Sept. 24, 2007
Navy's trip to Southern Florida this past weekend not only provided them with two wins, but two award winners as well. Seniors Doug DeVuono and Anthony Parker took home top offensive and defensive honors, respectively. Bucknell's Joey Kuterbach received BRINE Goalkeeper of the Week, while Holy Cross newcomer Alex Schweitzer was named the League's top rookie.
Patriot League Men's Soccer Release - 9.24.07
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BRINE Offensive Player of the Week
Doug DeVuono, Navy Sr., F, Racine, Wis.
DeVuono recorded his first career hat trick this past weekend at Florida Gulf Coast. The senior from Racine, Wis. scored in the third minute, and added goals in the 72nd and 80th minutes as well. It is the first hat trick for a Midshipmen player since 2001, and just the third in Navy's Patriot League history.
BRINE Defensive Player of the Week
Anthony Parker, Navy Sr., D, Fredericksburg, Va.
Parker led a Midshipmen defense that allowed just one goal against during their swing through Southern Florida last weekend. Navy held FGCU to just seven shots and one on goal, and also stifled a Florida International offense that has troubled several nationally-ranked opponents so far this year.
BRINE Goalkeeper of the Week
Joey Kuterbach, Bucknell Sr., Kingwood, Texas
Kuterbach was tremendous in goal last week, leading the Bison to a 2-0-1 record. The senior goalkeeper posted two shutouts, which raised his career number to 13, good enough for fifth on the Bison all-time list. Weekly stats included a GAA of 0.62, nine saves, and a save percentage of .818.
BRINE Rookie of the Week
Alex Schweitzer, Holy Cross Fr., F, Queens, N.Y.
Schweitzer scored the game-winning goal for the Crusaders in their 1-0 win over Northeastern last week. It is the newcomer's second goal of the season, the first coming in a game against Manhattan earlier in the season. The Crusaders currently have an overall record of 4-2-0.
Conor O'Brien, Bucknell So., M
Scored two goals in a 2-2 tie against Buffalo.
Patriot League Notebook
Patriot League soccer fans in attendance at several games last week got more than they expected. One-third of last weeks games, five out of fifteen, ended in double overtime ties. Of those five games, two ended in scoreless ties.
The eight Patriot League schools have combined to go 11-6-5 in true road games this year. The top four teams in the standings (Army, Lehigh, Navy and Lafayette) have yet to suffer a defeat on an opponent's home pitch.
It's Finally Here!
This Saturday will mark the first round of Patriot League action, as all eight teams will face off against one another. The schedule is highlighted by Lehigh at Lafayette, which will pit two of this year's preseason favorites against one another.
2007 Patriot League Tournament
The 2007 Patriot League Tournament will take place Friday and Sunday, November 16 and 18 at the site of the highest seed. The top-four teams as determined by the regular-season standings will participate in the Patriot League tourney.
The Eagles took on two opponents from the Colonial Athletic Association last week, finishing with a loss and a tie. The loss came in a 5-0 game against VCU, while the tie occurred earlier in the week at James Madison. American travels to another CAA foe (William & Mary), before opening League play Saturday against Army.
For the fourth straight week, the Black Knights continue to sit atop the Patriot League standings. In their lone game last week, Army played to a 1-1 tie in double overtime on the road at St. Francis (N.Y.). The Army defense played well once again, allowing only the fifth goal against in seven games this season.
The Bison began to move up the standings after their first multi-win week of the season. Bucknell defeated MAAC opponents Rider and Niagara, shutting out both in the process. A 2-2 tie against Buffalo gave the Bison a 2-0-1 record for the week. Senior goalkeeper Joey Kuterbach was solid, allowing only two goals in three games.
The Raiders did not leave the state of New York last week, earning a 0-1-1 record. Colgate suffered a 2-1 defeat to Cornell early in the week, and played to a scoreless tie with New Hampshire. Junior goalkeeper David Cappuccio had a career-high eight saves in the UNH game, and recorded his 11th career shutout as well.
It was an undefeated week for the Crusaders, as they squeaked by Northeastern 1-0, and shutout Siena 3-0. Sophomore goalkeeper Thomas Booth recorded his third shutout of the season in the win over Siena.
The Leopards had just one game last week, defeating Philadelphia at home, 1-0. Sophomore forward Kevin Miller scored the game-winner with just over five minutes remaining in the contest, extending Lafayette's unbeaten streak to five games.
The Mountain Hawks continued their hot streak last week, with a win over UMBC and a tie against Penn. Lehigh now has a five-game winning streak, and will look to continue it this week against Fordham and Patriot League rival Lafayette.
Navy returned from Florida with a 2-0-0 record after wins over Florida Gulf Coast and Florida International. The Mids have lost just once this season, and are currently tied for second in the standings.