Oct. 15, 2013
Patriot League Men's Soccer Release - 10.15.13 (PDF)
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The top three positions in the League standings are occupied by teams that didn’t qualify for the Patriot League Tournament a year ago.
That’s the kind of season it’s been so far in the first year of the 10-team era. Army, which hasn’t advanced to the League Tournament since 1996, sits alone in first place with a 4-0-0 mark and 12 points. Behind it is rival Navy at 3-0-0 and Holy Cross at 3-1-0. Both teams have nine points. The Mids will play their game in hand on Wednesday when they visit Lafayette for a 7 p.m. start on Patriot League Network.
PATRIOT LEAGUE QUICK HITS
• Three teams will be in action Tuesday for non-League tilts. Lehigh heads to Villanova for a 4 p.m. kickoff, while Bucknell visits Rutgers and Colgate heads to Cornell, both at 7 p.m.
• After three road games in League play, defending champion Lafayette is home for two this week. After hosting Navy on Wednesday, the Leopards welcome Boston University on Saturday at 2 p.m.
• In addition to Wednesday’s Navy-Lafayette battle, four of Saturday’s five League tilts will air on Patriot League Network.
• Army’s Winston Boldt is second in the country in save percentage (.911) and goals-against average (0.434). As a team, the Black Knights are tops in the nation in shutout percentage (.820).
• The Black Knights’ 9-1-1 mark is its best start since 1975, and they’re 4-0-0 in the League for the first time since 1996.
• Tanner Vosvick became the sixth Army freshman to tally a goal this season with his penalty-kick game-winner at Loyola Maryland on Saturday.
• Joseph Greenspan scored two of Navy’s four goals last week, including the game-winner at American, and was named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week.
• Senior Gavin Snyder remains hot. Since entering at the three minute mark against George Washington on Sept. 21, Snyder is 5-0 and has yet to surrender a goal.
• Navy’s defense has posted five straight clean sheets for the first time since 2000, when they won eight straight with seven consecutive shutouts.
• Freshman goalkeeper Matt Gilbert picked up the assist on sophomore Lucas McBride’s game-winner in the 75th minute of Boston University’s 1-0 win over Lehigh on Saturday.
• Rookie midfielder Andrew Leischner scored his first collegiate goal with 6:28 left in regulation to help Bucknell salvage a 1-1 draw at American on Saturday.
• Freshman Tim Frassetto led the Holy Cross defense to a pair of 1-0 shutouts last week, and accounted for a defensive save on the goal line early in Wednesday’s win at Boston University.
• Army ranks seventh, Navy eighth and Bucknell ninth in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire Mid-Atlantic poll released Tuesday.
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 (10.7-10.13)
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MONTY SANDERS, HOLY CROSS Sr., M, Temecula, Calif.
Sanders had a hand in the only two Crusader goals on the week that helped them post two League victories and move into third place in the League standings. He tallied the assist on Tommy Uttaro’s pretty game-winner in the 88th minute of Holy Cross’ 1-0 win at Boston University on Wednesday before netting the game-clincher in the 78th minute of the Crusaders’ 1-0 triumph over Lafayette on Saturday. Sanders is tied for the team lead with eight points, and now has two game-winning goals on the season.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JOE MEYER, BUCKNELL Sr., D, Sykesville, Md.
Meyer had one of the best games of his career on Wednesday. In his primary role at right back, Meyer held Loyola Maryland’s Larry Ndjock, the NCAA’s leader in goals per game entering the contest, off the score sheet completely and without a shot for 89 minutes. On the offensive side, Meyer scored the game’s opening goal in the seventh minute on the No. 1 play on the Patriot League’s top five last week, and added an assist on Jesse Klug’s insurance marker in the 80th minute in the Bison’s 2-0 win. He also had a strong defensive effort in Bucknell’s 1-1 draw at American on Saturday, as the Bison back line held the Eagles to zero shots on goal and three shots total in the extra time.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
KEVIN WRIGHT, HOLY CROSS So., GK, McKinney, Texas
Wright picked up a pair of shutout wins last week, both by 1-0 finals, in critical Patriot League wins over Boston University and Lafayette. He made seven saves and faced 21 shots in Wednesday’s win over the Terriers, and stopped another five in Saturday’s victory against the defending League champion Leopards. The wins were Wright’s first two clean sheets of the season.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
TANNER VOSVICK, ARMY Fr., D, Phoenix, Md.
With each passing game it seems another Army freshman comes up with a key play to lead to a critical victory. That’s the case with Vosvick, who was called upon to take a penalty kick in the 36th minute of the Black Knights’ contest on Saturday at Loyola Maryland. The rookie converted the try, and his first career goal stood up as the game-winner in Army’s 1-0 victory over the Greyhounds. Army is 4-0-0 in League play for the first time since 1996.
WINSTON BOLDT, ARMY Jr., GK, St. Louis, Mo.
Tallied back-to-back five-save shutouts in two 1-0 wins over Colgate and Loyola Maryland. Saturday’s win was his program record-tying ninth clean sheet of the season.
LUCAS McBRIDE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., F, Rye Brook, N.Y.
Helped the Terriers snap their six-game winless streak by collecting a long goal kick by Matt Gilbert and tallying his team’s only goal in Saturday’s 1-0 win over visiting Lehigh.
JOSEPH GREENSPAN, NAVY Jr., D, Westfield, N.J.
Scored on a free kick into the upper right corner in Wednesday’s 1-0 win at American and stepped up to convert a penalty kick in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Colgate. Also played strong defense in two League shutouts.
GAVIN SNYDER, NAVY Sr., GK, Severna Park, Md.
Went 2-0 in net with five saves and two shutouts for the Mids to improve to 5-0 on the season. Has not allowed a goal in 446 minutes.