Immediate Release: December 8, 2005
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Binghamton men's lacrosse announces 2006 schedule
Bearcats travel to Princeton and Towson, host Hobart in key non-conference games
VESTAL, N.Y.--The Binghamton men's lacrosse team has announced its 2006 schedule, which begins on Saturday, Feb. 25 with a 1 p.m. game at Cornell. The Bearcats' 14-game regular season campaign includes nine non-conference matchups in addition to five America East Conference contests toward the end of the season.
Without question, the most high profile opponent the Bearcats have added to their schedule is six-time NCAA champion Princeton. Coached by the legendary Bill Teirney, the Tigers host Binghamton on Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m. Princeton won its last national title in 2001 and was the runner-up in 2002. The Tigers also advanced to the NCAA semifinals in 2003 and 2004.
Another high-ranking opponent whom the Bearcats will visit this season is Towson, the alma mater of Binghamton head coach Ed Stephenson. The Tigers have earned bids to four of the last five NCAA Tournaments. In 2001, the Tigers advanced to the NCAA semifinals. The Binghamton-Towson game is scheduled for March 4 at noon.
Other non-conference road games include trips to Villanova and Sacred Heart. In addition, Binghamton will square off against Bellarmine on Friday, March 24 in a game that will be played in Princeton, N.J.
A significant home non-conference game will take place on March 14, when the Bearcats host Hobart at 4 p.m. The Statesman won the 2000 and 2002 Patriot League titles and advanced to the NCAA Division I Tournament. Before moving up to the NCAA Division I level, Hobart won a record 15 NCAA Division III titles between 1976-93. Two other non-conference home games come against Colgate (April 11) and Drexel (25).
In America East Conference action, the Bearcats travel to Hartford (April 1), Vermont (April 8) and three-time defending champion Albany (April 29). Binghamton hosts UMBC on April 15 and Stony Brook on April 22.
"I am thrilled with our upgraded 2006 schedule, as it reflects the maturity and growth of our program," head coach Ed Stephenson said. "I think we have a great mix of traditional lacrosse powers and up and coming teams, which will improve our RPI rating and afford us another opportunity for making the NCAA tournament. I am especially pleased that our seniors, having stepped on campus just over three years ago as our first recruited class, will have the opportunity compete against four additional high-caliber opponents."
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