BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- This might surprise you, but the 2018 Binghamton men's lacrosse season is just 22 days away. The Bearcats dazzled in 2017, reaching the America East championship and compiling a program-best 11 wins in the process.
The Binghamton men's lacrosse family is finally back together. The team began practice this week and is eager to start the new season.
"If I could compare us to one thing, I'd say a shaken up soda can," said Sal Fama, red-shirt junior defenseman and captain. "We're ready to go. We're very excited."
The rejuvenated squad is ready to get back to work and motivated to reach greater heights.
"We made it last year [to the America East championship] but we can't be satisfied with just making it," said Stephen Petrelli, senior midfielder and captain. "We have to keep striving to do the next best thing."
Systems are in place and second-year head coach Kevin McKeown is ready to attack the new season.
"We're able to focus a little bit more on what we're doing rather than how we're doing it," McKeown said.
This mentality is more of a refined focus to get back to the conference championship and actually win it this time around.
"Our expectations remain the same really," added McKeown. "We want to try and compete for championships."
But in order to repeat last year's success, the Bearcats must overcome the departure of Tom Moore, Garrett Waldron and Tanner Cosens.
"I think losing those guys, it really makes other people want to strive to be really good like them," Petrelli said.
So a trio of first-team all-conference players are gone, but a lasting legacy left was behind.
"The biggest thing they left...is the culture that they set last year, the foundation," said Fama. "I mean being a part of all of that. Them putting the cornerstones of this program in, and giving us a taste of that victory and being successful."
Binghamton's season opener is a challenging road contest at the Carrier Dome against Syracuse on Saturday, February 10 at 1 p.m.
"That's what I think about everyday when I wake up," Fama said when asked about the Orange.
"We don't go a day without thinking about [Syracuse]," Petrelli added.
If you remember, Binghamton dropped a 9-8 contest at Syracuse late last season.