CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Binghamton's Cameron Keith (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) and Vermont's Drew Smalley (Beaverton, Ore./Jesuit) have been named America East Player of Rookie of the Week, respectively, after leading their teams to key wins as the push for playoff position begins.
Keith, a junior forward, recorded his fourth career multi-goal game in Binghamton’s 2-0 win over New Hampshire on Saturday. Keith, is tied for sixth in America East with seven goals and 17 points. The 2007 Striker of the Year, Keith has 17 tallies in less than two seasons in Vestal.
Smalley assisted on both Catamount goals of the week, which led to four points for UVM. Smalley set up T.J. Gore in the 60th minute to earn a 1-1 tie against Boston University on Wednesday. The freshman back then set up the game-winner withl ess than seven minutes remaining in a 1-0 win over Maine on Saturday. Smalley has also played a big part in a defense that has allowed just three goals in six America East games.
The Bearcats and Catamounts have both clinched a spot in the America East Men's Soccer Championship, which begins with quarterfinal action on November 8. New Hampshire currently sits in sixth place in the league standings and can help their playoff chances with a win over UMBC in their final regular-season conference game on Wednesday.
Also on Saturday, Boston University extended its unbeaten streak to six games, shutting out UMBC 3-0 at UMBC Soccer Stadium. Shaun Taylor, Ben Berube and Aaron O'Neal all had scores for the Terriers, who have clinched a playoff berth and sit atop the league standings. With a win against Hartford on November 2, Boston U. can earn at least of share of the regular-season title.
In Hartford, the Hawks played Stony Brook to a scoreless draw. at Al-Marzook Field and in non-league action,
Albany downed Bryant 3-0. The Great Danes have also locked up a
bid to the championship.
Albany (11-3-1, 4-1-1 America East) continued its best start ever as a Division I program after posting a perfect 2-0 record this past week ... The Great Danes rallied from one goal down to defeat Hartford, 2-1, on Oct. 22 and blanked Bryant, 4-0, on Oct. 25 in its final non-conference match of the regular season ... UAlbany clinched a bid in the America East Conference Tournament and can finish no lower than fifth in the standings ... After accumulating three assists this past week, Claudio Dantas set the program’s Division I single-season record for total points ... Dantas now has eight goals and nine assists for 25 points, bettering Nick Southworth’s previous record of 22 points set back in 2000 ... Adrian Foncette (Arima, Trinidad & Tobago/Fatima) has earned three shutouts in four career starts, most recently blanking Bryant on Oct. 25 ... L.J. Papaleo (Manlius, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) recorded five points on two goals and an assist versus Bryant ... Gaby Seguin-Gauthier (Chateaugauy, Quebec/St. Francis College/Champlain College) had a career-best four points after scoring a goal and adding two helpers versus Bryant ... The Great Danes’ 11 victories are the most wins through 15 matches in the program’s 10-year Division I history, and the team is guaranteed the top seed in the conference tournament if it can win its two games this week ... UAlbany, which is in second place with 13 points in the America East standings behind Boston University with a game in hand, travels to Maine on Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. and hosts Vermont on Nov. 2 at 1 p.m.
Binghamton (9-4-3, 4-2-0 America East) recorded its third consecutive home shutout victory with a 2-0 win over New Hampshire on Saturday night. Keith recorded his fourth career multiple-goal game in the Bearcats’ 2-0 win over New Hampshire on Saturday night. Keith now has a team-high seven goals and 15 points this season. Five of his goals, including his first one against the Wildcats, have been game winners. In his two years at Binghamton, Keith has scored 17 goals and recorded 37 total points ... junior goalkeeper Jason Stenta (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) recorded his 29th career shutout in Saturday’s game against New Hampshire ... senior midfielder Darren McAllister (Aberdeenshire, Scotland), who leads the team with five assist, had the assist on Keith’s second goal against New Hampshire.
Boston University (8-5-3, 5-1-1 America East) posted its first league draw of the season at home with Vermont (1-1) before earning a 3-0 shutout victory at UMBC ... Terriers currently sit atop the conference standings with 16 points and are riding a six-game unbeaten streak ... They are now 4-3-1 on the road after starting the year 0-3-1 ... Junior Tom Strackhouse (Flemington, N.J./Pingry School) posted his fourth goal of the season off a corner kick from freshman Michael Bustamante (Chelsea, Mass./Chelsea) against the Catamounts ... Junior Shaun Taylor (Sandown, England/Sandown) scored his eighth goal and fourth game-winner of the year at UMBC off assists from Bustamante and freshman Stephen Knox (Aarima, Trinidad/Fatima College HS) ... Bustamante now leads the team in assists with seven ... Freshman Ben Berube (Somerset, Mass./Somerset) scored an unassisted goal, and sophomore Aaron O’Neal (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) added another with help from Knox against the Retrievers ... Senior Hrafn Davidsson (Reykjavik, Iceland/University of Iceland) now has five solo shutouts this season and two combined with junior Joe Cullaro (New York, N.Y./Clarkstown South) ... Terriers lead UMBC, 3-2-1, in the six-game series after earning their first win in Baltimore ... Have a week off before hosting final regular season game on Saturday (Nov. 1) with Hartford at 1 p.m. ... Senior Day festivities precede the kickoff.
Hartford (7-5-3, 3-2-1 America East) dropped its second-straight conference match of the season, falling to Albany in a 2-1 decision on Wednesday, and battled through 110 minutes of scoreless minutes to earn a 0-0 tie versus Stony Brook on Saturday ... Wednesday’s loss snapped the Hawks’ six-game unbeaten streak at Al-Marzook Field ... Hartford put the first notch on the scoreboard early against Albany, with junior midfielder Ivan Guarin (Pereira, Colombia/White Plains/Herkimer CC) finding the back of the net in the seventh minute for his second goal of the season ... Freshman Patrick Boucher (Cromwell, Conn./Cromwell) was credited with the assist, his second ... The Great Danes were quick to retaliate, scoring just 23 seconds later ... Albany attacked the Hawks’ defense early in the second half, scoring the eventual game-winning goal just three minutes into the period ... The Hawks outshot the Great Danes 9-6 while holding a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks in the second half, but were unable to capitalize on any opportunities throughout the final 42 minutes ... Hartford and Stony Brook played 110 minutes without a goal, battling the torrential rain and wind conditions at Al-Marzook Field ... The Hawks got a strong effort from junior goalkeeper Nenad Cudic (Novi Sad, Serbia/Fourth Grammar/Auburn Univ. at Montgomery), who made his return after sitting out six games due to injury ... Cudic made seven stops for the Hawks, pushing his season total to 45, while recording his third shutout of the season ... Hartford will close out its 2008 regular season schedule on the road with two America East Conference matches versus Vermont (Oct. 29) and Boston University (Nov. 1).
Maine (4-8-2, 1-4-1 America East) dropped a 1-0 decision to Vermont in its lone game of the week... Nikola Bogdanovic (Belgrade, Serbia/Oral Roberts) led the way for Maine as he had four shots in the game... It is the third time this season that Maine has lost a game by a score of 1-0... Of Maine’s eight losses on the season, six have been by just one goal... Maine had allowed 35 goals through 14 games a year ago... This year, Maine has allowed just 15 goals in the same number of games... Fourteen different Black Bears have scored at least one point this season, four more than last year... Fourteen different Black Bears is the most players to record a point in a season since the 2003 season when 15 different Black Bears registered a point... Maine has not allowed more than two goals in a game this season... Last year, Maine allowed two or more goals in nine games... The Black Bears end the 2008 regular season with three straight home games... Maine has posted a record of 1-1-2 at home this season.
UMBC (6-7-2, 1-4-1 America East) defender Chris Williams (Parkville, Md./Calvert Hall) scored the game’s lone goal in the 57th minute as the Retrievers earned a much-needed 1-0 victory over a strong Binghamton team in an America East Conference game played at blustery UMBC Soccer Stadium on Wednesday... With the win, UMBC snapped a five-game winless streak... UMBC capitalized when freshman forward Andrew Bulls (Millersville, Md./McDonogh) was fouled just outside the penalty area near the right edge of the box... Senior defender L.J. Pijnenburg (Forest Lake, New Zealand/Hamilton Boys’) drove the ball to the far left post, where sophomore midfielder John Paul Waraksa (Media, Pa./Strath Haven) headed it back to the near post. Williams volleyed the ball past Bearcat netminder Jason Stenta and high into the net from six yards out... The win was UMBC’s first over Binghamton in Baltimore and the Retrievers snapped a four-game slide to the Bearcats... senior goalkeeper Steve King (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) , it was his fifth shutout of the season and the 22nd of his career, tying the senior with Steve Zerhusen (’79) for second place in school history...Both of Williams’ career goals are game-winners as he scored the first goal in a 2-0 home win over Albany in 2007... Pijnenburg had four assists in the last three games after not recording a point in his first 36 career games... The Retrievers fell to league-leading Boston University, 3-0 before a Homecoming and Senior Day crowd of 815 on Saturday at UMBC Soccer Stadium... UMBC concludes the regular season at UNH on Wednesday and at Stony Brook on Sunday and face virtual must-win situations in each to keep their post-season hopes alive.
New Hampshire (6-5-4, 1-4-2 America East) settled for a tie and a loss during this past week of action... On Wednesday, Kyle Urso (Lombard, Ill./Glenbard East) notched his fourth goal of the season and sophomore goalkeeper Colin O’Donnell (Springfield, Mass./ Minnechaug Regional) tallied a career-tying six saves as the Wildcats tied Stony Brook, 1-1... Chris Banks (Westborough, Mass./Westborough) recorded a game-high five shots in the game... On Saturday, a pair of goals by Keith Cameron were the only tallies in the game and was enough for Binghamton as the Wildcats fell to the Bearcats, 2-0... New Hampshire, led by Urso and Banks with two shots apiece, outshot its opponent, 9-5... The Wildcats will host the Retrievers of UMBC on Wednesday, Oct. 29 in the final regular-season home game.
Stony Brook (2-11-4, 0-3-3 America East) gained two points in the standings with ties against New Hampshire and Hartford... The Seawolves came back to tie New Hampshire, 1-1 in two overtimes on Wednesday night... in the 75th minute, Mihailo Pavlisin (Subotica, Serbia/Ekonomski Fakultet) scored off a free kick to erase a 1-0 Wildcats’ lead... rain and wind played havoc in the Seawolves 0-0 tie against Hartford on Saturday night... chances were few and far between for either team but freshmen Jherrett Maroney (Cincinnatus, N.Y./Cincinnatus Central) and Tom Butler (Birmingham, England/Bromsgrove School) had scoring opportunites... Stony Brook has a match at Binghamton on Wednesday and its final home game of the season against UMBC on Sunday afternoon.
Vermont (7-3-6, 3-1-2 America East) tied Boston University, 1-1, in double overtime Wednesday night and nipped Maine, 1-0, Saturday at Centennial Field ... The defending America East Champion Catamounts moved into fourth place with two league games to go ... Lee Stephane Kouadio (Woodlyn, Pa./Ridley) scored the game-winner against Maine with less than seven minutes left in regulation, his third goal of the season and first since September 5th ... T.J. Gore (Macomb, Mich./Dakota) scored the tying goal at BU Wednesday. All three of his goals have come in America East matches ... A pair of freshmen were instrumental in UVM’s 1-0-1 week. Back Drew Smalley (Beaverton, Ore./Jesuit) assisted on both Vermont goals this week and was a big part of the team’s solid defense ... Lukas Petersen (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) set up Kouadio’s game-winner Saturday with an unselfish play for his first career point ... Goalkeeper Roger Scully (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) recorded his seventh shutout of the season Saturday and the 24th of his career, second all-time at Vermont ... Scully, along with senior backs Jake McFadden (Colchester, Vt./Colchester), Connor Tobin (Fort Collins, Colo./Fort Collins) and Will Haywood (Newton, Mass./Newton North) have led a stingy Vermont defense that has allowed just six goals in its last 16 matches against America East foes over the last two seasons ... The Catamounts host Hartford Wednesday in their final regular season home game and wrap up the slate at Albany Sunday.