Oct. 22, 2013
Patriot League Men's Soccer Release - 10.22.13 (PDF)
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- The three teams at the top of the Patriot League standings all picked up victories on Saturday, with Army and Holy Cross getting timely golden goals in overtime to pick up three critical points.
Navy posted wins at Lafayette and Bucknell to tie the Black Knights for first place, while the Crusaders are three points back in third. All three missed out on the Patriot League Tournament a year ago.
PATRIOT LEAGUE QUICK HITS
Army and Navy would clinch berths in the Patriot League Tournament with victories over Lehigh and Holy Cross, respectively, on Saturday.
The Black Knights' last League Tournament appearance came in 1996. The Mids last qualified in 2011.
This is the first year either Army or Navy are 5-0-0 in Patriot League play.
Five teams are in action on Tuesday in non-League contests. American opens the schedule with a 3 p.m. home game against West Virginia. Four others will start at 7 p.m.
Navy senior keeper Gavin Snyder leads the nation in goals-against average (0.14) and save percentage (.958).
Seven Patriot League goalkeepers are ranked in the top 46 in Division I in save percentage, and four are ranked in the top 40 in goals-against average.
Army's 10-1-1 start is its best since 1975.
Lafayette senior keeper Nathan McDonald posted his 17th career clean sheet in Saturday's 2-0 win over Boston University. He sits sixth all-time in Leopard history.
Mayowa Alli came up from the back line to head in a long throw in from Connor Willings to give Bucknell a 1-0 double-overtime win at Rutgers last Tuesday.
Freshman Gianfranco Giammatteo scored Lehigh's first goal since Sept. 15 and it stood as the game-winner in the Mountain Hawks' 1-0 victory over Loyola Maryland on Saturday.
Holy Cross has won three in a row for the first time since 2009 and three on the road in League play for the first time since 1999.
Crusader rookie Joey DeVivo has five goals and 10 points, the most for a Holy Cross freshman since Kyle Miller scored seven times and logged 16 points in 2007.
Navy saw its 545 minute shutout streak snapped early in Saturday's 2-1 win over Bucknell.
The Mids' seven-game win streak is its longest since capturing eight in a row in 2000.
Navy is the top League team in the NCAA's latest RPI numbers out Monday. The Mids come in at No. 37, with Bucknell at No. 52 and Army at No. 57. American (95) is next, followed by Holy Cross (102), Loyola Maryland (105), Colgate (109), Boston University (121), Lafayette (139) and Lehigh (190).
Patriot League Notebook
ON THE DOORSTEP
The first Patriot League Tournament berths could be sewn up this weekend. Army and Navy would both punch their tickets to the six-team playoff with victories against Lehigh and Holy Cross, respectively, on Saturday. The Black Knights are looking to snap a playoff drought that began in 1997, while Navy has just one tournament trip in the last 11 years (2011).
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.
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.
EAGLES SOAR TO TOP OF POLL
American was picked the preseason favorite of the head coaches and sports information directors in August, with League newcomers Boston University and Loyola Maryland positioned at immediate contenders. 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.
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 (10.14-10.20)
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JOSH CINTAS, HOLY CROSS Sr., F, San Diego, Calif.
Cintas capped off a late comeback for Holy Cross when he tallied the golden goal in the 99th minute to send the Crusaders home with a 3-2 overtime win at Colgate on Saturday night. Trailing 2-1 late after yielding a pair of second-half markers, Holy Cross forced extra time when Joey DeVivo scored with 10 seconds remaining in regulation. The Crusaders improved to 4-1 in the League with the win and kept them within three points of Army and Navy for first place. It was Cintas' second goal of the season and his third career game-winner.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DEREK VOGEL, NAVY So., D, Long Beach, Calif.
The 2012 Patriot League Rookie of the Year picks up his first weekly honor of 2013 after helping the Mids to a pair of League road victories while lifting them into a first-place tie with rival Army. The Mids were stout defensively on Wednesday at Lafayette, holding the Leopards to five shots total and only one on goal in a 2-0 victory. After allowing their first goal in 545 minutes in the sixth minute of Saturday's contest, Vogel and the Navy defense clamped down to allow the offense to rally for a 2-1 win at Bucknell. While busy on the back line clearing away attempts and crosses for Navy, Vogel also stepped up to notch the game-tying goal in the 56th minute when he headed in a corner kick. The Mids are 5-0-0 in the League for the first time in history.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
GAVIN SNYDER, NAVY Sr., GK, Severna Park, Md.
Snyder improved to 7-0-0 on the season with a pair of League victories on the road last week. He collected his fifth straight shutout (and the team's sixth straight) in Wednesday's 2-0 win at Lafayette, but shined the most in Saturday's 2-1 victory at Bucknell. After allowing his first goal of the season in the sixth minute, Snyder orchestrated a season-best six-save performance while the Mids rallied for a 2-1 win. The senior leads the League in save percentage (.958) and goals-against average (0.14) since entering early in the George Washington game on Sept. 21 in relief.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
TANNER VOSVICK, ARMY Fr., D, Phoenix, Md.
Vosvick is the Rookie of the Week for the second straight week after notching a goal and assist for three points in Army's 2-1 overtime win over American on Saturday night in West Point, N.Y. The win keeps the Black Knights in a tie for first in the League at 5-0-0 and 15 points with rival Navy. With Army trailing 1-0 in the second half after an American penalty kick, Vosvick converted his own penalty-kick try at 76:21 to tie the match. Nearly five minutes into extra time, Vosvick picked up the primary assist on Alex Jaroscak's golden-goal winner. At 10-1-1 overall, Army is out to its best start since 1975 and is 5-0-0 in the League for the first time.
WINSTON BOLDT, ARMY Jr., GK, St. Louis, Mo.
Made seven saves in Army's 2-1 overtime win over American on Saturday, including a pair of diving stops with 6:19 left in regulation with the game tied.
JOEY DeVIVO, HOLY CROSS Fr., F, Ridgefield, Conn.
Scored the game-tying goal with 10 seconds left in regulation to force overtime in the Crusaders' eventual 3-2 win at Colgate on Saturday night.
JAMES MEYERKORD, LEHIGH Sr., F, Florissant, Mo.
A four-year starter at forward, Meyerkord started at right back for the first time in his collegiate career and helped the Mountain Hawks hold off Loyola Maryland 1-0 on Saturday night in Bethlehem, Pa.
JACOB GOTTWALD, LEHIGH Fr., GK, Schnecksville, Pa.
Went 1-1 on the week and made six saves in Saturday's 1-0 triumph over Loyola Maryland. Made a diving stop to his left late in the second half to thwart a try from Larry Ndjock.
DAVE ARNOLD, NAVY Sr., M, Baltimore, Md.
Netted the game-winner in the 72nd minute in Navy's 2-1 win at Bucknell.