Stony Brook concludes non-conference schedule at Lehigh Tuesday
Oct. 21, 2013
2013 Stony Brook Men's Soccer
Stony Brook #Seawolves (5-7-1, 1-2-1 America East)
Lehigh Mountain Hawks (2-9-1, 1-4-0 Patriot League)
The Matchup: Stony Brook will wrap up its regular season non-conference schedule Tuesday night at Lehigh, looking to snap a four-match winless streak. The #Seawolves are 4-5-0 in non-conference play this season, and a win can secure a .500 record in those matches. This is the third all-time meeting between these two teams, and the #Seawolves lead the series 1-0-1. The two teams played to a scoreless draw in 2011 at Lehigh, and in 2012, the #Seawolves won 1-0 in overtime.
Scouting Lehigh: The Mountain Hawks are enduring a tough season on offense, scoring only three goals in 12 matches. The team went 614:41 minutes between goals until scoring against Loyola Maryland this past Saturday in a 1-0 victory. Ben Wysocki, Gianfranco Giammatteo and Danny Gonzalez have Lehigh's season goals. On defense, Lehigh has three clean sheets. With four Patriot League matches remaining, the Mountain Hawks remain in the hunt for a spot in the conference tournament.
Last Time Out: After falling behind 3-0 to UMass Lowell, the #Seawolves valiantly fought back with two second-half goals and numerous chances, but the #Seawolves fell short of completing the comeback in a 3-2 loss to the River Hawks. Freshmen Kofi Ramirez Osei-Tutu and Favio Sbarra both scored for Stony Brook, and Martin Giordano recorded his team-leading fifth assist of the year.
Playoff Picture: The #Seawolves are seeking their fifth straight appearance in the America East Championship. The team needs to finish in the top six to qualify and currently sits in a three-way tie with Albany and Hartford for fifth place. Stony Brook is only one point behind Binghamton for fourth and two points behind Vermont for third. The #Seawolves still have conference games against Hartford, Vermont and UMBC remaining.
Honored for the Game-Winner: After scoring the golden goal in overtime to beat Albany on Oct. 4, Martin Giordano was named America East Player of the Week on Oct. 7. It was Giordano's first-ever Player of the Week honor after garnering one Rookie of the Week honor during his freshman campaign in 2012.
Player of the Week: Will Casey's 66th minute goal vs. Northeastern on Sept. 28 was the game-winner, and it led to his being named America East Player of the Week on Sept. 30. It was Casey's first-ever weekly honor, and he currently leads the team in goals (4) and points (8), which also both rank in the top 10 in America East.
Better Score First: Stony Brook is nearly unbeatable when it is the first team to score in a match. When the #Seawolves go up 1-0, they are 23-2-2 under head coach Ryan Anatol.
Rookie of the Week: After scoring his first collegiate goal in the first half against Sacred Heart on Aug. 30, Favio Sbarra was named America East Rookie of the Week on Sept. 3.
Welcome Everybody: The Seawolves have a lot of new faces on the roster in 2013 as they brought in 16 newcomers, including 13 true freshmen. The 16 newcomers represent a mix of talent across all positions and from numerous different parts of the world. The 16 newcomers are from six different countries (including the U.S.).
Preseason Pick: Despite losing seven letterwinners to graduation, including three of the top four scorers, the Seawolves are still highly regarded among the America East men's soccer coaches. Stony Brook was picked to finish second in the eight-team conference by the coaches in the preseason poll. The Seawolves received one first-place vote and finished second to defending America East tournament champion UMBC. Last season's regular season champion, Vermont, was third followed by Hartford, New Hampshire, Albany, Binghamton and league newcomer UMass Lowell.
Tough Schedule: The Seawolves annually challenge themselves against stiff competition, and 2013 will be no different. Stony Brook will play six opponents that finished in the top 75 in the NCAA RPI last season, including three teams (Northeastern, Drexel, UMBC) that advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The Seawolves themselves are a quality matchup for teams as they finished at No. 55 in the NCAA RPI, the highest finish since a program-best No. 45 in 2005.
Going for 4: The Seawolves are in search of their fourth America East conference championship in program history. Since joining the conference in 2001, the Seawolves have qualified for postseason play seven times, reached the semifinals six times, advanced to the title game three times and won all three. Stony Brook will look to gain home field advantage in postseason as the program is undefeated in America East Championship home games (6-0-2).
What a Pro: Former Seawolves All-American and three-time America East Midfielder of the Year Leonardo Fernandes has moved on to become the first Stony Brook men's soccer player to appear in an MLS game since Chris Megaloudis in 2008 (New York Red Bulls) and the first-ever to start an MLS game. After being selected in the MLS Supplemental Draft by the Philadelphia Union, Fernandes won a spot on the roster and then made his first appearance on May 18, 2013 against Chicago. He then made three starts for the Union in early July, playing a career-high 86 minutes against Real Salt Lake on July 3.
Coach Anatol: The Seawolves are in good hands under third-year head coach Ryan Anatol, who has led Stony Brook to back-to-back 10-win seasons in his first two years and took the program to the NCAA Tournament in 2011. The NCAAs have been a staple in his coaching career. He went to the NCAA Tournament eight times as an assistant coach at South Florida and Akron, including an appearance in the quarterfinals in 2008.
Up Next: Stony Brook returns home for another America East game, hosting Hartford Sunday at LaValle Stadium at 2 p.m.