run evened the stanza at 21. Kills by Burgess and Kristin Hovie coupled with a pair of Akron errors helped Binghamton stave off the straight-set defeat.

In the final set, Binghamton took an early 4-1 advantage but Akron stormed back with a 5-0 run. After a Dettmann dump tied the set at 10, the Zips embarked on a 7-3 run to create breathing room. The Bearcats pulled within two thanks to a Burgess kill, but that would be as close as BU would get as Akron took the fourth set, 25-21.

Binghamton will head to the Capital Region on Tuesday, Sept. 9 for its annual match with MAAC member Siena. Last season, the Bearcats swept the Saints in straight sets in Vestal. Binghamton holds an 11-3 record against Siena since elevating to the Division I level in 2001.

Cross country splits season-opening dual meet against Albany

Men win 20-37, Great Danes win women’s meet 22-33

September 5, 2014


Cross country splits season-opening dual meet against Albany

Anna Corrigan

Men's Results

Women's Results

Photo Gallery

Video

Contact: David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – Junior Ethan Hausamann was second overall in the men’s race while sophomore Alana MacDonald was fourth in the women’s race, highlighting Binghamton’s performance in the season-opening home dual meet against Albany on Friday evening. In the team standings, the Bearcat men won 20-37 but Albany took the women’s race 22-33.

Hausamann clocked a time of 26:21 on the 8,000-meter course. Senior Matt Johnson was third (26:25), sophomore Eric Holt was fourth (26:31), senior Andrew Roache was fifth (26:32) and senior Jesse Garn was sixth (26:34).

Christopher Buchanan of Albany was first overall with a time of 26:16.

MacDonald, meanwhile, covered the women’s 5,000-meter course in a time of 20:15. Junior Anna Corrigan was fifth (20:18) and freshman Allison Davis was seventh (20:23).

Molly Pezzulo of Albany took top honors with a time of 18:49.

“Our guys ran really smart today,” head coach Annette Acuff said. “They ran as a pack the whole race and it was a good first meet for them. We held out our top two women’s runners but we are pleased with how the rest of the team ran.”

Up next for Binghamton is the Iona Meet of Champions on Sept. 20.

Men’s soccer falls 3-2 at Duquesne

Varkatsas and Moon net goals for Bearcats but Dukes get game-winner in 79th minute.

September 5, 2014


Men’s soccer falls 3-2 at Duquesne

Bret Celeste

Final Stats

Contact: David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—Mamadou Traore netted the game-winning goal in the 79th minute, leading Duquesne (2-0-1) to a 3-2 win over Binghamton (1-2-0) in a non-conference soccer game on Friday evening at Rooney Field. The game marked the opening round of the Duquesne Invitational.

Troare broke a 2-2 tie when he scored on a scramble in front of the goal. It was his team-high fifth goal of the season.

The Bearcats started off the game strong, taking 2-1 lead at the half. Sophomore forward Alex Varkatsas opened the scoring 3:20 into the match and graduate student midfielder Tommy Moon broke a 1-1 tie with just 22 seconds left before the break.

Varkatsas, whose goal was the first of his career, converted a cross from senior midfielder Steve Celeste. Moon, meanwhile, finished a cross from junior forward Luca Bottoni. Bottoni now has a goal and an assist so far this season.

The Dukes tied the game at 2-2 in the 53rd minute when Frederick Borenstiein scored off a rebound. That set the stage for Traore later in the second half.

“I thought our guys were terrific except in certain moments of the game,” head coach Paul Marco said. “Duquesne is a very good team but we are disappointed not to have come away with a better result.”

Duquesne was credited with a 19-5 advantage in shots, including a 12-0 margin in the decisive second half.

Binghamton concludes play at the Duquesne Invitational on Sunday against Niagara at 11 a.m.

Men’s tennis wraps up fall opening event at home

Kote unbeaten in singles, Dinia perfect in doubles in non-counting duals

September 5, 2014


Men’s tennis wraps up fall opening event at home

Senior Ismael Dinia

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton men’s tennis kicked off its 2014-15 season by hosting a two-day, six-team non-scoring event Saturday and Sunday at the Tennis Complex. Buffalo, Bryant, Colgate, Duquesne and Niagara competed in “hidden duals” with up to eight singles and four doubles matches contested.

On Saturday, Binghamton played without two of its top three singles players (Sid Hazarika and Robin Lesage) and dropped six of seven singles matches against Bryant and five of seven against Buffalo. Most of the matches were tight, with four of the six losses against the Bulldogs and two more against the Bulls coming in three-set affairs. The Bearcats fared better in doubles, where they won three of four against Bryant and took one match from Buffalo.

On Sunday, BU won two singles matches against Duquesne and two of three doubles contests. The Bearcats then played doubles-only against Niagara and won three of four matches.

Sophomore Frenk Kote went unbeaten from the fifth spot on the weekend (3-0). Junior Eliott Hureau went 2-1 playing second and third singles. Senior Ismael Dinia went a perfect 4-0 at No. 1 doubles.

Binghamton vs. Bryant (Saturday)
SINGLES

1. Zach Morris (BR) def. Ismael Dinia (BU), 6-7, 6-3, 10-2
2. Matt Kuhar (BR) def. Eliott Hureau (BU), 6-3, 2-6, 10-4
3. Oliver Welsh (BR) def. Thomas Caputo (BU), 4-6, 6-4, 11-9
4. Max Wogt (BR) def. Vihar Shah (BU), 6-2, 6-2
5. Frenk Kote (BU) def. Rich Sipala (BR), 6-3, 3-6, 10-6
6. Josh Rubinstein (BR) def. Doug Notaris (BU), 6-4, 4-6, 10-8
7. Nick Lamart (BR) def. Alex Sacher (BU), 6-5, 7-6 (4)

DOUBLES
1. Dinia/Robin Lesage (BU) def. Morris/Kuhar (BR), 7-6 (3)
2. Hureau/Shah (BU) def. Welsh/Vogt (BR), 6-2
3. Caputo/Kote (BU) def. Lamart/Jorge Ortiz (BR), 6-2
4. Sipala/Rubinstein (BR) def. Notaris/Sacher (BU), 6-4


Binghamton vs. Buffalo (Saturday)
SINGLES

1. Damien David (BUFF) def. Ismael Dinia (BU), 6-4, 6-2
2. Eliott Hureau (BU) def. Sebastian Ionescu (BUFF), 6-4, 0-6, 10-8
3. Pablo Alvarez (BUFF) def. Thomas Caputo (BU), 3-6, 6-1, 10-8
4. Sergio Arevalillo (BUFF) def. Vihar Shah (BU), 2-6, 6-3, 10-7
5. Frenk Kote (BU) def. Akhil Mehta (BUFF), 5-7, 6-5 (2), 11-9
6. Jonathan Hannestad (BUFF) def. Doug Notaris (BU), 6-2, 6-3
7. Noah Hajdu (BUFF) def. Alex Sacher (BU), 6-4, 7-6 (3)

DOUBLES
1. Dinia/Robin Lesage (BU) def. Hannestad/David (BUFF), 6-4
2. Alvarez/Arevalillo (BUFF) def. Hureau/Kote (BU), 6-1
3. Mehta/Hajdu (BUFF) def. Caputo/Shah (BU), 6-4

Binghamton vs. Duquesne (Sunday)
SINGLES

1. Rich Robbie (D) def. Sid Hazarika (BU), 6-3, 6-3
2. Alex Aleman (D) def. Ismael Dinia (BU), 6-4, 6-4
3. Eliott Hureau (BU) def. Adam Blasinsky (D), 1-6, 6-1, 10-6
4. Harry Walshe (D) def. Thomas Caputo (BU), 6-4, 6-3
5. Frenk Kote (BU) def. Mehdi Mekaoui (D), 4-6, 7-5, 10-7
6. Richard Sec (D) def. Doug Notaris (BU), 6-4, 6-3

DOUBLES
1. Hazarika/Dinia (BU) def. Aleman/Blazinsky (D), 6-3
2. Hureau/Kote (BU) def. Robbie/Walshe (D), 6-2
3. Mekaoui/Andrew Ong (D) def. Caputo/Notaris (BU), 6-1

Binghamton vs. Niagara (Sunday - doubles only)
DOUBLES

1. Hazarika/Dinia (BU)  def. Belloso/M. Elortegui (N), 7-6 (2)
2. D. Raymond/O. Dufour (N) def. Hureau/Kote (BU), 6-4
3. Caputo/Shah (BU) def. J. Smithyman/F. Nadeau (N), 6-3
4. Sacher/Notaris (BU) def. M. Mackowski/Larasse (N), 6-2

 

 

Golf Set For 2014 Fall Campaign

Bearcats returns four of five starters from last year's squad

September 5, 2014


Golf Set For 2014 Fall Campaign

Contact: Dave Van Gorder (dvangord@binghamton.edu)

With the 2014 fall season set to get underway on Saturday, seventh year head coach Bernie Herceg stressed the importance of preparing for the spring. “In the fall season as we’re out there trying to win tournaments, in the back of our minds we’re still preparing for a championship season, and getting the guys experience.”

Binghamton returns seven of eight players from a squad that won two tournaments and finished fifth at the America Sky Championship last season. This season the Bearcats will switch to the Big Sky Conference, although Herceg admits the switch will not have much of an impact on the Bearcats’ season.

Plenty of Experience
Gone from the team this year is four-year standout Bryce Edmister. “I have a lot of faith in our guys,” Herceg said. “Our two captains that we named in Jack Sedgewick and Josh Holling, from day one have matured and developed. I saw these guys, where they’re at right now—the level of their game, how much it’s improved, and their leadership. So will losing Bryce hurt? We’ll see… I think the team will step up to perform where we’re just as competitive as we have been.”

Holling, a Horseheads native, played in all 11 tournaments as a junior and had three top-10 finishes. Herceg acknowledges that Holling’s strength is in his long game. “He’s a very, very good ball striker when it comes to his irons. He just hits it solid and it sounds solid.”

Sedgewick will also be counted on to carry much of the load this season. The Ontario native is coming off of a junior season in which he was an Academic All-American, competed in 10 tournaments, and 24 of his 26 rounds were used towards the team tally. Herceg is most pleased with the senior’s mental game. “He’s a very good thinker and (his) course management puts him to the level he’s at, and his putting will help him excel.”

Along with Holling and Sedgewick, senior Stephen Mincone, junior Jesse Perkins, and sophomore Sameer Kalia will compete in the first tournament, but that doesn’t mean that the team’s lineup will always stay the same. “Everybody’s on a level playing field,” Herceg explains. “With that, everybody has the mindset where they can be the top player. And with that in mind, they’re all working to be in the top five. They all know they have an opportunity if their games are in shape, and they’re all going to work hard so they can travel to every event.”

Another returning contributor from last year’s squad is sophomore Kyle Wambold. As a freshman, Wambold competed in all 11 tournaments and finished second on the team with four top-10 finishes.

Rounding out the group is Junior Cal Addy, who participated in one event last season.

Fall Schedule
The Bearcats have six scheduled events as part of their fall season beginning with the Colgate Fall Invitational, where Binghamton is a five-time champion including last season. “We have history there, it’s a very good course, and I think it sets up well for our players,” remarked Herceg. “Because of our history there they know how the course is laid out, and what they have to prepare.”

Following the Colgate tournament the Bearcats will compete in events hosted by Cornell (Sept. 20-21), George Mason (Sept. 28-29), Temple (Oct. 11-12), and Lehigh (Oct. 18-19).

The event that stands out the most to Herceg and the team? “Definitely our home event (Oct. 5-6). We have a good field, we’ll have 16-17 teams, and the guys like our course—and the teams coming in like it—but there’s no doubt that the team wants to win the tournament.”

With that being said, Herceg has something to look forward to with every tournament this fall. “All of the events, there’s something there that I like. Cornell we’ve won there three or four times, George Mason’s event we won the last time we played in it, our home event, the Big 5 (Temple) we always look forward to because it’s a very good field. Lehigh’s a new tournament, so we’re excited for that because the golf course we’re playing on is a very good course.”

Outlook
With their first fall tournament looming on the horizon, the hopes are high for this veteran team. “I’m really excited to see how we’re going to do this fall to be ready for our championship season. The fall season is all about getting ready to see how we stand, and how strong we are as we go into our championship season,” states Herceg. “I feel that we’re in a place where the guys are developed and talented enough (that) we should win a few times this fall.”

Herceg admits that nothing is guaranteed for his team, and that a full team effort is needed in order to have any success. “My goal every year is to try and do our best in the early rounds, so come the final round of an event we’re in place to have the opportunity to win.”

Women’s soccer surges past Siena 2-1

Crane, Corcoran score second-half goals to give BU its second straight win

September 5, 2014


Women’s soccer surges past Siena 2-1

Junior forwards Stephani Church (left) and Katherine Corcoran celebrate Corcoran's goal (Jonathan King photo)

Box Score

Highlights

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton women’s soccer (2-3) scored a pair of second-half goals and outshot visiting Siena 21-4 en route to a 2-1 win Friday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The win over the Saints (1-4) was BU’s second straight to finish off a three-game homestand.

After a scoreless first half, the Bearcats stepped up their pressure to start the second half and got on the board in the 65th minute. Siena attempted a short goal kick to a defender in the middle of the field but junior forward Samantha Crane contested the ball, stripped the back and dribbled in on a clear-cut breakaway. With the keeper charging, Crane calmly slid a 14-yard shot into the lower left corner for a 1-0 lead.

Strong defensive pressure led to BU’s second goal as well. In the 82nd minute, freshman wing back Hannah Shankman won a ball on the right side and sent a pass into the middle, where junior forward Stephani Church chested it down and touched a thru ball to classmate Katherine Corcoran. Inside the box on the right, Corcoran surged past her mark and with the keeper charging, settled the ball and slotted it into the far corner.

Ahead 2-0, BU gave up a Siena goal just 1:39 later off a corner kick, but the Bearcats dissolved the final seven minutes of the game to earn the win.   

“I thought our team did the work we needed to,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “I was pleased with our performance from start to finish. We felt we got off to a slow start in first half but we made a late push in the first and then responded in the second half. The team was playing for each other and showed an incredible willpower and effort. I thought we found some attacking rhythm and our back line sustained pressure and did a nice job. Everybody gave good minutes on the field.”

McClellan was especially pleased with the composure BU’s strikers showed on the scoring plays.“That was a heads-up all-out intensity play by Sam (Crane). On the second goal, Hanna was strong on the ball and then it was a great touch by Church and a crafty finish by Kat (Corcoran).”

Siena opened the game with three corner kicks in the first seven minutes but the Bearcats quickly began stifling further threats. Defenders Connie Gormley and Kelly Corrado intercepted dangerous balls late in the first half to keep Siena at bay.

Binghamton had several other great chances to score. Junior midfielder Rebecca Raber banked a doorstep volley off the crossbar in the 16th minute and Church had two excellent scoring chances - one in each half. The first opportunity was a well-timed touch on a thru ball which resulted in a great diving save by Saints keeper Taylor Booth with just under eight minutes to play in the first half. Then with 16:41 left in the game and BU ahead 1-0, Shankman sent a ball over the top to Church, who was 1-on-1 with the keeper but blasted her shot over the near-side bar.

Senior Gaby Gold (1 save) and freshman Katie Hatziyianis each played a half for the Bearcats. 

Binghamton plays at Lafayette at 1 p.m. on Sunday. That game is the first of four straight road games before the Bearcats return home for the team’s final non-conference game — a Sept. 21 tilt against region rival Cornell.

NOTES
Binghamton improved to 8-2-1 all-time against Siena… after scoring just one goal in the team’s first three games (combined) of the season, BU has seven goals in its last two contests. 

Volleyball Plays A Pair At Akron Invitational

Bearcats (0-5) face Bryant at 12:30 p.m. and Drake at 5:30 p.m.

September 4, 2014


Volleyball Plays A Pair At Akron Invitational

Day One Recap

Austin Peay Box Score

Akron Box Score

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@gmail.com)

Live Stats

MATCH INFORMATION
MATCH #4: Binghamton vs. Austin Peay (L 1-3)
MATCH #5: Binghamton at Akron (L 1-3)
MATCH #6: Binghamton vs. Bryant (Sept. 6 – 12:30 p.m.)
MATCH #7: Binghamton vs. Drake (Sept. 6 – 5:30 p.m.)
MATCH SITE: James A. Rhodes Arena (Akron, Ohio)

VESTAL, N.Y. – Following a highly competitive tournament at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, the Binghamton volleyball program looks to bounce back at the Akron Invitational. The Bearcats (0-3) will head to Northeast Ohio to face the host Zips, Austin Peay, Bryant and Drake on Sept. 5 and 6. Binghamton returns to Akron for the second time in three years last competing at the invitational in 2012.

BINGHAMTON OUTLOOK
Binghamton dropped all three matches last weekend in straight sets playing against tough competition at the Loyola Marymount Invitational. The Bearcats fell to four-time national champion UCLA in its season opener before falling to the host Lions and two-time defending NEC Champion LIU Brooklyn.

The Bearcats were led by all-tournament performer Allison Hovie. The sophomore from Neenah, Wis. connected on a team-high 2.44 kills per set while adding 2.11 digs per set. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann handed out 6.62 assists per set while Kristin Hovie chipped in 1.88 kills per set during the three-match tournament.

Binghamton opened the tournament against Pac-12 member UCLA as the two programs met for the first time ever. The Bruins handed the Bearcats a straight set defeat in the first match of the tournament. Binghamton then dropped its match against host LMU before falling to LIU Brooklyn, 3-0, to complete the weekend.

As a unit, Binghamton is struggling offensively registering a hitting percentage of .120 which ranks sixth in the America East. However, the Bearcats’ frontline is averaging 1.78 blocks per set which ranks BU third in the conference.

SCOUTING AUSTIN PEAY
The Governors (1-3) picked up their first win of the season on Tuesday defeating Evansville in four sets. Austin Peay struggled in its season-opening tournament similar to the Bearcats dropping all three games at the Clemson Big Orange Bash. The Ohio Valley Conference members fell to Troy, the host Tigers and USC Upstate all in straight sets. Austin Peay is led by senior outside hitter Jada Stotts, who is averaging 3.31 kills per set. The Bearcats are 0-1 all-time against the Governors with the lone meeting coming in 2009.

SCOUTING AKRON
The Zips (2-2) opened their season with a 2-1 mark at the Indiana State Tournament, defeating Chicago State and North Carolina A&T before falling to the host Sycamores. On Tuesday, the MAC members suffered a sweep at Cleveland State to level their season record. Akron’s offense is averaging 10.69 kills per set with a hitting percentage of .130. Sophomore outside hitter Julia Smagacz (27 kills, 2.25 kills per set) is one of three Zips players averaging more than two kills per set after four matches. Binghamton is 2-1 all-time against Akron most recently falling to the Zips in five sets in 2012.

SCOUTING BRYANT
The Bulldogs (2-3) posted a 1-3 record in their home tournament last weekend, before sweeping Providence in a home contest on Tuesday. Senior outside hitter Elena Lohr leads the Bryant offense with 52 kills (3.06 kills per set) while freshman middle blocker Alexandra Lunsford has 21 blocks (1.24 blocks per set). As a team, Bryant is hitting .140 while averaging 10.76 kills per set. Binghamton is 1-3 all-time against Bryant, who plays in the NEC, with all four meetings coming during the Bearcats’ Division II era.

SCOUTING DRAKE
The Bulldogs (3-1) opened the season with three straight five-set wins at the Omaha Classic, last weekend, before dropping its home opener to North Dakota in straight sets on Tuesday. Freshman outside hitter Kyla Inderski leads Drake with 57 kills (3.17 kills per set) and a .234 attack percentage. The Bulldogs are hitting .167 as a team and averaging 11.61 kills per set. Binghamton and Drake, who are members of the Missouri Valley conference, will meet for the first time on Saturday.

NEXT UP
Binghamton will head to the Capital Region on Tuesday, Sept. 9 for its annual match with MAAC member Siena. Last season, the Bearcats swept the Saints in straight sets in Vestal. Binghamton holds an 11-3 record against Siena since elevating to the Division I level in 2001.

Live stats will be available throughout the tournament while live video will only be provided for matches involving Akron. For more tournament information please visit, gozips.com.

2014 Akron Volleyball Invitational Schedule

Friday, Sept. 5
10:00 am – Austin Peay vs. Drake
12:30 pm – Akron vs. Bryant
3:00 pm – Binghamton vs. Austin Peay
5:30 pm – Drake vs. Bryant
8:00 pm – Akron vs. Binghamton

Saturday, Sept. 6
10:00 am – Bryant vs. Austin Peay
12:30 pm – Binghamton vs. Bryant
3:00 pm – Akron vs. Drake
5:30 pm – Drake vs. Binghamton
8:00 pm – Akron vs. Austin Peay

10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Deli Plourde

Former co-captain and senior midfielder shares memories of the historic 2004 season

September 4, 2014


10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Deli Plourde

Flashback: The NCAA season of 2004

Spotlight: Caitlin O'Shaughnessy

On the 10-year anniversary of the 2004 team’s historic NCAA season, the communications office caught up with more than a dozen former players and coaches. They each shared their special memories of that championship run.

Spotlight on ...
Who:
Deli Plourde
Then: Senior midfielder and co-captain
Now:  Works in the financial aid office at Cornell University


What do you recall about the team heading into that 2004 season?

We mentally started that 2004 season the previous year during the spring off-season. Our goal was to win and everything we did in the off-season was focused on that. In 2003, after the men’s team won the conference for the first time, Coach Leightman brought us on the field right after they won. He told us to remember this feeling, and he told us this would be us next year. We decided at that moment, we were going to win.

Was there any moment or part of the season where you felt like winning the America East title was a real possibility?

When we beat Maine at their home field for the first time ... also when we beat Boston in overtime, we knew we could win it.

What do you remember about hosting the tournament ... the days preceding your two games, the fans, celebration?

I think the most memorable part in the days preceding was when we beat Northeastern at home. I think it was tied at halftime and at that point we had already clinched a playoff spot. Coach Leightman told us something to the effect of, Vermont is tied with Maine right now. If Maine loses and we win this game, we will host the tourney. So we decided, let’s put this team away. We won and at the end of the game we were just kind of waiting there to hear news about Maine. Coach was looking at his phone, and just looked up at us and smiled. We went ballistic. We started running around and screaming and cheering. It was amazing. We went from never making playoffs the previous two years, being picked to finish eighth, to hosting the thing! We were vindicated! The tourney itself was amazing. So many fans! We pounced Northeastern 3-0 and were waiting to see if it would be Maine or New Hampshire that we would see in the final. I think we wanted New Hampshire, even though we had lost to them earlier in the season. The day of the final we were warming up on the game field. It was a thick, muddy field and we definitely knew how to play on it, which gave us an advantage. I believe it was the Maine coach that requested the game be moved to our practice field, IN THE MIDDLE OF WARM UPS! We thought this was a tactic to mess with our mentality. We thought to ourselves, the joke is on them ... we play more on the practice field than we do on the game field. Big mistake, Maine! After we scored that second goal we were just having fun out there. As the clock ran down we were just so happy, WE DID IT! Almost exactly one year after watching the guys win where we decided, next year it will be us. It felt good.

What are your memories of the NCAA game at Penn State?

Those girls were big! They scored first but we tied it up very quickly. I thought ... we can give them a run for their money here. We played hard and we played well! They ended up winning 6-1 but the score doesn’t represent how well we really did play against them. Also, I was a senior and I remember thinking- this is it- my last college game. It was bittersweet when I saw that clock run down. It was in slow motion. I ended my career with a first-time conference title, playing in the national tournament against the No. 2 team in the country. The seniors (Caitlin, Tatiana, and myself) definitely went out with a bang!!


What is your lasting impression of that championship, your teammates, your college career in general and the sport of soccer and how it’s helped shape your life?

We’re family. We still talk about that season and wear our championship rings. As a college athlete, you spend SO much time with your teammates. Literally, every single day. And what you go through together, the blood, the sweat, tears, and of course, the laughter. The bond is immeasurable. They are my sisters and no matter how old we get or the distances between us, they will always have a special place in my heart!

What have you been doing since graduation?

I lived out in Colorado and Wyoming for five years and got my master’s degree in counseling and career development. I was a high school counselor for three years. Now we are back on the East Coast and I work in the financial aid department at Cornell. I married my husband, also a Binghamton alum, in 2011 and just this past year we had our first child. His name is Max and he is nine months old.

Men’s basketball conference schedule announced

Bearcats begin 16-game America East slate Jan. 2 at UMass Lowell

September 4, 2014


Men’s basketball conference schedule announced

Sophomore guard Marlon Beck

Complete Binghamton 2014-15 Schedule

America East Release

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - The America East released its basketball conference schedules on Thursday, which completes Binghamton’s 31-game slate for the 2014-15 season. Head coach Tommy Dempsey’s squad will open its 16-game league portion on January 2 at UMass Lowell.

The Bearcats will play each of the eight other America East member schools in a home-and-home series (8 home, 8 away). League play, which begins for BU in January, will run through the end of February.

Binghamton plays three of its first four conference games on the road. After the Lowell opener, BU will travel to Hartford on January 7 before hosting Maine in the team’s home AE opener on January 10. A January 14 encounter at defending champion Albany begins a stretch of three-games-in-six-days that wraps up with a game against Vermont on Jan. 19 up in Burlington.

The schedule concludes with a home game against UMBC on February 28.

The America East playoffs begin a new format this season, with the higher seed hosting games in each of the three rounds. The quarterfinals will be played on March 4 at the sites of the top-four seeds. The semifinal games are set for March 8 at the two highest remaining seeds and the championship game will be played on March 14, also at the highest-seeded team.

Binghamton kicks off its overall schedule with the first of two home exhibition games on November 1 against Mansfield. Dempsey’s squad runs the early gauntlet of games at Notre Dame (Nov. 14) and Providence (Nov. 17) to open the regular season.   

America East Releases Women’s Basketball Conference Schedule

Bearcats open AE play at home against UMass Lowell on Jan. 3

September 4, 2014


America East Releases Women’s Basketball Conference Schedule

Complete 2014-15 Schedule

America East Release

Contact: David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.—The America East has released its 2015 women’s basketball schedule and the Bearcats begin conference play against UMass Lowell on Saturday, Jan. 3 at the Events Center. The 16-game slate includes a pair of games against each of the other eight America East programs.

Binghamton hosts defending America East champion Albany on Jan. 14. The Great Danes return the favor by hosting the Bearcats on Feb. 11. Stony Brook, which played in last year’s WNIT, hosts Binghamton on Jan. 25 and travels to the Events Center for a rematch on Feb. 26.

Also qualifying for post-season play last year was Maine, which advanced to the second round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI). The Black Bears host the Bearcats on Jan. 19 and head to Binghamton for the rematch on Feb. 21.

The Bearcats’ regular-season finale takes place March 1 at UMBC.

Binghamton is the host school for this year and next year’s America East Women’s Basketball Championships. The 2015 quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will be held March 7-8 at the Events Center. The title game will be played the following weekend at the highest remaining seed.

Cross country teams open up 2014 season

Bearcats host Albany in dual meet Friday at 6 p.m.

September 3, 2014


Cross country teams open up 2014 season

Alexis Hatcher

2014 Men's Schedule

2014 Women's Schedule

Map of Home Course

Contact: David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton cross country teams begin their 2014 season with a home dual meet against Albany on Friday at 6 p.m. The women’s 5K race will be followed by the men’s 8K race. Both races will start and finish behind the East Gym.

After placing second at the America East meet last year, the men return six of their top 10 finishers from that meet. Junior Ethan Hausamann, who earned all-conference honors during the outdoor track season, was 17th as the cross country conference meet last year.

Seniors Jesse Garn, Matt Johnson and Ben Snodgrass as well as sophomore Eric Holt are among the other top returners on the men’s side. Johnson placed a team-best 16th at the 2012 America East Championships. Garn and Snodgrass are coming off standout track seasons. Garn was named the Men’s Most Outstanding Performer at the conference indoor meet while Snodgrass was the meet champion in the men’s 5,000. Holt, meanwhile, was the runner up in the 1,500 at the America East Outdoor Track Championships.

The women, who are seeking to bounce back from a ninth-place finish at last year’s America East Championships, are led by junior Alexis Hatcher. After placing 22nd at the conference meet, she went on to earn all-conference honors in the 3,000 steeplechase during the outdoor track campaign.

Fellow junior Lizzie Greiner as well as sophomores Alana MacDonald and Eileen O’Hara are the other top returnees on the women’s side. Freshman Allison Davis is the top newcomer.

This year’s America East Championship meet will be held Nov. 1 at Maine. The NCAA Northeast Regional Meet takes place on Nov. 14 at Van Cortlandt Park.

Wrestling Program Announces 2014-15 Campaign

Bearcats slated for 19 dual matches; begin second-year as member of EIWA

September 3, 2014


Wrestling Program Announces 2014-15 Campaign

2014-15 Schedule

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton wrestling program and head coach Matt Dernlan announced the Bearcats’ 2014-15 schedule, Wednesday afternoon. The second-year members of the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) will host four dual meets and the annual Jonathon Kaloust Bearcat Open to commence the season.

The Bearcats will wrestle a demanding schedule that includes 19 dual matches and three in-season tournaments sending Binghamton to seven different states and the nation’s capital. BU will face eight EIWA opponents in its 19 duals. 

“I think we have a pretty balanced schedule,” Dernlan said. “We tried to incorporate more EIWA schools, but that’s a work in progress. Our schedule will test our guys against some of the top programs in the country.”

Binghamton will kick-off the season by hosting the Jonathon Kaloust Bearcat Open on Nov. 9 in the Events Center. The Open, which Binghamton has hosted the past five years, was renamed in honor of the former Binghamton student-athlete and Navy SEAL who was killed in a training exercise in May of 2013.

“The Jonathon Kaloust Open is significant on a couple different levels,” Dernlan said. “One, we are honoring former wrestler Jonathon Kaloust who passed away two years ago. We also want to honor our armed services for all they do for this country. The Open is among the most competitive tournaments in country and we will be tested right away. It also gives us a chance to showcase Binghamton University, the Events Center and everything our athletics department has to offer.”

Following the Open, Binghamton begins its dual match season against Pac-12 member Arizona State on Nov. 15 in Albany. The Bearcats defeated the Sun Devils in the two programs lone meeting at the Journeyman Duals in 2011. Binghamton will then make the short trip to Ithaca for the New York State Intercollegiate Championship on Nov. 23 hosted by Cornell.

A week later, Binghamton returns to Albany for the Asics Journeyman Duals hosted by Hudson Valley CC where they will face Purdue, Northern Illinois, C.W. Post and Wyoming. The Bearcats travel to Princeton for a dual on Dec. 12 before heading to Northwestern for the highly competitive Midlands Championship (Dec. 29-30) to close out the year.

“The Midlands will be a litmus test for us,” Dernlan said. “It will be a good barometer to see where our program is midway through the season. It’s historically been considered the best in-season tournament in the country, so it will give us a good idea what we need to work on heading towards March.”

Binghamton begins the New Year with a trip to North Carolina to face Gardner Webb on Jan. 9. The Bearcats then make the two-hour trip to Appalachian State for a pair of duals against the Mountaineers and Campbell on Jan. 11.

Binghamton will wrestle in its first official home match in a special off-site dual against Hofstra at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan. The former Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) members renew their rivalry in the EIWA at 7 p.m. on Jan. 16. The wrestling program will hold an alumnus social following the match.

“It’s a good carry over effect with Hofstra,” Dernlan noted. “We’re excited to go down to New York and be the home team in a unique dual with an old CAA rival. We have a strong alumni base in New York and we plan on seeing a lot of support from them.”

The Bearcats return to campus to host three consecutive EIWA opponents in Columbia (Jan. 18), Drexel (Jan. 23) and Penn (Jan. 25).

Dernlan will again take his team on the road wrestling at Sacred Heart and Brown on Jan. 31 before traveling to George Mason (Feb. 6) and American (Feb. 8).

Binghamton returns to Vestal for a Friday night match against longtime SUNY rival Buffalo on Feb. 13. The Bearcats will honor its four graduating seniors prior to the match.

The Bearcats conclude their season with a pair of road duals on back-to-back days against Bucknell (Feb. 20) and Bloomsburg (Feb. 21).

Binghamton will then head to Lehigh on March 6-7 for the 16-team EIWA Championship, where the Bearcats will look to qualify individuals for the NCAA Championship, held March 19-21 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Binghamton has generated 23 NCAA qualifiers in the last five years.

“During the last month of the season we are getting into our peaking phase,” Dernlan described. “We are fine tuning some things at that point, but gearing up for EIWAs at the same time. It was a lot of fun being part of the EIWA Championships last season for the first time and we are looking to improve upon our performance from a year ago.”

Softball Announces 2014 Fall Schedule

Bearcats open at BAGSAI Tournament Sept. 13

September 2, 2014


Softball Announces 2014 Fall Schedule

Caytlin Friis

Contact: David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton softball team has announced its fall schedule, which begins at the BAGSAI Tournament Sept. 13. The Bearcats face Colgate at 10 a.m. and Cornell at noon.

Binghamton has three home dates at the Bearcats Sports Complex Softball Facility. It hosts Fordham on Sept. 14 and has home tournament on Sept. 21 and Oct. 4.

The lone road game this fall is at Syracuse on Sept. 20.


2014 FALL SOFTBALL SCHEDULE


Saturday, Sept. 13 @ BAGSAI Tournament
BU vs. Colgate (10 a.m.)
BU vs. Cornell (noon)

Sunday, Sept. 14 vs. FORDHAM (1 p.m.)

Saturday, Sept. 20 @ Syracuse (2 p.m.)

Sunday, Sept. 21 HOME TOURNAMENT
BU vs. OCC (11 a.m.)
OCC vs. Herkimer (1:30 p.m.)
BU vs. Herkimer (4 p.m.)

Saturday, Oct. 4 HOME TOURNAMENT
BU vs. Le Moyne (10 a.m.)
Rochester vs. Le Moyne (12:30 p.m.)
BU vs. Rochester (3 p.m.)

Saturday, Oct. 18 ALUMNI GAME 2 p.m.
       

Games in CAPS are home

 

Welcome Back Barbeque kicks off 2014-15 year

President Stenger, AD Elliott address student-athletes in Events Center

September 1, 2014


Welcome Back Barbeque kicks off 2014-15 year

Director of Athletics Patrick Elliott

Photo Gallery

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton University athletics welcomed back its 450+ student-athletes with a barbeque Monday afternoon at the Events Center.

The event officially kicked off the 2014-15 school year for BU athletics. President Harvey Stenger and Director of Athletics Patrick Elliott addressed the students, who then enjoyed a buffet before heading out to watch the men’s soccer team host Marist in the team’s home opener.

“Don’t waste a second,” Elliott told the group. “I challenge you to see what you can do to make a difference every second. I appreciate all that you embody in the community with your service, your conduct, academic performance and in the athletics arena. We want excellence but always with honor. One hundred percent responsibility ... zero percent excuses. We’re going to get better together. Go Bearcats!”

Welcome Back Barbeque kicks off 2014-15 year

President Stenger, AD Elliott address student-athletes in Events Center

September 1, 2014


Welcome Back Barbeque kicks off 2014-15 year

Photo Gallery

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton University athletics welcomed back its 450+ student-athletes with a barbeque Monday afternoon at the Events Center. The event officially kicked off the 2014-15 school year for BU athletics. President Harvey Stenger and Director of Athletics Patrick Elliott addressed the students, who then enjoyed a buffet before heading out to watch the men’s soccer team host Marist in the team’s home opener.

“Don’t waste a second,” Elliott told the group. “I challenge you to see what you can do to make a difference every second. I appreciate all that you embody in the community with your service, your conduct, academic performance and in the athletics arena. We want excellence but always with honor. One hundred percent responsibility ... zero percent excuses. We’re going to get better together. Go Bearcats!”

Men’s soccer blanked by Marist 1-0

Red Foxes net game-winner in 41st minute

September 1, 2014


Men’s soccer blanked by Marist 1-0

Steve Celeste

Final Stats

Contact: David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – Mario Vukadinovic scored with just under five minutes left in the first half, leading unbeaten Marist (2-0-0) to a 1-0 win over Binghamton (1-1-0) in a non-conference men’s soccer game on Monday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The loss, which marked the Bearcats’ home opener, came against a Red Fox squad that has yet to allow a goal this season.

Vukadinovic, who now has a goal and an assist in the first two games, got behind the Bearcat defense and took a pass from M.J. Stellwag. He then tapped the ball into a wide open net from close range.

After being outshot 5-2 in the opening 45 minutes, Binghamton regroup and outshot Marist 7-0 in the second half. Despite several close attempts, however, the Bearcats were unable to get the equalizer.

“Give Marist credit,” head coach Paul Marco said. “They got a goal in the first half and were able to hold on. I thought our guys woke up in the second half and played better. But we are disappointed in our effort at home.”

The match was held shortly after the athletic department’s Welcome Back BBQ for the student-athletes at the adjacent Events Center. As a result, a crowd of 1,225 showed up at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

“We had a terrific crowd tonight,” Marco said. “We really appreciated their support and want to thank them for coming out. We will be better next time.”

Binghamton heads to the Duquesne Tournament this coming weekend. The Bearcats face the host Dukes Friday at 6 p.m.

10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Caitlin O’Shaughnessy

Former co-captain and senior midfielder reflects on the 2004 NCAA season

August 31, 2014


10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Caitlin O’Shaughnessy

Flashback: The NCAA season of 2004

On the 10-year anniversary of the 2004 team’s historic NCAA season, the communications office caught up with more than a dozen former players and coaches. They each shared their special memories of that championship run.

Spotlight on ...
Who:
Caitlin O’Shaughnessy
Then: Senior midfielder and co-captain
Now:  Nurse practitioner in pain management at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City


What do you recall about the team heading into that 2004 season?

Heading into the 2004 season I remember thinking we had a chance to have our best year yet. The players we had were all pretty solid and had great skills. We were all also in pretty good shape because we knew Coach Leightman was strict on the conditioning tests in preseason. It was a lot less painful if you came into it in shape. Tatiana and I stayed up in Binghamton the summer before our last year to train and condition together. I think the freshman and sophomore girls really pushed the upper class-man to be better. We were all fighting for our starting
positions because every player was strong. From the very beginning our practices were competitive and intense. We had fun off the field, but on the field it was serious and all about winning. We had a solid defense and players on the field who could score goals.

Was there any moment or part of the season where you felt like winning the America East title was a real possibility?

After we beat Boston University, I thought that we could beat anyone in our conference. After that game, I remember thinking we could win the AE title.

What do you remember about hosting the tournament ... the days preceding your two games, the fans, celebration?

I remember being very, very nervous the days preceding the tournament. As a captain, center midfielder and upper class-man I felt a lot of pressure to stay calm and help lead the team on the field. We had decided to play the play off games on our practice field which actually made me a bit more confident since we were so used to training there. It all seemed to go by so fast. I remember we were trying to treat the games like any other game during the season. We had already accomplished so much but to win the tournament had been our ultimate goal. I remember the many fans on the sidelines with posters and body paint. I remember seeing all of our family and friends being there and looking so nervous as well. I believe they wanted the win for us as much as we did. After all they had been there with us the whole season, coming to home/away games, throwing pasta parties and tailgates for us many times. It was an amazing feeling to see all of the support for women’s soccer. We had never had so many fans show up for a game.

What are your memories of the NCAA game at Penn State?

After we won the America East title, I remember us all gathering in the conference room to watch the picks on ESPN. It was so amazing to be talked about on TV. Then we heard we were picked to play Penn State. We knew it was going to be an extremely difficult game but again we treated it like any other game and prepared for it the way we always did. After we lost, I remember being sad because for me it was all over (it was my senior yr) but also I was so proud of the team for making it this far. We had made history for Binghamton University Women’s Soccer. It was bittersweet.

What is your lasting impression of that championship, your teammates, your college career in general and the sport of soccer and how it’s helped shape your life?

The lasting impression of that championship mostly had to do with my teammates. I have never played with a group of girls who fought so hard for one another. We were like a family and we were in battle. We had each others’ backs. Some of my best friends to this day were on that team with me, not to mention my actual sister. It was an amazing experience to get to share this with my sister, Kerry and my best friends. The 2004 year showed me that if you work hard enough for something you can accomplish it. The great things in life don’t come
easy and it was so rewarding to make the NCAA tournament. Not many people can say they were a part of a team that did that. I will remember and be proud of this accomplishment forever.

What have you been doing since graduation?

Since I left campus, I moved to New York City and went back to school for my master’s degree in Adult Nurse Practitioner. I currently work at Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC as a Nurse Practitioner in Pain Management. I continue to play soccer in an adult co-ed soccer league weekly.

Flashback: 10-year anniversary of Women’s Soccer NCAA season

Bearcats won 14 games, captured America East regular season and tournament titles in 2004

August 31, 2014


Flashback: 10-year anniversary of Women’s Soccer NCAA season

The 2004 women's soccer team celebrates its America East title

Player Spotlight: Caitlin O'Shaughnessy

Spotlight: Deli Plourde

Spotlight: Tatiana Mathelier

Spotlight: Lauren Massey

2004 Team Roster

2004 Results

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

Ten years ago the women’s soccer team did something nobody expected them to do. After failing to qualify for the America East tournament in each of the two previous seasons and being relegated to 8th (out of 10) in the Coaches’ Preseason Poll, the Bearcats produced a magical season in 2004. Still a very young Division I program under the direction of seventh-year coach Jeff Leightman ’95, BU turned the tables on its conference foes and produced numerous achievements:

- Program’s first America East regular season and tournament titles
- Program’s first NCAA Division I tournament appearance
- 14-6-1 record (6-3 in conference play)
- Five all-conference selections and Coach of the Year
- Ranked as high as No. 4 in the Northeast

The seeds for the title run were sown in the previous two years, when talented Bearcats teams won a combined 18 games but were stifled by America East foes. The 2002 team strung together a seven-game unbeaten streak and the 2003 team won five of its first seven games before ultimately missing a postseason berth by one goal. Binghamton’s inability to turn tight games into conference wins prompted the league’s coaches to put BU eighth in the 2004 poll, one spot lower than the team’s 2003 finish.

The Bearcats surged through a 6-1-1 record in their non-conference slate, but they had done that before. The real test awaited in October.

Litmus test was conference play
After a 3-2 loss at New Hampshire to open America East play, BU posted a strong 1-0 win at Maine and followed with a 2-0 triumph at UMBC. But the Bearcats split their next four league games and were sitting with a 4-3 record when defending champion and perennial national power Boston University came to Vestal for the second-to-last game of the regular season. Binghamton had lost 4-0 to Boston the previous fall and another defeat would put the team’s postseason hopes in jeopardy. Down 1-0 with under eight minutes left in regulation, however, the Bearcats rallied to tie and force overtime and then junior midfielder Lauren Massey won it less than two minutes into overtime. Two days later, BU scored twice in the final 14 minutes to beat Northeastern 2-0 and grab a share of the regular season title and with it, the host role for the final two rounds of the championship. 

Six days later, Binghamton and Northeastern met again in the tournament semifinals, this time played on BU’s practice field after continuous rain had rendered the West Gym game field unplayable. The players endured temperatures in the low 40s, high winds and occasional hail, but the Bearcats’ offense remained stoked and BU scored early in each half and controlled play en route to a 3-0 win.

Championship game
In the finals against second-seeded Maine, Binghamton struck with 9:30 remaining in the first half. Off a corner kick, freshman forward Tricia Reed outleaped the Maine goalie and sent a header toward the unoccupied net, where a Black Bears defender reached out and stopped the shot with her hand. Junior defender Meghan Taylor sent the ensuing penalty kick into the top left corner of the net for a 1-0 BU lead. Taylor, whose defensive presence carried the team the entire season, would later be named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

In the second half, sophomore midfielder Kelly Burnham scored an insurance goal in the 78th minute, knocking in a header from close range after senior linemate Caitlin O’Shaughnessy had sent her own header across the goalmouth. The goal was Burnham’s second of the tournament.

Sophomore Kristie Bowers made six saves for Binghamton, recording her third straight shutout and seventh of the season.

As the clock reached zero, a jubilant celebration ensued, with a boisterous crowd of nearly 400 pouring onto the field to join the team.

Two days later the team gathered to watch the unveiling of the 64-team NCAA bracket. In its first-ever Division I tournament appearance, BU drew second-ranked Penn State and its historic season ended with a 6-1 loss. Two “own goals” and a penalty kick call aided the hosts’ offensive cause but BU did provide its own adrenalin rush when senior striker Tatiana Mathelier tied the game in the ninth minute. Down 1-0, Mathelier brought down a pass off the head of freshman linemate Kim Povill and beat the keeper from 12 yards out for her team-high ninth goal of the season. The Nittany Lions, however, were too strong and added two more goals before half and three in the second period for the final margin.

The team’s legacy was already sealed after the America East title, however. With its season on the line, BU played its final four games (2 regular season, 2 tournament) in front of the West Gym faithful and the Bearcats outscored their foes 9-1 with shutouts in their final three games. One year after the men’s team captured their first conference title in front of the home fans, the 2004 women’s team did the same, and both the accomplishment and celebration were second-to-none.

“We haven’t produced the results we’ve wanted in conference games, but we’re eager to change that this season,” Leightman said in August. “We’ve got our work cut out for us, but hopefully it will make it that much sweeter when we do get there.”

Sweet indeed. 

Women’s soccer explodes for 5-0 win over Iona

O'Neill nets pair, Acor and Rice also score as BU gets first win

August 30, 2014


Women’s soccer explodes for 5-0 win over Iona

Sophomore midfielder Katie O'Neill

Box Score

Video Highlights/Interview

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Sophomore midfielder Katie O’Neill scored twice and Binghamton women’s soccer (1-3) erupted for five goals in a 5-0 win over visiting Iona (2-2) Sunday afternoon from the Bearcats Sports Complex.

After being limited to one combined goal over the team’s first three games, BU exploded for its highest goal output in 10 years.

“This was huge for us today,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “I thought the team played well - not great by any means - but we really needed the win and our players worked hard and made it happen. I thought the team was more ready and alert on the field today. It’s taken a while for us to gel and today we started to see some of those things come together. This was a really big step for us.”

Freshman forward Jocelyn Acor created the first goal in the 23rd minute. Linemate Jacque Rice won a ball on the right side and sent Acor down the wing. The speedy freshman dribbled inside the box toward the endline and sent a hard cross to the front of the goal where a Gaels defender mistakenly knocked it into the goal on a clear attempt.

Just 6:36 later, O’Neill scored her first collegiate goal on a point-blank header off a corner kick. Junior midfielder Rebecca Raber sent a perfect corner to the far post, where O’Neill finished up a late run to the post and had an easy header into the back netting for a 2-0 lead.

O’Neill added her second goal in the 40th minute by driving to the net. Senior midfielder Emily Nuss sent a 30-yard free kick around the wall and toward the left corner. Iona keeper Lauren Ferris dove to make the initial stop but O’Neill was there to tap in the rebound from three yards away.

“Katie (O’Neill) is capable of being a dominant player every single day,” McClellan said. “She really “amped” it up this week and dominated in training and you can expect that if a player dominates in training ... that’s the type of preparation you need to be to do it game time and she certainly did that today.”

Up 3-0 at half, BU tacked on two more goals in a 3:40 span midway through the second period to finish the scoring.

Acor got her first collegiate goal in the 72nd minute. Rice sent a cross into the middle from the right side, where it was misplayed by a Gaels defender. Acor tracked down the loose ball on the left side of the box and sent a 12-yard left-footed shot into the top right corner.

Rice benefited from her hard work and nose for the goal just 3:40 later. Freshman midfielder Valerie McNamara sent a ball in from the right and after a failed clear by Iona, Rice spun and knocked in a loose ball for her first collegiate tally.

Binghamton owned an 18-7 shots advantage.

Senior Gaby Gold (1 save in first half) and freshman Katie Hatziyianis (2 saves in second half) split the shutout.

The Bearcats next host Siena at 7 p.m. on Friday.

NOTES
Binghamton improved to 4-1-1 all-time against Iona… the five goals were the most BU has scored since the 2004 team toppled St. Peter’s 6-0 on the road… the five-goal margin of victory is the most in the women’s eight-year history at the Bearcats Sports Complex (previous was 4-0 win over Lehigh in 2012). 

Volleyball Drops A Pair At Loyola Marymount Invitational

Bearcats (0-3) fall to host Lions and LIU Brooklyn

August 30, 2014


Volleyball Drops A Pair At Loyola Marymount Invitational

Loyola Marymount Box Score

LIU Brooklyn Box Score

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

LOS ANGELES - The Binghamton volleyball program dropped a pair of matches at the Concourse Hotel at LAX Classic, Saturday from Gersten Pavilion. The Bearcats (0-3) fell in straight sets to host Loyola Marymount and LIU Brooklyn.

“It was good to see a lot players contributing,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “We had a tough time controlling the attack of LMU and LIU Brooklyn. But I thought we did a good job with our serve, receive and ball movement. Overall I thought we played okay, but we still have a lot to work on. We fought hard in both matches however, we committed too many errors to really get anything going.”

Binghamton lost its second match of the tournament to the host Lions 25-14, 25-16, 25-19 as Kiriyama used 11 of his 14-player roster. Sophomore Allison Hovie led the Bearcats with 11 kills while junior Megan Burgess added six. Senior Amanda Dettmann dished out a team-high 14 assists. Freshman Sarah Ngo played the third set for Dettmann and handed out 11 assists leading the Bearcats to a match-best .290 hitting percentage.

Binghamton struggled to stop the LMU offense as the Lions committed just six attack errors en route to a .400 hitting clip. The Bearcats hit a tournament-high .188 with 32 kills, however eight service errors hampered the BU offense.

The Bearcats completed tournament play against LIU Brooklyn, falling to the Blackbirds 25-23, 25-16, 25-17. Allison Hovie led the Binghamton attack with eight kills while senior Alexa Zbytniewski added seven kills and a team-high nine digs. Dettmann recorded a tournament-high 24 assists adding seven digs and three blocks.

Binghamton had its best match of the tournament against LIU Brooklyn as the Bearcats out blocked the Blackbirds eight to three. Four different BU players recorded three blocks during the match. However, Binghamton struggled with their serve committing seven service errors.

Hovie was named to the all-tournament team after averaging a team-high 2.44 kills per set while adding 2.11 digs per set.

Binghamton returns to the East Coast next weekend when the Bearcats head to Akron, Ohio for the Zips Invitational. Binghamton will face Austin Peay, the host Zips, Bryant and Drake while in Northeast Ohio.

Volleyball Falls In Straight Sets To UCLA

Bearcats (0-1) drop season opener to four-time national champion Bruins (1-0)

August 29, 2014


Volleyball Falls In Straight Sets To UCLA

Box Score

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

LOS ANGELES – The Binghamton volleyball team dropped its season opener in straight sets to UCLA, Friday night at the Concourse Hotel at LAX Classic from Gersten Pavilion. The Bearcats (0-1), who faced UCLA for the first time, fell 25-10, 25-17, 25-9 to the four-time national champion Bruins. Binghamton returns to the court Saturday afternoon for a pair of matches against host Loyola Marymount and LIU Brooklyn.

“We hung with them for a little bit in the second set,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “However, UCLA is a very good team and we committed too many errors which you can’t do against a team of their caliber. I thought we did a good blocking some of their hitters and we had a few good service runs. We will learn from this experience tonight and get ready for a pair of matches tomorrow.”

Binghamton was led by senior outside hitter Kristin Hovie, who registered a team-high six kills. However, the Bearcats committed as many as errors as terminations leading to .000 hitting percentage. Hovie also recorded a team-high six digs. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann dished out 15 assists for the Bearcats.

In the first set, UCLA jumped out to an 11-5 lead but a quick 4-0 Binghamton spurt pulled the Bearcats within two. Terminations by Hovie and sophomore Bianca Anderson ignited the charge. From there it was all UCLA however, as the Bruins went on an 11-0 run to ease to a 25-10 first-set victory.

Binghamton was most competitive in the second set taking an early lead then battling with the Pac-12 members throughout the middle of the frame. A Hovie kill leveled the stanza at eight, but UCLA answered with an 8-1 run forcing a Binghamton timeout. Dettmann connected on a service ace and kill while a Hovie termination pulled BU within four, 20-16. However, that would be as close as the Bearcats would get dropping the second set 25-17.

UCLA completed the sweep with a 25-9 win in the third set. The Bruins sprinted out to a 7-1 advantage before a kill by Dettmann delayed the damage. Hovie connected on a pair of kills during the set, but it wasn’t nearly enough as UCLA closed the frame on a 5-0 run to start the season 1-0.

The Bearcats battled at the net with UCLA as each team recorded six blocks. However, the Bruins were extremely efficient hitters ending the night with a .363 attack percentage. Binghamton misfired on eight service attempts while UCLA registered seven service aces.

Freshman Alexis LaGoy registered her first collegiate kill against the Bruins, ending her night with three terminations. Anderson chipped in three blocks while junior Megan Burgess added four kills.

Binghamton continues play in Los Angeles on Saturday at 4 p.m. (ET) against host Loyola Marymount.

Volleyball Opens Season At Loyola Marymount Invitational

Bearcats face four-time national champion UCLA in opener tonight at 7 p.m.

August 29, 2014


Volleyball Opens Season At Loyola Marymount Invitational

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

Live Video | Live Stats | Gametracker

2014 Season Preview | 2014 Schedule

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
MATCH #1: Binghamton vs. UCLA (Aug. 29 – 7 p.m. ET)
MATCH #2: Binghamton at Loyola Marymount (Aug. 30 – 4 p.m. ET)
MATCH #3: Binghamton vs. LIU Brooklyn (Aug. 30 – 8 p.m. ET)
MATCH SITE: Gersten Pavilion (Los Angeles, Calif.)
SERIES RECORDS: Binghamton vs. UCLA (first-ever meeting)
SERIES RECORD: Binghamton vs. Loyola Marymount (first-ever meeting)
SERIES RECORD: Binghamton vs. LIU Brooklyn (1-3)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball program begins the 2014 season on the other side of the country Friday as the Bearcats traveled over 2,700 miles to Los Angeles to compete in the Concourse Hotel at LAX Classic hosted by Loyola Marymount. Binghamton kicks-off the season tonight against four-time national champion UCLA at 7 p.m. eastern from Gersten Pavilion. The Bearcats face the host Lions Saturday at 4 p.m. and conclude tournament play at 8 p.m. against LIU Brooklyn.

BINGHAMTON OUTLOOK
The Bearcats (0-0) head to Los Angeles with one of the youngest teams in program history as head coach Glenn Kiriyama’s roster sports 10 underclassmen. Binghamton returns five starters but will have to replace key pieces in the middle and at the libero position.

Leading the Bearcats will be four-year starter and captain Amanda Dettmann. The 2012 America East Co-Setter of the Year will be the engine that drives the team in 2014. Dettmann averaged 9.26 assists per set in 2013 which ranked fifth in the conference and currently sits fourth on BU’s all-time assists list. The Milwaukee, Wis. native is equally important to the defense averaging over 2.00 digs per set each season with the Bearcats.

Receiving the majority of Dettmann’s sets will be sisters Kristin and Allison Hovie. The duo combined to average over 5.00 kills per set in 2013 as Allison earned America East All-Rookie honors. Kristin Hovie has registered over 800 career and seeks to become the eighth player in program history to eclipse 1,000 kills.

The Bearcats, who lost three-year starter and captain Grace Vickers and four-year libero Xiomara Ortiz to graduation, were selected to finish fifth in the America East Preseason poll. Binghamton finished the 2013 season with a 7-7 conference record, going 9-19 overall. 

SCOUTING UCLA
The Bruins (0-0) and the Bearcats will meet for the first time on Friday as Binghamton will face its first-ever Pac-12 opponent. UCLA, who has won four national championships most recently in 2011, went 15-15 last year with a 6-14 conference record. The Bruins were selected eighth in the Pac-12 preseason coaches’ poll and received votes in the Preseason AVCA poll.

UCLA is led by senior outside hitter Karsta Lowe, a 2014 Preseason All-Pac-12 Team selection, who averaged 4.31 kills per set last season which ranked 26th in the nation. A Pac-12 first-team selection in 2013, the 6-4 Karsta also earned AVCA Honorable Mention All-America honors. Senior Megan Moenoa returns as the top setter for UCLA. She averaged 9.21 assists per set which ranked ninth among Pac-12 setters last year.

SCOUTING LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
Binghamton will face West Coast Conference (WCC) member and host Loyola Marymount (LMU) for the first time in program history at 4 p.m. Saturday. LMU was selected to finish fifth in the WCC Preseason poll after completing the 2013 season with an 8-10 conference record.

LMU returns nine letterwinners and three starters from a 2013 team which went 14-14 and finished sixth in the WCC. Senior middle blocker Litara Keil is the top returner after averaging 3.50 kills per set to go with 0.76 blocks per set and 16 aces. Junior setter Hannah Tedrow posted 9.56 assists per set a season ago with 1.32 digs per set and 19 aces. Tom Black is in his fifth season as LMU’s head coach and has a record of 61-58. In nine years as a head coach, he has a 176-87 mark.

SCOUTING LIU BROOKLYN
The Bearcats and Blackbirds will meet for the fourth time on Saturday evening with LIU Brooklyn taking two of the three matchups since 2000. LIU Brooklyn reached the 2013 NCAA Tournament after posting a 23-8 overall record and a perfect 14-0 mark in the Northeast Conference, eventually falling to perennial powerhouse Penn State. The Blackbirds have won 32 consecutive Northeast Conference matches, the longest active winning streak in conference play at the Division I level.

LIU Brooklyn returns 11 players and nearly every starter from last year’s talented squad. Senior Annika Foit, the 2012 and 2013 NEC Player of the Year, and senior Vera Djuric (three-time NEC Setter of the Year) highlight the list of returners. Foit managed a team-best 384 kills at a rate of 4.17 per set last year, while Djuric dished out 1,060 assists (10.39 per set) while running the offense…also returning this season is two-time NEC Libero of the Year, junior Adriana Viñas Joy (4.38 digs per set). LIU Brooklyn is led by seventh-year head coach, and three-time NEC Coach of the Year, Kyle Robinson

UP NEXT
Binghamton returns to the East Coast next weekend when the Bearcats head to Akron, Ohio for the Zips Invitational. Binghamton will face Austin Peay, the host Zips, Bryant and Drake while in Northeast Ohio.

Women’s soccer edged by Manhattan 2-1

Church scores opening goal but Jaspers counter with two straight tallies

August 29, 2014


Women’s soccer edged by Manhattan 2-1

Junior forward Stephani Church

Box Score

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Junior forward Stephanie Church scored just 2:16 into the contest but visiting Manhattan (2-1) notched the game’s final two goals and edged Binghamton women’s soccer 2-1 Friday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

The Bearcats (0-3) got the quick start with Church’s first goal of the season but the Jaspers tied it in the ninth minute and then scored the game-winner 4:30 into the second half.

Binghamton held a 14-9 shots advantage but couldn’t break through for the equalizer.

“The team put in spurts of really good efforts but we just didn’t have every piece there tonight,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “We had some chances and outshot our opponent, which is something you need to do in order to win. But we weren’t connecting on final passes and shots. I think we’re getting closer but our organization and communication are still a work in progress. As long as we can learn from this game and tighten up a few things, we’ll be ready for Iona on Sunday.”

After back-to-back shutout losses to start the season, BU produced its first goal of 2014 when junior forward Katherine Corcoran chipped a ball over the Manhattan defense to Church, who was breaking in on the right side. With the keeper coming out to cut down the angle, Church brought down the pass and slotted a shot into the far corner from 10 yards out. 

Manhattan tied the game 6:18 later when leading scorer Aislinn McIvenny broke past the BU back line and received a perfect through ball from senior Kaelyn Angelo on the right. McIvenny dribbled closer before eluding keeper Gaby Gold with a shot into the far side netting from 12 yards away.

Church nearly had a tiebreaking goal midway through the first half. With 20:35 left in the opening period, freshman back Hannah Shankman tracked down a ball on the left wing, cut back and delivered a cross that bounced inside the box. Church beat her defender to the ball and had a point-blank header off the bounce, but Manhattan keeper Kristen Skonieczny made the save. 

Four minutes later, Gold made a nice save to keep the game even. She came out and dove to her left to smother a shot attempt from 16 yards away.

The Bearcats had two more good chances in the first half, including a volley from sophomore midfielder Katie O’Neill that was saved, and a dangerous cross from freshman forward Jocelyn Acor, that the keeper punched away. 

Tied 1-1 at half, the teams barely had a sweat going in the second half when the Jaspers scored a quirky goal that stood up as the winner. Senior back Shannon Garrity crossed a ball from the right side that appeared to skim off the head of a BU defender. The re-routed ball sailed past second-half keeper Katie Hatziyianis and banked in off the upper body of junior forward Sam Washuk, who was driving toward the net alongside another Bearcats defender.

Binghamton faces another MAAC member on Sunday when Iona arrives in town for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

NOTES
Binghamton played the game without half of its starting back line as senior Connie Gormley and sophomore Allison Mack were nursing injuries.

Men’s soccer beats Bucknell 2-1 in season opener

Bottoni and Novoth each net first career goal

August 29, 2014


Men’s soccer beats Bucknell 2-1 in season opener

The starting team for the win at Bucknell

Final Stats

LEWISBURG, Pa.—Junior midfielder Luca Bottoni and sophomore back Charlie Novoth each scored in the second half, leading Binghamton (1-0-0) to a 2-1 win at Bucknell (0-1-0) on Friday night at Emmitt Field. The victory came against a Bison squad that won 13 games last year and returned its top two leading scorers.

Bottoni’s goal was the first of his career and came in the 62nd minute. He took a pass from sophomore forward Logan Roberts and fired it into the net from 15 yards out.

Novoth, meanwhile, converted a free kick from just outside the penalty box in the 80th minute. It too was his first collegiate goal.

Sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes made his first career start and was credited with five saves. The only Bucknell goal was scored by Justin Galiani with just one second left in regulation.

The Bison outshot the Bearcats 16-7 for the game, including a 9-1 margin in the opening 45 minutes. The Bearcats, however, made some halftime adjustments and were able to turn the tide of the match.

“We defended quite well the whole game,” head coach Paul Marco said. “But in the second half of the game, we showed a lot more urgency going forward with the ball. I thought Robert was terrific tonight in goal and while we would love to have gotten the shutout, this was a good step forward for our team.

Binghamton hosts Marist in its home opener on Monday at 5 p.m.

NOTES: Including Moewes, the Bearcats had four newcomers in their starting lineup against Bucknell. He was joined by freshmen forwards Isaiah Barrett and Ben Ovetsky as well as freshman back Christian Dam … Binghamton’s last season-opening win also came at Bucknell in 2011. The final score was 3-1 and featured a goal by current midfielder Tommy Moon, who is now the team captain.

BU Men’s Soccer Team Announces Home Game Promotional Schedule

Bearcat scarf also available for all men’s and women’s soccer season ticket holders

August 27, 2014


BU Men’s Soccer Team Announces Home Game Promotional Schedule

The scarf which will be given to all men's and women's soccer season ticket holders

Contact: David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton men’s soccer team has announced its home game promotional schedule for the 2014 season.

On Monday, the athletic department will hold its Welcome Back BBQ for all student-athletes at 4 p.m. at the Events Center. Immediately following that event is the Bearcats’ 5 p.m. home opener against Marist.

Binghamton’s game against Army on Sept. 10 will feature a tribute to all military personnel. Other home games will honor BU faculty & staff (Sept. 23 vs. Syracuse) and the university’s international students (Oct. 22 vs. Columbia). Details for all three of those games are still in the works.

The Bearcats will continue their support of the Red Card Cancer program at a pair of games this season (Sept. 13 vs. Cornell and Nov. 1 vs. Stony Brook). The match against Stony Brook will also serve as Senior Night.

On Oct. 4, the Bearcats’ America East opener against Hartford will serve as youth and team poster night. A Youth Day Clinic will also follow Binghamton’s Oct. 11 game against New Hampshire.

The game against New Hampshire has been moved to a 1 p.m. kickoff to accommodate Family Weekend at Binghamton University. In addition, it will also be a SUBWAY “Pack the House” game.

This year’s Homecoming game takes place on Oct. 18 against Vermont. It marks the fourth time since 2008 the Catamounts are the Homecoming Opponent. All three previous meetings have been decided by a single goal.

“We are thrilled with the home promotional schedule,” head coach Paul Marco said. “Overall, I think our department has done a very good job with it. We are looking forward to putting a good product on the field with an entertaining, fast style of play. We hope our home fans will really appreciate it.”

In addition to the single-game promotions this year, Binghamton has created a season ticket package for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams. A $20.00 season ticket comes with a Bearcat scarf to be used as an admission ticket for all men’s and women’s regular-season home games.

“What a terrific idea to have the scarf this year,” Marco said. “Our marketing department has come up with a great plan to boost the season ticket sales. It is a staple in the soccer world. Every great club in every country has a scarf. I am very happy we have unveiled our season ticket and scarf at the same time.”

Click the link below for more information.

2014 Men’s and Women’s Soccer Season Tickets

2014 MEN’S SOCCER HOME GAME PROMOTIONS

Sept. 1 vs. Marist (Welcome Back BBQ to precede game)
Sept. 10 vs. Army (Military Personnel Night)
Sept. 13 vs. Cornell (High School Night and Red Card Awareness)
Sept. 23 vs. Syracuse (Faculty Staff Night)
Oct. 4 vs. Hartford (Youth & Poster Night)
Oct. 11 vs. New Hampshire (Family Weekend Game, Youth Clinic)
Oct. 18 vs. Vermont (Homecoming)
Oct. 22 vs. Columbia (International Students Night)
Nov. 1 vs. Stony Brook (Red Card Cancer Awareness, Senior Night)

Volleyball Veterans Embrace Youth Movement

Bearcats seek return to conference tournament armed with 10 underclassmen

August 27, 2014


Volleyball Veterans Embrace Youth Movement

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

2014 Schedule | 2014 Preseason Poll

VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton head volleyball coach Glenn Kiriyama embarks on his 16th season with the Bearcats in 2014 and may face one of his most challenging coaching assignments of his tenure. The three-time America East Coach of the Year is charged with guiding a roster that sports 10 underclassmen back to the postseason. Following an up-and-down 2013, Binghamton failed to qualify for the America East Tournament for just the second time in 10 years after capturing its third America East title in 2012.

“We are working hard as a unit, which is always refreshing,” Kiriyama said. “But we have a long way to go and right now, we are focused on getting better each day we step on the court. I believe this team will be in the mix at the end of the season…you just have to get into the conference tournament and then anything can happen.”

A trio of seniors will be vital to Binghamton’s success in 2014. Captains Amanda Dettmann and Alexa Zbytniewski as well as Kristin Hovie will be heavily relied upon to assist in the development and maturation of the underclassmen. Kiriyama’s core has combined to play in more than 230 matches and each had key roles in the 2012 championship.

“Our seniors are assuming the majority of the leadership roles,” Kiriyama continued. “They are seasoned veterans now and have been influential in helping our younger players. They will have to step up in their new roles both on and off the court if we are going to be successful.”

SETTER
For the Bearcats, who were picked fifth in the America East preseason poll, the season will greatly hinge upon the play of Dettmann, who begins her fourth year as Binghamton’s setter and quarterback. The Milwaukee, Wis. native currently sits fourth on Binghamton’s all-time assists lists with 3,198 and has a chance to finish her career among the program’s best setters.
Dettmann
“Amanda is the calming influence on the team, both on and off the court,” Kiriyama noted. “The team really leans on her for guidance and leadership.”
The dynamic talent, who has captained the team since her freshman season, is also crucial to Binghamton’s defense and service game. The 2012 America East Co-Setter of the Year has compiled over 700 digs, 100 total blocks and 90 service aces in her career.

“Amanda’s decision-making has improved immensely since last season,” Kiriyama continued. “Knowing when and where to distribute the ball has really helped the learning curve of some of the players. She is much smarter setter than she was a year ago and really is the glue that keeps the team together.”

Learning from Dettmann will be freshman Sarah Ngo, who will step into the backup role for Kiriyama. Ngo won a Tennessee state title at Ravenwood High School in 2010 before transferring to Centennial High where she was a three-time all-district selection.

“Sarah has great hands and moves the ball well within the offense,” Kiriyama said. “She does a good job at keeping the hitters engaged and has absorbed the offense well.”

OUTSIDE HITTER
The most experienced position on the floor for Binghamton is the outside hitters. Each of the Kiriyama’s hitters has seen time on the court led by four-year starter in Hovie. Joining her on the outside is younger sister Allison Hovie and sophomore Kelly Leach. The Bearcats’ lone junior, Megan Burgess, will see most of her action at the right side position.

A. Hovie
“The outsides will see the majority of the sets where in years past we have set the middle a bit more,” Kiriyama explained. “I believe it is our most experienced position so we will expect them to perform at a higher rate earlier in the season.”
Kristin Hovie, who has amassed over 800 kills in her three years at Binghamton, will look to bounce back from a 2013 season that was plagued by injuries. Alongside her will be Allison Hovie, who was a 2013 America East All-Rookie selection. The duo combined for over five kills per set and will see the bulk of the sets from Dettmann.

“Kristin and Allison are very comfortable with each other on the court,” Kiriyama said. “We have high expectations for them while they are both still developing. We will need them to contribute in a variety of ways, not just hitting, if we are going to be successful. Kristin is an excellent blocker while Allison’s back row play will be equally as important.”

Rounding out the arsenal of hitters for Dettmann are Burgess and Leach. Burgess finished her first full season as a starter averaging over 2.00 kills per set while Leach saw action in 24 matches. Burgess, a native of St. Petersburg, Fla., has a powerful arm and has grown into a more accurate hitter. Leach is a versatile athlete that will see time in both the front and back rows.

“I think Megan has grown the most since last season,” Kiriyama stated. “She has become a much better blocker and is more accurate with her attacks. If she can limit her errors I believe she can be one of the top hitters in the league. Kelly has developed well and could see significant court time either on the outside or in the back row.”

MIDDLE
The middle of Binghamton’s front row will feature a pair of sophomores and freshmen after the loss of two-time first-team all-conference selection Grace Vickers. Tasked to fill the shoes of one of the most productive players in program history will be Bianca Anderson, Shannon Kirkpatrick, Kristella Morina and Alexis LaGoy. Morina and LaGoy are entering their first seasons with the Bearcats and could be called upon to produce early.
Anderson
“We are very young at the middle position,” Kiriyama noted. “It will be a point of emphasis for us throughout the season as we work to prepare them for the rigors of conference play. We need the young players to buy into what we are teaching and then execute what they learned on the court when they get their chance.”

Each of the Bearcats’ four middles stands nearly six feet tall or higher which will provide support in the blocking game. Anderson has become a more consistent hitter and will be a physical presence while Kirkpatrick’s 24 starts in 2014 will be important. Morina stands 6-foot-3 and should give Kiriyama a solid blocking option. LaGoy led her Baldwinsville team to two New York state titles and was a two-time first-team all-state selection.

“Our middles will have to be effective blockers, even before their offense,” Kiriyama stated. “However, we expect them to contribute immediately and protect their area of the court. More than anything we need them to be aggressive at the net and make things difficult for opposing offenses.”

LIBERO/DEFENSIVE SPECIALIST
Kiriyama will have to replace a four-year starting libero and Binghamton’s all-time digs leader in the graduated Xiomara Ortiz. Easing the transition is first-year captain Alexa Zbytniewski, who has settled into a defensive specialist role. Zbytniewski is a gifted athlete that can slide into multiple roles for the Bearcats.

“Alexa is our vocal leader on the court,” Kiriyama said. “She possesses a lot of good insight and I believe the team looks up to her. She has grown into a true leader and a dynamic player. We look forward to her being our co-captain.”
A pair of sophomores will battle for the libero position after receiving a year of guidance from Ortiz. Bailey Walker and Kasey Muchnicki each saw court time in 2013 and are competing for the off-colored jersey, but it has been Walker who has emerged as the frontrunner. Also providing depth on the back line will be freshman Mirei Kato.

Zbytniewski
“Bailey is an extremely hard worker and has a desire to become the libero,” Kiriyama said. “She has good quickness and speed which equals to her covering a lot of ground. Kasey works very hard as well and her passing has improved greatly. She will see court time this season in the back row no matter what position.”

AMERICA EAST
The Bearcats kick-off their season against four-time national champion UCLA (Aug. 29) in what Kiriyama believes is one of the most difficult tournaments in the program’s history. Following 16 non-conference matches away from home Binghamton will begin its navigation through the America East schedule at Albany on Sept. 26. The Bearcats then head to defending champion New Hampshire on Oct. 3 before concluding a 19-game road trip at UMass Lowell on Oct. 5.

“We emphasized more this preseason how important the early games are,” Kiriyama said. “It starts out tough, with probably one of the toughest tournaments we’ve played in since I’ve been at BU. Every game is going to be difficult, but we want to learn from each match as we prepare for conference play.”

A unique schedule has Binghamton playing all six home matches consecutively commencing on Homecoming Weekend against Hartford on Oct 11. The Bearcats then host Stony Brook (Oct. 11), UMBC (Oct. 19), Albany (Oct. 19), UMass Lowell (Oct. 31) and New Hampshire (Nov. 11). Binghamton hits the road for a short three-game trip for important matches against Stony Brook (Nov. 7), Hartford (Nov. 9) and UMBC (Nov. 14) to conclude the season.

“Conference play is always tightly contested,” Kiriyama noted. “Every game is important as we learned last year, so we’ll use each match as a learning experience. Each year only a few games separate one from four or five. Our goal is to get to the postseason and then see what happens.”

 

Shavon Greaves hired as track & field assistant coach

Former Penn State All-American was on the Wagner coaching staff for two years

August 25, 2014


Shavon Greaves hired as track & field assistant coach

Shavon Greaves

2010 Flotrack Interview with Shavon Greaves at NCAA Indoor Meet

Contact: David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton track & field program has announced the hiring of Shavon Greaves as its new assistant coach. She arrives from Wagner College, where she was an assistant coach the past two seasons.

While at Wagner, she coached the sprinters, hurdlers and middle distance runners. Under her watch, the Seahawks produced the NEC champion in the 500 this past year as well as four All-NEC honorees in the events she oversaw. In addition, a pair of her athletes qualified for the ECAC Championships.

A 2011 graduate of Penn State, Greaves was a nine-time All-American and 14-time Big Ten Conference champion. Her top performance was a third-place finish in the 200 at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Track Championships. Greaves was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Year (across all sports) three times (2009, 2010 and 2011) and was the conference’s Rookie of the Year in 2008.

“I am excited to add Shavon Greaves to the Binghamton Track and Field coaching staff,” head coach Mike Thompson said. “She was an outstanding athlete at Penn State and a successful coach at Wagner College, and she brings a wealth of new ideas and a winning attitude that will greatly benefit the Binghamton Track and Field program.”

Binghamton was the runner up this past year at the America East Indoor Championships on both the men’s and women’s side. At the ensuing conference outdoor meet, the Bearcat women placed third while the men finished fourth.

TRANSACTION

Binghamton University – Shavon Greaves named assistant track & field coach.

Kicking Off the 2014-15 Year

BU Athletic Director Patrick Elliott goes on WNBF to talk about the start of the year

August 25, 2014


Kicking Off the 2014-15 Year

Patrick Elliott and WBNF host Roger Neel

WNBF Radio Interview

Contact: David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

With the 2014-15 athletic year starting up at Binghamton, Director of Athletics Patrick Elliott was a guest on Roger Neel’s WNBF Morning Show this past Friday. He touched on a variety of topics from the excitement of the year starting to the new staff hires as well as the continued academic excellence of BU’s student-athletes.

The Bearcat women’s soccer team kicked off their season at home against Temple on Friday. The men’s soccer team launches its 2014 campaign on Friday at Bucknell while the volleyball team heads out to California this weekend for its season-opening tournament at Loyola-Marymount.

Women’s soccer blanked 2-0 at Lehigh

Mountain Hawks score once in each half

August 23, 2014


Women’s soccer blanked 2-0 at Lehigh

Freshman goalkeeper Katie Hatziyianis (photo courtesy of Lehigh Athletics)

Final Stats

Contact: David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Correll Grace had a goal and an assist, leading host Lehigh (1-0-0) to a 2-0 win over Binghamton (0-2-0) in a non-conference women’s soccer game on Sunday afternoon at the Ulrich Sports Complex. The game was the second in three days for the Bearcats.

Grace broke open a scoreless tie with just 57 seconds remaining in the first half. She headed in a cross from Paige Elliott, who was stationed to the left of the goal. Madi Morgan was also credited with an assist.

With the Bearcats pressing for the equalizer in the 76th minute, the Mountain Hawks were able to turn a counterattack into an insurance goal. Grace finished the run by crossing the ball to Darby Wiegand, who headed the ball into the net.

Binghamton fired four shots in the final 13 minutes of regulation but was unable to break the shutout.

“I thought we came out stronger than we did against Temple on Friday,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “But it was unfortunate that we allowed that goal late in the first half. We are still missing some players (due to injury) but we got to finish off our chances better. Lehigh finished off two great chances against us.”

In a wide open game, the Mountain Hawks finished with a 23-14 shot advantage.

Senior goalkeeper Gaby Gold made five saves in the first half while freshman goalkeeper Katie Hatziyianis recorded a pair of stops in the second half.

Binghamton returns home on Friday for a 5 p.m. game against Manhattan.

Women’s soccer drops season opener to Temple 2-0

Visiting Owls tally both goals in 1:16 span midway through first half

August 22, 2014


Women’s soccer drops season opener to Temple 2-0

Sophomore back Allison Mack

Box Score

Video Highlights

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Visiting Temple struck for two goals in a 1:16 span midway through the first half and pinned a 2-0 loss on Binghamton women’s soccer in the season opener for both teams Friday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

The Owls opened the scoring in the 17th minute after a free kick just inside the midfield line. The long ball was headed away by a BU defender but retrieved by Temple midfielder Shannon Senour on the right side of the box. Senour spun and dribbled to the endline before crossing to the six yard box just beyond the reach of BU keeper Gaby Gold. Junior midfielder Gina Ditaranto got just enough of her upper right leg on the ball to guide it into the net from the doorstep.

Then just over a minute later, another long ball into the box spelled doom for the Bearcats. Gold charged and collected the ball momentarily, but collided with a Temple forward and the ball spilled loose. A failed clear then rolled directly to the feet of Owls forward Kelly Farrell, who set up and drilled an 18-yard shot into the vacated goal.

The two-goal flurry came shortly after Binghamton had a good chance to strike for the opening goal. Sophomore midfielder Katie O’Neill fed a beautiful through ball to junior forward Samantha Crane down the right side. Crane slowed up, cut back to the middle and slotted a pass across to junior midfielder Rebecca Raber, whose right-footed shot was headed toward the lower left corner before being saved by Temple keeper Shauni Kerkhoff.

After Raber’s chance, Gold charged hard to smother a through ball on the left side of the box.

After struggling to keep pace for the remainder of the half, BU stepped up its intensity early in the second half and had two good scoring chances off corner kicks. The Bearcats registered six shots in the second half and held a 9-8 shots margin for the game. Binghamton also earned four corner kicks in the period but couldn’t find the back of the net. Junior center back Connie Gormley just missed on a header off a Raber corner kick midway through the period and an O’Neill header off another corner kick carried over the bar in the 87th minute.

“We played a tough opponent tonight,” head coach Sarah McClellan said of the Owls, members of the American Athletic Conference, which owns a power ranking of No. 7 among all Division I conferences. “Temple got us on our heels in the first half but I was proud of how we responded in the second half. We had the ball a little more and outshot them. That’s something we can definitely build on.” 

Freshman keeper Katie Hatziyianis made her collegiate debut in the second half and made four saves in 45 minutes of work. With 7:54 left in the contest, Hatziyianis made a flashy save, diving to her right to knock away a direct kick.

Binghamton travels to Bethlehem, Pa. on Sunday for an away contest at Lehigh. The game against the Patriot League member Mountain Hawks begins at 12:30 p.m. at Ulrich Sports Complex.

NOTES
The loss was just the fourth in 15 home openers for Binghamton since 2000 (10-4-1)... The Bearcats are 1-2 all-time against Temple, winning 3-1 in 2009 and losing by the same 2-0 score last year.

Balanced women’s soccer poised for breakout year

SEASON PREVIEW: Seven starters back from team that reached America East quarters

August 22, 2014


Balanced women’s soccer poised for breakout year

Senior captain Connie Gormley

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - With depth in back, skilled players up the middle and an influx of newcomers ready to contribute right away, it’s easy to see why Binghamton women’s soccer coach Sarah McClellan is eager to start the 2014 season. McClellan returns seven starters and 19 letterwinners from last fall’s team that pushed its way into the postseason. Now with an incoming class of eight freshmen fighting for time, the seventh-year mentor has plenty of options up and down the roster and isn’t shy about expressing her optimism.

“We’re really excited about this group … this is going to be a special team for us – we figured that out in the first couple days of preseason,” McClellan said. “The new girls are playing like they’ve been here for a long time and our returners came in ready to play. The sky is the limit for this group.”

Ten non-conference and eight America East encounters await the Bearcats, who open with four of five at home, beginning with the team’s debut against Temple on August 22 at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

Tri-captains Gold, Gormley and Raber form key nucleus up middle
Senior center back Connie Gormley, an all-conference selection and four-year starter, anchors the back line as she’s done since her arrival on campus. Behind her, senior keeper Gaby Gold is back after posting a 1.00 goals against average in 2013. Relentless midfielder Rebecca Raber is coming off a sophomore season that saw her earn first team all-conference honors. Raber will control the middle of the field and direct the team’s attack. The trio will play a pivotal role in the team’s success, both from an operational standpoint on the field but equally important, a leadership role with the underclassmen.

Gold is the team’s returning starter and her presence between the pipes will settle the Bearcats. She played in 13 games last season, splitting time with Carrie Martin, who has now graduated. McClellan will likely keep her in-game tandem rotation as freshman Katie Hatziyianis has quickly emerged as a viable shot stopper.

Hatziyianis was a first team all-state goalie who led her Massapequa High team to the state championship last fall. She is a fluid athlete who can make big saves and much like former Bearcat standout and current assistant Kristie Bowers ’07, Hatziyianis may be the four-year stalwart keeper McClellan has been coveting.

Redshirt freshman Haley Downin has good size and strength and is emerging as she comes off a redshirt 2013 season. Downin’s development gives the Bearcats three keepers who are game-ready and will push each other in training every day. 

Despite injuries, senior Alyssa Gutierrez and walk-on freshman Lili Ruland are high quality contributors.

Returning to join Gormley in back is sophomore Allison Mack, who will start on the left side of BU’s 4-3-3 alignment. Mack started 14 games as a freshman, both at outside back and center midfield, and she’s a capable defender who has added more confidence and composure on the ball.

Junior Alyssa Vallar, who played in 12 games last year, is competing for a starting spot in the middle. She reads the game well, came into camp with good foot speed and can also play on the outside.

Sophomore Kasey Brida has made big strides since her freshman season and is in the mix for significant time on the outside. She played in nine games last fall but has impressed the coaching staff this August with increased precision, communication and consistency.

Another sophomore who has shown significant improvement is Kelly Corrado, the team’s biggest back at 5-foot-11. Corrado had a strong spring before playing at a high level in the WPSL this summer. She has earned ample minutes at center and outside back.

A trio of freshmen – Emma Maslin, Katherine Millet and Hannah Shankman – will push for time in back. Maslin is working through pre-season injuries but offers a big upside at center back. A local recruit with five years of experience under McClellan’s coaching, Maslin is very fit with sound technique. Millet has a can-do attitude and is rapidly building confidence. Shankman is a versatile player who can attack from the back. Another first-year player, Valerie McNamara, a four-year ODP member from the Buffalo area, can play in back or at midfield.

All-Rookie selection O’Neill helps solidify central midfield
The Bearcats have always produced strong central midfielders and this year’s unit is no exception. It begins with Raber, a dynamic player who can score from any range and is a fierce competitor. With the graduation of veteran leader Emma Kurth, sophomore Katie O’Neill moves up to midfield from the back line, where she earned America East All-Rookie honors after starting 17 games as a freshman. O’Neill is dangerous on the attack with either foot, has speed and a competitive fire.

Senior Emily Nuss is back in a starting role for her final collegiate campaign. She can play the attacking or holding center positions and her experience will be vital to the unit.

Sophomore Aly Falinski offers a high work rate and good service with either foot. Her role will expand as she continues to return to form from an injury.

Multiple attacking weapons could boost production
Many times great play and time of possession don’t yield goals in college soccer. The Bearcats fell victim to this reality in 2013 when they were held to one goal or less in 13 (of 18) games. The margin is ever so slight, especially in conference play, and two seems to be the magic number. Binghamton was 5-0 when striking twice in a game and 1-7 when surrendering two or more goals.

But in 2014, McClellan is most excited about her attacking unit.

“We have a lot of dangerous options,” she said. “We can play 6-7 forwards during a game and not have a drop-off.”

Chief among those weapons is junior Stephani Church, the team’s leading returning scorer. Church netted five goals in 2013, including four game-winners. She came into camp in great shape and with speed and a comfort level with the system, Church could jump that goal-scoring number up higher.

Junior Katherine Corcoran is one of the most underrated players on the team. She is dangerous with the ball on either foot and is a very technical player who will draw attention and create havoc for defenders. She tallied seven points in 17 starts last season and McClellan expects that output to grow.

Another third-year player with speed and ball skills is Samantha Crane, who played in all 18 games last season with eight starts.

Two freshmen who will turn some heads up top are Jocelyn Acor and Patricia Hanley. Acor is a speedster who scored 35 goals for Hornell High last year. Aside from her finishing skills, Acor can dribble and apply heavy pressure tracking on defense. Hanley has impressed the coaches in preseason with her attacking runs and work rate. Both players are expected to receive quality minutes in the forward rotation, as should redshirt freshman Jacque Rice, a physical player who has an unpredictable attack.

Sophomore Leighann Bennett, who played in nine games last year, and junior Jacqueline Ehrenreich, round out the unit. Sophomore Michele Galvin, who netted three goals in 2013, will sit out the season with an injury.

McClellan high on team’s attitude, communication
Talent can take a team only so far and McClellan believes in addition to the collective skillset on the field, her 2014 edition has a great attitude and a heightened sense of responsibility for training and performance.

“We’re working together very well,” she said. “The players have shown a willingness to embrace our challenge of communication and they understand that process and preparation are imperative to achieving results.”

Not lost on any player or coach in the program is the fact that this year is the 10-year anniversary of the historic run to the NCAA tournament made by the 2004 Bearcats, who will be honored at Homecoming on October 19. Duplicating that team’s sweep of the America East regular season and tournament titles – the first in the program’s Division I tenure – would be special.

“We’ve set very high goals for this year, which takes a lot of courage,” McClellan said. “This team is capable of making a splash in conference play and extending it into a long season. But for now we’ll focus on improving each game and build positives. The America East is very even and wide open and you have to be ready every single time you take the field. The players are invested in taking this season to the next level and we’re excited to get under way.”

Armstrong joins Volleyball Program For Kiriyama’s 16th Season

Former Alabama St. assistant helped lead the Hornets to first-ever NCAA appearance

August 21, 2014


Armstrong joins Volleyball Program For Kiriyama’s 16th Season

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - The Binghamton volleyball program and head coach Glenn Kiriyama announced the hiring of Valerie Armstrong as assistant coach. Armstrong replaces Rashinda Reed who moved on to Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) member Northeastern.

Armstrong arrives from Alabama State University where she was an assistant coach during the 2013 season. She will immediately step into the top assistant role for Kiriyama, who is entering his 16th season at Binghamton.

“We are thrilled to have Valerie, with her vast experience as a player and coach at various levels, join our staff,” Kiriyama said.  “She will be a great addition to the Binghamton volleyball program.  Our squad will benefit greatly from her enthusiasm and passion for the sport.”

While with Alabama St., Armstrong was a member of the 2013 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) tournament champions helping guide the Hornets to their first NCAA appearance in school history. Alabama St. set a program record for wins (25) and named five players to the SWAC all-conference teams.

Prior to her time at Alabama St. Armstrong spent four years as the head coach of Vernon College, a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) institution. While in North Texas, Armstrong helped guide 16 players to all-conference recognition including four academic all-americans. In 2012, Armstrong navigated Vernon to a 32-7 record en route to a conference championship. Vernon ended one its best seasons in program history ranked 15th in the final NJCAA poll.

Before coaching at Vernon, Armstrong was an assistant coach at Colby Community College (Colby, Kan.) and College of the Southwest (Hobbs, N.M.) gaining valuable experience.

Armstrong, a native of Big Springs, Nebraska, received her Master’s degree from Concordia University (Irvine, Calif.) in coaching and athletics administration in 2012. She earned her bachelor’s degree in agriculture business from Oklahoma Panhandle State University (2007) and her associate’s degree from Eastern Wyoming College (2005).

While a member of the Eastern Wyoming program, Armstrong was named an academic all-american. She was also named Female Athlete of the Year honors while at Oklahoma Panhandle St.

TRANSACTION – Binghamton University – Valerie Armstrong named assistant volleyball coach

Volleyball Selected Fifth In America East Preseason Poll

Bearcats begin season on Aug. 29 against four-time national champion UCLA

August 21, 2014


Volleyball Selected Fifth In America East Preseason Poll

America East Releaes

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The America East preseason volleyball poll was released Wednesday afternoon and Binghamton was predicted to finish fifth with 17 points. The voting was conducted by the seven conference head coaches, each of which was not allowed to vote for their own team.

UMBC, who fell to New Hampshire in the 2013 America East championship match, was voted first with 33 points. The Wildcats were a close second earning 30 points in the poll, while each program received three first place votes. Stony Brook rounded out the top three with 28 points and the final first place vote.

Completing the poll was Albany with 21 points, Binghamton, followed by Hartford (12) and second-year member UMass Lowell (6). Former associate member Providence is no longer competing in the America East Conference.

The top four teams in the conference standings at the end of the regular season will qualify for the 2014 America East Championship, which will take place at the home of the top seed on Nov. 21 and 22 or 22 and 23. The tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Championship. Binghamton and Albany have combined for the nine of the past 10 America East Tournament titles.

Following its third America East title in program history, the Bearcats failed to advance to the conference tournament for just the second time in the past 10 years. Binghamton started the 2014 season slow, but finished strong coming just two games short of the postseason, going 7-7 during America East play. The Bearcats finished the season with a 9-19 overall record.

Binghamton returns four starters to its 2014 unit, but will have to navigate a tough schedule after losing all-conference performers Grace Vickers and Xiomara Ortiz. The Bearcats will be led by four-year starting setter, Amanda Dettmann. The senior captain from Milwaukee, Wis. was the 2012 Co-Setter of the Year and a second-team all-conference selection.

The Bearcats begin their season on Aug. 29 in Los Angeles, Calif. at the Loyola Marymount Tournament against Pac-12 member and four-time national champion UCLA.

BU holds Fall Preseason Media Day

Men's and women's soccer squads and volleyball team gear up for season

August 20, 2014


BU holds Fall Preseason Media Day

Head Women;s Soccer Coach Sarah McClellan

Photo Gallery

Men's Soccer Video

Women's Soccer Video

WBNG Coverage

WIVT Coverage

FOX 40 Coverage

Contact: David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.—With the preseason winding down, the Binghamton men’s and women’s soccer teams and volleyball squad held its annual preseason media day on Wednesday afternoon. Head coaches Sarah McClellan (women’s soccer), Paul Marco (men’s soccer) and Glenn Kiriyama (volleyball) were joined by selected players at the event.

The women’s soccer team opens its season Friday night at 7 p.m. against Temple at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The volleyball team is at four-time NCAA champion UCLA next Friday while the men’s soccer team kicks off its 2004 campaign at Bucknell that same night.

IWLCA Recognizes Women’s Lacrosse For Academic Achievement

Program earns status for third time in last four years; Foley and Fisher named to Academic Honor Roll

August 20, 2014


IWLCA Recognizes Women’s Lacrosse For Academic Achievement

IWLCA Academic Honor Roll

IWLCA Academic Honor Squads

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - The Binghamton women’s lacrosse team was honored by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) as a 2014 Academic Squad. It marks the third time in the past four seasons that the Bearcats have achieved the feat. Senior Alex Fisher and graduate Erica Foley were also honored by the IWLCA being named to the 2014 Academic Honor Roll.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our team for their academic achievements this past spring,” head coach Stephanie Allen said. “Our team took a hard look at what we wanted to accomplish last season and our first priority was making significant strides in the classroom. We were able to set a high academic benchmark for the program while improving competitively on the field.”

Fisher and Foley were two of 223 Division I student-athletes honored by the IWLCA for achieving a GPA of 3.50 or higher. The duo constructed two of the seven players from the America East to be named to the list. Binghamton was one of 84 schools that the IWLCA recognized as Division I Academic Squads for attaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Bearcats were just one of three teams from the America East to be honored by the IWLCA. Joining Binghamton on the list was Stony Brook and Vermont.

“Alex and Erica not only led our team on the field, but were able to exemplify what model student-athletes they are with their achievements in the classroom,” Allen noted. “As a staff, we are extremely proud of their accomplishments and the high standard they have set for the women’s lacrosse program.”

Binghamton placed more than two-thirds of its players on the America East Honor Roll for achieving a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Bearcats were led by Fisher and Foley, who were each named to the America East All-Academic Team.

Fisher, an integrated neuro molecular track major, wrapped up the semester with a 3.50 cumulative GPA. The Brockport, N.Y. native started all 16 games netting 13 goals and handing out seven assists. She finished the season tied for first on the team in draw controls (30). Fisher also had four games where she notched at least three points.

Foley finished the semester with a 3.62 GPA as an economics major. She started all 16 games for Binghamton. She picked up 11 ground balls and caused eight turnovers from the Binghamton’s back line in her final season as a Bearcat.

The recognition marks the seventh time the women’s lacrosse team has made the list. The Bearcats earned IWLCA Academic Squad honors from 2005-2008, 2011 and 2013. With two more Bearcats being named to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll, Binghamton has now placed 18 student-athletes on the list since 2006.

Men’s soccer picked seventh in America East Preseason Poll

Bearcats seeking to bounce back from injury-plagued 2013 campaign

August 19, 2014


Men’s soccer picked seventh in America East Preseason Poll

Tommy Moon

Conference Poll Results

Contact: David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The America East Conference has released its 2014 Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll and the Bearcats have been picked to place seventh overall. The voting was done by the eight conference coaches, none of whom were permitted to vote for their own team.

Binghamton, which advanced to the conference quarterfinals for the second straight year, suffered a rash of injuries last season. After starting off 2-2-1, the Bearcats lost midfielder Tommy Moon to a season-ending leg injury. Several other starters spent significant time on the disabled list and Binghamton finished 3-11-5.

This season, however, Moon returns for a final season, having been granted a medical redshirt year in 2013. So far during preseason, the Bearcats have been injury free.

UMBC, which advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year, was the unanimous choice to repeat as America East champions. Hartford received the other first-place vote.

Binghamton kicks off its season at Bucknell on August 29.

Men’s Soccer Takes Part In 2014 Wendy’s Walk For Kids

Bearcats continue strong tradition of giving back to the community

August 18, 2014


Men’s Soccer Takes Part In 2014 Wendy’s Walk For Kids

The Bearcats at Sunday's Wendy's Walk for Kids Event

Photo Gallery

Wendy's Walk for Kids Website

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Recap

Contact: David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.—When it comes to taking part in charitable events, the BU men’s soccer team’s participation in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last week was not an isolated event.

The squad won the BU Athletic Department’s Citizenship Award in May, which was presented to the Bearcat program that stood out the most in terms of its community involvement. On Sunday, that tradition continued when the Bearcats took part in the Wendy’s Walk for Kids at the Dick’s Open Golf Tournament in nearby Endicott.

“These community events are really terrific for our guys to understand about giving back and making connections with people outside of the game,” head coach Paul Marco said.

“It’s a very high priority of the team to support these charities and be there for the community in general because the community comes out and supports us,” graduate student Tommy Moon said.

Wendy’s Walk for Kids is a local organization that aims to raise money for children living in the Southern Tier. It is a non-profit organization whose goal is to make a direct difference to children in the area. Over the years, Wendy’s Walk for Kids has raised over $750,000 for local charities in the area.

This was the second year in a row that the Bearcats took part in the Wendy’s Walk for Kids event at the Dick’s Open. After a week of solid preseason training, getting off campus and being a part of such an event gave them a healthy perspective.

“Just because we are going through a tough week of training, it doesn’t mean that we can miss out on helping others,” sophomore back Charlie Novoth said. “It’s good to get out there and also make ourselves known.”

Reigning champion baseball hires Jurik as assistant

Former Atlanta Braves draft pick will serve as pitching coach

August 15, 2014


Reigning champion baseball hires Jurik as assistant

Dan Jurik

VESTAL, N.Y. – Two-time defending America East champion Binghamton baseball has added a pitching coach with local ties. After serving the last two years on the staff at St. John Fisher, Dan Jurik joins head coach Tim Sinicki’s Bearcats staff for the 2014-15 year. 

A right-handed pitcher, Jurik was one of the most accomplished hurlers in St. John Fisher history. He capped a stellar career by becoming the school’s first-ever MLB draft pick when he was chosen by the Atlanta Braves in the 25th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. Jurik then earned three minor league promotions in his two-year professional career.

This past spring, Jurik helped St. John Fisher roll to a 31-11 record and his work with the pitching staff resulted in one All-America and two all-region selections. The staff held down a 2.80 earned run average with nearly eight strikeouts per game. Jurik helped develop three all-conference pitchers for the Cardinals in 2013, when the team won 28 games.

“I am thrilled that Coach Jurik has decided to join our staff,” head coach Tim Sinicki said. “He brings tremendous experience and knowledge as both a player and coach to the program. Coach Jurik has a great passion and enthusiasm for pitching that our players will soon get to experience first hand.”

In his senior season at Fisher, Jurik was named the college’s Male Athlete of the Year and the Empire 8 Conference Pitcher of the Year. In that 2010 campaign, he went 7-3 on the hill with a 1.99 ERA.

He finished his career as a three-time all-conference selection and career record-holder in strikeouts (202), wins (22) and innings pitched (226.1).
Jurik graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from St. John Fisher in 2010, maintaining a 3.49 cumulative GPA. He is currently working toward his MBA from Fisher’s Bittner School of Business.

In high school, Jurik stared for nearby Vestal High, earning third team NYSSWA All-State honors in his final year.

At Binghamton, he joins a staff that includes 10th-year assistant coach Ryan Hurba and ninth-year assistant coach Ed Folli. Jurik replaces Dustin Johnson, who is now at George Washington.

Brad Smith hired as head swimming & diving coach

Western Colorado head coach was also an assistant coach at Maine

August 13, 2014


Brad Smith hired as head swimming & diving coach

Brad Smith

Contact: David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Brad Smith as its new swimming & diving coach. He arrives from Western Colorado, where he was the head women’s coach the previous two years. In addition, Smith was also the assistant coach at Maine from 2009-12.

Smith was named the head women’s coach at Western Colorado in 2012, when the program became an intercollegiate sport at the NCAA Division II level. The Mountaineers had previously sponsored an NCAA swimming program from 1960-84. In his two years at the helm, Smith oversaw a squad that produced a NCAA qualifier, set 84 team and pool records and was named a Scholar All-American team in 2014. In addition, Western Colorado had an all-conference swimmer and three academic all-conference honorees during his tenure.

At Maine, Smith was the assistant coach when the Black Bear men’s squad placed fourth at the 2011 America East Championships – their highest finish in a decade. During his final two years, Maine broke a total of 21 school records. According to avidasports, the Black Bear men’s team ranked ninth nationally in terms of yearly improvement in 2011 while the women were sixth nationally the following year.

“We are very excited to welcome Brad to Binghamton,” Director of Athletics Patrick Elliott said. “He is very familiar with the America East Conference as a student-athlete and coach. We look forward to him leading our programs.”

A 2007 graduate of Vermont, Smith was a four-year letterwinner for the Catamounts. The following two years, he was the Director of Women’s Swimming Operations at Vermont and also was the men’s club team coach.

“I am excited and honored to head the men’s and women’s swimming and diving program at Binghamton University,” Smith said. “The university and its swimming & diving program have had a strong tradition of academic excellence and a storied history of success at the individual and team levels. I am excited to become a part of that tradition.”

TRANSACTION

Binghamton University – Bradley Smith named head swimming & diving coach.

Men’s Soccer Team Completes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Coaching staff and 13 players to also make donation to the ALS

August 13, 2014


Men’s Soccer Team Completes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The BU men's soccer team after the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Photo Gallery

WBNG Coverage

ALS Donation Information

Contact: David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.—The Binghamton men’s soccer team began the preseason with a splash…..literally.

Head coach Paul Marco and his staff along with 13 student-athletes answered the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Tuesday afternoon. The Bearcats had been challenged by Lois Celeste, whose twin sons Steven and Bret are both on the team. Before taking the ice bath, Marco announced to the media who were present that the BU men’s soccer team would also make a donation to the ALS.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been spreading on social media over the past few weeks. Each person or group who is challenged has 24 hours to either take an ice bath or make a donation to the ALS. The challenge started in Massachusetts with former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2012. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, leading to muscle weakness, loss of the use of arms and legs and difficulty speaking, breathing and swallowing.

Challenge accepted or not, donations have been pouring in. According to The ALS Association spokeswoman Carrie Munk, the organization has collected $1.35 million from July 29 to Aug. 11.

They’re Back!! Women’s soccer first to report to campus

Preseason underway; BU will host Temple in season opener on Aug. 22

August 8, 2014


They’re Back!! Women’s soccer first to report to campus

2014 Schedule

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - The Binghamton women’s soccer team was first to report back to campus for the fall when the team checked in on Wednesday.

Seventh-year head coach Sarah McClellan‘s squad began training on Thursday and will have 15 days to prepare for the team’s 2014 season opener vs. Temple on August 22 at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

Binghamton’s roster of 27 players includes seven returning starters and 19 returning letterwinners from last fall’s 8-8-2 squad that reached the America East quarterfinals.

The team features four seniors, six juniors, nine second-year players and eight freshmen. Senior all-conference defender Connie Gormley and senior keeper Gaby Gold will serve as co-captains. First team all-conference midfielder Rebecca Raber is back for her junior season.

The Bearcats will be aiming for their ninth postseason berth in the last 11 years. In the 10-year anniversary of the program’s 2004 America East championship and inaugural NCAA appearance, the 2014 squad will be looking to add its own page in the history books. 

2014 Hall of Fame class announced

Four individuals will be joined by first team inductee; Event set for Dec. 6

July 31, 2014


2014 Hall of Fame class announced

Recap of 2013 Ceremony

VESTAL, N.Y. – Binghamton University athletics will recognize four elite individuals plus one record-setting team when the 2014 Athletics Hall of Fame class is inducted on December 6.

Voted into the Hall were women’s tennis player Zeynep Altinay ’07, men’s basketball player Joe Garbarino ’58, men’s lacrosse player Kevin McKeown ’06 and women’s basketball player Helene Thomas ’85. In addition, the 1983-84 wrestling team will be the first team inducted in a newly created category.

Altinay was a four-year conference all-star for the Bearcats during their early Division I years. She was named America East Player of the Year in both 2005 and 2007 and graduated holding records for most singles wins in a season (30) and career (86). Altinay was the school’s Athlete of the Year in 2004-05.

Garbarino was a basketball star during the program’s formative years as Harpur College. His career scoring average of 22.0 points per game still ranks second all-time in the school’s 66-year basketball history. Garbarino, a two-time team MVP and three-time scoring leader, was named the school’s Athlete of the Year in 1956-57.

McKeown became the first BU lacrosse All-American after a 2004 season that saw the goalie rank third in the nation in goals against average. That year he was the America East Player of the Year after leading the Bearcats to the conference regular season title. After setting nearly every season and career goalie record at Binghamton, McKeown served as an assistant coach for four years and then assumed the head coaching duties for the 2011 season. 

Like Garbarino, Thomas was a pioneer in the early days of the women’s basketball program. She became the school’s first 1,000-point scorer and led her team in scoring three straight years. A three-time MVP and two-time all-conference selection, Thomas averaged 18.7 points as a senior. She was the school’s Athlete of the Year in 1984-85 and also received the John Bilos Alumni Award in 1985.

The 1983-84 wrestling team, led by Hall of Fame coach Steve Erber, completed an historic season by placing third at the NCAA Championship, hosted by Binghamton at West Gym. That remains the highest national finish of any team in school history. At the NCAA meet, the team produced one national champion (Hall of Famer Tom Pillari) and six All-Americans. Before that, the team won nine dual matches and crowned four SUNYAC champions in a runnerup conference performance.

The 19th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place immediately following the men’s basketball home game against Penn on December 6. The inductees will be recognized at halftime of the game and then the formal event will begin at approximately 4 p.m.

There are 91 current Hall of Fame members. Nominations are accepted throughout the year with the selection committee convening each May. Names of worthy candidates, along with supporting material can be emailed to committee chair John Hartrick at hartrick@binghamton.edu. 

Edmister Finishes Runner Up At NYS Golf Amateur Championship

Former BU standout fires final round 67; loses in playoff at 92nd annual NYSGA event

July 25, 2014


Edmister Finishes Runner Up At NYS Golf Amateur Championship

Bryce Edmister

NYS Amateur Championship Results

SYRACUSE, NY—Recent Binghamton graduate and golf standout Bryce Edmister recently finished in second place at the 92nd annual New York State Amateur Championship on Thursday. The two-time PING All-Region player came from eight strokes behind in the final round, carding a 67 (-4) to force a playoff in which he was defeated by Luke Feehan on the first extra hole.

Edmister, a native of Webster, NY, played a brilliant final 18 holes at the par 71 Bellevue Country Club in Syracuse. On the short par five fifth hole, Edmister capitalized with an eagle and followed that up with a birdie on the par 4 sixth. Through nine holes, Edmister was two-under on his round and started to shave away at the lead after a birdie on the par 5 10th hole brought him closer.

The three-time Binghamton golf MVP wound up making birdie on his final two holes to close out his round at 67 and forced a playoff with Mahopac, NY native and 23-year old Luke Feehan who played his collegiate golf at Boston College. Edmister’s comeback fell just short on the first hole of extra play as Feehan wound up making par to corral the 92nd annual NYS Amateur Championship, leaving Edmister in second place alone among 156 players who began play on Tuesday.

Edmister tallied a total of 14 birdies over the four-round event and shot a 72-hole total of 289 (+5). He was -3 on both par fives and par fours on Thursday.

Current Binghamton golfer Cal Addy, who will be a junior next year, also competed in the NYS Amateur Championship. He fell just short of making the round 3 & 4 cut after carding a 78 and 77, respectively in the first two rounds.

Sedgewick Named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar

Junior becomes sixth Binghamton golfer in Division I school history to earn such honor

July 24, 2014


Sedgewick Named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar

Jack Sedgewick

GCAA All-America Scholar Release

Contact: Mike Porter (sports1@binghamton)

NORMAN, Okla. – Binghamton golfer Jack Sedgewick has been selected as a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). Sedgewick, who enters his senior season in 2014-15, was one of 207 Division I student-athletes who held such a distinction that required over 50 percent participation, a stroke average of 76.0 or better and a minimum grade-point average of 3.2.

Sedgewick, a native of Newmarket, Ontario, had a stellar junior campaign in 2013-14. He competed in 10-of-11 tournaments for the Bearcats and played a large role in yet another successful BU season that included a program record for scoring average (298.5) and a pair of tournament titles. Sedgewick finished third on the team with a scoring average of 75.4 and had three top-10 finishes. He notched a career-best fifth place finish at the Fairleigh Dickinson Spring Invitational in a winning effort and also finished tied for sixth out of 93 competitors playing in the Temple Invitational back in early October.

Equally impressive is Sedgewick’s standing in the classroom at Binghamton. The Management major has been on the AD Honor Roll (3.3 GPA or higher) at Binghamton in 5-of-6 semesters and recently was inducted into the National College Athlete Honor Society (Chi Alpha Sigma) on April 23.

The selection is the sixth for Binghamton since joining the Division I ranks in 2002 and last since 2010 (Jake Katz). Overall, BU has nine GCAA selected All-America Scholars, with the first selection coming in 1993 by Chris Sladish (Div. III).

 

 

Track & field squads earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors

Miceli also tabbed as individual All-Academic Selection

July 23, 2014


Track & field squads earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors

Jon Alkins

USTFCCCA Release on All-Academic Teams

USTFCCCA Release on Men's All-Academic Selections

by David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) has released its 2013-14 All-Academic selections and Binghamton is well represented on the list. Both the Bearcat men’s and women’s squads earned team honors and rising junior Joe Miceli earned the USTFCCCA’s individual All-Academic award

All teams that maintained an overall 3.0 GPA for the 2013-14 season earned All-Academic honors from the USTFCCCA. The Bearcat women finished with a 3.33 collective GPA while the men earned a 3.04 GPA. This marks the second time in the past three years that both Binghamton squads earned All-Academic honors.

In order to earn individual All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.2 and have advanced to the NCAA Regional Outdoor Meet. Miceli was inducted into the National College Athlete Honor Society in April and qualified for the East Regional Meet in the pole vault.

This marks the third consecutive year that Binghamton has had an individual earn All-Academic honors from the USTFCCCA. Adam Quinn was selected in 2012 and Jessica Hennig made the list last year.

Binghamton was just as successful on the track this past year. The 2013-14 season was highlighted by both teams earning runner-up finishes at the America East Indoor Championships.

Runner Garn seizes 2013-14 Moment of the Year

No 4 Jesse Garn claims title with 69 percent of vote

July 21, 2014


Runner Garn seizes 2013-14 Moment of the Year

Final Bracket

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Track runner Jesse Garn captured the third annual Binghamton Athletics “Moment of the Year” Fan Poll. The poll featured the top eight achievements of 2013-14 set up in a seeded, bracket-style format with advancement through the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship matchup.

QUARTERFINAL #1 - No. 1 Baseball vs. No. 8 Sydney Harbaugh

No. 1 seed - Baseball wins second straight America East title and third in six years
Baseball successfully defended its America East crown, besting top-seeded Stony Brook, 8-7, in a thrilling 12-inning title game. Freshman catcher Eddie Posavec delivered a bases loaded RBI single to drive in the game-winning run and clinch BU’s second straight conference championship. After losing the opening game of the tournament, the Bearcats reeled off four straight elimination-game victories, becoming just the second team in conference history to accomplish the feat. Senior first baseman Shaun McGraw was named Most Outstanding Player after hitting .450 with five RBI in five games. The Bearcats then made the program’s third trip to the NCAA tournament in the last six years.

No. 8 seed - Softball player Sydney Harbaugh is named America East Player of the Year
Sophomore OF Sydney Harbaugh was named America East Softball Player of the Year in 2014 after hitting a team-high .366 on the season. Harbaugh led the league with an outstanding .465 average in conference games and became just the second player in program history (Jessica Phillips, 2011) to earn Player of the Year honors. Harbaugh also was named to the second-team NFCA All-Mid Atlantic Region squad.

RESULTS: Baseball wins with 82% of the vote

QUARTERFINAL #2 - No. 2 Men’s Tennis vs. No. 7 Bill Bereszniewicz

No. 2 seed - Men’s tennis wins seventh straight America East title and 10th in 13 years
In its final season competing in the America East, the men’s tennis team left in style by capturing the program’s seventh straight conference championship. Binghamton blanked Stony Brook 4-0 in the championship match. Junior Ismael Dinia secured the winning point with his 6-2, 6-2 victory at fourth singles. The Bearcats wrapped up a dominant run in the America East, winning 10 titles in 13 seasons.

No. 7 seed - Baseball all-star Bill Bereszniewicz is drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers
Baseball center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz was picked by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 28th-round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Bereszniewicz, a first-team all-conference and second team All-Northeast selection, led the America East in hitting (.367) and stolen bases (23) in his final collegiate season. He became the third Bearcat drafted in the last three years and the program’s earliest field position player to be taken since 1990.

RESULTS: Bereszniewicz wins with 66% of the vote

QUARTERFINAL #3 - No. 4 Jesse Garn vs. #5 Men’s Lacrosse
No. 4 seed - Track runner Jesse Garn becomes second runner in school history to break four minutes in mile
Junior runner Jesse Garn became just the second runner in school history to break four minutes in the mile in 2014. Garn clocked a 3:59.37 at the Boston/Last Chance Meet in early March, joining former BU standout Erik van Ingen as the only two Binghamton runners to break four minutes. In addition, Garn competed in the prestigious Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games and earned Most Outstanding Indoor Track Athlete at the America East Championship to cap off a remarkable junior campaign.

No. 5 seed - Men’s lacrosse starts conference play 4-0, finishes regular season as runnerup
Men’s lacrosse started the America East conference season at 4-0 for the first time since 2004 and secured the two-seed in the conference tournament; their first trip back since 2011. The Bearcats finished out regular season play by winning five of their last seven games and pushed eighth-ranked Syracuse to the final minute at the Carrier Dome, narrowly losing 10-8. Six players earned all-conference recognition and head coach Scott Nelson was honored with America East Co-Coach of the Year award honors.

RESULTS: Garn wins with 81% of the vote

QUARTERFINAL #4 No. 3 Cody Reed vs. No. 6 M/W Indoor Track
No. 3 seed - Wrestler Cody Reed defeats two ranked opponents to reach NCAA Championship quarterfinals
Senior wrestler Cody Reed advanced to the NCAA championship for the third consecutive year and then turned heads with two upset wins to reach the national quarterfinals. Reed, who was EIWA runnerup at 197 pounds, knocked off the ninth-seed from Maryland in overtime, 3-1, in the first round and then bounced the eighth-seed from Ohio, 4-0, in the second round. The John Bilos award winner finished his stellar career with 94 wins.

No. 6 seed - Men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams each finish as America East runnersup
Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams snatched second-place finishes at the America East Indoor Championships in 2014. The men secured 10 all-conference nods, while the women nabbed an additional four and had their highest finish in school history. Jesse Garn was named Most Outstanding Track Performer, Jon Alkins was honored with the conference’s top rookie award and head coach Mike Thompson and his staff were recognized as the men’s Co-Staff of the Year.

RESULTS: Cody Reed wins with 56% of the vote

SEMIFINAL # 1 No. 4 Jesse Garn vs. No. 1 Baseball.

RESULTS: Garn wins with 58 percent of the voting

SEMIFINAL # 2 No. 3 Cody Reed vs. No. 7 Bill Bereszniewicz

RESULTS: Bereszniewicz wins with 66 percent of the vote

FINALS: No. 4 Garn vs. No. 7 Bereszniewicz

RESULTS: Garn wins with 69 percent of the vote

 

 

 

Former golf All-American Foote ‘97 passes away

Captain and three-year standout led team to pair of NCAA top-10 finishes

July 14, 2014


Former golf All-American Foote ‘97 passes away

Ryan Foote '97

Ryan Foote obituary

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Former Binghamton golf captain and All-American Ryan Foote ‘97 has passed away in Huntersville, N.C.

Foote, 40, who played three seasons for Binghamton during the the program’s Division III prominence, succumbed to cancer on Friday. The family will receive friends from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday at James Funeral Home in Huntersville. A funeral mass will follow at 3 p.m. at St. Mark Catholic Church.

Foote worked as a financial planner for TIAA-CREF and previously was a senior financial planning analyst at AXA Equitable for four years.

He is survived by a son and a daughter.

“Ryan fought this terrible disease for several years with great vigor and determination,” former coach John Affleck noted. “As we remember him from his golfing competition days, he was the ultimate scrambler and accomplished athlete.  In life, his attributes were the same. He was a very humble and loving individual. We say goodbye to a dear, kind, considerate and thoughtful friend.  We all are better for knowing Ryan Foote.”

Foote came to Binghamton in 1994 and helped lead the 1994-95 team to a sixth place finish at the NCAA Division III Championship. He earned two medalist honors during the year, capturing the Hartwick Invitational and the BU Collegiate B.C. Open. He also was runnerup at the Williams Invitational and finished third at the Cornell-Colgate Invite. With a scoring average of 78.6, Foote was named a national All-American after being voted the top golfer in the district. 

One year later, Foote and a talented core of teammates made history by winning a school-record eight tournaments during the regular season. The squad then produced another top-10 national finish by placing seventh at the NCAA Championship.

In his senior season, Foote led the team to a half-dozen top-five tournament finishes and another NCAA Championship appearance.

At the year-end Varsity Awards Banquet in 1997, Foote was honored with the athletics department’s Jake Pitler Award, given to the one senior male student-athlete who has shown preeminent leadership and achievement throughout his career.

He graduated from Binghamton’s School of Management in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in business management.

Men’s tennis rakes in ITA Academic Honors

Bearcats have fourth-most individual scholar-athletes of any team in nation

July 11, 2014


Men’s tennis rakes in ITA Academic Honors

ITA Release

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton men’s tennis earned ITA All-Academic Team distinction and had eight players named Scholar-Athletes for 2014. Only three other teams across the country produced more individual recipients than the Bearcats.

In addition to team honors, the following BU letterwinners were recognized for achieving a 3.5 or higher grade-point average: freshman Alex Sacher, sophomore Alexander Maisin, freshman Doug Notaris, sophomore Eliott Hureau, senior Florian van Kann, senior Harry Lee, junior Robin Lesage and senior Ruben Haggai.

In the last five years, BU has produced 34 ITA Scholar-Athletes.

The only schools with more individual honorees in 2013-14 were Yale (12), Bucknell (10) and St. Louis (9).

During its championship season in the spring, head coach Adam Cohen‘s team posted a 3.32 GPA.

In 2013-14, the Bearcats were ranked No. 10 in the Northeast and captured the program’s seventh straight America East championship. The title was the program’s 10th in 13 years of America East membership.

The Bearcats will return four starting singles players as they make their debut in the Mid-American Conference in 2014-15.

Women’s Basketball Tips off season at Akron on Nov. 14

Bearcats release 13-game non-conference schedule

July 11, 2014


Women’s Basketball Tips off season at Akron on Nov. 14

Sherae Swinson

2014-15 Non-Conference Schedule

Contact: David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton women’s basketball program has released its 2014-15 non-conference schedule, which begins with an appearance at the Akron Tournament Nov. 14-15. The Bearcats square off against the host Zips on Friday, Nov. 14 and meet Delaware State the following day.

Akron won its first-ever Mid-American Conference (MAC) title last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The Zips also took part in the 2013 WNIT.

Four other teams who qualified for post-season play during the 2013-14 campaign also appear on the Bearcats’ non-conference slate. Binghamton heads to St. John’s (Nov. 28), St. Bonaventure (Nov. 30) and Princeton (Dec. 13). Bucknell visits the Events Center on Dec. 28.

St. John’s advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year while both St. Bonaventure and Princeton each appeared in the second round of the WNIT. Bucknell, meanwhile, earned a bid to the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI) last year.

The Bearcats’ home opener is on Nov. 22 against first-time opponent and BIG EAST Conference member Xavier. Binghamton also hosts Niagara (Nov. 26), Siena (Dec. 19) and Rider (Dec. 21).

Other road games come against Canisius (Nov. 19), first-time opponent NJIT (Dec. 6) and Colgate (Dec. 10).

“We are looking forward to starting the season,” first-year head coach Linda Cimino said. “Our non-conference schedule features several teams that made the post season last year and should help us to prepare for the America East Conference.”

Binghamton’s America East Conference schedule will be released at a later date.

NOTE: Binghamton will also host Mansfield in an exhibition game on Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m.

Women’s Tennis Honored With ITA All-Academic Team Recognition

Three Bearcats make the mark as ITA Scholar-Athletes in 2014

July 11, 2014


Women’s Tennis Honored With ITA All-Academic Team Recognition

Shea Brodsky

ITA Release

Contact: Mike Porter (sports1@binghamton.edu)

Vestal, N.Y.—The Binghamton University women’s tennis team earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic team honors on Thursday afternoon. In addition to the team accolade, three student-athletes were selected as scholar-athletes as chosen by the ITA.

Binghamton was recognized after compiling a team grade point average of 3.20 or higher by the ITA for the second straight year. In addition to 2013-14 seasons, the Bearcats have had two more All-Academic teams (2006, 2010).

The first of Binghamton’s ITA Scholar-Athletes is Katya Medianik. The Laurel Springs, NY native adds on to her accolades in 2013-14 with the academic nod from the ITA. Medianik, who enters her senior season this fall, is a two-time America East all-academic and all-conference singles player for the Bearcats.

Shea Brodsky joins Medianik as a scholar-athlete, compiling a GPA of over 3.50 following the 2013-14 academic year. Brodsky, an all-conference singles and doubles player in 2014, helped lead Binghamton to their 13th straight America East semifinals appearance.

Missy Edelblum rounds out the scholar-athletes for Binghamton in 2014. Edelblum, who hails from Roslyn, NY, was an America East all-academic member in 2013.

Men’s basketball releases 2014-15 non-conference slate

BU will face Notre Dame, Providence, Boston College; will play 15 games in Nov-Dec

July 11, 2014


Men’s basketball releases 2014-15 non-conference slate

Junior guard Jordan Reed

2014-15 Non-Conference Schedule

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – Binghamton men’s basketball released its 15-game non-conference schedule on Friday and several intriguing matchups await head coach Tommy Dempsey’s 2014-15 Bearcats.

After home exhibition games against Mansfield (Nov. 1) and Oswego State (Nov. 7), BU will head to South Bend, Ind. for its season opener against ACC member Notre Dame - the first of two games against ACC schools and the first of four games as part of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. The Irish have advanced to the NCAA tournament four times in the last five years.

The Bearcats will then travel to Providence on Nov. 17 to face a Friars team that won 23 games and captured the BIG EAST title in 2013-14.

Binghamton will host Hartwick in its home opener on Nov. 19 before playing its final two Hall of Fame games at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. First up will be a Nov. 22 tilt against a Manhattan team that went 25-8 and advanced to the NCAA tournament. Then the Bearcats will either face Northeastern or Navy in the bracket championship or consolation game on Nov. 23.

An away game at Army (Nov. 25) and home game against regional rival Cornell (Nov. 29) bookend Thanksgiving and close out the first month of the season.

In December, BU will renew its rivalry with former America East foe Boston University (away, Dec. 3), an NIT participant and Patriot League regular season champion last winter. Binghamton then has two home games in a three-day stretch when Ivy League member Penn and first-time opponent Caldwell come to the Events Center on Dec. 6 and Dec. 8 respectively.

After a Dec. 11 game at Colgate, BU heads back to Boston for a first-time meeting with ACC member Boston College (Dec. 14). That game begins a tough final stretch to the calendar year. Binghamton hosts Atlantic-10 member St. Bonaventure on Dec. 22, plays at 2014 NCAA participant Mt. St. Mary’s on Dec. 22 and then finishes up on Dec. 30 against a Buffalo program that won 19 games last season.

In all, BU will face six opponents who won 18 or more games in 2013-14 and four who advanced to the NCAA tournament. The breakdown of 15 games is six at home, seven on the road and two neutral.

Dempsey returns four starters and nine letterwinners from his 2013-14 BU squad.     

Men’s basketball releases 2014-15 non-conference slate

BU will face Notre Dame, Providence, Boston College; will play 15 games in Nov-Dec

July 11, 2014


Men’s basketball releases 2014-15 non-conference slate

Junior guard Jordan Reed

2014-15 Non-Conference Schedule

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – Binghamton men’s basketball released its 15-game non-conference schedule on Friday and several intriguing matchups await head coach Tommy Dempsey’s 2014-15 Bearcats.

After home exhibition games against Mansfield (Nov. 1) and Oswego State (Nov. 7), BU will head to South Bend, Ind. for its season opener against ACC member Notre Dame - the first of two games against ACC schools and the first of four games as part of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. The Irish have advanced to the NCAA tournament four times in the last five years.

The Bearcats will then travel to Providence on Nov. 17 to face a Friars team that won 23 games and captured the BIG EAST title in 2013-14.

Binghamton will host Hartwick in its home opener on Nov. 19 before playing its final two Hall of Fame games at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. First up will be a Nov. 22 tilt against a Manhattan team that went 25-8 and advanced to the NCAA tournament. Then the Bearcats will either face Northeastern or Navy in the bracket championship or consolation game on Nov. 23.

An away game at Army (Nov. 25) and home game against regional rival Cornell (Nov. 29) bookend Thanksgiving and close out the first month of the season.

In December, BU will renew its rivalry with former America East foe Boston University (away, Dec. 3), an NIT participant and Patriot League regular season champion last winter. Binghamton then has two home games in a three-day stretch when Ivy League member Penn and first-time opponent Caldwell come to the Events Center on Dec. 6 and Dec. 8 respectively.

After a Dec. 11 game at Colgate, BU heads back to Boston for a first-time meeting with ACC member Boston College (Dec. 14). That game begins a tough final stretch to the calendar year. Binghamton hosts Atlantic-10 member St. Bonaventure on Dec. 22, plays at 2014 NCAA participant Mt. St. Mary’s on Dec. 22 and then finishes up on Dec. 30 against a Buffalo program that won 19 games last season.

In all, BU will face six opponents who won 18 or more games in 2013-14 and four who advanced to the NCAA tournament. The breakdown of 15 games is six at home, seven on the road and two neutral.

Dempsey returns four starters and nine letterwinners from his 2013-14 BU squad.     

BU leads America East in spring academic honors

Bearcats have league-high 172 recipients; AD Honor Roll also released

July 10, 2014


BU leads America East in spring academic honors

America East Release

Binghamton AD Honor Roll

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – Binghamton produced the most high-achieving student-athletes in the America East during the spring semester. The conference released its Honor Roll (3.0+ GPA) and Commissioner’s Honor Roll (3.5+) Thursday afternoon and Binghamton led both lists.

A total of 172 BU spring athletes were named to the America East Honor Roll, ahead of runnerup UMBC (164), Stony Brook (158), Vermont (153) and Albany (150) in the top-five. The Bearcats also had the most individuals on the elite Commissioner’s Honor Roll with 86. More than 62 percent of Binghamton’s spring-semester athletes surpassed a 3.0 during their seasons. Overall, BU student-athletes achieved a 3.11 GPA in the spring – the 17th straight semester above the 3.0 mark.

Eleven members of the championship men’s tennis team were honored – the highest total of any tennis program in the America East. The title-winning baseball team put 15 members on the Honor Roll. Binghamton’s softball team had a conference-best 16 players on the list.

The America East as a whole showed off its academic stature with some staggering percentages. More than 50 percent of all student-athletes in the conference achieved a 3.5 or higher grade-point average and more than 61 percent reached the 3.0 threshold.

Back on campus, BU announced its AD Honor Roll recipients (3.3+) for the spring and that group totaled 183 student-athletes spanning 18 teams. The women’s soccer team led the way with 17 members. The women’s cross country team, which captured the department’s semester Academic Cup with a lofty 3.69 GPA, had 10 members on the AD Honor Roll. 
 

Golf Releases Schedule for 2014 Fall Season

Bearcats to compete in six events, headlined by home event on Oct. 5-6

July 10, 2014


Golf Releases Schedule for 2014 Fall Season

Head coach Bernie Herceg

2014 Fall Schedule

Vestal, N.Y.—The Binghamton golf team and head coach Bernie Herceg have announced their upcoming schedule for the 2014 fall season. The Bearcats will compete in six different tournaments over the course of September and October, and will host the third annual BU Collegiate Fall Invitational at The Links at Hiawatha Landing on Otctober 5-6.

Binghamton opens up the season in Hamilton, NY at the Colgate Fall Invitational on Sept. 6-7 at Seven Oaks GC. Last fall, Binghamton was crowned champions of the 14-team field, beating out 2012 winners Youngstown State by eight strokes. In total, BU has won the Colgate Invitational five times and will be one of the favorites in the 54-hole tournament.

Two weeks later, the Bearcats once again tee it up at a familiar course and event, playing in the Cornell Fall Invitational in nearby Ithaca. Binghamton has placed first at the Robert Trent Jones designed course four times in the last five years and boasts a pair of individual tournament medalists, including senior Josh Holling who topped the field in 2012. Closing out the month of September, Binghamton travels to Lorton, Virginia to compete in the Patriot Intercollegiate, the third annual event hosted by A-10 school George Mason.

Beginning on the morning of Sunday, October 5, the Bearcats will play host during the 36-hole BU Collegiate Fall Invitational. Teams will square off at Binghamton’s home course, The Links at Hiawatha Landing, over the span of two days at the beautiful links style course in Apalachin. In 2013, Binghamton finished in third place out of 13 schools after the event had been cut down to just 18 holes due to weather.

The following two weekends, Binghamton wraps up their fall competition at both the Big 5 Invitational (Oct. 11-12) and at the Lehigh Invitational (Oct. 18-19). The Big 5 Invitational, which is hosted by Temple, has been a mainstay on the Binghamton schedule over the years. The Bearcats have played in the Philadelphia event five of the last six fall seasons.

Binghamton will take their final tournament swings of the fall at the Lehigh Invitational and Saucon Valley CC where the 2013 championship trophy was hoisted by Rutgers.

Binghamton had a strong year in 2013-14, finishing in the top-5 of the field on seven occasions, including a pair of tournament victories at the Colgate Invitational and Fairleigh Dickinson Spring Invitational. The Bearcats, who set a school record for scoring average this past season (298.5), returns all but one letterwinner for the 2014-15 campaign. 

Six Bearcats named America East Presidential Scholar-Athletes

Nicholson, Klein, King, Kurth, van Kann and O’Brien cited for academic success

July 2, 2014


Six Bearcats named America East Presidential Scholar-Athletes

At the May 1 BU Athletic Awards Banquet, Kathleen Klein and Ben Nicholson were honored for having the highest male and female GPAs among graduating seniors

America East Release

Contact: David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The America East Conference has announced its inaugural Presidential Scholar-Athlete class and six graduating Binghamton student-athletes have been named to the list. Selected from BU are Ben Nicholson (men’s soccer), Mikala King (softball), Emma Kurth (women’s soccer), Conor O’Brien (women’s soccer), Kathleeen Klein (track & field) and Florian van Kann (men’s tennis).

In addition to registering a 3.75 GPA for their college career, honored student-athletes must have received their undergraduate degree in the academic year they are honored and have attended their institution for a minimum of two years.

Kurth and van Kann have been named to the America East All-Academic Team in their sport the past two seasons. Nicholson, O’Brien and Klein was tabbed this year while King was selected following her junior season.

Klein and van Kann were also named all-conference during the recent spring season.

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