Fernandes and Hayen Net Men's Soccer Accolades
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Stony Brook University's Leonardo Fernandes (North Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon) and Binghamton University's Chris Hayen (Oneonta, N.Y./Oneonta) each led their teams to wins in America East men's soccer action over the week and have been named Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, as a result. The awards for the week ending Oct. 10 were announced Monday afternoon.
Fernandes netted the game-winning goal in the Seawolves’ win over Albany on Sunday. Stony Brook has now won six of its last eight games and is 6-1-1 during that stretch. Fernandes, a sophomore midfielder, peppered the Great Danes with 10 shots and finally broke through in the 61st minute with his team-leading sixth goal of the season. After his initial free kick was blocked, Fernandes collected the rebound and buried a shot in the right side of the net. The reigning America East Rookie of the Year, Fernandes is tied for second among conference leaders in goals and third averaging 1.30 points per game. He was also named Player of the Week on Sept. 20.
Hayen made three saves to lead the Bearcats to a 1-0 win over Vermont, which extended their unbeaten streak to six games (3-0-3). The redshirt-freshman goalkeeper held the Catamounts, who are tied for third in America East with 18 goals, scoreless for just the fourth time in 13 games. The clean sheet was Hayen’s third in six games and he has a 0.67 goals-against average over that stretch. Overall, Hayen ranks second among league leaders with a 1.04 GAA and third with a .780 save percentage.
Along with Stony Brook and Binghamton, Boston University downed Hartford, 2-0, to improve to 2-0-0 in conference play. UMBC and New Hampshire played to a scoreless tie in Durham, N.H.. The Retrievers will host the Terriers on Friday in the game of the week, which will be televised nationally on Fox Soccer Channel.
Albany (4-7-0, 0-2-0 America East) fell to Stony Brook by a 2-0 decision on Saturday, Oct. 9 in its homecoming match … The Great Danes have lost five straight matches after winning four of their first six … The team has been shut out four times during the losing streak … Goalkeeper Adrian Foncette (Arima, Trinidad/Fatima) is leading the league in saves per game (5.1) for the second straight season … The junior, who turned away five shots against the Seawolves, has also registered three shutouts while carrying a .767 save percentage and a 1.60 goals against average … Bo Jelovac (Belgrade, Serbia/Sveti Sava School) is leading the team in scoring for the second straight year … He has three goals and one assist for seven points … Goalkeeper Christian Mejia (Queens, N.Y./Saint Mary’s/Dominican) earned a spot on the Puerto Rico National Men’s Soccer team and represented 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 … Bouna Coundoul, a 2005 UAlbany graduate who is currently the starting goalkeeper for the New York Red Bulls, was named the Major League Soccer Player of the Week on Oct. 4 ... He became the first goalkeeper to receive the honor this season … The Red Bulls are in first place in the Eastern Conference with two regular-season matches remaining … Coundoul, a two-time America East goalkeeper of the year, is currently on international duty with the Senegal National Team … UAlbany continues its four-game homestand when it hosts UMBC on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. and Binghamton on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m.
After dropping its first four games, all of which were against nationally-ranked opponents, Binghamton (3-4-3, 1-0-1 America East) has gone unbeaten in its past six contests (3-0-3). It marks the team’s longest unbeaten streak since its eight-game run from Aug. 31-Sept. 26, 2008. Since falling behind 2-0 to Penn State early in its game back on Sept. 12, the Bearcats have outscored their opponents 11-5 and have recorded three shutouts ... Junior midfielder Ryan Walter (Snyder, N.Y./Nichols) netted the game-winning goal against Vermont on Saturday. He now has a goal and an assist in his past two games ... With an assist on Walter’s game winner on Saturday, sophomore midfielder Adam Whitehead (Rochdale, England/Our Lady RC) now has a team-high four assists this season ...Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Chris Hayen (Oneonta, N.Y./Oneonta) has a goal against average of 0.67 in Binghamton’s last six games. He has recorded three shutouts during that span ... Saturday’s Homecoming crowd of 2,240 marked the third-largest crowd in the four-year history of the Bearcats Sports Complex.
Boston University (7-3-1, 2-0-0 America East) earned its season-high fourth straight victory with a 2-0 home win against Hartford ... Junior Ben Berube (Somerset, Mass./Somerset) continued his amazing play over the last three weekends by scoring the Terriers’ fourth consecutive game-winning goal ... Redshirt-freshman Brandon Briggs (Carson City, Nev./Carson) posted four saves for his fourth shutout of the season and second of the year against the Hawks, as the Terriers earlier in the season defeated Hartford, 3-0, in a non-conference game back in September ... Freshman Derek McCaffrey (Groton, Mass./Groton-Dunstable) set up Berube with a deep pass, creating a 1-on-1 situation against the goalie ... Having a team-high 14 points, Berube is tied with senior Aaron O’Neal (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) in goals scored at five ... Senior Ben Havey (Preston, England/Cardinal Newman College H.S.) recorded his third goal of the season by putting in the rebound off an attempt from classmate Ryan Shea (Boston, Mass./Hanover) ... Terriers will next host Vermont on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and will then travel to UMBC for a Fox Soccer Channel broadcast on Friday at 8 p.m.
Hartford (3-6-0, 1-1-0 America East) suffered a 2-0 loss at Boston University in its only game of the week on Saturday ... Ben Berube scored his fourth-straight game-winning goal in the 33rd minute and Ben Havey knocked-in the insurance tally just four minutes later to secure the home team’s win ... Hartford held an 8-6 advantage in shot attempts at the end of the first stanza and concluded the match slightly ahead at 14-13 ... Matt McElroy (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill/Fairfield) took over in net and recorded two saves for the Hawks ... The Hawks have dropped four of their last five decisions and have been held to just two goals during that span ... In addition, the team has yet to earn a win on the road this season (0-5-0) ... Hartford travels to Binghamton on Wednesday, Oct. 13 for a 7 p.m. kickoff with the Bearcats before returning home on Saturday, Oct. 16 to host the New Hampshire Wildcats at 7 p.m.
UMBC (5-3-2, 0-0-2 America East) extended its unbeaten streak to a season-high three games, as it battled host New Hampshire to a scoreless draw in two overtime periods to conclude UNH’s Homecoming festivities ... In 2003, the Retrievers opened their first season of America East play with back-to-back draws en route to a strong 5-1-3 conference record ... UMBC upended defending Patriot League champion Bucknell, 2-1, in Lewisburg, Pa. on Oct. 5 ... Junior goalkeeper Dan Louisignau (Wilmington, Del./Concord/U. Virginia) recorded five saves vs. UNH to post his first shutout in a UMBC uniform ... The match result was the Retrievers’ first clean sheet since blanking Wofford, 2-0, on Sept. 4 ... UMBC came on strong in the final 20 minutes, outshooting the hosts, 5-2, in the overtime sessions ...The Retrievers had several good chances in extra time. Freshman forward Pete Caringi III (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) had a header in the 98th minute which UNH netminder Colin O’Donnell got a piece of and the ball hit the post ... Houapeu also had a semi break-away in the 105th minute and absorbed a lot of contact in the box before his shot was saved by O’Donnell ... Calvert Hall alums Chris Williams (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) and Caringi scored the goals vs. Bucknell ... It was Williams’ second goal of the season, recorded in the 23rd minute, as the defenderf-turned midfielder has scored multiple goals in a campaign for the first time in his tenure... Caringi would add the sixth goal of his rookie season early in the second half... Bucknell crept to within one in the 83rd minute on a successful re-try of a penalty kick ... Louisignau had an apparent save on the first effort, but was deemed to have moved forward before the kick ... Junior midfielder Andrew Bulls (Millersville, Md./McDonogh) has eight assists on the campaign, which was the fourth-best figure in the nation entering play last week... The preseason Hermann Award candidate now has 21 career assists, moving into a tie for fourth place on the school’s all-time list... The Retrievers head right back to the road in America East play, competing at Albany on Wednesday afternoon, before returning home to entertain Boston U. on Oct. 15... The game from UMBC Stadium (8 p.m.) will be televised by Fox Soccer Channel.
New Hampshire (5-2-3, 0-1-1 America East) finished the week 0-1-1 with a 2-0 loss to No. 18 Michigan State University (Oct. 6) and a 0-0 double-overtime tie against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Oct. 9) … Senior goalkeeper Colin O’Donnell (Hampden, Mass.) earned his conference-best fifth shutout of the season, tallying four saves in the tie against the Retrievers … O’Donnell now has 15 career shutouts and ties his single season career-high in shutouts with the scoreless effort … New Hampshire outshot UMBC, 12-9 ,in the contest, including a 10-4 advantage in regulation … Marcus Barr (Wallingford, Pa.) led the Wildcats with three shots, including two on goal … In UNH’s 2-0 loss to the Spartans, O’Donnell tallied a game-high four saves … Dylan George (Bangor, Maine) led the ‘Cats with a game-high four shots … O’Donnell tops the America East in goals against average (0.51), save percentage (.886) and shutouts (5) … He also ranks third in saves per game (4.33) and fourth in total saves (39) … 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. 13 when the Wildcats travel to Stony Brook to take on the Seawolves at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium at 7 p.m.
Stony Brook (7-5-1, 1-1-0 America East) earned its first conference victory of the season with a 2-0 win at Albany, moving into a three-way tie for third place in America East ... It was Stony Brook’s first conference road victory since Oct. 27, 2007, a 1-0 win at Maine ... The Seawolves had gone 0-4-3 in conference road games since...sophomore Leonardo Fernandes (North Babylon, N.Y.) notched his team-leading sixth goal of the season and team-leading third game-winning goal ... His goal came in the 61st minute on a rebound off his own blocked free kick ... All six of Fernandes’ goals have come in the 60th minute or later...Fernandes is tied for second in America East in goals, fifth in overall points ... Fernandes, the 2009 America East Rookie of the Year, is one goal away from tying his total from last season ... Sophomore Raphael Abreu (New York, N.Y.) picked up his third goal of the season off a pass from redshirt freshman Craig Hanton (Barrie, Ontario), who earns his first collegiate point ... Sophomore Stefan Manz (Bronx, N.Y.) continues to put up strong numbers in net ... He made five saves to pick up his fourth shutout of the season ... He is tied for second in America East in shutouts, ranks second in saves and seventh in goals against average ... The Seawolves host New Hampshire Wednesday before traveling to Vermont for a Saturday afternoon contest.
Vermont (6-4-3, 1-1-0 America East) moved to 6-4-3 overall and 1-1-0 in league play after dropping both games this week ... The Catamounts suffered a 3-2 loss to Dartmouth in the final non-conference game of the season ... The Big Green scored twice in a minute span late in regulation to pull out the win ... UVM went 5-3-3 in non-conference play this season, with the Catamounts’ signature win a 2-1 upset in overtime over No. 13 Stanford in the season opener ... Vermont also dropped a one-goal decision at Binghamton, falling 1-0 to the Bearcats ... Junior defender Yannick Lewis (Toronto, Ontario/Bramalea Secondary) led UVM in scoring on the week with a goal and an assist against Dartmouth ... UVM travels to Boston U on Wednesday (Oct. 13) for a 7 p.m. game and then hosts Stony Brook on Saturday (Oct. 16) at 1 p.m. this week.