Binghamton 2008 Men's
The Binghamton men's lacrosse team enters the 2008 campaign with
a strong mix of veteran leadership and promising youth. The past
three seasons, Binghamton has earned a conference-best nine All-Rookie
selections. Those players, all of who are still on the roster,
form the nucleus of the squad. Head coach Ed Stephenson has assembled
another strong freshmen class that should make a strong contribution
to the Bearcats' success. This year, however, features perhaps
the most experienced and accomplished group of returnees Binghamton
has ever had.
"We are really looking forward to this season," Stephenson
said. "We have continued to recruit players with an elite
mentality who feel that they can compete with the best teams
in the nation. We have another very good freshman class but this
year, we also have very good upperclassmen who will provide great
The biggest addition this season, however, is the Bearcats' new
home. The Bearcats Sports Complex gives the squad a synthetic
turf field that it can train on all season. In the fall, the
Bearcats Sports Complex received rave reviews when the Binghamton
soccer teams made their debuts. Even though their season has
yet to begin, the men's lacrosse team is already sensing the
significant advantage of the Bearcats Sports Complex.
"Playing on turf every day gives us an advantage we did
not have in the past," Stephenson said. "We are much
further ahead in our conditioning and practicing than we ever
Binghamton hung tough last
season against several ranked teams. The Bearcats fell short
in games at Syracuse and Virginia and lost a double-overtime
heartbreaker at UMBC. In its final game of the regular season,
however, the Bearcats beat No. 6 Albany.
"We competed very well on the road against Syracuse, Virginia
and UMBC last season, all teams that were in the top 20,"
Stephenson said. "Our goal is to take that next step and
turn those close loses into wins."
While the Bearcats play several
strong non-conference schools, including Syracuse, Colgate, Drexel
and Cornell, the America East promises to be just as fiercely
"The America East is getting stronger each season,"
Stephenson said. "UMBC and Albany both went to the (NCAA)
quarterfinals last year. Stony Brook has been in the top 20 several
times. Hartford and Vermont much improved, each knocking off
significant opponents last year."
Boyce, who led the Bearcats in points last season, and
Mulheron, who was the team's scoring leader in 2006,
are the top returning scorers. Boyce has netted 41 goals the
past two years. He led the squad with 18 goals and 26 points
last year and netted a team-best 23 goals his freshman season.
Mulheron, who struggled with injuries last season, scored 16
goals and dished out 21 assists as a freshman. He is healthy
again and prepared to continue his key role in Binghamton's offense.
Rurey scored nine times last season despite starting
just five games and was named to the America East All-Rookie
squad. Felllow sophomore Chris
Welch has been the team's most improved attacker and
should play a strong role this season. A pair of freshman from
national power West Genesee High School, Brian
Donahue and Adam
Mazzoni, are the top newscomers.
"Our skill level at attack continues to improve," Stephenson
said. "We are at a good starting point this season. To be
successful this season, we have to score consistently on our
Carlson was the America East Rookie of the Year in 2007
and the only freshman named first-team all-conference. He ranked
among the top midfielders in the nation last season with 16 goals.
Wichmann, was named to the America East All-Rookie squad.
This season, he moves from attack to offensive midfield.
Senior captain Stephen
Smith was named first-team all-conference at midfield
in 2006. Last season, his speed and athleticism were needed to
bolster the defensive midfield unit. This season, however, he
returns up front and figures to be a vital cog in the Bearcats'
Cook is another offensive threat whose versatility was
needed in the defensive midfiled last season. After earning all-rookie
honors, Cook will join Smith up front this year and will also
play a significant role.
Junior captain Duncan
Streeten and classmate Kevin
Joy are both in the mix for a starting position and a
trio of freshmen--freshmen David
Donlon and Mike
Sciarrino figure to make an immediate impact. A fourth
Leary, should also see significant action.
"We have greater depth from top to bottom at midfield,"
Stephenson said. "Our players are multi-dimensional. As
a unit, they can shoot, pass, dodge, have great field position
and know how to break down an opposing defense."
The Bearcats have four defenders who will play a major role this
season. Senior Mike
Cove and sophomore Griffin
McLoughlin were starters last year. Junior Chris
Winter moves into a starting role this season and has
developed into the team's best all-around defender. Freshman
Danieu will make an immediate impact. Cove and Winter
will also add strong leadership, as two of the Bearcats' five
Winter is the squad's most versatile defender. An outstanding
close defender, he could also start at the long pole position.
Dreska, who was named to the America East All-Rookie
Team in 2006, will also be in the mix. Sophomores Aaron
Kennedy and Brent
Read as well as freshmen Shane
Crossett and Adam
Pardi have all shown significant improvement during the
"We have great skill and
leadership on defense," Stephenson said. "While these
are our top four guys right now, our depth beyond them continues
Kline, a three-year captain, and senior Jeff
Walker are the top two returnees. Kline, who started
every game last year, is the number one goalie heading into the
"We have two really terrific goalies," Stephenson said.
"They have provided good leadership and know how to organize
Wioncek emerged from the fall as the starting face off
specialist. Senior Kevin
McCarthy end last season as the starter.
"J.P. has two years of experience and this is the time for
him to make his mark against the elite face off men in the country,"
Stephenson said. "Kevin is also very capable of stepping
in and being successful."