Team and individual accomplishments
Baseball wins America East title and advances to NCAA Regional
Senior ace and tournament MVP Jake Lambert fired eight shutout innings and Binghamton (30-23) defeated Maine (37-22) 4-0 in the deciding game of the America East Championship at Bill Beck Field on the campus of University of Rhode Island. The Bearcats won their second conference title in five years and advanced to the NCAA tournament. The NCAA will released its 64-team bracket on ESPNU and the team gathered to watch the announcement in the Events Center.
Baseball draws No. 9 NC State, plays in NCAA Raleigh Regional games on ESPN3
Binghamton baseball drew ninth-ranked NC State (44-14) in the first game of the NCAA Regionals and the America East champion Bearcats headed to Raleigh, N.C. for the opening game. The other two teams at the double-elimination regional were 21st-ranked Ole Miss (37-22) and Colonial Athletic Association member William & Mary (37-22).
“We knew whoever we would face would be a good challenge,” 21st-year head coach Tim Sinicki said. “NC State has had a good program for years and they play in one of the premier conferences in the country. They are a host school out of the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) ... that’s really all you need to know. But we had a great week of baseball and feel good about who we are. This team never gives up and feels it can hang with anyone. The way we battled through the conditions and won the conference tournament ... that can have momentum as we move forward.”
Thomas honored as first team all-region
Sophomore outfielder Jake Thomas has been selected to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Northeast Region first team, the association announced on Tuesday. The honor means that Thomas was deemed one of the top three outfielders in the 39-team region, which includes teams from nine different conferences, including the BIG EAST and Atlantic-10.
Thomas, who ranked No. 2 in the nation in on-base percentage and led the America East in multiple offensive categories, is the lone position player from the conference to be honored on the first team. He also becomes Binghamton’s first position player to be named first-team all-region since 2007 (Matt Simek).
“An outstanding honor for an outstanding young man,” head coach Tim Sinicki said. “I am thrilled for Jake and for the fact that the coaches in the region recognized him for the type of season he had for our program. Jake plays the game the right way…all out, all the time. He’s a bit of a throwback when it comes to that style, but it sure is fun and a pleasure to watch.”
Men’s tennis blanks UMBC 4-0 for sixth straight America East title
Binghamton men’s tennis continued its command of America East tennis with a 4-0 win over host and second-seeded UMBC in the championship match from the Retrievers Tennis Complex. The conference title was Binghamton’s sixth straight and ninth in the last 11 years and advances the Bearcats to the NCAA tournament. It is one of the longest current title streaks of any team in any sport in the America East.
Head Coach Adam Cohen’s squad, which had two freshmen at the top of the lineup and five underclassmen playing singles, overcame its youth and a home-court Retrievers advantage that threatened to even the playing field. But the Bearcats came out and immediately put the pedal to the metal and grabbed the opening doubles point with two lopsided matches at first and second doubles. It was more of the same in singles as Binghamton finished off UMBC in the first three completed matches.
Men’s tennis coach Cohen named Northeast Coach of Year, Hazarika named top rookie
Binghamton men’s tennis coach Adam Cohen has been named the ITA/Wilson Northeast Region Coach of the Year after guiding his Bearcats to a sixth straight NCAA tournament berth in 2013. It’s the second time in the last four years that Cohen has earned the top honor in the 39-team region, which spans 11 different conferences.
Under Cohen’s leadership, the Bearcats (16-10) won 11 of their last 12 matches before facing No. 2 Georgia in the NCAA tournament. With a powerful recruiting class in place, Cohen put two freshmen in his top two singles positions and only had one upperclassman in his singles lineup, yet still produced 16 wins and the program’s ninth NCAA berth in the last 11 years. In 2010, Cohen was also selected by his Northeast Region peers after his Bearcats went 25-2 and were ranked as high as No. 43 in the country.
Softball hosts America East tournament, finishes third, Harbaugh and Phillips named to All-Tournament Team
Binghamton’s most successful softball season in nearly two decades came to an end with a pair of losses on the second day of the America East Tournament. The Bearcats (30-17) fell 4-2 to top-seeded Albany in the winners’ bracket before being eliminated 9-0 by Stony Brook later in the day. The three-day event, held at the Bearcats Sports Complex, concluded when Albany and Stony Brook met in the championship round.
“It’s disappointing to end our season like this,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “I told our players that this is something we will learn from for next year. We came out and played well against Albany but we didn’t do a good job in the elimination game.”
Allen selected to lead women’s lacrosse into new era
Binghamton University Director of Athletics Patrick Elliott announced that Stephanie Allen has been named the University’s head women’s lacrosse coach. Allen served as the interim coach for the 2013 season and has been with the Bearcats program for six years.
“Stephanie brings a wealth of experience at the Division I level as a coach and also as a former student-athlete,” Elliott said. “She has demonstrated that her vision, knowledge and commitment to student-athlete welfare will guide the women’s lacrosse program as we move forward.”
Allen, a Columbus, Ohio native, took over the head coaching reigns in January and promptly produced Binghamton University’s first-ever, first team all-conference player and two more all-rookie selections in 2013. Her passionate, mentoring leadership model served to quickly unite the Bearcats, who made significant strides on and off the field. Binghamton knocked off Vermont in a thrilling 9-8 game and came within one win of contending for a postseason berth in the America East. Allen also coached the program’s first-ever Under Armour/IWLCA North-South All-Star, Katherine Hunsberger.