Men's soccer takes on Hartford Saturday night
Oct. 12, 2012
2012 Stony Brook Men's Soccer
Game #13: Stony Brook Seawolves (8-3-1, 2-1-0 AE) vs. Hartford Hawks (6-6-1, 0-2-1 AE)
Sat., Oct. 13 • Al-Marzook Field • West Hartford, Conn. • 7 p.m.
Stony Brook Seawolves (8-3-1, 2-1-0 America East)
Hartford Hawks (6-6-1, 0-2-1 America East)
The Matchup: Stony Brook clashes with Hartford on Saturday in a rematch of last year's America East Championship final, won by the Seawolves. The matchup will push the conference schedule past the halfway mark as teams jockey for positioning to reach the America East Championship. This is the 14th all-time matchup between the two teams, and the series is as even as it can be. SB is 4-4-5 against Hartford, but only 1-3-2 against the Hawks on their home field. That one win came two years ago on Oct. 27, a 1-0 Seawolves victory. Stony Brook is 3-1-3 against Hartford since the start of 2007, and SB has scored seven goals to Hartford's five in that span. All three ties were scoreless draws.
The Opponent: Hartford came into the season picked to finish third in America East after a strong 2011 campaign that saw the Hawks upset top seed Boston University to reach the conference final. The Hawks returned 13 letterwinners from last season's team, including striker David Bernhardsoon, who led the conference in points per game last year and was off to a great start in 2012 with one goal and two assists in six games. However, he has missed the last seven games. The slack has been picked up by talented freshman Javoni Simms, who leads all conference freshmen in goals with eight. Anthony Santaga has five goals and three assists to complement Simms. Hartford and SB have played five common opponents. Hartford is 2-2-1 in those games; SB is 3-2-0.
Last Time Out: Berian Gobeil Cruz scored the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute to complete a 2-1 comeback win over Binghamton this past Wednesday. Gobeil Cruz, who scored for the second consecutive game, took a pass from freshman Alejandro Fritz and struck a hard shot low to the ground that got past the Bearcats goalkeeper. The goal completed a comeback from an early one-goal deficit. Senior Raphael Abreu scored the first goal for SB after heading in the ball off a senior Kyle Schlesinger free kick. Stony Brook now has won four straight over Binghamton.
The Standings: The Seawolves are tied with Binghamton for second place with six points, but they hold the tiebreaker over the Bearcats by virtue of their 2-1 win on Oct. 10. SB is one point behind Vermont for first place. The team needs just four points to secure a spot in the America East Championship.
In the Rankings: Stony Brook had been ranked in the NSCAA Northeast Region poll each week this season until falling out on Oct. 9. Here are the Seawolves weekly rankings.
Starting Fast the Key: Stony Brook is 15-1-1 under head coach Ryan Anatol when the team scores the first goal of the game. The Oct. 5 loss vs. Boston University was the first time SB had lost when scoring first.
Leo the Lion: Senior Leonardo Fernandes is quickly rising up the Stony Brook Men's Soccer record book. As one of the program's most decorated student-athletes, he has posted some incredible numbers and earned some outstanding honors. Here's the list:
Keeper Records: After a 1-0 shutout at Albany on Sept. 29, senior Stefan Manz is now the all-time leader in career shutouts in program history with 16. He is also first all-time in goalkeeper wins in program history with 26.
America East Rookie of the Week: Martin Giordano was named America East Rookie of the Week on Sept. 24 for posting a goal and an assist in Stony Brook's 1-0-1 week. Giordano scored less than a minute into SB's match at Sacred Heart and then assisted on the game-tying goal at Central Connecticut.
America East Player of the Week: Following a three-goal, one-assist weekend Sept. 14-16, Leonardo Fernandes was named America East Player of the Week for the fourth time in his career.
Making the pass: Freshman Alejandro Fritz notched a pair of assists vs. Buffalo on Sept. 16, matching the program's all-time single-game record. It's the 12th time in program history it's occurred. Fritz also scored a goal two days earlier against Fordham, giving him a strong four-point weekend.
What a Start: Freshman Alejandro Fritz scored a goal on his first collegiate shot, and it represented the game-winner in a 5-0 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Aug. 24. The effort netted Fritz America East Rookie of the Week honors.
Strong Offense: Stony Brook led America East with 31 goals scored last season and should continue its strong offensive ways. The team returns 94 percent of its goal scoring from last season.
Preseason Pick: Stony Brook goes into 2012 as the favorite to repeat as America East champion. The Seawolves were picked first in the preseason coaches poll, receiving six out of a possible seven first-place votes.
Tough Schedule: Stony Brook has a tough 17-game schedule that includes nine matches against teams that finished in the top 100 in RPI last season.
Up Next: Stony Brook will open up a two-game homestand next Friday night against UMBC at LaValle Stadium at 7 p.m.