Sept. 17, 2013
Patriot League Men's Soccer Release - 9.17.13
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Army’s remarkable start continued with two more victories last week, and the Black Knights remain the only unbeaten and untied team in the Patriot League. Meanwhile Colgate and Navy, two teams that have had up-and-down starts to their seasons, can make significant headway with battles against nationally-ranked California and UMBC, respectively, early this week. Loyola will then square off with UMBC on Saturday.
PATRIOT LEAGUE QUICK HITS
• Navy visits UMBC Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Retrievers were ranked No. 23 in last week’s NSCAA/Continental Tire national poll and won at Radford on Saturday.
• Loyola will host UMBC Saturday at 7 p.m. on Patriot League Network. The game has also been picked up by NSCAATV.com.
• Colgate’s meeting with California, ranked fifth last week, comes Friday as part of a tournament in Stanford, Calif.
• The Raiders’ tilt Sunday at Stanford will air on the Pac-12 Network.
• Army hasn’t allowed a goal in its first five games for the first time since 1931. Its 5-0-0 start is its best since 1997.
• Army’s current five-game shutout streak ties a program record both overall and to start a season.
• American keeper Billy Knutsen stopped four shots in the Eagles’ scoreless draw at Hartford.
• Loyola is unbeaten in its first five matches for the sixth time since moving to Division I in 1982.
• Lehigh keeper Kevin Motylewski picked up his first win of the season with four saves in Sunday’s 1-0 blanking of Yale.
• Boston University hosts defending CAA champion Northeastern Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Big East member Providence Friday at 7 p.m., both on Patriot League Network.
• Five different Terriers notched their first goals of the season last week.
• The Terriers’ handed Monmouth its worst regular season loss since 2003.
• Colgate rookie Zach Pagani made his first career start Friday versus Loyola Marymount and tallied his first two career goals Sunday in the 3-1 win over Cal State Fullerton.
• Bucknell is outshooting opponents 106-52 this season.
• The Bison are 4-0 since rookie Sebastiaan Blickman stepped into the starting lineup in a defensive midfield role.
• Lafayette has tied the Patriot League record for most consecutive ties in a season with four (Lehigh, 2003). The overall record for draws is seven, also set by the Mountain Hawks in ‘03.
• Navy has outshot opponents 97-59 this season.
• After combining for a 10-4-3 mark last week, Patriot League teams nudged over .500 for the season (20-19-12).
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.
Patriot League Weekly Awards (9.9-9.15)
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JESSE KLUG, BUCKNELL So., F, Sammamish, Wash.
Klug extended his goal-scoring streak to three straight games with markers in both Bison shutout wins over the weekend. He tallied the lone goal in Friday’s 1-0 victory at Albany over a Great Danes team that went on to upset No. 22 Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday. Klug matched his goal-scoring output from last year with his third marker of the season when he notched the opening tally in Sunday’s 2-0 blanking at Siena. Bucknell has won four straight since opening the season 0-2.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MAYOWA ALLI, BUCKNELL Sr., D, Lanham, Md.
Alli repeats as Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Bison back line to two more shutouts over the weekend, both on the road. The senior from Lanham, Md., played every minute of both games for the Bison defense that surrendered five shots on goal in each match and just eight shots total to Siena. Sunday’s match against the Saints marked the fourth time this season the Bison have held an opponent under 10 shots.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
THURMAN VAN RIPER, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., GK, Groton, Mass.
Van Riper averaged 5.0 saves per game in two shutout victories last week, helping the Greyhounds to stretch their unbeaten streak to five straight since the start of the season. On Wednesday Van Riper made three saves as Loyola won 1-0 at Quinnipiac, and he added seven more stops in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Campbell at home. Van Riper made five saves in the first 45 minutes against the Fighting Camels, including a critical one-on-one stop to keep them off the board. He added two more strong saves in the second half to preserve Loyola’s lead.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
DAVID ASBJORNSSON, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., D/M, Reykjavik, Iceland
Asbjornsson came up huge defensively for the Terriers in two victories last week. He moved back to the center middle back position for Wednesday’s game against Hofstra in place of 2011 America East Defender of the Year Kelvin Madzongwe and came up with several big defensive plays, including a handful of clears on crossing passes, to anchor the Terriers’ defensive efforts in an eventual 2-1 victory. Saturday against preseason MAAC favorite Monmouth, Asbjornsson returned to his normal midfield position but again played a key defensive role in fending off six Hawk corner kicks and other chances in the Terriers’ 3-0 victory.
BILLY KNUTSEN, AMERICAN Sr., GK, San Franciso, Calif.
Made four saves as American went to a scoreless draw with unbeaten Hartford on the road.
WINSTON BOLDT, ARMY Jr., GK, St. Louis, Mo.
Stopped seven shots across two more shutout victories, giving him five for the season.
TRASE STAPLEY, ARMY Fr., D, Hooper, Utah
Scored the game-winner in the 104th minute to lift Army to a 1-0 double-overtime win over Fordham on Saturday evening. Also contributed to a Black Knight defense that has yet to yield a goal in five straight victories.
ANTHONY CICCONE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., M, Sparta, N.J.
Logged three assists in two victories, including a pair of dishes in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Monmouth.
MIKE LANSING, BUCKNELL So., GK, Randolph, N.J.
Posted back-to-back five-save shutouts over the weekend, 1-0 at Albany and 2-0 at Siena.
ZACH PAGANI, COLGATE Fr., F, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Netted his first two career goals including the game-winner in Colgate’s 3-1 win over Cal State Fullerton on Sunday.
NATHAN McDONALD, LAFAYETTE Sr., GK, Bay Village, Ohio
Posted his second and third shutouts of the season on the road at Dartmouth and Harvard over the weekend in back-to-back scoreless ties. Made eight saves across the two games.
BEN WYSOCKI, LEHIGH Sr., D, Lower Makefield, Pa.
Tallied a three-point week, picking up an assist in Thursday’s 2-1 loss to Drexel and his team’s only goal in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Yale.
LARRY NDJOCK, LOYOLA MARYLAND So., F, Berlin, Germany
Tallied two of his team’s three goals on the week and both game-winners against Quinnipiac and Campbell. Now has a League-best six goals and 12 points on the season.