Immediate Release: June 16, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton women's soccer released its 17-game 2010 schedule and the Bearcats will open with back-to-back road games in late August. Third-year head coach Sarah McClellan's program, 2009 America East runnersup, will play at Fairfield on August 27 and stay in Connecticut to face Sacred Heart on August 29.
The opener at Fairfield is the first of nine non-conference games before BU begins conference play in late September. The Stags won the MAAC title in 2008 and placed third last fall. After the Sacred Heart match on August 29, BU returns home to face Delaware State (Sept. 3) and Delaware (Sept. 5) in a three-day span at the Bearcats Sports Complex. It will be the first-ever matchup against the Hornets, who play out of the Great West Conference. The Bearcats will then look to reverse a 3-0 setback they suffered at CAA-member Delaware in the '09 season opener.
The team will then face a challenge of away games at Patriot League power Bucknell (Sept. 8) and BIG EAST member Syracuse (Sept. 12). The Bison won 10 games last fall and placed second in the Patriot while the Orange have won five of seven meetings with the Bearcats in the all-time series.
Binghamton then plays two of its final three non-conference games at home beginning with a Sept. 15 enounter with top-tier MAAC member Iona. The Bearcats will face former assistant coach Danielle LaRoche and her Ivy League Cornell squad on Sept. 22 with a first-ever game against BIG EAST member Seton Hall sandwiched in-between (Sept. 20).
The eight-game America East slate begins with a home match against Maine on Sept. 26. A home showdown with reigning champion Boston University looms five games later on October 17. The Terriers defeated the Bearcats 4-0 for the '09 conference championship.
"This is an exciting schedule and is filled with tough opponents," McClellan said. "Our squad will have to be prepared to perform day-in and day-out consistently at the highest of levels. Our non-conference matches will certainly get us ready for the conference season."
Binghamton went 9-7-2 in 2009, had its best conference win percentage in eight seasons of America East play (6-2, .750) and advanced to the postseason for the sixth straight year. The Bearcats return seven starters and 20 letterwinners from that squad, which finished as America East regular season and tournament runnersup.
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