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.
LAST TIME OUT
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.
|Ivy League||Conference||America East|
|1.45||Goals Per Game||0.86|
|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.