Alex Wilson and Navy look to bounce back from Saturday's loss to Lehigh with a pair of matches this week, including this weekend's tilt at American.
Oct. 16, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Another weekend, another round of Patriot League men’s soccer matches and another very close race shaping up as the regular season lurches toward its conclusion. There’s still three weekends of games to go, and the picture for the Patriot League Tournament is as muddy as ever.
Colgate’s overtime win at Army coupled with American’s draw at Lafayette created a tie for first between the Raiders and Eagles. The Leopards are one point back, just ahead of a three-way tie for fourth at five points between Bucknell, Holy Cross and Navy. Lehigh has work to do, but the Mountain Hawks’ win over the Mids Saturday lifted them back into the picture. Lehigh is five points out of first but just two behind the three-way logjam.
The attention takes a temporary turn away from League play this week, with five non-League bouts Tuesday and two more Wednesday. The highlight contest has defending champion Colgate hitting the road to visit unbeaten and No. 1 Maryland Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday’s schedule features four League showdowns spread out between 1 and 7 p.m.
Patriot League Notebook
• Colgate is battling its second nationally-ranked opponent in as many weeks when it visits No. 1 Maryland Tuesday. The Raiders hosted 16th-ranked Cornell last week, and visited No. 15 St. John’s on the season’s first weekend.
• Bucknell is tied for eighth, while American and Navy are knotted at No. 9 in this week’s NSCAA/Continental Tire Mid-Atlantic top 10.
• Bucknell remains the top League team ranked in any national categories. The Bison are seventh with a .867 save percentage and 15th with a team goals-against average of 0.71.
• Nine of the last 11 meetings between American and Lafayette have required overtime. Saturday’s matchup was the seventh straight betweent the two programs to go beyond 90 minutes.
• Colgate senior Mike Reidy has seven goals on the season, three of which have gone down as game-winners.
• Lehigh is 3-0-1 in its last four meetings against Holy Cross. The last Crusader win came in 2007.
• The Raider defense was strong in Saturday’s overtime win at Army, surrendering just a pair of shots on goal. Liam Stapleton picked up the win in the net for Colgate to move to 3-1-3.
• American and Navy are the only two League squads to boast two players with 10 points or more.
• Colgate will bring a seven-match win streak in the series against Lafayette into their meeting Saturday in Hamilton, N.Y. The Leopards’ last win over the Raiders came in the 2006 Patriot League Tournament.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
RYLAN COLLINS, LEHIGH So., F, Bloomfield, Conn.
Collins had a hand in both Lehigh goals to spark the Mountain Hawks to a 2-1 win Saturday evening at Navy. He scored in the 12th minute to put Lehigh on the board first, and set up Ali Famili’s eventual game-winning marker in the 72nd minute to thrust the Mountain Hawks back into the picture for the Patriot League Tournament.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BRANDON TURNER, LAFAYETTE Jr., D, Bayshore, N.Y.
Turner came up from the back line to score the game-tying goal to lift Lafayette to a 1-1 draw with first-place American Saturday evening in Easton, Pa. The junior from Bayshore, N.Y., was part of a Leopard defense that held the Eagles to just six shots in the match and three on goal before netting the equalizer at the 88:18 mark. American remains one point ahead of Lafayette in the standings with three League matches remaining.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
BILLY KNUTSEN, AMERICAN Jr., GK, San Francisco, Calif.
Knutsen played a pair of matches this week for American, including Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Lafayette. The junior keeper stopped four shots in Tuesday’s match with Liberty and had four more saves against the Leopards. He logged eight saves for the week, finishing with a 1.00 goals-against average. Knutsen is second in the League in GAA (1.05) and save percentage (.797).
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
JORDAN LEE, ARMY Fr., F, Kailua, Hawaii
Lee tallied the game-winner as time expired to lift Army to a 2-1 win at Adelphi Tuesday. Lee scored on a feed from Parker Dixon, who found a loose ball in front of the net and tapped it to Lee for the goal at the 89:59 mark. It was Lee’s first collegiate goal.
DALE McDONALD, AMERICAN Jr., F, Portmore, Jamaica
McDonald scored in the 15th minute of American’s 1-1 draw Saturday at Lafayette. The tie helped American maintain a piece of first place in the League standings.
MIKE REIDY, COLGATE Sr., M, Webster, N.Y.
Reidy tallied his League-leading third game-winning goal of the season as Colgate edged Army 1-0 in overtime Saturday at West Point. He leads the League with seven goals and 15 points.
LUKE MELODY, HOLY CROSS Fr., M, Mansfield, Conn.
Melody’s second goal of the season helped the Crusaders tie Bucknell 1-1 over the weekend.
ALI FAMILI, LEHIGH So., D, Orefield, Pa.
Famili scored the eventual game-winner in the 72nd minute to lift Lehigh to a 2-1 win at Navy Saturday in Annapolis, Md.