Previewing Binghamton's 2022 men's lacrosse schedule
The Binghamton Bearcats are the 12th team in our 2022 men’s college lacrosse schedule preview series and the second team from the America East. Binghamton finished 5-4 overall and in America East play in 2021. The Bearcats failed to qualify for the America East Tournament.
Here's their entire 2022 spring schedule:
St. Bonaventure Bonnies (2/19)
Princeton Tigers (2/22)
Hofstra Pride (3/8)
Fairfield Stags (3/12)
Hartford Hawks (8-7 L, Hawks have opted out of conference play)
Syracuse Orange (17-4 L in 2020)
Army West Point Black Knights (15-10 L in 2020)
Hobart Statesmen (16-9 L in 2020)
CIRCLE THESE DATES
2/19 vs. St. Bonaventure: One of two teams Binghamton will play for the first time (the other being Fairfield). But the Bearcats are historically good against Randy Mearns-coached teams, going 6-1 all-time against Canisius when Mearns is the head coach. That doesn't really matter when facing a different team, but the Bonnies will be a tough game for Binghamton.
2/26 at Lafayette: Their last meeting back in 2020 needed three overtimes, with the Bearcats coming out on top. Similar to Binghamton's end of last season, Lafayette had a strong finish to the season despite failing to win a game all year.
3/26 vs. UMBC: If the Bearcats want to get to the America East Tournament, they're going to need to beat at least one of either Stony Brook, Vermont, UAlbany, or UMBC. They defeated the Catamounts last year by thee goals. They split their two meetings with a shorthanded UMBC in a span of four days, both one-goal finishes. Binghamton took the first meeting thanks to Daniel MacKinney's goal with one second left in overtime. The Retrievers' stingy defense should still cause problems for the Bearcats.
4/30 vs. UMass Lowell: If Binghamton beats only one of last year's conference tournament qualifiers, they're going to need to take care of business against NJIT and UMass Lowell. So the regular season finale could be a very important game to continue their season. The Bearcats are 5-1 all-time against the River Hawks, including an 11-9 win last year in Lowell.