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UAlbany, Binghamton Battle for AE Regular Season Title, 1-Seed in AE Tournament

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UAlbany, Binghamton Battle for AE Regular Season Title, 1-Seed in AE Tournament

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ALBANY, N.Y. – Two in-state and undefeated conference rivals will battle for first place and the 1-seed in the America East Tournament as UAlbany hosts Binghamton at John Fallon Field on April 26th at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the UAlbany-Binghamton game are $ 7 for general admission and $ 2 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and over. The game will be broadcast locally on Time Warner Cable Sportschannel with commentators Zach Bye and Andrew Santillo, and will also be broadcast online on AmericaEast.tv. 

UAlbany will be honoring its senior class on Saturday as well.

The Great Danes, winners of four-straight after defeating crosstown rival Siena 19-11 on Tuesday, enter the game at 8-5 overall and 4-0 in the America East.  Binghamton has also won four consecutive games, coming off a 14-11 win over Stony Brook at home last Saturday, to come into the game at 7-6 and 4-0 in-conference.

In the Division I era, UAlbany leads the all-time series with Binghamton 11-3.  The Great Danes have won the last two games, inlcuding a 21-8 victory on the road last year, and five of the last six contests.

UAlbany has the top scoring offense in all of Division I, averaging 15.62 goals a game in its first 13 contests.  They average over a goal per game more than second-place Duke at 14.36.  Lyle Thompson already has an NCAA-high 57 assists and 88 points for a DI-best 6.77 a game, while brother Miles Thompson earns an NCAA-best 4.38 goals a game, tallying 57 goals and 28 assists.  Ty Thompson has earned 2.2 goals a game, totaling 29 thus far.

Blaze Riorden is second in all of Division I with 14.08 saves per game, earning a 55.8% save percentage, 12th in DI.  He has had at least 15 saves in six games.  Helping protect the cage in front of Riorden is Cody Futia, who has 12 caused turnovers, and defensive captain Doug Eich, who has 20 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers.

Binghamton will be looking to get its first America East regular season title since 2004 after being picked to finish fourth in the preseason rankings.  At the quarterback position, junior attack Tucker Nelson leads the team in scoring with 14 goals and 28 assists.  The leading goal-scorer with 35 goals, including seven in man-up situations, is redshirt senior Matt Springer, while senior midfielder Michael Antinozzi has 16 goals and 13 assists.

Protecting the cage for Binghamton is senior Mat Schefler, who has a 53.2% save percentage and allows 9.32 goals per game.  Senior defenseman Shawn Needham is the main protector, standing with 36 ground balls and 24 caused turnovers.

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