| Entire Men's Tennis Team
The Bearcats captured their second consecutive America East Championship
over the weekend, and will advance to the NCAA tournament for
the sixth time in the last nine years under head coach Michael
Starke. As the No. 3 seed, BU upended No. 2 UMBC, 4-1, in the
semifinals and then defeated top-seeded Stony Brook, 4-3, in
a five-hour championship match. Number one singles player Dan
Hanegby was named Most Outstanding Player and Starke was honored
by his peers as Coach of the Year for the second straight spring.
| Kevin McKeown (Brewster, N.Y.)
McKeown made seven of his 12 saves in the fourth quarter against
Vermont as the Bearcats clinched no lower than a #2 seed in next
month's America East Championship. The Bearcats were picked to
finish sixth in the seven-team conference, but enter the final
week of the regular season with a 5-0 conference record and will
host a semifinal game on Wednesday, May 5. In two games last
week, McKeown had 19 saves and allowed 14 goals for a .576 save
4-19-04 | Jay Balback (Millsboro, Del.)
Balback had an enormous week for the streaking Bearcats, who
have now won six in a row and 11 of their last 13. He hit .667,
clubbed five home runs and drove in 14 runs in four games, and
had a slugging percentage of 1.52 for the week. Balback now has
strings of three or more hits and two or more RBI in five straight
games. His home run Sunday against UMBC was his ninth of the
season and 22nd in two seasons at Binghamton. That total establishes
a new school record for career round-trippers. Now owning a 10-game
hit streak, Balback is hitting .633 during Binghamton's six-game
win streak and is hitting .571 against conference opponents with
11 RBI in six games.
| Brian Chaapel (Penn Yan, N.Y.)
Chaapel helped the men's lacrosse team extend its winning streak
to four games in a pair of pivotal wins last week. In a 5-4 upset
win over #19 UMBC, Chaapel scored the game-tying goal with 1:30
left and then the game-winner with just four seconds remaining.
He added two more goals and a pair of assists in a 13-5 win at
Hartford that moved the team's conference mark to 3-0. With its
four-game winning streak Binghamton has moved over .500 for the
first time ever and is in position to clinch a spot in the America
East Championship with a win in its next game. Chaapel ranks
fourth on the team in scoring with 12 points (9 goals, 3 assists).
4-5-04 | Michelle Weeks (Bunnell, Fla.)
Weeks fired Binghamton's first no-hitter in four years, as
Binghamton defeated Hartford 11-0 in the second game of a doubleheader
on Saturday. She allowed just three walks and struck out a season-high
11 batters. Before Saturday, the last time a Binghamton pitcher
threw a no hitter was on April 8, 2000, when Margaret Yerdon
shut out Bridgeport 9-0.
3-29-04 | Rory Quiller (West Point, N.Y.)
Freshman pole vaulter Rory Quiller (West Point, N.Y.) shined
in his hometown on Saturday, clearing a school-record 16-feet-4
3/4 to win the Army Dick Shea Open. But more importantly, his
mark was good enough to qualify for the NCAA East Regional at
University of Florida on May 28-29. Quiller becomes the first
BU track and field athlete to reach the national stage.
topped the field by more than seven inches, breaking the school
record of 16-2 3/4, set by Jason Gianotti in 2000. The NCAA standard
was 16-feet-1. Quiller also placed second in the 110 hurdles
3-15-04 | Dan Hanegby (Herzeliya, Israel)
Hanegby, ranked No. 19 in the Northeast region, steamrolled
the No. 4 player, Josef Novotny, 6-2, 6-2, in BU's dual match
loss to UMBC on Saturday. Hanegby, who has now beaten two players
in the top-10, raised his record to 20-5 overall, 9-2 in dual
came to play, and was exceptionally sharp," head coach Michael
Starke said. "There is no question this is the best singles
win our program has ever had. We're blessed to have a player
at his level."
| Josh Ruff (Bainbridge, N.Y./Bainbridge-Guilford)
won the 141 weight class title as Binghamton at the Colonial
Athletic Association (CAA) Wrestling Championships on Saturday.
In the process, Ruff became the first Binghamton wrestler to
win a title at the CAA Championships and will advance to the
NCAA Championships (which will be held in St. Louis in two weeks)
for the second year in a row. Ruff defeated second-seeded Joey
Rivera in the semifinals 7-2 and followed up with a 5-3 win over
John Menardi of Hofstra in the finals.
2-16-04 | Alex Adediran (Covington, Ga./Seward County CC)
Adediran led the men's basketball team to a pair of victories
during the week. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 14.0 poitns and
7.0 rebounds in just 25.5 minutes of action per game. Twenty-six
of his 28 points came in the second half of wins over Albany
and New Hampshire, and he shot 73% from the floor and 86% from
the free throw line during the week.
| Robert Kaczynski (Tychy, Poland)
won the 200 IM (1:57.20) and the 200 breast (2:14.01) as the
men's swimming & diving team scored a 127-111 road win against
Stony Brook in its final dual meet of the regular season. Kaczynski
is the defending America East Conference champion in the 200
breaststroke. He will attempt to defend his title in two weeks
when the Bearcats head to the 2004 conference meet.
2-2-04 | Brandon Carter (McPherson, Kan./McPherson)
Carter averaged 19.5 points in two BU conference wins during
the week, including a 27-point performance in the team's successful
debut in the Events Center. In that game, he poured in 24 second-half
points as the Bearcats defeated Hartford. Earlier in the week,
Carter's turnaround jumper with 40 seconds left broke a 54-54
tie and propelled BU to a road win at UMBC. Defensively, he has
recorded at least one steal in 13 consecutive games.
| Josh Ruff (Bainbridge, N.Y./Bainbridge-Guilford)
was perfect at the Colonial Athletic Association Duals, going
5-0 to remain unbeaten in dual matches this season (11-0). The
141-pound junior outscored his opponents 23-1 with a pin, major
decision (up a weight class) and two shutout decisions. Ruff,
the No. 2 wrestler in the CAA, improved to 17-4 on the season.
He is 31-3 in career dual matches - the third-highest percentage
in program history(.912). Ruff is also five wins away from tying
his own school record for dual wins in a season (16 last season),
and has six duals still remaining.
| Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa./ Cheltenham)
was instrumental in Binghamton going 2-0 this past week. She
drained a career-high 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds
in Binghamton's 63-56 overtime win at New Hampshire this past
Saturday and added 13 points in the Bearcats' 70-60 win over
Albany last Wednesday. Laws has now reached double figures in
scoring nine games in a row. During than span, she has averaged
16.0 points per game. She is also averaging 14.8 points and 6.3
rebounds against conference opponents.
1-12-2004 | Leala Wegwerth (Maplewood, Minn./ Roseville)
Senior forward Leala Wegwerth netted 15 points against Maine
and 13 points against Boston as the Bearcats gained a split against
two of the top teams in the conference. Wegwerth is now averaging
a career-high 10.0 points per game and has reached double figures
six times. In conference action, Wegwerth is averaging a team-best
14.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.
12-15-2003 | Jen Blues (Overland Park, Kan./ Blue Valley North)
Sophomore guard Jen Blues poured in a career-high 23 points
in the women's basketball team's game against Army on Dec. 10.
She also had a career-high six assists as well as two steals.
Blues' 23 points tied the highest total scored by a player in
the America East Conference for the week. Unfotunately, Binghamton
would lose the game 74-62, but its record still stands at 4-3.
12-8-2003 | Beau Bruno (Mineola, N.Y./ Mineola), Wrestling
Senior 149-pound Beau Bruno went undefeated on the
week, raising his overall record to 9-2 this season. Bruno posted
an 18-7 major decision against Bridgewater State and followed
that with a 13-9 decision over the third-ranked wrestler in the
conference from Boston University. With the win, Bruno moved
up from fifth to fourth in the latest poll.
| Kate Townley (St. Paul, Minn./ Cretin-Derham Hall), Women's
point guard Kate Townley was named the MVP of the Binghamton/Time
Warner Classic this past weekend, as she averaged 12.5 points,
8.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists in Binghamtons two wins. It
marked the first time in her career that Townley has been named
the MVP of an in-season tournament.
11-24-2003 | Joey Neilson (Boothwyn, Pa./Strath Haven), Men's
Freshman midfielder Joey Neilson became BU's latest
hero with his game-winning goal in the NCAA first-round victory
over FDU. With eight minutes left in regulation, Neilson beat
several defenders before chipping a shot over the head of the
keeper for the lone goal in the Bearcats' 1-0 win. It was his
fifth goal of the season.
| Stefan Gonet (Renfrewshire, Scotland), Men's Soccer
soccer goalie Stefan Gonet led the Bearcats to the America
East Championship, stopping a penalty kick in the deciding shootout.
After seeing his shutout streak end at at amazing 893 minutes,
Gonet preserved the 1-1 deadlock and his stop on Northeastern's
fourth kick helped the Bearcats win the shootout and the conference
crown. Gonet was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
| Graham Munro (Inverness, Scotland), Men's Soccer
defender Graham Munro scored on a penalty kick with 10:04
remaining in regulation, giving the men's soccer team a 1-0 win
over Hartford in the America East semifinals on Saturday. With
the win, Binghamton advances to the America East finals for the
first time and will host defending champion Northeastern on Saturday
at 1 p.m. Earlier in the week, Munro was named the America East
Conference Defensive Player of the Year as well as first-team
all-conference for the second year in a row.
11-03-2003 | Men's Soccer Team
The Binghamton men's soccer team concluded a record-breaking
regular season with a 2-0 win over New Hampshire on Saturday.
With the victory, the Bearcats (10-2-6, 4-1-4 AE) earned the
No. 2 seed in the upcoming America East Tournament and will host
either Maine or Boston in a semifinal game on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Binghamton has broken the school records this season for the
most shutouts (14) and the most consecutive shutouts (7). The
Bearcats rank among the top five teams in the nation defensively
and are the only team in the nation not to have allowed a first
half goal this season.
10-27-2003 | Graham Munro (Inverness, Scotland), Men's Soccer
Sophomore defender Graham Munro scored a goal and had an
assist in Binghamtons 2-0 win over Stony Brook last Wednesday.
In addition, he led the Bearcat defense to a pair of shutouts
this past week. After being the only freshman named first-team
America East All-Conference last season, Munro has three goals
and two assists so far this season.
10-20-2003 | Dan Hanegby (Herzeliya, Israel), Men's Tennis
Hanegby, a freshman tennis player, had a strong showing at
the ITA Northeast Regional over the weekend. In a strong field
of 96 players, he won three matches to reach the round of 16.
Along the way, he upset seeded players from Penn State and Princeton,
and also posted a victory over an opponent from Georgetown. Hanegby
finished his fall season with a 12-2 singles record, and also
went 8-2 in doubles.
| Michele Heck (Chicago, Ill./Resurrection), Volleyball
a junior outside hitter, led the Bearcats to wins in two of their
first three conference matches. She totaled career highs of 24
kills and five service aces to go along with 14 digs against
UMBC, and added 14 kills and 11 digs against Stony Brook. Against
the Seawolves, Heck helped Binghamton end a 15-year hex by beating
Stony Brook for the first time since 1988. In all, Heck had double-doubles
of kills and digs in all three matches, averaging 4.00 kills
and 3.00 digs per game. She has recorded a double-double in each
of her last seven matches, and has turned the trick 25 times
in her career. With 48 kills during the week, she moved into
fifth place on the school's career list with 858 kills. She needs
31 more to tie Leigh Houghton for fourth place.
10-06-2003 | Keith Hendrickson (Syosset, N.Y.), Golf
Hendrickson, a senior golfer, earned his second Athlete of
the Week honors in a three-week span with an outstanding performance
at the ECAC Championship. Hendrickson fired a 2-under 70 at Colgate's
Seven Oaks GC to outshine 69 other golfers and capture medalist
honors for the second time this fall. Hendrickson used four birdies
in a seven-hole span to shoot 33 on the front side. He led the
Bearcats to their second consecutive tournament victory of the
fall and Binghamton's second straight ECAC title.
| Anne Crocus (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom), Volleyball
a junior middle blocker, led the Bearcats to the team title and
captured individual MVP honors at the Columbia Classic over the
weekend. She started off the tournament with a career-high 21
kills against the host Lions, and then added 29 more kills and
16 blocks in wins over Winthrop and Rider. Crocus, who leads
the Bearcats in kills per game (3.64), attack percentage (.363)
and blocks per game (1.17) this season, boosted each of those
marks over the weekend, recording 4.54 kills and 1.64 blocks
per game with a .378 attack percentage.
"Anne was dominant at the net this weekend," head coach
Glenn Kiriyama said. "No one really had an answer for her."
Crocus, who is one of the top blockers in the nation, became
the school's all-time leader in career block assists with 219
over the weekend, surpassing Leigh Houghton (211). She also ranks
fifth in school history with 100 career solo blocks. This is
the second time she has been the BUAthlete of the Week.
9-22-2003 | Keith Hendrickson (Syosset, N.Y.), Golf
Hendrickson, a senior golfer, captured his first tournament
title with an outstanding performance at the Dartmouth Invitational
over the weekend. He shot 71-72 to share medalist honors among
a field of 114 golfers at the Hanover Country Club. Hendrickson
carded four birdies during his opening-round par-71, and added
four more birdies in Sunday's 1-over 72. He leads the golf team
with a sparkling scoring average of 73.0.
| Stefan Gonet (Refrewshire, Scotland/Trinity) Men's Soccer
the starting goal, turned in a pair of solo shutouts this week,
blanking Robert Morris 1-0 on Friday and holding St. Francis
to a 0-0 tie on Saturday. In three games this week, he surrendered
just two goals and made 12 saves. He now has four solo shutouts
this season and has a microscopic 0.38 goals against average.
9-8-2003 | Kristie Bowers (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Olympia)
Bowers, a first-year keeper, is quickly gaining confidence
in the net, as evidenced by her shutout string. Bowers made a
spectacular diving stop in the second half against St. John's,
and recorded 15 saves. She added four stops against St. Bonaventure.
"We've been very impressed with Kristie so far," head
coach Jeff Leightman said. "A freshman taking over and bouncing
back from a bit of a shelling in her first game -- though it
wasn't her fault -- and giving us three straight shutouts against
quality teams makes a statement. We look for her to keep it going."