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Women’s soccer announces 2012 schedule
Bearcats open 17-game slate August 17 at Bucknell
June 14, 2012Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. – Binghamton women’s soccer coach Sarah McClellan released her team’s 2012 schedule today and the 17-game slate begins with an away contest at Bucknell on August 17.
The game against the Patriot-League member Bison kicks off a nine-game non-conference slate that features contests against teams from five different conferences. Binghamton is 2-0 all-time against Bucknell. The teams had to cancel last year’s meeting after devastating flooding hit Broome County.
After Bucknell, BU continues its three-game road swing with games at 2011 MAAC regular-season runnerup Niagara (Aug. 21) and Atlantic-10 member St. Joseph’s (Aug. 24).
Binghamton welcomes Patriot League member Lehigh to the Bearcats Sports Complex for its home opener on September 2 – the first of four straight at home.
In that two-week stretch, BU will also host MAAC member Siena (Sept. 7), Ivy League-resident Cornell (Sept. 12) and Atlantic-10 member St. Bonaventure (Sept. 14). The Bearcats will look to reverse their fortunes against all four teams, who each posted 1-0 wins over BU last fall. The Bonnies won nine games and finished fifth (out of 14) in the A-10 and along the way, posted an overtime win over Binghamton in Olean – one of three extra-time defeats for McClellan’s young 2011 squad.
After a road game at FDU on September 16, the Bearcats face a tough test in their non-conference finale when they head to Poughkeepsie to battle reigning MAAC champion and NCAA entry Marist on September 21. The Red Foxes won 13 games and were 7-1-1 in league play.
The eight-game America East slate begins with a challenging September 23 road game against a Hartford team that won 13 games and finished second in the standings last fall. Binghamton plays home games against conference foes New Hampshire (Sept. 27), Albany (Oct. 4), Maine (Oct. 7) and Boston University (Oct. 14) with the Homecoming game against the five-time defending champion Terriers capping a string of four out of five games at the Complex. The Bearcats met Boston in the America East semifinals last year, pushing the 14th-ranked Terriers in a narrow 2-1 defeat.
When teams are battling for playoff position in the third week of October, BU will hit the road for its final two regular-season games at UMBC (Oct. 18) and Vermont (Oct. 21). Binghamton used shutout wins at home over the Retrievers and Catamounts to close out the 2011 regular season and grab the No. 5 seed for the America East tournament.
The 2012 conference tournament begins with quarterfinal games on October 25 and ending with the championship game on either November 3 or 4. The America East champion receives an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament and the Bearcats are hoping to duplicate their crown from 2004.
“We are very excited for this 2012 fall schedule,” McClellan said. “It features a strong mix of competitive non-conference opponents which will help test and prepare our squad for America East conference play. We open up right away on the road which will force us to demonstrate a strong mentality in our play from the get-go.”