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Women’s soccer releases 2013 schedule
17-game slate begins August 25 at Siena, includes eight conference games
June 7, 2013Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton women’s soccer released ts 2013 season on Friday and the Bearcats will open their 17-game slate on August 25.
Head coach Sarah McClellan‘s team will start its schedule on the road at Siena. That away contest is the first of three straight to begin the fall campaign. The Bearcats will play nine non-conference games before beginning its eight-game America East slate in late September.
The schedule features five games against teams from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), two Patriot League opponents, one BIG EAST and one Ivy League foe. Among the conference games is a first Division I meeting with new member UMass Lowell.
“We are very excited about this year’s schedule,” McClellan said. “It’s competitive and our non-conference games will get us ready for the America East Conference season.”
After the Siena opener on August 25, BU will continue to work its way through the MAAC with away games at Manhattan (Aug. 30) and Iona (Sept. 1). Binghamton will then welcome Patriot League member Lafayette to the Bearcats Sports Complex for the team’s home opener on September 6. Two days later, BU will host Niagara before starting a busy three-games-in-six-days stretch that includes an away game at first-year BIG EAST member Temple (Sept. 13), a tough home test against perennial MAAC frontrunner Marist (Sept. 15) and an away tilt at nearby Cornell (Sept. 18). A Monday night game at Army (Sept. 23) finishes up the non-conference portion of the schedule.
“We have several challenging opponents for our team to learn from,” McClellan said. “There are teams we haven’t seen in a while like Manhattan, Iona, Lafayette and Army. We will be tested at Temple and it will be nice to continue our rivalry with Cornell.
“We start off on the road for our first three games and I think this will be a great way to grow and develop as a team right from the get-go.”
The eight-game conference slate begins September 29 at New Hampshire. This year, the Bearcats will host UMBC (Oct. 3), Hartford (Oct. 17), Stony Brook (Oct. 20) and Vermont (Oct. 27) for its four designated home league games. Playing the two 2012 America East finalists at home will be important, as will having the regular-season finale (vs. Vermont) at the Complex.
The 2013 Bearcats will be aiming to qualify for the America East tournament for the eighth time in 10 years. Coming off a productive spring season, McClellan is excited about her team’s chances.
“The spring team showed a lot of development and had a very strong and focused spring season,” she said. “We’re excited to build on the momentum we gained in the spring and look to compete and perform at an even higher level this fall season.”
The team will report to campus in early August.