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Syracuse Lacrosse: Previewing the Binghamton Bearcats

The Syracuse Orange and Binghamton Bearcats will take to the turf at 2 PM on Saturday. Binghamton is 9-3 but coming off of two straight losses while Syracuse is ranked first in the nation.

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School: Binghamton

Mascot: Bearcats

Coach: Kevin McKeown

Location: Binghamton, NY

Conference: America East

Game Location: Carrier Dome

Game Time: 2 PM

Television/Radio: Spectrum Sports/ACC Network Extra, TK99/105


All-Time Syracuse Record Vs. Opponent: 5-0

Previous Matchup: 13-5 SU Win

Opponent Ranking: N/R

Quick Facts

2017 Record: 9-2

2017 Conference Record: 3-1

2016 Conference Postseason Results: DNQ

2016 NCAA Tournament Postseason Results: DNQ

2016 Team Statistics

Total Goals– Shot Attempts: 122-377

Total Opponent Goals– Shot Attempts: 93-374

EMO Goals (Percentage): 13 (.371)

EMO Goals Against ( Percentage): 7 (.269)

Team Shooting Percentage: .324

Opponent Shooting Percentage: .249

Shots on Goal Percentage: .623

Opponent Shots on Goal Percentage: .540

Groundballs: 276

Opponent Groundballs: 284

Turnovers: 141

Caused Turnovers: 76

Faceoffs: 130-258 (.504)

Clearing Percentage: .902

Opponent Clearing Percentage: .881

Penalties: 28 (23:00 PIM)

The Binghamton Bearcats are coming off of two straight losses to the UMBC Retrievers and Albany Great Danes. On Wednesday, Binghamton fell to Albany 4-10. The Bearcats put up four goals in the first half but did not score in the second half against Albany.

Syracuse and Binghamton have two common opponents this season. Against Hobart, Binghamton won 12-6 and against Siena, Binghamton won 10-5. Syracuse demolished both of those teams.

Last season against Binghamton, the Orange played following the death of Pearl Washington and took down the Bearcats 13-5. SU put up 10 straight goals, not allowing a BU goal until the third quarter. Three of Binghamton’s five goals came in the final 3:37 of the game with only two BU starters earning a goal.

Don’t expect much of a challenge this year from Binghamton, but this will be a nice warm-up game for the ACC Tournament.

The attack is led by Tom Moore who has 34 goals and 24 assists this year totaling 58 points. He is only one of six player to have double digits in goals this year and is 16th in the country in assists per game and 10th in the nation in goals and points per game. However, Moore has turned the ball over 36 times. Moore has taken 93 shots on the season, the player with the next most shots on this team has taken 38; the offense revolves around Moore. Thomas McAndrew is second on the squad in goals, assists, and points. The junior had four goals against UMass Lowell earlier in the year. Griffin Konen has 18 points on the season and is the third attackman. Konen leads Binghamton with four man-up goals.

The midfield and defensive crews are somewhat interchangeable for Binghamton which has several long-stick midfielders who have also played significant time at close defense. Joe Licata leads all midfielders in goals, assists, and points but has only started one game. Tyler Deluca has three starts on the year and has put up 13 goals and three assists. Deluca is 10th in the nation in shooting percentage.

Austin Macchi is the main faceoff guy for Binghamton. He’s 94-183 on the year with a .514 winning percentage. He won a season high 18 faceoffs against UMass Lowell and leads the Bearcats in groundballs with 41. Ben Williams won 12 of 15 faceoffs in the game last year and shouldn’t have much trouble this time around, but I’d rather see Danny Varello get some serious minutes at the X on Saturday.

The Binghamton defense is seventh in the nation in scoring defense, and does not allow a lot of shots on net. Furthermore, Binghamton is 14th in division I in man-down defense, killing .731 extra man opportunities. The defense does a great job clearing the ball as well, having success .902 percent of the time.

Garrett Waldron is the main close defenseman for the Bearcats. He’s started 36 games over the last four years, although the senior from Syracuse, NY only made an appearance in one game his freshman year. This year he is second on the team in groundballs with 33 and is tied for the most caused turnovers on Binghamton with 17. Waldron and long-stick midfielder Zach Barrett are tied for 34th in the country in caused turnovers per game. Freshman Barrett has 12 starts on the year and 20 groundballs to add to his 17 caused turnovers. Dan Mottes is another 12 game starter for Binghamton and has 11 groundballs and five caused turnovers this season.

In net, Tanner Cosens has had a tremendous season. He is sixth in the nation in goals against average at 7.66 and has a .533 save percentage good enough for 23rd in the country. He had 15 saves against Colgate earlier in the year and 13 against Hobart. Cosens’ uncle played for Syracuse and won two National Championships.

The Syracuse Orange and Binghamton Bearcats faceoff at 2 PM in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. The game can be seen on the ACC Digital Network Extra and Spectrum Sports and can be heard on TK99/105.