Sept. 24, 2013
Patriot League Men's Soccer Release - 9.24.13 (PDF)
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Following losses by Army and Loyola Maryland, Bucknell took over the distinction as the Patriot League's hottest team when the Bison beat Seton Hall over the weekend for their fifth straight victory. Bucknell will try to keep that momentum going when they host Army on Saturday as League play gets underway on Saturday. Before then, four teams have non-League tilts scheduled, with three on Tuesday and one on Wednesday.
PATRIOT LEAGUE QUICK HITS
Two of three contests will be available for free online, as Navy visits Virginia Tech on ESPN3 and Holy Cross hosts Northeastern on Patriot League Network, both at 7 p.m.
Three of the five Patriot League battles on Saturday will air on PLN - Holy Cross at Loyola Maryland (1 p.m.), Boston University at Navy (7 p.m.) and Lafayette at Colgate (7 p.m.).
Lafayette makes two trips to central New York this week, as the Leopards visit unbeaten Cornell on Tuesday at 7 p.m. before Saturday's matchup at Colgate.
Loyola collected 10 points in this week's NSCAA Continental Tire national poll to finish outside the Top 25.
Bucknell is seventh and Army eighth in the latest NSCAA Mid-Atlantic rankings. Loyola sits second in the North Atlantic poll.
Saturday will mark the first Patriot League contests for newcomers Loyola Maryland and Boston University, and they'll face Holy Cross and Navy, respectively, for the first time in history.
Lafayette is one of 15 unbeaten teams in the country through Sunday.
The Leopards are unbeaten through their first seven games for the first time since going 7-0-2 in 1985.
Boston University freshman goalkeeper Matt Gilbert went 1-1 last week with a five-save shutout against defending CAA champion Northeastern.
Navy sophomore Jamie Dubyoski scored twice last week, once each against UMBC and George Washington. He could've had more with two posts hit during the match with the Colonials.
Saturday's 3-0 win over George Washington was the Mids' first shutout of the season.
Bucknell is 5-0 since rookie Peter Krebs entered the starting lineup at center back.
Holy Cross' 4-1 win at Bryant on Saturday snapped its 0-21-2 stretch on the road dating back to a 4-3 double-overtime win at Albany on Sept. 29, 2010.
Army's scoreless tie at Quinnipiac last Wednesday extended the team's shutout streak to a program-record six straight games before Sunday's 3-2 overtime loss to Houston Baptist.
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 (9.16-9.22)
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JESSE KLUG, BUCKNELL So., F, Sammamish, Wash.
Klug is named the Offensive Player of the Week for the second straight Monday after notching both goals in the Bison's 2-0 victory at Seton Hall on Saturday. Klug put the Bison ahead just 5:40 into the contest when he beat two defenders and the Pirate keeper to a long service and chested it into the net. He added an insurance tally in the 83rd minute as he followed up Austin Lenart's shot that hit the post and converted the carom. Klug is riding a four-game goal-scoring streak with five goals in that span.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JOSEPH GREENSPAN, NAVY Jr., D, Westfield, N.J.
Greenspan played all 192 minutes on the back line for Navy last week, which included a strong defensive effort in the Mids' 3-2 double-overtime loss to No. 21 UMBC on Tuesday. Greenspan was charged with marking the Retrievers' Pete Caringi, the nation's leading scorer, and held him without a goal. The Mids rebounded on Sunday by posting their first shutout of the season in a 3-0 win over George Washington. In addition to contributing to a stellar defensive effort that held the Colonials to just three shots on goal, Greenspan scored an insurance tally when he came forward and used his 6-foot-6 frame on a header following a free kick.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
MIKE LANSING, BUCKNELL So., GK, Randolph, N.J.
Lansing tallied a season-high 11 saves in Bucknell's 2-0 win at Seton Hall on Saturday afternoon to post his fourth straight shutout. With the Pirates pressing after halftime down 1-0, Lansing made seven saves in the second 45 minutes to preserve the clean sheet. The sophomore, who earned his fourth career Goalkeeper of the Week nod and first of the fall, is riding a 393:05 scoreless streak and is the first Bison keeper to post four straight shutouts since 1983.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JOEY DeVIVO, HOLY CROSS Fr., F, Ridgefield, Conn.
Holy Cross' 4-1 win at Bryant on Saturday is notable for a number of reasons, and it happened thanks to DeVivo's second-half natural hat trick. With the game tied at 1-1, the Ridgefield, Conn., rookie scored in the 58th minute after a Crusader corner kick to give Holy Cross the lead. At 69:49 DeVivo struck again when he found the back of the net after a pass from Monty Sanders in the box, and finished off his three-goal performance with a breakaway goal lofted over the Bryant keeper 59 seconds later to cap off the win. The win snapped Holy Cross' 0-21-2 streak on the road, while DeVivo became the first Crusader to score three times in a game since Kyle Miller in 2008.
CRISTOBAL SOTO, AMERICAN Sr., D, Santiago, Chile
Helped American to its third straight shutout with a 1-0 win over Longwood on Tuesday. Nearly picked up the second-half equalizer in an eventual 1-0 loss to Liberty on Saturday but the goal was called back because of a foul off the ball.
PETER ADUBATO, LAFAYETTE Sr., F, Philadelphia, Pa.
Scored the game-tying goal on a penalty kick in the 74th minute and picked up an assist on Alec Golini's game-winner in the second overtime of Saturday's 2-1 victory over Binghamton.
STEPHEN DOOLEY, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., M, Portstewart, Northern Ireland
Scored two goals on the week including the game-winner late in the second half of Wednesday's come-from-behind 2-1 victory at home over Princeton. Also notched a second-half goal against No. 21 UMBC on Saturday.
JAMIE DUBYOSKI, NAVY So., F, Catonsville, Md.
Scored in both Navy contests last week, and picked up what stood as the game-winner in the Mids' 3-0 win over George Washington on Saturday.