lost the America East title game, Binghamton will wait until
the NCAA selection show on Monday to see if their season will
continue. If it does not, then this will be the final post for
the Men's Soccer Daily Update. For the past three months,
it has been my pleasure covering, in greater detail, this outstanding
program. Indeed, it would have not been possible to keep generating
new ideas had it not been for the success of the program, both
on and off the field.
Since the fall
of 2003, much has changed with Binghamton athletics. At the time,
the Events Center was still under construction and the Bearcats
Sports Complex was nearly four years away from being built. Kevin
Broadus was still an assistant coach at George Washington University
and Rory Quiller had yet to compete in a college pole vault competition.
weeks ago, we put out a list of Cameron Keith's top five goal-scoring
performances during his two seasons at Binghamton. We ended the
post with the hope that there would be more games ahead worthy
of being included on that list. Needless to say, Keith has answered
to that in the past two games. Here, therefore, is a revised
list of his top five goal scoring performances, as of today.
do you start? While it wasn't an America East final, today's
1-0 double-overtime win at Albany has to go down as one of the
greatest moments in the program's Division I history. Binghamton
became the first team in the 20-year history of the America East
Conference to advance to six consecutive championship games.
They did it the hard way, going on the road and coming through
in the clutch.
weeks ago, the Binghamton men's soccer team squared off against
Albany to start its America East schedule. Tomorrow, the Bearcats
head back up Interstate 88 for a much more important match. At
stake for the Bearcats is a historic sixth consecutive trip to
the conference championship game.
Toward the Future
nine graduating players this season, head coach Paul Marco could
be apprehensive about what next year will bring. That, however,
is not the case for the seventh-year head coach. Marco cites
both several returning players as well as some of this year's
freshman as being key components to future Bearcat success.
the Binghamton Athletic Department joined the America East Conference
seven years ago, the fall sports teams experienced a time of
transition. None of the Bearcat squads qualified for the conference
tournament and including cross country, the best any of the squads
could finish was sixth place. Fast forward to 2008 and things
are very different. A look at the events of the past two weekends
best illustrates that fact.
Heard during the America East Quarterfinals
defeated New Hampshire 3-1 in the America East quarterfinals
on Saturday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. With the win,
the Bearcats head to Albany on Wednesday for the semifinals at
1 p.m. There were several storylines from the win over the Wildcats.
Paul Marco's first year as the Binghamton men's soccer coach,
he was looking for activities to increase the competitive spirit
of the team. One such idea was called the Three-Team Game and
over the ensuing seven years, it has become a tradition, especially
during the postseason.
Update: Darius Ravangard
February 2002, Paul Marco was starting his first month on the
job at Binghamton and was recruiting players who could change
the face of the team. The once-proud men's soccer squad had fallen
on lean times prior to his arrival. Marco was therefore looking
for players who bought into his vision for what the program could
become. One of the players bought into that vision was Darius
and New Hampshire square off in the America East Quarterfinals
on Saturday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. It marks a
rematch of the 2004 quarterfinals, which produced one of the
most dramatic moments in the Bearcats' post season history. With
so many significant playoff memories the past five years, however,
that match tends be forgotten by many people in the Binghamton
men's soccer community.
on March 18, head coach Paul Marco and the men's soccer team
ended a training session by heading up to a press conference
in the Events Center. Five days earlier, Rory Quiller captured
the NCAA Division I indoor pole vault title and Marco decided
the best way for the program to honor Binghamton's first-ever
Division I national champion was for his entire squad to attend
the event. It also gave the players some inspiration from which
they can draw upon for their own title quest, which begins this
in Men's Soccer History: November 3, 2007
Binghamton walked on to the field at Stony Brook for their 2007
regular season finale, everything seemed to be pointing against
the Bearcats. In its previous three conference road games, the
squad was 0-3. The weather conditions were barely above freezing
and there was a mixture of wind and rain. Furthermore, Binghamton
was returning to the scene of its heartbreaking defeat in the
2005 conference finals.
Update: Ian Wendel
2000, Ian Wendel arrived on campus to begin his freshman
season at Binghamton. At the time, the Bearcats were still competing
at the Division II level and had yet to be accepted into the
America East Conference. In his senior year, however, Wendel
was a part of a squad that won the America East title and advanced
to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He was one of only
three players (Pat Skinner and James Clancy being the other two)
who were a part of the men's soccer program during the entire
Go to Orono
final regular season game will take place in Orono, Maine on
Sunday against the Black Bears. The Bearcats' destination for
their next game, however, will also be determined by the events
that take place in Boston and Albany this weekend. Head Coach
Paul Marco and captain Barry Neville discussed the upcoming weekend
before leaving for Maine. They also commented on the BU women's
team's win over New Hampshire.