Oct. 1, 2013
Patriot League Men's Soccer Release - 10.1.13 (PDF)
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — American, Army, Colgate, Holy Cross and Navy picked up decisively positive results on the opening weekend of Patriot League play, and all five hope to keep that momentum going into Saturday’s slate of League contests.
Keeping on the theme of five, that’s how many teams have non-League tilts scheduled across Tuesday and Wednesday. American hosts No. 11 Georgetown at 3 p.m. to kick off Tuesday’s slate, which also includes Boston University visiting Brown at 7 p.m. and Army entertaining LIU Brooklyn, also at 7 p.m. Navy was to host Howard but the game has been canceled.
PATRIOT LEAGUE QUICK HITS
• Army’s 2-0 clean sheet at Bucknell on Saturday was its seventh of the season, lifting it into a tie for the lead in Division I.
• Sophomore defender Cameron Niccum picked up the game-winner for the Black Knights in the win at Bucknell, while junior keeper Winston Boldt made five saves for the shutout.
• Boldt enters the week leading the nation in goals-against average (0.357) and save percentage (.919), while the Black Knights are first in the county in shutout percentage (.880).
• Holy Cross defeated Loyola 2-1 on Saturday in Baltimore, giving the Crusaders their first League road win since a 2-1 victory at Army on Nov. 7, 2009. Holy Cross was 0-9-2 in its last 11 League road matches.
• Behind sophomore defender Derek Vogel and senior goalkeeper Gavin Snyder, Navy has posted three consecutive shutouts for the first time since 2000.
• The Mids’ 2-0 win at Virginia Tech on Sept. 24 came against a Hokies club that had just battled No. 1 North Carolina to a scoreless draw.
• BRINE Rookie of the Week Joe Iraola scored both goals in American’s 2-0 victory over Lehigh on Saturday in Washington. It was part of the Eagles’ annual “Phil Reeves Day” celebration. Before the game the program recognized “Kuykenstrong Day” in honor of former standout and assistant coach Shawn Kuykendall, who is battling thymic cancer.
• Saturday snapped Lafayette’s stretch of six straight double-overtime games.
• The Leopards picked up their sixth tie of the season in a scoreless draw at Cornell. The League record for draws in a season is seven.
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 (9.23-9.29)
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JAMIE DUBYOSKI, NAVY So., F, Catonsville, Md.
Dubyoski, who was named to the College Soccer News Team of the Week on Monday morning, picks up his first career weekly honor from the Patriot League after netting a pair of game-winning goals last week. He scored what stood as the game-winner in the 10th minute of the Mids’ 2-0 clean sheet at ACC foe Virginia Tech on Tuesday. In Saturday’s League opener at home against Boston University, Dubyoski struck again with the game’s only marker in the 28th minute to give Navy a 1-0 triumph. The sophomore from Catonsville, Md., is riding a four-game goal-scoring streak, and has six goals and 13 points on the year.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
EVAN HEROUX, COLGATE Jr., D, Westfield, N.J.
Heroux played an excellent all-around game on Saturday, contributing at key times on both sides of the ball to give the Raiders a 1-0 victory over defending Patriot League champion Lafayette. He tallied the game’s only goal in the 55th minute following a corner kick. Ethan Kutler played a high ball into the box that was headed by Frankie Bergonzi before Heroux headed a redirection into the net. With 15 minutes remaining in the game Heroux came up with a huge defensive play, blocking the net from an Andrew Gonzalez one-timer after a free kick to preserve the lead.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
BILLY KNUTSEN, AMERICAN Sr., GK, San Francisco, Calif.
Knutsen, the League’s reigning Goalkeeper of the Year, earns his first weekly award of his senior season after making seven saves in American’s 2-0 blanking of Lehigh on Saturday afternoon in Washington. It’s his third shutout in four games and gave the Eagles, who have hosted each of the last two League Tournaments, to a victory in their League opener. Knutsen has played every minute of the season between the posts, and dropped his goals-against average to 0.83 in the win.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JOE IRAOLA, AMERICAN Fr., F, Mahopac, N.Y.
Iraola came alive with his first career multi-goal effort, notching both tallies in the Eagles’ 2-0 victory over Lehigh in the Patriot League opener on Saturday afternoon. The Mahopac, N.Y., native first found the goal in the 35th minute with a 15-yard strike in the box off a pass from classmate Michael Cherry, and added the insurance marker off a feed from senior Patrick Mehlert in the 55th minute. Iraola, who collects his first career weekly honor, leads American with three goals and is second on the team with six points.
WINSTON BOLDT, ARMY Jr., GK, St. Louis, Mo.
Made five saves, with four in the second half, to preserve Army’s 2-0 win over Bucknell on Saturday in the League opener.
RICKY BROWN, COLGATE Fr., GK, Laguna Hills, Calif.
Made three saves in collecting his first career shutout in the Raiders’ 1-0 victory over Lafayette on Saturday night in Hamilton, N.Y.
TOMMY UTTARO, HOLY CROSS Sr., F, Staten Island, N.Y.
Netted the game-winner in the 87th minute in the Crusaders’ 2-1 win at Loyola Maryland on Saturday afternoon.
GAVIN SNYDER, NAVY Sr., GK, Severna Park, Md.
Went 2-0 with two shutouts and eight total saves in his first two starts of the season in wins over Virginia Tech and Boston University. Helped the Mids to post three straight shutouts for the first time since 2000.