2008 Patriot League Men's Soccer Tournament Preview

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG David Cappuccio and Colgate will host No. 4 seed Lafayette in the first semifinal game of the Patriot League Men's Soccer Tournament
David Cappuccio and Colgate will host No. 4 seed Lafayette in the first semifinal game of the Patriot League Men's Soccer Tournament

Nov. 12, 2008

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Center Valley, Pa.- The 2008 Patriot League Men's Soccer Tournament will begin this Friday at Colgate University. Friday's first semifinal game will feature No. 4 seed Lafayette against No. 1 seed Colgate, while the second game pits No. 3 seed Holy Cross against No. 2 seed American. The winner of each of the semifinal games will take to the pitch on Sunday afternoon for the Championship game at 1 p.m.

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No. 4 Lafayette (8-5-5, 3-1-3) at No. 1 Colgate (10-5-3, 5-1-1), 4 p.m.

The Raiders and Leopards met Oct. 11 in Hamilton, where Colgate won, 1-0.

Colgate comes into Friday's semifinal with a 2-0-1 record in its last three Patriot League games. The Raiders have seven All-Patriot League honorees on the squad, including Second-Team selection Steven Miller, First-Team defender Glenn Volk and First-Team goalkeeper David Cappuccio. Miller led the League in shots (62) and game-winning goals (5). Defensively, the Raiders will rely on Volk to continue to lead a stingy Colgate defense that tied with Holy Cross for the fewest goals allowed this season (13). Cappuccio is one of the best goalkeepers in Colgate and Patriot League history, where his 23 shutouts are the best in program history and third all-time in the Patriot League. The senior goalkeeper is third in the League in saves (64) and goals-against average (0.74).

Lafayette has been playing some of its best soccer all season heading into the Tournament. The Leopards are 5-0-2 in their last seven games and have given up only three goals in that span. Offensively, Head Coach Dennis Bohn has a weapon in sophomore B.J. Glenn, who is seventh in the Patriot League with 14 points and has scored two game-winning goals. Second-Team All-League pick Stephen Macurdy is third in the League in assists, and has helped lead a Lafayette offense that is tied for third in the League for goals scored with 26. On defense, the Leopards will rely on the veteran leadership of John Griffith and Chad Barbieri, who anchored a defense that allowed only 17 goals this season. Goalkeeper Phil Nelson sports a 0.64 goals-against average in League play, and has allowed only five goals in Patriot League action.

No. 3 Holy Cross (9-4-4, 4-1-2) vs. No. 2 American (9-7-2, 5-1-1), 7 p.m.

The Eagles and Crusaders met Oct. 25 in Washington, D.C., where American got the 1-0 victory.

American went 5-1-1 in the Patriot League to make it into the Tournament, despite being picked to finish sixth in the League in the 2008 Preseason Poll. The Eagles will be led offensively by senior forward and First-Team All-League selection Phil Purdy, who helped American's offense score 27 goals, good for second-best in the League. Defensively, the Eagles can depend on All-League picks Karsten Smith and Cooper Bryant, who each tallied Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors and led a unit that gave up 22 goals in 18 games this season. Freshman phenom Matt Makowski has been solid in goal for American, as he is second in the League in both saves (68) and shutouts (6).

The Crusaders are making their second-straight Tournament appearance and are looking to win their first League title since 2002. 2007 Patriot League Rookie of the Year and 2008 First-Team forward Kyle Miller is a huge offensive threat, having scored eight of Holy Cross' 21 goals this season. Defensively, the Crusaders will have the veteran leadership of First-Team defenders Alejandro Melean and Jerry Dickinson. Dickinson and Melean are the pillars of a Crusader defense that was second in the League in shutouts (8) and goals-against average (0.71). Second-Team goalkeeper Thomas Booth earned back-to-back Goalkeeper of the Week awards this season, and finished with seven shutouts and 64 saves on the year.

For potential title game matchups, Colgate beat American and lost to Holy Cross, while Holy Cross tied Lafayette. The Leopards earned a home tie against American.

The 2008 Patriot League Men's Soccer Tournament will be streamed live for $9.95 via the Patriot League's All-Access Package. The commentary for the games will be provided by John McGraw. To access the Patriot League All-Access Package, please go to PatriotLeague.com, or click here.