This weekend’s lacrosse matchups feature two first-place showdowns. Saturday afternoon, Stony Brook travels to Boston University for a battle with the Terriers in women’s lacrosse action. And then under the lights, UMBC hosts Stony Brook in a pivotal men’s contest in Baltimore.
Let’s start in Boston. The last two conference unbeatens square off for the 11th time in the all-time series. Boston U. has won all but one contest holding a commanding 9-1 series lead. The Terriers have also won seven of their last eight games en route to a perfect 4-0 record in league play thanks in large part to the play of freshman Mallory Collins. Stony Brook, meanwhile, has won six in a row and is in the midst of one of the finest seasons in program history. The Seawolves are averaging just over 17 goals per game during the win streak.
To add some more intrigue to this matchup, a Boston U. win would clinch the regular season title for the Terriers, giving them the right to host the America East Championship May 3 & 5.
The last time the Stony Brook men lost a regular season conference game was in 2009. Their opponent – UMBC. The Retrievers lead the all-time series 11-6 but Stony Brook picked up wins in the last two meetings. UMBC enters Saturday night’s matchup coming off an 11-8 win over Vermont, a game in which it never trailed. The Seawolves recorded back-to-back 13-5 wins over Vermont and Binghamton in their last two games. Both teams bring 2-0 conference records into Saturday’s showdown.
First face-off from UMBC Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The weekend is full of more conference lacrosse action from all over America East land. On the women’s side, Albany travels to New Hampshire and UMBC hosts Vermont. Binghamton welcomes Bucknell in a non-conference contest. For the men, the other conference unbeaten Albany gets a visit from Vermont and Hartford hosts Binghamton.
In the only lacrosse action yesterday, the Vermont women fell to California, 15-12. The Burlington Free Press has more.
Binghamton baseball pitcher Mike Augliera boasts a 1.64 ERA, fourth among league leaders. His biggest strength – he throws strikes. In 38.1 innings this season, the Bearcat’s ace has issued only four walks and according to his coach Tim Sinicki, has a real chance to make a professional career out of baseball. Lynn Worth of the Press and Sun Bulletin has the story.
Speaking of professional baseball, former MLB scout and now ESPN baseball writer Keith Law ranked Stony Brook centerfielder Travis Jankowski as the 46th best prospect for the 2012 MLB Draft. The 2011 Cape Cod League MVP, Jankowski leads the America East in runs scored and stolen bases this year. Check out Keith Law’s analysis in the ESPN Insider report (subscription required).
Baseball conference action continues this weekend with games between Stony Brook and Albany, Binghamton and UMBC and Hartford and Maine.
Boston University and Albany highlight conference softball play this weekend with a rematch of the 2011 league championship game. The Great Danes and Terriers have a combined conference record of 14-3 this season. Elsewhere this weekend, Binghamton and Maine get together in Orono and Stony Brook travels to UMBC.