Sep 3, 2013
Patriot League Men's Soccer Release - 9.3.13
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- All 10 Patriot League squads began their seasons over the Labor Day weekend, with Army jumping out to the hottest start at 2-0. Defending League champion Lafayette (1-0-1) is unbeaten in its first two contests and looks for another win Wednesday afternoon when it heads to St. Peter's.
PATRIOT LEAGUE QUICK HITS
Senior Peter Adubato logged his first career multi-goal game Sunday in Lafayette's 2-1 win over Bryant.
Army is 2-0 for the first time since 2007 with clean sheet victories over VMI and Manhattan.
Loyola is playing with a revamped back line that saw three of four student-athletes graduate last spring.
American (fourth), Lafayette (sixth) and Army (tied for 10th) appear in the first set of NSCAA/Continental Tire Mid-Atlantic rankings released Tuesday.
Colgate freshman Geinda Smith scored his first collegiate goal Sunday in the Raiders' 2-1 double-overtime loss at Hofstra.
Bucknell's home tilt versus St. Francis (Pa.) kicks off a slate of five matches this week on the Patriot League Network.
Boston University visits third-ranked Connecticut on Friday in the League's first matchup against a top-five team this season.
Navy's Jamie Dubyoski accounted for both Navy goals in a pair of 1-1 draws last weekend. He's already surpassed his rookie goal total of one.
The Mids outshot their opponents 42-27.
Cristobal Soto netted American's goal on a penalty kick in Sunday's 2-1 loss at George Mason in the D.C. College Cup.
BU freshman keeper Matt Gilbert made his first career start against Boston College and had seven saves with an assist on the Terriers' lone goal.
In addition to Lafayette's match at St. Peter's and Bucknell hosting St. Francis (Pa.), Loyola visits La Salle to round out Wednesday's slate.
Navy's match with St. Francis (N.Y.) is the only one on the League docket Thursday.
Bucknell is starting its season with four straight contests at home.
Patriot League Notebook
WELCOME THE NEWCOMERS
For the first time since 2001 there's a new face competing in the Patriot League, and this time around it's doubled. After a year of waiting, Boston University and Loyola Maryland made their League debuts Aug. 30, with the Greyhounds drawing 1-1 at Saint Joseph's, and the Terriers suffering a 2-1 overtime loss to Boston College. Before this season the League hadn't seen a new men's soccer member since 2001, when American joined in all sports. That year the Eagles brought the number of teams to an even eight. From 1995-2000 the League featured seven members.
American was picked the preseason favorite of the head coaches and sports information directors, but League newcomers Boston University and Loyola Maryland look to be immediate contenders in the title race that begins in earnest when League play commences at the end of September. The Eagles claimed the pole position with 151 points and nine first-place votes, with the Terriers (130 points, three votes) and Greyhounds (121, four) in the rearview mirror. Defending champion Lafayette (115, three) took fourth in the poll, and 2011 champion Colgate (98, one) was fifth. Bucknell, Navy, Lehigh, Holy Cross and Army rounded out the preseason balloting.
BIGGER LEAGUE, BIGGER TOURNAMENT
With the additions of Boston University and Loyola Maryland, the Patriot League announced it is expanding six of its tournaments and one of those is men's soccer. After 22 years of tournaments where the top four teams qualified, the 2013 field will involve six teams. The top two teams will earn quarterfinal byes, while seeds 3 through 6 will battle in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The tournament will re-seed for the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 15, and the last two remaining teams will vie for the League crown and automatic NCAA berth on Sunday, Nov. 17. The top overall seed will host the semifinals and championship.
DOOLEY, SEIGFREID UP FOR SENIOR CLASS HONOR
A pair of Patriot Leaguers in Loyola's Stephen Dooley and American's Colin Seigfreid were named candidates for the Senior CLASS Award before the start of the season. Seigfreid is the League's reigning Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men's soccer, earned All-League honors a season ago and was a preseason All-League selection last month. Dooley, also a preseason All-League honoree, was an all-MAAC pick last year to go with his Scholar All-America honors from the NSCAA.
SOTO ON WATCH LIST
American senior defender Cristobal Soto was named to the Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy Watch List prior to the season. Soto, the preseason Defensive Player of the Year, was an All-League selection a year ago in helping the Eagles to the League title match for the fourth consecutive season. The Hermann Trophy honors the top male and female collegiate soccer players in the nation.
TOP TEAMS DOMINATE PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE
Nine of the 11 members on the preseason All-League squad are from the top four teams in the preseason poll. American and League newcomer Boston University tied with three selections apiece, while another newcomer, Loyola Maryland, had two student-athletes selected. Defending League titlist Lafayette, Bucknell and Navy rounded out the team with one selection each. The preseason All-League team and awards were voted on by the League's head coaches and sports information directors who couldn't cast a ballot for their own teams or student-athletes.
WATCH FREE ON THE PATRIOT LEAGUE NETWORK
2013-14 is the first of a multi-year agreement between the Patriot League and Campus Insiders who have teamed up to create the Patriot League Network, a streaming platform that will enable fans to watch League regular season and championship events for free. Currently more than 50 men's soccer matches are tentatively scheduled to stream on the Network, both League and non-League, including the Patriot League Tournament.
NCAA RECOGNIZES LEAGUE AGAIN
The Patriot League was once again a big winner when the NCAA announced its latest set of Academic Performance Program Public Recognition Awards and Academic Progress Rate data in June. Four men's soccer teams were among the total of 71 League squads to earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards - Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross and Lafayette - for finishing in the top 10 percent of their sport in the most recent multi-year APR data. Meanwhile, six of the League's eight schools (pre-expansion) boasted an APR of 985 or better.