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Men’s basketball: Tough slate includes Syracuse, Michigan

By : John Hartrick


The Binghamton University men’s basketball program has revealed its greatest challenge to date: its 2004-05 non-conference schedule, with tilts against Big East powerhouse Syracuse, the Big Ten’s Michigan and Kent State of the always-tough Mid-American Conference.

Syracuse is ranked by ESPN.com at No. 5, while Michigan is No. 29.

BU announced its game against Michigan, scheduled in the first round of the Preseason NIT, earlier this summer. It will be BU’s first trip to that tournament.

In addition, BU will play two more pre-season tournament games and may face another post-season team in the NIT (Marquette, of Conference USA).

In all, the Bearcats will play seven non-conference games against teams that averaged more than 17 wins last season.

Binghamton opens the 2004-05 season with Michigan and the NIT November 15 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The BU women’s team, meanwhile, opens its season with home exhibitions against Le Moyne (November 9) and St. Rose (November 12). Their conference slate begins with a stiff test at home January 5 against reigning conference champion Maine.

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MEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON NO. 1

For the first time in its three years in the America East Conference, a Binghamton team has been picked to finish No. 1 in a preseason conference poll.

The men’s soccer team, which won last season’s conference title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, is the preseason favorite to repeat according to a vote of the 10 conference head coaches.

“We are excited to start the season off by being recognized for our past accomplishments,” said head coach Paul Marco.

“Although this is a great honor, we are focusing on where we wind up at the end of the season.”

Binghamton had already received preseason accolades from College Soccer News, which ranked the team No. 22 in its NCAA Division I preseason poll.

SCHUM ENTERS SOCCER HALL Former Binghamton men’s soccer coach Tim Schum was inducted into the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America (NSCAA) Hall of Fame August 14. The ceremony took place at the National Soccer Hall of Fame Museum in Oneonta.

From 1963-92, Schum was the Binghamton men’s head soccer coach for all but one season (1965). He is the winningest coach in school history with a 259-126-43 record. In addition, Schum’s winning percentage of .655 still ranks as BU’s all-time best.

With teams competing at the Division III level, Schum led BU to the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) title six times and to the NCAA Tournament eight times. His 1975 and 1980 squads advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals and he led Binghamton to the ECAC Tournament eight times, including a pair of championships in 1972 and 1976.

Schum was president of the NSCAA during the 1982-83 academic year. He was inducted into the Binghamton University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996.

TURKISH OLYMPIAN COMING TO BU

The Binghamton men’s swimming and diving team on June 30 announced the signing of Kaan Tayla, of Ankara, Turkey. Tayla last week competed in the Olympics, finishing 39th overall in the 50-meter freestyle, 42nd overall in the 100-meter freestyle.

“Kaan’s work ethic and personality make him a great addition to our men’s team,” said BU head coach Patrice Back. “His times in the sprint freestyle events should put him at the top of our conference and should qualify him for the NCAA Championship meet.”

Tayla is the third Olympian swimmer to come to Binghamton in the past three years.

Yun Qu, an honorable mention All-American in 2002, competed for the Chinese team in the 1996 Olympic Games. She graduated this year.

Senior Huijue Cai, of Shanghai, China, who qualified for the 2003 NCAA Championships, earned a bronze medal for China at the 1996 Olympics as a member of the 4-by-400 medley relay team.

BU ADDS NEW LACROSSE COACH

Emily Edmonston joined the Binghamton sports program August 15 as women’s head lacrosse coach. She arrives from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., where she was the full-time assistant coach the past two years.

A 2001 graduate of Smith College, Edmonston was the head coach for St. Helen’s School in Northwood, England, during the 2001-02 school year. She then moved on to Dickinson where she was heavily involved in both recruiting and on-field coaching. In her two seasons with the Red Devils, Edmonston helped the squad triple its win total from the season before she arrived.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08