Our Alphabetical 2013 NCAA D1 Previews are going down in the best kind of way, and we’ve covered four teams (Air Force, Albany, Army, and Bellarmine) so far. Let’s make it five! We move another spot down the list to Binghamton, located in Binghamton, NY.
In 2012 the Bearcats went 4-9, and 1-4 in the America East conference. It was Scott Nelson’s first year as the head coach. They finished the year with a great 15-8 win over UMBC to keep from being blanked in the AE. Binghamton got solid wins over Lafayette, Siena and Canisius as well. The deciding portion of Binghamton’s 2012 season were three losses in a row, all by one goal, to Manhattan, Quinnipiac, and then Albany.
In 2013, Binghamton will play their America East schedule and also face Cornell, Hobart, Siena, Delaware, Colgate, Manhattan, Quinnipiac, Penn State and Canisius, and it’s a definite step up from 2012 in terms of OOC competition.
Thankfully, the Bearcats bring back their two top scorers in Mike Antinozzi and Tyler Perelle, and both of these players can score for themselves, or drop assists on teammates. They should provide a solid one-two combo on offense for Binghamton.
However, if Binghamton wants to compete this year, big improvements will need to be made defensively. The Bearcats are not going to score 15 goals every game, and this means they must reel in their opponents, and limit opportunities. Now that Jordan Marra is gone in net, Kraig Heston will need to step up in between the pipes, or be replaced by Eric Fischer or Max Schefler. Without a good goalie to lead a hopefully improving defense, 2013 could be another rough year.
Click HERE to see Alphabetical 2013 NCAA D1 Preview posts for Air Force, Albany, Army, and Bellarmine.