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BEARCAT WOMEN'S LACROSSE WEEKLY RELEASE - Feb. 20

WOMEN TO PLAY FIRST GAME AT SPORTS COMPLEX

Binghamton hosts the first of seven home contests to be played at the new Bearcats Sports Complex against Patriot League opponent Colgate on February 22. The state-of-the-art facility includes a pair of Sportexe synthetic turf fields, one for games and one designed for practices. The opportunity to play on turf every day has been a welcome addition to Bearcat lacrosse program.

“The girls love the new field. It has done wonders for the preseason training and conditioning,” Zostant said. “We can’t wait to get out there and play in front of the home crowd.”

Besides the turf, the stadium’s new lighting will allow the lacrosse teams to play night games for the first time. The Bearcats will host Siena on March 12 in the first of three night games to be played at the BSC.

THE GAME
Colgate at Binghamton
Bearcats Sports Complex
Friday, February 20, 2008 at 4 p.m. Live Stats


BINGHAMTON - COLGATE SERIES
The Bearcats and Raiders are playing in their first-ever meeting, in what could develop into a rivalry game due to the proximity of the two campuses.

ON COLGATE
The Raiders, who won back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005, will be looking to improve on a fourth-place finish from a season ago. Second-year Head Coach Heather Bliss will look to a quartet of 2007 Second-Team All-Patriot League selections, led by seniors Lindsay Pittard and Jess Van der Meulen, to lead this year’s squad. The Raiders return nine starters and 15 letterwinners from a 2007 squad that finished 6-12 overall.

Colgate lost its season-opener, 18-14, to Stony Brook on Saturday, Feb. 16. Pittard and sophomore Brie Moran each had three goals in the losing effort.

BEARCATS DROP SEASON OPENER AT WILLIAM AND MARY
The Binghamton women’s lacrosse team dropped a 21-9 decision to host William and Mary Sunday afternoon in the season opener for both teams.

Freshman attacker Lisa Illig (Corning, N.Y.) led the Bearcats with three goals in her collegiate debut. Illig led a new-look Bearcat squad that featured a total of seven freshmen and eight newcomers in the starting lineup. T

he remaining first-year contingent was led by Ali Castiglie (Middle Island, N.Y.), who had a goal and two assists. The rookie trio of Kate Concialdi (Yorktown, N.Y.), Erica Hill (Delmar, N.Y.), and Kate Tesi (Yorktown, N.Y.) each netted their first collegiate goals for the Bearcats.

UP NEXT
Binghamton opens the America East portion of its schedule when the Bearcats host UMBC on February 29 at 4 p.m. The Retrievers finished 7-10 and 2-4 in league play in 2007.

PREGAME NOTEBOOK
-Freshman netminder Lauren Scott (Jarrettsville, Md.) earned the starting nod between the pipes for Binghamton. Scott kept the Bearcats in the contest early with eight first-half saves before finishing with 10. She also finished tied for the game-high with five ground balls.

-The Bearcats return seven starters and 12 letterwinners from last year’s squad. BU also welcomes 11 freshmen and a total of 12 newcomers to the mix for 2008.

-Binghamton owns a 2-3 all-time record in home openers. The Bearcats won their 2006 home debut against St. Francis (Pa.).
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