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Women’s Lacrosse Announces 2013 Schedule
14-game slate features seven home games
January 30, 2013Tweet
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VESTAL, NY - First-year interim head coach Stephanie Allen recently announced the Binghamton women’s lacrosse program’s 2013 schedule. The Bearcats are slated for 14 contests, including their annual six America East conference games. Coming off a 3-13 (0-6 America East) season, the team will look to bounce back in 2013 losing just three starters to graduation. Binghamton has a balanced schedule, with seven games at home and seven on the road.
“We’ve got a great 2013 schedule and compete in a very tough league,” Allen said. “The America East has consistently produced teams in the top-20, elevating the competitiveness during conference play. We look forward to taking advantage of the quality of our non-conference opponents and will be well-prepared and focused heading into conference play in late March.”
For the second straight season the Bearcats will open their season against St. Francis (Pa.) traveling to Loretto, Pa. on Feb. 23. Binghamton returns home to for its next three contests versus Lehigh (Feb. 27), Canisius (Mar. 2) and Marist (Mar. 6) at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Last season, Binghamton fell to Lehigh but defeated Metro Atlantic members (MAAC) Canisius, the eventual 2012 MAAC champions, and Marist. The Golden Griffins lost to UMass in the 2012 NCAA Tournament play-in game.
Binghamton returns to the road when they head to Storrs, Conn. to face UConn at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex on March 16. The Huskies earned a narrow road victory over the Bearcats last season, 14-12, and finished the season sixth in the BIG EAST. BU heads back home for a March 20th meeting with Siena, who edged out the Bearcats 8-6 in Albany last year. Binghamton will make the quick trip to Hamilton, N.Y. to take on Colgate on March 26 to conclude non-conference play. Last year, Binghamton played its best game of the season against the Raiders, knocking off the visitors 16-11.
Binghamton opens America East play on March 30, welcoming Vermont, who finished fifth in conference, to the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Bearcats then travel to Baltimore to play UMBC on April 3. The Retrievers retain leading scorer Lindsay Cox, who led UMBC to a 10-9 road win over the Bearcats in 2012. Binghamton returns home to face off with the New Hampshire (April 6), who finished one spot ahead of the Bearcats last season.
On April 13, the Bearcats head to Boston’s Nickerson Field to play Boston University. The Terriers went unbeaten in conference play last season and feature preseason All-American selection (insidelacrosse.com), senior Danielle Etrasco and 2012 America East Rookie of the Year, sophomore Mallory Collins. Binghamton then hosts reigning America East champion Albany in its final home contest of the season on April 20. Albany was ranked 20th in the Insidelacrosse.com preseason poll.
The Bearcats take a break from its conference schedule, traveling to Schoellkopf Field on April 23 to take on Cornell. Last year the Big Red tied with Dartmouth and Harvard for second place in the Ivy League. The then 13th-ranked Big Red defeated BU 17-8 in 2012, but four of their five top scorers have since graduated.
Binghamton wraps up its 2013 schedule on Long Island meeting up with Stony Brook on April 27. The Seawolves, who finished second in America East last season, retain their five top-scorers including Claire Petersen, an Insidelacrosse.com preseason All-American third team selection. Stony Brook earned a No. 18 ranking in the Insidelacrosse.com preseason poll.
The America East Tournament semifinals will be held on May 2, with the final being contested on May 4. Both locations are yet to be decided.
The 2013 edition of the Bearcats return four of its top five scorers, Kimberly McGeever (G:23, A:33), Katherine Hunsberger (G:34, A:6), Kristen Stone (G:25, A:2) and Casey Bulman (G:11, A:2) and welcomes nine newcomers. In 2012, McGeever set Binghamton’s single-season assist record and became the second BU player to record a 50-point season.