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Springer Earns America East Co-Player of the Week Honors

Junior attack scores six goals in OT win over Stony Brook

April 8, 2013

Springer Earns America East Co-Player of the Week Honors

America East Release

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Vestal, NY— Red shirt junior attack Matt Springer was named America East Co-Player of the Week alongside UMBC’s Scott Jones Monday afternoon by the conference. Springer scored a career-high tying six goals in the thrilling 14-13 OT win over Stony Brook this past Saturday.

The Hamburg, NY native guided the Bearcats to their first win over Stony Brook since 2005 with an efficient afternoon. Springer scored six goals on eight shots Saturday, and in the process became the first BU player to score 20+ goals in three different seasons. His six goals tie the most he’s scored in a game since March 2, 2010 against Big East opponent Villanova.  As for this season, he ranks seventh in goals per game (2.30) and 10th in points (25) in the America East after Saturday’s performance.

“Getting Matt going in the game against Stony Brook was huge for us,” head coach Scott Nelson said. “Not only did he shoot the ball extremely well Saturday, but he also picked up a couple huge ground balls to create second chances that resulted in scores for us.”

Springer’s Player of the Week honor is Binghamton’s first weekly award of the season. Last year, Michael Antinozzi won a pair of Player of the Week awards as a sophomore. In total, the Bearcats have had nine Player of the Week awards since 2003.

Scott Jones of UMBC scored six goals as well to share honors with Springer on Monday. UMBC defeated Vermont 19-6, improving to 1-1 in conference play this season. Rookie of the Week honors went to Albany goalie Blaze Riorden who went 2-0 on the week for the recently 12th ranked Great Danes. He averaged 18.5 saves in the pair of victories.

Binghamton moved to 5-5 on the year with the victory and is tied with three other schools at second place in the America East standings with a 1-1 record. The Bearcats look to improve their standing this Saturday as they host Hartford (4-5, 1-1 AE) at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Binghamton is 8-3 all-time versus the Hawks.

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