Courtesy: America East Communications

Three Men's Soccer Player Earn Weekly Awards

Release: 10/04/2010

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- A trio of student-athletes have earned America East men's soccer weekly awards following the first weekend of conference play. Binghamton University's Jake Keegan (Stormville, N.Y./John Jay) and University of Vermont's Zach Paul (Longmont, Colo./Alexander Dawson School/Denver) will share Co-Player of the Week honors, while Boston University's Brandon Briggs (Carson City, Nev./Carson City) is the Rookie of the Week. The accolades for the week ending Oct. 3 were announced Monday afternoon.

Keegan, an America East All-Rookie selection a year ago, scored two crucial goals to help the Bearcats extend their unbeaten streak to five games. With his team trailing 2-0 against Niagara Wednesday, Keegan kick-started a rally with a score and saw his team earn a 4-2 win. He came up large again with his team behind 1-0 late in the second half against UMBC Saturday, scoring in the 82nd minute, his second goal in as many games, and securing a point for his team on the road.

Paul, who was also named to College Soccer News' National Team of the Week, led the Catamounts to a pair of wins by scoring goals in both games last week. A transfer from Denver, the junior forward scored his first career goal in a 2-0 win against Siena Wednesday and followed up with the game-winning score in a 1-0 victory over New Hampshire Saturday. The goal was only the fourth UNH has allowed all season and dealt the Wildcats their first loss. UVM is now unbeaten in eight of its last nine contests.

Facing one of the league’s hottest offensive teams, Briggs made five saves to lead the Terriers to a 2-1 victory over Stony Brook Saturday. The lone goal he allowed came on a penalty kick in the 90th minute. SBU had scored 12 goals during its six-game unbeaten streak that came to end at the hands of Boston U. Briggs, who is tied for second among league leaders with three shutouts, has allowed just two goals during his team’s current three-game win streak.

University of Hartford joined Boston U. and Vermont as teams to win its league opener Saturday. Patrick Boucher scored with just 26 seconds remaining to give the Hawks a 1-0 win over University at Albany. Half the league's teams will play midweek games before conference play resumes on Saturday.

Team Notes
Albany (4-6-0, 0-1-0 America East)
suffered a pair of crushing, one-goal losses this past week and has dropped four straight matches … The Great Danes wrapped up their non-league slate with a 4-3 double-overtime loss to Holy Cross on Sept. 29 before dropping their America East Conference opener to Hartford by a 1-0 decision on Oct. 2 … UAlbany, which never led in the Holy Cross contest, rallied to tie the match three times before the Crusaders netted the game-winning tally in the 104th minute … The squad yielded the lone goal of the Hartford match with 26 seconds left in regulation … Forward Bo Jelovac (Belgrade, Serbia/Sveti Sava School) scored the first goal and assisted on the second against Holy Cross, while defender Christoffer Nisser (Stockholm, Sweden/Letälvsskola) netted his first career marker on a direct kick in the 86th minute to force the extra sessions … Jelovac leads the team in scoring with seven points on three goals and one assist … Goalkeeper Adrian Foncette (Arima, Trinidad/Fatima), who leads the conference with 5.1 saves per game, turned away four shots against Holy Cross and another six against Hartford … The game-winning goals he surrendered came on rebounds … Goalkeeper Christian Mejia (Queens, N.Y./Saint Mary’s/Dominican) earned a spot on the Puerto Rico National Men’s Soccer team and is representing his country at the Digicel Caribbean Cup from Oct. 2-6 … The junior, who also played for Puerto Rico’s U-21 squad over the summer, is the only current America East Conference men’s soccer player to be called up to represent his country’s Senior National Team … The Digicel Caribbean Cup is the qualifying tournament for next year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, which is the main association football competition to determine the regional champion of North America, Central America and the Caribbean … UAlbany will host Stony Brook in its homecoming match on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m.

Binghamton (2-4-3, 0-0-1 America East) heads into the week on a five-game unbeaten streak, having gone 2-0-3 in the process. That represents its longest such streak since going 5-0-3 from August 31-Sept. 26, 2008 ... After going 3-9 in America East road games the previous three seasons, the Bearcats recorded a tie at UMBC in their conference opener on Saturday ... Sophomore forward Jake Keegan (Stormville, N.Y./John Jay) has scored a goal in two consecutive games. He netted the game winner against Niagara on Sept. 29 and deadlocked the match against UMBC in 82nd minute ... Redshirt-freshman midfielder Chris Hobbs (Cleveland, England/Conyers School) had a goal and an assist in Binghamton’s 4-2 come-from-behind win over Niagara on Sept. 29. With the Bearcats down 2-0 early in the match, Hobbs recorded his assist and goal within a span of four minutes to deadlock the game. After missing last season with an injury, Hobbs has been a starting midfielder in all but one game this year ... Freshman forward Luke Halberg (Norwich, N.Y./Valley Heights Christian Academy) already has five points so far this season. Against Niagara on Sept. 29, he assisted on the Bearcats’ final goal of the game ... After only playing one of its first nine games at home, Binghamton has five of its next seven games at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

Boston University (6-3-1, 1-0-0 America East) earned its third consecutive win by opening the America East schedule with a 2-1 victory at Stony Brook ... The Terriers had a two-goal advantage and only missed out on the shutout because of a penalty kick with five seconds left in the game ... Senior Aaron O’Neal (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) scored the first goal in the 60th minute and junior Ben Berube (Somerset, Mass./Somerset) added the second less than 10 minutes later ... Berube’s goal proved to be the game winner, giving him his third in the last three games ... Both men lead the Terriers in points with 11 points each, though O’Neal has five goals against Berube’s four ... Redshirt freshman Brandon Briggs (Carson City, Nev./Carson) had a stellar performance against SBU, posting five saves and coming within five seconds of recording his fourth shutout of the season ... Unfortunately, the Seawolves earned a penalty kick and scored to avoid the shutout ... The Terriers will next conclude their non-conference schedule on Wednesday (Oct. 6) at Providence and then return to Nickerson Field on Saturday (Oct. 9) against Hartford ... Game times are 3 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.

Hartford (3-5-0, 1-0-0 America East) snapped a three-game losing streak with a dramatic 1-0 victory against Albany in front of a packed crowd at Alumni Stadium on Saturday evening ... Junior Patrick Boucher (Cromwell, Conn./Cromwell) proved to be the hero of the match as he punched in the game-deciding goal with just 26 ticks remaining on the scoreboard ... The forward leads the team in points with five on a pair of goals and an assist ... Classmate Jorge Rodriguez (East Hartford, Conn./East Hartford) was credited with the assist, his third of the season ... After managing just one shot attempt in the first half to Albany’s five, Hartford picked up the tempo in the final stanza and outshot its opponent 12-3 ... Luke Citriniti (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) rejected each of the four Great Danes’ shots on target in his first appearance between the pipes this season, helping the Hawks post their third clean slate of 2010 ... Hartford is 3-1 on its home turf but have yet to post a win on the road (0-4) ... The Hawks continue America East play with a trip to Boston University on Saturday, October 9 for a 2 p.m. start ... Earlier this season in non-conference action, the Terriers handed the Hawks their only home loss of the season, a 3-0 decision on Al-Marzook Field.

UMBC (4-3-1, 0-0-1 America East) opened the America East Conference slate at home for just the second time in eight years and played Binghamton to a 1-1 draw before 922 fans at UMBC Soccer Stadium on Oct. 2... Pete Caringi III (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) scored his fifth goal of the season to give the hosts a 1-0 lead in the 75th minute, but Binghamton tied the contest in the 82nd minute ... Senior midfielder Levi Houapeu (Germantown, Md./Watkins Mill), who set up UMBC’s score was the Retrievers’ America East Player of the Game... Houapeu, who entered play last week third in the nation in goals per game, has points in seven of UMBC’s eight contests ... UMBC junior goalkeeper Dan Louisignau (Wilmington, Del./Concord/U. Virginia) made a UMBC season-high nine saves in the match, including a pair of spectacular stops in the first half... UMBC had a slight advantage in shots, 17-15 ... Junior forward Andrew Bulls (Millersville, Md./McDonogh) put four of his seven shots on goal and hit the post with a drive early in the second half... UMBC saw its eight-year record in America East openers go to 2-3-3 and 4-1-3 in home openers. Binghamton leads the overall series between the two teams, 6-3-2 ... The draw was UMBC’s first in 36 games, dating back to a 0-0 deadlock at Maine in the 2008 America East lid-lifter... The Retrievers’ next three games are on the road, beginning with a non-conference affair at Bucknell (4-5-0) on Oct. 5 ... The Bison blanked Navy, 2-0, at home on Oct. 2 ... UMBC gets back to league play on Oct. 9 when they travel to UNH.

New Hampshire (5-1-2, 0-1-0 America East) finished the week 1-1-0 with a victory over Fairfield University (Sept. 28) and a loss to the University of Vermont (Oct. 2) … Dylan George (Bangor, Maine) tallied the game-winning goal in the 6th minute of the first half to lead the ‘Cats past the Stags, 1-0, at Lewis Fields on Tuesday afternoon … Marcus Barr (Wallingford, Pa.) set up the play, earning his first assist of the year … Senior goalkeeper Colin O’Donnell (Hampden, Mass.) notched five saves in the contest for New Hampshire … UNH outshot Fairfield, 16-13, in the contest, including a 9-1 advantage in the first frame … In Saturday’s action against Vermont, the Wildcats fell to the Catamounts, 1-0, in the squad’s conference opener at Centennial Field … The loss ended UNH’s undefeated streak at seven games … O’Donnell finished with three saves … The senior keeper tops the America East in goals against average (0.39), save percentage (.912) and shutouts (4) … He also ranks fourth in the conference in both saves (31) and saves per game (4.43) … Offensively, Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.) leads the ‘Cats with six points on two goals and two assists … New Hampshire returns to action Wednesday, Oct. 6 when the ‘Cats continue their string of road games, taking on Michigan State at 4 p.m. at the DeMartin Soccer Complex.

Stony Brook (6-5-1, 0-1-0 America East), which was tied for No. 10 in the NSCAA/ Northeast Region poll last week, split a pair of matches last week and is now 5-1-1 over the last three weeks ... The team recorded its third shutout of the season, a 1-0 win at Iona, but followed up with a 2-1 home loss in the conference opener to Boston U. ... Berian Gobeil Cruz (Montreal, Quebec) extended his scoring streak to three matches with the game-winner at Iona, but did not score against Boston U. ... Gobeil Cruz remains tied for second in the conference in goals with five...Leonardo Fernandes (North Babylon, N.Y.) scored the lone goal against Boston U., a penalty-kick goal ... It was Stony Brook’s third penalty kick goal of the season and Fernandes’ fifth overall goal of the year ... Fernandes is also tied for second in America East in goals and tied for third in points with 11 ... Stefan Manz (Bronx, N.Y.) earned his third shutout of the season with the win at Iona ... He is now tied for second in America East in shutouts ... He also made six saves on the week, pushing him to second in the conference overall with 36 ... The win at Iona was head coach Cesar Markovic’s 150th carer victory ... The loss to Boston U. snapped Stony Brook’s 10-match home unbeaten streak ... The Seawolves hadn’t lost at LaValle Stadium since a 2-1 loss to Adelphi on Sept. 26, 2009 ... SBU hadn’t lost an America East match at LaValle since falling to Maine on Oct. 19, 2008 ... The Seawolves seek their first conference victory Saturday at Albany.

Vermont (6-2-3, 1-0-0 America East) improved to 6-2-3 overall and 1-0-0 in league play with a pair of shutouts on the week ... The Catamounts blanked Siena, 2-0, and New Hampshire, 1-0, in the conference opener ... Junior forward Zach Paul (Longmont, Colo./Alexander Dawson School) scored in each game ... He netted the game-winner and lone goal in UVM’s win over UNH ... Paul, a transfer from Denver scored his first goal as a Catamount in Vermont’s win over Siena ... Sophomore forward D.J. Edler (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy) handed out two assists in the 2-0 week for Vermont ... The goalkeeping duo of David Ramada (Essex, Vt./Essex) and Xan Rousselle (Morrisville, Vt./Peoples Academy) each picked up a shutout win as they split time in net ... Vermont is 5-1-3 in its last nine matches ... The Catamounts played in front of a season-high crowd of 1,167 against the Wildcats at Centennial Field ... UVM hosts Dartmouth on Wednesday (Oct. 6) at 3 p.m. to close out the non-conference slate and then travels to Binghamton on Saturday (Oct. 9) for a 7 p.m. match.