look to build off of inaugural season of competition
its inaugural season a year ago, the Binghamton womens
lacrosse team dealt with making a drastic move from a club sport
to a Division I varsity squad in the competitive America East
Conference. It would be a big jump in any situation, but without
an initial year of recruiting, the challenges facing the Bearcats
were even steeper. With the learning experiences of last season
in the past, head coach Susan Frost is looking forward to bringing
the program to the next level.
We didnt always know what to expect last season,
Frost said. Its part of the growing path. We will
be more competitive this season and will play with the same heart
and determination. We are teaching our athletes how to win at
this level, and that is something that is mental as well as physical.
Binghamton returns 14 letterwinners and 11 of its starters from
last season, and will get immediate contributions from a talented
group of eight newcomers.
Our incoming class is highly skilled and they will be an
effective complement to the more experienced players we return
from last season, Frost said.
of veterans and newcomers will boost play at midfield
Erin Smith, who was fourth on the team with four goals last season,
will anchor play in the midfield, where she will be joined by
classmate Lisa Picco. The pair, at 5-foot-9 and 6-feet, respectively,
will lead Binghamtons transition offense.
Among the newcomers who will see significant time at midfield
are Kelli Bennett, Kathy Van Voorhis and Lauren Wetherell.
Our play at midfield is definitely going to be more consistent
this season, Frost said. We have a talented group
of players whose abilities should mix well together on the field.
could come from strong group of attackers
Laura Gabbamonte will join freshmen Allison Lak and Kristen Disch
at the attack position, and all three could be among Binghamtons
top scorers. Gabbamonte was the teams fourth-leading scorer
with six points last season and Disch comes from a traditionally
very strong high school program at Yorktown HS (Yorktown, N.Y.).
Lauras tremendous improvement from the beginning
of practice in the fall is a real tribute to her character and
work ethic, Frost said. As a group, we think that
all of our attackers are capable of stepping up and making strong
contributions. During practice our players have done a good
job of being in the right place at the right time, and that will
help us in our offensive sets.
Juniors Ashley Cincotta and Clodagh Harte will also return to
the attack position. Cincotta was the teams top scorer
a year ago, netting 10 goals and passing off five assists. Harte
is one of the teams most versatile players and should see
time at many positions this season.
Having Ashley and Clodagh in the lineup will give us consistency
in our attack, Frost said. We are still a very young
team. Our goal is to stick to our game plan throughout each
game and the stability that Ashley and Clodagh provide will be
an important factor in accomplishing that.
shows improvement from last season
top defensive unit appears to be set with junior co-captain Gina
Romanelli at the point, senior Keri Fagan at the coverpoint,
and sophomore Erin Wall at the third man.
Our defense is better off than last season, Frost
said. We have a long way to go, but there is definitely
a measurable improvement from last season. Gina is a very smart
player on the field and Erin is willing to do whatever it takes
to make it work.
Junior Danielle DeLuca and freshman Sara Dorfman will also compete
for time on the defensive unit.
Danielle has shown a lot of improvement from last season
and will be one of our first backups at defense, Frost
Battle for playing time shaping up in goal
Danielle Zittel will likely see significant time in the net this
season after being a starting midfielder last season. Zittel
has trained as a goalie in practice and seems ready to step into
a starting role for the beginning of the season.
Danielle has absolutely no fear, Frost said. She
is an amazing athlete who has picked up her game in a big way.
As she gets more confidence as a goalie, there will be great
things to come for her.
Junior Allison Steinberg saw the majority of time in the net
last season and will continue to battle for playing time this
season. Last year Steinberg started all but three games for
the Bearcats. She had at least 10 saves on seven occasions and
averaged nearly 11 saves per game. In the Bearcats win over
St. Francis on April 20, Steinberg was at her best, allowing
a season-low nine goals while matching her season high with 14
will once again face a daunting schedule
America East slate of games again looks to provide a tough challenge
for Binghamton. The two top teams from a year ago, New Hampshire
and Boston University, consistently push for a spot in the national
rankings. Vermont and Albany are also improved from last season
and the league gets a sixth team with the addition of a new program
at Stony Brook.
We expect to see New Hampshire and Boston at the top of
the league again this season, Frost said. Vermont
is strong once again and we know that Albany will be much improved.
The Bearcats will play three of their conference games at home,
hosting Vermont, New Hampshire and Albany, while traveling to
Stony Brook and Boston University.
The highlight of the non-conference schedule will be a matchup
at home against St. Marys (Calif.) on April 15. The Gaels
are a strong program from the Mountain Pacific Lacrosse League
and will be one of the more talented teams Binghamton will see
St. Marys will be a tough matchup for us, Frost
said. We are excited about the opportunity to play a team
that is a step above us.
The Bearcats open the season at home on March 18 with a game
against St. Francis (Pa.). The other non-conference home games
are against Niagara and Quinnipiac. Binghamton will play non-conference
road games against Siena, Le Moyne, Central Connecticut and St.