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October 28, 2014


Binghamton Men’s Soccer Daily Update (as of October 28)

OCTOBER 28, 2014

Major Upset

Jason Stenta, who starred on the BU men’s soccer team from 2006-09, saw more than his fair share of significant wins as a player. But he can’t say that he has ever experienced what he did this weekend as a coach.

Stenta is currently an assistant coach at nearby LeMoyne College, which competes at the NCAA Division II level. The Dolphins are currently 7-4-0.

This weekend, however, he was on the sidelines when LeMoyne upset previously undefeated, defending national champion and top-ranked Southern New Hampshire 1-0 in double overtime. Click the link below to check out the recap and highlights.

Recap

Even though he wasn’t playing, Stenta’s elation about the win is evident.

“It was a great win for our program,” he said. “Southern New Hampshire hadn’t lost in 415 days. Our guys came in and did everything we asked of them.”

Before the game, Stenta had a message for the Dolphins as they prepared for their biggest game of the season.

“I told the guys during pregame ‘Thanks for giving your heart and souls because that’s what it is going to take today,’ “ he said.

We asked Stenta if he could remember an upset of that magnitude during his time at Binghamton.

“I am not sure if I can remember our biggest upset,” he said. “But the best moment I remember was when we played Boston in the (2006) playoffs and I save the (decisive) penalty kick in the shootout. It was a similar feeling.”

Need a refresher on the moment Stenta is talking about? Click the link below to access the photo of his decisive save.

Photo

Posted October 28, 2014 at 10 a.m.
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OCTOBER 27, 2014

The Celeste Family

There is a reason we did not post a daily update today. We have been finishing up our feature article on the Celeste family. For those of you who do not know them personally, give this a read. They should make all of our alum readers proud to be a part of the program.

Link to feature article

On an related note, when we first received the stats from UMass Lowell after Saturday’s game, it had Steve Celeste’s goal assisted by someone other than Bret. We got a text from Bret on the way home, nicely stating that he passed Steve the ball. That was followed by a text from Steve indicating the same thing. Sure enough, when we brought it to Coach Marco’s attention, he gave us the official go-ahead to petition UMass Lowell to make the change..which they did.

A perfect example of brothers looking out for each other.

Posted on October 27, 2014 at 9 p.m.
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OCTOBER 24, 2014

Alumni Updates

While the BU men’s soccer team is getting ready to head off to Lowell later today, a few alumni updates to pass along:

A Call from the Hall

Congratulations to 2009 alum Brendan McGovern, who was recently inducted into the Lakeland High School Hall of Fame. Here is the write up that appeared in his hometown paper afterwards.

Recap

In McGovern’s senior season (2008), which was also the first year we did the Men’s Soccer Daily Update, we wrote a profile on him. His performance in the classroom was unmatched and while he was not a starter, he still had as much respect from his teammates as anyone in the program. The University as well as the America East both re-ran that piece on their own websites.

Here is that write up:

Feature Story: Brendan McGovern

McGovern was in town this past Homecoming Weekend and stopped by the Bearcats Sports Complex during the team’s kick around. He was also one of several alums to come to the team’s game at Columbia last year.
Check out the video we did from that alumni gathering, which includes an interview with McGovern

Video

On a personal note, McGovern’s parents were just as classy. The night of the Bearcats’ 2008 Senior Day game, they came up to the press box when we were still cleaning up. They had a loaf of Irish Soda Bread as a way of saying thanks for the article we wrote.

Fatherhood

We heard from 2006 team captain Kyle Antos last week, who had hoped to be on campus Homecoming Weekend. He and his wife Ashley have a one-year old son, Aidan.

During the summer, Antos took his son to a Yankees game for his first birthday and managed to get him on the JumboTron screen at Yankee Stadium. For those of you who are on the Binghamton Bearcats Facebook site, you can check out the photos by clicking the link below.

Facebook Photo

For Antos, the greatest moment of his Binghamton sports career had to be when he accepted the 2006 America East championship trophy after the Bearcats beat Vermont 1-0 in the conference finals. Having been injured during the Bearcats’ 2003 title run, he more than made up for it as the captain of the team three years later.

Posted October 24, 2014 at 8 a.m.
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Odds and Ends

OCTOBER 23, 2014

Following the BU men’s soccer team’s midweek game against Columbia, it’s time to catch up on a bunch of topics before turning our attention to UMass Lowell.

Welcome Back

On Saturday, Pascal Trappe saw his first action in nearly two seasons. Last night, it was Tucker Sandercock’s turn. After rejoining the Bearcat program this year, Sandercock struggled with injuries most of the season. Last night, however, he not only played. He got to start.

A Big Hit

As of last night, nearly 350 of the Bearcat scarves, which serve as a season ticket pass to both men’s and women’s BU soccer games, were reported to have been sold.

Last week, on his WNBF interview with Roger Neel, Binghamton head coach Paul Marco noted how some fans at the Bearcats Sports Complex had started to hold up their scarves during the National Anthem.

Upcoming Features

We are working on a full length feature article of the Celeste family. Steve is in his final season with the program and will be honored at Senior Day next Saturday against Stony Brook. Bret is a redshirt junior and will still be eligible next season. Their parents Lois and Jack are fixtures at every game and Lois has helped the parents organize game day tailgates and other events.

Yesterday, Lois and Jack drove straight from Saratoga Springs so we could do a photo shoot with the four of them before the match against Columbia. Despite the overcast conditions, we managed to get the photo done.

On the Menu

Speaking of the postgame tailgate, nice touch last night with the parents ordering chicken marsala and rice pilaf. As the stepparent of a varsity player at nearby Vestal High School, I am constantly looking for postgame ideas for my family.

Posted October 23, 2014 at 4 p.m.
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OCTOBER 21, 2014

Making His Mark

Since the first game of the season at Bucknell, freshman Christian Dam has been a starting center back. Playing alongside senior Jamie Forbes, he has played a pivotal role on a Bearcat defense that has surrendered just 13 goals this season.

Unlike most freshmen, Dam did not just leave home to come to Binghamton. He left his native Denmark to come to the United States. Two months into the season, however, he has no regrets about his decision.

“The team has been terrific,” he said. “When I first came here, I thought there would be a lot more separation between the freshmen and upperclassmen. But there has been no difference at all. They have really made me feel (like a part of the team).”

In particular, Forbes has been both a teammate and a mentor to Dam during his first season.

“He has been really great,” he said. “We talk a lot both on and off the field and we have discussed everything together.”

Dam’s teammates have taken an instant liking to him as a person and an appreciation for him as a player.

“He is very good player,” sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes said. “He communicates well on the field and fits in very well with our team.”

“He has fit in really well with our team,” sophomore back Charlie Novoth said. “He has been playing very well and the boys all like him. (Opposing) attackers find it hard to get around him.”

Dam has been impressed not just with the team but also with the crowd support. Through eight matches this season, the Bearcats are averaging over 1,000 fans a game. In particular, Dam was impressed with the support this weekend against Vermont in the Homecoming game.

“It was fantastic,” he said. “The crowd was outstanding. I have never played before that many fans before. It was really, really great.”

Posted October 21, 2014 at 4:45 p.m.
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OCTOBER 20, 2014

Leftovers from Homecoming

Despite the heartbreaking finish on Saturday night, Homecoming Weekend was a memorable one at Binghamton. Here are some of the highlights:

Welcome Back

During the team’s kick around early Saturday afternoon, several alumni came out on to the field to greet their former teammates. They also shared their thoughts on returning to campus.

“First and foremost, it feels great to be back and see the smiles on people’s faces before a big game,” Marts Reid-Warden said. “The atmosphere at Homecoming is always second to none and hopefully the weather will hold up.”

“It’s great to see everyone,” Kevin Bunce said. “Looking at the field, I remember how hard we worked as a team and it’s great to be back together.”

There were also alums who came back from the Colonial era to visit the team as well as their former coach, Tim Schum. On Friday, 1988 graduate and BU Hall of Famer Raul Martynek was one of five alumni panelists who spoke to the current Binghamton senior class about networking and job searching.

A handful of other Colonials came and shared some thoughts of how Schum kindled their current love for soccer. There were other stories, however, that served as a sharp contrast to how fit players have to be today.

“When I get done with practice one day,” an alum from the 1960s said. “I remember going back into the locker room and one of my teammates was lighting up a cigarette.”

Welcome to BU

It was a memorable Homecoming weekend for senior midfielder Pascal Trappe. His parents and brother are currently visiting from Germany for two weeks. They joined him at the tailgate and then watched him play his first minutes in nearly two years.

On a related note, the Pipe Dream beat writer for men’s soccer inquired during the match against Vermont if they could talk to Trappe about having his family over and when he hopes to play again.

At first, we told them that if he did not play, he would not be available for interviews afterwards. That has always been our policy.

Needless to say, the Pipe Dream writer looked very happy after Trappe subbed into the game.

Ten Years Later

On Sunday, the 2004 BU women’s soccer team was honored during halftime of their Senior Day game against New Hampshire. Fourteen of the players, along with both coaches, came back to campus. Head coach Jeff Leightman, who is now the coach at San Jose State, even flew across the country for the event.

After the team photo and ceremony, the players were in no hurry to leave the field. Hugs and chatter ensued for a good couple of minutes.

Like the 2003 and 2006 men’s teams that also won conference titles, the 2004 women’s team was a special group….and still is.

Posted October 20, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.
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OCTOBER 17, 2014

Top 5 List: Homecoming Games

With one day to go before the match against Vermont, it’s time to once again count down the top five Homecoming games at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Since 2007, an average of over 2,100 fans have watched the men’s soccer team on Homecoming Weekend. Four of those games have been regionally televised and three of those contests have gone into overtime. The Bearcats are 4-2-1 all-time in such matches.

Here then is our list of the top five Homecoming games at the Bearcats Sports Complex:

5. 2009: Binghamton 1, Rhode Island 1

This contest will be remembered for setting the facility record with 2,604 fans filling the Complex. Jake Keegan netted the game tying goal in the second half. Rhode Island’s goal, however, was followed by Kevin Shaw running over to the BU Soccer Hooligans and taking a bow. Still the most creative visitor celebration we have seen.

Recap

4. 2013: Binghamton 3, UMass Lowell 0

Of the three goals scored by the Bearcats, two were followed by memorable goal celebrations. Ben Nicholson’s goal in the second minute was punctuated by a flip. Marts Reid-Warden’s second-half goal was followed by his tribute to Premier League star Daniel Sturridge. Logan Roberts, meanwhile, finished the game with a goal and an assist but had no post-goal celebration to show for his efforts.

Recap

3. 2010: Binghamton 1, Vermont 0

Ryan Walter’s first-half goal came before most of the crowd had found their seats. The Catamounts came into the game with a 6-3-3 record and had upset No. 13 Stanford earlier in the season.

Recap

2. 2008: Binghamton 1, Vermont 0

The first facility sellout and the first regionally televised game are enough to put this game high on the list. Cameron’s Keith’s second-half goal, however, was the clincher. Binghamton stayed in first place in the America East and avenged its 2007 title game loss against the Catamounts on the same field 11 months earlier.

Recap

1. 2007: Binghamton 2, Boston Univ. 1 (OT)

Barring a championship win, this is bound to remain the greatest men’s soccer game in the history of the Bearcats Sports Complex. Start off with a downpour that moved the pregame facility dedication indoors. Add to that an early Boston goal and you have a disappointing evening for over 1,700 fans. But then Keith scored before the half and scored again with the first overtime winding down. The end result launched pandemonium as the team raced over to the stands to celebrate with the fans. Binghamton at the time was 7-2-0 and receiving votes in the NSCAA Poll.

Recap

Moving forward….we’ll know on Monday if this year’s game makes the list.

Stay tuned.

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 2:20 p.m.
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OCTOBER 16, 2014

Instant Impact

Like many first-year players, Isaiah Barrett arrived at preseason hoping to make a splash with the Binghamton men’s soccer program.

Well he did…literally.

At the Bearcat Open Golf Tournament, which is held each preseason, Barrett’s tee shot on the first hole went into the pond 15 yards away. So too did his golf club.

It was not the most auspicious way to start his freshman year but on the soccer field, Barrett has been a starting midfielder for most of the season. He has won over his new teammates with his work ethic on the field and personality off it.

“He’s been fantastic,” head coach Paul Marco said. “He’s a guy who has come and has responded well to the environment and the team.”

“He’s been a great addition to the team,” senior forward Pascal Trappe said. “He gives it everything he has on the field and is a pretty funny guy off it.”

Barrett arrives from Wilson, New York, where he was a standout for both Wilson High School and the Revolution Empire U-18 Development Academy Team. He has made the most of his first year with the Bearcats and has thoroughly enjoyed his experience.

“It’s been awesome,” he said. “My teammates have really welcomed me and the coaches have really pushed me to be the best player I can be. I am just happy I can be contributing.”

While the team has a whole has made Barrett feel at home, he credits the veteran midfielders with taking him under their wings.

“Bret Celeste plays next to me in the midfield,” Barrett said. “He has shown me the ropes as far as what to do and when to do it. Charlie Novoth has also been a leader to the team in general. He is just a great guy.”

He has only been with the team for two months, but Barrett can sense that he has improved already in that stretch.

“I think I have improved quite a bit,” he said. “Playing with the best that Binghamton has had to offer really has helped me to develop as a player.”

While Barrett has felt embraced by his team, Marco has noticed him starting to reciprocate.

“He has been outstanding as a teammate,” he said. “I see him talking to a lot of the guys and not just a few. The guys on the team really seem to like him and he has found a home here. We are very happy to have him.”

Barrett has been up for the challenge of contributing as a freshman but he is well aware that the Bearcat Open Golf Tournament awaits him again next year.

“I am keeping my clubs in the bag for now,” he said. “But I’ll practice and see about next year.”

Posted October 16, 2014 at 8 p.m.
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OCTOBER 15, 2014

Pizza With Vaughan

Our office received a call from Head coach Paul Marco during training on Monday. Normally that is not a good thing. Unless there is a serious situation, he and the coaching staff are locked into the action on the field.

Well, there was a situation taking place on the field. But a serious situation? Hardly.

“Just want you to know that Ryan Vaughan is down here filming training,” Marco said. “He is trying to promote our Homecoming Game.”

Ryan Vaughan is an adjunct professor of English on campus, who is very popular with his students. Many of the BU men’s soccer players have had him for a class and came away very impressed.

“He provides valuable life lessons through his teaching,” senior back Jamie Forbes said. “He makes students think for themself and doesn’t just shove information in your face. He is also one of the funniest guys I have ever met.”

“I’ve known Ryan Vaughan for over a decade,” Marco said. “Our daughters were in the same dance class growing up. He is an outstanding faculty member as well as a great person in our community.”

On top of his classes, Vaughan launched an internet talk show entitled Pizza With Vaughan. In each episode, he goes around campus in search of good stories throughout the year. The show’s Facebook site has over 1,000 likes.

It is against that backdrop that Vaughan came to the Bearcats Sports Complex to help promote the Homecoming Game against Vermont. Instead of interviewing the team, however, Vaughan took part in the same drills as the team….with interesting results.

In one segment, Vaughan is seen taking part in a goalkeeping drill. He also took part in the same warm ups as the team and competed against a certain blogger in a reaction game (yes, that would be yours truly).

“He always puts a smile on your face,” Forbes said. “As you could see by the drills, he is pretty hilarious.”

There was only one disappointment in Vaughan’s participation in the training session.

“It would have been perfect if it was his birthday,” Marco said. “We would have been able to flip him in the air. We are going to have to bring him back on his birthday.”

Click the link below to watch the video

Video

Posted October 15, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.
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OCTOBER 14, 2014

Giving Back

Following the Binghamton men’s soccer team’s 1-0 win over New Hampshire on Saturday, the Bearcats had less than 10 minutes until their next action on the home field started.

This time, however, they weren’t facing another team. Instead, they were taking part in a post-game clinic and autograph session, which was open to kids age 12 and under.

Despite having just gone 90 minutes against the Wildcats, the Bearcats were more than happy to take part in the event.

“It’s great to give back to the community,” senior back Matt McCoy said. “These kids come out and support us and this give us a chance to say thanks.”

“We want to show the people who come out to support them that we care about them,” captain Tommy Moon said. “It means a lot to us when we do these events.”

For the next hour, the Bearcats divided up into stations to show the kids different skill sets. They then went over to the autograph session. There was little doubt that the autograph the kids wanted the most was from Derrick Ladeairous, who scored the game-winning goal against New Hampshire.

“When you score the goal that wins the game, you are going to be signing more autographs,” captain Tommy Moon said. “I’m jealous.”

Asked if he had writer’s cramp after the autograph session, Ladeairous admitted he did.

“I did sign my name a lot today but it was all worth it,” he said smiling.

Click the link below for photos from the autograph session.

Photo Gallery

Reading List

Check out the Pipe Dream’s recap from the win over New Hampshire on Saturday.

Recap

 

Posted October 14, 2014 at 9:50 a.m.
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OCTOBER 13, 2014

New Hampshire Wrap Up

Some thoughts from the team after the 1-0 win over New Hampshire on Saturday:

Head Coach Paul Marco

“One of the things we have stressed with the guys is that we have to create more opportunities. If we do that, we told our guys that the goals were going to come. The guys had a great week of training and now we have to prepare for another big one.”

“I thought Derrick was terrific on the goal today. He has always been pretty quick, even when he was playing in the backfield. He’s a guy who can play anywhere on the field and we are going to have to rely on him like we did today,”

Senior midfielder Derrick Ladeairous

“This is a great feeling. We had a dry spell for a while but now we are starting to roll.”

“I’ve been playing up front a lot more this year and have been training pretty hard. I did play in the back the past three years but having been a defender, I know what they are thinking when we move the ball downfield.”

Sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes

“It’s an awesome win. We worked really hard for it. We have really improved a lot on defense. I always felt safe with the job the backline did today.”

Senior forward Steve Celeste

“It was a huge impact having the crowd we did today. We love when we can get that many people out to the games. It really boosts the spirits of the boys. Hopefully they can keep coming back and we can keep winning.”

“The chances to score have been there before. We’ve just (managed to) put them in. Today, Derrick (Ladeairous) had a great strike on goal.”

About Those Animations…

On Friday, we talked to Coach Marco about the animations he used during film sessions. In particular, we broached the topic about the goal celebration animations he created.

With that in mind, we asked him about the celebration following the game winner against New Hampshire.

“All of the guys came over to Derrick pretty quickly, which didn’t give Derrick a lot of time to do anything on his own. If he had a little more space, we might have seen something. Still, I am more thrilled with the actual goal than anything.”

Let’s Go to the Videotape

Check out the Highlights from the win over New Hampshire by clicking on the link below.

Video

Posted October 13, 2014 at 3 p.m.
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OCTOBER 10, 2014

Final Thoughts Before UNH

A shorter session, concluding with a four-team game was the Bearcats’ final workout before tomorrow’s match against New Hampshire.

Sophomore back Charlie Novoth

“It’s been a great week. We have worked on a lot of fitness. The boys have been working hard. We had longer sessions earlier in the week and lighter sessions now.”

“Coming off a win, the boys are pretty pumped. Hopefully we can give a result to the fans that come to watch us tomorrow.”

Captain Tommy Moon

“After the win against Hartford, everybody’s spirits have been pretty high. We have had a good week of training and I think we are really ready for the match tomorrow.”

Animation at Its Finest

This morning on the WNBF Morning Show, Roger Neel was talking with Coach Marco about some animated goal celebrations he showed the team before the Hartford game last week.
“There was a while where I wondered if the team would know what to do after a goal,” Marco quipped. “We had put some animation in our scouting reports and one of the things we did last week was to show the guys what happens after we score a goal.  A couple of the guys even followed the animation perfectly after we scored the goal.

Since the Bearcats Sports Complex opened in 2007, there have been several notable goal celebrations by Binghamton players.

“Ben Nicholson (who did a backflip following his goal on Homecoming Weekend last year) was probably the best we’ve had,” Marco said. “I did like Marts Reid-Warden’s celebration last year as well. Graham Munro’s celebration after he scored on a PK was pretty good. Then there was Cameron Keith, who was on the fence so much I can still see a permanent mark on it.”

A Belated Bath

At the end of training on Friday, this blogger stopped by thinking he was just going to do interviews. Instead, he got called out for having a birthday that the team missed last week.

As is the team’s custom, they threw the birthday celebrant up in the air three times…which has happened twice before to him. They then put the person on the ground and as he was getting up….whoosssssh! The bucket of ice water unexpectedly landed on him.

“We’ve always thrown guys up on their birthdays but this year we added the ice bucket since we did the (ALS) Ice Bucket Challenge earlier in the year,” Tommy Moon said. “We got really into that during the summer so we wanted to just throw water on whoever the birthday boy is.”

“Any member of the team has to partake in those happy moments,” Marco said. “The added touch of the Ice Bucket is….refreshing.”

When Coach Marco was asked if the guys could ever throw 2003 alum Mike Hibbert…who was known..for obvious reasons..as “Hulk,” he was pretty quick in his response.

“No chance. They guys would get injured. As far as I’m concerned, he never had a birthday when he was here.”

Reading List

Check out the Pipe Dream’s preview of the match against New Hampshire

Story

Posted October 10, 2014
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OCTOBER 9, 2014

Family Weekend

For the first time since moving into the Bearcats Sports Complex in 2007, the BU men’s soccer team will be playing at Saturday home game at 1 p.m. The Bearcats’ upcoming game on Saturday has been moved to be part of the Binghamton University Family Weekend Festivities.

“It gives our families who have come into town for the match more time to be with their families after the match,” head coach Paul Marco said. “It should be a great event and we expect a good crowd.”

As of Thursday, the University has sold over 250 tickets to the match against the Wildcats as part of the Family Weekend package.

The Bearcats head into the match with a week off following their 1-0 win over Hartford on Saturday.

“We have had a good week of training,” Marco said. “The intensity has been terrific and we have nearly all of our players back from injuries so it’s been a very good week so far.”

Check out more details on the University’s Family Weekend schedule by clicking the link below:

Binghamton University Family Weekend Website

About Last Week….

In addition to breaking out of its slump last weekend, the Bearcats’ win came against a Hartford squad that was ranked seventh in the NSCAA East Region Poll. This week, the Hawks are No. 10. The complete poll can be found in the link below

NSCAA Northeast Region Poll

Posted October 9, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.
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OCTOBER 8, 2014

30 Under 30

For BU assistant coach Nic Rossi, the last year has been one of significant change, both professionally and personally. Last fall, he and his wife Amy welcomed their first child, Stella. At the same time, he was one of 30 college assistant coaches in the nation taking part in the NSCAA’s 30 Under 30 program.

Launched in the summer of 2013, 30 Under 30 is a year-long education and mentorship opportunity for a select few up-and-comers who have made soccer coaching their career of choice. This program was created to support fledgling coaches and foster their growth at a crucial point in their vocation.

More than 350 applicants, all under 30 years old with at least 1-3 years college coaching experience, applied for admission into the program. Rossi was one of 15 men’s coaches chosen. There were also 15 women’s coached selected.

“It was a great experience for me,” he said. “I got to learn from a lot of great mentors and some of the great coaching educators in the country. I got to attend the (NSCAA) National Convention which was very valuable as well.”

Rossi was part of the inaugural class to go through the 30 Under 30 program, something he takes pride in.

“Being the first group to go through the program, I hope we were able to pave the way for this year’s class to have just as good if not an even better experience,” he said.

Before coming to Binghamton in 2012, Rossi had already worked with three collegiate program who were either nationally ranked, or advanced to the NCAA Tournament (Ohio State, Stevens Tech and Brown). He considers his two years at Binghamton to be another significant part of his career.

“I’m very grateful for the trust that (head) Coach (Paul) Marco gives me on a day-to-day basis,” he said. “Being able to work with a great group of young men and point them in the right direction has been invaluable.”

“Nic has been terrific here,” Marco said. “Being able to be part of the 30 Under 30 program was a great way for him to make more contacts in the coaching (profession) and also to interact with colleagues who were in a similar situation as he is.”

While Rossi has been able to coach many young men at Binghamton, the question was posed to him as to when his one-year old daughter will see her first action on the soccer field.

“Stella might be on the U-1 national team,” he said. “She loves the ball and is always running around the house with it.”

“I saw her play one-v-one already against another little one in the hallway here and she was pretty good,” Marco added.

Posted October 8, 2014 at 6:40 p.m.
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OCTOBER 7, 2014

Reading List

Slow day on Tuesday, but check out the Pipe Dream’s recap of the win over Hartford.

Recap

Posted October 7, 2014 at 5:20 p.m.
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OCTOBER 6, 2014

Hartford Recap

It wasn’t the offensive outburst like the games we mentioned on Friday’s post, but BU’s 1-0 win over Hartford put the team back on track as they began conference play on Saturday.

Head Coach Paul Marco

“We got a complete match tonight and I am very happy for our guys. Hartford is a very good team and we did a great job defensively. We got our first goal at home and I am really happy for the guys.”

“To start off conference play 1-0 is outstanding. We got a long road ahead of us and we still have many more matches to play.”

“I thought heading into the game that we had been playing well all year. We have been having great sessions and I really like the guys’ attitudes at training.”

Senior forward Steve Celeste

“Ben (Ovetsky) put a great first cross which went over my head. It dropped right to Derrick who put into the box and I was waiting for it.”

“We knew a goal was coming. We had been working hard and putting in the effort.”

Captain Tommy Moon

“Our coaching staff always does a great job with the scouting report so we knew what to expect tonight. It was a great feeling to be able to come through tonight because it’s been a tough run for us.”

Not Just An Offensive Break Through…

The Bearcat defense had also waited six games…for a shutout. Getting one against a Hartford team that made the conference finals last year was especially satisfying.

“It was a great feeling (to get a shutout),” sophomore back Charlie Novoth said. “We had been giving away some sloppy goals. Hartford was a strong team and we were able to contain him well.”

Thanking the Fans

Other than Celeste’s goal, the most memorable part of Saturday’s game occurred after the final whistle. With most of the crowd still in the standing cheering, the Bearcats made their traditional walk across the field to thank the fans.

“The support the fans have given us this year during our hard run has been great,” Tommy Moon said. “We just wanted to get a win for them and walking across the field afterwards was great.”

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OCTOBER 3, 2014

Breakout Games

Today’s update includes a countdown list of a different sort.

There is no question the Bearcats are in a goal-scoring drought, which has extended through the last six games. There is also no question they have the potential to score, as evidenced by six goals in their first four games. When a team breaks out of a goal-scoring slump, they really break out of it. This has been true for most soccer teams, including Binghamton.

Here then are the top five breakout games we have witnessed during the Bearcats’ Division I era. As always, we call out any Colonial alums to let us know their own memories…which we will post.

5. October 25, 2008

Although the Bearcats had gone 2-2-0 in their previous four games, they had scored only twice during that stretch. The Pipe Dream newspaper even came out with a column warning that their lack of scoring could end their five-year run in the America East finals. Cameron Keith responded by scoring a pair of goals, giving the Bearcats a 2-0 win at home over New Hampshire. From there, Binghamton went on a 3-1-0 run to make their conference-record sixth straight trip to the championship game.

Recap

4. September 12, 2010

After three shutout losses to start the season, all against ranked teams, BU fell behind No. 11 Penn State 2-0 early in the match. The Bearcats rallied before losing 4-3. Still, that outburst triggered a 4-0-3 run over the next month.

Recap

3. October 23, 2002.

In Coach Marco’s first year at BU, the Bearcats were on a five-game losing skid and had managed just one goal during that stretch. On Senior Day, however, they beat Stony Brook 3-1. Graham Munro converted a pair of penalty kicks in the process. It’s worth noting that all three goals came in a nine-minute span.

Recap

2. September 3, 2006

The Bearcats started off the season 0-2-1 and had been shut out twice. Behind a goal and an assist by Cody Germain, the Bearcats rallied for a 4-3 win over Long Island. The Bearcats would go on to sweep both the America East regular-season and post-season titles.

Recap

1. October 30, 2011

Through their first seven conference games, the Bearcats had scored only three goals and had gone 0-5-2. In their season finale, they had already been eliminated from postseason contention and faced a Boston University team that was trying to clinch the America East regular-season title. To make matters worse, a freak snowstorm in the local area forced the game to be pushed back a day.

But when the game started, Binghamton erupted for a 5-1 win. Jake Keegan scored two goals and tallied a career-high five points. The Terriers did wind up as the regular-season champions but Binghamton was able to end its season on a very good note.

Recap

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OCTOBER 2, 2014

In Case You Missed It

Here the details for the October 11 home game vs. New Hampshire, which includes a post-game clinic and a promotional ticket giveaway, courtesy of SUBWAY.

Release

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OCTOBER 1, 2014

Alumni Update: Phil Grommet

At the conclusion of the BU Men’s Soccer team’s year-end banquet in April 2006, head coach Paul Marco presented the “Bearcat Award.” It is the final award of the banquet each year and in many ways, the most significant. The Bearcat Award goes beyond the stats and individual honors and recognizes a player who represents all of the significant aspects of the BU men’s soccer program.

That night, the award went to Phil Grommet, who was a backup goalkeeper during his four-year career (2002-05). The respect he had gained from the team had no one disputing Coach Marco’s decision.

“Phil was everything we could have asked for,” he said. “His competitive spirit was great. He worked really hard and got himself into fantastic shape. He was a great team player and was very well-liked and respected by the guys.”

Like many of the freshmen who arrived on campus in the fall of 2002, Grommet did not know what to expect. The Bearcats had won only two games the previous year and were only in their second year as a NCAA Division I program.

Four years later, Binghamton was the top program in the America East Conference, having won the 2003 title and advancing to the finals the following two years. From 2003-05, the Bearcats were in the national rankings each year.

“It was a really special group that I was a part of,” Grommet said. “We went to three straight America East Championship games, advanced in the NCAA Tournament and consistently cracked the national rankings.  As a group, we also achieved many academic accomplishments too.”

Like many of his teammates, Grommet has gone on to achieve great things since graduating from Binghamton. He graduated from CUNY Law School in New York City and is now a practicing attorney at Levene Gouldin & Thompson LLP. His office is located in Binghamton.

“I practice predominantly in the areas of business and real estate law,” he said. “At the moment, I am also making some appearances in local courts on various matters.”

Being a part of the BU men’s soccer team did not just help Grommet improve as a player. It also helped prepare him for the rigors of life after college.

“The work ethic and time management skills that I gained as a BU student-athlete definitely prepared me for law school,” he said. “Coach Marco always stressed that winning matches required practicing hard, practicing smart and getting yourself prepared over the spring and summer.  You can’t just show up and expect to get great results.  The same principle applied to doing well on my law school exams and in passing the bar exam.”

Although it’s been eight years since Grommet graduated from Binghamton, he remains close with many of his former teammates.

“All my teammates are still great friends,” he said. “Just this year, I went to Darius Ravangard’s wedding and Luc Vallone’s wedding.  Along with Bryan Arnault, I also attended Graham Munro’s induction into the BU Hall of Fame (last November).  I was emailing with Stephen Bruce during the Scottish referendum, and Danilo is going to be updating me on the upcoming Brazilian elections.”

“All of our guys are great at staying in touch with each other and with our program,” Marco said. “Phil, in particular, has really stayed connected with us as an alum.”

Despite being a backup goalkeeper during his Binghamton career, Grommet still considers being a part of the Bearcat program as a significant chapter of his life.

“I did not get to play as much as I had hoped for,” he said “But being a member of this team was one of the best experiences of my life and I would not change a single thing about it.”

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

Odds and Ends

Some quick updates while the team travels to Hofstra for tonight’s game:

Homecoming Weekend Plans Set

The BU men’s soccer team has announced its Homecoming Weekend plans, starting with a gathering on Friday, October 17 at Burger Monday’s at 8 p.m. The annual alumni game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. the following day and the Homecoming match against Vermont is at 6 p.m.

U.S. vs. Europe

Some serious Ryder Cup banter on social media between the American and European men’s soccer alums has been taking place the past few days. Here are the best exchanges we have read:

“Just an absolute licking fellas. Cheers for coming over though. How’s your Ryder Cup?!”

-Cameron Keith

“It was never in doubt. About time (the U.S.) partnered with Australia or South Africa to give us some competition.”

Graham Munro

On that note, we’ll call up Ernie Els and Greg Norman to hear their thoughts on this idea…...

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2014

Seven Years Later

On our Facebook site, we have a feature at noon each day entitled “THIS DAY IN BINGHAMTON BEARCATS HISTORY.” It notes an event from one of the BU athletic teams which corresponds to that date.

Today’s entry took place on September 29, 2007. Seven years ago. It was the first-ever men’s soccer game at the Bearcats Sports Complex. As many of you remember, it was the day Cameron Keith introduced himself to the soccer community by netting a hat track. The Bearcats beat the Big Red 3-0 before over 1,800 fans.

Since that night, there have been 55 other men’s soccer games played at the Bearcats Sports Complex. An average of 937 fans have attended each of those games. That includes five playoff games, seven homecoming game and five televised games.

It’s in that spirit that we have chosen the best home game for each of the seven previous seasons.

2007
October 6, 2007.
Binghamton 2, Boston Univ. 1 (OT)

Although Keith netted a pair of hat tricks, this game remains his signature home performance. He scored a pair of goals, including the game winner in overtime against the Terriers. The post-game celebration, which included the team going to the stands to celebrate with the fans, remains vivid seven years later.

2008
Oct. 18, 2008
Binghamton 1, Vermont 0

The first-ever sellout and regionally-televised game at the Bearcats Sports Complex saw the Bearcats beat defending conference champion Vermont 1-0 on a second-half goal by Keith. With the win, Binghamton moved into first place in the America East Conference.

2009
October 3, 2009
Binghamton 2, Albany 1 (OT)

Things looked grim for the Bearcats when Albany was awarded a penalty kick in midway through the first overtime. But Jason Stenta made the save to extend the game. A few minutes later, Adam Whitehead ended the game on a free kick.

2010
October 13, 2010
Binghamton 2, Hartford 1 (OT)

The term “fenrufel” become a household word when Scott Zobre was describing to the media how he scored his game winning goal in overtime against the Hawks. The next night, WBNG had a graphic that read “WHAT’S A FERNUFEL?” That term was actually coined by Justin Leskow two years earlier.

2011
October 30, 2011
Binghamton 5, Boston Univ. 1

The Bearcats closed out a disappointing year with a 5-1 win over eventual regular-season champion Boston University. The match was originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 29, but a freak snowstorm forced the postponement of the match. Jake Keegan scored twice and added an assist. Adam Whitehead added a goal and two assists.

2012
September 29, 2012
Binghamton 2, New Hampshire 1 (OT)

Jake Keegan’s most dramatic goal at the Bearcats Sports Complex came in the first overtime against the Wildcats.

2013
October 3, 2013
Binghamton 3, UMass Lowell 0

This Homecoming win is most noted for Ben Nicholson scoring in just the second minute of the game and then celebrating with a flip. Too bad a good portion of the crowd was still filing into the Bearcats Sports Complex.

2014

Yet to be determined. Five games left.

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

Princeton Preview

- Binghamton (2-6-0) lost 1-0 to No. 18 Syracuse on Tuesday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes made a career-high 11 saves for the Bearctas. Sophomore forward Alex Varkatzas continues to lead the team with two goals and four points. Junior forward Luca Bottoni and sophomore back Charlie Novoth each have a goal and an assist.

- Princeton (2-2-2) defeated Drexel 1-0 on Tuesday night. Thomas Sanner converted the game winner on a penalty kick in the 53rd minute. For the season, Sanner has three goals and seven total points. Cameron Porter, meanwhile, leads the Tigers with four goals and eight total points.

- Binghamton and Princeton have yet to square off in men’s soccer. The Tigers, however, are one of three Ivy League schools the Bearcats play this year. Cornell and Columbia are the other two squads.

- Defensively, the Bearcats have allowed one goal or fewer in seven of their first eight matches. This includes a 2-0 shutout victory over Niagara on Sept. 7.

- Sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes’ 11-save performance marked the eighth time in Binghamton’s Division I era that a goalkeeper has stopped at least 10 shots. The most recent occurrence took place when junior goalkeeper Stefano Frantellizzi made 12 saves against Columbia on Oct. 19, 2013.

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2014

Where Does It Rank?

While the BU men’s soccer team is looking ahead to Princeton on Saturday, we decided to take a look back at some of the most significant goalkeeping performances in the Bearcats’ Division I history.

Despite the loss on Tuesday, sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes stopped 11 shots against the No. 18 Orange, including several from close range. His performance brings to mind some of the past performances in program history. We will go in reverse chronological order.

These will go in reverse chronological order.

October 26, 2013

While Stefano Frantellizzi only made five saves, they came against then seventh-ranked UMBC to preserve a 0-0 tie at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Although he made 12 saves against Columbia four days earlier, the magnitude of this game, in which the Bearcats were outshot 16-5 by a nationally-ranked team, carries more weight.

Recap

September 17, 2010

Chris Hayen’s first career shutout came against No. 26 Lafayette, as the Bearcats won 1-0 in the opening round of the Colgate Red Raider Invitational. He made three saves but stopped several other crosses during the match.

Recap

November 3, 2007

Of all Jason Stenta’s memorable matches, this one is below the radar compared to most. The Bearcats won their second straight America East regular-season title, 1-0 at Stony Brook in rainstorm. The Bearcats were outshot 14-12 but Stenta made nine saves to preserve the win.

Recap

September 5, 2005

Facing a Coastal Carolina team that was receiving votes in both major polls, the Bearcats won 1-0. Ryan Bertoni made three stops and helped organize the defense through the last part of the game. The Bearcats, who scored midway through the second half, were outshot 11-10 for the game.

Recap

November 25, 2003

In the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the Bearcats were defeated by seventh-ranked St. Louis 1-0 in overtime. In regulation, however, Stef Gonet made 10 saves to keep the upstart Bearcats in the game. Many of those saves were from close range. The next day, the headline in the St. Louis dispatch read “Bilikens overcome pesky goalkeeper to advance.”

Recap

Calling All Colonials….

For any of you alums from the Division II or Division III eras, feel free to send us the best Colonial goalkeeping performances you have seen. We will post what we hear back!

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2014

Syracuse Wrap Up

Some thoughts from the team following last night’s game against Cornell:

Head Coach Paul Marco

“I thought our intensity has improved over the last few games. We came out tonight sharper than we had previously. We were a little unlucky around the goal but that will come.”

Senior back Jamie Forbes

“I think Coach (Marco) touched on it right after the game. We brought a lot more energy tonight. I don’t know if it was because we are playing a ranked opponent or what not but we can definitely take away that energy we brought tonight into our next match.”

Senior back Derrick Ladaeirous

“I think our team has definitely turned it around the last few games. We are looking a lot better communication-wise. I think we will be playing a lot better from here on out.”

Home Support

Although it was a mid-week game, a crowd of 647 fans came out to the match against Syracuse. Through five home games, the Bearcats are averaging 831 fans per contest. This does not include the upcoming Homecoming match on Oct. 18, which traditionally draws the biggest crowd of the year.

“It’s great to have the student body out supporting us,” Forbes said. “The BU Zoo has done a great job this year and we appreciate every single person that comes out.”

“It’s been great,” Ladaeirous added. “Although we haven’t won at home yet, they are still coming out. As the wins come, we expect even bigger crowds.”

Heard in the Press Box

Last night, when we polled the media as to which Bearcat players they wished to interview after the game, one of the writers asked for sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes. When we told them it was his first interview, the writer’s reply was classic:

“It’s okay,” they said. “I speak German.”

Tomorrow, we will take a closer look at Moewes and his 11-save effort last night against the Orange.

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2014

Meet and Greet

Following training on Sunday, the Binghamton men’s soccer team headed to the University Union for a “Meet and Greet” with the BU Zoo. The student-run fan organization had pizza and drinks for the team and the event gave the Zoo members a chance to interact with the players.

Andrew Loso, who is one of the BU Zoo’s leaders, helped coordinate a similar event for the women’s soccer team earlier in the year.

“It’s one thing to cheer on a team but it’s another thing to get to know them better,” he said. “It gives us a chance to have a more personal connection so when we see them on the field, it’s a much more exciting and energized atmosphere.”

In his second year of helping to lead the BU Zoo, Loso has gotten to know head coach Paul Marco and many of the players on a personal basis.

“They are wonderful to deal with,” Loso said. “They are very nice and Coach Marco has helped me out for with the Ice Water Challenge we did earlier in the fall.”

“They are terrific,” Marco said about the BU Zoo. “When you have a group of students who rally support like they have, it’s wonderful. I am proud that our guys get a chance to play in front of a group of very enthusiastic bunch of students.”

“It’s great that we can do this Meet and Greet with them,” junior goalkeeper Stefano Frantellizzi said. “We really appreciate it and just want to thank them for all that they do.”

Before Sunday’s event, many of the players had met and gotten to know Loso and other BU Zoo members pretty well.

“I met them last year and the stuff that they do is fantastic,” team captain Tommy Moon said.

Loso and Coach Marco both addressed the audience during the Meet and Greet, encouraging support for the upcoming match against Syracuse.

There was one small glitch with the event. Loso and the BU Zoo ordered two large sheet pizzas for the women’s soccer team’s Meet and Greet. There were leftovers then. For the men’s gathering, however, the two pizzas were gone much sooner.

“After a training session, two pizzas were not enough to feed us,” Moon said with a smile.

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

Making the Stop

Junior goalkeeper Stefano Frantellizzi remembers the last time he stopped a penalty kick. Before Saturday, that is.

“In my senior year of high school I did it in a couple of games,” he said. “It’s been a while.”

Three years later, he came through again…this time for the Binghamton Bearcats.

Less than a minute into the second half of Saturday’s game against Lafayette, he faced off against Tom McCutcheon. Frantellizzi was able to guess right and dove far enough to bat away McCutcheon’s attempt. It was the first time Binghamton stopped a penalty kick since Jason Stenta did the honors against Albany on Oct. 7, 2009.

Frantellizzi had yet to stop a penalty kick at the college level heading into the season but trained hard over the summer to get better in that area.

“I trained hard and practiced a lot over the summer in reading the kicker before they shoot it,” he said. “I feel I definitely have improved because of that.”

Name That Tune

When Frantellizzi and the rest of the Binghamton Bearcats were introduced to the crowd at the freshman BBQ on August 28, he used his time behind the mike to also let the crowd know he was a disc jockey as well.

With that in mind, we asked Frantellizzi what music should have been played at the Bearcats Sports Complex when he stopped the penalty kick on Saturday.

“I don’t know,” he said. “Maybe Eye of the Tiger?”

Coming Up Next…

The BU Zoo held a Meet and Greet with the team on Sunday night. Check back tomorrow for details.

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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

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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.

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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.

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

Date Opponent Time/
Result
Media
Notes
Game
Story
Box
Score
Play-by-
Play
Video
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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Women’s Lacrosse Announces 2015 Schedule

Bearcats open season Feb. 7 at Ohio State

October 29, 2014


Women’s Lacrosse Announces 2015 Schedule

Sophomore Brianne Arthur

2015 Schedule

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

VESTAL, N.Y.—As the fall athletic season gears up for postseason play women’s lacrosse coach Stephanie Allen has named the schedule for her team’s 2015 season. The 17-game campaign features six America East matchups, and includes seven home games, and ten road games. Key non-conference opponents include Ohio State, Cornell, Canisius, and Lafayette.

“We are excited to face some new challenges and fresh opponents with our 2015 schedule,” explained Allen. “Our goal is to prepare ourselves with tough non-conference opponents so the Bearcats are ready come March to face America East competition.  Our objective every year is to be playing post-season, but we have to focus on one game at a time and accomplishing the little things along the way.”

The season begins with the team heading to Columbus, Ohio for the Bearcats’ first ever matchup with the Ohio State Buckeyes (Feb. 7). Allen is unfazed despite facing a new opponent from a prominent athletic program. “We are going to prepare in the same manner no matter who we face,” she stated. “It puts additional emphasis on our off-season training because it’s an earlier opener than we typically schedule, but our players are excited about facing someone new and are ready to put in the work between now and February 7th.”

Binghamton will then wait nearly two and a half weeks before playing again, when they head to Niagara on February 24. Last season they defeated the Purple Eagles 17-7 at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The team will then follow that up with another road game against a team that they defeated last year, when they travel to Quinnipiac on February 28.

The Bearcats will then gear up for their home opener against Lafayette (Mar. 4) at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Last season the two teams’ met for the first time in program history, with the Leopards prevailing 12-6.

Then it’s back to the road, as the Bearcats head to Sacred Heart (Mar. 7) and Cornell (Mar. 11). They’ll look to avenge a 15-4 loss to the Big Red on their home turf last season.

The last two games before conference play starts are home matchups against Marist (Mar. 14) and Siena (Mar. 17). Binghamton is looking for its third straight win against the Saints, including last season’s 16-11 victory at Siena.

America East play begins with the Bearcats traveling down to Baltimore to face the UMBC Retrievers (Mar. 21), a conference foe who they defeated in 2014. They’ll follow that up with a home game against UMass Lowell (Mar. 29), in the River Hawks inaugural season. “It’s good to have an additional conference opponent this season - it just provides for stiffer competition and more games on the line in order to make it into the postseason,” Allen noted.

Then it’s down to Long Island to play America East defending champ Stony Brook (April 1), before returning home against Vermont (April 4). Following that home matchup is three straight road games, at St. Bonaventure (April 7), New Hampshire (April 10), and Colgate (April 14).

The last two games of the regular season are both at the Bearcats Sports Complex, as Binghamton closes out their conference schedule against Albany (April 18). Last season the Great Danes finished as the runners up in the America East Championship.

Last season Binghamton went 7-9 with a conference record of 1-4. They return 2014’s top-three scorers, including sophomore Brianne Arthur. Last season Arthur’s 34 goals set a Binghamton record for freshman goals in a season. With two America East teams finishing in the top-20, Coach Allen recognizes the strength of the conference: “The America East is constantly getting stronger in women’s lacrosse, so we won’t be taking anyone lightly this year because each game will be a battle. Our focus will be on aiming for an America East playoff berth in May.”

Women’s soccer lands three on all-conference team

Gormley, O’Neill, Corcoran voted to America East second team; Rice named All-Rookie

October 29, 2014


Women’s soccer lands three on all-conference team

America East Release

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - After securing the program’s ninth postseason berth in the last 11 seasons, Binghamton women’s soccer has put three players on the America East all-conference team, the league announced Wednesday.

Senior back Connie Gormley, junior forward Katherine Corcoran and sophomore midfielder Katie O’Neill each received second team all-conference honors. In addition, redshirt freshman forward Jacque Rice earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team and senior midfielder Emily Nuss repeated as an All-Academic Team selection.

The conference head coaches voted two 11-member all-star teams (first and second) plus an All-Rookie Team and All-Academic Team, each with 11 members. 
For the Bearcats (7-9-2, 3-3-2 AE), the three all-conference picks (1st or 2nd team) were the most since 2005 and the four overall soccer honorees were the most since 2009.

“It’s really great to see our players recognized for all-conference,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “These honors are possible through our entire team effort and determination to compete.”

Gormley was selected to the second team for the second straight year. The captain and central defender began her career with All-Rookie honors in 2011. She anchored BU’s back line for 14 games this fall before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

 

This is the first conference honor for Corcoran, who has contributed two goals and six points in her third collegiate season. The speedy striker assisted on BU’s game-winning double-overtime goal to beat UMBC on Sunday.

O’Neill leads the Bearcats with five goals and 12 points and is the reigning America East Player of the Week. From her center midfield position, she tallied two goals and an assist and netted the game-winner to beat Vermont on Thursday – a win that kept Binghamton’s playoff hopes alive. She was an All-Rookie selection last year.

Rice scored three goals and added an assist in her first collegiate season. She scored a key goal against Vermont and tallied the game-winner in overtime to beat Lafayette earlier in the season. 

“Kat brings great possession to the game, Gorms has been a consistent force in our back line, and O’Neill creates attacking chances for the team,” McClellan said. “Rice is a dangerous threat and spark to our offense and really brought the work rate up top in important moments each game.”

For Nuss, the academic honor is the latest in a regular stream of accolades. She carries a 3.87 grade-point average in cell & molecular biology. On the field, Nuss has two goals and seven points this season from her center midfield position. 

“Nuss sets a high bar academically in addition to on the field performance,” McClellan said.

The sixth-seeded Bearcats play at third-seeded New Hampshire in a quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. Thursday in Durham, N.H.

BINGHAMTON AMERICA EAST ALL-CONFERENCE (28) AND ALL-ROOKIE (12) SELECTIONS
2002 (5): Tracy Kasmarcik (1st Team), Lauren Cherry (2nd Team), Amanda Norman (Honorable Mention), Meghan Taylor (Honorable Mention), Lauren Massey (All-Rookie)
2003 (3): Tracy Kasmarcik (2nd Team), Tatiana Mathelier (Honorable Mention), Danielle White (All-Rookie)
2004 (5): Tatiana Mathelier (1st Team), Deli Plourde (1st Team), Meghan Taylor (1st Team),
Caitlin O’Shaughnessy (2nd Team), Kim Povill (Honorable Mention & All-Rookie)
2005 (5): Meghan Taylor (1st Team), Kelly Burnham (2nd Team), Tricia Reed (2nd Team), Kristie Bowers (Honorable Mention), Kim Thomas (All-Rookie)
2006 (2): Tricia Reed (1st Team), Nicole Montoya (All-Rookie)
2007 (3): Amanda Casares (2nd Team), Kim Povill (2nd Team), Stefani Knopick (All-Rookie)
2008 (3): Amanda Casares (2nd Team), Nicole Montoya (2nd Team), Dani Raske (All-Rookie)
2009 (4): Amanda Casares (1st Team), Dani Raske (2nd Team), Jamie Holliday (All-Rookie), Emily Pape (All-Rookie)
2011 (1): Connie Gormley (All-Rookie)
2012 (1): Sarah Furminger (2nd Team)
2013 (3): Rebecca Raber (1st Team), Connie Gormley (2nd Team), Katie O’Neill (All-Rookie)
2014 (4): Connie Gormley (2nd Team), Katherine Corcoran (2nd Team), Katie O’Neill (2nd Team), Jacque Rice (All-Rookie)

Swimming & Diving opens season against UMass this weekend

Bearcats begin first season under new head coach Brad Smith

October 29, 2014


Swimming & Diving opens season against UMass this weekend

Leo Wright

2014-15 Men's Schedule

2014-15 Women's Schedule

The Binghamton swimming & diving squads begin a new era under the leadership of first-year head coach Brad Smith. With long-time coach Sean Clark stepping down after an illustrious eight-year run with the program, the Bearcats now look to Smith, who was the head women’s coach at Western Colorado last season. In addition, he was also an assistant coach at Maine from 2009-12.

“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.”

Smith inherits a program that placed second at the ECAC men’s championships last season and won a pair of America East individual titles at the women’s conference meet. In addition, the Bearcats welcome a talented freshman class for the 2014-15 campaign.

“I am really excited about the experience veterans that we have and the new talent that was brought in,” Smith says. “Last year, the men’s program had a solid showing at ECAC’s and we will look to expand upon that this year. The women’s team had several good performances at the America East meet and they have a big freshman class.”

One big advantage Smith has in his first year is the overall leadership of the team. In particular this year’s senior captains, which include Emmett Jacobi, Devin Zdanowski, Shannon Lampe, Timea Tozser, and Corinne Zotter, have played a significant role in the transition.

“We have great captains who have great maturity and discipline as well as a high level of enthusiasm and insight,” Smith says. “They genuinely care about the program and their teammates and make them a priority.”

MEN’S OUTLOOK

Binghamton returns a pair of ECAC individual champions from last season. Zdanowski won the three-meter diving title and advanced to the NCAA Zone Diving Championships. Junior Eric Farm, meanwhile, captured the 100 backstroke and was part of the winning 200- and 400-medley relay teams, which also included returning juniors Brian McKenna and Tommy Cummings.

Zdanowski was also third in the one-meter diving event at the ECAC meet. McKenna was the runner-up in the 50 free while Cummings took third in the 200 breast.  Binghamton’s other returning medalist from the ECAC meet last year is sophomore Ruan Zorgman, who was second in both the 100- and 200 breast.

Another men’s swimmer to keep an eye on this year is senior Alexi Corey. He was a top-five finisher in the 200 backstroke at the 2012 America East meet but had an injury-plagued junior season.

This year’s top newcomers on the men’s side include Amit Bachar, Travis Blank and Brian Martinez. Bachar was the league champion in the 100 fly at Tenafly (N.J.) High School. Blank hails from Craryville, N.Y., where he was a six-year letterwinner at Taconic Hills High School. Martinez, meanwhile, is from Yonkers, N.Y., where he was part of the 400 medley relay team at Fordham Prep that gained All-America honors.

WOMEN’S OUTLOOK

Seniors Caitlin Kelly and Zotter are the top returning swimmers. Kelly swept both 50- and 100 freestyle events at the America East Championships last season. Zotter, meanwhile, was the runner up in the 100 breaststroke and was third in the 200-breaststroke.

Kelly was also eighth in the 100 breaststroke. Other returning conference finalists from last year are sophomore Bettina Hughes and senior Kim Robertston, who placed fifth and sixth in the three-meter diving event respectfully. Junior Taryn McLaughlin was fifth in the 200 fly.

Another returning swimmer who could play a key role this season is junior Claudia Coccaro, who joined Kelly and Zotter on the second-place 200 medley relay team at the America East meet.

This year’s top freshmen include Kristin Pozmanter and Maria Trivino. Pozmanter, who is from East Setauket, N.Y. She qualified for Junior Nationals in the 1650 free while swimming for Ward Melville High School. Trivino, meanwhile, hails from Whitestone, N,Y., where she was a four-year letterwinner at Nightengale-Bamford High School.

SCHEDULE

Binghamton opens up the season with a two-day home meet against UMass Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at the West Gym Pool. From there, the Bearcats have seven other meets, including home contests against Cornell (Nov. 9), Bucknell (Jan. 11) and Colgate (Jan. 16).

This year’s America East Women’s Championships are at WPI Feb. 12-15. The men’s ECAC Championships, meanwhile, are on Feb. 27-March 1 at a site yet to be determined.

Men’s soccer loses 1-0 at UMBC

Retrievers net game winner on a penalty kick in 32nd minute

October 29, 2014


Men’s soccer loses 1-0 at UMBC

Christian Dam

Final Stats

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

BALTIMORE, Md. – Mamadou Kansaye converted a penalty kick in the 32nd minute, leading UMBC (8-5-3, 4-0-1 AE) to a 1-0 win over Binghamton (4-12-0, 2-3-0 AE) in an America East men’s soccer game on Wednesday night at the Retriever Athletic Complex. With the victory, the Retrievers remain in first place in the conference.

Mamadou’s penalty kick was set up when Binghamton was called for a hand ball in the box. His goal was his fourth the season..

UMBC outshot the Bearcats 26-12 for the game. The Bearcats fired a pair of shots in the final five minutes but were unable to net the equalizer.

“I am gutted for our guys because we played quite well against a very good team,” head coach Paul Marco said. “We are getting our chances but the ball is just not going in for us.”

Binghamton returns home on Saturday for a 7 p.m. game against Stony Brook on Senior Night at the Bearcats sports complex.

Family Ties

Since 2011, the Celeste family has played a key role within the BU men’s soccer program

October 27, 2014


Family Ties

Lois, Bret, Steve and Jack Celeste at the Bearcats Sports Complex before a recent men's soccer game

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

On October 11, a crowd of 1,735 fans gathered at the Bearcats Sports Complex for the Binghamton men’s soccer team’s Family Weekend game against New Hampshire. Several fans in the stands were parents who were in town to visit their college-age students.

Among those present were Lois and Jack Celeste, who drove three hours from Saratoga Springs to see their twin sons Steve and Bret. Unlike most parents in the stands that day, their kids were not sitting with them. Instead, they were on the field, leading the Bearcats to a 1-0 win.

Steve is a senior forward and has been among its leading goal scorers the last two years. Bret is a redshirt junior, who after struggling with injuries, is now in his second year as a starting defensive midfielder. Lois has been the liaison between the parents and team and has organized most post-game meals. She and Jack are fixtures at most games.

For four years, Binghamton University and the men’s soccer program have played a significant role in the Celeste family. The strong family bond they have, however, goes back much further.

Beginnings

Steve and Bret grew up in a family that also includes their older brother Dan and younger sister Emily. They both shared the same bedroom growing up and at a very early age, also shared the same passion for soccer.

“I remember the first time we brought Steve and Bret to the city recreation soccer program,” Lois said. “They were both six years old but were very good. There was one game where the coach asked them to just pass the ball around and stop scoring because they were running up and down the field and scoring all the time!”

One key to Steve and Bret becoming so good at a young age is that they had each other to practice with.

“It’s always been easy having one another around,” Steve says. “Even when there wasn’t practice, we knew we could go out to the back yard and practice together.”

By age eight, Steve and Bret joined the Saratoga travel team and their parents stayed closely connected. Lois, in particular, began to take an active role behind the scenes. Although she has been the Executive Director for the Senior Citizens Center of Saratoga Springs for four years, she has managed to take the lead in parent activities for whatever soccer teams Steve and Bret played on.

“She has always been the Team Mom,” Bret says. “She loves being involved and we love that about her. She never misses a game, even when our dad has been out of town on business. It’s always been great having her around.”

Jack, meanwhile, is an independent managing consultant whose focus is in the health care industry. Although he never coached one of his sons’ teams, he has had a significant role in their development as athletes.

“Our dad always pushed us to improve ourselves,” Steve says. “He taught us how to play every other sport. As an athlete (who played baseball in high school), he knows what it takes (to succeed) and knows where we come from. I don’t think there is anyone who has been more proud of us than him.”

If soccer was an important part of the Celeste family, academics were even more so. Both Steve and Bret excelled academically in high school at Saratoga Springs. Last April, both were inducted into the National College Athlete Honor Society.

“Our parents were always making sure we were doing well in school,” Steve says. “In college, they don’t really have to worry about us. They trust us. But growing up, they were always telling us to do our best in everything, including school.”

“Academics have always been a high priority and still are in our family,” Lois says. “Steve and Bret have always been very strong and independent students so I think we had the luxury of also stressing a balance in life; a mix of academics, good grades and their passion for sports.”

Choosing Binghamton

At first, Steve and Bret did not think they were going to go to the same college together. Both were standout players at Saratoga Springs High School and played on the Black Watch Highlanders Club Team. But in the spring of 2011, things started to come together.

“The summer going into our senior year (2010), we started to talk about where we wanted to go to college,” Steve said. “At first we talked about going our own ways. In September, I committed to come to Binghamton and a few months later, Bret decided to come here. I don’t regret it.”

The combination of the academics and soccer program were the key selling points for the Celeste brothers to come here. They had known other players from their area who played for the Bearcats and were always aware of the school’s strong academic reputation.

“Leaving soccer out of it, this school (offers) a great education,” Steve says. “It’s close to home and I knew Trey (Jasenski), Tommy (Klim) and Austin (Hughes), who all are from around our area and came to Binghamton before we did.”

“I was looking to go down to Florida or out West to school at first,” Bret says. “But I eventually came here for the same reasons Steve did. It’s close to home, has a great soccer program and the academics are very good.”

Binghamton head coach Paul Marco actually met Lois before Steve and Bret. She was working an event for the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) that he was helping to run.

“I met Lois when she was the site coordinator for the NSCAA Site Diploma Course I was in charge of,” Marco says. “She was outstanding and very well organized. She introduced me to Steve and Bret but I really didn’t get to know them at that time.”

Eventually, Marco got to watch Steve and Bret play for the Black Watch Highlanders during the recruiting process. When it came time to chat with them, he was impressed with how they interacted with their family.

“During the recruiting process, we are always looking to see how potential players interact with their parents,” he said. “If we see them being disrespectful towards their parents, they will be disrespectful towards coaches. Steve and Bret were very respectful around their mom and dad. It was easy to see what a great relationship they have with their parents. They listen to them.”

Although he has been a college coach for nearly two decades, the Celeste brothers are the first set of twins Marco has ever worked with. In a good way, it was unlike most other recruiting situation with twins.
“Usually, when you bring in one of the twins, you have to bring in the other one,” he said. “That wasn’t the case with Steve and Bret. We actively recruited both of them and each one of them has brought something good to the team.”

For Lois and Jack Celeste, meanwhile, it was easy to support their sons’ decision to go to Binghamton.

“Starting with the recruitment process, we felt good about their decision to attend Binghamton together given the educational and soccer opportunities it offers,” Lois said. “Coach Marco’s philosophy with academics is what sold Jack and I. The entire athletic staff have invested in our boys not only with soccer but their academics and when needed their personal lives.”

Making Their Mark

Once they got to Binghamton, Steve and Bret’s soccer careers went in different directions. Steve played in 16 of the team’s 17 games as a freshman. Bret, however, struggled with knee injuries and had to take a redshirt year. The following year, Bret was still not healthy enough to play.

“I was really close to dropping sports in general because it was very tough,” Bret said. “But the family support I had was huge. My mom, my dad and Steve all gave me the confidence that I could came back and eventually I did.”

“I remember how tough it was for him,” Steve said. “He was really down and it was hard for me to see. I did my best to push him to keeping going.”

Last season, Bret was finally healthy enough to play. There was some irony, however, the first time he got into a game.

“My first game back was at Cornell and I had to sub into the game for Steve,” Bret said. “He got an allergic reaction so we did not actually get to play together until a few games after that.”

After playing behind Jake Keegan, who was a first-team all-conference forward his first two years, Steve was one of the Bearcats’ top scorers his junior season. This year, however, he and the offense hit a wall and were shut out in six straight games. As was the case with Bret’s injury, Steve found support in his family.

“My dad kept telling me that the goal was going to come,” Steve said. “As a forward, no one knows more than I do about how much we needed the goal. My dad kept pushing and encouraging us during that time.”

Eventually, Steve and the Bearcats broke through. He scored the game-winning goal in Binghamton’s 1-0 win over Hartford on Oct. 4.

“It was big to get that goal against Hartford,” he said. “The encouragement that I got from my dad, in particular, was great in the days leading up to it.”

Three years after they arrived on campus together, Steve and Bret are both starters on the Bearcats. But their impact on the team goes beyond their stats.

“Both of them mean a lot to the team, on and off the field,” senior back Jamie Forbes said. “They do very well in the classroom and always give us a lot during training and games. Both are fantastic guys and I respect them a great deal.”

“They are two guys who would do anything for the team,” graduate student and team captain Tommy Moon said. “It’s been great to have both of them contributing this year.”

The Final Time Around

The 2014 preseason started with a vivid illustration of just how close the Celeste family is and how much they mean to the Binghamton men’s soccer team. In August, when the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was sweeping the country, the Bearcats invited the local media to watch them take part in the event.

It was Steve Celeste who spoke to the media before the Ice Bucket Challenge was administered. He and Bret were among the 13 upperclassmen who took part in the event.

“We were challenged by Lois Celeste, my mom,” Steve said.

After a pause, he continued.

“Thanks mom.”

Lois issued the challenge on August 11 and because of her respect within the program, head coach Paul Marco and the team scrambled to accept the challenge during the opening day of preseason meetings. Since that time, the Celeste family has watched this season unfold with the joy of both Steve and Bret playing as well as the knowledge that this is the last year they will be on the same team.

“It’s been great being on the same team and I’m glad I have some more years with the (Binghamton) program,” Bret said.

“It’s sad to know I don’t have another year of eligibility after this year,” Steve said. “But I plan on going to grad school here and want to stick around and help the team.”

As for Jack and Lois, meanwhile, the sense of pride they have in Steve and Bret’s accomplishments runs deep.

“We are most proud of the way they are best friends and have supported each other,” Lois said. “Steve and Bret are a lot alike, equally as smart and talented, but there are differences too. Steven has a kindness in his heart and soul that makes me very proud of how thoughtful he is to other people. Bret is a true survivor and one of the strongest and toughest kids I have ever seen. All of these qualities make us very proud every day of the young men they have become.”

 

Volleyball Takes Home America East Weekly Awards

Burgess, Dettmann & LaGoy honored as Player, Setter & Rookie of the Week

October 27, 2014


Volleyball Takes Home America East Weekly Awards

America East Release

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second week in a row the Binghamton volleyball program swept the America East weekly awards. Megan Burgess, Amanda Dettmann and Alexis LaGoy were honored as the Player, Setter and Rookie of the Week, as announced by the conference Monday afternoon. Binghamton became the first school in America East history to sweep the weekly awards in back-to-back weeks.

“Megan came up big for us against Albany and kept us going with her blocking as well as her hitting,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “Amanda and Alexis have contributed consistently throughout the season to our overall success.”

The trio led Binghamton to a four-set victory over SUNY rival Albany last Friday as the Bearcats swept the season series for the first time in program history. Binghamton took over sole possession of second place in the league standings with the victory as its six-match homestand comes to a close this weekend.

Burgess garnered her first-ever conference accolade after leading the league in kills per set (4.50) and hitting percentage (.417). The junior from St. Petersburg, Fla. registered a season-high 18 kills against Albany while tallying a hitting percentage of .400 or better for the fourth time this season.

Dettmann collected her second straight Setter of the Week honor following her 48 assist-10 dig effort against the Great Danes. The senior from Milwaukee, Wis. recorded her third consecutive double-double while leading the conference in assists per set (12.00) and the Bearcats to a league-best .255 attack percentage. Dettmann now owns five career Setter of the Week awards.

LaGoy, who has constructed a standout rookie season, tallied eight kills in Binghamton’s win over Albany earning her second straight Rookie of the Week honor. The first-year starter from Baldwinsville, N.Y. picked up her third Rookie of the Week award, tying Brianna Strong (2005) for the most in a single season by a Bearcat.

Last week, Binghamton swept the weekly awards for just the second time in program history (2005). The Bearcats have now taken home all three weekly accolades for a third time and became the first school in conference history to accomplish the feat in consecutive weeks.

Binghamton welcomes UMass Lowell and New Hampshire to West Gym as the Bearcats conclude its home schedule this weekend. BU faces the River Hawks on Halloween at 7 p.m. before hosting defending champion New Hampshire on Senior Day (Nov. 2). The Binghamton volleyball program will honor its three graduating seniors, Dettmann, Kristin Hovie and Alexa Zbytniewski.

BU Basketball Teams Hold Annual Hoopfest

Bearcats teach skills and drills to 150 local youth

October 27, 2014


BU Basketball Teams Hold Annual Hoopfest

Linda Cimino

Photo Gallery

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

VESTAL, N.Y.—With the Binghamton men’s and women’s basketball teams gearing up for the 2014-15 season, the squads took time out to hold their annual Hoopfest Clinic on Sunday morning at the Events Center. There were 150 kids from the area in attendance.

The event, which was open to kids sixth grade and under, included all of the players as well as head coaches Tommy Dempsey and Linda Cimino.

Hoopfest has been held every year since 2006.

Volleyball Holds off Albany In Four Sets

Bearcats (7-16, 5-2 AE) take over sole possession of second place

October 24, 2014


Volleyball Holds off Albany In Four Sets

Box Score

Highlights

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball team held off SUNY rival Albany in a pivotal America East match, Friday night at West Gym. The Bearcats (7-16, 5-2 AE) defeated the Great Danes (6-13, 4-3 AE) in four sets to take over sole possession of second place in the league standings. Binghamton swept the season series with Albany for the first time in program history.

The Bearcats were led by the two-headed attack of Megan Burgess and Allison Hovie, who registered 18 and 16 kills, respectively. Senior hitter Kristin Hovie added 11 kills as she continues to pursue 1,000 career kills with 989. The younger Hovie had a solid all-around match adding nine digs and a career-best five service aces.

Senior setter Amanda Dettmann recorded her third straight double-double with a match-high 48 assists and 10 digs while sophomore libero Bailey Walker extended her streak of 20 digs or more to seven matches with 28 against the Great Danes.

Binghamton hit a blistering .433 in the opening frame as Allison Hovie led the Bearcats to a 25-17 victory with seven kills in the set. The Bearcats never trailed in the stanza thanks to just four attack errors. Albany was equally efficient on offense hitting .310 in the set, but Binghamton connected on 17 terminations compared to the Great Danes’ 12.

After dropping the second set 25-20, Binghamton had to rally in the crucial third set. Albany opened up a four-point advantage late in the set before a pair of Kristin Hovie kills pulled the Bearcats within striking distance. Following an Albany block it looked as if the Great Danes would take a 2-1 advantage, but back-to-back attack errors coupled with a Bianca Anderson kill gave Binghamton a 23-22 lead, forcing an Albany timeout. Burgess finished the set, 25-23, with one of her match-high 18 kills.

Binghamton raced out to an 18-10 lead in the fourth set, looking to cruise to the victory. However, Albany showed resiliency going on a 12-4 run to even the frame at 22, forcing a Binghamton timeout. The break seemed to work as a pair of Allison Hovie kills coupled with an Albany attack error gave Binghamton an emphatic 25-23 fourth-set victory.

In an evenly played match, Binghamton hit .255 while Albany recorded a .199 attack percentage. The Great Danes, who lead the conference in blocks per set (2.20) registered just eight total blocks compared to the Bearcats’ seven. Each team played well in the receive-game picking up 70 digs apiece.

Dettmann and Kristin Hovie will be chasing milestones next weekend as Dettmann needs just 32 assists for 4,000 while Hovie needs 11 kills for 1,000. Dettmann currently ranks third all-time in program history with 3,968 assists while Hovie would become the eighth Bearcat to eclipse 1,000 kills.

Binghamton concludes its six-match homestand next weekend as the Bearcats host UMass Lowell and New Hampshire. Binghamton will honor its three graduating seniors, Amanda Dettmann, Kristin Hovie and Alexa Zbytniewski, prior to its match against New Hampshire on Sunday, Nov. 2.

Volleyball Hosts SUNY rival Albany Friday Night

Bearcats and Great Danes battle for sole possession of second place

October 24, 2014


Volleyball Hosts SUNY rival Albany Friday Night

Senior Amanda Dettmann

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

MATCH INFORMATION
MATCH #23: Binghamton vs. Albany
MATCH TIME: Friday, Oct. 24, 2014; 7 p.m.
MATCH SITE: West Gym (Vestal, N.Y.)
SERIES RECORD: Albany leads, 21-9 (Division I)
LAST MEETING: Binghamton won, 3-2; Sept. 26, 2014
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VESTAL, N.Y. – As the second half of America East play begins, the Binghamton volleyball team will welcome SUNY rival Albany to Vestal, for a 7 p.m. matchup Friday night at West Gym. Sole possession of second place in the league standings is on the line as the Bearcats (6-16, 4-2 AE) and the Great Danes (6-12, 4-2 AE) each own identical 4-2 conference marks.

Binghamton is playing its fourth consecutive match at home as the Bearcats are amidst a six-match homestand. Binghamton possesses a 7-3 record in their last 10 home contests. The Bearcats have produced positive results at West Gym since elevating to the Division I level, owning a 75-39 (.660) record on its home court.

BINGHAMTON OUTLOOK
The Bearcats will seek its third straight victory against the Great Danes after dismantling UMBC in straight sets last Sunday. After dropping its home opener to Hartford, Binghamton has rattled off impressive victories over Stony Brook and the Retrievers placing the Bearcats one game back of first-place New Hampshire in the league standings.

Sophomore outside hitter Allison Hovie led Binghamton to its straight-set victory over UMBC with her third consecutive double-double of 12 kills and 16 digs. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann guided the Bearcats to one of its most efficient matches with 34 assists and 14 digs. Senior hitter Kristin Hovie chipped in 10 kills while sophomore libero Bailey Walker collected 20-plus digs for the sixth straight match.

Allison Hovie leads Binghamton with 3.10 kills per set, ranking the second-year starter third in the conference. Dettmann is handing out 9.02 assists per set (4th in AE) while sophomore libero Bailey Walker ranks third in the league with 4.90 digs per set. The trio all rank third in the league in service aces per set (.34 sa/s).

As a unit, Binghamton ranks among the league’s top-four in hitting percentage (.162), assists (10.75 a/s), kills (11.56 k/s), service aces (1.43 sa/s) and digs (15.26 d/s). The Bearcats, who struggled to stop the opposition’s attack early in the season, have held its last five opponents under a .200 hitting percentage.

Binghamton swept the weekly conference awards for just the second time in program history as Allison Hovie, Dettmann and freshman Alexis LaGoy garnered Player, Setter and Rookie of the Week honors. In 2005 Katie Brody, Ashley Meffert and Brianna Strong took home the America East awards.

MILESTONES
A pair of Bearcats are currently chasing career milestones as Amanda Dettmann is approaching 4,000 assists while Kristin Hovie is chasing 1,000 kills. Dettmann currently ranks third all-time in program history with 3,920 assists while Hovie sits eighth all-time with 978 kills. Hovie looks to become the eighth player in program history to eclipse 1,000 kills. With three matches left at West Gym both seniors will have an opportunity to surpass the marks at home.

SCOUTING ALBANY
The Great Danes had a four-match win streak snapped last Friday by UMBC in a dramatic five-setter in the state’s capital. Prior to the setback, Albany defeated UMass Lowell, New Hampshire, Stony Brook and Hartford to start conference play 4-1. Now, the Great Danes sit with the Bearcats in a tie for second place as both teams face-off in their lone match of the week. Binghamton handed Albany its first conference loss on Sept. 26, defeating the Great Danes for just the third time ever in the state’s capital.

Sophomore hitter Laini Laindecker headlines the Albany attack with 3.10 kills per set, which ranks second in the conference. Laindecker is also vital to the Great Dane defense averaging 3.38 digs per set, one of two players in the league to average over 3.00 kills and 3.00 digs per set (Sareeta Nethersole, Hartford). Also key to the Albany defense is two-time Defensive Specialist of the Year Viktoriia Stroilo, who ranks 20th nationally with 5.23 digs per set.

A stout Albany defense leads the America East in blocks (2.22 b/s) and digs (17.30 d/s) and ranks second in opponent hitting percentage (.186). Binghamton was limited to a .168 hitting clip in its five-set victory over Albany almost a month ago.

THE SERIES
Prior to last season, Binghamton and Albany combined for the previous nine America East titles (Albany 6, Binghamton 3). Last season, each team earned straight-set victories on their home courts as Binghamton ended a streak of six straight losses to the Great Danes at home. The two SUNY institutions have met in the America East title match three times in the past six years. Albany holds a 21-9 (8-5 at West Gym) advantage in head-to-head matchups since 2001.

UP NEXT
Binghamton concludes its six-match homestand next weekend as the Bearcats host UMass Lowell and New Hampshire. Binghamton will honor its three graduating seniors, Amanda Dettmann, Kristin Hovie and Alexa Zbytniewski, prior to its match against New Hampshire on Sunday, Nov. 2. 

Women’s soccer beats UMBC 1-0, clinches playoff spot

Hanley nets game-winner in 2OT; Bearcats grab final playoff spot with clutch road win

October 24, 2014


Women’s soccer beats UMBC 1-0, clinches playoff spot

Freshman forward Patricia Hanley

Box Score

Hanley game-winner

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

BALTIMORE, Md. - Freshman forward Patricia Hanley ripped a shot from a wide left angle into the far top netting to give Binghamton women’s soccer (7-9-2, 3-3-2 America East) a dramatic 1-0 double overtime win over UMBC (12-4-2, 4-2-2 AE) Sunday afternoon from Retriever Soccer Park. The clutch win was BU’s second straight double overtime win on the road. It also was the team’s fourth double overtime game in its last five outings.

The victory, combined with New Hampshire’s 1-0 win over Stony Brook, gave the Bearcats the sixth and final spot in the postseason. Binghamton will carry the No. 6 seed into Thursday’s America East quarterfinals and will face No. 3 New Hampshire at 7 p.m. in Durham. UMBC, the defending conference champion, was playing for the top seed in the tournament and the teams battled through a scoreless regulation that featured very few scoring chances.

Hanley picked a perfect time to score her first collegiate goal. Early in the second overtime, junior forward Katherine Corcoran dribbled to her left before lofting a ball to Hanley down the left side. Despite being marked closely, she dribbled and unleashed a left-footed shot from a tight angle that rippled the top netting to the far post. It was a brilliant game-winning goal with 7:20 left in the second extra session. It was Corcoran’s second assist of the season.

Then about 30 minutes later, BU officially clinched its ninth postseason berth in the last 11 years with New Hampshire’s shutout of Stony Brook. The Seawolves began the day tied with BU for the final spot and would’ve advanced in any tiebreak scenario, meaning the Bearcats needed to finish with more points than their SUNY rivals. 

“It was an oustanding team effort,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “We shut down UMBC’s attack and created some good chances up front. It was a great setup and finish byTrish (Hanley) to send us in for the win.”

Senior Gaby Gold (2 saves in first half) and freshman Katie Hatziyianis (2 saves, 57:40 minutes) combined for their sixth shutout of the season. The Bearcats, already without senior center back Connie Gormley, absorbed another injury to the starting back line during the game and also had two other players helped off the field with injuries.

Binghamton held a 15-14 edge in shots. 

2014 America East Women’s Soccer Championship

Quarterfinals - Thursday, October 30
No. 5 Maine at No. 4 Albany, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Binghamton at No. 3 New Hampshire, 7 p.m.

Semifinals - Sunday, November 2
Binghamton/New Hampshire winner at No. 2 UMBC, 1 pm
Maine/Albany winner at No. 1 Hartford, 2 p.m.

Final - Saturday, November 8 or Sunday, November 9
Semifinal Winners at Highest Remaining Seed, TBD

Men’s Soccer Loses 2-1 at UMass Lowell

River Hawks net game-winner with one second left in first half

October 24, 2014


Men’s Soccer Loses 2-1 at UMass Lowell

Isaiah Barrett

Final Stats

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

LOWELL, Mass. – Austin Kimball scored the game-winning goal with one second left in the first half, leading UMass Lowell (7-8-1 ,3-1-1 AE) to a 2-1 win over Binghamton (4-11-0, 2-2-0 AE) in an America East men’s soccer game on Saturday afternoon at the Cushing Field Complex. The game marked the first of four consecutive conference matches the Bearcats will play as they wrap up their regular season.

Kimball was in the right place at the right time when the River Hawks took a corner kick with time running out in the first half. There was a loose scramble in front of the net off the corner kick, with Kimball eventually knocking the ball in the net. The assists were given to Wuilito Fernandes and Guilherme Rodrigues.

Early in the match, the Bearcats controlled the pace of the game, firing the first four shots. The River Hawks, however, made the most of their first shot as Homer Morais finished off a cross in the 11th minute. Fernandes, who fired the cross, was credited with the assist.

Senior forward Steve Celeste tied the game in the 21st minute. He fired a shot from the right corner of the box which went inside the far post. It was his second goal of the season and was assisted by sophomore back Bret Celeste.

UMass Lowell held a 14-10 shot advantage. Binghamton hit the cross bar twice in the first half.

Up next for the Bearcats is a Wednesday night game at UMBC starting at 7 p.m.

Softball Announces 2015 Schedule

Bearcats open season Feb. 13-15 at Georgia Southern Tournament

October 24, 2014


Softball Announces 2015 Schedule

Caytlin Friis

Complete 2015 Schedule

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

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton softball team has released its 2015 schedule, which begins with a trip to the Georgia Southern Tournament Feb. 13-15. The 49-game regular-season slate includes four in-season tournaments as well as eight home dates at the Bearcats Sports Complex Softball Facility.

Following the first weekend at Georgia Southern, Binghamton heads to tournaments at Arizona State (Feb. 27-March 1), Hampton (March 7-8) and N.C. State. Other non-conference stops during the season are at Niagara (April 6), Bucknell (April 11), Colgate (April 22) and Cornell (April 28).

This year’s home opener is against Buffalo on March 25. The Bearcats will also host America East weekend series against UMass Lowell (March 28-29), Albany (April 18-19) and Maine (May 1-2). Also at home is a non-conference date against Syracuse (April 28).

Conference road series are at Hartford (March 21-22), Stony Brook (April 4-5) and UMBC (April 25-26).

“We are looking forward to the schedule we have put together this spring,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “We will play a competitive tournament schedule that should prepare us as we move into our conference games.”

The year’s America East Tournament will be held May 7-9 at the No. 1 seed.

Baseball opens 55-game spring schedule at Auburn

Bearcats play three-game set on Feb. 13-15; hit road for first six weeks of 2015 season

October 24, 2014


Baseball opens 55-game spring schedule at Auburn

Junior infielder Reed Gamache

2015 Schedule

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – Two-time defending America East champion Binghamton baseball will open its 2015 season at SEC member Auburn. The Bearcats will start their 55-game spring slate with the three-game set on February 13-15 in Alabama. 

The Auburn series kicks off six consecutive weeks of road travel for BU, which will play its first 25 games away from home before hosting America East foe UMass Lowell on April 4-5. Binghamton plays a three-game series at CAA power William & Mary on February 20-22 – the first of three straight weekend trips to the state of Virginia. The Tribe won 34 games before falling in the conference championship game last spring. 

Three-game sets at Radford and VMI precede BU’s conference-opening series at Stony Brook on March 14-15.

“Our first four weekends of non-conference play are both exciting and quite challenging,” 23th-year head coach Tim Sinicki said. “Quality opponents from the SEC, Big South, Colonial and Southern Conference will certainly give us a chance to see where we are as a team heading into America East Conference play.”

After the Stony Brook series, the Bearcats continue non-conference play closer to home with a three-game set at Villanova (March 20-22), a twinbill at Bucknell and then a trip to State College to face Big Ten member Penn State on March 31.

After the home-opening series against Lowell to begin the month of April, the Bearcats will continue in-state rivalries against Cornell (April 7, 22), Canisius (April 8), Marist (April 15), St. Bonaventure (April 28) and Siena (May 5) and will add a three-game set at New York Institute of Technology (April 25-26) on their off-weekend from conference play.

The America East slate will again be a 24-game schedule (eight three-game series’). In the uneven seven-team format, BU will see its strongest rival Stony Brook six times (home and home), including on the final weekend of the regular season as teams are jockeying for postseason berths.

The schedule culminates with the four-team America East Championship, which will be contested at Lowell’s LeLacheur Park for a third straight season. The double-elimination tournament will be held on May 20-23. 

“From top to bottom the America East continues to improve each and every year,” Sinicki said. “All the coaching staffs are doing a great job recruiting and developing players, and it’s making the conference balanced, competitive and a wide-open race late in the season.”

Sinicki’s 2015 squad will be in the hunt for a third-straight conference title and accompanying NCAA berth. The Bearcats have won three of the last six America East championships, including the memorable 2014 title. Last spring, BU battled back from the brink of elimination with four straight tournament wins, capped by the team’s 8-7 12-inning victory over Stony Brook in the championship game. 

10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Kristie Bowers

Sophomore goalkeeper recorded seven shutouts, 1.25 GAA in '04 title season

October 24, 2014


10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Kristie Bowers

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:
Kristie Bowers
Then: Sophomore goalkeeper
Now:  Bearcats’ assistant coach


What do you recall about the team heading into that 2004 season?
I remember how hard we had worked the spring before the 2004 season.  We had very early morning practices that included some of the worst fitness activities I had ever attempted.  However, it was because of those struggles that our team became that much closer. We would all ride together after practice up to the dining halls and grab breakfast before our 8:30 a.m. classes and would make plans for lunch and dinner as well as for where we were meeting up for study hall. By the time the fall of 2004 came, we were closer than we had ever imagined and soccer was the joining force. We knew that in every other part of our day others influenced us but on the field, it was just us. We, as a team, controlled our fate and knew we could accomplish amazing things.

Was there any moment or part of the season where you felt like winning the America East title was a real possibility?
I think throughout the season there were moments when we knew what we had was special. When Deli (Plourde) scored at Maine from half field and then we held them scoreless as they pummeled our back line.  I can remember Megan Taylor and I always finding a way to keep opponents off the scoreboard and each time the ball was cleared from our end, looking at each other like ... “I’ve got your back and that’s all we need.” I think when (Lauren) Massey scored the game-winner against Boston, it sealed the deal though.  I just remember Massey scrapping for the ball and somehow just willing the ball into the net. I still remember her face when she flipped around arms out like an airplane and the screams from all of us. At that point, we knew there was no turning back and that we had to win.

What do you remember about hosting the tournament ... the days preceding your two games, the fans, celebration?
Leading up to the days before the tournament I can remember taking stock of our experience that year.  The turnaround from the year before and how much different we were as a team.  I remember working hard in practice and knowing that on our scouts, other teams may have had individuals who were more skilled but that no one had a team that enjoyed being around each other and working for each other more than us.  We never let an opportunity to get better, to challenge one another, to beat each other on the field, pass us by.  More than anything we knew that no one believed we could win or should have hosted or should have anyone on the all-conference teams and it pissed us off. We were determined to show how much the conference had misjudged our abilities.

What are your memories of the trip and game at Penn State?
I can remember being so nervous on the bus that I couldn’t eat my usual PB and J pregame sandwich.  We had done a walk through the night before, so I had been picturing the game the whole day and each time I played scenarios through my head I got more and more nervous. It was the biggest game I had ever been in and as underclassman on the team, all I wanted to do was find a way to keep the season going for my seniors.  The game to this day is still one of my most vivid memories.  I remember the endless energy we gave and the enormous roar when Tat (Mathelier) scored to tie it.  I remember it being absolutely freezing and at halftime three of my teammates holding my hands to try to warm them up from being in wet gloves.  I can remember thinking that all we had to do was shut down their All American forward and we had a chance. To this day, I still think we came pretty darn close ... I just didn’t know that we would be so good at scoring on ourselves! In my mind, it will always be a 3-1 game.


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 guess my best memory is the playing with each of the members of that team. Many of us keep in touch often and have been a part of new milestones as we grow older. Weddings, kids, new jobs, and moves, all come with phone calls to each other and more memories built together.  That year, I learned how to be a teammate and a part of something bigger than myself.  I will always remember the pure joy I had in practices and games taking the field with those girls.  It’s not often you get the chance to play with a center back like Megan Taylor, who without saying a word was always on the same page as me.  Or a center mid like Deli, who thought she could battle with anyone no matter the height differential. Or a forward/flank player so dynamic like Tat that she surprised every single person in the stands when she was able to get to full speed. We were a goofy soccer-loving bunch who had to be chased off the field because it was home and we didn’t want to be anywhere else. 

Soccer has been huge in shaping my life. I’ve been blessed to achieve academic successes because of it.  I’ve met some amazing people, friends, and traveled awesome places, all as a part of my love for the game.  As a coach now, I strongly believe that the lessons and experiences I was so lucky to have, have helped me become a better coach.

What have you been doing since graduation?
Since 2004, I moved to North Carolina to get my master’s degree in education at Western Carolina University. While I was there, I also had the opportunity to coach with the women’s soccer team and share in winning the Southern Conference championship in 2008.  After graduating from Western Carolina,  I taught and coached for two years in the local school systems before moving to Binghamton in 2011. I have been the assistant coach here at Binghamton for three years now and am currently working on a PhD in public administration in the CCPA program.

BU Basketball Coaches Show to be held at Food & Fire

Ninth-year show to start on Nov. 6 at locally-owned restaurant

October 23, 2014


BU Basketball Coaches Show to be held at Food & Fire

BU head basketball coaches Tommy Dempsey and Linda Cimino at Food and Fire along with owners Dan Polhamus, Jose Moreira and Jeff Tiderencel and WNBF's Roger Neel.

Food & Fire Website

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

VESTAL, N.Y.  – The Binghamton Basketball Radio show, now in its ninth season, will be held at Food & Fire restaurant on Thursdays at 7 p.m. during the 2014-15 campaign. Head men’s coach Tommy Dempsey and head women’s coach Linda Cimino will join men’s play-by-play announcer Roger Neel for the hour-long show. News Radio WNBF (AM 1290) will once again be the flagship station.

“We are excited to partner with Food & Fire as the new site of our coaches show,” Binghamton Athletic Director Patrick Elliott said. “We are looking forward to producing an upgraded show format, in Food & Fire’s dynamic and energetic atmosphere. We encourage our fans to come out and enjoy excellent food and a great show.”

Food & Fire is a locally-owned restaurant that opened last November. It is located two miles from the Binghamton campus at 560 Harry L. Drive in Johnson City.

“Binghamton University has played such an important role in who I am professionally and personally and it feels great to still have a relationship with my alma mater after all these years,” Food & Fire Owner Dan Polhamus said. “It just feels right to be hosting this show and we know it will be a fun experience for BU basketball fans as well as our customers and friends at Food & Fire.”

Polhamus is one of three owners of Food & Fire, along with Jose Moreira and Jeff Tiderencel.

“As a lifelong member of the Binghamton community, it is a great pleasure to be partnering with the Binghamton University’s Basketball programs,” Tiderencel said. “The energy and enthusiasm of Coach Dempsey and Coach Cimino has created a renewed excitement locally, and it is awesome to be a part of it.”
                                                                         
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Men’s basketball picked 5th in America East Preseason Poll

Highest pick for Bearcats since 2008; Reed selected to Preseason All-Conference Team

October 23, 2014


Men’s basketball picked 5th in America East Preseason Poll

Coach Tommy Dempsey and junior wing Jordan Reed

America East Preseason Poll

America East Preseason All-Conference Team

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - The America East men’s basketball coaches have selected Binghamton fifth in the 2014-15 Preseason Poll, the conference announced on Thursday. The Bearcats received 34 points, behind only Stony Brook (60), Hartford (55), Albany (51) and Vermont (48). It’s the highest BU has been slotted since the program’s championship season in 2008-09 and two spots higher than last year’s predicted finish.

“The preseason polls are great for generating a little excitement and some discussion but truthfully, they don’t mean much,” head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “We just have to get ready for today’s practice and focus on getting better. The rest will take care of itself.”

Binghamton bumped up its win total by four and earned the No. 6 seed last season in its continuing climb under Dempsey. The 2014-15 squad will show just one senior and two juniors, but a talented six-man freshmen recruiting class joins an already-seasoned sophomore quartet to give Dempsey his deepest and most talented team since taking the reins in 2012.

Junior wing Jordan Reed, who has led the America East in rebounding in each of the last two seasons despite standing at 6-foot-4, was named to the five-man Preseason All-Conference Team. Reed is a two-time all-conference selection who was put on the second team last year by opposing America East head coaches. He was one of eight players across the country to finish in his conference top-three in both scoring and rebounding – a feat he has accomplished in each of his first two collegiate seasons. Reed will carry 913 career points and 524 rebounds into his junior season and is just the second America East player in 35 years to eclipse the 900-point scoring and 500-rebound marks after just two seasons.

Reed is the fifth Binghamton player in the last 10 years to receive preseason all-conference honors and the first to earn the honor in multiple seasons. He joins Nick Billings (2004-05), Andre Heard (2005-06), Mike Gordon (2007-08) and Greer Wright (2010-11).

Binghamton eases into its season with a pair of home exhibition games on Nov. 1 (vs. Mansfield) and Nov. 7 (Oswego State) before the Bearcats open at Notre Dame on Nov. 14.   

2014-15 Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll
Position   School (1st-place votes)        Points

1.            Stony Brook (6)                  60
2.            Hartford (2)                      55
3.            Albany (1)                        51
4.            Vermont                           48
5.            Binghamton                     34
6.            New Hampshire                 26
7.            UMBC                             23
8.            Maine                             17
9.            UMass Lowell                   10

2014-15 Men’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
Peter Hooley, Albany
Jordan Reed, Binghamton
Mark Nwakamma, Hartford
Carson Puriefoy, Stony Brook
Jameel Warney, Stony Brook
 

O’Neill scores twice to seal women’s soccer 3-2 win at Vermont

Sophomore midfielder nets dramatic goal with 3:18 left in 2OT; BU keeps playoff hopes alive

October 22, 2014


O’Neill scores twice to seal women’s soccer 3-2 win at Vermont

Sophomore Katie O'Neill (left) and senior Emily Nuss

Box Score

Video Highlights

America East standings

Vote for O'Neill for Fans' Choice Player of Year

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Sophomore midfielder Katie O’Neill scored on a volley with 3:18 remaining in the second overtime to lift visiting Binghamton women’s soccer (6-9-2, 2-3-2 America East) to a dramatic 3-2 win over Vermont (3-11-2, 1-5-1 AE) Thursday afternoon at rain-soaked Virtue Field.

O’Neill scored two goals and added an assist as the Bearcats twice battled from behind to strengthen the team’s postseason position. Heading into the other conference games this evening, Binghamton currently sits in a tie for fifth place in the standings, with the top six advancing after Sunday’s games. The Bearcats conclude their regular season at second-place UMBC Sunday afternoon. 

O’Neill, BU ‘s leading scorer and its nominee for America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year (vote here), had a huge game. She scored BU’s first goal midway through the first half, assisted on its second goal to force overtime and then netted her first game-winning goal of the season. She initiated the opportunity moments earlier by ripping a shot that the Vermont keeper deflected wide for a corner kick. After junior midfielder Rebecca Raber sent the ensuing ball into the box, it bounced over to O’Neill, who was positioned on the back side 12 yards away. She struck a right-footed volley that hit the upper netting, setting off a celebration on a bitterly cold afternoon in Burlington. O’Neill leads the Bearcats with five goals and 12 points. 

“It was a great comeback win for us,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “All of our goals were good hustle plays ... not giving up. The team stayed committed to our game plan and even though we didn’t play our best soccer, it was a big-time win on the road in tough conditions. To show that type of grit was impressive.” 

The finish was in sharp contrast to the start of the game, when the Catamounts took control off the opening whistle, netting the game’s first goal just 3:13 into the contest. Two failed BU clears led to a clear break right up the middle of the box. With BU keeper Gaby Gold charging to cut down the angle, Vermont’s initial shot banked off the bottom of the left post. But the Catamounts followed up the shot and tapped in the rebound into an empty net for the 1-0 lead.

O’Neill netted an equalizer with 26:26 left in the first half. She took a throw in from junior forward Samantha Crane on the right, spun and dribbled toward the middle before unleashing a 25-yard left-footed shot, which was deflected by a Vermont defender into the left corner of the net.

Vermont made it 2-1 when after another missed clear attempt, an attacker curled into the box a step ahead of her mark, took a pass and beat Gold to the left corner.

But BU continued to battle and cashed in on an O’Neill-to-Rice combination with 15:45 left in regulation. In the middle of the field, O’Neill sent a beautiful right-footed chip over the top to a charging Rice. With the Vermont keeper racing toward the free ball, Rice got a touch on the ball and sent it through the keeper’s legs into the open net for her third goal of the campaign. 

Gold preserved the tie with 4:25 remaining when she dove to her left to deflect a hard shot. She played the entire game and made five saves. 

In the first overtime, BU worked with the strong wind in its favor and pinned Vermont in its final third for most of the session. Senior midfielder Emily Nuss had two chances - the first of which was a 25-yard blast that the Vermont keeper deflected off the crossbar with 7:50 left. Nuss had another solid effort on a trap, spin and volley. Crane had an open look from 14 yards but shot high and junior forward Stephani Church had another chance that went wide after a determined play from Crane on the endline.

But playing against the wind in the second overtime, the Bearcats kept up their pressure and with O’Neill’s heroics, improved to 8-4 all-time against Vermont.

Binghamton held a 16-15 edge in shots.

 

Men’s soccer loses 1-0 to Columbia

Lions net game winner in 35th minute

October 21, 2014


Men’s soccer loses 1-0 to Columbia

Steve Celeste

Final Stats

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

VESTAL, N.Y. – Jack Blattman scored the game-winning goal in the 35th minute, leading Columbia (5-5-1) to a 1-0 win over Binghamton (4-10-0) in a men’s soccer game on Wednesday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The game marked the final non-conference contest of the year for the Bearcats.

Blattman took a pass from Zach Morant and dribbled the ball down the right sideline. He then broke in front of the goal and slid the ball just inside the right post. It was his first goal of the season.

With this being a midweek non-conference game, both teams switched up their lineups and started many players who had been reserves for most of the season.

Binghamton ended the game with a 10-9 shot advantage.

Up next for the Bearcats is a trip to UMass Lowell for a 3 p.m. game on Saturday.

Women’s Basketball Completes Coaching Staff

Jeanette Anderson hired as Coordinator of Player Development

October 21, 2014


Women’s Basketball Completes Coaching Staff

Jeanette Anderson

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

VESTAL, N.Y. – Binghamton University women’s basketball head coach Linda Cimino has announced the hiring of Jeanette Anderson as the Coordinator of Player Development. She joins a staff that also includes Associate Head Coach Mike LeFlar as well as Assistant Coaches Torey-Northup Jones and Leah Truncale.

Anderson is a 2014 graduate of Caldwell College, where she played under Cimino. She was a 2014 NCAA Division II All-American as well as the Daktronics East Player of the Year that same year. In addition, she was also named both the CACC and ECAC Player of the Year. Anderson had the rare distinction of scoring 1,000 points and also grabbing 1,000 rebounds during her career.

After graduating with a degree in communications, she played professionally in Finland for Tampereen Pyrinto from July-October 2014.

“I’m excited for Jeanette to join our staff,” Cimino said. “As a player, she was loyal, hard-working and passionate, which are the same qualities I look for when putting a staff together. Her knowledge of the game and ability to develop as a player will be a great asset to the players in this program.”

Binghamton opens its 2014-15 season on Nov. 14 at Akron at 6 p.m.

BU Women’s Basketball Holds Preseason Media Day

Head coach Linda Cimino and players discuss upcoming season

October 21, 2014


BU Women’s Basketball Holds Preseason Media Day

Junior guard Kim Albrecht

Photo Gallery

WBNG Coverage

Fox 40 Coverage

WIVT Coverage

Time Warner Cable News Coverage

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

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton women’s basketball team, which started practice earlier in the month, held its annual preseason media day on Monday afternoon at the Events Center. First-year head coach Linda Cimino was joined by senior guard Gintare Surdokaite, junior guard Kim Albrecht, sophomore forward Kristin Ross and freshman guard Jasmine Sina.

Binghamton begins its 2014-15 campaign with an exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the Events Center. The regular-season opener is at Akron on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m.

10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Jeff Leightman

Head coach led BU for 10 years, was America East Coach of Year in '04

October 20, 2014


10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Jeff Leightman

Flashback: The NCAA season of 2004

Photo Gallery of Anniversary Reunion

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:
Jeff Leightman
Then: Head coach in seventh year with program
Now:  Head coach in Sereno Soccer Club in Phoenix


What do you recall about the team heading into that 2004 season?
I remember us being really prepared and very fit. The previous spring was the best spring I’ve ever had with any college team. We built a lot of momentum toward the fall and everyone was excited. We had underachieved a little bit in each of the two years before ... we were good but hadn’t gotten the results. I felt like our fall was going to carry that momentum.

Was there any moment or part of the season where you felt like winning the America East title was a real possibility?
We started really strong, with the only non-conference coming against St. John’s. So we were building momentum. The cool thing about that team was we had adversity, but the difference was the leadership from our captains and core leaders. Credit them ... Deli (Plourde), Caitlin (O’Shaughnessy), Meghan (Taylor), Tat (Mathelier), Lauren (Massey) ... they solved problems before they became problems and that allowed me to solve the bigger issues. The team always kept our focus, didn’t panic ... just moved on. We played so well at New Hampshire and lost in overtime. Then up at Maine – and nobody won at Maine – they’d been to three straight America East finals ... we got outplayed but Deli had an upper 90 shot and we played tough as nails in the final minutes. On the ride home, I thought ... “This team has a championship mentality.” The 2003 team was just as talented but didn’t have the same drive and ability to shake things off. The 2004 team shook off losses. You wouldn’t have known we lost ... we trained hard every day. We were sitting at 3-3 (conference record) and needed results with Boston and Northeastern coming on. We were down 1-0 to Boston but playing great. We were all over them in the second half but couldn’t score. With the men’s team on the sidelines, we finally scored with 10 minutes to go ... and that’s when I knew good things were going to happen.

What do you remember about hosting the tournament ... the days preceding your two games, the fans, celebration?
The world aligned to have us host. I was nervous going into the semifinal but had good feeling going in. We had just played Northeastern six days earlier. In the first five minutes, they had the ball in our end but we countered and scored. Then we did it again, and finally the game settled down and we were fine. We expected their push and we scored again in second half. It was frigid cold but we got goals at just the right time. I was very worried about the final but we played an awesome game. We outplayed them. I was so impressed with the level of play and mentality. The players were unfazed by the move to the training field. I reminded them that we train on this field every day. Maine was hard to play against because they were a disruptive team. We had been outplayed at their place but had still won the game and it’s always tough to win a second game against an opponent in the same year. When you go into tournaments the games get closer ... and yet we won our tournament games by a larger margin than during regular season. That’s an impressive mark of that team. The weather didn’t bother us. The team was “mudders” ...the worse the weather got the better we got. We were skilled in the right places but the bottom line is that we had heart and desire and a championship mentality mentality.

What are your memories of the trip and game at Penn State?
What hurt the most was watching the selection show and thinking ... “As long as we don’t draw North Carolina or a top-five school” ... and then we drew No. 2 Penn State and I thought ... “This will be hard.” Tommy Smyth (ESPN soccer analyst) said “Poor Binghamton ... they drew a juggernaut!” I told the girls ... “this team is good but we will play our style. They will have to beat us because they’re better ... not because we’re bunkering down. I reminded them that they earned the right to play this game and to play and have fun. We did that. My favorite moment was after game in the tent. Everyone was gutted and couldn’t believe the season was over. Then Caitlin said “Can we still train tomorrow?” Everyone started crying.

What is your lasting impression of that championship and that team?
It was an awesome team ... a fun team. We had a great time together and nobody wanted it to end. For the next month everyone went into a depression and didn’t come out until March. The seniors – they were a great group of girls. We had the greatest warm-up music with “That was a Crazy Game of Poker” by Oar. Every time that song comes on the radio or my iPod it brings me instantly back to that season.

What have you been doing since leaving Binghamton?
I became head coach at San Jose State in 2008 and we won back-to-back WAC championships in 2009 and 2010 (Leightman was WAC Coach of the Year in 2009). After coaching there for six seasons, I moved to Phoenix and now coach with the Sereno Soccer Club.

 

Volleyball Sweeps America East Weekly Awards

Hovie, Dettmann & LaGoy take home Player, Setter & Rookie of the Week honors

October 20, 2014


Volleyball Sweeps America East Weekly Awards

America East Release

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A trio of Binghamton volleyball players swept the America East weekly awards, as announced by the conference Monday. Allison Hovie, Amanda Dettmann and Alexis LaGoy each received recognition from the league as Binghamton captured Player, Setter and Rookie of the Week honors for just the second time in program history. In the final week of the 2005 season, Katie Brody, Ashley Meffert and Brianna Strong swept the weekly awards.

“All three (Hovie, Dettmann, and LaGoy) have been working hard all year, working through injuries, and still performing at a very high level,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “Each has been integral to our recent success on the court and it is always nice to see them rewarded for their efforts.”

Following a decisive straight-set victory over UMBC on Sunday afternoon, Binghamton sits in a tie for second place with Albany with identical 4-2 records. The two SUNY rivals meet Friday night in Vestal as the second half of the league schedule begins. Binghamton defeated Albany in a five-set thriller on Sept. 26 in the state’s capital.

Hovie earned her first Player of the Week honor, but third accolade overall after garnering a pair of Rookie of the Weeks last season. Dettmann received her fourth career Setter of the Week nomination, pushing her total to five America East weekly awards (Rookie, Sept. 2011). Dettmann shares the weekly award with New Hampshire’s Taylor Dunklau as Co-Setters of the Week. LaGoy picked up her second Rookie of the Week of the season, capturing her first award on Sept. 29.

The trio sparked Binghamton’s dominant victory over UMBC as the Bearcat won back-to-back matches for just the second time all season. The Bearcats own an 8-3 record against the Retrievers at West Gym and a 17-11 advantage in the all-time series. Binghamton defeated UMBC in Vestal for the third consecutive season.

Hovie recorded her third straight double-double with a team-high 12 kills and 16 digs. The sophomore from Neenah, Wis. has registered double-digit terminations in eight consecutive matches. Dettmann handed out 34 assists while adding 14 digs for her fourth double-double in her last six outings. LaGoy was strong at the net all afternoon collecting nine kills on a stellar .533 attack percentage. The first-year starter from Balwinsville, N.Y. also added four total blocks.

Dettmann is currently pursuing 4,000 assists and 900 digs for her career. The senior from Milwaukee, Wis. ranks third all-time in program history with 3,920 assists and looks to crack the top 10 in digs with 894. Dettmann would join Ashley Meffert, Sarah DeClemente and Lindsey Mueller as the only players in Binghamton volleyball history with 3,000 assists and 900 digs. She would join Meffert and DeClemente in Binghamton’s 4,000 assist club.

The Bearcats are amidst a six-match homestand as they welcome the Great Danes to West Gym on Friday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. before wrapping up its home schedule the following weekend with matches against UMass Lowell and New Hampshire. Binghamton is 2-1 at home this season and is 7-3 in its last 10 matches at West Gym.

Golf Climbs Three Spots At Lehigh Invitational

Bearcats 7th place finish closes out fall season

October 19, 2014


Golf Climbs Three Spots At Lehigh Invitational

Jack Sedgewick

Team Results
Individual Leaderboard
Player/Team Results


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

BETHLEHEM, P.A.—Tough playing conditions couldn’t deter the Binghamton golf team, as they climbed three places on day two of the Lehigh Invitational to finish in seventh place overall. The team improved by six shots in the final 18 holes, firing a 315 (+27). “It’s good that we moved up,” explained Head Coach Bernie Herceg. “Our goal was to finish fourth or better, so that we could be within striking distance of the top team. We didn’t get there, but it was still good to see some improvement.”

Binghamton’s captains led the way for the team, as Josh Holling (76, +4) and Jack Sedgewick (77, +5) each saw sizable score improvements from day one. The seniors each managed top-30 finishes, with Holling at T-23 and Sedgewick at T-28. “It was nice to see them come back, and finish their last fall on a brighter note,” remarked Herceg.

Leading the Bearcats in the tournament was Kyle Wambold, as his 80 (+8) helped him attain a T-11 finish. “I’m proud of how Kyle played in this tournament,” stated Herceg. “He certainly was disappointed with his finish though, as he wished to finish in the top-5.”

Fourth on the Bearcats’ scorecard was Jesse Perkins. The junior fired an 82 (+10) to capture a T-35 finish. Sameer Kalia produced an 86 (+14) for the second consecutive round, to finish in T-62 place.

The Bearcats’ collective 636 over the 36-hole tournament was 60-over par. Binghamton finished 34 shots behind champion Towson.

This completes the Bearcats’ fall season, as Herceg and co. will take the winter months off. Stay tuned for a fall season recap and analysis.

Volleyball Sweeps UMBC To Cap Homecoming Weekend

Hovie sisters combine for 22 kills to lead Bearcats to second straight America East victory

October 19, 2014


Volleyball Sweeps UMBC To Cap Homecoming Weekend

Senior Kristin Hovie

Box Score

Highlights

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball team earned back-to-back wins for just the second time all season after sweeping UMBC, Sunday afternoon from West Gym. As the first half of America East play comes to a close, the Bearcats (6-16, 4-2 AE) are now in a tie for second place with Albany following their dismantling of the Retrievers (9-10, 3-3 AE).

“I thought we moved the ball very well today, maybe the best we have all season,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “We got off to a good start in the first set which always helps and we were efficient offensively. We were aggressive at the net getting our hands on a lot of balls which allowed our defense to slow down a very good hitting team.”

Sisters Allison and Kristin Hovie combined for 22 kills to lead the Bearcats, who defeated UMBC at home for the third straight year. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann recorded her second consecutive double-double (fifth of the year) with a match-high 34 assists and 14 digs. Sophomore libero Bailey Walker registered her sixth straight game with at least 20 digs, picking up a team-high 21.

Both teams were hot offensively in the opening set combining for 34 terminations in the frame. However, Binghamton prevailed 25-23 thanks to six kills from Allison Hovie. UMBC opened up a slim 12-9 lead, but an 8-2 run by the Bearcats gave BU a 17-14 advantage, forcing a Retriever timeout. UMBC battled back to even the stanza late at 23, but back-to-back errors stalled the Retriever attack.

The Bearcats committed just one attack error in route to a 25-13 victory in the second set, taking a commanding 2-0 lead in the match. Binghamton dominated the frame to the tune of a .370 attack percentage while limiting UMBC to a match-low .028 hitting clip. Kristin Hovie connected on four kills during the frame to lead Binghamton.

Binghamton jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the third set, but UMBC immediately responded with an 8-2 run to take a 13-10 advantage. The Bearcats fought back thanks to eight UMBC attack errors claiming a 21-18 lead late in the set. A pair of kills by Allison Hovie helped Binghamton capture the straight set victory, 25-21.

The Bearcats defense limited the Retrievers to a .117 hitting clip, holding their opponent under a .200 attack percentage for the fifth straight match. Binghamton receiving game was stout all afternoon, picking up 70 digs compared to just 54 by UMBC. The Bearcats also collected nine total blocks opposed to just three by the Retrievers.

Binghamton begins the second half of conference play with just a single match for the second straight week as the Bearcats will have five days to prepare for Albany. The Bearcats outlasted the Great Danes in five sets back on Sept. 26. Binghamton and Albany are scheduled for a 7 p.m. first serve.

Homecoming Weekend Wrap Up

BU Athletic Department holds wide variety of events as alums return to campus

October 19, 2014


Homecoming Weekend Wrap Up

The 2004 BU women's soccer team being honored during Sunday's game

Homecoming Weekend Photo Gallery

BU Basketball Showcase Photo Gallery

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

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton Athletic wrapped up its three-day Homecoming Weekend, with many alums from both the Bearcat and Colonial eras returning to campus.

Friday started off with five alums (Amanda Casares, Mark Cerroni, Raul Martynek, Leah Truncale and Sara DeClemente-Hammoud) taking part in a networking panel with this year’s senior class in the TAU Room of the Events Center. Also on Friday, the men’s lacrosse team held its annual alumni game and the Events Center was the site of the B.U. Basketball showcase.

On Saturday, the Varsity Club held its second annual Homecoming tailgate in the Events Center parking lot. The event was part of the eighth Annual Homecoming tailgate, which led into men’s soccer game against Vermont. A crowd of 1,604 fans stayed for the Bearcats-Catamounts match. Two other programs (women’s lacrosse and softball) held their alumni games on Saturday.

During halftime of the women’s soccer game against New Hampshire, the 2004 Bearcat squad was honored in commemoration of the 10-year anniversary of its historic season.

Cross country squads compete in pair of meets

Hatcher fifth at Albany Invite., Johnson is team-best 41st at Princeton Invite.

October 19, 2014


Cross country squads compete in pair of meets

Andrew Roache

Albany Invitational Results

Princeton Invitational Results

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

VESTAL, N.Y. – Junior Alexis Hatcher was fifth overall in the women’s race of the Albany Invitational while senior Matt Johnson finished a team-best 41st overall at the men’s race of the Princeton Invitational on Saturday. Their performances highlighted the cross country team’s performances in a pair of meets.

In the team standings, the Bearcat women were third out of 10 teams at Albany while the men were 11th out of 37 squads at Princeton.

Hatcher covered the women’s 5,000-meter course in a time of 18:30. Freshman Allison Davis was 19th (19:15), junior Lizzie Greiner was 33rd, sophomore Eileen O’Hara was 39th (19:52) and fellow sophomore Alana MacDonald was 40th (19:53).

Silvia Del Fava of Albany won the race with a time of 17:29. Middlebury, meanwhile, won the team title with 48 points.

There were 110 finishers in the women’s race at Albany.

Johnson, meanwhile, clocked an 8,000-meter time of 25:00. Junior Ethan Hausamann was 43rd (25:03), senior Jesse Garn was 55th (25:09), senior Andrew Roache was 68th (25:20) and sophomore Eric Holt was 126th (25:20).

Thomas Awad of Penn won the 301-runner race in a time of 24:00. Villanova won the team title with 45 points.

Up next for both Binghamton squads is the America East Championships, which will be hosted by Maine on Nov. 1.

Men’s soccer loses 1-0 to Vermont in double overtime

Catamounts convert penalty kick with 1:26 remaining in final overtime

October 18, 2014


Men’s soccer loses 1-0 to Vermont in double overtime

Ben Ovetsky

Final Stats

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

VESTAL, N.Y. – Brad Cole scored on a penalty kick with 1:26 left in the second sudden-death overtime period, lifting Vermont (7-5-1, 2-1-1 AE) to a 1-0 win over Binghamton (4-9-0, 2-1-0 AE) in an America East men’s soccer game on Saturday night before a Homecoming crowd of 1,604 fans at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The loss snapped the Bearcats’ two-game winning streak.

With time winding down in the second overtime period, the Bearcats were called for a hand ball inside the box, which set up the Catamounts penalty kick. Cole slid the attempt into the net for his second goal of the year.

Heading into the second overtime period, the shots were even at 11-11. In the opening six minutes, the Bearcats fired four shots and took four corner kicks but were unable to find the back of the net. The Catamounts then brought the ball down the field with just over three minutes left to go and eventually were able to convert the penalty kick.

“It is a tough result because I thought our guys played great tonight,” head coach Paul Marco said. “We created quite a few chances but weren’t able to finish them off.”

Binghamton hosts Columbia in a non-conference game on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Women’s soccer edged by New Hampshire 1-0

In bitter cold conditions, Wildcats score game's lone goal in 27th minute

October 18, 2014


Women’s soccer edged by New Hampshire 1-0

Emily Nuss, Alyssa Gutierrez, Gaby Gold, Connie Gormley

Box Score

Senior Day/2004 Anniversary Photo Gallery

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Visiting New Hampshire tallied the game’s lone goal in the 27th minute and the Wildcats (5-8-2, 2-2-2 America East) held off Binghamton women’s soccer (5-9-2, 1-3-2 America East) 1-0 Sunday afternoon at the frigid Bearcats Sports Complex.

The teams began the day tied for the sixth and final playoff spot and the loss dented BU’s chances of gaining the program’s ninth playoff berth in the last 11 years. Binghamton has two games remaining - both on the road - and likely has to win out to advance. On Senior Day, the teams battled tough weather that included a strong wind and temperatures in the low 40s.

New Hampshire’s goal sequence began with a free kick just inside the halfway line. The ball was sent to the right side and then a BU clearing attempt deflected off a UNH forward and rolled into the middle of the 18-yard box, where senior midfielder Caroline Murray collected it, dribbled and slotted a 14-yard shot into the lower left corner.

The visitors held an 11-4 shots advantage - just the second time all season that BU was outshot. 

“We just didn’t click on the attack today,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “We were passing more than going to goal ... it was just one of those games where we were a little bit ‘out of it’. We’re more of a tight, technical team and it looked like New Hampshire seemed a little more comfortable in the cold.”

Binghamton had two good chances for the equalizer in the second half. The first came in the 54th minute when sophomore midfielder Katie O’Neill sent a ball over the top of the defense to senior linemate Emily Nuss. Nuss settled the ball and with UNH keeper Mimi Borkan charging, shot toward the far post. But Borkan got her body on the shot and deflected it away. Then with 9:46 left in the game, second-year forward Jacque Rice sent a ball down the right side to a streaking Jocelyn Acor. But Acor’s right-footed shot from inside the box spun wide.

Playing with the wind for the second half, the Wildcats nearly had another goal in the 61st minute when a corner kick scramble led to a rebound shot that was cleared off BU’s goal line by freshman back Emma Maslin. In the closing minutes, UNH headed to the corner flags and drained the clock with several corner kicks and possession.

Maslin returned to the lineup after missing 6+ weeks with an injury but unfortunately for the Bearcats, her return to the starting lineup coincided with the loss of senior center back and tri-captain Connie Gormley, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in Thursday’s game. 

“It was tough not to have Connie on the back line and tough not to have her energy in there,” McClellan said. “But she handles adversity well and she’ll continue to help us on the sidelines and help our back line.” 

Binghamton celebrated Senior Day by honoring its four seniors before the game. Four-year letterwinners Gaby Gold, Connie Gormley, Alyssa Gutierrez and Emily Nuss were introduced with their families in pregame festivities.

“Our seniors have strong character and have put a lot of energy and commitment into our program for four years,” McClellan said. “First and foremost, they are amazing people. It’s been a real privilege to work with them.”

Binghamton plays at Vermont Thursday afternoon before concluding the regular season at UMBC on Sunday.

NOTE
The 2014 season marks the 10-year anniversary of Binghamton’s 2004 America East championship. Members of that historic NCAA tournament team were recognized at halftime. Details of their memorable season can be found here

Golf In Tenth Place At Lehigh Invitational

Wambold keeps team afloat in day one

October 18, 2014


Golf In Tenth Place At Lehigh Invitational

Sophomore Kyle Wambold

Scores

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

BETHLEHEM, P.A.—With round one of the Lehigh Invitational completed, the Binghamton Golf team finds themselves in tenth place out of the 12 competing schools. The Bearcats posted a team score of 321 (+33) for the first 18 holes of the 36-hole, two day tournament. High scores were had by many, as the best individual score was a 71 (-1).

Kyle Wambold led all Bearcat golfers, firing a 75 (+3) to finish day one tied for tenth place. The sophomore has posted the lowest average score for Binghamton all fall, and is one tournament removed from winning the individual medal at the Binghamton Fall Invitational.

Jesse Perkins shot an 80 (+8), which was the second-best Binghamton score, and has him tied for 33rd place. Captains Josh Holling and Jack Sedgewick each had scores of 83 (+11), and are tied for 50th place. Sameer Kalia posted an 86 (+14) to head into day-two tied for 59th place.

Towson currently leads the field (295, +7), with Lafayette (304, +16) sitting in second place. Tee times will begin tomorrow at 9:30 tomorrow morning.

Volleyball Hosts UMBC On Homecoming Weekend

Bearcats and Retrievers are scheduled for a 1 p.m. first serve Sunday

October 18, 2014


Volleyball Hosts UMBC On Homecoming Weekend

Sophomore Bailey Walker

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

MATCH INFORMATION
MATCH #22: Binghamton vs. UMBC
MATCH TIME: Sunday, Oct. 18, 2014; 1 p.m.
MATCH SITE: West Gymnasium (Vestal, N.Y.)
SERIES RECORD: Binghamton leads, 16-11
LAST MEETING: UMBC won, 3-1; Nov. 1, 2013
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VESTAL, N.Y. – In the Binghamton volleyball team’s lone match of the week, the Bearcats will welcome UMBC to West Gym, Sunday afternoon in a pivotal America East matchup. As the first of the conference slate ends, the Bearcats (5-16, 3-2 AE) are amidst a six-match homestand and look to improve their position in the league standings against the preseason league favorite Retrievers (9-9, 3-2 AE).

BINGHAMTON OUTLOOK
After a big five-set conference opening win at Albany more than three weeks ago, Binghamton has been up and down in its last four outings. The Bearcats went 1-1 in their last two weekends of conference play as they sit in a tie for third place with the Retrievers.

Last weekend, Binghamton witnessed a 2-1 lead evaporate against Hartford falling in five sets before handling Stony Brook in four sets the following day. The Hawks won in Vestal for the first time since 2002 while the Bearcats avenged a pair of five-set losses to the Seawolves in 2013.

Binghamton is led by sophomore outside hitter Allison Hovie, who is averaging a team-high 3.02 kills per game while adding 2.64 digs per set. Junior right side Megan Burgess ranks among the league’s top 10 in hitting percentage (.239, 5th) and kills (2.61 k/s, 9th) while freshman Alexis LaGoy is the top hitting newcomer recording a .282 attack percentage ranking fourth in the America East.

Senior setter Amanda Dettmann, who ranks fourth in the conference with 8.92 assists per set, is currently pursing 4,000 assists and looks to become just the third Bearcat in program history to do so. Dettmann has handed out 3,886 assists in her stellar four-year career in which she became the first Binghamton volleyball player to win a major conference award, being named Co-Setter of the Year in 2012.

Sophomore Bailey Walker has done a respectable job replacing Binghamton all-time digs leader Xiomara Ortiz as the libero in the Bearcat lineup. Against New Hampshire, Walker set a Binghamton single-match record for digs with 35 and currently ranks third in the league with 4.82 digs per set. The first-year starter from Bayport, N.Y. has racked up over 20 digs in five straight matches, surpassing the mark nine times during the season.

SCOUTING UMBC
The Retrievers are coming off a big road win at Albany on Friday night behind a monster 31 kills from Krystal Mlemchukwu. UMBC, who was selected first in the America East preseason poll, started league play 2-2 after wins over Hartford and UMass Lowell, prior to its Upstate New York road trip.

Mlemchukwu, a junior middle blocker from Baltimore, leads the Retrievers with 2.92 kills per set. Hannah Schmidt and Sherelle Walker are also averaging over 2.00 kills per game with 2.40 and 2.08 k/s, respectively. Walker, a very accurate hitter, is third in the conference with a .305 attack percentage. Junior setter Paige Miller orchestrates the UMBC offense, ranking third in the league with 9.03 assists per set.

UMBC is a dangerous serving team as the Retrievers lead the conference with 1.48 service aces per set. However, UMBC does struggle in the receiving-game ranking last in the league with 12.69 digs per set. The Retrievers will look to make points up at the net as the 2012 America East tournament finalists average 1.86 blocks per set, third in the league.

THE SERIES
Binghamton owns a 16-11 advantage in the all-time series with UMBC which dates back to the 2002 season. The Bearcats are 8-3 at home against the Retrievers, who last defeated Binghamton in Vestal in 2011. Binghamton is 3-2 in the last five outings with UMBC including a dramatic five-set victory during the 2012 America East tournament semifinals.

UP NEXT
Binghamton begins the second half of conference play with just a single match for the second straight week as the Bearcats will have five days to prepare for Albany. The Bearcats outlasted the Great Danes in five sets back on Sept. 26. Binghamton and Albany are scheduled for a 7 p.m. first serve.

Women’s Tennis Competes at ITA Northeast Regional

DiMuro, Tashiro and Brodsky represent Bearcats in final fall event

October 18, 2014


Women’s Tennis Competes at ITA Northeast Regional

Shea Brodsky

ITA Northeast Regional Brackets

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

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Binghamton women’s tennis team concluded its fall season by sending a pair of entrees to the ITA Northeast Regional Championships. The five-day, non-scoring event is being hosted by Yale University and runs through Tuesday.

In singles play, sophomore Annie DiMuro lost her first round match to Alex Solovyer of Columbia 6-4, 6-2. In doubles play, the tandem of juniors Shea Brodsky and Alexis Tashiro were defeated by Marika Cusick and Priyanka Shah of Cornell 8-4 in their opening match.

Binghamton begins its spring season at Army on Jan. 30.

BU Basketball Showcase Opens 2014-15 Season

Men’s and women’s squads introduced to Events Center Crowd

October 17, 2014


BU Basketball Showcase Opens 2014-15 Season

Jordan Reed won the Slam Dunk Contest for the second year in a row

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

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton men’s and women’s basketball teams formally launched their 2014-15 seasons on Friday night at the annual B.U. Basketball Showcase, which was held in the Events Center. Although both squads have been practicing since early in the month, this was their first public appearances of the 2014-15 season.

Highlights of the evening included a three-point shooting contest, a dance contest between the teams and the Slam Dunk Contest, which concluded the evening. Jordan Reed won the Slam Dunk Contest for the second year in a row.
Head men’s coach Tommy Dempsey and head women’s coach Linda Cimino each addressed the crowd after their teams were introduced.

Also on hand for the festivities were the B.U. Pep Band, Spirit Squads and members of the B.U. Zoo.

Men’s Lacrosse Announces 2015 Campaign

Nelson also names quartet of Bechle, Hauck, O'Donnell, O'Hara captains

October 17, 2014


Men’s Lacrosse Announces 2015 Campaign

Senior Paul O'Donnell

2015 Schedule

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – With Homecoming Weekend on the horizon Binghamton head men’s lacrosse coach Scott Nelson announced the Bearcats’ 2015 schedule and captains for the upcoming season. Binghamton’s 14-game slate features seven home contests and four new opponents. Navigating the Bearcats through the 2015 campaign will be seniors J.T. Hauck, Paul O’Donnell, Emmett O’Hara and junior Chris Bechle.

Nelson composed a balanced schedule with seven games at home and seven on the road. The addition of UMass Lowell’s program increases the America East slate to six contests in 2015. The Bearcats will play eight non-conference games featuring tough road contests at Cornell, Delaware, Drexel and Canisius.

“The America East schedule will always be tough,” Nelson noted. “We’re excited to have UMass Lowell join the league and take another trip to the New England area. Our non-conference schedule has several tough road games, so we have our work cut out for us.”

The Bearcats open the 2015 season with back-to-back home games against Sacred Heart (Feb. 14) and Marist (Feb. 21). Binghamton defeated Sacred Heart in last year’s season opener and will rekindle its series with Marist, Nelson former team (2009-11). The Bearcats and Red Foxes met each year from 2007-11 with Binghamton winning all five contests against the MAAC members.

Binghamton makes the quick trip to Ithaca for its yearly meeting with Cornell (Feb. 24), a team the Bearcats have never beat in 11 tries. The Bearcats and Big Red have met each season since 2004. Binghamton hosts Hobart (Feb. 28) in a rematch of last year’s overtime battle, which the Bearcats prevailed on a last second goal by O’Donnell. Binghamton heads to Wilmington, Delaware to face the Blue Hens (Mar. 7) for its final tune-up prior to America East play.

Nelson, the 2013 America East Co-Coach of the Year, will lead his team to Baltimore for their conference opener against UMBC (Mar. 14), who knocked the Bearcats out of the America East tournament last May. Binghamton faces a pair of CAA members in Towson (Mar. 21) and Drexel (Mar. 24) before resuming league play. The Bearcats host Towson as the two teams meet for just the second time (2006). Binghamton will travel to Philadelphia to face the 2014 CAA champion Dragons, who own a 7-2 all-time record against the Bearcats.

Binghamton closes out March at home against Hartford (Mar. 28) before traveling to Lowell to play the new Division I member River Hawks (April 4). Former Binghamton head coach Ed Stephenson (2002-10) leads the UMass Lowell program. The Bearcats return home to face two-time defending America East champion Albany (April 11), who feature reigning Tewaaraton award winner Lyle Thompson.

A mid-week matchup with Canisius (April 14) in Buffalo precedes Binghamton’s final two league games. The Bearcats head to Long Island for a meeting with Stony Brook (April 18) before ending the regular season at home against Vermont (April 25).

Leading Binghamton through its demanding 14-game schedule will be the quartet of Hauck, O’Donnell, O’Hara and Bechle. The four have combined to play in more than 125 games and gives Binghamton a captain at every level of the field, defense, midfield and attack.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have this group of young men leading us next spring,” Nelson said. “Seeing them grow as leaders on and off the field has been great and I believe they will do a tremendous job guiding our young team.”

Binghamton plays its annual alumni game on Friday, October 17 at 7 p.m. at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

The Bearcats went 7-8 in 2014 with a 4-1 conference record, finishing second in the league standings. Nelson returns 27 letterwinners and four starters to a roster that graduated 12 seniors last May, including six 2013 all-conference selections and the top two scorers in program history Matt Springer (153 points) and Mike Antinozzi (126 points).

Men’s Soccer Hosts Vermont on Homecoming Weekend

Bearcats and Catamounts kick off 6 p.m. on Saturday

October 17, 2014


Men’s Soccer Hosts Vermont on Homecoming Weekend

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Binghamton (4-8-0, 2-0-0 AE) enters Homecoming Weekend on a two-game winning streak. The Bearcats last beat New Hampshire 1-0 last Saturday on an unassisted goal in the 84th minute by senior midfielder Derrick Ladeairous. Sophomore forward Alex Varkatzas continues to lead the team in scoring with two goals and four points. Ladeairous is one of four Binghamton players who had a goal and an assist so far this season. Sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes has recorded a pair of shutouts.

Vermont (6-5-1, 1-1-1 AE) played to a scoreless draw against UMass Lowell on Wednesday. Brian Wright leads the America East with seven goals and 17 points so far this season. In goal, Conor Leland has recorded four shutouts heading into this weekend.

Vermont leads the all-time series 6-5-3, having won the past three meetings against the Bearcats. Last year, the Catamounts took a 2-0 decision on Oct. 5, 2013. Binghamton’s last win in the series was a 1-0 Homecoming victory on Oct. 9, 2010.

This year marks the fourth time in seven years that Vermont will be the Bearcats’ Homecoming opponent. In addition to the 2010 win, Binghamton also won 1-0 on Oct. 18, 2008. In the last meeting, however, Vermont scored on a penalty kick in the second overtime to win 1-0.

In seven previous Homecoming games at the Bearcats Sports Complex, the Bearcats are 4-2-1. The average attendance for those games has been 2,183, which includes a pair of sellouts (2,500 capacity).

Men’s tennis wraps up play at ITA Regionals

Lesage wins pair of singles matches; Hazarika/Dinia win twice in doubles

October 15, 2014


Men’s tennis wraps up play at ITA Regionals

Senior Robin Lesage

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Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. - Senior Robin Lesage won two matches, as did the doubles team of junior Sid Hazarika and senior Ismael Dinia to highlight Binghamton men’s tennis at the USTA/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast Regional Championships, held over the weekend at the USTA National Tennis Center. Hosted by St. John’s, the event featured participants from 32 teams across the region.

Lesage continued his strong play in the fall with a pair of wins. He worked three sets to knock out Max Fleigner of Dartmouth and Lucas Heigal of St. John’s before coming up short against seeded Sebastian Beltrame (Harvard) in two tight sets.

Hazarika and Dinia knocked off a seeded pair from Princeton before losing to Harvard’s top doubles team, which was ranked 36th in the country.

Binghamton had four singles and two doubles entries.

The Bearcats close out their abbreviated fall season with their first competition in the Mid-American Conference. The flighted MAC Indoor Championship will be held October 31 through November 2 at Western Michigan.

ITA Northeast Regional Results

SINGLES
1st Round: Sid Hazarika (BU) def. Jack Peterson (Lehigh), 6-1, 6-3
2nd Round: #17-32 Bert Vancura (Columbia) def. Sid Hazarika (BU), 6-3, 6-1

1st Round: Robin Lesage (BU) def. Max Fleigner (Dartmouth), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
2nd Round: Robin Lesage (BU) def. Lucas Hejhal (St. John’s), 7-6, 5-7, 6-3
Round of 32: #5-8 Sebastian Beltrame (Harvard) def. Robin Lesage (BU), 6-4, 6-4

1st Round: Gregory Garcia (Brown) def. Eliott Hureau (BU), 7-6
1st Round: Matt Kuhar (Bryant) def. Ismael Dinia (BU), 7-6, 6-2

DOUBLES
1st Round: Lesage/Hureau (BU) def. Riccardi/Schmidt (Dartmouth), 8-7
Round of 32: #9-16 Beltrame/Solomon (Harvard) def. Lesage/Hureau (BU), 8-3

1st Round: Hazarika/Dinia (BU) def. Kravchenko/Tarwind (Brown), 8-3
Round of 32: Hazarika/Dinia (BU) def. #9-16 Collauti/Gamble (Princeton), 8-6
Round of 16: #3-4 Nguyen/Heung (Harvard) def. Hazarika/Dinia (BU), 8-5

10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Danielle LaRoche King

First-year assistant coach began one week before season started, helped guide championship team

October 15, 2014


10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Danielle LaRoche King

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:
Danielle LaRoche King
Then: First-year assistant coach
Now:  Athletics Director of Ithaca City School District


What do you recall about the team heading into that 2004 season?
I was hired the week before the season started so I had very little time to learn much about the team. I remember watching the first day thinking that we were a hard working team. When the preseason poll came out from the America East that had us 7th, I told Jeff we were better than 7th. I think Jeff thought I was crazy since I had not seen any of our opponents play.

Was there any moment or part of the season where you felt like winning the America East title was a real possibility?
During conference play we had trouble beating teams on Friday and Sunday. We would win on either Friday or Sunday. Jeff and I kept saying if we could just win Friday AND Sunday we had a real chance to win. It wasn’t until we were outplaying Boston in the first half did I start to figure out we could not only be in the tournament but win the regular season title.

What do you remember about hosting the tournament ... the days preceding your two games, the fans, celebration?
I remembering having the worst practice we had all season the day before the finals, Jeff and I walked off the field and looked at each other and both said hopefully they are saving it for the game because that was terrible.  I remember the crowd circling the field on their feet cheering their heads off through the entire game.

What are your memories of the trip and game at Penn State?
I remember the whole team’s eyes get big when they saw the size of their soccer stadium.  We decided that we would go after them instead of playing cautiously. The first half we stunned them by scoring on them and other than scoring two own goals, we had some real chances and played with them until the second half.

What is your lasting impression of that championship, the experience and how it’s helped shape your coaching career and life?
Coaching that season was one of the highlights of my playing and coaching career.  It was truly a special moment for me. I keep my NCAA medal on my desk and look at it every day. Now that I have had the opportunity to coach at several different colleges many different teams, the 2004 team was a very special team with an amazing group of women who looked out for each other in a way I have never experienced since.

What have you been doing since leaving Binghamton?
A lot has happened since I left Binghamton in 2006! I married Dan King, Director of Sports Medicine, and we have two children Jade, 4 and Miles, 2. Professionally, after a quick stint at George Mason, I was the head women’s soccer coach at Cornell University for five years. I currently am the Athletic Director for Ithaca City School district.

10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Kelly Burnham

Sophomore midfielder scored twice in postseason, including goal in championship game

October 15, 2014


10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Kelly Burnham

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:
Kelly Burnham
Then: Sophomore midfielder
Now:  Major Account Executive with RICOH


What do you recall about the team heading into that 2004 season?
I remember Coach Leightman having all of us watch the men play in the 2003 America East Championship.  After they won the game, he had all of us walk onto the field. He asked, “How would it feel for us to be in this position and win the title?” At that moment, we all made a pact to be America East champions the next year….and we did it!!  I still to this day wear my America East ring.  I never take it off.  It was such an honor to be part of a competitive team and this competitiveness has carried on into my career and the drive I have to be successful.

Was there any moment or part of the season where you felt like winning the America East title was a real possibility?
Going into the 2004 season, I could tell that everyone worked very hard to keep in shape and work on their game during the summer before coming into
the season. There was a spark from everyone and I could see the will to win on everyone’s faces.  I think it was the first day of preseason where I felt that winning the title was a real possibility.

What do you remember about hosting the tournament ... the days preceding your two games, the fans, celebration?
The feeling is hard to explain.  It was such a great moment in my life.  I remember all of the excitement for all the days leading up to the tournament.  We all wanted it so bad and were willing to work as hard as we could for each other to win the title.

What are your memories of the trip and game at Penn State?
I just remembered how honored I felt to be in the NCAA tournament and playing an elite team like Penn State.  For a moment, I really believed we could win. When we scored our first goal it was such an amazing feeling.

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?
It was the most amazing time of my life.  From the practices, to the games, to the intense camaraderie that we all shared and the will to win it was something that I will never forget.  I learned that if you want something bad enough and try your hardest, you will succeed.  That drive to succeed has served me well in my career at RICOH as well as my personal life.

What have you been doing since graduation?
After I graduated with my undergraduate degree (B.S in Human Development), I decided that I wanted to be a teacher so I continued on to get my master’s in Inclusive Childhood Education 1-6 at Binghamton.  After that I realized that I wanted to pursue a career that was competitive like the feeling I got every time I stepped out onto the soccer field.  So I ended up going into sales.  I have been with RICOH now for 4 1/2 years.  I started out as a Sales Executive but have since been promoted to a Major Account Executive.

NOTE: Along the way, Burnham, who grew up locally and still resides in Endicott, N.Y., went from playing futbol to playing football. In 2009, In 2009 she suited up for the Binghamton Women’s Tiger Cats, which was the first Women’s Semi-Pro Football League Team in the area.  She was named MVP, Offensive Player of the Year and All American. “This was another great opportunity for me to play a sport I have always wished that I could and I demonstrated my athletic ability while having a great time,” Burnham said. “I think my parents were a little nervous, though, as I got pretty beat up at most of games, but that’s football!”

Women’s soccer settles for scoreless draw vs. Albany

Bearcats build whopping 32-2 shots advantage but can't capitalize; still grab one point

October 15, 2014


Women’s soccer settles for scoreless draw vs. Albany

Senior defender Connie Gormley

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Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Despite owning a commanding 32-2 advantage in shots, Binghamton women’s soccer (5-8-2, 1-2-2 AE) was saddled with a 0-0 double overtime draw against visiting Albany (5-7-4, 2-1-2 AE) Thursday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The 32 shots were a Division I program high for BU, which did everything but score against their longtime SUNY rival. Each team received one point in the America East standings.

“We were relentless and deserved three points but we’ll settle for one,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “We got the shutout and did a great job for 110 minutes. Our players hustled every play and the entire team was focused on the task at hand. I’m proud of the way we played tonight. I think we did everything in our control. The goals will even out ... we just have to keep shooting and believing. That same work rate will make us a tough team to play each and every game.”

The Bearcats produced their first good chance in the eighth minute when junior forward Katherine Corcoran sent a 12-yard shot just wide of the far post. It was the first of a repeated “wide right” scenario for Binghamton, which saw no less than six shots just miss their mark to the right. Cocoran unloaded a team-high 10 shots and sophomore midfielder Katie O’Neill recorded nine.

The Great Danes entered the contest with two league wins and were averaging two goals per game but mounted little offense on this night. Albany did have the best chance in the overtime periods, however. With 7:10 remaining in the first extra period, they sophomore back Bianca Webb burst through the middle and BU freshman keeper Katie Hatziyianis was forced to make a point-blank save.

Binghamton’s best chance was on a free kick with 19:05 left in the second half. Senior back Connie Gormley sent the 35-yard cross from the right side to the far post, where O’Neill’s volley from eight yards just went over the crossbar. Eleven minutes earlier, Cocoran did some nice work on the right endline before cutting toward the middle and unleashing a shot that sailed over the bar.

In the first half, freshman forward Jocelyn Acor had an opportunity when she dribbled about 20 yards into the box on the left and sent a shot to the near post that was blocked by Albany keeper Alana Brennan (11 saves).

Senior keeper Gaby Gold extended her scoreless string to 225 minutes with a clean first half. Hatziyianis went the second half and overtimes to finish out the pair’s fifth shared shutout of the season. Each keeper was called on to make just one save.

With the point, Binghamton moved into a tie with New Hampshire for sixth position in the standings, with the two teams set to square off Sunday afternoon in Vestal during Homecoming Weekend. It will be the team’s final home game of the season and its four seniors (Gaby Gold, Alyssa Gutierrez, Connie Gormley, Emily Nuss) will be honored before the game. Then at halftime, members of the 2004 championship team will be recognized as the program celebrates the 10-year anniversary of that team, which captured the America East regular season and postseason titles and advanced to the NCAA tournament.

NOTES
It was Binghamton’s second straight double overtime game and third in the last five games… The Bearcats are 9-3-2 all-time against Albany ... Last season BU put 29 shots at goal in the team’s 2-0 win at Albany.

 

 

 

Men’s soccer match at UMBC moved to October 29

Impending weather conditions force postponement

October 14, 2014


Men’s soccer match at UMBC moved to October 29

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

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton men’s soccer team’s America East Conference match at UMBC, which was scheduled for tomorrow night at 7 p.m., has been postponed due to weather conditions in the Baltimore area. The match has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 29, also at 7 p.m.

The Bearcats (4-8-0, 2-0-0 AE) host Vermont on Saturday at 6 p.m. as part of Homecoming Weekend.

Golf Falls Two Places In Temple Invitational

Perkins remains steadiest player

October 12, 2014


Golf Falls Two Places In Temple Invitational

Jesse Perkins

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

HUNTINGDON VALLEY, P.A.— The Binghamton golf team failed to close the gap against the competition, and fell two places to finish the Temple Invitational in eighth place out of 14 teams. Head Coach Bernie Herceg’s crew fired a 309 (+29) in the second round, giving them 607 (+47) overall, 33 shots back of host Temple.

“It was a tough weekend for the team,” admitted Herceg. “I really thought that they would play a little more consistant, with them coming off of last week’s win, but that didn’t happen.”

While consistency has hindered Binghamton’s game at nearly every corner, Jesse Perkins still managed to post a solid score 74 (+4) to lead the team on day two. “I’m very proud of Jesse and how he was able to finish,” remarked Herceg. “It’s no surprise that he played like he did, because he’s been that consistent for us all fall. I would like to see some of the guys follow in his footsteps when we head to Lehigh next weekend.”

Perkins shot minus-one on the back nine to finish the tournament with a 148 (+8). That tied him for 14th place, his fourth top-30 finish, and best of the season so far.

Josh Holling shot a 76 (+6) for the second day in a row, giving him a T-26 finish. Sameer Kalia (80, +10), Jack Sedgewick (80, +10), and Kyle Wambold (79, +9) each shot higher today than they had yesterday.

With the disappointing tournament in the books, Herceg’s team turns their eyes to the Lehigh University Invitational, their last fall tournament. “We’re going to be working on our short game and tee shots this week,” stated Herceg. “We’re excited to play down at Lehigh, we haven’t been down there since I’ve been with the team. It will be a great opportunity for the guys to close out the fall on a good note.”

10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Head Trainer Dan Sheredy

Veteran trainer provided care, expertise, kept 2004 team on the field

October 12, 2014


10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Head Trainer Dan Sheredy

Flashback: The 2004 NCAA season

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:
Dan Sheredy
Then: Head Athletic Trainer
Now:  Pharmaceutical sales representative with Boehringer Ingelheim


What were the challenges that 2004 team faced?
As was always the case back then ... keeping/getting everyone healthy from Day 1 until the last game!  The toughest times were always the first few weeks ... getting through TRIPLE sessions….one thing I will NEVER miss…those long days!! I knew that team had the potential, right from the start.  It was all about putting their minds to it, and staying healthy!

What do you remember about hosting the tournament ... and then playing at Penn State in the NCAAs?
I will always remember the celebration in front of our goal, and dousing Coach Leightman with the Gatorade jug! It was a picture that got some good mileage!! The game at Penn State was an incredible atmosphere.

What is your lasting impression of that championship?
I miss the team!  But now, outside of athletic training, I have a life that is devoted to many great things, not just sports.

What have you been doing since you left Binghamton?
I am just about to hit my 10 year anniversary in Pharmaceutical Sales.  I LOVE MY JOB!!  I have been with the same company my entire career - Boehringer Ingelheim.  I cover about a two-hour radius around Binghamton, so I still live in the area.  However, I am planning to move to Pittsburgh in the near future to be with my girlfriend.  I am still licensed in Massage Therapy, and have my own part-time business licensed with NYS.

 

 

Women’s Tennis Competes at Buffalo Invitational

Brodsky Goes 3-0, Wins Flight B Final

October 12, 2014


Women’s Tennis Competes at Buffalo Invitational

Sara Kohtz

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Junior Shea Brodsky won the main draw final in Flight B singles bracket, highlighting the Binghamton women’s tennis team’s performance at Buffalo Invitational this weekend. There was no team scoring at the three-day event, which concluded on Sunday afternoon.

Brodsky started the weekend strong, beating Jana Schober of Cleveland State 6-0, 6-4 in the opening round. She then defeated Laura Fernandez of Buffalo 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) in the semifinals and Dayana Agasieva of Buffalo 7-5, 6-1 in the finals. 

Fellow junior Sara Kohtz finished 2-1 in the Flight A singles bracket. She dropped her opening match but bounced back to win both of her consolation matches.

Up next for the Bearcats is the ITA Northeast Regional Oct. 17-21 at Yale.

SINGLES FLIGHT A

Quarterfinals
Margareta Kotok (BUFFALO) def. Alexis Tashiro (BING) 3-6, 6-1, 6-0
Tanja Stjanovska def. Sara Kohtz (BING) 6-2, 6-2
Consolation Matches
Sara Kohtz (BING) def. Ashley Ta (NIAGARA) 6-2, 6-2
Sarah Kohtz, (BING) def Mathilde Orange (CSU) 6-2,6-3
Alexis Tashiro, (BING) def Paulina Velasquez, (NIAGARA) 6-2,6-2

SINGLES FLIGHT B

Quarterfinals
Shea Brodsky (BING) def. (1) Jana Schober (CSU) 6-0, 6-4
Semifinals
Shea Brodsky (BING) def. Laura Fernandez (BUFFALO) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
Finals
Shea Brodsky, (BING) Def (2) Dayana Agasieva, (BUFFALO) 7-5,6-1

SINGLES FLIGHT C

Quarterfinals
Laura Holterbosch (BUFFALO) def. Missy Edelblum (BING) 6-0, 6-3
Ola Golawska (CSU) def. Paulina Tafler (BING) 6-2, 6-2
Consolation Matches
Paulina Tafler (BING) def. Jenna McCune (NIAGARA) 8-2
Iva Celan (NIAGAR) def. Missy Edelblum (BING) 3-6, 6-2, 10-6
Iva Celan, (NIAGARA) def. Paulina Tafler (BING) 6-2,6-3
Maria Ortiz, Niagara def. Missy Edelblum, (BING) 6-2,0-6,10-3

DOUBLES FLIGHT A

Quarterfinals
Kotok & Haroldson (BUFFALO) def. Brodsky & Tashiro (BING) 8-6
Consolation Matches
Velasquez & Briseno (NIAGARA) def. Brodsky & Tashiro (BING) 8-6

DOUBLES FLIGHT B

Quarterfinals
McCune & Ta (NIAGARA) def. Kohtz & Tafler, 8-5

 

Golf In Sixth Place After Day One Of Temple Invitational

Kalia, Perkins lead way

October 11, 2014


Golf In Sixth Place After Day One Of Temple Invitational

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

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HUNTINGDON VALLEY, P.A.—The Binghamton golf team is well within striking distance after day one of the Temple Invitational. The team shot a 298 (+18) over the first 18 holes, to put them in sixth place, 11 shots back of first place Temple.

Sameer Kalia led Binghamton on the day by hitting a 73 (+3), including birdies on holes eight, twelve, and eighteen.

Following him was Jesse Perkins at 74 (+4). The junior was at plus-one through 13 holes, but struggled on the last five, bogeying three.

Also on the Binghamton scorecard was Jack Sedgewick (75, +5) and Josh Holling (76, +6).

Kyle Wambold could not keep his hot hand, as last week’s medalist fired a 78 (+8).

Stephen Mincone continued his solid play as an individual, shooting a 73 (+3) including a birdie on hole 15.

The Temple Invitational is a 14-team tournament being played at the 6,670-yard par 70 North Course at Philmont Country Club in Huntingdon Valley, Pa.

Volleyball Silences Stony Brook In Four Sets

Sophomore Allison Hovie with second straight double-double

October 11, 2014


Volleyball Silences Stony Brook In Four Sets

Sophomore Allison Hovie

Box Score

Highlights

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball team bounced back from a tough five-set loss to Hartford Friday night with an emphatic four-set victory over Stony Brook, Saturday afternoon from West Gym. The Bearcats (5-16, 3-2 AE) defeated the Seawolves (11-9, 2-2 AE) for the 16th time in the two SUNY Centers Division I history.

Binghamton was led by sophomore Allison Hovie, who recorded her second straight double-double with 11 kills and 10 digs. Classmate Bianca Anderson registered one of her best games of her young collegiate career with an 11 kills and 5 blocks. Anderson finished off the fourth and final set with back-to-back kills. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann handed out 36 assists while adding 18 digs. Sophomore libero Bailey Walker recorded at least 20 digs for the fifth straight match.

Binghamton prevailed in the first set, 27-25, despite a .087 hitting clip. Neither team was very efficient in the opening set as the two combined for 17 attack errors. Anderson recorded four of her 11 kills during the frame while senior hitter Kristin Hovie added three. Stony Brook opened a 15-10 lead midway through the set, but following a Binghamton timeout the Bearcats responded with an 8-2 run aided by multiple Seawolf errors. Stony Brook regained the lead however, before Binghamton fought off three set points to earn the hard-fought 1-0 advantage.

The Bearcats were a bit more opportunistic in the second set, taking advantage of a negative hitting clip by the Seawolves. Binghamton limited Stony Brook to just five kills in the set while the Bearcats connected on 15 terminations, five coming from the right arm of Allison Hovie. Binghamton began to pull away midway through the stanza as consecutive kills from Kristin Hovie and Alexa Zbytniewski helped extend BU’s lead to five, 16-11. Stony Brook pulled within two late in the frame, but it wasn’t enough as Binghamton took a 2-0 lead, 25-20.

After dropping a poorly played third set (6 kills, 6 attack errors, .000 HP), Binghamton put Stony Brook away in the fourth set with a back-breaking .542 hitting percentage. The Bearcats committed just two attack errors in the set jumping out to an 11-4 lead and never looked back. Binghamton maintained its seven-point advantage throughout the latter half of the frame eventually extending the lead thanks to a pair of Kristin Hovie kills. Anderson finished off the Seawolves with the final two kills giving the Bearcats the final set 25-12.

Binghamton collected a season-high 10 service aces for the second straight match. The Bearcats were dominant at the net picking up a season-best 14.5 blocks. Stony Brook shot themselves in the foot several times committing eight service errors and 33 attack errors.

The Bearcats return to action next Sunday when they welcome UMBC to West Gym for a 1 p.m. matchup over Homecoming Weekend. Binghamton is a midst a six-match homestand with its entire home schedule being played over the next three weeks.

Men’s soccer beats New Hampshire 1-0, stays unbeaten in AE

Ladeairous nets game winner in 84th minute

October 11, 2014


Men’s soccer beats New Hampshire 1-0, stays unbeaten in AE

Derrick Ladeairous

Final Stats

Highlights

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

VESTAL, N.Y. – Senior back Derrick Ladeairous scored in the 84th minute, leading Binghamton (4-8-0, 2-0-0 AE) to a 1-0 win over New Hampshire (4-6-1, 0-2-0 AE) in an America East men’s soccer game on Saturday afternoon before a season-high crowd of 1,735 fans at the Bearcats Sports Complex. With the win, the Bearcats record their second straight shutout win and are 2-0-0 in conference play for the second time in three years.

Ladeairous, who now has a goal and an assist in the past two games, broke free down the right side of the field. He fired a shot from just outside of the box into the upper left corner of the net. It was his first career goal.

“We had a two-on-one coming down the field,” Ladeairous said. “But when I got some space, I decided to take the shot. It’s a great feeling to get this win.”

On defense, the Bearcats recorded their third shutout of the season, due in large part to sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes making five saves. The Bearcats were able to hold the Wildcats without a shot on goal during the final five minutes of regulation.

“We are thrilled to start off conference play 2-0,” head coach Paul Marco said. “(We played) two very good opponents. Today was a very tight game. Both teams had chances to score goals and both keepers were outstanding.”

New Hampshire finished the game with an 8-5 shot advantage.

Up next for Binghamton is a Wednesday game at 7 p.m. on the road against defending America East champion UMBC.

Women’s soccer falls to Stony Brook in 2OT 2-1

Bearcats force OT on late Raber goal but give up game-winner off set piece

October 11, 2014


Women’s soccer falls to Stony Brook in 2OT 2-1

Junior forward Stephani Church

Box Score

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Binghamton women’s soccer forced overtime with a goal in the closing seconds but host Stony Brook (4-8-1, 1-2-1 AE) netted its own dramatic goal with 2:36 left in the second extra session to pin a 2-1 loss on the Bearcats (5-8-1, 1-2-1 AE) Sunday afternoon from LaValle Stadium.

Just three days after losing with two seconds left at Hartford, BU appeared to balance its late-game fate when junior midfielder Rebecca Raber launched a 31-yard shot to tie the game with just 21 seconds left in regulation. Raber took a short pass from senior midfielder Emily Nuss, spun, took a dribble and unloaded a right-footed shot into the far left upper netting. It was Raber’s first goal of the season.

But the Seawolves netted the game-winner as the second overtime was winding down. After a BU defender was called for a foul 25 yards out, Stony Brook set up for the direct kick on the left side. As the Bearcats were setting up for the cross, a quick restart was rolled down the left wing and the ensuing endline cross was headed in by Regan Bosnyak, who had a step on her mark in the middle.

Binghamton held a 27-13 edge in shots, though most attempts were from outside the box.

“We were a little shaky in the first half and then gave up a goal we could’ve done better on,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “But the team did a really good job responding after being down. It was a great strike by Raber to get us into overtime. We had some good chances throughout the game ... credit Stony Brook for making the most of their chances.”

Stony Brook opened the scoring in the 64th minute after a turnover in BU’s defensive third. Seawolves striker Leah Yurko split a pair of Binghamton defenders on the left side with the dribble and beat freshman keeper Katie Hatziyianis to the far post from 12 yards out. The shot banked on off the bottom of the post

The Bearcats had the best chance in the first overtime after junior forward Katherine Corcoran sent a long cross in from the right side. Sophomore midfielder Katie O’Neill extended her leg and just missed making contact from six yards out. O’Neill produced 10 shots during the game - five on goal.

Senior keeper Gaby Gold made four saves in a scoreless first half. Hatziyianis went the rest of the way, making two saves.

Binghamton now returns home for two pivotal games this week - the first of which is a Thursday night tilt with Albany. There are just four games remaining in the regular season as the Bearcats look to secure a top-six postseason position. They are currently tied for seventh in the standings.

Volleyball Welcomes Stony Brook For Parents Weekend

Bearcats and Seawolves are scheduled for a 4 p.m. first serve

October 11, 2014


Volleyball Welcomes Stony Brook For Parents Weekend

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

MATCH #21: Binghamton vs. Stony Brook
MATCH TIME: Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014; 4 p.m.
MATCH SITE: West Gym (Vestal, N.Y.)
SERIES RECORD: Binghamton leads, 15-12 (Division I)
LAST MEETING: Stony Brook won, 3-2; Nov. 3, 2014
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VESTAL, N.Y. – After 19 straight contests away from campus to begin the season, the Binghamton volleyball team will finally open its home schedule Friday night against Hartford at 7 p.m. from West Gym. The Bearcats have a quick turnaround as they will play its second match of the weekend less than 24 hours later, welcoming Stony Brook on Saturday for a 4 p.m. matchup. 
 
BINGHAMTON OUTLOOK
The Bearcats (4-15, 2-1 AE) went 1-1 last week falling to reigning America East champion New Hampshire in five sets before sweeping UMass Lowell. Binghamton currently sits in a tie for second place in the conference standings with Albany and New Hampshire.

Against New Hampshire, the Bearcats won the pivotal third set to take a 2-1 advantage, but were unable to hang on. The Wildcats controlled the fourth and fifth sets to complete the comeback, handing Binghamton its first conference loss. The Bearcats bounced back two days later sweeping UMass Lowell to improve to 6-0 all-time against the River Hawks.

Sophomore libero Bailey Walker etched her name into Binghamton’s record books against New Hampshire collecting a single-match program record 35 digs. The Bayport, N.Y. native broke the mark established by Brianna Strong (34) in 2009.

Binghamton is led by sophomore outside hitter Allison Hovie, who is averaging 3.07 kills per set and 2.73 digs per set. Junior right side Megan Burgess ranks among the league’s top 10 in hitting percentage (.242, 5th) and kills (2.56 k/s, 8th). Senior setter Amanda Dettmann quarterbacks the Binghamton offense handing out 8.90 assists per set while adding 24 service aces, both placing her third in the conference.

Over the weekend, Dettmann became just the third Bearcat in program history to eclipse 3,800 assists joining Sarah DeClemente ‘01 and Ashley Meffert ‘06. Dettmann needs 194 more assists to surpass the 4,000 assists mark.

As a team, the Bearcats rank among the league’s top four in service aces (1.36 sa/s), digs (15.00 d/s), kills (11.41 k/s) and assists (10.62 a/s).

SCOUTING HARTFORD
The Hawks (10-8, 0-2 AE) have won 10 games in 2014, but have started conference play slow with losses to Stony Brook and UMBC. Hartford is 3-2 in its last five matches with victories against NJIT, Providence and Quinnipiac. Hartford most recently battled UMBC to five sets, but was unable to upend the America East preseason favorites at home last Sunday.

Hartford, who was selected to finish sixth in the America East preseason poll, is led by senior hitter Sareeta Nethersole. The two-time America East All-Academic Team selection leads the conference with 3.30 kills per set. Senior setter Jacki Tamburri is also a league-leader, handing out a conference-best 9.57 assists per set. Nethersole and Tamburri also rank among the top 10 in the conference in digs per set with 3.49 d/s and 2.99 d/s, respectively.

SCOUTING STONY BROOK
The Seawolves (11-7, 2-0 AE) are the hottest team in the conference right now, as the fellow SUNY Center has won seven straight matches and sit atop the conference standings. Stony Brook defeated UMBC and Manhattan last week to extend its streak and start conference play 2-0.

Stony Brook, who was selected to finish third in the preseason poll, is led by junior Melissa Rigo. The former America East Rookie of the Year is averaging 2.89 kills per set and 2.69 digs per set, placing her among the conference leaders in both categories. Junior setter Nicole Vogel quarterbacks the Stony Brook offense handing out 8.87 assists per set placing her just behind Dettmann among the league leaders. Vogel has won the last three America East Setter of the Week honors.

UP NEXT
Binghamton continues a six-match homestand next Sunday, hosting UMBC over Homecoming Weekend. The Bearcats play all of their home matches over the next three weeks bridging the first and second halves of their America East schedule.

Hartford Rallies To Knock-Off Volleyball In Five Sets

Hawks win at West Gym for first time since 2002

October 10, 2014


Hartford Rallies To Knock-Off Volleyball In Five Sets

Senior Kristin Hovie

Box Score

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball team saw a 2-1 lead slip away Friday as Hartford rallied for the five-set victory, in an America East matchup Friday night from West Gym. The Bearcats (4-16, 2-2 AE) controlled most of the match, but were unable to hang on against the Hawks (11-8, 1-2 AE), who won at West Gym for just the second time (2002) in the series history.

“Overall, I felt like we didn’t execute very well,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “We struggled with our ball movement and just didn’t pass the ball well enough to win. Our defense was strong at times throughout the match and our serving really helped the defense. Down the stretch we made too many unforced errors and shot ourselves in the foot one too many times. We have a quick turnaround and are now focused on Stony Brook.”

Junior right side Megan Burgess led the Bearcats with a team-high 16 kills adding seven digs. Sophomore Allison Hovie recorded her first double-double of the season with 14 kills and 10 digs. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann dished out 46 assists while chipping in seven kills and seven digs. Sophomore libero Bailey Walker picked up a match-high 21 digs, extending her stretch of 20-digs matches to four.

After dropping an highly competitive opening set, 28-26, Binghamton bounced back to even the match at one game apiece with a 25-22 win in the second set. Neither team gained much breathing room throughout the frame as kills from Kristin Hovie and Dettmann handed the Bearcats a 17-15 lead, forcing a Hartford timeout. The Hawks aided the Binghamton’s second-set victory by committing five costly errors down the stretch in route to a .077 hitting clip in the set. The Bearcats managed just nine kills in the frame, but it was enough to even the match heading into the break.

Binghamton carried its momentum into the pivotal third set as a pair of kills by Burgess handed the Bearcats a 15-11 advantage. Binghamton maintained its cushion until a 4-0 run by Hartford gave the visitors a 22-21 lead, forcing a BU timeout. The Bearcats regrouped as two more kills from Burgess handed Binghamton the third set, 25-23. Burgess collected five of BU’s 15 kills during the set.

The Bearcats saw an early lead in the fourth set quickly evaporate as the Hawks began to find their offense with 14 kills in the stanza. The two teams battled back-and-forth throughout the middle of the set until a pair of Allison Hovie terminations handed Binghamton a slim 21-19 advantage. Following a Hartford timeout the Hawks responded with three straight points before finishing off the set, 25-22.

In the fifth set, Binghamton seized the early momentum bursting out to a 4-1 lead. Hartford stayed the course and chipped away at the deficit eventually leveling the frame at 10 after a 7-3 run. Binghamton had no response as Hartford limited the Bearcats to five kills in the frame and a .100 hitting clip. Hartford scored five of the match’s final six points to take the set 15-11.

Binghamton has a quick turnaround welcoming Stony Brook to West Gym for a 4 p.m. first serve tomorrow afternoon.

Men’s Soccer Hosts New Hampshire On Family Weekend

Bearcats and Wildcats Kick Off on Saturday at 1 p.m.

October 10, 2014


Men’s Soccer Hosts New Hampshire On Family Weekend

Steve Celeste

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- Binghamton (3-8-0, 1-0-0 AE) beat Hartford 1-0 in its conference opener last Saturday. Senior Steve Celeste netted the game winner in the 12th minute. Freshman Ben Ovetsky and senior Derrick Ladeairous were credited with the assists.

- Sophomore forward Alex Varkatzas continues to lead the Bearcats with two goals and four points. Celeste, junior forward Luca Bottoni and sophomore back Charlie Novorth each have a goal and an assist.

- New Hampshire (4-5-1, 0-1-0 AE) lost 1-0 to Stony Brook in its season opener last Saturday. David Shalter and Fazel Nabi each have scored a team-high two goals this season. Defensively, the Wildcats have shut out three of their first 10 opponents.

- Binghamton leads the all-time series against New Hampshire 7-6-2. Last season, however, the Wildcats won 2-0 at home on Nov. 2. At the Bearcats Sports Complex, Binghamton is 4-1-0, having last won 2-1 in overtime on Sept. 29, 2012.

- Defensively, the Bearcats have allowed one goal or fewer in nine of their first 11 matches. They have recorded a pair of shutouts during the season.

- Sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes’ 11-save performance against Syracuse on Sept. 23 marked the eighth time in Binghamton’s Division I era that a goalkeeper has stopped at least 10 shots.

Men’s Lacrosse Competes In HEADstrong Tournament

Eighth annual fall tournament benefits blood cancer patients, raising over $1.5 million since 2007

October 10, 2014


Men’s Lacrosse Competes In HEADstrong Tournament

Tournament Website

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

HOLMES, Pa. – For the second straight year the Binghamton University men’s lacrosse program will compete in the HEADstrong foundation’s Nicholas Colleluori Classic. The eighth annual tournament will be played at Ridley High School in Folsom, Pa., where Colleluori attended, Oct. 11-12.

The two-day tournament features 13 collegiate teams from across all divisions and is played in honor of the late Nicholas Colleluori, founder of the HEADstrong foundation, who tragically passed away from Lymphoma in 2006.

Colleluori founded the HEADstrong foundation with the mission of advocating, fundraising and supporting those affected by blood cancers and those working towards eliminating it. A former Division I lacrosse player at Hofstra, Colleluori’s legacy lives on through his foundation and the wonderful event which brings thousands of spectators to the Philadelphia area each year.

“It’s terrific being associated with such a good cause,” head coach Scott Nelson said. “Both our coaches and players are really looking forward to not only competing at a high level, but also connecting with the lacrosse community in an important and meaningful event.”

All teams competing over the weekend will show their support by wearing lime green shoe laces in honor of Laces for Lymphoma. On game day, teams are led by an honorary captain who is either a survivor or patient of cancer. In addition, the Colleluori family delivers a heartfelt address to all of the participants and attendees during the HEADstrong Ceremony. 

Throughout the ceremony a member from each team will be selected as the recipient of the Nicholas Colleluori Award, which is presented annually to a player from each participating team whose contributions both on and off the field are transforming the landscape of their represented program. Last fall, Garrett Augustyn ’14 was Binghamton’s recipient of the honor.

Binghamton is one of six Division I programs competing, including Bellarmine University, America East member Hartford University, Hofstra University, Monmouth University and Syracuse University. Each team is scheduled to play in two games over the weekend, with action beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday and again on Sunday.

The Bearcats will play twice on Saturday, first against Upstate New York rival Syracuse at 11:30 a.m and then Binghamton will take on Colleluori’s alma mater Hofstra at 1:30 p.m. Last spring, the Bearcats took the No. 8 ranked Orange to the final minute, falling 10-8 in the Dome. Binghamton and Hofstra haven’t played in the regular season since 2005.

Admission can be purchased at the ticket booths on event day.  All proceeds will support the HEADstrong Foundation. The event has become a fall tradition in the sport of lacrosse and has generated over $1.5 million dollars since its inception.

Game will be streamed live compliments of Access Lacrosse.

Children Under 5 - Free
Children Under 12 - $5.00
Adult One Day Pass - $10.00

For more information visit the tournament website at www.HEADstrong.org.

Follow all of the action on social media: HEADstrong Foundation on Facebook, Twitter @HEADstrongFnd, Instagram #HEADstrongFND.

Homecoming Weekend Schedule

Three-day weekend runs through Sunday

October 10, 2014


Homecoming Weekend Schedule

This year's Homecoming Weekend is Oct. 17-19

Binghamton University Homecoming Website

Varsity Club Website

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

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton Athletic Department has finalized its Homecoming Weekend Schedule, which is slated for Oct. 17-19.

Friday’s signature event is the BU Basketball Showcase, which takes place at 7 p.m. at the Events Center. Both the BU men’s and women’s basketball teams will be introduced and the evening will be capped off by the slam dunk contest. Admission to the event is free.

On Saturday, the Varsity Club will hold its second annual Homecoming tailgate in the Events Center parking lot starting at 3 p.m. Moe’s Southwest Grill will be the caterer. The event is part of the eighth Annual Homecoming tailgate, which will end when the men’s soccer game against Vermont starts at 6 p.m. at the adjacent Bearcats Sports Complex.

Also from 3-6 p.m., the annual Tent Sale will take place in the Events Center. A wide assortment of Binghamton Bearcats merchandise and “game worn” gear will be available for purchase.

On Sunday, two other Binghamton squads will be in action. The women’s soccer team faces New Hampshire at 1 p.m. for its annual Senior Day game. Also on Sunday, the BU volleyball squad battles UMBC at 1 p.m. in the West Gym.
During halftime of the women’s soccer game against New Hampshire, the 2004 squad, which won the America East title, will be honored. All women’s soccer alumni are also invited to a post-game reception in the TAU Room of the Events Center.

Four BU programs will host alumni games on Homecoming Weekend. The Bearcat men’s lacrosse alumni game takes place Friday at 7 p.m. at the Bearcats Sports Complex while the women’s lacrosse team has its game the following day at 11 a.m. Also on Saturday, the men’s soccer alumni game kicks off at 12:30 p.m. at the Bearcats Sports Complex while the softball program has its alumni game at 2 p.m. at their facility.

 

Women’s soccer falls to Hartford in closing seconds 1-0

Bearcats surrender game-winner with two seconds left in regulation, suffer first AE loss

October 8, 2014


Women’s soccer falls to Hartford in closing seconds 1-0

Senior midfielder Emily Nuss

Box Score

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Hartford women’s soccer (7-2-3, 3-0 America East) scored the game-winning goal with just two seconds left in regulation as the host Hawks pinned a heartbreaking 1-0 loss on Binghamton women’s soccer (5-7-1, 1-1-1 AE) Thursday afternoon at Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium.

The Bearcats had a throw-in near midfield with 20 seconds left and both teams were seemingly content to head to overtime. But BU turned it over and a quick pass down the left side led to a last-ditch Hartford threat. Leading scorer and reigning America East Striker of the Year Chanel Johnson dribbled to the endline before sending a dangerous rolling cross toward the front of the net. With a Hawks forward and two Bearcats defenders and keeper converging on the doorstep, the ball was redirected into the Binghamton net for what appeared to be an “own goal.”

“For a majority of the game we did a good job of controlling the tempo and choosing our moments to attack and defend,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “It’s just really unfortunate that with two seconds left it got away from us. Though it wasn’t our best showing today, it was an even game and a good competitive game for us on the road. But we’ll look forward to our next game ... every single game you have to move on, regardless of the result. We’ll hit the road again on Saturday and will be ready for Stony Brook on Sunday.”

Binghamton held an 11-10 edge in shots and had two strong chances in the first half, when play was more wide open. In the 16th minute, a BU corner kick resulted in the first good chance of the game for either team. Junior midfielder Rebecca Raber sent the corner into the box, where it skimmed off a Hawks defender right to sophomore midfielder Katie O’Neill. O’Neill drove a header toward the right netting but Hartford keeper Jessica Jurg extended to deflect it over the crossbar.

The Bearcats had another good chance in the 39th minute when senior midfielder Emily Nuss presided over a 20-yard free kick. Nuss cleared the wall of defenders but her rocket sailed over the bar.

The attacking opportunities lessened in the second half as both teams settled into a more defensive posture.

Senior Gaby Gold made three saves in the first half and freshman Katie Hatziyianis also made three saves in her 45 minutes of work. Hatziyianis mading a diving stop in the 62nd minute off a dangerous Hartford free kick.

Binghamton wound up with six corner kicks - five in the first half when BU held a 9-5 shots advantage.

The Bearcats next play at Stony Brook Sunday afternoon.

BU Basketball Showcase set for tonight at 7 p.m.

Annual event to introduce Bearcat men’s and women’s basketball squads

October 8, 2014


BU Basketball Showcase set for tonight at 7 p.m.

This year's BU Basketball Showcase will be held Oct. 17 starting at 7 p.m.

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

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton Athletic Department will launch the 2014-15 basketball season with its annual Basketball Showcase. The event will be held at the Events Center on Friday, October 17 at 7 p.m. and there is free admission. The first 1,500 fans will receive free T-shirts.

In addition to introducing both the Bearcat men’s and women’s squads, the BU Basketball Showcase will include performances by the spirit squads and various contests. The evening will be capped off by the slam dunk contest, sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts.

The BU Basketball Showcase is co-sponsored by the Binghamton Athletic Department and Late Nite Binghamton.

Golf Wins Home Tournament

Wambold leads all golfers as the Bearcats pull off the comeback

October 6, 2014


Golf Wins Home Tournament

Highlights

Day One Recap

Individual Leaders

Team Scoreboard

Team Scores

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

APALACHIN, N.Y.— Down by seven strokes to start the day, the Binghamton golf team came storming back and jumped two places to take home first place honors at their home tournament at The Links at Hiawatha Landing. The Bearcats shot 290 (+2) for the final 18 holes, giving them a total of 576 (E) over the 36-hole tournament, allowing them to edge second-place Delaware (579, +3) by three strokes.

The win is the first of the season for coach Bernie Herceg’s team, and he expressed his excitement for the team’s accomplishment. “It was a great victory, I’m very proud of the guys for playing on our home course and having them come through under some tough conditions today,” remarked Herceg.

The team sat seven shots back of Delaware at the start of the day, an obstacle that Herceg did not take lightly. “We had some ground to make up,” stated Herceg. “It was just an outstanding performance out of everybody to hang in there because down the stretch the weather was difficult and they had to pull off some good shots.”

The team’s accomplishment wasn’t the only thing that Herceg had to be proud of though, as Binghamton sophomore Kyle Wambold led all golfers with an overall score of 141 (-3), after shooting a 70 (-2) today. “I’m so proud of Kyle for a great performance,” voiced Herceg. “He had a tough start on the second hole, and to fight back and end up winning the tournament individually was just phenomenal.”

Wambold overcame a seven on the par four second hole, and fired five-under the rest of the way to capture the individual medalist honor. “I just kept my mind straight, I didn’t veer off from the plan,” admitted the sophomore. “I didn’t let my nerves get to me, or get mad at all. I just stayed with what I knew and things turned out well.”

The first place finish is the first of Wambold’s career, and the Pennsylvania native admits that he has made changes in his game. “It’s all about my mental game. My physical game has been there, but in the past when I made a bogey or a double bogey I would lose momentum. Today and the last couple of rounds, even when I’ve made that bad hole I’ve been able to bounce back and make a couple of birdies to make up for it.”

Of course Wambold’s excellent play was just one reason why the Bearcats were able to come out on top. All five golfers ended up in the top third of the 91 competitors, including Josh Holling in T-6th place. The senior fired a 74 (+2) on the day to close out the tournament with a 144 (E), three shots back of Wambold. Holling got off to a great start today, firing a 34 (-2) on the front nine today, including birdies on holes two, four, eight, and nine.

Sameer Kalia also shot a 74 (+2), as he fell one spot in the individual rankings to 14th overall, with a score of 146 (+2). Right behind him was Jesse Perkins (75, +3), as the junior ended up in 18th place after firing a 148 (+4) overall.

Rounding out the Bearcats was senior Jack Sedgewick, as his 72 (E) was good for second on the team for the day. Overall the Ontario native shot a 150 (+6) to end the tournament tied for 26th place.

Participating as an individual, Stephen Mincone (T-23) gave the Bearcats six players to finish at 150 or lower, as his 75 (+3) gave him a 149 (+5) over the 36 holes.

Cal Addy also participated as an individual, eagling on the 18th hole on his way to a 76 (+4) on the day and a 154 (+10) overall.

The tournament was the third annual for Herceg and co., and was full of dramatic moments. Two players (Matt Gurska of Robert Morris University and Kyle Maihi of LIU-Brooklyn) each recorded a hole-in-one on the par-three 13th hole.

The Bearcats will look to keep the hot hand this Saturday, October 11th, when they head to Temple for the Temple Invitational.

10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Kelly Sanders

Junior midfielder played in all 21 games, tallied eight points and had two game-winning goals

October 6, 2014


10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Kelly Sanders

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:
Kelly Sanders
Then: Junior midfielder
Now:  Former school teacher in New York City and current world traveler


What do you recall about the team heading into that 2004 season?
I remember being ranked to finish last and clearly we were completely underrated.  It was all that more satisfying when we won!  We didn’t always play the prettiest soccer, but if a ball needed to be won…we had the heart to get it done!  We just wanted it more than everybody else.

What do you remember about hosting the tournament ... the days preceding your two games, the fans, celebration?
One of my biggest recollection of the Maine game was the size difference between our two teams.  I think their average height was 5’ 10” and ours might have been pushing it at 5’ 5”.  In fact, I remember actually having to actively raise my head to “speak” with one of the girls. The energy from all of the fans was incredible.  The whole community was really behind us. I think we all remember Taylor winning MVP and coming home to the largest pyramid in our living room.

What are your memories of the trip and game at Penn State?
Sitting in the media room waiting the the announcement about who we were going to play in the NCAA tournament was when it all felt surreal for me.  It may have been ESPN 2, but it felt really big time!  The stadium at Penn State was beautiful, and it made the whole experience feel magnified. Ironically, we are now lucky enough to a have beautiful stadium just like theirs.

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?
Some of the details are still vivid in my mind, while others I can barely remember…probably too many head balls. But, it was really the friendships and life lessons that we got along the way that lasted. We even had a soccer game before my wedding with many of the players on the team!

What have you been doing since graduation?
I’ve spent the last eight years teaching in the NYC public school system.  I’ve worked as a school Librarian and as a fourth grade teacher.  I got married this July to Laura Moffat, and we quit our jobs and are currently traveling around the world for nine months.  In fact, I am writing from the Indian Ocean right now.  A few highlights include studying Spanish, hiking to Everest Base camp, volunteering in a marine biology program and swimming with whale sharks.  When our adventure is over we will return to our home base in Brooklyn, NY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golf Within Striking Distance After Day One

Team making the most out of home tournament

October 5, 2014


Golf Within Striking Distance After Day One

Josh Holling

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

Team Scoreboard
Individual Leaders
Individual/Team Scores

APALACHIN, N.Y.—The Binghamton golf team shot well across the board today, posting a team score of 286 (-2) to finish day one of Binghamton Fall Invitational. The Bearcats’ score is their lowest through 18 holes all year, and has the team currently sitting in third place out of the 16-team field.

Leading the way was Josh Holling, as the senior’s 70 (-2) was his lowest score of the season. The senior currently sits in sixth place overall out of the 91 participants.

Following Holling was Kyle Wambold with a 71 (-1, T-8). The sophomore has now shot under par for two consecutive rounds, dating back to the Patriot Intercollegiate last Sunday.

Sameer Kalia’s 72 (0) gave the Bearcats three players with top-20 finishes, as he sits at T-13th place after day one.

Jesse Perkins rounded Binghamton’s top-4, with a score of 73 (+1, T-24).

Stephen Mincone shot a 74 (+2) as an individual for his best round of the season so far.

Jack Sedgewick and Cal Addy (participating as an individual) both produced scores of 78 (+6) on the day.

The Bearcats sit seven strokes back of first-place Delaware (279, -9), and will look to make a push when the tournament resumes tomorrow morning. The teams will have a shotgun start beginning at 8:45 a.m.

TEAM SCOREBOARD
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
PLAYER/TEAM SCORES

Volleyball Cruises To Sweep At UMass Lowell

Sophomore Allison Hovie led Bearcats with match-high 13 kills

October 5, 2014


Volleyball Cruises To Sweep At UMass Lowell

Box Score

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

LOWELL, Mass. – The Binghamton volleyball team bounced back from a tough five-set loss at New Hampshire on Friday with a straight-set victory over UMass Lowell, Sunday afternoon in America East action from the Costello Athletic Center. The Bearcats (4-15, 2-1 AE) utilized a season-best. 304 attack percentage to keep its perfect record (6-0) against the River Hawks (2-18, 0-3).

“I thought we did a good job of controlling the ball,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “Our offense was fluid and efficient, which kept their defense off-balanced. Amanda (Dettmann) did a very nice job of running our offense and getting our middles going. It was a good response from the team and we are looking forward to playing a few home games this weekend.”

Sophomore Allison Hovie led the Bearcats with a match-high 13 kills. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann handed out 34 assists while adding 9 digs. Sophomore libero Bailey Walker recorded a match-high 21 digs after breaking the Binghamton single-match record on Friday night with 35. Senior Kristin Hovie and freshman Alexis LaGoy chipped in nine kills each.

Binghamton controlled the match throughout easing to a 1-0 advantage after winning the opening set 25-17. The Bearcats connected on 17 kills in the frame while holding the River Hawks to a .062 hitting clip. Sophomore middle Bianca Anderson led a balanced offense with three kills while three other Bearcats each added two.

The Rivers Hawks battled the Bearcats early in the second set, but a 6-1 Binghamton run opened a 16-8 advantage. BU never looked back cruising to a 25-14 win in the stanza. Allison Hovie sparked the Binghamton offense with four kills in the frame. Binghamton hit a match-best .398 during the frame to take a 2-0 lead into the break.

The Bearcats needed just 12 terminations in the third set to complete the sweep after eight UMass Lowell attack errors. The Hovie sisters combined for six kills igniting Binghamton to a 25-18 victory in the final frame. 

Binghamton finally returns to Vestal for its home opener on Friday, Oct. 10 against Hartford. The Bearcats begin a six-match homestand against the Hawks playing all of their home contests in a three-week span.

NOTES: Amanda Dettmann eclipsed 3,800 assists in her career against UMass Lowell… Will look to become just third player in program history to record 4,000 assists (Ashley Meffert 4,982, Sarah DeClemente 4,360).

Golf Gears Up For Home Event

Team aiming to win at Hiawatha

October 5, 2014


Golf Gears Up For Home Event

Senior Co Captain Josh Holling

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

APALACHIN, N.Y.—The Binghamton men’s golf team kicks off their home tournament today with an 18-hole round today, followed by 18 more rounds tomorrow. The Bearcats are competing at their home course, The Links at Hiawatha Landing, and are looking for their first win of the fall season.

All seven Bearcat golfers will compete today and tomorrow, with Josh Holling leading the crew as head coach Bernie Herceg’s number-one. Following him on the Binghamton scorecard is Jesse Perkins, Kyle Wambold, Jack Sedgewick, and Sameer Kalia. Cal Addy and Stephen Mincone will be competing as individuals.

This is the team’s fourth tournament of the season, their highest placing so far has been sixth at the Colgate Fall Invitational. Play begin’s at 9:08 a.m. and will continue throughout the day. Addy will start the Bearcats off at 9:40 a.m., with a new Bearcat starting every eight minutes after that.

Men’s soccer beats Hartford 1-0 in AE opener

Steve Celeste nets game winner in 12th minute

October 4, 2014


Men’s soccer beats Hartford 1-0 in AE opener

Logan Roberts

Final Stats

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

VESTAL, N.Y. – Senior forward Steve Celeste scored in the 12th minute, leading Binghamton (3-8-0, 1-0-0 AE) to a 1-0 win over Hartford (4-4-2, 0-1-0 AE) in an America East men’s soccer game on Saturday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The victory gave the Bearcats their second conference-opening win in three seasons.

Celeste finished off a cross to net his first goal of the year. The assists went to freshman Ben Ovetsky who fired a long pass from the left sideline, and Derrick Ladeairous, who took the pass and crossed in front to Celeste.

On defense, the Bearcats recorded their second shutout of the season. Sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes made three saves in the process.

“I thought we got a complete game today,” head coach Paul Marco said. “We played extremely well from the first whistle to the last whistle. I thought it was a very good match and a great college soccer game to watch.”

Hartford finished the game with a 10-7 edge in shots.

Binghamton is home next Saturday at 1 p.m. against New Hampshire.

Women’s soccer blanks UMass Lowell 4-0

Nuss tallies two goals, assist as Bearcats remain unbeaten in conference play

October 4, 2014


Women’s soccer blanks UMass Lowell 4-0

Senior midfielder Emily Nuss

Box Score

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Senior midfielder Emily Nuss produced two goals and five points and Binghamton women’s soccer (5-6-1, 1-0-1 AE) scored twice in each half en route to a 4-0 win over visiting UMass Lowell (4-8, 1-2 AE) Sunday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The win kept BU unbeaten in America East play heading into a pair of road games.

“Any win is a good win,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “Everyone is jockeying for position and getting points early in the season are a big deal. I thought the team did a great job. We’ve been working real hard on combination play, holding balls up top and scoring ... and it was only a matter of time before we found the net like this. We were able to do what we wanted on both sides of the ball ... and that’s important going forward into some tough games.”

Nuss struck in the fifth minute to open the scoring. She picked up a loose ball about 40 yards out and dribbled down the middle before unleashing a 22-yard shot that found the right netting.

The junior forward tandem of Samantha Crane and Stephani Church combined for BU’s second goal in the 25th minute. On the left wing, Crane spun past her defender and pushed a square ball into the middle where a rushing Church touched it once and with the Lowell keeper charging, Church calmly slotted a right-footer into the lower right corner. It was Church’s third tally of the season. 

The score remained 2-0 until the 79th minute when Nuss converted again. Redshirt freshman Jacque Rice fed first-year forward Patricia Hanley down the left wing. Hanley’s cross eluded the Lowell defender and landed at the foot of Nuss, who settled it and blasted a shot from 12 yards into the left corner. Just over five minutes later, Nuss nearly had the hat trick when her 25-yard laser banked off the crossbar.

“I was really proud of Emily’s (Nuss) performance today,” McClellan said. “She played hard and was dominant in the midfield ... and the way she struck the ball ... she was feeling it. She had a great game.”

Freshman midfielder Valerie McNamara finished the scoring in the 85th minute, heading in a Nuss corner kick at the far post for her first collegiate goal.

Senior Gaby Gold and freshman Katie Hatziyianis split halves to share the shutout. Gold made two saves in the opening frame and Hatziyianis finished off their third combined shutout with one save in the second half.

Binghamton held an 18-8 shots advantage in the physical game that drew 28 fouls. 

The Bearcats begin the first of two straight road games when the team travels to meet Hartford at noon on Thursday.

NOTES
Blanking UML by a 4-0 score for the second straight season, Binghamton improved to 4-0 all-time against the River Hawks ... Nuss became the first BU player since 2007 (7 years) to record a five-point game (2 goals, 1 assist).

 

Cross country competes at Lehigh Paul Short Run

Hausamann 41st in men’s Gold Race, Hatcher 13th in women’s Brown Race

October 4, 2014


Cross country competes at Lehigh Paul Short Run

Alexis Hatcher

Men's Gold Race Results

Women's Brown Race Results

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

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Junior Ethan Hausamann was 41st in the men’s Gold Race and fellow junior Alexis Hatcher was 13th in the women’s Brown Race, highlighting the Binghamton cross country teams’ performances at the Lehigh Paul Short Run on Saturday. The Bearcat men were 18th out of 42 teams in their event while the women were 10th out of 40 squads.

The Lehigh Paul Short Run attracts many of the top cross country programs in the East as well as other programs from the South and Midwestern parts of the country. Each year, there are four men’s and women’s races at the event. The Gold Race is the most competitive and the Brown Race is next in line.

Hausamann covered the men’s 8,000-meter course in a time of 24:40. In the process, he recorded the third-highest finish ever by a Bearcat runner in the Gold race. Erik van Ingen, who was a two-time NCAA qualifier, was 17th in 2009 and was a program-best eighth the following year.

Junior Matt Johnson was 71st overall (24:57), senior Jesse Garn was 87th (25:06), senior Andrew Roache was 143rd (25:32) and junior Nate Kozyra was 178th (25:43).

There were 358 finishers in the men’s gold race, with the winning time of 23:38 being turned in by Mike Biwatt of American International. Navy won the team title with 95 points.

Hatcher, meanwhile, recorded a time of 22:01 for the 6,000-meter course. Sophomores Alana MacDonald and Eileen O’Hara were 89th and 91st respectively (with times of 23:06 and 23:07), freshman Allison Davis was 94th (23:09) and junior Anna Corrigan was 104th (23:16).

Amy Regan of Stevens Institute won the 360-runner race with a time of 20:42. In the process, she finished 49 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Bucknell, meanwhile, won the team title with 81 points.

Up next for the BU men’s team is the Princeton Invitational on Oct. 18. The Bearcat women, meanwhile, are at the Albany Invitational the same day.

New Hampshire Outlasts Volleyball In Five Sets

Hovie sisters combine for 23 kills to lead Bearcats

October 3, 2014


New Hampshire Outlasts Volleyball In Five Sets

Box Score

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

DURHAM, N.H. - The Binghamton volleyball team battled New Hampshire throughout five sets, but fell to the defending America East champions, Friday night from Lundholm Gymnasium. The Bearcats (3-15, 1-1 AE) were unable to hold off the Wildcats (9-10, 2-0 AE) as the two teams played their second five-set match in their last two meetings.

Sisters Allison and Kristin Hovie led the Bearcats with 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Freshman Alexis LaGoy added 10 kills for Binghamton, who was limited to a .157 hitting clip. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann handed out 44 assists while adding 16 digs. Sophomore libero Bailey Walker set a Binghamton single-match record with 35 digs, surpassing the mark set by Brianna Strong (34) in 2009.

Binghamton took a thrilling opening set 26-24 thanks to an opportunistic offense and an inefficient New Hampshire attack. The Bearcats withstood 16 kills by the Wildcats limiting UNH to a .115 hitting percentage after 11 attack errors by the reigning America East champions. LaGoy and Anderson combined for seven kills in the set leading Binghamton to a .205 hitting clip. The Bearcats fell behind 20-12 late in the frame, but ignited for an 8-0 run to even the set at 20. After three straight UNH points and a Bearcat timeout, Binghamton received back-to-back kills from Anderson to take set-point. A termination by Dettmann sealed the 1-0 advantage for the Bearcats.

New Hampshire controlled most of the second set in route to a 25-18 victory, leveling the match at one game apiece. Binghamton was limited to a .055 hitting clip after committing eight attack errors. The Wildcats pushed out to a sizeable advantage for the second set in a row opening up a 19-12 lead. Three kills by Kristin Hovie helped the Bearcats pull within three, 21-18, but UNH was too efficient connecting on 14 kills and just two attack errors.

In an evenly played third set, the Bearcats prevailed to take a pivotal 2-1 lead in the match. An Allison Hovie kill handed Binghamton a 9-5 lead, but a 5-1 UNH run gave the Wildcats a 13-12 advantage. The two teams battled back-and-forth before kills by Anderson and Allison Hovie gave the Bearcats some breathing room, 19-16, forcing an UNH timeout. Following kills from the Hovie sisters, Binghamton forced a second Wildcat timeout, eventually taking the set 25-20.

Binghamton dropped the fourth set 25-21, seeing its 2-1 lead evaporate with the match being extended to a fifth set. New Hampshire controlled the fifth set from the beginning jumping out to a 4-0 lead. The Bearcats used both timeouts midway through the set, but it wasn’t enough as New Hampshire took the fifth frame 15-7 and the match 3-2.

The Bearcats travel to the Boston-area for a meeting with UMass Lowell on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m.

BU Basketball Games to be carried by Town Square Media

Bearcats and major radio corporation partnership is now in its 15th year

October 3, 2014


BU Basketball Games to be carried by Town Square Media

Roger Neel interviewing Jordan Reed

WNBF Website

BU Men's Basketball Schedule

BU Women's Basketball Schedule

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

VESTAL, N.Y.- For the 15th consecutive year, both the Binghamton men’s and women’s basketball teams will have all of their home and away games aired by Town Square Media. WNBF AM 1290 will serve as the primary station while WYOS AM 1360 will be the alternate station in the event of a preemption.

Roger Neel will begin his 16th season as the play-by-play voice of the men’s basketball team while Tim Heiman starts his third season as the women’s broadcaster.

“News Radio 1290, WNBF is once again very proud to be broadcasting Binghamton Bearcats Men’s and Women’s Basketball,” Town Square Media Market Manager Marybeth Walsh said. “WNBF is committed to our local community.  We’re looking forward to a great season and are happy to be the Radio Voice of the Binghamton Bearcats.”

“We are very happy to continue our partnership with Town Square Media,” Binghamton Athletic Director Patrick Elliott said. “They have made a longstanding commitment to supporting our basketball programs and we are looking forward to a great season working with them again.”

Bearcat fans not in the Binghamton area will once again be able to listen to each radio broadcast at bubearcats.com. In addition, all home games will be streamed via live video at bubearcats.com and include the Town Square Media audio.

Men’s soccer opens conference play against Hartford

Bearcats host Hawks on Saturday at 7 p.m.

October 3, 2014


Men’s soccer opens conference play against Hartford

Jamie Forbes

Live Stats

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STORY LINES

- Binghamton (2-8-0, 0-0-0 AE) lost 1-0 at Hofstra on Tuesday evening. Sophomore forward Alex Varkatzas continues to lead the team with two goals and four points. Junior forward Luca Bottoni and sophomore back Charlie Novorth each have a goal and an assist.

- Hofstra (4-3-2, 0-0-0 AE) defeated Central Connecticut 3-1 on Tuesday night at home. Javoni Simms leads a balanced attack with six total points (two goals and a pair of assists). In goal, David MacKinnon has recorded three shutouts so far this season.

- The series between the two teams is tied at 6-6-2. Last year, Binghamton played Hartford to a scoreless tie on the road Oct. 19. In the America East quarterfinals, however, Javoni Simms scored in overtime to lead the host Hawks to a 1-0 win. 

- Defensively, the Bearcats have allowed one goal or fewer in eight of their first 10 matches. This includes a 2-0 shutout victory over Niagara on Sept. 7.

- Robert Moewes’ 11-save performance against Syracuse on Sept. 23 marked the eighth time in Binghamton’s Division I era that a goalkeeper has stopped at least 10 shots.

Volleyball Visits UMass Lowell Sunday Afternoon

Bearcats look to bounce back after tough five-set loss at UNH Friday night

October 2, 2014


Volleyball Visits UMass Lowell Sunday Afternoon

Sophomore Allison Hovie

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

MATCH #19: Binghamton at UMass Lowell
MATCH TIME: Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014; 1 p.m.
MATCH SITE: Costello Athletic Center (Lowell, Mass.)
SERIES RECORD: Binghamton leads, 5-0
LAST MEETING: Binghamton won, 3-0; Nov. 15, 2013
Live Stats | Live Video

VESTAL, N.Y. – Coming off its best week of the season, the Binghamton volleyball team wraps up its 19-match road trip to begin the year with excursions to New Hampshire and UMass Lowell this weekend. The Bearcats (3-14, 1-0 AE) head to Durham on Friday, Oct. 3 for a matchup with the defending champion Wildcats before heading to the Boston area for a meeting with the River Hawks on Sunday, Oct. 5.

BINGHAMTON OUTLOOK
The Bearcats are riding high after winning back-to-back matches for the first time in 2014. Binghamton swept Cornell in Ithaca before heading to the Capital District for their America East opener against Albany. The two SUNY rivals battled for five sets before Binghamton finally prevailed to begin conference play 1-0. Against Cornell, the Bearcats snapped a seven-match losing streak, their second one of the season.

Sophomore Allison Hovie’s returned to Binghamton’s lineup against Cornell after missing the previous two weeks due to injury. Against Cornell Hovie recorded a match-high 13 kills before tying her career-high with 19 kills against Albany propelling the Bearcats to a 2-0 week.

Freshman Alexis LaGoy picked up Binghamton’s first America East weekly accolade of the year earning Rookie of the Week honors after registering a league-high .441 hitting percentage. LaGoy has started every match for Binghamton in 2014 and recorded season-highs of a .750 hitting percentage and 5.0 total blocks. The Baldwinsville, N.Y. native recorded her third double-digit kill performance of the year against Albany with 11 terminations.

Binghamton’s offense is led by Hovie, who is averaging a team-best 3.03 kills per set. The younger Hovie ranks second on the team with 2.61 digs per set and third with 13 service aces. Junior right side Megan Burgess ranks among the league’s top 10 in hitting percentage (.252) and kills (2.66 k/s). LaGoy ranks third in the conference with her .300 attack percentage. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann is dishing out 8.80 assists per set while leading the team with 21 aces. Sophomore libero Bailey Walker is fourth in the league with 4.57 digs per set and second on the team with 19 aces.

As a unit, Binghamton ranks among the conference’s top five in kills (11.16 k/s), attack percentage (.159), assists (10.41 a/s), service aces (1.38 sa/s) and blocks (1.70 b/s).

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE
The Wildcats enter Friday’s match with an 8-10 overall record and 1-0 in America East. New Hampshire is coming off a pair of sweeps over the UMass Lowell and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Senior defensive specialist Katie Sattora notched a career-high 24 digs, including 18 in the second set, to hinder the UML offense to a .024 attack percentage. Against the Highlanders, junior right side hitter Brenna Buckwalter notched her second double-double of the season with 12 kills and 12 digs on the strength of a match-high .474 clip.

Junior outside hitter Tori Forrest continues to carry the team in kills per set with a 3.04 average, followed closely by classmate Abby Brinkman (Brecksville, Ohio), registering 2.42. Senior setter Taylor Dunklau pushes the offense forward for the Wildcats with 9.40 assists per set. Junior defensive specialist Madison Lightfoot paces the backline, recording 4.82 digs per set. New Hampshire records 12.09 kps while hitting .203 as a team.

SCOUTING UMASS LOWELL
The River Hawks (2-16, 0-1 AE) picked up their second win of the season over NJIT after falling to New Hampshire their conference opener last weekend. Earlier in the week, UMass Lowell fell to Northeast Conference member Bryant in four sets. The Bulldogs defeated Binghamton earlier in the season in similar fashion at the Akron Invitational.

UMass Lowell is led by freshman outside hitter Masha Yelsukova, who is averaging a team-best 2.77 kills per set. Seniors Ella Merrill and Anisa Smith are chipping in 2.66 and 2.43 kills per set, respectively. Defensively, senior libero Hannah Rey ranks second in the conference with 4.89 digs per set.

Binghamton owns a perfect 5-0 record against UMass Lowell after sweeping the season series in 2013. Prior to that the two teams met on the Division II level three times as members of the NECC.

UP NEXT
Binghamton finally returns to Vestal for its home opener on Friday, Oct. 10 against Hartford. The Bearcats begin a six-match homestand against the Hawks playing all of their home contests in a three-week span.

Baseball holds 13th Annual Scout Day

Representatives from 11 MLB teams on hand as Bearcats run pro workout

October 2, 2014


Baseball holds 13th Annual Scout Day

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Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Two-time defending America East champion Binghamton baseball held its 13th Annual Scout Day Wednesday afternoon at the baseball complex. Representatives from 10 Major League Baseball teams plus the Scouting Bureau were on hand as the team was put through a standard pro-style workout that included timed 60-yard dashes, infield and outfield defense, batting practice and pitching sessions.

“This is our chance as a staff to invite the professional people here on campus and have them take a look at our guys and their skill sets,” 23rd-year head coach Tim Sinicki said. “For some guys it might be a year they are draft eligible and are ready to get picked in June, but for other guys who are maybe sophomores or freshmen it’s just getting on somebody’s radar.”

The Bearcats have had 18 players in the last eight years sign professional contracts. Last June, all-star center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz was taken in the 28th round of the 2014 Draft by Los Angeles. Former ace Mike Augliera was picked in the fifth round of the 2012 Draft by Oakland and just completed his 2014 season at Double-A Portland, helping that team earn Eastern League runnerup honors. Murphy Smith, the 2009 America East Pitcher of the Year, was selected by Oakland in the 15th round that year. Smith has played the last two seasons for Double-A Midland, helping the Rockhounds win the Texas League title last month.

Binghamton is finishing up its abbreviated fall season and will open its spring campaign with a series at SEC member and 18-time NCAA participant Auburn on February 13-15. Sinicki returns 19 letterwinners from BU’s 2014 championship team.


Binghamton MLB Draft Picks
1990 – Dan Gray, C (Los Angeles Dodgers, 7th Round), Dirk Gorman, OF (Los Angeles Dodgers, 48th Round)
2001 – Jeff Montani, RHP (Baltimore Orioles, 37th Round)
2008 – Jeff Dennis, LHP (Oakland Athletics, 40th Round)
2009 – Murphy Smith, RHP (Oakland Athletics, 13th Round)
2010 – Henry Dunn, OF (Cleveland Indians, 50th Round)
2012 – Mike Augliera, RHP (Boston Red Sox, 5th Round), Lee Sosa, RHP (Oakland Athletics, 26th Round)
2014 – Bill Bereszniewicz, OF (Los Angeles Dodgers,28th Round)

Softball Earns NFCA Team All-Academic Honors

Six Bearcats from 2014 squad also named NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes

October 2, 2014


Softball Earns NFCA Team All-Academic Honors

As a team, BU ranked No. 37 in the nation with a 3.39 GPA during the 2014 season

NFCA Individual Scholar Athletes

NFCA All-Academic Teams

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

VESTAL, N.Y.—The National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA) has released its list of 2014 All-America Scholar-Athletes, which includes six selections from the Binghamton softball team. In addition, the Bearcats earned the NFCA’s All-Academic Team Award after posting a 3.39 combined GPA for the 2013-14 academic year, a mark which ranked No. 37 overall among NCAA Division I softball programs.

In order to earn NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete honors, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore status and have posted at least a 3.50 GPA for the academic year in consideration. For All-Academic Team status, a combined GPA of 2.90 was the cutoff point.

Of Binghamton’s six selections, Jessica Bump, Mikala King, Colleen Dougherty, Demi Laney and Lisa Cutrona were seniors on the 2014 squad. Current junior pitcher Stephanie Arneson was the other pick.

“I am proud of our student athletes for making their academics a priority here,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “They work extremely hard both on and off the field and the recognition shows a lot about the overall quality of academics at Binghamton.  We have a great academic success center for our athletes that really provides them the support needed to be successful in classroom.”

Since 2010, Binghamton has posted 37 NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete selections. It has also earned the team honor five consecutive years.

During the 2014 season, the Bearcats advanced to the America East Tournament for the third time in four seasons. They placed third at that event for the second consecutive year.

 

Men’s soccer to hold “Pack the House” Day Oct. 11

Bearcats to also hold post-game clinic following game

October 1, 2014


Men’s soccer to hold “Pack the House” Day Oct. 11

The Oct. 11 "Pack the House" game will be followed by a post-game clinic and autograph session

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

VESTAL, N.Y.— The Binghamton men’s soccer team will hold its “Pack the House Day” on Saturday. Oct. 11 when it hosts New Hampshire at 1 p.m.  Sponsored by the 44 locally-owned SUBWAY Restaurants, fans will be able to pick up free ticket coupons for the game.

Coupons are available now at all Binghamton area SUBWAY restaurants. The first 1,000 coupons redeemed at the Events Center box office will receive free tickets compliments of SUBWAY. Coupons can be redeemed weekdays at the Events Center box office from 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.

The marks the second consecutive season that the Binghamton men’s soccer team hosted a “Pack the House” event. Last year’s game against St. Bonaventure marked the first time.

In addition, the men’s soccer team will hold a post-game clinic and autograph session immediately following the game. The event, which is open to attendees sixth grade and under, will also take place at the Bearcats Sports Complex and is weather permitting. To reserve a spot, please contact Erin Moore at emmoore@binghamton.edu or 607-777-3741.

America East Announces 2014-15 TV Schedule

Pair of Bearcat men’s games and one women’s game scheduled to be aired on ESPN3

September 30, 2014


America East Announces 2014-15 TV Schedule

Jordan Reed

America East Conference Release

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

VESTAL, N.Y. – The America East Conference has released its 2014-15 TV schedule, which has the Binghamton basketball teams making a combined total of at least three regular-season appearances on ESPN3.

The Bearcat men’s game at Albany on Wednesday, Jan. 14 is part of the America East TV package as well as its Feb. 3 home contest against Hartford. On the women’s side, the conference will produce the Feb. 14 game against New Hampshire at the Events Center. All three games will air live on ESPN3.

The America East Conference also has four wildcard games scheduled for the end of the regular season. The men’s games are on Feb. 25 and Feb. 28 while the women’s dates are Feb. 26 and March 1. The BU men do not play on Feb. 25 but the women will be in action on both scheduled dates. All of those games will also be aired on ESPN3.

In addition, the America East will carry all six America East women’s basketball tournament games from the Events Center on March 7-8. Both of the men’s semifinal games, which also take place March 8, are also on the television schedule. All eight games will also be on ESPN3.

This year’s men’s conference championship game will air live on ESPN2 on Saturday, March 14 at 11 a.m. The women’s title game will be on Friday, March 13 at 4:30 p.m.

Since 2003, the Binghamton men’s team has had 36 games as part of the America East television package. The women, meanwhile, have had 20 such games.

LaGoy Named America East Rookie Of The Week

Freshman from Baldwinsville, N.Y. earns first award of the year for Bearcats

September 29, 2014


LaGoy Named America East Rookie Of The Week

Freshman Alexis LaGoy

America East Release

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman middle hitter Alexis LaGoy earned the first America East weekly award of the year for the Binghamton volleyball team, as announced by the conference on Monday. LaGoy propelled Binghamton to a 2-0 week, its first winning streak of the season and a 1-0 start in conference play.

“Alexis has been a great addition to our team,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “She has been one of our most consistent performers throughout the season and has done a solid job in the middle. I’m proud of the way we played last week and happy to see our players get recognized for their hard work.”

LaGoy registered a league-high .441 hitting percentage for the week after connecting on 17 kills while committing just two attack errors. The first-year starter from Baldwinsville, N.Y. was also strong at the net recording eight total blocks during the week.

LaGoy, who has started every match in 2014, helped Binghamton snap a seven-match losing streak after its straight-set victory over Cornell last Tuesday. The Bearcats ended its second seven-game skid in Ithaca thanks to season-highs of a .750 hitting clip and five total blocks from LaGoy.

Against Albany, LaGoy recorded her third double-digit kill match of the season with 11 in her first-ever America East match. In Binghamton’s first five-setter of the season, LaGoy committed just two attack errors en route to a .346 attack percentage. It was the ninth time during the season that LaGoy registered at least a .300 hitting percentage.

The two-time New York State Class AA champion ranks third in the league with a .300 attack percentage and is the only freshman among the top 10. LaGoy is one of two Binghamton players in the top 10, as sophomore Megan Burgess is sixth in the league with a .252 hitting clip.

Binghamton continues its 19-match road trip to begin the season this weekend with matches at New Hampshire and UMass Lowell. The Bearcats will face the defending champion Wildcats in Durham on Friday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. before making the quick trip to Boston for its match with the River Hawks on Sunday, Sept. 5.

10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Kerry O’Shaughnessy

Freshman midfielder played in eight games, began her career with a title

September 29, 2014


10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Kerry O’Shaughnessy

Flashback: The NCAA season of 2004

Spotlight: Tricia Reed

Spotlight: Lauren Massey

Spotlight: Caitlin O'Shaughnessy

Spotlight: Deli Plourde

Spotlight: Tatiana Mathelier

Spotlight: Katie Kerrigan

Spotlight: Meghan Taylor

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:
Kerry O’Shaughnessy
Then: Freshman midfielder
Now:  Account supervisor for BioScience Communications in New York City


What do you recall about the team heading into that 2004 season?
Coming in as a freshman that year, the first thing that struck me was how close the team was. Without missing a beat, the girls showed up to preseason and seemed to pick up right where they left off - both on the field and off. In between triple and double sessions, everyone would be hanging out and laughing and then during practice everyone gave it their all, and supported each other through the grueling August heat. And last but not least, the most vivid memory I have from preseason is my sister (and senior at the time), Caitlin, screaming at me to cross the finish line of the dreaded “Cooper” fitness test. I credit her with me passing.

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 think of any moment in particular, but I do recall no one ever giving up hope or being ready to admit defeat. Even if we were down a goal with 30 seconds left, the girls on the field never stopped running and the ones on the side lines never stopped cheering. Everyone was confident that it could be done.

What do you remember about hosting the tournament ... the days preceding your two games, the fans, celebration?
Excitement. I was proud walking around campus in my Bearcat gear and always loved hearing the good luck wishes from fellow students and faculty. Seeing the packed stands on game days always added an extra layer of excitement and a boost of energy.

What are your memories of the trip and game at Penn State?
Tat (Mathelier) scoring the first goal of the game in the first minute! I also remember just having a blast with my teammates and enjoying every minute. We kept reminding ourselves that there were many other teams out there who were done for the season but we still had a chance to continue playing. We had worked so hard to get where we were and wanted to make the most out of the whole experience.

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?
In general, the structure and discipline that soccer provided me throughout my life offered more opportunities than I could ever imagine. I have also met life-long friends that I know I could count on to be there for me at a moment’s notice. That America East championship set the tone for my four years at Binghamton. I continued to give my all, both athletically and academically for my entire time at Binghamton. I knew it was possible to achieve success with a strong work ethic and determination because I had seen it first hand. I worked harder than I ever had before and earned a starting spot my sophomore year. As a freshman being to experience an America East championship, I wanted to work just as hard for the next three years in hopes that I could give the underclassmen after me that same experience that I had. Unfortunately we weren’t able to get there again, but we never stopped trying. Most college athletes will never know what its like to win a conference championship, and I consider myself so lucky to have witnessed it. Even more lucky than most, since I got to share the experience with my sister, who is and has always been, my mentor, my coach (scariest one I ever had!), and my best friend.

What have you been doing since graduation?
My marketing internship at the Binghamton Mets during my senior year turned into a full time summer position as Community Relations Coordinator. After finishing out the season, I returned home and began working in Medical Communications. I have been working in Medical Communications for about six years, and am now working as an Account Supervisor for BioScience Communications in New York City. I currently reside in Hoboken, NJ with my husband Vincent.

Golf Finishes Patriot Intercollegiate

Wambold's day helps the team jump two spots on day two

September 29, 2014


Golf Finishes Patriot Intercollegiate

Kyle Wambold

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

LORTON, V.A.—With the 2014 Patriot Intercollegiate in the books, the Binghamton golf team found themselves in a better spot than they had been the day before. The team shot a collective 291 (+7) on day two, improving each round of the tournament, to finish in 14th place with a score of 898 (+46). “It was good to rebound today,” explained Head Coach Bernie Herceg. “The guys were disappointed after round one, so we had a team meeting yesterday and they came out more focused today.”

Kyle Wambold stepped up in a big way today, firing a career-low 69 (-2) in round three to lead the Bearcats. The sophomore’s day was a 14-shot improvement from his first round, and tied for the 11th best round among all in the tournament. “He’s been playing really solid,” remarked Herceg. “He had an off round yesterday, where he had some bad shots and it kind of escalated. For him to go out and shoot a 69 is great, but it’s not shocking with how he’s been practicing.”

Binghamton’s most steady golfer of the tournament was Jesse Perkins. For the third round in a row he had one of the top two rounds for the Bearcats, this time by hitting a season-best 71 (E). The junior finished very strong by firing five birdies on the back nine today. His overall score of 219 (+6) was the lowest of all Bearcats, as he finished up in 25th place among all golfers for the 54-hole tournament. “He’s been striking the ball very well in tournament play, and he’s been getting his putter on track. If we can get him to putt like he did on the back nine today, he’s going to do very well,” admits Herceg.

Jack Sedgewick also rebounded from a tough day-one to hit a 74 (+3), his best round of the tournament. Josh Holling and Stephen Mincone each fired a 77 (+6). Holling finished second among all Binghamton golfers with a 224 (+11, 45th place) over the three-round tournament. Cal Addy shot a personal-best 76 (+5) after participating as an individual in the event.

Missouri took home the championship for the George Mason-hosted event, as they shot a collective 851 (-1) to finish ahead of second place Marshall (854, +2).

Binghamton returns to action on Sunday for their home tournament, played at The Links at Hiawatha Landing. Last year the team finished in third place out of 13 teams, and Herceg and the team are aiming to win the event. “The guys are all hitting the ball well. We have the potential to win, and we made that a goal of ours. We’re going to try to get some decent rounds under our belt and feed off of the positives.”

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Men’s soccer loses 1-0 at Hofstra

Pride nets game winner in 81st minute

September 29, 2014


Men’s soccer loses 1-0 at Hofstra

Tommy Moon

Final Stats

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

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Daniel Grundei scored in the 81st minute, leading Hofstra (4-3-2) to a 1-0 win over Binghamton (2-8-0) in a non-conference men’s soccer game on Tuesday night at the Hofstra Soccer Stadium. The game marked the Bearcats’ final contest before starting America East play this weekend.

Grundei’s goal, which was his first of the season, came off a rebound in front of the goal. Elliott Firth was credited with the assist.

The Bearcats stages a furious rally in the closing minutes to try and get the equalizer. They fired a pair of shots and got two corner kicks in the final eight minutes of regulation. Still, they were unable to find the back of the net.

“I am gutted by the outcome because I thought our guys played well tonight,” head coach Paul Marco said. “We created some very good chances both in the run of play as well as on set pieces.”

Hofstra outshot the Bearcats 15-7 for the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes made six saves.

Binghamton’s opening conference game is at home on Saturday against Hartford at 7 p.m.

Golf Completes First Two Rounds Of Patriot Intercollegiate

Holling and Perkins keep the Bearcats in contention

September 28, 2014


Golf Completes First Two Rounds Of Patriot Intercollegiate

Jesse Perkins

LIVE STATS

TEAM SCOREBOARD
INDIVIDUAL SCOREBOARD

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

Lorton, V.A.—The Binghamton Golf team finished the first 36-holes of the Patriot Intercollegiate, hosted by George Mason. The team shot a collective 607 (+39), and is currently tied with St. Thomas Aquinas in 16th place. While the team’s start hasn’t been ideal, they are still in the mix, as they currently sit only nine strokes back of 12th place teams Longwood and Villanova. Missouri currently leads the field with a 570 (+2). The only team within ten strokes of the Tigers is Marshall, at 573 (+5).

Keeping the Bearcats afloat today was Josh Holling and Jesse Perkins. Holling, a senior, shot a 74 (+3) and 73 (+2) on day one for a team-best overall score of 147 (+5). The Horseheads native sits in 27th place among all golfers competing in the 54-hole tournament.

Likewise, Perkins finds himself well off after day one. He tied Holling in round one with a score of 74 (+3). He followed that up with another 74, giving him a 148 (+6) through 36 holes. He will begin day-two in 32nd place.

Following Holling and Perkins on the Bearcats’ scorecard is Stephen Mincone (156, +14), Kyle Wambold (157, +15), and Jack Sedgewick (167, +25). Cal Addy (164, +22) is also participating in the tournament as an individual.

Play resumes tomorrow morning at 8:15 a.m.

Women’s Tennis Competes at Army Invitational

DiMuro goes 4-1, wins Flight 1 Singles Consolation Flight

September 28, 2014


Women’s Tennis Competes at Army Invitational

Paulina Tafler

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

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Sophomore Annie DiMuro won the consolation final in the Flight 1 singles bracket, highlighting the Binghamton women’s tennis team’s performance at the Army Invitational this past weekend. There was no team scoring at the three-day event, which concluded on Sunday afternoon.
After dropping her opening match, DiMuro reeled off four straight wins to win the Flight 1 singles consolation bracket. She defeated Arielle Griffin of UMass 8-4 in the finals to improve her singles record to 6-2 on the season.

Junior Sara Kohtz, meanwhile, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Flight 2 singles bracket. She won her first two matches before losing 2-6, 6-2, 18-16 to Breanna Brachini of Syracuse.

In doubles play, DiMuro and freshman Paulina Tafler advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Flight B doubles bracket. They too won their first two matches before losing 8-7 (7-5) to Nancy Porter and Elle Taylor of Army.

Binghamton heads to the Buffalo Invitational Oct. 10-12.

Flight 1 Singles Main Draw

Singles Round of 32
Marine Dans (LIU) def. Annie DiMuro (BING) 6-4,6-3

Flight 1 Singles Consolation

1st round
Annie DiMuro (BING) def. Elliesa Ball (FORDHAM) 8-1
2nd round
Annie DiMuro (BING) had a bye
Quarterfinal round
Annie DiMuro (BING) def. Karly Pang (MARIST) 8-0
Semifinal round
Annie DiMuro (BING) def. Udina Aquarian-Halagian (ST. PETER’S) 8-1
Final Round
Annie DiMuro (BING) def. Arielle Griffin (UMASS) 8-4

Flight 2 Singles Main Draw

Round of 32
Abby Farrell (LEHIGH) def. Shea Brodsky (BING) 6-1, 5-7, 10-8
(6) Sara Kohtz (BING) def. Zaina Zaki (UCONN)  7-5, 6-1
Round of 16
(6) Sara Kohtz (BING) def. Louise Badoche (STONY) 6-2, 2-6, 10-5
Quarterfinal round
(5) Breanna Bachini (SYRACUSE) def. (6) Sara Kohtz (BING) 2-6, 6-2, 18-16

Flight 2 Singles Consolation

1st round
Shea Brodsky (BING) def. (7) Eva Sung (ARMY)  8-6
2nd round
Shea Brodsky (BING) had a bye
Quarterfinal round
Shea Brodsky (BING) def. Julie Leong (FORDHAM) 8-6
Semifinal round
Adey Osabouhien (STONY) def. Shea Brodsky (BING) 8-3

Flight 3 Singles Main Draw

Round of 32
Agatha Ambrozy (BING) def. (4) Summer Walker (UCONN)  6-3,7-5
Shea Flanagan (UCONN) def. Olga Ostrovetsky (BING) 6-4,6-0
Round of 16
Maya Parker (ARMY) def. Agatha Ambrozy (BING) 0-6, 6-3, 10-4

Flight 3 Singles Consolation

1st round
Destiny Grunin (FORDHAM) def. Olga Ostrovetsky (BING) 8-7 (7-4)

Flight 4 Singles

Round of 32
Paulina Tafler (BING) def. Claudia Hallman (ST. PETERS)  6-1, 6-1
Round of 16
(4) Kirsten Godau (LEHIGH) Def. Paulina Tafler, Bing 6-0,6-2

Other Singles Consolation Matches

Agatha Ambrozy (BING) def. Katie Seitz (MARIST) 8-4
Allyson Hayley (ARMY) def. Olga Ostrovetsky (BING) 8-3
Katie Kim (SETON HALL) def. Shea Brodsky (BING) 8-7 (9-7)
Paulina Tafler (BING) def. Nancy Zonneveld (LIU) 8-5

Flight A Doubles

Round of 32
Pang & Schmidt (MARIST) def. Ambrozy & Ostrovetsky (BING) 8-2

Flight B Doubles

Round of 32
DiMuro & Tafler (BING) def. Thompson& Wagener (LIU) 8-2
Round of 16
DiMuro & Tafler (BING) def. (4) Genkina & Novacek (FORDHAM) 8-3
Quarterfinal round
(7) Porter & Taylor (ARMY) def. DiMuro & Tafler (BING) 8-7 (7-5)

Doubles Consolation Matches
Ambrozy & Ostrovetsky (BING) def. Frankland & Prins (ARMY) 8-0
Glumac & Sala (ALBANY) def. Ambrozy & Ostrovetsky (BING) 8-4

Men’s tennis competes at Penn Invitational

Bearcats play Columbia, Buffalo, Drexel in non-counting duals

September 28, 2014


Men’s tennis competes at Penn Invitational

Sophomore Frenk Kote

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Binghamton men’s tennis played a series of non-counting duals at the Penn Invitational over the weekend, competing against Columbia, Drexel, Buffalo and a combination of players from Monmouth and the host Quakers.

The Invitational included teams from Penn, Binghamton, Buffalo, Columbia, Cornell, Drexel, Georgetown, Lehigh, Minnesota, Monmouth, Penn State, Princeton, Saint Joe’s, St. John’s, Temple, Yale and was held at the Hamlin Tennis Courts in Penn Park.

The Bearcats won all six matches against Drexel but lost all six against Columbia and dropped 11 of 12 matches against Buffalo. On Sunday, BU won seven of nine matches against a combined lineup of Monmouth and Penn.

Binghamton vs. Columbia

SINGLES
Ashok Narayana (C) def. Sid Hazarika (BU), 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
Eric Rubin (C) def. Robin Lesage (BU), 6-2, 6-1
Shawn Hadavi (C) def. Ismael Dinia (BU), 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
Richard Pham (C) def. Thomas Caputo (BU), 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3)

DOUBLES
Schnur/Vermeer (C) def. Shah/Kote (BU), 8-4
Ignat/Alda (C) def. Sacher/Notaris (BU), 8-6

Binghamton vs. Buffalo

SINGLES
Damien David (UB) def. Sid Hazarika (BU), 6-4, 7-5
Robin Lesage (BU) def. Pablo Alvarez (UB), 7-6 (1), 6-4
Sebastian Ionescu (UB) def. Ismael Dinia (BU), 6-3, 7-6 (8)
Sergio Arevalillo (UB) def. Thomas Caputo (BU), 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (12)
Akhil Mehta (UB) def. Vihar Shah (BU), 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (6)
Noah Hajdu-Andersson (UB) def. Frenk Kote (BU), 6-4, 6-4
Balaji Lakshmanan (UB) def. Doug Notaris (BU), 6-4, 6-2
Tony Miller (UB) def. Alex Sacher (BU), 6-1, 6-3

DOUBLES
Ionescu/Alvarez (UB) def. Shah/Kote (BU), 6-3
Hajdu-Andersson/Miller (UB) def. Sacher/Notaris (BU), 6-4
Mehta/David (UB) def. Lesage/Caputo (BU), 6-3
Hannestad/Arevalillo (UB) def. Hazarika/Dinia (BU), 7-6 (4)

Binghamton vs. Drexel

SINGLES
Sid Hazarika (BU) def.  Xabier Saavedra (D), 6-3, 6-1
Robin Lesage (BU) def. Alex Fioravante (D), 4-6, 6-0, 6-1
Ismael Dinia (BU) def. Dan Koehler (D), 6-3, 6-4
Thomas Caputo (BU) def. Kashyap Ashok (D), 6-1, 6-0

DOUBLES
Shah/Kote (BU) def.  Ouabdelmoumen/Hansen (D), 8-5
Sacher/Notaris (BU) def. Laalej/Subotic (D), 8-4

Binghamton vs. Monmouth/Penn

SINGLES
Sid Hazarika (BU) def. Przemyslaw Filipeck (M), 6-4, 7-5
Ismael Dinia (BU) def. Dan Harris (Penn), 6-4, 6-2
Thomas Caputo (BU) def. Austin Kaplan (Penn), 6-2, 7-5
Luke Adamus (M)) def. Vihar Shah (BU), 6-0, 6-3
Frenk Kote (BU) def. Bee Kumthonkittikul (M), 6-4, 1-6, 10-6
Doug Notaris (BU) def. Christian Vieira (M), 0-6, 6-3, 10-6

DOUBLES
Hazarika/Dinia (BU) def. Kaplan/Harris (Penn), 6-1
Shah/Kote (BU) def. Kumthonkittikul/Filipeck (M), 7-5
Vieira/Adamus (M) def. Sacher/Notaris (BU), 6-4

Golf Heads To George Mason

Team to participate in Patriot Intercollegiate

September 28, 2014


Golf Heads To George Mason

Jack Sedgewick

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

Lorton, V.A.—The Binghamton golf team will participate in the third annual Patriot Intercollegiate today and tomorrow. The tournament is a 54-hole event at Laurel Hills Golf Club, and is hosted by George Mason. The Bearcats will compete against 16 other teams, including George Mason, Delaware, Drexel, Fairleigh Dickinson, George Washington, IUP, James Madison, La Salle, Longwood, Marshall, Missouri, Seton Hall, St. Joseph’s, St. Thomas Aquinas, Villanova, and Wagner. Marshall returns as last year’s champion, as Marshall golfer Clarke Robinson was the individual medalist in 2013.

Sedgewick looks to stay hot
Binghamton senior Jack Sedgewick will look to continue with his hot hand into this tournament. Last week he shot a tournament best round of 69 on day two of the Cornell Invitational. The Bearcats will lean on the Ontario native to help the team get off to a good start for the first 36 holes today.

 

Men’s soccer loses 2-0 at Princeton

Tigers net pair of second-half goals

September 27, 2014


Men’s soccer loses 2-0 at Princeton

Steve Celeste

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

PRINCETON, N.J. – Thomas Sanner and Nico Hurtado each scored in the second half, leading Princeton (3-2-2) to a 2-0 win over Binghamton (2-7-0) in a non-conference men’s soccer game on Saturday afternoon at Roberts Stadium. The game marked the first-ever men’s soccer meeting between the two schools.

Both goals came off of throw-ins and were assisted by Cameron Porter. Sanner’s goal, which was his fourth of the year, came in the 64th minute. Hurtado’s goal, which came in the 80th minute, was his first of the season.

The Bearcats fired a pair of shots in the last four minutes in an attempt to get back in the game. They were unable, however, to find the back of the net.

“We created some chances in the first half but struggled at finishing today,” head coach Paul Marco said. “Princeton presented us with some pretty good challenges today that we had no answers for.”

Princeton finished the game with a 22-5 shot advantage.

The Bearcats head to Hofstra on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. non-conference game.

Volleyball Prevails Over Albany In America East Opener

Sophomore Allison Hovie ties a career-high with 19 kills in five-set thriller

September 26, 2014


Volleyball Prevails Over Albany In America East Opener

Senior Alexa Zbytniewski

Box Score

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Sophomore Allison Hovie recorded two service aces on Friday night and they came at the most important moment of the evening. Hovie rose to the occasion closing the match with back-to-back aces propelling Binghamton over Albany in its 2014 America East opener. The Bearcats fought off a pair of match-points to begin conference play 1-0 in the state’s capital.

“Those were some clutch serves,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “Allison’s serves are tough to handle and she executed when it mattered most. The match really could have gone either way, but I was really proud of the way we kept fighting. The energy on the court was crucial and I thought we kept it at a high level throughout.”

Despite being out hit .224-.168, the Bearcats excelled in the serve-receive game picking up 100 digs compared to the Great Danes’ 92 in a match that witnessed over 400 attack attempts. Binghamton edged Albany in kills (66-63), but committed 14 more attack errors. However, the Bearcats were able to fend off the Great Danes in the crucial moments.

“We kept a lot of balls in play tonight,” Kiriyama continued. “We hustled after every ball which created more opportunities for our offense. I can’t say enough about the effort our entire team gave tonight; it was a great team win.”

Allison Hovie tied her career-high of 19 kills, picking up her third double-double of the season adding 16 digs. Three other Bearcats registered double-digit kills as Bianca Anderson, Alexis LaGoy and Kristin Hovie each contributed critical points throughout the match. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann had a monster match with a season-high 52 assists and 15 digs. Sophomore libero Bailey Walker held down the back line with a career-high 33 digs, coming up one shy of the Binghamton single-game record. 

The opening frame set the stage for the entire match as neither team would allow the other to extend its lead to more than two. The Hovie sisters combined for eight of Binghamton’s 17 kills, leading the Bearcats to the 25-23 win in the first set. With the stanza tied at 22, kills by Allison Hovie and Dettmann coupled with an Albany error sprung the Bearcats to a 1-0 advantage.

The second set was controlled by Albany after an early back-and-forth battle. The first half of the frame witnessed eight ties and three lead changes before a quick 4-0 spurt by the Great Danes created separation. Back-to-back kills from the Hovie sisters trimmed the deficit to two, 13-11, but Albany responded with a backbreaking 12-2 run to end the set and even the match at one game apiece.

Binghamton responded in an extremely tight third set in which neither team allowed much breathing room as the frame was tied 19 times. Five terminations from the right arm of Allison Hovie propelled Binghamton to a 25-23 victory in the pivotal third set. The Bearcats took a late two-point advantage on Hovie’s fifth kill of the set, but Albany rallied to level the frame at 23. Consecutive kills from Megan Burgess and LaGoy handed Binghamton an essential third-set win.

Albany captured the fourth set 25-21, running out to an early lead before holding off a late Binghamton rally to extend the match to a fifth set. In the decisive fifth set, Albany saw a 7-5 advantage quickly evaporate after three straight kills by the Bearcats, two coming from LaGoy. The Great Danes fought back to regain the lead and hold match point, 14-12. However, an Allison Hovie kill coupled with an Albany error helped Binghamton fight off a pair of match-points and set up Hovie’s heroics.

The Great Danes controlled the net holding a 10.0-5.0 advantage in blocks, but struggled in the service game committing 10 service errors. Burgess recorded a career-high 10 digs helping the Binghamton defense keep critical rallies alive. LaGoy continued her excellent freshman season with 11 kills and a match-high .346 hitting percentage.

Binghamton is off for a week before they continue its two-month long road trip by heading to New Hampshire on Oct. 3. The Bearcats and defending America East champions Wildcats are scheduled for a 7 p.m. first serve in Durham. Binghamton then heads to UMass Lowell for a match with the River Hawks on Sunday, Oct. 5.

Women’s soccer peppers Maine but settles for 0-0 draw

Bearcats outshoot Black Bears 16-4 in America East opener, grab point in standings

September 26, 2014


Women’s soccer peppers Maine but settles for 0-0 draw

Junior forward Samantha Crane

Box Score

Highlights

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Despite a wide disparity in shots and possession, Binghamton women’s soccer had to settle for a 0-0 double overtime draw against Maine in its America East opener Sunday afternoon from the Bearcats Sports Complex.

Binghamton held a 16-4 shots margin, hit two crossbars and had a season-high nine corner kicks but couldn’t capitalize on its control of play throughout. 

“Our finishing just wasn’t there today,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “The quality of chances was good ... I don’t know how many times we hit crossbars and were one toe away from an open goal. It was a great battle and I thought we were a little unlucky to not come out on top, but we’ll take the point and move on.”

The Bearcats put constant pressure on Maine’s defense and had several golden opportunities, most notably shots off the crossbar in the first half and again in the first overtime. Maine stepped up with an offsides trap that induced a season-high 11 offsides whistles, a few of which negated breakway through balls. Black Bears keeper Claudia Dube-Trempe played aggressively in a near-sweeper position and picked off numerous feeds around the top of the box.

Binghamton’s back line stood firm all afternoon, notching the team’s third shutout of the season. Senior Gaby Gold didn’t have to record a save in the first half and freshman Katie Hatziyianis went the rest of the way (65 min.) and picked up two saves to complete the shared shutout. 

“Our back line stayed organized and didn’t allow Maine anything dangerous,” McClellan said. “We were committed to getting the shutout and that was a positive today.”

In the 26th minute, BU created its first strong scoring opportunity when junior forward Samantha Crane intercepted a pass deep in Maine’s end and pushed a through ball into the box from the right. A defender deflected it to junior forward Stephani Church, whose right-footed blast banked off the crossbar from 15 yards. Less than five minutes later, BU had two free kicks in succession - the first led to a near-miss header at the far post by sophomore midfielder Katie O’Neill and the second resulted in a shot wide from senior back Connie Gormley.

The Bearcats held a 5-1 edge in shots during the first half but were called offsides six times.

Midway through the second half, BU had two more close calls. Crane was taken down in the box with 20:30 remaining in regulation but drew no whistle. Just 1:28 later, the Bearcats pressured off a corner kick and O’Neill had a point-blank shot saved by Dube-Trempe on a diving deflection to her right. With 12:21 left, senior midfielder Emily Nuss intercepted an outlet pass from the keeper and attempted to send a 35-yard shot into the unoccupied goal but it didn’t have enough lift.

Early in the first overtime, Crane had a cross trapped and cleared just yards off the goal line and then junior forward Katherine Corcoran blistered a one-timer off the crossbar. In the final three minutes of the extra period, BU had two more chances with redshirt freshman Jacque Rice getting in deep against two defenders before losing the ball and then Church spinning and sending a 12-yard left-footed shot just wide.

Neither team had much left for the second overtime. 

Binghamton hosts UMass Lowell at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

NOTES
The 2014 season is BU’s 13th season of America East play ... The Bearcats lead the all-time series against Maine, 8-5-3 ... The Black Bears were picked third in the Coaches’ Preseason Poll. Binghamton was slotted seventh ... Each America East team plays eight conference games (1 point for ties, 3 pts. for wins) and the top six in the final standings advance to the postseason ... This season is the 10-year anniversary of BU’s conference-championship team of 2004 ... The Bearcats have advanced to the conference tournament in eight of the last 10 years.

Volleyball Begins America East Play At Albany

Bearcats and Great Danes rekindle rivalry Friday night at 7 p.m. in state's capital

September 26, 2014


Volleyball Begins America East Play At Albany

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MATCH INFORMATION
MATCH #17: Binghamton at Albany
MATCH TIME: Friday, Sept. 26, 2014; 7 p.m.
MATCH SITE: University Gymnasium (Albany, N.Y.)
SERIES RECORD: Albany leads, 21-9
LAST MEETING: Binghamton won, 3-0; Oct. 26, 2013
2014 RECORDS: Binghamton (2-14); Albany (2-10)

VESTAL, N.Y. – Riding a bit of momentum, the Binghamton volleyball team begins America East play Friday night against longtime SUNY rival Albany. The Bearcats, (2-14) who snapped a seven-match losing streak after sweeping Cornell Wednesday night, and the Great Danes are set for a 7 p.m. first serve from University Gymnasium in the state’s capital.

Prior to last season, Binghamton and Albany combined for the previous nine America East titles (Albany 6, Binghamton 3). Last season, each team earned straight-set victories on their home courts. The two SUNY institutions have met in the America East title match three times in the past six years. Albany holds a 21-9 advantage in head-to-head matchups since 2001.

Binghamton is playing its 17th straight match away from home and won’t step on its home floor until October 10. The Bearcats are 2-4 in true road contests in 2014. Binghamton is making its second trip to the Capital District in 2014, as the Bearcats earned a straight set victory at Siena on Sept. 9.

BINGHAMTON OUTLOOK
The Bearcats are coming off a straight set victory over Cornell earlier in the week, ending a seven-match skid that began on Sept. 13. Binghamton made the quick trip to Ithaca and handed the Big Red its sixth loss of the season. Cornell recently defeated Albany in four sets at the Syracuse Invitational on Sept. 21.

Sophomore Allison Hovie returned to the lineup and ignited Binghamton to the sweep of Cornell with a match-high 13 kills while adding nine digs. Hovie played for the first time in two weeks missing the Bearcats’ final two preseason tournaments. The 2013 All-Rookie selection last played in Binghamton’s victory over Siena. Junior Megan Burgess added 12 kills on a .462 hitting percentage. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann handed out a match-high 35 assists to go along with her eight digs.

Binghamton ranks among the top four in the conference in service aces (3rd, 1.43 sa/s), kills (4th, 10.96 k/s), assists (4th, 10.20 a/s) and digs (4th, 13.71). However, Binghamton is still allowing a conference-high .258 hitting percentage. The Bearcats limited Cornell to a .104 attack percentage (2nd lowest of season - .086 vs. Siena), including a zero hitting clip in sets two and three.

Burgess’ consistent plays has her sitting among the top 10 in the league in hitting percentage (5th, .268) and kills (6th, 2.75 k/s). Hovie ranks third in the conference and leads the Bearcats with 2.90 kills per set while freshman Alexis LaGoy has a team-high .296 hitting percentage which also ranks third in the America East. Dettmann is averaging 8.65 assists per set and sophomore libero Bailey Walker is picking up 4.38 digs per set, both good for fourth in the league.

SCOUTING ALBANY
The Great Danes are currently riding a five-match losing streak after dropping all three of their matches at the Syracuse Invitational to Cornell, Colgate and the host Orange. Albany’s two wins came against Boston College (Sept. 5) and UC Riverside (Sept. 12), both coming in five sets. The Great Danes experience in five-set matches (2-2 in 2014) could prove pivotal as the Bearcats have yet to play a match that has gone the distance.

Sophomore Laini Leindecker is the team’s leading offensive threat, holding team-highs with 133 kills and 11 aces, adding 145 digs.  Classmate Olivia Schonewise has 101 kills and 72 digs, while junior middle Tatum Jungsten is the team’s top blocker with 46 total blocks, also having 52 kills.  UAlbany sports the top defensive player in the conference, with senior libero Viktoriia Stroilo leading the league with 4.92 digs per set, totaling 182.

UP NEXT
Binghamton is off for a week before they continue its two-month long road trip by heading to New Hampshire on Oct. 3. The Bearcats and defending America East champions Wildcats are scheduled for a 7 p.m. first serve in Durham. Binghamton then heads to UMass Lowell for a match with the River Hawks on Sunday, Oct. 5.

Men’s soccer heads to Princeton

First-ever meeting between programs takes place Saturday at 4 p.m.

September 26, 2014


Men’s soccer heads to Princeton

Ben Ovetsky

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- Binghamton (2-6-0) lost 1-0 to No. 18 Syracuse on Tuesday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes made a career-high 11 saves for the Bearctas. Sophomore forward Alex Varkatzas continues to lead the team with two goals and four points. Junior forward Luca Bottoni and sophomore back Charlie Novoth each have a goal and an assist.

- Princeton (2-2-2) defeated Drexel 1-0 on Tuesday night. Thomas Sanner converted the game winner on a penalty kick in the 53rd minute. For the season, Sanner has three goals and seven total points. Cameron Porter, meanwhile, leads the Tigers with four goals and eight total points.

- Binghamton and Princeton have yet to square off in men’s soccer. The Tigers, however, are one of three Ivy League schools the Bearcats play this year. Cornell and Columbia are the other two squads.

- Defensively, the Bearcats have allowed one goal or fewer in seven of their first eight matches. This includes a 2-0 shutout victory over Niagara on Sept. 7.

- Sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes’ 11-save performance marked the eighth time in Binghamton’s Division I era that a goalkeeper has stopped at least 10 shots. The most recent occurrence took place when junior goalkeeper Stefano Frantellizzi made 12 saves against Columbia on Oct. 19, 2013.

Women’s Tennis Heads to Army Invitational

Three-day non-scoring meet starts Friday

September 25, 2014


Women’s Tennis Heads to Army Invitational

Olga Ostrovetsky

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

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton women’s tennis team continues its fall schedule as it heads to the Army Invitational. The three-day event starts on Friday at 9 a.m. and will not include team scoring.

Other schools competing at the event include UConn, UMass, Syracuse, Seton Hall, Fordham, Lehigh, Albany, NJIT, Drexel, Stony Brook, Quinnipiac, Long Island, Marist, Fairleigh Dickinson, St. Peters, Bryant, St. Bonaventure and Manhattan.

The Bearcats opened their season two weeks ago at the Cornell Fall Invitational. Sophomore Annie DiMuro advanced to the semifinals of the B singles flight and the finals of the B Doubles flight.

Volleyball Handles Cornell In Straight Sets

Sophomore Allison Hovie led Bearcats with match-high 13 kills

September 24, 2014


Volleyball Handles Cornell In Straight Sets

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Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

ITHACA, N.Y. – Returning from a two-week lay-off due to injury, sophomore Allison Hovie recorded a match-high 13 kills to lead the Binghamton volleyball team to a straight set victory over Cornell, Wednesday night at Newman Arena. The Bearcats snapped a seven-match losing streak in the process, picking up an important victory in their final non-conference tune-up before America East play begins Friday in Albany.

Allison Hovie registered a season-high .323 hitting percentage in her first match back since September 9, when Binghamton defeated Siena in straight sets. Junior right side Megan Burgess was solid all night with 12 kills and a .462 hitting percentage, committing just one attack error. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann handed out a match-high 35 assists to go along with her eight digs.

In the opening set, Binghamton found themselves behind quickly 7-4, but kills by Dettmann and Kristin Hovie propelled the Bearcats on a 3-0 run. Back-to-back blocks gave the Bearcats their first lead of the set, forcing a Cornell timeout. The Big Red pulled within one thanks to a 5-2 run, but five kills from Allison Hovie and a.340 hitting clip boosted Binghamton to the 25-22 first-set victory.

The Bearcats continued to press the Big Red in the second set as a Bailey Walker service ace gave Binghamton the early advantage. However, an emphatic 7-1 run by Cornell pushed the Big Red ahead, 13-9. The Bearcats responded with a resounding 14-3 to take control of the second set 23-16. A pair of aces by Allison Hovie helped Binghamton take a 2-0 lead into the break, 25-20.

Binghamton controlled the final frame from start to finish recording at a .300 hitting percentage for the second time in the match. Burgess highlighted the set with six of her 12 kills, while Allison Hovie added four terminations. A stout Binghamton defense limited Cornell to .000 attack percentage for the second straight set cruising to the 25-14 third-set victory.

Walker tallied a match-high 15 digs for the Bearcats, who recorded at least nine total blocks for the third time in 2014. Binghamton also connected on six service aces while limiting Cornell to just one. Freshman Alexis LaGoy had a solid match with six kills, a .750 attack percentage and four blocks.

Binghamton opens America East play at Albany on Friday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. from University Gymnasium in the state’s capital. Prior to last season, Binghamton and Albany combined for the previous nine America East titles (Albany 6, Binghamton 3). Last season, each team earned straight-set victories on their home courts.

Men’s soccer loses 1-0 to No. 18 Syracuse

Orange net game winner in 64th minute

September 23, 2014


Men’s soccer loses 1-0 to No. 18 Syracuse

Alex Varkatzas

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VESTAL, N.Y. – Emil Ekblom scored in the 64th minute, leading No. 18 Syracuse (7-1-0) to a 1-0 win over Binghamton (2-6-0) in a non-conference men’s soccer game on Tuesday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Orange came into the game ranked No. 18 in the NSCAA poll and No. 20 by College Soccer News.

Ekblom took a pass from Jordan Murrell and fired the ball into the net from close range. It was his team-high fifth goal of the year.

For the Bearcats, sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes returned to the lineup and made a career-high 11 saves. It is the most stops by a BU player since junior Stefano Frantellizzi recorded 12 saves against Columbia on Oct. 19, 2013.

Although they were outshot 18-5 for the game, the Bearcats created several scoring chances during the game. The Orange were able to clear a ball off the line in the first half and Alex Bono made five saves to record his seventh shutout of the season. Syracuse has allowed only one goal all season.

“I thought tonight was a very good soccer game,” head coach Paul Marco said. “Syracuse is a very good team but we were able to create opportunities to score. We were just a little unlucky in the box.”

Binghamton heads to Princeton for a 4 p.m. game on Saturday.

NOTES: Syracuse was the third nationally-ranked team to visit the Bearcats Sports Complex since the facility opened in 2007. Cornell was No. 24 in 2012 and UMBC was seventh last season.

10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Tricia Reed

Freshman forward's header led to game-winning goal in 2004 championship

September 23, 2014


10-year Anniversary Spotlight: Tricia Reed

Flashback: The NCAA season of 2004

Spotlight: Lauren Massey

Spotlight: Caitlin O'Shaughnessy

Spotlight: Deli Plourde

Spotlight: Tatiana Mathelier

Spotlight: Katie Kerrigan

Spotlight: Meghan Taylor

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:
Tricia Reed
Then: Freshman forward
Now:  School psychologist and girls varsity soccer coach at New Lebanon Central School District in Albany


What do you recall about the team heading into that 2004 season?
It was my freshman year, I was incredibly nervous, not in the shape I should have been in, and I remember it being a very long preseason. There was some crying and a brief stretch of time where I (practically) moved in with the juniors and seniors on the team. They helped pull me through those first few weeks of what turned into an incredible season.

Was there any moment or part of the season where you felt like winning the America East title was a real possibility?
Our home game against Boston University at the end of the season. Coach Leightman put me in the game in the second half with only a few minutes left. I don’t even really remember what happened, but I got on the end of a cross and tied the game up at 1-1. We then went on to win in the first couple minutes of overtime with a goal from Lauren Massey. Going in to that final week of conference play so many things had to fall into place in order for us to host, and we made it happen!

What do you remember about hosting the tournament ... the days preceding your two games, the fans, celebration?
Lots of excitement and celebrating, and a broken nose. One of my most vivid memories was entering the final game with just 10 minutes left in the first half. Before entering the game, I was reminded not to head the ball (really?) because of the broken nose I endured in our semifinal game. We earned a corner kick and I got my head on it. The ball went past the goalie and what appeared to be into the net, when a Maine defender caught the ball with her hands. The ref deemed it a hand ball and we were awarded a PK. Meghan Taylor then put the PK away and you know the rest…! Being my freshman year, I don’t think at the time I truly realized how special that weekend was - to host the tournament at home in front of all of our fans. That season Coach Leightman often used the term “championship mentality” and it was definitely the mentality of the upperclassmen from the start that led to our success that season. Their attitudes, work ethic and perseverance were contagious and it made it impossible to give anything less than 110%. It was a truly amazing season with a special group of girls that I will always be incredibly proud to have been a part of.

What are your memories of the trip and game at Penn State?
I remember sitting in the conference room and learning that we were playing Penn State in the first round. Everyone’s reactions were priceless. My most vivid memory of the game was Tat’s goal that briefly tied the game at 1-1. While we did end up losing 6-1, my lasting memory of that season was not one of disappointment; we made a great run and the way I will always remember the season ending is as America East Champions!

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 and my college teammates were how I defined myself for many years. To this day, I have a hard time explaining my time at Binghamton to those who didn’t experience it with me. Playing soccer at Binghamton was an incredibly special thing and there are so many experiences, both on and off the field that I shared with my teammates that I wish I could go back and relive…the sweat, the tears, and lots of laughter. I continue to be envious of the current players and what they have right now, because as we know now, those four years fly by! Even though we don’t see each other as often, I will always have a lot of love for all of those girls. 

What have you been doing since graduation?
I graduated from Binghamton in 2008 and went on to attend grad school at SUNY Oswego, where I graduated with my master’s degree and Certificate of Advanced Studies in School Psychology in 2012. Since then, I have been working for the New Lebanon Central School District as a School Psychologist. I live in Albany with my husband and continue to work and coach girls varsity soccer at New Lebanon.

 

 

 

 

Volleyball Visits Cornell For Final Non-Conference Match

Bearcats and Big Red are scheduled for a 7 p.m. first serve tonight in Ithaca

September 23, 2014


Volleyball Visits Cornell For Final Non-Conference Match

Senior Amanda Dettmann

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MATCH INFORMATION
MATCH #16: Binghamton at Cornell
MATCH TIME: Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014; 7 p.m.
MATCH SITE: Newman Arena (Ithaca, N.Y.)
SERIES RECORD: Cornell leads, 28-8-2 (all-time)
LAST MEETING: Cornell won, 3-2; Oct. 15, 2013
2014 RECORDS: Binghamton (1-14); Cornell (3-6)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball team makes the quick trip north to Ithaca to face Cornell Wednesday night for its final non-conference match of the season. The Bearcats and Big Red are scheduled for a 7 p.m. first serve from Newman Arena.

Last season, Binghamton fell to Cornell in five sets for the second consecutive year after winning the four previous meetings. The two Upstate New York institutions have competed against each other since 1973 with Cornell holding a slim 5-4 advantage during Binghamton’s Division I era.

BINGHAMTON OUTLOOK
The Bearcats are looking to snap its second seven-match losing streak of the season against long-time rival Cornell. Binghamton dropped all four of its matches at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Invitational falling to Bethune-Cookman, Rider, Campell and the host Hawks. Binghamton will look to bounce back against Cornell in the Bearcats’ 16th straight contest away from home.

Binghamton is led by junior right side Megan Burgess, who ranks among the top 10 in the America East in hitting percentage (7th, .254) and kills (8th, 2.66 k/s). Head coach Glenn Kiriyama is hoping to have back leading hitter sophomore Allison Hovie (2.71 k/s) after the 2013 All-Rookie selection missed the last two tournaments due to an injury. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann leads the Binghamton offense with 8.46 assists per set and ranks third in the league with 19 service aces. Sophomore libero Bailey Walker ranks fourth in the conference with 4.35 digs per set and is also among the top five in service aces with 17.

As a unit, Binghamton is among the league’s top five in hitting percentage (.151), assists (9.96 a/s), kills (10.74 k/s), blocks (1.68 b/s), service aces (1.40 sa/s) and digs (13.58 d/s). However, the Bearcats have struggled to slow down the opposition allowing a league high .267 opponent hitting percentage.

SCOUTING CORNELL
The Big Red most recently competed in the Syracuse Tournament where they face Colgate, Albany and the host Orange. Cornell went 1-2 during the weekend picking up a victory over Albany. The Big Red has also earned victories over Bucknell and Siena, with the Saints taking Cornell to five sets.

Cornell is led by freshman outside hitter Emily Wemhoff, who is averaging a team-best 3.27 kills per set. Opposite Wemhoff is classmate Maddy Sroufe who is connecting on 3.00 kills per set in 2014. The duo has accounted for 197 of the team’s 401 kills. Senior libero Natasha Rowland highlights the Big Red defense as her 5.38 digs per set ranks eighth nationally.

As a team, Cornell ranks third in the Ivy League in kills per set (12.15) and fourth in opponent hitting percentage (.210). Defensively, the Big Red are currently second is digs per set (15.61) and fourth in blocks per set (1.76).

UP NEXT
Binghamton opens America East play at Albany on Friday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. from University Gymnasium in the state’s capital. Prior to last season, Binghamton and Albany combined for the previous nine America East titles (Albany 6, Binghamton 3). Last season, each team earned straight-set victories on their home courts.

Men’s soccer hosts nationally-ranked Syracuse

Bearcats and Orange kick off at 7 p.m.

September 23, 2014


Men’s soccer hosts nationally-ranked Syracuse

Logan Roberts

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- Binghamton (2-5-0) lost 1-0 to Lafayette on Saturday night. Offensively, the Bearcats continue to be led in scoring by sophomore forward Alex Varkatzas, who has two goals and four total points. Sophomore back Charlie Novoth and junior forward Luca Bottoni each have a goal and an assist so far this season.

- Syracuse (6-1-0) won 1-0 at Clemson on Saturday evening. The Orange, who are nationally-ranked in both major polls (No. 23 in the Sept. 15 NSCAA Poll and No. 20 in the current College Soccer News poll), won 1-0 at Clemson on Saturday. Emil Ekblom, who leads the Orange with four goals and nine total points, netted the game winner against the Tigers.

- Syracuse leads the all time series 3-2-0. Most recently, the Orange took a 2-1, double-overtime decision on Oct. 1, 2013 at home. The Bearcats’ last win in the series was a 2-1 triumph at Syracuse on Sept. 27, 2011.

- Binghamton concludes its season-high, four-game homestand with its game against Syracuse. The Bearcats play at home 10 times during the 2014 campaign.

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

Men’s tennis sends pair to Ivy League Plus event

Hureau, Caputo win doubles match, compete in singles at Princeton

September 22, 2014


Men’s tennis sends pair to Ivy League Plus event

Sophomore Thomas Caputo

Tournament brackets

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

PRINCETON, N.J. - Two members of the Binghamton men’s tennis team competed in the Princeton Farnsworth Ivy Plus over the weekend. Junior Eliott Hureau and sophomore Thomas Caputo represented BU in the large-scale event, which featured 128 players from 22 teams. 

All eight Ivy League programs competed, as well as individuals from Michigan, Virginia Tech, Iowa, Tulane, Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame, Pepperdine, St. John’s, Buffalo, Monmouth, Marist, Army, NJIT and Binghamton.

The tournament consisted of eight 16-player singles flights and two doubles draws with 32 pairs.

Hureau and Caputo won their opening match in the “Black” draw, downing a pair from Penn 8-4. The BU tandem was then eliminated with an 8-2 loss to St. John’s.

In singles, Hureau played in the Lenz draw and lost matches to opponents from Princeton (6-2, 6-2) and Miami (3-6, 6-1, 10-6). Caputo lost against competitors from Brown (6-3, 6-4) and Penn (6-3, 6-3).

Binghamton heads to the Penn Invitational next weekend.

LENZ SINGLES FLIGHT
Josh Yablon (Princeton) def. Eliott Hureau (BU), 6-1, 6-2 (main)
Henrique Tsukamoto (Miami) def. Eliott Hureau (BU), 3-6, 6-1, 10-6 (consolation)

JADWIN SINGLES FLIGHT
Aaron Sandberg (Brown) def. Thomas Caputo (BU), 6-3, 6-4 (main)
Nicolai Westergaard (Penn) def. Thomas Caputo (BU), 6-3, 6-3 (consolation)

BLACK DOUBLES FLIGHT
Hureau/Caputo (BU) def. Lessen/Pompan (Penn), 8-4 (Round of 32)
Livi/Livi (St. John’s) def. Hureau/Caputo (BU), 8-2 (Round of 16)

Golf Closes Out Cornell Invitational

Sedgewick's performance helps Bearcats rebound

September 21, 2014


Golf Closes Out Cornell Invitational

The Binghamton golf team redeemed themselves with an excellent Sunday, as they shot a collective 298 (+30) in round three, to close out the Cornell Invitational. The Bearcat’s furious effort gave them 922 (+70) for the tournament, allowing them to jump five spots to eighth place—a far cry from their day one performance.

Leading the way was one of the captains, Jack Sedgewick. The senior shot a 69 (-2) for the day, his best round of the tournament by ten strokes. “It was great to have Jack play the way he did today, he was hitting the ball well and making his putts,” remarked Binghamton head coach Bernie Herceg. Sedgewick’s big day was tied for the lowest round of any competitor in the 54-hole tournament, and propelled him to a 17th-place finish, the best of any Bearcat.

Jesse Perkins shot a 76 (+5) for day two, which gave him 229 for the tournament, and the 23rd-place finish. Sameer Kalia also shot a 76 (+5), his best round of the tournament, and finished tied for 38th-place with fellow Bearcat Stephen Mincone (78, +7). Rounding out the group was senior Josh Holling, as he also had his lowest round of the tournament (77, +6).

The 298 was the second lowest total for the 15 teams on day three, which is what Herceg would like out of his veteran squad. “I’m glad we were able to get under 300 (strokes) as a team, which is where we’d like to be. Yesterday they just didn’t play well as a whole, and today they were able to turn it around a bit, thanks in part to Jack’s performance.”

Capturing the title was Dartmouth with a 904 (+52), edging out Delaware and Pennsylvania by one stroke.

Binghamton returns to action September 28 for the Patriot Intercollegiate hosted by George Mason.

Men’s soccer loses 1-0 to Lafayette

Leopards net game winner in 63rd minute

September 20, 2014


Men’s soccer loses 1-0 to Lafayette

Tommy Moon

Final Stats

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

VESTAL, N.Y. – Lafayette (2-3-2) defeated Binghamton (2-5-0) 1-0 in a non-conference men’s soccer game on Saturday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The game marked the third of a season-high, four-game home stand for the Bearcats.

The Leopard’s goal, which came in the 62nd minute, was ruled as an own goal.

Just as big of a story in a wild second half was a pair of missed penalty shots. In the 46th minute, Tom McCutcheon’s shot was saved by junior goalkeeper Stefano Frantellizzi. It marked the first time a BU player has stopped a penalty kick since Jason Stenta against Albany on Oct. 7, 2009.

The tables were turned, however, in the 70th minute. Sandy Leavy, who finished the game with seven saves, stopped a penalty kick by graduate student midfielder Tommy Moon.

Binghamton ended the game with an 11-9 advantage in shots.

“We are disappointed with the outcome,” head coach Paul Marco said. “We played well enough to win but we could not get it done in front of the goal. We created our chances but we continue to have trouble finishing them.”

Binghamton closes its home stand against nationally-ranked Syracuse on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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