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For Immediate Release: December 10, 2005
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (naglieri@binghamton.edu)

Binghamton women's lacrosse announces 2006 schedule
Trip to West Palm, FL for Spring Fling tournament highlights non-conference schedule

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VESTAL, N.Y.-The Binghamton University women's lacrosse program has announced its schedule for the 2006 season. The Bearcats will celebrate the fifth season of intercollegiate women's lacrosse when they open their 17-game slate February 28 in Lewisburg, Pa., against Bucknell University.

"We are very excited about the scheduled games we have planned for the spring," said head coach Emily Edmonston. "We are looking forward to seeing many of the same teams we saw a year ago, and are looking to earn the wins from many of those close games this time around. We feel that we definitely possess the individual and team potential to achieve those goals in the 2006 campaign."

Following its season opener against the Bison, the Bearcats will return to Binghamton to host the first of seven home contests to be played at Track Stadium, against non-conference opponent Canisius College on March 4.

This year's non-conference schedule is highlighted by a spring break trip to West Palm Beach, Florida, where the Bearcats will take on both Iona College (March 13) and American University (March 15) as part of the 10th annual Spring Fling women's lacrosse tournament. A strong program from the Patriot League, the American University Eagles are coming off a NCAA Tournament Berth in 2004.

Other non-conference opponents are set to include Big East power Syracuse University, MAAC foe's Niagara, Siena and LeMoyne, as well as the Northeast Conference's Long Island University, Quinnipiac, and St. Francis (N.Y.).

Binghamton will open the America East portion of their schedule at home on April 1 versus Stony Brook. The America East slate of games again looks to provide a very tough challenge for the Bearcats. The conference's top squad from a year ago, Boston University, advanced to quarterfinals of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship and finished the season ranked third in the final IWLCA Top 20 poll of 2005. The Bearcats will host the Terriers on April 12.

The top four teams during the regular season will qualify for the America East Conference Tournament with the winner earning an automatic berth in the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship. The tournament will be hosted at the highest seed and will run May 5-7.

With the strength of several key returnees, including six of their top seven scorers from 2005, and the addition of eight talented freshmen, the Bearcats will look to continue their climb up the ranks in the America East Conference.

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