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Women’s Lacrosse Releases 2014 Schedule
Bearcats slated for eight home contests next May
November 21, 2013Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. – Second-year head coach Stephanie Allen has announced the 2014 Binghamton women’s lacrosse schedule, which features 10 repeat opponents from last season. The Bearcats are slated for 16 games with eight home games and eight road contests. Binghamton will play 11 non-conference contests in addition to its five-game America East schedule.
The non-conference slate consists of opponents from five different conferences including five teams from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), three from the Patriot League and one each from the Atlantic 10, Atlantic Sun and Ivy League.
“Our non-conference schedule gives us the opportunity to compete against some top-notch programs,” Allen said. “Teams like Canisius and Cornell along with quality Patriot League programs will help us prepare for making an impact in the America East.”
The Bearcats, who look to bounce back from a 2-12 campaign in 2013, open the season at home against the Washington, D.C.-based Howard University on February 22. It is the first-ever meeting between Binghamton and the Atlantic Sun school,.
Following its opener, Binghamton heads to Pennsylvania for a pair of matchups with Patriot League members Lehigh (Feb. 25) and Lafayette (March 1). The Bearcats fell to Lehigh in double-overtime last season while Binghamton and Lafayette will meet for the first time ever.
Allen’s team returns to Vestal five days later for its longest homestand of the season as Binghamton welcomes Niagara (March 6), St. Bonaventure (March 8) and Cornell (March 12) to the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Bearcats will face MAAC-member Niagara for the first time in two seasons and St. Bonaventure (Atlantic 10) for the first time since 2009. Binghamton and Cornell have met each of the last two seasons with the Big Red taking both contests.
“I wanted to have as balanced a schedule as possible,” Allen continued. “With eight home games and eight road games our schedule allows us to showcase a new-look Bearcat lacrosse on our home field.”
The Bearcats come off its homestand with a three-games-in-seven-days stretch all against MAAC opponents. The featured meeting will be with defending MAAC champion and NCAA tournament participant Canisius on March 17 in Buffalo. Binghamton then heads to the state capital to face Siena (March 20) before returning to the Southern Tier to host Quinnipiac (March 23). Siena was one of Binghamton’s two victories in 2013. Quinnipiac and Binghamton have not played each other since 2007.
Binghamton will complete its preparation for league play with a visit to Poughkeepsie for a matchup with Marist on March 26. The Red Foxes, who advanced to the 2013 MAAC Championship against Canisius, knocked off the Bearcats 11-6 in Vestal last season.
The Bearcats open America East play with its second trip to the state capital for a meeting with SUNY rival Albany on March 29. Binghamton then heads home to host the defending America East champions Stony Brook on April 6. Albany and Stony Brook have combined for the past three conference titles.
A trip to New Hampshire follows a difficult start to conference play as the Bearcats and Wildcats meet on April 12. Binghamton then plays its final non-conference contest of the year when the Bearcats host Colgate on April 16.
Binghamton’s final two games of 2014 are at Vermont (April 19) and home versus UMBC (April 26). The Bearcats picked up their second win of 2013 against Vermont with a one-goal victory over the Catamounts. Binghamton struggled with a much improved UMBC-squad last season falling 17-9 in Balitimore.
“The America East continues to be very competitive with each program continuously getting stronger,” Allen stated. “Anything is possible next spring with the landscape of the conference and certainly any program can be vying for a tournament spot come May.”
The America East Championship will take place May 2-4 with the top four teams in the final conference standings advancing to the postseason. The regular season champion will be the host site for the conference championship.
Binghamton graduated its largest class in program history last May losing eight starters to graduation. However, the Bearcats return three of their top six scorers from 2013. Angela Vespa (11 goals, 7 assists), Allie Rodgers (10 goals, 3 assists) and Sophie Racciatti (10 goals, 1 assist) will be relied upon to fill the void left by Binghamton’s first-ever America East first-team all-conference selection Katherine Hunsberger (35 goals).