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Binghamton Men’s Soccer Daily Update (as of November 15)

Tracking the Bearcats throughout the 2014 Season

November 15, 2014


Binghamton Men’s Soccer Daily Update (as of November 15)

NOVEMBER 15, 2014

Thank You

It’s been three days since the Binghamton men’s soccer team’s valiant effort at Hartford in the America East semifinals. Since that night, I’ve been traveling with the Binghamton women’s basketball team. Simply put, things have been hectic.

Despite the 72 hours, this is still the toughest blog entry to write each year.

For the past three months, it’s been my pleasure to fill you in on the details of the Binghamton men’s soccer program. Throughout the highs and lows, it’s been easy to find things that go beyond the wins and losses that make this program as first-rate as it is.

Before wrapping this up, I wanted to thank some people in particular:

1. Coach Marco….for letting us have the access we have to the program.
2. Tommy Moon…an outstanding captain who always was gracious with his time.
3. Jamie Forbes…another senior who was always first class with the media.
4. All of the other seniors…who at one point or another were a great interview and feature blog.
5. The Celeste Family…for providing me with one of the best stories I have had the honor of writing this year. Even the Hartford play-by-play announcer mentioned it during his broadcast Wednesday.

Finally, a special shout out to WNBF Morning host Roger Neel, who interviewed Paul during his radio show each game day during the season. This includes three in-studio interviews.

This has been the seventh year we have done the Men’s Soccer Daily Update. Last year, over 5,000 people read this at one point or another. Without the following, we would not have continued this for as long as we have.

So until next August, we wish all of you the very best.

God Bless,

David O’Brian

November 15, 2014

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 12, 2014

Top 5 List: Semifinal Games

If you caught Roger Neel’s interview this morning with head coach Paul Marco, you would have heard the WNBF morning host mention that the Bearcats were 5-0-1 in six previous trips to the America East semifinals.

“I had no idea we were that good,” Marco replied.

We don’t like to remind the coaching staff about their past successes or setbacks. Still, that did not stop us from posting that note on our website preview.

Having seen all of the previous six contests, let’s count down the top five most memorable semifinal games:

5. 2005. Binghamton 4, UMBC 1

This was a rematch of a 1-0 double overtime loss to the Retrievers at the West Gym Field during the regular season. In fact, it would be the last home loss the Bearcats would suffer for two years.
Joey Nielson had a goal and an assist while Pete Sgueglia tallied three assists as the Bearcats won their second straight road semifinal game.

Recap

4. 2004. Binghamton 3, Albany 1

The Bearcats had plenty of motivation for this one. Two weeks earlier, they blew a two-goal lead in a 3-2 loss that cost them the number two seed. They more than made up for it in the critical rematch on the road. Graham Munro and Charles Darkwah scored 88 apart in the second half to blow open a tight game.

Recap

3. 2003. Binghamton 1, Hartford 0

The Bearcats continued their Cinderella season as Munro converted a penalty kick in the 80th minute. The win was even sweeter when the Bearcats found out that top-seeded UMBC lost the other semifinal game and they would be hosting the title game one week later.

2. 2006. Binghamton 1, Boston 1. BU advances on PKs 6-5

Binghamton was the top seed but the Terriers scored a goal early in the first half. The Bearcats came back to tie it in the 78th minute on a goal by Joey Neilson. The game went to the shootout where Jason Stenta came up with his now famous save to seal the win.

What people forget about that game is the perfect cross Cody Germain fired to Neilson from at least 30 yards out that wound up tying the game. Boston was packing in the defense pretty tight to the point that it would take a special play to tie the game. Without Germain’s cross, the Bearcats’ season would have most likely been over.

Recap

1. 2008. Binghamton 1, Albany 0, 2 OT

Once again, the Bearcats squandered a first-round bye late in the regular season. But once again, they would go on the road and pull off the victory.

Cameron Keith had many memorable goals at the Bearcats Sports Complex. But this was, without question, the biggest moment of his career. His goal 1:13 into the second overtime period sent the Bearcats to their conference-record sixth straight America East title game in a row.

Heading into the game, several of the seniors were asked by the local media this simple question – “If you lose to Albany and don’t make it back to the title game, is the season a failure.”

Every one of the seniors responded affirmatively.

The postgame celebration against the far sideline was part jubilation and part relief.

On the bus ride home, one of the seniors came up to us.

“You have no idea how much pressure this was,” he said.

Oh yes we did.

Recap

It has been six years to the day since that dramatic win up at Albany. In many ways, it was the final signature moment of the Bearcats’ golden run of 2003-08. Tonight, however, Binghamton takes the first step towards returning to that standard of excellence. The Bearcats are once again in a semifinal game.

Posted November 12, 2014 at 10 a.m.
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NOVEMBER 11, 2014

Comeback Within a Comeback

Saturday night’s game against Stony Brook wasn’t just a comeback for the Bearcats. It was also the continuation of a personal comeback for junior midfielder Tucker Sandercock.

In 2011, Sandercock was named to the America East All-Rookie Team. The following season, however, he left the program after fall. This past January, he came back to the Bearcats but struggled with injuries for much of the year.

Against that backdrop, Sandercock worked his way into the starting lineup in late October. After tallying an assist against Stony Brook on Senior Night, he scored the game-tying goal against the Seawolves in the 77th minute in Saturday’s quarterfinal game.

“It was both excitement and relief to be able to come through after not being able to play for most of the season,” he says. “It was really nice to be able to contribute.”

“We were not getting a lot of good chances in the game before Tucker scored,” head coach Paul Marco said. “He jumped higher than anyone else did when he headed the ball in the net. It was an outstanding goal that we knew was going into the net before it crossed the end line.”

Overcoming his injury was a long process but midway through the year, Sandercock sensed he had turned a corner.

“About halfway through the season, when I was still doing physical training, I began to feel like I had turned a corner,” he says. “I felt good and was ready to get out there.”

Like the rest of the Bearcats, Sandercock will be making his first trip to the America East semifinals on Wednesday at Hartford. On the bus ride up there, we asked him about the team chemistry which has been evident through both the good and tough times this year.

“It’s been great,” he said. “We are very close and even when were down against Stony Brook, we were able to stay together and get the tying goal. The chemistry is as good as it’s ever been since I’ve been here.”

The same can be said about Sandercock, both as a player and a teammate.

“Tucker has shown a lot of strength, will and determination this year,” Marco said. “He has really grown a lot and has been a great team player this year. He has been contributing to the team in many ways all season.”

Posted November 11, 2014 at 5:45 p.m.
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NOVEMBER 10, 2014

Just Like Old Times

For those of you who played or watched the Bearcats during the West Gym Field days, you remember well all of the penalty kick shootouts in America East Tournament games. From 2003-06, the Bearcats played one penalty kick shootout each season at home. They won all four games.

The Bearcats Sports Complex has produced plenty of good moments since it opened in 2007. The only penalty kick shootout to take place there, however, was the women’s 2009 win over Maine.

Against Stony Brook in the America East quarterfinals on Saturday night, the Bearcats won their first shootout since 2006 (which was their last one) and advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2008.

In other words, the past postseason magic of the West Gym Field reappeared on Saturday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

Senior Steve Celeste

“With our squad, even the older guys had never been to the semifinals. It shows how resilient we are to come back like we did tonight.”

Junior Bret Celeste

“It means lot to advance. It was a good result for us tonight because I did not want that to be the last game I played with Steve (Celeste).”

“I thought I would be a little nervous before taking the penalty kick but I wasn’t nervous at all. I just buried it and got the win for the team.”

Sophomore Logan Roberts

“It speaks a lot about our character to get the result. We have had a lot of close results. We’ve continued to battle all year and it’s nice to see the game go our way.”

“It was awesome seeing all the fans go towards the goal (where the shootout took place). I got chills just watching it. It’s a great feeling.”

Just Like Old Times, Part 2

BU alums Jake Keegan, Matt Ryan and Jason Stenta were all at the game on Saturday. Stenta was actually the Bearcat goalkeeper in the 2006 shootout win over Boston University. It was his save in the bottom of the sixth round that sealed the 6-5 win for Binghamton.

Back in those days, I would stand on the field keeping track of the shootout goals instead of being in a press box. As a matter of fact, I was stationed about 20 feet in front of the Binghamton bench.

Right before Stenta’s signature save, I actually heard team captain Kyle Antos yelling at me from behind.

“Hey David,” he said with a grin. “Get out of our way.”

I moved aside and after Stenta made his save, Antos and the rest of the Binghamton bench stormed by me to celebrate on the field. A good part of the crowd did as well.

Glad I got out of his way.

Posted November 10, 2014 at 10 a.m.
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NOVEMBER 7, 2014

Playoff Time

If you have been a store lately, you have been bound to see Christmas decorations already up and holiday music being played over the loudspeaker.

One song we’ve heard is Frank Sinatra’s “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

For those of you following the Binghamton men’s soccer program, that statement applies more towards the present than one month from now.

Spring training. Summer preseason. The regular season. It is preparation for the playoffs.

In other words, THIS is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

As we begin preparations for the game against Stony Brook tomorrow, check out the video from the team’s postseason media day, which was held on Thursday afternoon.

Media Day Video

There is a significant history between the Bearcats and Seawolves heading into Saturday. Check out the recaps from the 2005 conference title game as well as the 2012 quarterfinals.

2005
2012

Next, it’s been four years since the Bearcats hosted an America East tournament game. Here is the recap from the 2010 quarterfinals against New Hampshire.

Recap

Finally, and most important, it’s been six years (too long) since the Bearcats advanced to the America East semifinals. Here is the recap from the 3-1 quarterfinal win, also against New Hampshire.

Recap

With all that history in mind, let’s hope Sinatra’s song still applies to the Binghamton men’s soccer team after the weekend.

Posted on November 7, 2014
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NOVEMBER 6, 2014

America East Playoff Ticket Information

The America East Conference has set ticket prices for Saturday’s quarterfinal men’s soccer game between Binghamton and Stony Brook. The two teams will square off at 6 p.m. at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

Regularly priced tickets are $8, youth tickets (14 and under) are $5 and tickets for students from any America East school are available for $2, provided they have a valid student ID.

The Binghamton Athletic Department will be picking up the cost of the tickets for all of its university undergrads. Their University IDs will be scanned at the gate of the Bearcats Sports Complex.

Tickets for Saturday’s game are now available through the Events Center Box Office. Its hours are noon-4:30 p.m. today and Friday. On Saturday, the Events Center Box Office will be open two hours before kickoff.

PLEASE NOTE: Season ticket holders are advised that the Bearcat Scarf will not serve as admission to America East Tournament games. The scarf only applies to regular-season contests.

Posted November 6, 2014 at 11:35 p.m.
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NOVEMBER 4, 2014

Eight Years Later…..

As the Bearcats make final preparations for their match against Albany, we’d like to flash back to their performance eight years ago today. It was the final game ever played at the old West Gym Field in which the Bearcats won the America East title with a 1-0 overtime win against Vermont.

Check out the recap in the link below…

Recap

A few thoughts on that game:

1. Kyle Antos, who was the captain of that team, was injured when the Bearcats won the 2003 title. He scored a goal in the 2004 and 2005 championship games, both of which Binghamton lost in the decisive shootout. The guys on the 2006 team had said during the year how much they wanted Kyle to have a chance to hoist the trophy. The look on his face when he did so was priceless.

2. Less than an hour after the game, Antos was escorted into the Events Center for an interview on WNBF Radio. The men’s basketball team was playing an exhibition game and Roger Neel, the announcer, wanted to talk with him at the half. When Antos came out of the Events Center tunnel carrying the trophy, he got a loud ovation from the BU Zoo. Pretty soon, the entire crowd was applauding.

3. Barry Neville, who nailed the winning penalty kick in overtime had to be perfect with his shot. Roger Scully, the Vermont goalkeeper, guessed right when Neville fired the ball into the upper left corner.  Scully was in the midst of four games against Binghamton where he did not allow a goal, other than Neville’s kick. The following year, Scully would get his revenge, shutting out the Bearcats in the finals.

There is still a lot of soccer to be played before thinking about a game like this taking place this year. But on the eight-year anniversary of that win, it is appropriate to take a look back.

Posted November 4, 2014 at 1:45 p.m.
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NOVEMBER 3, 2014

Comeback Night

We’ll admit, Saturday’s 5-1 win over Stony Brook on Saturday night definitely is one of the more memorable Senior Day games we’ve seen during the Bearcats’ Division I era. Its long-term significance, however, will play out over the coming days.

Head coach Paul Marco wasn’t kidding when he said the Bearcats were finally fully healthy for the first time in two years.

Taking a look at the box score from Saturday, that’s easy to see.

Tommy Moon and Pascal Trappe, who teamed up for the third Bearcat goal, both missed last season due to injury. Trappe also missed most of this season before subbing in during the Homecoming Game.

Bret Celeste, who scored the first goal against Stony Brook, missed his first two years before becoming a starter late last season.

Tucker Sandercock, who rejoined the team this year, assisted on the second goal.

Luca Bottoni, who scored the final goal, was off to a great start earlier in the season before being sidelined by an injury.

Only Logan Roberts, who finished Saturday with a goal and an assist, has been relatively healthy the past two seasons.

The game was similar to the 2011 Senior Day game, in which the Bearcats beat eventually conference champion Boston University 5-1. Binghamton missed the playoffs that year, leading to the wondering of what might have been. The Bearcats had been in a goal scoring drought until that win over the Terriers but there were no more games left to play.

With a fully healthy team and at least one home playoff game, this season still has ample opportunities for the Bearcats to continue their momentum from the win over Stony Brook.

In other words, we will know by the end of the season just how significant this year’s Senior Day win was.

Do The Math

It’s pretty simple.
The Bearcats are guaranteed their first home playoff game since 2010.

Should they beat Albany AND UMass Lowell beats Hartford on Wednesday, they will earn a first-round bye for the first time since 2007.

Binghamton, therefore, can finish anywhere from second to fourth in the conference.

Remember to Vote

No, we are not talking about the midterm elections. We are talking about the America East Fans’ Choice Voting. Steve Celeste, who is Binghamton’s entry, is currently second out of the eight nominated players.
If you have yet to do so, click the link below to cast your vote!

Link to Ballot

Kudos

We would be remiss if we did not congratulate the Binghamton men’s cross country team for winning their first America East title since 2009.

May that set the stage for more Bearcat titles in the weeks and months ahead.

Posted November 3, 2014
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OCTOBER 31, 2014

Top 5 List: Senior Day Games

Since 2001, there have been 13 Senior Day ceremonies prior to the Bearcats’ final home game during their Division I era. Each of them has been memorable in its own way. But as is the case with Homecoming, here is our annual list of the Top 5 Senior Day Games during the Bearcats’ Division I era.

5. 2011

At the end of a difficult season, which saw the Bearcats miss out on the America East Tournament for the first time in nine years, the offense came alive in a 5-1 thumping of eventual regular-season champion Boston University. The game is also remembered for being pushed back a day due to a freak snowstorm.

4. 2010

Binghamton and New Hampshire were locked in a 0-0 tie in the second overtime period. If the Wildcats salvaged a tie, they would host Binghamton the following weekend in a first-round America East Tournament game. The Bearcats had to win to host New Hampshire the following week. Tommy Klim’s goal gave the Bearcats a 1-0 victory.

3. 2002

Head coach Paul Marco was in his first season at the helm when the Bearcats hosted a Stony Brook team it had not beaten since 1999. Graham Munro’s two penalty kick goals punctuated a 3-1 Binghamton win.

2. 2006

It wasn’t a win but the Bearcats’ 0-0 tie against Vermont clinched their first-ever America East regular-season title. More important, it gave the Bearcats home field advantage when they hosted (and beat) the Catamounts in the conference title game two weeks later. This would also be the last season at the old West Gym Field.

1. 2005

This game is remembered just as much for the senior class as it was for the outcome of the game. Graham Munro, Danilo, Darius Ravangard, Phil Grommet, Joe Howe, Ryan Pierce and Luc Vallone had helped transform the Bearcat program into a regional and conference contender.

Five of them arrived before the squad had experienced success and by the time senior day rolled around, this senior class had more than left their mark on the Binghamton program. They had won over the university, the media and the community. Even if people did not like soccer, they came to watch the players because of who they were as people.

Writing this senior script was one of the tougher tasks we have done in all our years working with the Binghamton men’s soccer program. These were stand up guys who loved the university and appreciated everyone around them. They would leave a legacy that continues to define the Binghamton soccer program.

Oh yes, the Bearcats beat Boston University 1-0 in overtime to win the Senior Day Game. But that was icing on the cake. The most touching tribute came during the pregame ceremony.

After snapping the group photo following the Senior Day tribute, Danilo approached us and shook our hand.

“Thank you for everything you have done for us,” he said.

No Danilo. Thank YOU.

Posted October 31, 2014
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OCTOBER 30, 2014

Kudos to the BU Women’s Team

As the BU men’s soccer team seeks to bounce back in its final two regular-season matches of the season, it need not look any further than the Bearcat women for some inspiration.

Less than three weeks ago, the BU women lost their Homecoming game 1-0 to New Hampshire. Other than the 2004 team returning to be honored on the 10-year anniversary of their historic America East championship, there were few highlights from that day. In several other ties and loses, Binghamton had done enough to win. Against New Hampshire, however, it was a different story.

The Bearcats left the field that day knowing that their chances to make the America East tournament were in serious jeopardy. Their last two regular-season matches were on the road and they needed at least a win and a tie plus some teams ahead of them to lose in order to continue their season.

Yesterday, however, the women’s team left for New Hampshire, where they will face the Wildcats in a first-round game tonight at 7 p.m. Thanks to a pair of dramatic double-overtime wins, plus a timely loss by Stony Brook, Binghamton is indeed in the playoffs. In what had to be the most pressure-packed week of the season, the Bearcats came through with flying colors.

There was one small draw back.

For years, head coach Sarah McClellan has done radio interviews with Roger Neel on WNBF during the postseason, just like men’s coach Paul Marco does. While Marco is a definite morning person, McClellan, by her own admission, is not. She has to have enough time to get caffeinated in the morning before she can go on the air.

The first question we asked her on Monday when we stopped by her office is whether she had enough caffeine ready for the interviews. She went on with Roger Neel on Tuesday at 8:40 but when we asked her later how the interview went, she had a hard time remembering.

Hopefully, the wins will continue and she will have another chance next week.

Do The Math

We have tried going through the America East standings and nothing is official yet in terms of teams clinching playoff spots.

We will know more on Saturday night but until then, feel free to try yourselves. Click on the link below.

America East Standings Page

Posted October 30, 2014 at 12:55 p.m.
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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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

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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

 

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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)

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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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.”

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Men’s basketball Loses 70-68 to Navy

Rodriguez nets team-best 15 points

November 23, 2014


Men’s basketball Loses 70-68 to Navy

Freshman forward Willie Rodriguez

Live Stats

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Brandon Venturini poured in a game-high 26 points, leading Navy (1-4) to a 70-68 win over Binghamton (1-4) on the final day of the Hall of Fame Tip Off Tournament on Sunday afternoon at the Mohegan Arena.

Complete details to follow.

Volleyball Falls To Albany In AE Semifinals

Bearcats' season ends with ninth America East tournament appearance

November 21, 2014


Volleyball Falls To Albany In AE Semifinals

Box Score

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball team witnessed its season come to an end in the America East tournament semifinals falling to Albany in four sets, Friday afternoon at New Hampshire’s Lundholm Gymnasium. The Bearcats (9-20, 7-5 AE) carried the No. 2 seed into the tournament, but fell to the No. 3 Great Danes for the third time in tournament history.

The Bearcats dug themselves are early 2-0 hole that they were unable to escape. Binghamton rallied in the third set to extend the match, but failed to finish Albany off in the fourth.

“It was tough trying to climb out of a 2-0 hole,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “We knew we could play with them, but we had to pass better and put some pressure on them. I thought we came out and played extremely hard in the last two sets. We finally managed to stay in control in the third but Albany got a lot hands on our balls which means we executed better on offense. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t buy a few points at the end but that’s the way the ball falls sometimes.”

Sophomore Allison Hovie, who was named to the All-Tournament team, led Binghamton with a match-high 16 kills adding 17 digs for her 10th double-double of the season. Older sister Kristin Hovie, who played in the final match of her career, added 10 kills while America East Rookie of the Year Alexis LaGoy chipped in 11 on a .346 hitting clip.

Senior setter Amanda Dettmann, who also ended a tremendous career Friday afternoon, handed out 37 assists, adding eight digs and two blocks. Classmate Alexa Zbytniewski picked up five digs in her final match in a Bearcat uniform.

“Our seniors sacrificed a lot for our program,” Kiriyama said. “They will be missed greatly, especially their leadership. They left our young team in good hands and have been great role models for our program.”

.Binghamton was limited to a .145 hitting percentage, committing 23 attack errors. Albany hit .178 but amassed 10 more kills than the Bearcats (57-47). Binghamton won the very competitive dig battle 87-80 while Albany collected nine blocks opposed to the Bearcats’ six.

Albany controlled the first set leading start to finish after racing out to a 10-3 lead. The Great Danes extended its lead to 12 at one point as the Bearcats attempted to chip away at the large deficit. Binghamton fought off a pair of set points, but it wasn’t enough as Albany took the opening set, 25-16. The Great Danes hit .277 in the frame while limiting the Bearcats to a .077 attack percentage. Megan Burgess registered four kills in the set while the Hovie sisters recorded three each.

Binghamton came out firing in the second set utilizing a 4-0 run to take a 10-7 and force an Albany timeout. However, out of the break the Great Danes scored three straight points to level the stanza. Albany eventually staked out a 20-16 advantage, but a 4-1 run capped by an ace from LaGoy evened the set at 21. Albany’s defense stepped up in the final stages of the frame coming up with a huge block then forcing a Bearcat attack error to take a 2-0 lead, 25-23. Binghamton struggled down the stretch offensively compiling a .083 hitting clip.

After Albany staged an early 3-0 lead Binghamton finally woke up as a 4-0 run gave the Bearcats a 10-9 advantage. A pair of Allison Hovie kills coupled with a Burgess and Bianca Anderson block sparked the run. The Great Danes leveled the frame at 11, but a resounding 14-4 run by Binghamton quickly ended the frame. The Bearcats hits a match-best .387 during the set connecting on 15 kills while committing just three errors.

In a tightly contested fourth set Albany maintained a marginal lead until an Allison Hovie kill pulled Binghamton within one. The Great Danes kept the Bearcats at bay with 20 kills in the frame until late in the set when a 3-0 run leveled the stanza at 22, forcing an Albany timeout. A Kristin Hovie kill handed Binghamton a 23-22 advantage, but Albany scored the final three points to end the Bearcats’ season 25-23.

Binghamton’s record in America East tournament play drops to 7-6 overall, making its ninth appearance in the postseason. Albany now holds a 3-2 advantage over the Bearcats in the America East tournament snapping a brief two-match win streak for Binghamton (2009 and 2012 title matches).

Sophomore libero Bailey Walker recorded a team-high 24 digs breaking Binghamton’s single-season digs record in the process. The first-year starter for Bayport, N.Y. established a new mark of 558 digs during the 2014 season. The previous record of 551 was held by all-time digs leader Xiomara Ortiz ‘14.

The Bearcats finish the season with a 9-20 record, going 7-5 in America East play. Binghamton earned the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament for the fifth time in program history.

Men’s Basketball Defeated 78-63 by Manhattan

Rodriguez pours in 23 points, McFadden and Beck each add 10 points

November 21, 2014


Men’s Basketball Defeated 78-63 by Manhattan

Freshman guard Romello Walker

Box Score

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

UNCASVILLE, Conn.—Shane Richards scored a game-high 24 points, leading Manhattan (1-2) to a 78-63 win over Binghamton (1-4) in a Hall of Fame Tip Off Tournament game on Saturday afternoon at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The game was the third of four Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament contests the Bearcats play in this year.

Known for their ability to create turnovers, the Jaspers forced 20 Binghamton miscues and converted them into 30 points. From the field, Manhattan shot 49.1 percent, making 28 of its 57 shot attempts.

“We played against a very good team tonight,” head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “I was proud of our guys. I thought we battled hard but they forced those turnovers tonight and shot the ball very well.”

The Bearcats, meanwhile, shot 42.2 percent from the field (19-45). Freshman forward Willie Rodriguez finished with a career-high 23 points while freshman forward Justin McFadden and sophomore guard Marlon Beck II each added 10 points.

The Jaspers went on an 8-0 run in a span of 49 second to go up 19-10 with 12:04 left in the first half. Richards nailed a three pointer and sank a pair of free throws during that stretch.

Manhattan closed out first half on a 9-1 run in final 2:22 to go up 43-27 at the break. Calvin Crawford scored five straight points during that stretch.

Rich Williams scored five straight points in a span of 23 seconds, extending the Jasper lead to 58-37 with 12:30 left in regulation.

The Bearcats clawed their way back into the game, going on an 8-0 run to pull within 66-55 with 5:29 left in regulation. Beck punctuated the run with a three-point field goal.

Ashton Pankey, however, scored five straight points to put the Jaspers up 75-59 with 1:25 left to go. He and Williams each finished with 11 points.

Binghamton will face Navy at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday in its final game of the Hall of Fame Tip Off Tournament.

NOTES: Rodriguez added a team-high eight rebounds and blocked a shot.

 

 

 

Women’s Basketball battles in 89-71 loss to Xavier

Swinson notches double-double with 21 pts., 10 rebs.; Watkins and Sina combine for 36 pts.

November 21, 2014


Women’s Basketball battles in 89-71 loss to Xavier

Freshman point guard Jasmine Sina

Box Score

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Visiting Xavier (3-1) closed the first half on a 17-3 run and the Musketeers shot 63 percent in the second half to hold off Binghamton women’s basketball (1-2) 89-71 Saturday night at the Events Center.

The Bearcats, who had just eight healthy players available for the game, held their own in the program’s first-ever assignment against the talented Big East squad. Binghamton shot 50 percent in the second half and kept within striking range of Xavier until the closing minutes.

“The girls played really hard ... I’m so proud of them,” head coach Linda Cimino said. “We had too many turnovers in the first half but we kept fighting and limited our turnovers in the second half. I’m happy with how hard we played against a Big East opponent ... we never let up.”

Senior forward Sherae Swinson tallied a double-double with a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds and the freshman guard duo of Imani Watkins (19 pts.) and Jasmine Sina (17 pts.) combined for 36 points. Sina drilled 4-of-8 from beyond the arc and Watkins scored 11 of her points in the second half when the Bearcats kept battling.

Sina hit three treys in the first half and her third swish gave BU a 21-15 lead with 10:49 left in the opening period. The game was tied four times in the ensuing minutes before Swinson worked for a putback that gave the Bearcats a 30-28 lead with 5:48 to play. But Xavier forced seven turnovers in the final 5:06 and the visitors’ 22 points off turnovers were the difference in a 45-33 halftime deficit.

Xavier, which put six players in double figures, opened uip a 63-41 cushion five minutes into the second half before Binghamton made a run. A 12-2 Bearcats run featured seven points from Sina and a three-point play from sophomore forward Kristin Ross. But the Musketeers held firm and didn’t allow BU any closer than 12 the rest of the way.

“They really didn’t beat us in the half-court ... it was the turnovers,” Cimino said. “The girls have to understand the importance of taking care of the basketball. But this was an intimidating game ... playing against a Big East team with a transfer from the ACC and another transfer from the Big Ten. We played an unbelievable second half and actually played a really good first 15 minutes too. Our kids never backed down. I learned about their fight and how they don’t give up and these are things we can take with us the rest of the season.” 

Binghamton concludes its abbreviated two-game homestand by hosting Niagara at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

LaGoy Wins America East Rookie of the Year

Dettmann, Hovie named to all-conference first team, LaGoy all-rookie

November 20, 2014


LaGoy Wins America East Rookie of the Year

America East Release

List of All-Conference Teams

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

DURHAM, N.H. – Freshman Alexis LaGoy became the first-ever Binghamton player to win the America East Rookie of the Year award, as announced by the conference Thursday evening at the awards banquet held at Huddleton Hall on the campus of the University of New Hampshire. LaGoy was also named to the All-Rookie team while Amanda Dettmann and Allison Hovie were selected to the all-conference first-team. 

“It was good to see Amanda, Allison and Alexis be recognized for their hard work,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “They have played well for us all season and deserve the honor. Amanda and Allison have been great throughout their careers and Alexis had productive first season…I’m just glad we have her for a few more years.”

LaGoy, a first-year starter from Baldwinsville, N.Y., became just the second Binghamton player in program history to win a major conference award. Dettmann was the first back in 2012 when she was named Co-Setter of the Year. Head coach Glenn Kiriyama has been named America East Coach of the Year three times (2005, 2008, and 2012).

LaGoy had a monster first year compiling the second-best hitting percentage in the league (.292) and finished second among freshman with 2.18 kills per set. LaGoy was named Rookie of the Week three times (Sept. 29, Oct. 20, Oct. 27) helping Binghamton become the first school in America East history to sweep the weekly awards in back-to-back weeks.

Dettmann, a four-year starting setter for Binghamton, earned her second all-conference nod (2nd team in 2012) after leading the Bearcats to a top three hitting percentage. She ranked fourth in the conference with 9.26 assists per set while leading the league in total service aces with 35. Dettmann was named Setter of the Week twice in 2014 (Oct. 20, Oct. 27) pushing her weekly honors total to five during her illustrious career. Earlier in the season Dettmann became the third Binghamton player to eclipse 4,000 assists.

Hovie garnered her second consecutive all-conference selection after being named to the All-Rookie team in 2013. The second-year starter finished third in the league in kills per set (3.16) and second in service aces per set (0.38) while ranking among the top 15 in digs per set (2.66). Hovie was named America East Player of the Week on Oct. 20, earning her third weekly accolade of her career.

Binghamton landed a pair of players on the first-team for the first time since 2010 when Michelle McDonough and Anna Lejina were selected to the team. Overall, the Bearcats have placed 39 players on the all-conference teams since joining the league in 2002.

The Bearcats begin play in the 2014 America East tournament on Friday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. against SUNY rival Albany. Binghamton swept the season series with the Great Danes for the first time in program history.

Volleyball Travels to Durham For AE Tourney

No. 2 Bearcats face No. 3 Albany in semis Friday at 3 p.m.

November 20, 2014


Volleyball Travels to Durham For AE Tourney

Rookie of the Year Alexis LaGoy

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

Live Video | Live Stats | Game Notes | Championship Central

VESTAL, N.Y. - The Binghamton volleyball team travels to Durham this weekend for the America East tournament, Friday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 22 on the campus of the University of New Hampshire. The Bearcats, who are making their ninth conference tournament appearance, will carry the No. 2 seed into the two-day, four-team championship.

THE CHAMPIONSHIP
The 2014 championship begins with the semifinals on Friday, November 21, with the championship game on Saturday, November 22. Joining top-seed New Hampshire in the field is No. 2 Binghamton, No. 3 Albany and No. 4 Stony Brook. Binghamton and Albany will play the opening game of the tournament on Friday at 3 p.m., followed by host New Hampshire against Stony Brook at 6 p.m. The semifinal winners will play the 2014 title match on Saturday, November 22 at 2 p.m. All matches will be played at the University of New Hampshire’s Lundholm Gymnasium.

COVERAGE
Visit America East’s Championship Central throughout the tournament for previews, links to in-game coverage and postgame reaction. The 2014 championship game will be available exclusively on AmericaEast.TV and produced by Pack Network. Also follow Binghamton athletics on twitter (@BU_Bearcats) for live updates.

TWO SEED
Binghamton earned the No. 2 seed in the 2014 America East Championship via a tiebreaker after a three-way tie for second place with Albany and Stony Brook. Binghamton won the tiebreaker by virtue of its 3-1 record against the Great Danes and Seawolves. The Bearcats have been the No. 2 seed at the conference tournament five other times, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012, the most of any other seed. Binghamton won two of its three conference titles as the No. 2 seed.

TOURNAMENT HISTORY
Binghamton will be making its ninth appearance in the America East Tournament when they face Albany on Friday. The Bearcats won the conference tournament in 2005, 2009 and 2012, compiling a 7-5 overall record at the championship. The Bearcats have competed in the postseason as every seed except the No. 1 seed.

AWARD WINNER
Freshman Alexis LaGoy became just the second Binghamton volleyball player in program history to win a major conference award after being named Rookie of the Year. Teammate Amanda Dettmann was the Bearcats’ first major award winner, being named the Co-Setter of the Year in 2012. Head coach Glenn Kiriyama has won America East Coach of the Year honors three times (2005, 2008, 2012).

RIVARLY RENEWED
Binghamton and Albany will meet in the America East tournament for the fifth time on Friday. The two SUNY rivals have split the four previous matches and it will be just the second time the two have met in the semifinals, the first coming back in 2004. Binghamton and Albany battled for America East supremacy in 2008, 2009 and 2012 with the Bearcats prevailing over the Great Danes in the two most recent meetings.

ALL-CONFERENCE
Binghamton landed a trio of players on the America East All-Conference teams. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann and sophomore hitter Allison Hovie were named to the first-team while freshman Alexis LaGoy earned All-Rookie Team honors. It was the first time since 2010 (Anna Leijna & Michelle McDonough) Binghamton placed a pair of players on the all-conference first-team. The Bearcats have collected 39 all-conference selections since joining the league in 2002.

AMERICA EAST HISTORY
Binghamton swept the America East weekly awards in back-to-back weeks (Oct. 20 & Oct. 27) becoming the first program in the league’s 23-year history to do so. On Oct. 20 Allison Hovie was named Player of the Week joined by Amanda Dettmann (Setter of the Week) and Alexis LaGoy (Rookie of the Week). A week later Megan Burgess won her first-ever conference accolade earning Player of the Week honors. She was joined by Dettmann and LaGoy as the conference’s weekly award winners.

200-KILL CLUB
Binghamton employed a balanced attack throughout 2014 as four different players eclipsed 200 kills for the season. Leading hitter Allison Hovie connected on a team-best 254 kills, followed by junior right side Megan Burgess with 252. Allison Hovie and Burgess reached 200 kills in back-to-back seasons. Rounding out BU’s top four offensive options are freshman Alexis LaGoy (229) and senior Kristin Hovie (215). Binghamton is one of two America East teams to have four players with over 200 kills (Stony Brook).

RECORD BREAKER
Sophomore libero Bailey Walker set a new school mark for digs in a single match with 35 against New Hampshire on Oct. 3. During the 2014 season Walker has racked up 534 digs and currently ranks 27th in the nation with 5.13 digs per set. Walker 534 digs is the second highest mark in a single season by a Bearcat and with 17 more she will surpass career digs leader Xiomara Ortiz’s record of 551 set in 2012. Her 5.13 digs per set is also on pace to break Ortiz’s current record of 4.63.

SERIES SWEEP
Binghamton swept the season series with Albany for the first time in program history in 2014. The Bearcats defeated the Great Danes in straight sets in state’s capital (Sept. 26) before winning in four at home (Oct. 24). Binghamton won for just the second-time ever at Albany in a regular season match, beating the Great Danes on the road for the first time since 2010. Prior to that Albany won eight straight home matches against Binghamton in the regular season (10 including postseason). The Bearcats snapped the 10-match losing streak at Albany in the 2009 America East title match. Binghamton also won its 2012 America East championship in Albany over the Great Danes.

SCHEDULE

2014 America East Volleyball Championship
Semifinals - Friday, November 21
Match 1 - No. 2 Binghamton vs. No. 3 Albany - 3 p.m.
Match 2 - No. 1 New Hampshire vs. No. 4 Stony Brook - 6 p.m.

Final - Saturday, November 22
Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2 - 2 p.m.

Hatcher and Roache named to America East All-Academic Teams

Bearcat duo honored for success on the course and in the classroom

November 19, 2014


Hatcher and Roache named to America East All-Academic Teams

Alexis Hatcher

America East Release

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

Junior Alexis Hatcher and senior Andrew Roache have been named to the America East Cross Country All-Academic Squad. They each earned the accolade for the first time in their careers.

In order to be eligible for the all-academic team, a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.3, have been at their respective institution for at least one full calendar year and been a significant contributor to their team. There are separate all-academic teams for the men and women.

Hatcher concluded the season with a career-best 74th-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional Meet this past Friday. It marks the best finish by a BU runner in the women’s race since Ashley Horton was 57th in 2007. Two weeks earlier, Hatcher was team-best 25th at the America East Championships.

In the classroom, Hatcher was named to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2012 and 2013. This past April, she was inducted into the National College Athlete Honor Society.

Roache, meanwhile, was 21st in the men’s race at the America East Championships. He was the Bearcats’ fifth runner and in the process, clinched their first team title since 2009.

At the Northeast Regional Meet, Roache was 98th and was once again Binghamton’s finish runner. The Bearcats were 13th overall as a team, finishing the year regionally ranked for the fourth time in six years.

Like Hatcher, Roache is also a member of the National College Athlete Honor Society, having been inducted in 2013. He has also been named to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll each season he has been with the program.

Since the America East All-Academic Teams were established in 2005, the Binghamton men’s cross country program has had 12 selections while the Bearcat women have had three honorees.

Women’s Basketball Inks Trio of High School Standouts

Rebecca Carmody, Kennedi Thompson and McKayla Hernandez to join program next fall

November 19, 2014


Women’s Basketball Inks Trio of High School Standouts

Photo Gallery

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

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton women’s basketball program has received a National Letter of Intent (NLI) from three high school players in the Northeast Region. All of them will join the squad of freshmen next September.

“I am very excited about our first recruiting class,” head coach Linda Cimino said. “The young women we are welcoming into the program are very well-rounded and know what it takes to succeed on and off the basketball court.”

Rebecca Carmody (Waymart, Pa.) is a guard from Western Wayne High School. She is a three-year starter and has earned All-Lackawanna League honors twice. As a junior, she averaged 14.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 5.2 steals and 2.5 blocks per game.

“Rebecca is a great athlete and a tough competitor,” Cimino said. “Being from the Scranton area, it was important that my staff and I keep Rebecca close to home. She really can affect the game on both ends of the court, and her ability will be a great addition for us right away.”

Kennedi Thompson (Mullica Hill, N.J.) is a forward from Gloucester Catholic High School. She played her first two years at Clearview Regional High School before transferring to her current school. Thompson, who averaged seven points and eight rebounds last season, was named second-team tri-county her sophomore year. She was also honorable mention tri-county her freshman year.

“Kennedi is a versatile post player that can score inside and out,” Cimino said. “She plays for a terrific high school program at Gloucester Catholic, and we expect her to compete and add depth to our
rotation from day one.”

McKayla Hernandez (Manhasset, N.Y.) is a guard from St. Mary’s High School. As a junior, she averaged 12.9 points, 5.7 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. She received the team’s Coaches’ Award following the 2013-14 season. Hernandez was high school teammates with current Bearcat sophomore forward Alyssa James. Her father Jay is currently an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic of the NBA.

“This will be McKayla’s sixth season of varsity basketball, so she knows how to push herself and compete at a high level,” Cimino said. “She has great experience at multiple guard positions and we look forward to her making an impact.”
Binghamton (1-1) hosts Xavier in its home opener on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Women’s basketball game at Canisius postponed

Inclement weather in Western New York to blame; BU hosts Xavier on Saturday

November 18, 2014


Women’s basketball game at Canisius postponed

Freshman guard Imani Watkins

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

VESTAL, N.Y. - Poor weather conditions in the Buffalo area have forced the postponement of Binghamton’s women’s basketball game at Canisius, originally scheduled for Wednesday night.

No makeup date has been announced.

The Bearcats (1-1) will look ahead to their home opener on Saturday, when BU welcomes Xavier to town. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at the Events Center.

Men’s basketball roars past Hartwick 82-51

Perovic scores game-high 18 points; BU notches first win in home opener

November 18, 2014


Men’s basketball roars past Hartwick 82-51

Freshman forward Dusan Perovic

Box Score

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Freshman forward Dusan Perovic tallied a game-high 18 points and Binghamton scored 31 points off turnovers in an 82-51 win over Hartwick in the team’s home opener Wednesday night from the Events Center. 

After a tough two-game, five-day road swing to open the season, the Bearcats (1-2) renewed acquaintances with one of their oldest rivals dating back to 1946 and forced 19 Hawks turnovers in the 31-point triumph.

Midway through the first half, BU led 17-14 before embarking on a 16-3 run that spanned 5:06 and featured points from five different players. Sophomore guard Yosef Yacob scored six points during the run.

Up 41-25 at intermission, the Bearcats turned up the pressure to start the second half. A pair of three-pointers in the opening 33 seconds - one from freshman wing Justin McFadden and then after a McFadden steal, another trey from Yacob, pushed BU’s lead to 22, 47-25. Hartwick would pull no closer than 18 the rest of the way. 

“I thought we took care of business and I was pleased with our overall performance tonight,” head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “It’s still early in the season so we have a lot of things to clean up ... but we were on a mission ... we needed to bounce back, play well and win our first game at home and we were able to do that.”

Perovic scored 13 of his 18 points in the first half and wound up hitting 8-of-12 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. Yacob tallied 14 points, freshman guard Romello Walker had nine points, five rebounds and five assists and junior wing Jordan Reed chipped in eight points, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

Binghamton shot 52 percent in the second half to extend their cushion. After allowing six Hartwick three-pointers in the first half, BU clamped down in the final period, forcing the Hawks into 1-for-9 shooting from long range. 

The minutes were spread up and down the lineup with no player logging more than 27 minutes. 

Binghamton next heads to the Mohegan Sun (Conn.) and the final two games of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. In Saturday’s 5:30 p.m. regional semifinal, BU will face reigning MAAC champion Manhattan. On Sunday, the Bearcats will play either Northeastern or Navy in the final game of the tournament. 

NOTES
The last time Binghamton and Hartwick played was in 1998 (17 years ago) when BU posted a 71-61 home win in the team’s final season as a Division III program. The teams met twice that season with the BU also winning 79-73 in Oneonta. The all-time series with Hartwick dates back to 1946 - the school’s inaugural basketball season as Triple Cities College.

Watkins named America East Rookie of the Week

Freshman guard averaged 20.0 points in Akron Classic

November 17, 2014


Watkins named America East Rookie of the Week

Imani Watkins

America East Release

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

VESTAL, N.Y. – Freshman guard Imani Watkins has been named the America East Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week. She earned the accolade by virtue of her performance at the Akron Classic this past weekend.

Watkins was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 20.0 points per game in a pair of contests. She scored a team-high 19 points against Akron on Friday and followed up with a 21-point, nine-rebound performance against Delaware State the following day.

“We are really proud of Imani,” head coach Linda Cimino said. “She played very well this weekend in her first college games.”

The 19-point performance against the Zips marked the most point scored by a Binghamton player making their debut since the program moved up to the NCAA Division I in 2001. Against the Hornets, Watkins became the first Bearcat freshman to reach the 20-point mark since Andrea Holmes against Albany on Feb. 7, 2009.

Binghamton (1-1) travels to Canisius for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday.

Men’s basketball pushes Providence for half in loss

Bearcats use 21-8 run to end first half, trailed reigning Big East champs by just four at break

November 16, 2014


Men’s basketball pushes Providence for half in loss

Sophomore guard Marlon Beck

Game Stats

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Host Providence (2-0) began the second half with a 22-3 run and the Friars withstood a determined effort from Binghamton men’s basketball (0-2) in a 66-45 win Monday night from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Bearcats kept within striking range into the early minutes of the second half before fouls (7 called in first 4 minutes of half) and a poor shooting stretch allowed the reigning Big East champion Friars to pull away.

“There were some real positives,” head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “You’re never happy to lose by 20 but we fought really hard and played good defense. We found great rhythm at the end of the first half ... halftime actually hurt us. The turnovers were costly and led to a lot of their points and I think we also got a little tired in the second half. But we hung with it, kept fighting and I thought collectively we looked like a much better team than Friday (at Notre Dame). Now we have to get some rest tomorrow and try to get a win on our home court Wednesday.”

The Bearcats struggled with Providence’s size and trapping during the early stages of the game. Binghamton hit just 1-of-10 to start and committed 10 turnovers in the game’s first 12 minutes. But trailing 25-8 midway through the half, BU caught fire. Freshman guard Romello Walker keyed a 14-2 run with two steals and six points and five different players scored as BU stormed back by hitting 6-of-7 shots during the run. The Bearcats then held firm in the final two minutes and scored the final seven points of the half, trimming their deficit to just four, 33-29, at the break. Binghamton hit 11-of-16 after the slow start (69%).

Sophomore forward Nick Madray hit a pair of three-pointers and put a game-high 10 on the board at the break. Sophomore guard Yosef Yacob had seven points and Walker added six.

But the Friars quickly took control in the second half and used a 16-1 run to extend their lead. The hosts hit 8-of-11 during a stretch that also saw the Bearcats misfire on 14 straight from the floor. Providence held a 49-26 advantage on the glass and forced 17 BU turnovers.

Freshman forward Dusan Perovic tallied 11 straight BU points late in the game and scored 11 of his team-high 13 points in the second half. Perovic hit 6-of-11 from the floor and added two boards, a block and a steal in 29 minutes. Madray wound up with 10 points.

Binghamton next hosts Hartwick in its home opener at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Events Center.

Arizona St. Hands Wrestling 23-15 Setback

Bearcats pick up four wins on the afternoon; drop season-opening dual

November 15, 2014


Arizona St. Hands Wrestling 23-15 Setback

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. – The Binghamton wrestling team opened its 2014-15 dual match schedule Saturday afternoon falling to Arizona State, 23-15, at the Journeymen Tussle hosted by Shenendehowa High School. The Bearcats picked up four wins on the day, but just one bonus-point victory in their first-ever meeting with the Sun Devils. ASU recorded three bonus-point wins on the day en route to its second straight dual victory.

“I thought it was a highly competitive dual,” head coach Matt Dernlan said. “It came down to executing in key situations and they were able to do a better job at that than us. We matched their effort and wrestled hard, but we lacked the maturity to finish our opportunities.”

Arizona State took an early 3-0 lead with a win at 165, but true freshman Steve Schneider picked up his first collegiate dual victory thanks to a last second take down to even the match. Schneider, who finished fourth at the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open last weekend, improved his record to 7-2 with 3-2 win over Ray Waters. In the final seconds of the third period one final lunge allowed Schneider the double-leg take down.

“Steve gutted-out a huge performance when he was having a tough time scoring on the guy,” Dernlan noted. “He never quit, even with short-time he battled until the end and earned a much-deserved victory.”

The Sun Devils opened up some breathing room with a major decision at 184 and a fall at 197, extending their lead to 13-3. Arizona State’s Blake Stauffer, the nation’s ninth ranked wrestler, defeated Jack McKeever before Josh DaSliveira pinned Caleb Wallace in the first period of the 197 bout.

A 10-4 win by senior heavyweight Tyler Deuel (5-0) over Chace Eskam trimmed the deficit to seven before redshirt freshman Thierno Diallo (4-2) defeated Judson Preskitt, 5-2, at 125 to pull Binghamton within four. Deuel, who is ranked No. 20 in the country, dominated his match throughout while Diallo executed a pair of reversals in the second period to secure his win. A forfeit at 133 handed the Bearcats six points and a 15-13 lead, but it was short-lived as Arizona State won the final three bouts for the 23-15 victory.

Binghamton was one of four schools to take part in the Journeymen Tussle, joining second-ranked Ohio State, Army and Arizona State in the state’s capital. Ohio State and Army battled simultaneously with the Bearcats and Sun Devils while OSU and ASU will meet later in the day.

Binghamton returns to action next weekend making the short trip to Ithaca for the New York State Intercollegiate Championship at Cornell University.

Arizona State 23, Binghamton 15
165:  J. Smith (ASU) def.  Z. Zupan (Bing.) by dec., 11-7 (ASU 3, Bing. 0)
174: S. Schneider (Bing.) def. R. Waters (ASU) by dec., 3-2 (ASU 3, Bing. 3)
184: No. 9 B. Stauffer (ASU) def. J. McKeever (Bing.) by maj. dec., 11-2 (ASU 7, Bing. 3)
197: J. DaSliveira (ASU) def. C. Wallace (Bing.) by fall (1st period) (ASU 13, Bing. 3)
Hwt.: No. 20 T. Deuel (Bing.) def. C. Eskam (ASU) by dec., 10-4 (ASU 13, Bing. 6)
125: T. Diallo (Bing.) def.  J. Preskitt (ASU) by dec., 5-2 (ASU 13, Bing. 9)
133: D. White (Bing.) def. D. Brady (ASU) by forfeit (Bing. 15, ASU 13)
141: M. Spraggins (ASU) def. D. Caruana (Bing.) by dec., 13-8 (ASU 16, Bing. 15)
149: C. Pagdilao (ASU) def. N. Tighe (Bing.) by maj. dec., 12-1 (ASU 20, Bing. 15)
157: O. Pierce (ASU) def. V. DePrez (Bing.) by dec., 5-1 (ASU 23, Bing. 15)

Women’s Basketball Beats Delaware State 90-84

Albrecht scores career-high 27 points, Watkins adds 21 points

November 15, 2014


Women’s Basketball Beats Delaware State 90-84

Jasmine Sina

Final Stats (HTM)

Final Stats (PDF)

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

AKRON, Ohio –  Junior guard Kim Albrecht poured in a career-high 27 points and freshman guard Imani Watkins added 21 points, powering Binghamton (1-1) to a 90-84 win over Delaware State (0-2) in the final day of the Akron Classic on Saturday afternoon at Rhodes Arena. The victory was the Bearcats’ first under head coach Linda Cimino.

Albrecht, whose previous career high was 16 points, nailed three three-point field goals and was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line. Watkins, who was named to the all-tournament team, also added nine rebounds and four assists.

Freshman guard Jasmine Sina scored a career-high 18 points while senior forward Sherae Swinson finished with 14 points.

“Our team showed a lot of heart today,” Cimino said. “We had several players step up for us. In the first half, we struggled from the free throw line but we shot a lot better (from the line) in the second half.”

The 90 points is the most scored by Binghamton since it defeated Stony Brook 91-86 on January 18, 2009. The last time a pair of Bearcat players scored at least 20 points was on Jan. 2, 2012 in a 72-54 win over Maine (Viive Rebane had 26 points and Orla O’Reilly netted with 22 points).

Down 11-5 early in the game, the Bearcats went on a 10-4 run to tie it up at 15-15 with 12:10 remaining in the first half.  Albrecht had five points during that stretch, including the game-tying three-point field goal.

The lead went back and forth over the next seven minutes before Binghamton went on a 10-0 blitz in a span of 3:13 to take a 40-29 lead with 1:15 remaining in the half. Watkins had eight of her points during that stretch.

Leading 42-33 at the break, the Bearcats stretched their lead to 57-43 on a three-point field goal by Sina with 14:10 left in regulation.

Delaware State closed within 81-74 with 2:38 left in regulation. From there, however, the Bearcats sank their last 10 free throws to ice the game. Albrecht made the last six attempts.

Tierra Hawkins and Raven Bankston each finished with 22 points for Delaware State.

Watkins finished the weekend with 20.0 points per game, having scored a team-high 19 points against Akron on Friday night.

Up next for Binghamton is a Wednesday night game at Canisius. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

NOTES: Albrecht set her previous career high against Stony Brook on Feb. 6, 2014 … Sina finished the weekend with 13.5 points per game ... Watkins is the first BU freshman to score at least 20 points in a game since Andrea Holmes finished with 24 points at Albany on Feb. 7, 2009.

Volleyball Defeats UMBC, Secures Playoff Spot

Bearcats earn ninth America East tournament berth in program history

November 14, 2014


Volleyball Defeats UMBC, Secures Playoff Spot

Box Score

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

BALTIMORE – It took until the final match of the regular season, but the Binghamton volleyball team advanced to the America East tournament thanks to a four-set win over UMBC, Friday night in Baltimore. The Bearcats (9-19, 7-5 AE) destiny was sealed when Hartford lost to New Hampshire earlier in the evening, but Binghamton earned a spot in next weekend’s conference championship with the victory over the Retrievers (10-14, 4-7 AE).

Binghamton was led by three players in double-figures highlighted by Allison Hovie’s team-high 12 kills and 15 digs. Junior Megan Burgess and freshman Alexis LaGoy recorded 11 and 10 terminations, respectively. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann registered her eight consecutive double-double with 37 assists and 10 digs.

“It was nice to get the win and end the season on a high note,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “We scrapped and fought hard tonight. I thought we served tough in the games we won and limited their offensive chances. It was good all-around performance and I’m proud of the way we played. We got a lot of hitters involved and Amanda did a good job of running the offense.”

Senior Kristin Hovie added six kills pushing her past Megan Hoag ’07 on the program’s all-time kills list. Hovie now has 1,024 career terminations to move into seventh place all-time.

Binghamton raced out to a 4-0 lead in the opening frame and never looked back. Burgess connected on three straight kills to open the match and spark the Bearcats’ offense. Poor execution on both sides allowed Binghamton to maintain its cushion until an emphatic 9-0 run by the Bearcats ended the set, 25-12. The run was ignited by four kills from LaGoy and three from Hovie then capped by a perfectly executed drop kill from Dettmann. Thanks to the late run, Binghamton managed a .219 hitting percentage following six early attack errors.

In a back-and-forth second set, UMBC’s defense limited Binghamton to a. 033 hitting clip while connecting on 14 kills to level the match at one game apiece, 25-21. The Bearcats took a brief lead midway through the set, 13-10, but UMBC rallied to even the set and eventually break away for its own three point advantage. A LaGoy kill kept the Bearcats alive, but UMBC was able to even the match heading into the break.

In the always pivotal third set, Binghamton again got off to a good start thanks to the Hovie sisters. Allison scored twice in the service game while Kristin painted a pair of kills down the line to spark a 6-0 run to open the frame. Seven early UMBC attack errors allowed Binghamton to open a 14-6 lead midway through the stanza forcing a Retriever timeout. A potent Bearcat attack (.240 attack percentage) kept the pressure on UMBC cruising to the 2-1 advantage, 25-16.

Binghamton resisted a late rally by UMBC to hold the Retrievers off in the fourth set, 25-20. A 4-0 Bearcat run highlighted by a Bianca Anderson kill and block opened an 11-7 BU advantage. UMBC rallied twice to pull within one, but the Bearcats executed down the stretch committing just one attack error in the final frame recording a match-best .364 hitting clip. UMBC connected on 18 kills, but it wasn’t enough falling to the Bearcats in Baltimore for the first time since 2010.

Binghamton is currently locked into a two-way tie for second with Stony Brook after the Seawolves lost at UMass Lowell Friday night. Stony Brook owns the tiebreaker over Binghamton due to points won in sets played (third criteria). However, if Albany wins at UMBC Sunday there would be a three-way tie for second. In that scenario Binghamton would be the No. 2 seed and Albany No. 3. If Albany loses, Stony Brook will be the No. 2 seed and Binghamton No. 3.

New Hampshire won the regular season title for the second straight season and will host the conference tournament next weekend in Durham.

Cross country competes at NCAA Northeast Regional Meet

Bearcats 13th in men’s race, 29th in women’s event

November 14, 2014


Cross country competes at NCAA Northeast Regional Meet

Ethan Hausamann

Meet Results

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

BRONX, N.Y. – Junior Ethan Hausmann was 39th in the men’s race, highlighting the Binghamton cross country teams’ performances at the NCAA Northeast Regional Meet on Friday at Van Cortlandt Park. The Bearcat men were 13th out of 39 squads while the women were 29th out of 40 teams.

The Bearcat men came into the race ranked No. 13 in the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Poll. They placed among the top 15 teams at the regional meet for the fifth time since 2008 and will finish the season ranked in the USTFCCA Poll for the fourth time in six years.

Hausamann covered the 10K course in a time of 31:19. In the process, he recorded the highest finish by a Bearcat men’s runner since Erik van Ingen was 12th and Chris Gaube was 38th in 2010.

Sophomore Eric Holt was 67th (31:40), senior Matt Johnson was 71st (31:41), senior Jesse Garn placed 77th (31:48) and senior Andrew Roache was 98th (32:06).

Jake Byrne of Iona won the men’s race with a time of 30:26. Syracuse, meanwhile, was the top team with 45 points.

There were 261 runners in the men’s race.

On the women’s side, Alexis Hatcher placed 74th in the 6K race, finishing with a time of 21:48. It is the highest finish by a Binghamton runner in the women’s event since Ashley Horton was 57th in 2007.

Freshman Allison Davis was the Bearcats’ second runner, placing 178th overall (23:11).

Kate Avery won of Iona won the women’s race with a time of 19:49. She paced the Gaels to the team title as well, with 91 points.

There were 275 runners in the women’s race.

NOTE: Binghamton was also the top team from the America East Conference, beating six other schools. Stony Brook was second among conference schools with a 19th-place finish.

Binghamton SAAC Raising Awareness During Movember

Pair of events slated for next week to raise money for men's health awareness

November 14, 2014


Binghamton SAAC Raising Awareness During Movember

Binghamton University Movember Page

Binghamton Movember Facebook Page

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - The Binghamton Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has teamed-up with the Movember Foundation to raise awareness for men’s health issues during the month of November. A pair of events organized by golfers Sameer Kalia and Jack Sedgewick are aimed at helping the cause by reaching college students to support the foundation.

On Thursday, November 20 there will be a 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the Events Center from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A $20 donation is requested per team for the basketball tournament. All proceeds with go directly to the Movember Foundation.

The basketball tournament is open to all Binghamton students with a valid student I.D. and space is limited to the first 16 teams to sign up. Prizes will be awarded for the winning team and the team with the best uniforms. Participants may register via the Binghamton Movember Facebook page.

The Movember Foundation is the leading global organization committed to changing the face of men’s health.

The Movember community has raised $559 million to date and funded over 800 programs in 21 countries. This work is saving and improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.

The Movember Foundation challenges men to grow mustaches during Movember (formerly known as November), to spark conversation and raise vital funds for its men’s health programs. To date, 4 million mustaches have been grown worldwide, but we won’t stop growing as long as serious men’s health issues exist.

Wrestling Faces Arizona State Saturday

Bearcats begin dual match season against Sun Devils at 2 p.m. in Albany

November 14, 2014


Wrestling Faces Arizona State Saturday

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton wrestling program will open its 2014-15 dual match season against Arizona State, Saturday afternoon at the Journeymen Tussle hosted by Shenendehowa High School. The Bearcats kicked off their season last weekend hosting the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open at the Events Center. Arizona St. is the first of 20 duals for Binghamton during its 2014-15 campaign.

Joining Binghamton at the Journeymen Tussle in Clifton Park, N.Y. will be second-ranked Ohio State, Army and PAC-12 member Arizona State. The Bearcats and Sun Devils begin their dual at 2 p.m. while Ohio State and Army battle.

At last week’s Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open Binghamton had one champion and four other Bearcats place in the top four. Heavyweight Tyler Deuel went 4-0 recording three bonus-point victories in route to his first career tournament title. On the heels of his title, Deuel jumped into Intermat’s heavyweight rankings at No. 20.

The surprise of the tournament was 157-pound true freshman Vincent DePrez, who went 5-1 to capture third at the season-opening event. DePrez recorded a pair of pins during his run including a fall in sudden victory over Taylor Simaz of Cornell. Junior Jack McKeever also took third while redshirt freshman Thierno Diallo and true freshman Steve Schneider each captured fourth.

Arizona State is fresh off a 19-13 victory over West Virginia in Morgantown Thursday. The Sun Devils opened its season at the Daktronics Open hosted by South Dakota State. Arizona State was led by ninth-ranked Blake Stauffer and Dalton Brady who picked up titles at 184-pounds and 133-pounds, respectively. Stauffer is a two-time NCAA qualifier and went 2-2 at Nationals last year after placing third at the PAC-12 Championship.

Fans with a subscription to FloWrestling will be able to follow the duals via livestream by click here.

Binghamton returns to action next weekend making the short trip to Ithaca for the New York State Championship at Cornell University.

MATCHUPS
125: Thierno Diallo (BING) vs. Judson Preskitt or Ares Carplo (ASU)
133: David White (BING) vs. Dalton Brady (ASU)
141: Dylan Caruana (BING) vs. Mech Spraggins (ASU)
149: Nick Tighe (BING) vs. Christian Pagdilao (ASU)
157: Vincent DePrez (BING) vs. Oliver Pierce or Joel Smith (ASU)
165: Zack Zupan (BING) vs. Jacen Petersen (ASU)
174: Steve Schneider (BING) vs. Ray Waters (ASU)
184: Jack McKeever (BING) vs. No. 9 Blake Stauffer (ASU)
197: Caleb Wallace (BING) vs. Josh DaSliveira or Wes Moore (ASU)
285: No. 20 Tyler Deuel (BING) vs. Chace Eskam (ASU)

Rankings according to Nov. 11 Intermat

Volleyball Concludes Season At UMBC

Win-and-get-in for the Bearcats who seek ninth postseason appearance

November 13, 2014


Volleyball Concludes Season At UMBC

Live Stats

Live Video

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

MATCH INFORMATION
MATCH #28: Binghamton vs. UMBC
MATCH TIME: Friday, Nov. 14, 2014; 7 p.m.
MATCH SITE: RAC Arena (Baltimore, Md.)
SERIES RECORD: Binghamton leads, 17-11
LAST MEETING: Binghamton won, 3-0; Oct. 19, 2014

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball team concludes its regular season Friday night at UMBC with its playoff destiny still undetermined. The Bearcats (8-19, 6-5 AE) travel to Baltimore for a matchup with the Retrievers (10-13, 4-6 AE) at 7 p.m. from RAC Arena. With a win the Bearcats will advance to their ninth America East tournament however, Binghamton will need help if they fall to UMBC.

BINGHAMTON OUTLOOK
Two weeks ago the Bearcats were sitting in second place with a 6-2 conference record thanks to a season-best four-match win streak. After three straight losses however, Binghamton needs a victory in its final match to secure a playoff spot. One loss by either UMBC or Hartford will also advance the Bearcats to the postseason.

Last weekend, the Bearcats fell at Stony Brook and Hartford. Binghamton went into the weekend needing just one win to clinch a postseason berth but dropped its match with the Seawolves in four sets before letting two match-points slip away against Hartford in a five-set thriller. The Bearcats went from a possible No. 2 seed to striving for one of the last positions in the tournament.

Binghamton is led by sophomore hitter Allison Hovie, who ranks third in the league with 3.18 kills per set. Junior right side Megan Burgess is the Bearcats’ second option ranking among the conference’s top ten in kills (2.56 k/s) and hitting percentage (.224). Freshman Alexis LaGoy has played strong in the middle with a .292 attack percentage (3rd in AE) and 2.17 kills per set. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann is fourth in the conference in assists (9.26 a/s) and service aces (0.32 sa/s). Sophomore libero Bailey Walker has been steady on the backline with 5.17 digs per set, which ranks second in the league and 22nd in the nation.

The Bearcats rank fourth in the league with a .178 hitting percentage, but continue to struggle stopping the opposition’s attack, allowing a .217 hitting clip. Binghamton ranks third in the conference in kills (11.89 k/s), service aces (1.39 sa/s) and digs (15.85 d/s).

SCOUTING UMBC
UMBC comes into the match with a 10-13 record overall and a 4-6 America East mark on the year, having lost their last two matches against Stony Brook (October 31, 3-0) and Hartford (November 2, 3-1). The Retrievers are just 1-5 in home games in 2014.

Junior Krystal Mlemchukwu leads the team with 234 kills, ranking fifth in the league with 3.00 kills per set. Schmidt is a close second with 192 kills, good for a 2.31 clip.

Junior Paige Miller paces the squad with 758 assists on the year. Miller sits in fifth in the conference with 9.13 assists per set.

UMBC would need to win out to have a chance at the playoffs. Binghamton currently holds the tiebreaker over the Retrievers, but UMBC could eliminate that advantage with a sweep of the Bearcats. UMBC hosts Albany on Sunday.

THE SERIES
Binghamton owns a 17-11 advantage in the all-time series with UMBC which dates back to the 2002 season. The Bearcats have lost their last four matches in Baltimore and haven’t won at RAC Arena since 2010. Binghamton is 3-2 in the last five outings with UMBC including a dramatic five-set victory during the 2012 America East tournament semifinals.

PLAYOFF OUTLOOK
With a win Binghamton advances to the America East tournament. If the Bearcats lose, they would need a loss by UMBC and Hartford to earn a berth in the postseason. Hartford owns the tiebreaker over Binghamton by virtue of sweeping the season series. Hartford plays at New Hampshire and UMass Lowell over the weekend. Hartford and UMBC would have to win both of their matches to have a chance at the postseason.

Women’s Basketball Defeated by Akron 80-49 in Season Opener

Watkins finishes with 19 points, Sina adds nine points and seven rebounds

November 13, 2014


Women’s Basketball Defeated by Akron 80-49 in Season Opener

Final Stats (HTM)

Final Stats (PDF)

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

AKRON, Ohio – In its first game under new head coach Linda Cimino, the Binghamton women’s basketball team hung tough against defending MAC champion Akron before losing 80-49 on Friday night at Rhodes Arena. The game marked the opening round of the inaugural Akron Classic.

The Bearcats started a pair of freshmen, both of whom delivered impressive debuts. Guard Imani Watkins finished with a team-high 19 points while fellow rookie point guard Jasmine Sina added nine points, seven rebounds and three assists. Sophomore forward Kristin Ross also had nine points.

Watkins’ 19 points is the most ever scored by a Binghamton freshman in their debut performance during the program’s 14-year NCAA Division I era. The previous mark of 18 points was set by Jasbriell Swain on Nov. 12, 2010.

In the end, however, the difference was Anita Brown. She finished with 29 points and 10 rebounds for the Zips. Sina King added 19 points and finished with a game-high 11 rebounds.

The Bearcats went on a 15-0 run, nailing five consecutive three-point field goals in the process, to go up 17-9 with 14:04 left in the first half. Watkins hit three of those shots and Sina drained the other two attempts. It took just 2:52 for Binghamton to complete their outburst.

From there, however, the Zips went on a 15-6 run to go back ahead 24-23 with 5:13 left before the break. King had nine points during that stretch. Akron went on to take a 30-27 lead at the break.

Binghamton stayed within single digits for much of the second half. It was within 40-34 at the 15:46 mark and 51-44 with 9:55 left to go.

Brown, however, netted six straight points to give Akron a 57-44 lead with 8:25 left to go. That forced Binghamton to call a timeout. The Zips went on to stretch their lead to 73-59 with 2:30 remaining before both teams emptied their benches.

Binghamton faces Delaware State on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the final day of the Akron Tournament.

Men’s Basketball drops opener at Notre Dame

Irish shoot 55%, force 19 turnovers; Madray and McFadden combine for 17 pts

November 12, 2014


Men’s Basketball drops opener at Notre Dame

Junior wing Jordan Reed

Box Score

Photos (Notre Dame site)

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Host Notre Dame used an early 18-0 run to take command and the Fighting Irish shot 55 percent and forced 19 turnovers en route to an 82-39 win over Binghamton men’s basketball Friday night at the Purcell Pavilion. The season-opener for both teams was broadcast on ESPN3.

Notre Dame used five BU turnovers in the game’s opening four minutes to quickly forge a lead and a seven-minute scoring drought turned into a double-digit deficit for the Bearcats. Binghamton trailed 41-23 at the break and the hosts stretched their lead by hitting 8-of-11 to start the second half.

“It was a struggle,” head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “I told the guys this is our starting point ... it feels terrible but it’s a 30-game season. If this is where we are to start the season, then we certainly have to get better and we will. We got our bell rung tonight and we have to respond and get back to practice. We’ll grow from this.”

Sophomore forward Nick Madray hit a three-pointer in the game’s first minute to give BU a 3-2 lead and Madray wound up with a team-high nine points in 16 minutes. Freshman wing Justin McFadden chipped in eight points and four rebounds in 23 minutes of work.

Six-foot-10 forward Zach Auguste led four Notre Dame players in double figures with a game-high 19 points. Senior guard Pat Connaughton had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

On Saturday, the team departs South Bend for Providence and another tough matchup against the defending BIG EAST champion Friars on Monday night. Both games are preliminary games for the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament, which culminates next weekend at Mohegan Sun (Conn.). 
   

Former captain Lukusa joins men’s basketball staff

Program leader and four-year standout will be coordinator of player development

November 11, 2014


Former captain Lukusa joins men’s basketball staff

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Former captain and standout guard Chretien Lukusa is returning to the men’s basketball program. A 2011 Binghamton graduate who also earned his master’s degree at the university, Lukusa will step into the role of coordinator of player development. The hiring of Lukusa completes third-year head coach Tommy Dempsey’s staff, which also includes associate head coach Ben Luber and assistant coaches Bryan Goodman and Herb Courtney.

Lukusa starred for the Bearcats from 2007-11, playing in 116 career games – second-most of any player in school history. A four-year letterwinner and two-year captain, Lukusa scored 640 career points and ranks among the program’s top-six in assists (170), steals (92) and rebounds (275).

“We’re excited to have Chretien on board,” Dempsey said. “He is an aspiring young coach who will serve as another great mentor to the young men in our program.”

After receiving his master’s degree in student affairs administration, Lukusa remained on campus and has worked as an undergraduate admissions counselor for nearly two years.

A proud and strong ambassador for the BU basketball program and the University as a whole, Lukusa stood tall during a playing tenure whose wide ranging spectrum included a conference title, NCAA tournament berth, two coaching changes and national attention.

He was selected as a recipient of the Director’s Award in 2010 after leading the program through a tumultuous season. That season, he started 30 games and ranked fifth in the America East in minutes played. His signature offensive game was a 24-point outburst against Drake, thanks to six three-pointers.

As a sophomore, Lukusa played a key role in BU’s record-setting 23-9 season that culminated with the program’s first conference championship and NCAA berth at any level in 63 years. A defensive specialist with the power to get to the rim, Lukusa logged 31 minutes in BU’s historic NCAA game against Duke on March 19, 2009. That season, he also scored the game-winning shot to beat Boston University.

A native of Toronto, Lukusa served as captain of the Canadian Men’s Junior National Team (2006-07). He also has given back to his community, serving as a recreation center volunteer, where he tutored Toronto-area youngsters and supervised sporting events. 

Lukusa was active on campus and in the Binghamton community throughout his undergraduate and graduate programs. He worked in the office of the Vice President for Administration in the University Counsel for two years and also served in supervisory roles within the athletics game operations, management and facilities areas. Off campus, Lukusa was a mentor for local special-needs individuals at the Magic Paintbrush Project and also was an active participant in numerous basketball camps and clinics. 
 
He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in Africana Studies in 2011.

Men’s Soccer loses 2-1 in overtime at Hartford in AE Semifinals

Hawks net game winner with 53 seconds left in first sudden-death overtime period

November 11, 2014


Men’s Soccer loses 2-1 in overtime at Hartford in AE Semifinals

Robert Moewes

Final Stats

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

WEST HARTFORD, Conn – Connor Yeaney scored a pair of goals, including the game winner in overtime, leading Hartford (11-5-2) to a 2-1 overtime win over Binghamton (5-14-1) in an America East semifinal game on Wednesday night at Al Marzook Field. The game marked the Bearcats’ first appearance in the semifinals since 2008.

With time running down in the first sudden-death overtime period, Udi Cohen took a corner kick for the Hawks. Following a scramble in front of the goal, Yeaney banged the ball into the net from close range.

Yeaney’s first goal of the game, which also came off a corner kick, broke a scoreless tie in the 74th minute. Rohan Roye, who took the kick, was credited with the assist.

Less than two minutes later, however, sophomore back Zach Galluzzo answered with his first goal of the season. His blast, which was fired from 16 yards out, was assisted by senior midfielder Tommy Moon.

In overtime, Jhamie Hyde of Hartford was given a red card when he prevented a breakaway by senior back Derrick Ladeairous by grabbing him down from behind. The Hawks played a man down the ensuing five minutes before taking the decisive corner kick.

Hartford held a 20-4 shot advantage for the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes made six saves for the Bearcats.

Deuel Claims Title At Jonathan Kaloust Open

Bearcats kickoff 2014-15 season with home tournament

November 9, 2014


Deuel Claims Title At Jonathan Kaloust Open

Tyler Deuel won the 285 lbs. title

Binghamton Match-By-Match Results

Final Brackets

Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – Senior Tyler Deuel captured the heavyweight title, highlight the Binghamton wrestling team’s performance at the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open, Sunday afternoon at the Events Center. The meet brought over 400 wrestlers from more than 30 colleges and clubs across the country.

“The biggest takeaway from today was seeing that our attitude and fight is where it needs to be,” head coach Matt Dernlan said. “There are still a lot of technical things we need to work, but our fight and attitude is in the right place. I’m really excited about how we competed today in the first live action of the season.”

Four other Bearcats recorded top four finishes against some of the best competition in the nation. Junior Jack McKeever (184 lbs.) and freshman Vincent DePrez (157 lbs.) each captured third-place finishes while redshirt freshman Thierno Diallo and freshman Steve Schneider both took home fourth-place finishes.

Deuel dominated his way to the finals registering a technical fall (17-1) over Grady Diantonio of Sacred Heart before pinning David Ng of Harvard in the opening minute of the quarterfinal match. In the semifinals Deuel earned a major decision (12-2) over Matt Tourdot of Old Dominion. Deuel faced Tourdot’s teammate Jake Henderson in the finals, needing a take down in sudden victory to win his first career tournament title.

“Tyler has high expectations for himself,” Dernlan continued. “He worked extremely hard during the offseason and now he is reaping the rewards of his hard work. Anytime you can win a Division I tournament that’s a pretty big achievement.”
McKeever went 6-1 on the afternoon in route to his third-place finish. The third-year starter defeated Chanse Menedez of Marlyand, 9-2, to garner a top-three placing.

DePrez, a true freshman, won three straight matches to advance to the semifinals before falling to TC Warner of Old Dominion. DePrez, who went 5-1, bounced back to win a pair of decisions, the final coming against Wayne Stinson (14-7) of Rider in the third place bout.

Diallo went 4-2 advancing to the semifinals before falling to Ben Willeford of Cleveland State. The first-year starter then won by fall (1:39) over unattached Patrick Skinner to earn a spot in the third-place match. However, Diallo eventually dropped a 6-2 decision to Darian Cruz of Lehigh.

Schneider registered a 5-2 record in his first collegiate tournament winning his first bout before losing to Penn State’s Bo Nickal. The true freshman would bounce back however, winning his next five matches to advance to the third place match. Austin Coburn of Old Dominion eked out a 4-3 victory over Schneider in a hard-fought bout.

“I thought our young guys did an outstanding job today,” Dernlan noted. “I think today really helped them jump their learning curve.”

Now in its sixth year, the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open was renamed in 2013 in honor of Kaloust, a Binghamton graduate and former wrestler (2008-2011) who was killed last year in a Navy SEAL training accident. Each year top programs like Penn State and Cornell come to Binghamton University to compete in one of the best tournaments in the nation.

“This is a first-class tournament and it attracts some of the top talent in the country,” Dernlan said. “I also believe it is important to honor Jonathan and all our men and women serving our country, especially on the heels of Veterans Day. This tournament also gives us an opportunity to show off our wonderful campus and facility.”

Binghamton opens its dual match schedule next Friday, Nov. 14 against Arizona State in Albany.

Hartford Outlasts Volleyball In Five Sets

Bearcats (8-19, 6-5 AE) drop third straight match; season series to Hawks

November 9, 2014


Hartford Outlasts Volleyball In Five Sets

Box Score

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The Binghamton volleyball team dropped a hard-fought five set match at Hartford, Sunday afternoon in America East action from the Hartford Volleyball Gym. The Bearcats (8-19, 6-5 AE) let two match points slip away as the Hawks (16-12, 4-6 AE) swept the season series for the first time. Binghamton will need a win in its final match of the season at UMBC or a loss by Hartford or UMBC to secure a playoff spot.

“I thought it was a hard-fought, well played match,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “However, we failed to execute during crucial moments and weren’t aggressive enough down the stretch. Hartford’s attack kept us on our heels and we had a tough time stopping their offense. I just wish we could have played a few points better.”

Despite out hitting Hartford (.245-.177) and recording 11 total blocks the Bearcats were unable to avoid the season sweep against the Hawks. America East kills leader Sareeta Nethersole tallied her sixth game with at least 20 kills collecting a match-high 25 against Binghamton.

The Bearcats were led by an outstanding performance from freshman middle Alexis LaGoy, who registered a season-best 18 kills on a sparkling .485 attack percentage. Sophomore Allison Hovie and junior Megan Burgess each recorded double-digit terminations with 14 and 10, respectively.

Binghamton controlled the majority of the opening frame thanks to a .321 hitting clip and four kills from Hovie. Hartford aided the Bearcats’ cause by committing 10 attack errors in the stanza allowing Binghamton to take a 1-0 advantage, 25-18.

After dropping the second set 25-22, Binghamton led the third frame from start to finish taking the always crucial 2-1 advantage, 25-18. The Bearcats recorded 14 kills during the frame, four coming from senior setter Amanda Dettmann. Binghamton’s defense stepped up after the break limiting Hartford to a .068 hitting clip. Burgess and LaGoy chipped in three terminations apiece in the set.

The Bearcats and Hawks traded punches throughout a lengthy fourth set as neither team led by more than three. Binghamton erased a 19-16 deficit and fought off set-point thanks to a LaGoy kill. Following a Hartford attack error, Binghamton earned its first match-point but the Hawks evened the frame at 25. A block by Burgess and Bianca Anderson handed the Bearcats their second match-point, but it wasn’t enough as three straight kills by Hartford pushed the match to a fifth set, 29-27.

Binghamton registered 10 kills and a lofty .455 attack percentage in the fifth set, but it wasn’t enough as Hartford took the set 15-13. The Bearcats avoided a pair of match-points thanks to kills from Kristin Hovie and Burgess before succumbing to the Hawks’ attack.

Dettmann played at a very high-level dishing out a season-high 53 assists adding 17 digs for her seventh straight double-double. Sophomore libero Bailey Walker chipped in a match-high 28 digs.

BU currently sits in a tie for third place with Albany in the league standings. The Bearcats hold the tiebreaker over the Great Danes due to sweeping the season series. UMBC and Hartford are each a game and a half back of Binghamton and Albany. The Bearcats and Great Danes play one match next weekend while Hartford and UMBC will play two.

The Bearcats conclude their season next Friday, Nov.14 in Baltimore against UMBC. Binghamton needs a win or a loss by Hartford or UMBC to advance to the America East tournament.

Swimming and Diving Falls to Cornell

Bearcats record seven individual victories

November 9, 2014


Swimming and Diving Falls to Cornell

Final Results

Contact: Ashley Dufresne (adufres1@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, NY - The Binghamton swimming & diving teams were defeated by Cornell on Sunday afternoon at the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center. The men were fell 89.5-60.5 while the women lost 113-56.

“I think we showed a lot of heart today coming off a meet yesterday at Drexel,” head coach Brad Smith said. “We were definitely in it for the first part of the meet. Both of our teams were fighting. We had season-best times swam today and we never gave up. Cornell is a great program and they brought their a-game today.”

Despite the defeats, both the men and women turned in a number of impressive efforts. The women swept the top three places in both the 100 butterfly and the 200 IM. In the 100 butterfly, Selina Ng was first (58.98) followed by teammates Courtney Foley (1:00.26) and Shannon Lampe (1:01.37). In the 200 IM, freshman Maria Trivino took first with a time of 2:09.66 followed by Stephanie Malyszka (2:15.91) and Katie Chung (2.18.27).

The men followed suit securing the top three places in the 200 IM with Liam Cashin grabbing first (1:54.94) followed by Ruan Zorgman (1.58.74) and Tommy Cummings (2.03.93). In addition, Liam Cashin and Andrew Duszynski took the two top places in the 200 free, with times of 1:45.51 and 1:46.32 respectively.

Other individual winners included Corinne Zotter in the women’s 100 breast (1:06.37), Caitlin Kelly in the women’s 50 free (23.96) and Brian McKenna in the men’s 50 free (21.51)  saw victory in their events.

The Bearcat women also secured the top spot in the 200 medley relay as Lampe, Zotter, Ng and Kelly clocked a time of 1:47.39.

The Bearcats will return to the pool for the Bucknell Inviational November 21-23.

 

 

Volleyball Seeks Playoff Berth At Hartford

Bearcats (8-17, 6-4 AE) clinch program's ninth postseason appearance with win

November 9, 2014


Volleyball Seeks Playoff Berth At Hartford

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

MATCH #27: Binghamton at Hartford
MATCH TIME: Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014; 1 p.m.
MATCH SITE:  Hartford Volleyball Gym (West Hartford, Conn.)
SERIES RECORD: Binghamton leads, 20-5
LAST MEETING: Hartford won, 3-2; Oct. 10, 2014
Live Stats | Live Video

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball team looks to bounce back from a tough four-set loss at Stony Brook Friday night as the Bearcats visit Hartford for a 1 p.m. meeting with the Hawks. With a victory Binghamton will clinch its ninth postseason appearance since joining the America East in 2001.

BINGHAMTON OUTLOOK
The Bearcats suffered a disappointing four-set loss to first-place New Hampshire on Senior Day dropping two games behind the Wildcats in the league race. Binghamton easily dispensed of UMass Lowell last Friday setting up the Bearcats’ showdown with the defending America East champions. Binghamton now plays its final three matches on the road as the Bearcats look to maintain their second place standing.

In Binghamton’s straight set victory over UMass Lowell senior setter Amanda Dettmann became the third Bearcat to eclipse 4,000 career assists joining Ashley Meffert (4,982) and Sarah DeClemente (4,360). Dettmann is currently riding a five-match double-double streak and currently ranks third in the conference with 9.20 assists per set.

Senior Kristin Hovie also achieved a milestone last weekend becoming the eighth player in program history to reach 1,000 career kills. Hovie needed seven kills against New Hampshire to attain the achievement and finished the match with nine. The four-year starter is just the third Bearcat to reach the number since 2007.

Sophomore hitter Allison Hovie continues to fuel the Binghamton offense as the second-year standout ranks second in the league with 3.24 kills per set. The younger Hovie led the Bearcats in kills against both UMass Lowell (12) and New Hampshire (18). She now has recorded double-digit kills in 11 straight outings.

As a unit, Binghamton ranks among the league’s top-three in kills (11.83 k/s), service aces (1.42 sa/s) and digs (15.61 d/s). Sophomore libero Bailey Walker has been formidable on the back line all season picking up 5.07 digs per set, third in the conference. Classmate Bianca Anderson has also helped the Bearcat defense with 1.03 blocks per set, also third in the league.

SCOUTING HARTFORD
The Hawks (15-11, 3-5 AE) picked up a pair of wins last week over Quinnipiac and UMBC. Hartford currently sits in sixth place in the league standings with a 3-5 record, but defeated the Bearcats in Vestal for the first time since 2002 back on Oct. 10.

Hartford is led by standout senior hitter Sareeta Nethersole, who is the only player in the America East to average over 3.50 kills per set and 3.50 digs per set. Against the Bearcats on Oct. 10 Nethersole recorded a monster double-double of 24 kills and 14 digs. Senior setter Jacki Tamburri, the reigning America East Setter of the Week, orchestrates the Hawks offense handing out 9.68 assists per set ranking second in the league.

Binghamton is 20-5 all-time against Hartford losing for just the second time ever on its home court to the Hawks. At one point, Binghamton won 14 consecutive matches in the series.

UP NEXT
Binghamton concludes the 2014 regular season a week from Friday against UMBC as the Bearcats look to beat the Retrievers in Baltimore for the first time since 2009. First serve is set for 7 p.m. from UMBC’s RAC Arena.

Swimming & Diving Swept at Drexel

Kelly sweeps pair of events but women lose 162-137 and men fall 188-112

November 8, 2014


Swimming & Diving Swept at Drexel

Results

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—The Binghamton swimming & diving teams were swept by Drexel in their first road meet of the season. The men lost 188-112 while the women were defeated 162-137

Senior Caitlin Kelly swept the women’s 50- and 100 free events, with times of 23.99 and 52.99 respectively. She has now swept those events in both meets this season.

Kelly also joined Shannon Lampe, Corrine Zotter and Selina Ng to win the 200 medley relay (1:47.29). Ng, meanwhile, went on to capture the 100 fly (57.94).

Elsewhere on the women’s side, Maria Trivino was first in the 200 IM.

On the men’s side, individual winners for the Bearcats were Brian McKenna in the 50 free (21.25) and Ruan Zorgman in the 200 breastroke (2:08.42).

Binghamton returns home for a 1 p.m. dual meet on Sunday against Cornell.

Wrestling Hosts Jonathan Kaloust Open Sunday

Sixth annual tournament welcomes over 30 programs and 400 wrestlers

November 8, 2014


Wrestling Hosts Jonathan Kaloust Open Sunday

Live Results

Tickets

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – For the sixth consecutive season the Binghamton wrestling program will open its season by hosting the Jonathan Kaloust Open on Sunday Nov. 9. The Open will begin at 9 a.m. with a recognition ceremony in honor of Jonathan Kaloust ‘11, a former Binghamton wrestler and Navy SEAL, who was killed in a training exercise in May of 2013.

The Events Center will welcome over 30 college and club programs from across the country for the day long tournament as over 400 wrestlers will compete in the non-scoring team event. Binghamton began the BU Open in 2008 and officially renamed it the Jonathan Kaloust Open last year.

Binghamton’s annual tournament is recognized as one of the most competitive competitions in the nation with programs like Arizona State, Penn State, Cornell, Maryland and Rutgers entering the Open on a yearly basis.

For the first time the tournament will feature live results courtesy of Track Wrestling. Match-by-match results can be found by clicking here. Final results will be posted in pdf format at the completion of the event on bubearcats.com.

General admission for the event is $10 and $5 for Senior Citizens (60 & Over) and children (12 and under). In honor of Jonathan Kaloust admission for all current and former military personnel will be free with presentation of proper ID.

Binghamton Starters (Black Singlets)
125 lbs. – Thierno Diallo
133 lbs. – Rob Person
141 lbs. – Dylan Caruana
149 lbs. – Nick Kelley
157 lbs. – Vincent DePrez
165 lbs. – Zach Zupan
174 lbs. – Steve Schneider
184 lbs. – Jack McKeever
197 lbs. – Caleb Wallace
Hwt. – Tyler Deuel

Note: Backups will wrestle in green singlets, redshirts will wrestle unattached.

LIST SCHOOLS AND CLUBS COMPETING

American International Arizona State Binghamton University
Bloomsburg Broncs Wrestling Club Bucknell
Clarion Columbia Cornell
Cortland Cleveland State Finger Lakes Prep
Franklin & Marshall Hofstra Harvard
Ithaca Kean Lehigh
Lock Haven Maryland Nassau CC
Old Dominion Penn State Princeton
Rhino Wrestling Club Rider Rutgers
Sacred Heart USMAPS Wyoming Seminary
Navy

 

Stony Brook Defeats Volleyball In Four Sets

Bearcats (8-18, 6-4 AE) fall out of second place in league standings

November 7, 2014


Stony Brook Defeats Volleyball In Four Sets

Box Score

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - The Binghamton volleyball team suffered its second straight loss falling to Stony Brook in four sets, Friday night from Pritchard Gym. The Bearcats (8-18, 6-4 AE) fell out of second place in the league standings as the Seawolves (16-11, 6-3 AE) took over their position by a half game.

“We didn’t execute very well,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “We weren’t crisp on offense and our passing struggled. I thought we did a good job of keeping rallies alive, but with our offense struggling we couldn’t capitalize. We need to regroup and bounce back with a good performance Sunday.”

Binghamton was led by freshman middle hitter Alexis LaGoy, who registered a team-high 12 kills. Sophomore Allison Hovie recorded 10 terminations to extend her streak of matches with at least 10 kills to 12. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann registered her sixth consecutive double-double with 35 assists and 15 digs. Sophomore libero Bailey Walker tallied a match-high 28 digs.

The Bearcats struggled to find a rhythm all night compiling a .133 attack percentage as the Seawolves recorded 18 more kills than BU. Stony Brook’s attack kept the Bearcats off-balanced all night thanks to its .265 hitting clip.

Stony Brook took control of the first set early, but Binghamton rallied to take its first lead, 10-7, behind a pair of kills from Allison Hovie. However, the Seawolves responded with a 7-1 run to regain the advantage. Binghamton stayed within striking distance thanks to a kill by Dettmann as well as multiple Stony Brook errors. A termination from Megan Burgess gave Binghamton its first set point, 24-23, but Binghamton was unable to capitalize as a pair of blocks by Stony Brook handed the Seawolves the first set, 27-25.

Following a 25-14 defeat in the second set, Binghamton displayed its resiliency in the third frame. The Bearcats and Seawolves traded punches through the stanza until an ace by Dettmann and and a pair of kills by Allison Hovie gave Binghamton a 20-16 lead. Stony Brook rallied however to even the frame at 23 before two LaGoy terminations ended the set 27-25.

Binghamton battle early in the fourth set, but a Stony Brook 8-1 run broke the frame open handing the Seawolves a commanding 20-11 advantage. The hosts never looked back from there cruising to the 25-17 fourth-set victory.

With the win Stony Brook took over control of second place in the league standings by a half game over Binghamton. The Seawolves clinched a spot in the America East tournament with the victory.

Binghamton heads to Hartford for a 1 p.m. meeting with the Hawks on Sunday, Nov. 9. If Binghamton defeats Hartford they will advance to the America East tournament.

Women’s Basketball Beats Mansfield in home exhibition 83-60

Sina paces five players in double figures with game-high 18 points

November 7, 2014


Women’s Basketball Beats Mansfield in home exhibition 83-60

Kim Albrecht

Final Stats

Photo Gallery

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

VESTAL, N.Y. – Freshman point guard Jasmine Sina scored a game-high 18 points, pacing Binghamton to an 83-60 win over Mansfield on Friday night in a women’s exhibition game at the Events Center. The game marked the Bearcats’ lone preseason game heading into the 2014-15 season.

On a night where all five starters reached double figures in scoring, Sina drained a game-high six three-point field goals. Senior forward Sherae Swinson added 17 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, freshman guard Imani Watkins and junior guard Kim Albrecht each added 16 points while sophomore Kristin Ross chipped in 11 points.

“I am very proud of our team tonight,” first-year head coach Linda Cimino said. “We were able to turn up the tempo as the game went on and hustled the entire game. The team played very well together.”

With the game tied at 20-20, the Bearcats went on a 17-9 run in the final 8:33 of the first half. Albrecht led the way with seven points during that stretch while Swinson added four points.

The Bearcats blew the game open in the second half with a 13-4 run in a span of 4:13 to go up 60-45 with 11:45 left in regulation. Watkins netted five points during that span.

Binghamton’s final run was 12-4 blitz in a span of 5:29, which stretched the lead to 76-53 with 4:14 left to go.

Sina and Albrecht each dished out a game-high five assists.

For the game, Binghamton shot 49.2 percent (29-59) and made 10 three-point field goals.

Katie Fitzpatrick led Mansfield with 14 points.

The regular season for Binghamton starts next Friday with a 6 p.m. game at Akron.

Moewes named America East Men’s Soccer Goalkeeper of the Year

Moon and Celeste earn second-team honors, Dam and Barrett named All-Rookie

November 7, 2014


Moewes named America East Men’s Soccer Goalkeeper of the Year

Robert Moewes is the Bearcats' first America East Goalkeeper of the Year since 2003

America East Conference Release

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

VESTAL, N.Y. – Sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes has been named the America East Goalkeeper of the Year. The announcement was made by the conference office on Friday afternoon as it unveiled its 2014 All-Conference Teams.

Moewes, who was also named first-team all-conference, was one of five Binghamton players to be honored. Graduate student midfielder Tommy Moon and senior forward Steve Celeste were named second-team all-conference.

Freshman defender Christian Dam and freshman midfielder Isaiah Barrett were each named to the All-Rookie team.

Moewes is the first Binghamton player to be named the America East’s top goalkeeper since Stefan Gonet in 2003. He recorded shutout wins this season against conference opponents Hartford (Oct. 4) and New Hampshire (Oct. 11). In addition, he made 10 saves against a Syracuse team that was nationally ranked at the time (Sept. 18).

“This is a great honor for Robert,” head coach Paul Marco said. “He was spectacular in goal for us this season and we know he will continue to improve the next few seasons.”

Moon, who returned from a season- ending injury in 2013, makes his second appearance on an all-conference team. He was named All-Rookie in 2010.

Celeste makes his first appearance on an all-conference team. His key goal this season was the game winner against Hartford on Oct. 4.

Dam and Barrett were both in the starting lineup in the season opener against Bucknell and remained in the starting 11 during the rest of the regular season.

Binghamton (5-13-0) is the No. 3 seed in the America East Tournament. The Bearcats host Stony Brook on Saturday at 6 p.m.

NOTES: Moewes is the first Binghamton player to be named first-team all-conference since Jake Keegan in 2012. He is also the 12th different Bearcat player to be named first-team all-conference since Binghamton entered the America East in 2001.

 

 

 

Men’s Soccer advances to America East Semfinals

Bearcats win PK shootout 4-3 after playing to 1-1 tie vs. Stony Brook

November 7, 2014


Men’s Soccer advances to America East Semfinals

Junior Bret Celeste celebrates his winning goal in the shootout

Game Stats

Photo Gallery

Highlights

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

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton men’s soccer team (5-13-1) won the decisive penalty kick shootout 4-3 after playing to a 1-1 tie against Stony Brook (4-13-2) in an America East quarterfinal match on Saturday evening at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Bearcats now head to Hartford for a semifinal game on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The Bearcats had to dig deep just to get into overtime. They were down 1-0 when junior midfielder Tucker Sandercock finished off a cross from sophomore midfielder Mike Kubik in the 77th minute. It was his first goal of the season.

After a pair of scoreless overtime periods, Binghamton was in its first penalty kick shootout since 2006.

Though five frames of the shootout, the two squads each made three attempts. In the top of the sixth frame, sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes stopped the attempt by Tavares Thompson. It was his third save of the shootout.

In the bottom of the frame, junior midfielder Bret Celeste fired the ball into the net giving the Bearcats their first trip to the America East semifinals since 2008.

“I am so proud of our team,” head coach Paul Marco said. “We were resilient enough to get that goal late in the second half and Robert was outstanding in the shootout.”

After a scoreless first half, Keith McKenna put the Seawolves up 1-0 in the 47th minute. He finished off a free kick by Thibault Davis for his third goal of the season. It took over 30 minutes but Sandercock’s heroics eventually deadlocked the game at 1-1.

Binghamton finished with an 11-9 advantage in shots, including 3-0 in the second sudden-death period.

NOTES: Binghamton defeated Hartford 1-0 back on Oct. 4. The game Wednesday marks a rematch of the 2013 quarterfinals, which the Hawks won 1-0 in overtime … the Bearcats won their most recent shootout in the 2006 semifinals against Boston University 6-5.

Men’s basketball pushes past Oswego State 75-74

Rodriguez scores five points in final 2:34; BU withstands 15 three-pointers in exhibition win

November 6, 2014


Men’s basketball pushes past Oswego State 75-74

Freshman forward Willie Rodriguez

Box Score

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Freshman forward Willie Rodriguez made two big buckets in the final 1:10 and Binghamton men’s basketball withstood a barrage of three-pointers to post a 75-74 win over visiting Oswego in the team’s final exhibition game Friday night at the Events Center.

The Lakers, BU’s former Division III foe in the State University of New York Athletic Conference, drilled 15-of-26 from beyond the arc (58%), including two in the game’s final eight seconds to keep the outcome in doubt until the final horn.

“What a heck of a game Oswego played,” head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “They were well-prepared, hungry and obviously shot lights out tonight. We were fortunate to win.”

Binghamton led 69-68 with 1:28 to play when Oswego missed a layup in traffic. On the other end Rodriguez hit a jumper with 1:10 left. After a Lakers missed three, BU worked the shot clock down and Rodriguez muscled into the lane and converted a layup with 14 seconds left to make it 73-68. But Oswego answered with a three with eight seconds left, necessitating a pair of made free throws from sophomore guard Marlon Beck II to seal it. The Lakers drilled their 15th and final three with one second left, forcing BU to successfully inbounds the ball to finally secure the win.

The Bearcats made 16-of-19 free throws in the second half and spread the minutes around between nine players.

Oswego received a game-high 20 points from Kyle Covley, who hit 4-of-7 three-pointers.

“They were a good team,” Dempsey added. “They made tough, shots ... deep, contested shots. We need to play better defense. We’re struggling to adjust to our up-tempo and press. We’re still trying to find the combinations and need time to become a good pressing team. I think our press opened up a lot of 3s for them. But this game was a much better played than our first game last week.”

Rodriguez wound up with a team-high 14 points in 31 minutes. Junior wing Jordan Reed hit 6-of-8 shots for 13 points. In a span of 27 seconds midway through the second half, Reed reminded the 2,252 spectators why he’s one of the most dynamic players in the America East. Reed began the sequence with a block on the defensive end and then soared to slam home a putback jam on the other end. He added a three-point play on the next possession and later added another block.

Freshman guard Romello Walker grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and added seven points and two steals. Sophomores Magnus Richards, Nick Madray and Yosef Yacob all tallied eight points.

The Lakers hit their first three three-pointers and first four shots overall to jump out to an 11-4 lead less than five minutes into the contest. Oswego continued to shoot above the .500 mark throughout the first half but BU responded with a 15-2 run midway through the half to go up 19-13. Yacob had eight of those points.

Binghamton opens its 2014-15 season on Nov. 14 at Notre Dame.

Ticket Information for Men’s Soccer America East Quarterfinal Game

Bearcats face Stony Brook on Saturday at 6 p.m.

November 6, 2014


Ticket Information for Men’s Soccer America East Quarterfinal Game

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

VESTAL, N.Y. – The America East Conference has set ticket prices for Saturday’s quarterfinal men’s soccer game between Binghamton and Stony Brook. The two teams will square off at 6 p.m. at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

Regularly priced tickets are $8, youth tickets (14 and under) are $5 and tickets for students from any America East school are available for $2, provided they have a valid student ID.

The Binghamton Athletic Department will be picking up the cost of the tickets for all of its university undergrads. Their University IDs will be scanned at the gate of the Bearcats Sports Complex.

Tickets for Saturday’s game are now available through the Events Center Box Office. Its hours are noon-4:30 p.m. today and Friday. On Saturday, the Events Center Box Office will be open two hours before kickoff.

Fans can also purchase tickets by calling the Events Center Box Office at (607) 777-BTIX (2849) or by clicking on the link below.

Online Ticket Ordering Form

PLEASE NOTE: Season ticket holders are advised that the Bearcat Scarf will not serve as admission to America East Tournament games. The scarf only applies to regular-season contests.

First Basketball Radio Show set for Thursday night

Coaches Dempsey and Cimino will be live at Food & Fire from 7-8 p.m.; show will air on WNBF

November 4, 2014


First Basketball Radio Show set for Thursday night

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.

Listen Live

VESTAL, N.Y.  – The kick-off Binghamton Basketball Radio show for 2014-15 will be held at Food & Fire BBQ this Thursday from 7-8 p.m. The hour-long show, presented by Horizons Federal Credit Union, will feature head men’s coach Tommy Dempsey and head women’s coach Linda Cimino, along with men’s play-by-play announcer Roger Neel.

For the ninth straight year, News Radio WNBF (AM 1290) will be the flagship station and the entire show can be heard live here.

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

Fans are encouraged to come watch the show, which will feature segments with both coaches, previews of upcoming games, special guests and questions from the crowd as well as submitted questions from social media. Email questions to roger@wnbf.com. On Twitter, fans can send questions to @tadempsey4, @coachcim or @rogerneel1

AIR DATES (Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. unless noted)
November 6
November 11 (Tuesday)
November 20
December 4
December 9 (Tuesday)
December 18
January 8
January 15
January 22
January 29
February 5
February 12
February 19
February 24 (Tuesday)
March 5

Men’s Soccer Loses 1-0 at Albany, will be No. 3 seed in AE Tournament

Bearcats host Stony Brook on Saturday at 6 p.m. in quarterfinals

November 4, 2014


Men’s Soccer Loses 1-0 at Albany, will be No. 3 seed in AE Tournament

Charlie Novoth

Final Stats

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

ALBANY, N.Y. – Alfonso Pinheiro scored in the 38th minute, leading Albany (4-8-6, 2-4-1 AE) to a 1-0 win over Binghamton (5-13-0, 3-4-0 AE) in an America East men’s soccer game on Wednesday evening at Albany Stadium. With the loss, the Bearcats settle for the No. 3 seed in the upcoming conference tournament and will host No. 6 Stony Brook on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Binghamton had entered the evening needing a win plus a Hartford loss to move up to the No. 2 position and earn a first-round bye. The Hawks defeated UMass Lowell 1-0 in overtime moments after the Bearcats’ game ended.

Pinheiro’s goal, which was assisted by Luke Palmateer, came on a long-range shot that went inside the far post. It was his sixth goal of the season.

Albany finished with a 16-11 shot advantage for the game.

The Bearcats defeated Stony Brook 5-1 on Senior Day at the Bearcats Sports Complex this past Saturday. The winner of the game this Saturday heads to Hartford for a semifinal game next Wednesday at 7 p.m.

NOTES: The Binghamton Athletic Department will release ticket information for the America East quarterfinal game on Thursday morning.

Men’s cross country ranked No. 12 in USTFCCCA Northeast Region Poll

Bearcats are regionally-ranked for fifth time since 2008

November 4, 2014


Men’s cross country ranked No. 12 in USTFCCCA Northeast Region Poll

Co-captain Chris Fernandez is interviewed following Saturday's America East Championship

Complete USTFCCCA Rankings

Recap of America East Championship Meet

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

VESTAL, N.Y. – Fresh off of winning the America East championship this past weekend, the Binghamton men’s cross country team has cracked the United States Track and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) Northeast Region Poll. The Bearcats check in at No. 12 after being unranked since the start of the season.

This marks the fifth time in seven years that Binghamton’s men’s cross country squad has been ranked in the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Poll. The Bearcats finished the 2009 season ranked eighth and were No. 10 in the final poll of both 2010 and 2013. In 2008, they were ranked as high as No. 13 during the season.

Binghamton won its second America East title this past weekend and it first since 2009. With runner-up finishes at the conference meet in 2010 and 2013, the Bearcats are the only men’s squad in the America East to have won two titles and posted four two-two finishes in the past six seasons.

Senior Matt Johnson, who was a team-best eighth overall at the America East meet, earned all-conference honors in cross country for the first time in his career. So too did senior Jesse Garn, who was ninth, and junior Ethan Hausamann, who placed 10th. Since 2008, 10 different Binghamton runners have accounted for a total of 14 all-conference honors.

The accolades also continue to pile up for head coach Annette Acuff, who has been at the helm of the program since 2000. She was named the conference’s Men’s Coach of the Year for the second time in her career. Acuff, who is also an assistant coach with the track & field program, has been named the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year twice (2011 indoor season and 2012 outdoor season).

Up next for the Bearcats is the Northeast Regional Meet, which will be held Nov. 14 at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The final USTFCCCA Northeast Region Poll of the season will be released after that race.

New Hamsphire Upends Volleyball On Senior Day

Senior Kristin Hovie becomes eighth player in program history to reach 1,000 kills

November 2, 2014


New Hamsphire Upends Volleyball On Senior Day

Box Score

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball team had its four-match win streak snapped falling to first-place New Hampshire in four sets, Sunday afternoon in an America East matchup from West Gym. The Bearcats (8-17, 6-3 AE) still sit in second place in the league standings, but are now two games back of the defending champion Wildcats (15-11, 8-1 AE).

Binghamton, who wrapped up its 2014 home schedule, honored its three graduating seniors, Amanda Dettmann, Kristin Hovie and Alexa Zbytniewski, prior to the match.

“I thought we played well at times and had our chances,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “You have to give credit to New Hampshire, they are a very good team. We struggled moving the ball and committed too many unforced errors. However, we will regroup and get ready for a tough road trip next weekend.”

Binghamton was led by sophomore Allison Hovie, who registered a team-high 18 kills. Dettmann recorded her fifth straight double-double with 34 assists and 15 digs. Kristin Hovie eclipsed 1,000 career kills during the match tallying nine terminations against the Wildcats.

A stingy New Hampshire defense limited Binghamton to a .145 hitting clip, the lowest for the Bearcats in their last 10 matches. Binghamton stayed in the match thanks to its defense as well, recording 11 total team blocks and picking up 71 digs.

After dropping the first two sets, 25-19 and 25-14, the Bearcats hit a match-best .355 in the third frame to keep the game alive. Allison Hovie connected on seven kills during the set helping Binghamton jump out to a 14-9 lead, forcing a UNH timeout. The Bearcats never looked back ending the set on a block by Kristin Hovie and Alexis LaGoy.

Binghamton maintained an early advantage throughout the fourth set, but a late rally by New Hampshire gave the Wildcats the victory, 25-22. A kill by Megan Burgess handed the Bearcats a 16-12 lead, but four straight points by UNH evened the stanza at 16. Both teams traded blows before a pair of errors ended the Bearcats’ afternoon.

New Hampshire leads the all-time series 15-12 with the Wildcats sweeping the season series after their five-set victory over the Bearcats on Oct. 3. UNH is now comfortably in first place with a two-game lead over BU with just three matches left. Binghamton holds a slim half-game lead over Stony Brook for second place. The two SUNY centers play on Long Island Friday night.

Binghamton hits the road for its final three matches of 2014. The Bearcats visit Stony Brook and Hartford next weekend before rounding out its season in Baltimore against UMBC on Nov. 14.

Volleyball Hosts First-Place New Hampshire On Senior Day

Bearcats (8-16, 6-2 AE) seek a share of first-place against Wildcats (14-11, 7-1 AE)

November 1, 2014


Volleyball Hosts First-Place New Hampshire On Senior Day

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

MATCH INFORMATION
MATCH #25: Binghamton vs. New Hampshire
MATCH TIME: Sunday, November 2, 2014; 2 p.m.
MATCH SITE: West Gym (Vestal, N.Y.)
SERIES HISTORY: New Hampshire leads, 14-12
LAST MEETING: New Hampshire won, 3-2 on Oct. 3, 2014
Live Video | Live Stats

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball team will look to end its 2014 home schedule on a high note as the Bearcats host first-place New Hampshire for Senior Day, Sunday at 1 p.m. from West Gym. Binghamton (8-16, 6-2 AE) is currently riding a four-match win streak while the Wildcats (14-11, 7-1 AE) come into the match equally hot, winners of their last five. The volleyball program will honor its three graduating seniors, Amanda Dettmann, Kristin Hovie and Alexa Zbytniewski, prior to the match.

BINGHAMTON OUTLOOK
The Bearcats are currently riding a season-best four -match win streak after its straight-set victory over UMass Lowell on Halloween. Binghamton was led by senior setter Amanda Dettmann’s fourth straight double-double of 34 assists, 10 digs. Dettmann eclipsed 4,000 career assists during the final set and now has 4,002 for her career. Three different Bearcats registered double-digit kills as Binghamton extended its unbeaten streak against the Rivers Hawks to seven.

After dropping its 2014 home opener to Hartford, Binghamton has rattled off wins against Stony Brook, UMBC, Albany and UMass Lowell and now sit alone in second place in the league standings.

Sophomore Allison Hovie highlights the Binghamton attack with 3.17 kills per set, which rank third in the America East. Junior Megan Burgess is among the top 10 in the league in hitting percentage (.247, 5th) and kills (2.69, 8th). Dettman quarterbacks the offense handing out 9.17 assists per set (3rd in AE). Sophomore Bailey Walker extended her 20-digs streak to eight matches against UMass Lowell upping her average to 5.09 digs per set (29th in nation).

Binghamton made America East history as the Bearcats swept the weekly awards for the second straight week. Burgess, Dettmann and freshman Alexis LaGoy were named Player, Setter and Rookie of the Week seven days after Hovie, Dettmann and LaGoy earned the honors. Last week, Binghamton swept the honors for just the second time in program history.

MILESTONE WATCH
With 34 assists against UMass Lowell Amanda Dettmann became the third Bearcat in program history to reach 4,000 career assists joining Ashley Meffert (4,982) and Sarah DeClemente (4,360). Kristin Hovie recorded four kills against the River Hawks and is now just seven kills away from attaining 1,000 career kills.

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE
UNH is first in the America East standings with a 14-11 overall record and 7-1 in conference play. The Wildcats posted their sixth sweep of the season, trumping UMBC in three sets before upending Albany in four in the state’s capital on Halloween.

New Hampshire’s defense stifled UMBC to hit just .061 in the match. The ‘Cats racked up 74 digs and eclipsed double digit total blocks for the second straight match with 10. Junior outside hitter Tori Forrest recorded her seventh double-double of the season on 11 kills and 14 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Demi Muses registered a well-rounded performance with nine kills, 11 digs and seven blocks. Senior setter Taylor Dunklau posted 32 assists and nine digs while junior defensive specialist Madison Lightfoot anchored the backline with 28 digs.

Forrest powers the UNH offense this season with 3.04 kills per set. Junior outside hitter Abby Brinkman contributes to the attack, notching 2.43 kps. Dunklau orchestrates the conference’s top offense (.208) with 9.55 assists per set. Lightfoot scoops up 4.96 digs per set to patrol the backline. UNH records 12.37 kps and holds opponents to a .199 clip.

UP NEXT
Binghamton hits the road for its final three matches of 2014. The Bearcats visit Stony Brook and Hartford next weekend before rounding out its season in Baltimore against UMBC on Nov. 14.

Men’s baskeball season preview

November 1, 2014


Men’s baskeball season preview

Junior wing Jordan Reed

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

Building blocks in place; Bearcats now seeking wins to validate progress
Dempsey enters his third season of a rebuilding process with his strongest roster top to bottom in 2014-15. Binghamton, which won 23 games and advanced to the NCAAs in 2009 before a sudden and harsh decent, now has the ingredients for another run at a conference championship.

With a roster that featured as many as four starting freshmen, the Bearcats more than doubled their win total last season. After reeling in another strong recruiting class, Dempsey expects his young 2014-15 squad to push for a top-half finish in the America East Conference and isn’t shy about the team’s lofty goals.

“The team’s goal is to win an America East championship,” he said. “But I think that should be every team’s goal. We set high goals and challenge the players every day so they know this is what it takes to put themselves in position to be successful.”

Conference coaches may also be wary of BU’s steady rise, as they voted the Bearcats fifth (out of 9) in the America East Preseason Poll – the highest Binghamton has been picked in six years.

Reed one of top players in conference
Junior guard Jordan Reed has racked up some big numbers in his first two collegiate seasons (913 pts., 524 rebs.) and is poised to become one of the premier players in the Northeast as the second-half of his career unfolds.

Reed, at 6-foot-4, has led the America East in rebounding in back-to-back years – the only guard to accomplish that feat in the league’s 35-year history. He finished third in scoring (15.4 ppg.) and was one of just eight players across the country to finish in his conference top-3 in both scoring and rebounding. He pumped in 26 points against No. 4 Syracuse and had 30+ points in back-to-back games to end the regular season. He has 23 double-doubles in two seasons and remains the backbone of the program’s resurgence under Dempsey.

“Jordan is one of the best athletes in the league,” Dempsey said. “We are looking for him to take on more of a leadership role. He has to continue to play to his strengths – being the best rebounder in the America East and being relentless defensively. He plays with a chip on his shoulder that makes him successful. Jordan will score points and put up good numbers if he can bring that emotional edge.”

Sophomore class coming off big production year
Binghamton’s quartet of sophomores were called on to play big roles in the 2013-14 season and the group didn’t disappoint, scoring nearly half the team’s points (48%). Guards Yosef Yacob (70 assists, America East All-Rookie) and Marlon Beck II (83 assists, freshman record) and forwards Nick Madray and Magnus Richards each earned league Rookie of the Week honors – the first time in conference history a team has produced four different weekly freshman winners. The foursome contributed more than 42 points a game when all were healthy and Dempsey is counting in their continued production and leadership.

The ongoing development of Yacob (11.5 ppg.) and Beck (9.2 ppg.) in the backcourt will be pivotal to BU’s success. Each averaged more than 32 minutes of play last season and the pair continue to push each other on the practice floor.

“Yosef and Marlon are our quarterbacks,” Dempsey said. “They have to facilitate and lead – both by example and vocally. They embrace playing together on the floor and have to challenge each other every day.”

Madray is back after his promising freshman campaign was cut short due to injury halfway through the conference slate. He is a gifted jump shooter, especially at 6-foot-9, and averaged 10.8 points in 21 games. He eclipsed the 20-point mark four times last year. Madray has also added 10 pounds of muscle and Dempsey expects him to have a greater presence in the post.

Richards worked his way through an unsteady freshman season that likely owed its cause to a preseason injury. But the 6-foot-7, athletic forward can play Dempsey’s up-tempo style and his contributions should increase this winter.

“The sophomore class is having fun,” Dempsey said. “They’re embracing a team that they feel has a chance to be good. They understand that because they played key roles last year and we now have six freshmen on this year’s team … the sophomores are now leaders, even though they are so young.”

Another returnee with an understated game is junior guard Karon Waller, who was the team’s best three-point shooter (41%) and started 15 games, averaging 6.2 points. 

Recruiting class has several impact freshmen, big upside
A six-man freshman recruiting class will allow Dempsey to go up to 12 deep and keep the energy and production at a premium.

Leading the way are versatile big men Dusan Perovic (6-9) and Willie Rodriguez (6-6) whose multi-dimensional skills could cause matchup problems in the guard-oriented America East. Perovic, from Montenego, is an inside-out guy with size and shooting touch. Rodriguez, a highly-regarded recruit from Orlando, was tabbed by several publications as the Top Newcomer in the America East.

For Dempsey, the key will be for the newcomers to show their skills while fitting into the team concept.

“It’s always important for freshmen to buy into their roles now that they are playing with a roster of guys who like them, were all the best players on their high school teams,” he said. “Young players still have to learn how to fit in and become a piece of the larger picture, while still finding the balance of doing things that made them successful during their high school or prep careers.”

Bearcats will run, score, play Dempsey’s go-to style of basketball
The abundance of athleticism on the 2014-15 roster will allow Binghamton to get up and down the floor at a pace Dempsey prefers. The Bearcats did a bit of end-to-end play last season and eclipsed the 70-point mark in five of the last six regular-season games. But this year’s group is much more equipped to play at a fast pace and doll out some punishment along the way.

“The roster is closer to where we want it to be to play that style,” Dempsey said. “We have a lot of guys who can get up and down the floor and a lot of guys who can contribute. We hope we can wear on teams through the course of a game and the season. We want to take advantage of our depth.”

Roster still young 
Binghamton has just one senior and two juniors on its 15-man roster, so the 2014-15 team will lack experience.

But the team’s size (especially in backcourt), athleticism and depth will make for a competitive practice environment and rapid development. Dempsey hopes that climate will yield double-digit wins and will make Binghamton a dangerous postseason opponent come March.

Swimming & Diving Squads Conclude Dual Meet With UMass

Minutemen win men's meet 205.5-113.5, women's competition 192-125

November 1, 2014


Swimming & Diving Squads Conclude Dual Meet With UMass

Day Two Results

Contact: Ashley Dufresne (adufres1@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton swimming and diving concluded its two-day dual meet against Massachusetts, Saturday afternoon from the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center. The Bearcats were defeated on the men’s side 205.5-113.5 while the women fell 192-125. This weekend marked the beginning of the season with new head coach, Brad Smith at the helm.

“Some people look really good, and there are some events we have to work on,” Smith said. “But we have the ability and it’s only a matter of time before everything clicks.”

Tge Bearcats took the 200 free relay on both the women and men’s side. With a time of 1.41.09, Corinne Zotter, Timea Tozser, Shannon Lampe and Caitlin Kelly landed a first place finish, with Abby Humphrey, Courtney Foley, Meghan Feminella and Selina Ng right behind on the score board with a finishing time of 1:44.22. In the same event for the men, Peter Behan, Darin Gillenwater, Eric Farm and Brian McKenna secured first place with a finishing time of 1.27.26.

Kelly also secured the top spot in the 100 Free with a time of 53.24.

The Bearcats hit the road next Saturday as they head to Drexel. They then return home the following day as they host a 1 p.m. meet against Cornell. 

NOTE: Kelly finished with two individual wins during the weekend, having also won the 50 free on Friday. In addition, she was also part of the 200 medley relay team on Friday that set the pool record.

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DAY ONE RECAP

The swimming and diving team completed day one of it’s dual meet against UMass, Friday night at the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center. The men are leading 47.5-45.5 while the women trail 55-38.

Both Bearcat squads captured the 200 medley relay. On the women’s side, Shannon Lampe, Corinne Zotter, Selina Ng and Caitlin Kelly set a pool record with a time of 1:46.82. The old mark was 1.47.85. The men followed suit as Tom Cummings, Steve Campagna, Eric Farm and Brian McKenna finished with a time of 1.34.05.

Binghamton also swept the men’s and women’s 50 free. McKenna won the men’s race (21.11) while Kelly was first on the women’s side (23.81)

One of the most exciting moments from the meet came during the men’s 200 IM. as Liam Cashin tied for first with Owen Wright of UMass. They each clocked a time of 1:56.48
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The second and final day of the meet starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Men’s soccer beats Stony Brook 5-1 on Senior Day

Bearcats erupt for four goals in second half to clinch spot in AE Tournament

November 1, 2014


Men’s soccer beats Stony Brook 5-1 on Senior Day

Senior back Jamie Forbes

Final Stats

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

VESTAL, N.Y.—Sophomore forward Logan Roberts had a goal and an assist, powering Binghamton (5-12-0, 3-3-0 AE) to a 5-1 win over Stony Brook (4-12-1, 2-4-0 AE) in an America East men’s soccer game on Saturday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. With the win, the Bearcats clinched their third straight appearance in the upcoming America East Tournament.

The five goals represents the highest total by the Bearcats since a 5-1 win over Boston University on Oct. 30, 2011. The four goals in the second half is the most goals in a half since they also netted four goals against Houston Baptist on Sept. 4, 2011.

Binghamton broke open a 1-1 tie when Roberts scored in the 47th minute. He finished off a cross from junior midfielder Tucker Sandercock less than two minutes into the second half.

The Bearcats clung to the one-goal lead until senior forward Pascal Trappe finished off a cross from senior midfielder Tommy Moon in the 80th minute.  It too was his first goal of the season.

The Bearcats fourth goal was credited as an own goal in the 84th minute. Roberts than fired a cross that was finished off by junior forward Luca Bottoni in the 88th minute.

“I’m proud of our senior effort tonight,” head coach Paul Marco said. “We’ve been creating a lot opportunities but we just haven’t been scoring. We were really able to put the ball in the goal tonight.”

Earlier in the game, junior midfielder Bret Celeste started the scoring in the 12th minute. He kicked in a rebound from a free kick for his first goal of the year.

In the 32nd minute, however, Alejandro Fritz tied the game when he finished off a cross from the left sideline. It was his third goal of the season and was assisted by Danny Espinoza.

Binghamton outshot the Seawolves 20-15 for the game.

Up next for the Bearcats is their regular-season finale at Albany on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

NOTE: Before the game, the Bearcats honored their 10 graduating seniors with a pregame ceremony.

Swimming & Diving Concludes Dual Meet With UMass

UMass wins men's meet 205.5-135.5 and women's meet 192-125

November 1, 2014


Swimming & Diving Concludes Dual Meet With UMass

Meet Results

Day One Recap

VESTAL, N.Y.—The Binghamton swimming & diving teams concluded their season-opening dual meet against UMass at the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center on Saturday. The Minutemen swept the Bearcats,winning 205.5-135.5 on the men’s side and 192-125 on the women’s side.

More details to follow.

Dettmann Reaches Milestone As Volleyball Sweeps UMass Lowell

Senior setter becomes third Bearcat to eclipse 4,000 career assists

October 31, 2014


Dettmann Reaches Milestone As Volleyball Sweeps UMass Lowell

Senior Amanda Dettmann

Box Score

Highlights

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – Senior setter Amanda Dettmann eclipsed 4,000 career assists while leading the Binghamton volleyball to a straight-set victory over UMass Lowell, Friday night in an America East match from West Gym. The Bearcats (8-16, 6-2 AE) have won four straight matches extending its unbeaten streak against the River Hawks (2-22, 0-8 AE) to seven games.

Dettmann, who needed 32 assists to reach 4,000, handed out a match-high 34 assists to become the third Bearcat in program history to eclipse the mark. The four-year starter connected with classmate Kristin Hovie late in the third set before a timeout by the River Hawks allowed Dettmann to be properly recognized.

Three Bearcats were beneficiaries of Dettmann’s outstanding play as Allison Hovie, Alexis LaGoy and Megan Burgess each recorded double-digit kills against UMass Lowell. The trio combined for 35 of Binghamton’s 48 terminations as Dettmann led the Bearcats to a .298 hitting clip. Dettmann delivered an all-around performance adding 10 digs, six kills, two blocks and two service aces to her stat line.

LaGoy was on fire in the first set collecting six of her match-high 12 kills in the opening frame. The Bearcats trailed early but the Dettmann-LaGoy connection handed Binghamton its first lead, as three straight kills by the three-time America East Rookie of the Week sparked a 7-0 run. From there the Bearcats never looked back as a .323 attack percentage led Binghamton to a 25-18 first set victory.

Allison Hovie took over in the second set registering six of her 12 kills in the stanza. Binghamton pushed out to a 15-9 lead for the second consecutive set, but UMass Lowell did not back down trimming the Bearcat lead to three. However, three LaGoy kills down the stretch handed Binghamton the set 25-18 and a 2-0 lead in the match. The River Hawks hit a match-best .217, but it wasn’t enough against a potent BU offense that hit .351 in the frame.

The third and final set witnessed both teams battle back and forth with seven early ties. The River Hawks evened the frame at 10 before Binghamton tallied four straight points to create some breathing room. Burgess smashed one of her 10 kills to hand the Bearcats its largest lead of the set, 19-13, as Binghamton never let UMass Lowell get any closer than four. The Bearcats committed a match-high seven attack errors during the frame, but prevailed 25-19 to complete their fourth sweep of the season.

Sophomore libero Bailey Walker continues to hold down Binghamton’s back line extending her streak of 20-dig matches to eight with 23 against the River Hawks. Walker also added a pair of service aces to push her team-high total to 30.

Binghamton, who didn’t hit over .250 until its 16th match of the season, has now eclipsed the mark in its three consecutive matches. The Bearcats performed well defensively picking up 56 digs compared to the River Hawks’ 33. Binghamton also registered five total blocks as five different Bearcats recorded at least one block.

The Bearcats remain one-game back of first-place New Hampshire after the Wildcats defeated Albany in four sets in the state’s capital Friday night.

Binghamton hosts defending champion New Hampshire on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. from West Gym. The volleyball program will honor its three graduating seniors (Dettmann, Hovie and Alexa Zbytniewski) prior to the match.

Swimming & Diving completes day one of dual meet with UMass

Two-day dual meet concludes Saturday

October 31, 2014


Swimming & Diving completes day one of dual meet with UMass

Day One Results

Contact: Ashley Dufresne (adufres1@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - The swimming and diving team completed day one of it’s dual meet against UMass, Friday night at the Patricia A. Saunders Aquatic Center. The men are leading 47.5-45.5 while the women trail 55-38.

Both Bearcat squads captured the 200 medley relay. On the women’s side, Shannon Lampe, Corinne Zotter, Selina Ng and Caitlin Kelly set a pool record with a time of 1:46.82. The old mark was 1.47.85. The men followed suit as Tom Cummings, Steve Campagna, Eric Farm and Brian McKenna finished with a time of 1.34.05.

Binghamton also swept the men’s and women’s 50 free. McKenna won the men’s race (21.11) while Kelly was first on the women’s side (23.81)

One of the most exciting moments from the meet came during the men’s 200 IM. as Liam Cashin tied for first with Owen Wright of UMass. They each clocked a time of 1:56.48.

The second and final day of the meet starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Men’s tennis wins four titles at MAC Indoor Invitational

In conference debut, BU captures top doubles flight; Lesage, Dinia and Sacher win singles flights

October 31, 2014


Men’s tennis wins four titles at MAC Indoor Invitational

Junior Sid Hazarika

Final Results

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Binghamton men’s tennis made a strong showing in its debut in the Mid-American Conference over the weekend, grabbing four titles at the MAC Indoor Invitational, hosted by Western Michigan at the West Hills Athletic Club. The tournament featured three flights of doubles and six flights of singles. The other teams competing were Buffalo, Ball State, Northern Illinois, Toledo and the host Broncos. 

Senior Robin Lesage won all three of his matches to claim the “B” singles crown. In “C” singles, the championship match featured two Bearcats, as senior Ismael Dinia outlasted junior teammate Eliott Hureau, 7-5, 4-6, 13-11 in a match that lasted 2 1/2 hours. Sophomore Alex Sacher went 3-0 to win the round-robin “F” singles flight. In doubles, Dinia and junior Sid Hazarika went a perfect 3-0 to win the “A” crown. They posted an 8-3 win over a pair from Toledo in the finals.

In the “B” singles finals, Lesage took down Sebastian Ionescu of Buffalo, 6-3, 2-6, 10-4. His earlier wins came against opponents from Buffalo (7-5, 7-5) and Northern Illinois (6-1, 6-1).

Hazarika rebounded from a semifinal setback to take third place in the “A” singles with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Fred Cadieux of Northern Illinois.

In the “C” flight, both Bearcats worked their way through the draw to meet in the championship. Dinia earned a hard-fought 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 semifinal win over Matt Hamilton from Western Michigan. Hureau’s tight battle was his opening match - a 6-0, 6-7, 10-8 win over Jonathan Hannestad of Buffalo. Hureau then roared to a 6-2, 6-0 semifinal win over a Ball State opponent.

Sophomore Frenk Kote won the “E” singles consolation final with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Marc Shideler of Western Michigan. Kote went 2-1 in the tournament.

Sacher won the seven-man “F” singles flight, thanks to a pair of three-set wins. 

In “B” doubles, Lesage and Hureau won two of three matches to claim the consolation title. 

The Bearcats begin their spring season on January 24 with matches against Bryant and Marist at the Turning Stone Resort.

Men’s basketball holds off Mansfield 66-60 in exhibition

Beck nets team-high 16 points, Rodriguez scores 13 second-half points as BU gets win in opener

October 31, 2014


Men’s basketball holds off Mansfield 66-60 in exhibition

Sophomore guard Yosef Yacob

Box Score

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Sophomore point guard Marlon Beck II scored a game-high 16 points and freshman forward Willie Rodriguez tallied all 13 of his points in the second half as Binghamton men’s basketball eased past Mansfield 66-60 in an exhibition game Saturday afternoon at the Events Center.

The game was in doubt when Rodriguez drilled a three-pointer with one minute left that stretched BU’s lead to 60-56. Rodriguez then hit a pair of free throws with 0:44 left and the Bearcats sank four more free throws in the final 28 seconds to ice the win.

“It couldn’t have played out much better for us, “head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “You want to be in tough situations ... these are learning situations for us. It wouldn’t have done us any good to play in a blowout. Give credit to Mansfield ... they played very physical, kept battling and took us right to the wire and we were fortunate to pull away in the last minute. We have a lot to learn and a long way to go but hopefully we can learn and draw on this experience.”

Binghamton led 29-24 at half, thanks in part to 10 first-half points from freshman guard Romello Walker, who hit 3-of-5, including a pair of three-pointers in the first frame. But BU hit just 3-of-17 from beyond the arc and the visiting Mounties held a margin on the boards to keep the game tight.

In the second half, the Bearcats extended their lead to 43-32 after Walker hit a pair of free throws with 14:21 remaining. But Mansfield outscored BU 24-14 over the next 13 minutes to pull within striking distance. Charles Pemberton made a free throw with 1:20 to trim BU’s lead to just one, 57-56, before a second attempt was wiped out on a Mansfield lane violation. On BU’s next possession, Rodriguez drilled the big three-pointer, giving the Bearcats a cushion they would ride out over the final minute.

Beck hit 4-of-7 field goals, went 6-for-6 from the line and grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Rodriguez had 13 points and six boards and Walker and junior wing Jordan Reed added 12 points apiece.

The Bearcats were hampered by 14 misses at the free throw line (25-for-39). 

Binghamton hosts Oswego State in its second and final exhibition game on Friday.

Men’s Cross Country Wins America East Championship

Bearcats place four runners in top 11 to claim first title since 2009

October 30, 2014


Men’s Cross Country Wins America East Championship

Co-captains Matt Johnson and Chris Fernandez hoist the championship trophy. Photo by Monty Rand.

Photo Gallery

Highlights and Interviews

Men's Results

Women's Results

WNBF Interview

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

ORONO, Maine – For the second time in six years, the Binghamton men’s cross country team has won the America East cross country championship. With four runners in the top 11 and five in the top 21, the Bearcats won the nine-team meet, which was held on Saturday morning at the University of Maine. In the women’s meet, Binghamton placed eighth.

Binghamton has now won a pair of America East men’s titles during its 14 years in the conference. The Bearcats were also the runner up in both 2010 and 2013. All of those performances came under current head coach Annette Acuff, who was named the conference’s Men’s Coach of the Year at the conclusion of Saturday’s meet.

The Bearcats needed a complete team effort to score a meet-best 59 points. UMass Lowell was the runner up with 62 points. Defending champion UMBC, who edged out Binghamton for the title last year, was third with 85 points.

“I am really happy for our team and our university,” Acuff said. “Our guys went out today and really executed the race plan we talked about heading into today. They ran tough and smart and deserve the win.”

Senior Matt Johnson led the squad with an eighth-place finish. He covered the 8,000-meter course in a time of 25:19.14. Fellow senior Jesse Garn was ninth (25:19.91), junior Ethan Hausamann was 10th (25:21.51) and sophomore Eric Holt was 11th (25:21.77). Senior Andrew Roache sealed the win with a 21st-place finish (25:41).

All-conference honors went to the top 10 finishers in the race. For Johnson, Garn and Hausamann, it marks the first time each of them have been all-conference in cross country.

At the start of the race, a group of five runners separated themselves from the field. The Bearcats, however, had their top four runners hovering in the chase group close behind. During the rest of the race, Binghamton slowly moved up towards the front of the race. Roache passed three runners in the final 1,000 meters.

The men’s individual champion was Erik Speakman of Stony Brook, who also won in 2012. His time on Saturday was 24:41.

On the women’s side, junior Alexis Hatcher finished a team-best 25th place overall. Her time for the 5,000-meter course was 18:52. Freshman Allison Davis was 32nd (19:08).

By placing five runners in the top 10, New Hampshire repeated as the women’s team champions with just 26 points. Elinor Purrier led the way with a first-place time of 17:19. Stony Brook finished a distant second with 63 points.

Up next for Binghamton is the NCAA Northeast Regional Meet on Nov. 14 at van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.

NOTE: Acuff was also the America East Coach of the Year in 2009.

 

 

Women’s soccer season ends in quarterfinal shootout

No. 6 Bearcats and No. 3 UNH tie 1-1 before hosts advance with 4-2 edge in PKs

October 30, 2014


Women’s soccer season ends in quarterfinal shootout

Junior forward Katherine Corcoran

Box Score

America East Championship Central

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

DURHAM, N.H. - Host and third-seeded New Hampshire (7-8-3) scored all four of its penalty kicks in the shootout to advance over sixth-seeded Binghamton (7-9-3) in an America East quarterfinal game Thursday night at Bremner Field. The teams tied 1-1 through regulation and two sudden-death overtime periods before UNH won the shootout 4-2 to end BU’s season.

The Bearcats forced overtime with a dramatic goal in the game’s final minute - the team’s third straight late-game clutch goal. But after the teams played 20 minutes of scoreless overtime, BU misfired on two of its four kicks from the spot and UNH banged home all four to create the margin.

“I’m really proud of our team and their effort these last two weeks,” head coach Sarah McClellan said. “It’s a tough way to end the season ... but we showed great strength to come from behind in these last three games.”

Freshman back Valerie McNamara was credited with the game-tying goal on a header. With the clock winding down and BU scrambling for a last chance, the Bearcats earned a corner kick and junior midfielder Rebecca Raber sent a curling ball to the near post, where a UNH defender just got a piece of a clear attempt. The ball popped out to McNamara near the top of the box and she sent a high-arching header toward the far post. A cluster of four players converged on the ball and it wound up carrying into the net for the equalizer. The goal was McNamara’s second of the season and Raber notched her team-high fourth assist.

Freshman keeper Katie Hatziyianis kept BU alive in the overtime periods. She made a solid charging save early in the first extra session and then made a brilliant diving save with 6:42 left in the second OT. On the play, the UNH striker had a clear look from 16 yards and sent a laser toward the top netting, only to see Hatziyianis fully extend above her head and punch the ball over the bar with her right hand. 

But in the shootout, UNH was on target with four sharply-struck balls that Hatziyianis had no chance to save. Raber began the shootout with a goal and McNamara extended it with another goal on BU’s fourth shot. But Wildcats’ keeper Mimi Borkan saved one BU attempt and another bounced off the goal post. Kirsten O’Neill clinched the 4-2 decision with a clean goal to the right corner on UNH’s fourth attempt.

The Wildcats opened the scoring with a solo effort from leading scorer Brooke Murphy in the 62nd minute. Murphy picked up a loose ball on her defensive side of the halfway line and proceeded to dribble 40 yards into wide open space before unleashing a rocket from 22 yards. Senior keeper Gaby Gold got fingers on the shot but it had too much force. Gold played 74 minutes before giving way to Hatziyianis and made several key stops in each half, including a leg save on a chance in the 35th minute and another cover-up on a dangerous loose ball in front of the net early in the second half. She made seven saves and Hatziyianis was credited with four stops in her 36 minutes.

NOTES
Binghamton played the game without four regulars: key senior starters Connie Gormley and Emily Nuss, as well as America East All-Rookie selection Jacque Rice and starting center back Emma Maslin, who were all out with injuries ... the team dressed just 15 players - it’s fewest available all season ... the tie moved BU’s all-time record in the America East tournament to 5-5-5 ... the Bearcats had knocked UNH out of the tournament twice before (2008, 2011) but the Wildcats made it 2-for-2 in head-to-head shootouts. UNH eliminated BU in the 2006 tourney on penalties ... this was Binghamton’s 11th postseason appearance in the last 13 years.

 

 

Volleyball Hosts UMass Lowell on Halloween

Bearcats (7-16, 5-2 AE) seek fourth straight victory vs River Hawks (2-22, 0-7 AE) at 7 p.m.

October 30, 2014


Volleyball Hosts UMass Lowell on Halloween

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

MATCH INFORMATION
MATCH #24: Binghamton vs. UMass Lowell
MATCH TIME: Friday, October 31, 2014; 7 p.m.
MATCH SITE: West Gym (Vestal, N.Y.)
SERIES HISTORY: Binghamton leads, 6-0 (all-time)
LAST MEETING: Binghamton won, 3-0 on Oct. 5, 2014
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VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball team will seek its fourth straight victory Friday night when they host UMass Lowell in a Halloween America East matchup. The Bearcats (7-16, 5-2 AE) wrap up a six-match homestand over the weekend beginning with the River Hawks (2-22, 0-7 AE) at 7 p.m. from West Gym. Binghamton is 3-1 at home this season and 8-2 in its last 10 matches in Vestal.

BINGHAMTON OUTLOOK
The Bearcats on currently riding a season-best three-match win streak and look solidify its second-place standing against the River Hawks. Binghamton defeated Albany in four sets last Friday in a pivotal match that handed the Bearcats sole possession of second place. Binghamton swept the season series for the first time in program history behind a season-best 18 kills from junior Megan Burgess.

After dropping its 2014 home opener to Hartford, Binghamton has rattled off wins against Stony Brook, UMBC and Albany. The Bearcats now sit one game back of first-place New Hampshire, who Binghamton hosts on Senior Day (Nov. 2) to round out its home schedule.

Sophomore Allison Hovie highlights the Binghamton attack with 3.13 kills per set, which rank third in the America East. Burgess is among the top 10 in the league in hitting percentage (.243, 5th) and kills (2.65, 8th). Senior setter Amanda Dettman, who registered her third consecutive double-double against Albany, quarterbacks the offense handing out 9.17 assists per set (3rd in AE). Sophomore Bailey Walker extended her 20-digs streak to seven matches against Albany upping her average to 5.00 digs per set (29th in nation).

Binghamton made America East history as the Bearcats swept the weekly awards for the second straight week. Burgess, Dettmann and freshman Alexis LaGoy were named Player, Setter and Rookie of the Week seven days after Hovie, Dettmann and LaGoy earned the honors. Last week, Binghamton swept the honors for just the second time in program history.

MILESTONE WATCH
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 3,968 assists while Hovie sits eighth all-time with 989 kills. Hovie looks to become the eighth player in program history to eclipse 1,000 kills. With two matches left at West Gym both seniors will have an opportunity to surpass the marks at home.

SCOUTING UMASS LOWELL
The Rivers Hawks are currently on a seven-match losing streak picking up their last victory on Sept. 27 against New Jersey Institute of Technology. UMass Lowell is 0-7 in league play and has won just one set against conference opponents.

The second-year members of the America East are led by senior Ella Merrill (2.54 k/s) and freshman Masha Yelsukova (2.36 k/s). The duo accounts for more than half of the River Hawks’ offensive production while senior libero Hannah Rey headlines the UMass Lowell defense ranking second in the league with 5.06 digs per set.

UP NEXT
Binghamton hosts defending champion New Hampshire on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. from West Gym. The volleyball program will honor its three graduating seniors (Dettmann, Hovie and Alexa Zbytniewski) prior to the match.

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

WNBF Interview with Head Coach Brad Smith

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 53-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 53-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 53-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 24 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

News Radio WNBF 1290 Website

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

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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

Photo Gallery

Highlights

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

The crowd at the 2010 Homecoming Game

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Men's Soccer Daily Update

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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

ITA Website

Tournament Draws

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.

 

 

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