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Nicholas Pappacena and the Lions host Binghamton Wednesday night.
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

Menís Soccer Hosts Binghamton Wednesday Night

NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s soccer team will look to get back on track Wednesday evening when it hosts Binghamton at the Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium at 7 p.m.

The Lions suffered their second loss in a row Saturday, falling at Princeton with a late goal by the Tigers’ Brendan McSherry. Columbia senior Will Stamatis opened the scoring with a strike in the 16th minute, but two goals for Princeton in the second half, including McSherry’s tip-in in the 87th minute sunk the Lions.

After scoring 14 goals over a seven-match unbeaten steak, the Lions have scored just once in their past three contests, going 0-2-1 in that span. With his goal on Saturday, Stamatis moves into a tie with fellow senior David Najem for the team-lead in scores with four. Najem is also tied with first-year Andrew Tinari with a team-high three assists.

The Lions have done well this season defending their home pitch at the Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium. Columbia is unbeaten at home, 3-0-2, with 10 of its 16 goals this season coming in front of the home crowd.

5-4-2 Record 3-7-4
Ivy League Conference America East
1.45 Goals Per Game 0.86
.434 SOG % .440
13 Assists 11
David Najem (11 pts.) Leading Scorer Ben Nicholson (9 pts.

Kyle Jackson (.772 save %)

Goalkeeper Stefan Frantellizzi (.820 save %)

Binghamton, a member of the America East Conference, enters Wednesday’s match with a 3-7-4 record. After shutting out UMass Lowell, 3-0, on Oct. 12, the Bearcats have posted ties at Stony Brook (2-2) and Hartford (0-0).

Ben Nicholson paces the Binghamton offense with nine points (2G, 5A). Steven Celeste has netted three goals this season, including one game-winner. In net, Stefan Frantellizzi has made 73 saves, while giving up 16 goals this season. He holds a .820 save percentage, while also recording five blank sheets.

The Lions and Bearcats will be meeting for the first time ever Wednesday night. 

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