Oct. 8, 2013
Patriot League Men's Soccer Release - 10.8.13
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — With the first of two stretches this season involving midweek Patriot League games, the men’s soccer standings could take on an entirely different look by this time next week. Wednesday’s slate features two games pitting League unbeatens against one another, with 2-0 American hosting 1-0 Navy at 3 p.m., and 2-0 Army welcoming 1-0-1 Colgate at 7 p.m.
PATRIOT LEAGUE QUICK HITS
• The Navy-Lafayette match scheduled for Oct. 5 was postponed to Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. The game will still take place in Easton, Pa.
• Wednesday’s Lafayette-Lehigh tilt will be the 110th meeting between the programs. Lehigh hosts the contest at 7 p.m.
• Saturday marked American’s first road win at Holy Cross in program history, improving to 1-6-1 all-time in Worcester, Mass.
• Patrick Mehlert and Colin Seigfreid both scored a goal with an assist, and Michael Cherry had two helpers in the win.
• Rookie Alex Jaroscak capped off Army’s improbable 3-2 comeback win over Boston University in double overtime Saturday with the game-winner early in the 103rd minute.
• The Terriers took the lead just 1:34 into the match and led 2-0 on Jeroen Blugh’s goal in the 72nd minute. Army scored twice in the game’s final 6:31 to force extra time.
• Conor Willings’ first career goal gave Bucknell a 2-0 lead early in the first half of Saturday’s 3-0 win at Lehigh. Chris Thorsheim added a penalty kick conversion in the second half to tie him for the team lead with five goals.
• Bucknell keeper Mike Lansing has five shutouts in eight appearances.
• Riding a three-game win streak, Navy was playing its best soccer of the year before the government shutdown resulted in the Mids missing two games last week.
• If the Navy-American games goes on as scheduled on Wednesday, it will mark the Mids’ first action in 10 days.
• Navy’s Jamie Dubyoski last week was named Patriot League BRINE Offensive Player of the Week, ECAC Corvias Offensive Player of the Week and earned a spot on the College Soccer News Team of the Week.
• Navy’s Gavin Snyder was named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week last week.
• Boston University will host its first two home League matches as a conference member this week. The Terriers welcome Holy Cross Wednesday at 7 p.m., and Lehigh Saturday at 2 p.m.
• Patriot League Network is set to air six of the 10 League matches this week.
• The Patriot League is the only conference in the nation with five goalkeepers ranked in the top 26 in save percentage. The next highest are the ACC and WCC with three players each.
• If the season ended today, both Army’s Winston Boldt and Lafayette’s Nathan McDonald would rank in the League’s single-season top 10 in goals-against average.
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 (9.30-10.6)
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PATRICK MEHLERT, AMERICAN Sr., M, Bethesda, Md.
Mehlert helped lead the Eagles on Saturday to a 3-0 win at Holy Cross, notching their first victory in Worcester, Mass., since joining the Patriot League in 2001. The senior midfielder found Colin Seigfreid for what stood as the game-winner just 2:16 into the contest and added a goal of his own, blasting a shot from 20 yards to put the Eagles up 2-0 at halftime. It’s Mehlert’s first career weekly honor from the Patriot League.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MAYOWA ALLI, BUCKNELL Sr., D, Lanham, Md.
Alli led Bucknell’s defensive efforts in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Lehigh, helping a back line that limited the Mountain Hawks to eight shots total and only four on net. In addition, the Bison defense yielded just two corner kicks to Lehigh’s attack. Alli also contributed offensively, netting his team’s first goal at 8:37 when he headed in a corner kick. The senior defender now has three weekly honors from the League in six weeks this season.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
BILLY KNUTSEN, AMERICAN Sr., GK, San Francisco, Calif.
Knutsen earns his second straight weekly honor from the League after going 1-1 with 12 saves, including a five-stop clean sheet in the Eagles’ 3-0 win at Holy Cross on Saturday. Earlier in the week the senior keeper backstopped American with seven saves in a tough 1-0 loss at home to 11th-ranked Georgetown, with the only goal coming late in the second half off a corner kick. Knutsen’s .849 save percentage sits third in the League, while his 0.77 goals-against average ranks fourth.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ALEX JAROSCAK, ARMY Fr., D, Weston, Fla.
Trailing 2-0 at home on Saturday night, Jaroscak assisted on Army’s first tally in the 83rd minute and, after the Black Knights scored again just minutes later to force extra time, scored his first career goal in the 103rd minute to complete Army’s 3-2 come-from-behind double-overtime win over Boston University. The goal lifted the Black Knights to 2-0 in the Patriot League and 7-1-1 on the season.
MICHAEL CHERRY, AMERICAN Fr., F, Fairfax, Va.
Picked up an assist on Colin Seigfreid’s goal in the third minute and dished another on an insurance tally later in American’s 3-0 win at Holy Cross on Saturday.
CONNOR WILLINGS, BUCKNELL So., M, Orlando, Fla.
Scored in the 14th minute to give the Bison a commanding 2-0 lead in Saturday’s eventual 3-0 win at Lehigh.
MIKE LANSING, BUCKNELL So., GK, Randolph, N.J.
Backstopped Bison to 3-0 win at Lehigh with four saves for the clean sheet.
TYLER FORBES, COLGATE So., F, Manlius, N.Y.
Scored on a strong individual effort in the 23rd minute of Colgate’s 1-1 draw at home with Loyola Maryland on Saturday night.