Second Weekend of Men's Soccer Play Kicks Off with Boston-SBU Contest Friday
Men's soccer conference play continues on Friday as two of the conference's top teams square off and continues with three more games on Saturday.
Friday, October 5
Boston U. at Stony Brook, 7 p.m. -- Live Stats | Live Video
Stony Brook, N.Y.
• The top two seeds in the America East Championship a year ago, square off at LaValle Stadium. Stony Brook (7-2-1, 1-0-0 AE) and Boston U. (3-5-3, 0-0-1 AE) have combined to win three of the last four America East titles with the Terriers winning in 2008 and the Seawolves in 2009 and 2011.
• The Seawolves, who are ranked eighth in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire Northeast Region Poll, have won six straight and 14-4-3 in their last 21 games overall.
• Boston U., which beat Adelphi, 3-0, its last time out, has already faced six ranked opponents this season and gone 1-4-1 against them, including a 1-0 win over then-#11 Boston College on Aug. 27.
• SBU's Leonardo Fernandes ranks second in the conference and among the top 25 nationally with 18 points on seven goals and four assists. Anthony Ciccione is tied for his team lead in points (8) and ranks second in America East in assists (6).
• The Terriers have won five straight and are 8-3 all-time against the Seawolves. Last year, reigning America East Rookie of the Year Dominique Badji scored with 1:15 left in overtime to give Boston U. a 1-0 win.
Saturday, October 6
Hartford at Vermont, 2 p.m. -- Live Video
• Hartford (6-4-1, 0-0-1 AE) and Vermont (4-4-3, 1-0-0 AE) both enter Saturday's contest playing well. The Hawks are unbeaten in five of their last six (4-1-1) while the Catamounts are either won or tied six of their last seven games (3-1-3).
• The Catamounts are unbeaten in their last four meetings with the Hawks (3-0-1), including a 2-1 victory in West Hartford last season.
• Four of the conference's top seven goal scorers will be on the field. Hartford's Javoni Simms is tied for second with seven scores, while teammate Anthony Santaga is fourth (5) and Vermont's Joe Losier (4) and D.J. Edler (4) are tied for fifth.
Binghamton at Albany, 7 p.m.
• Binghamton (5-5-0, 1-0-0 AE) heads to Albany (2-8-0, 0-1-0 AE) having won three of its last four games while the Great Danes are looking to snap a seven-game losing skid.
• Both teams played one-goal games in their conference openers last weekend with Binghamton edging New Hampshire, 2-1 in overtime, on Jake Keegan's goal and Albany suffering a tough 1-0 loss to Stony Brook.
• Keegan earned America East Player of the Week honors for his efforts and ranks among the top scorers in the country and leads America East with 21 points and nine goals.
• The Bearcats are unbeaten against the Great Danes since 2004, going 7-0-1 in that stretch. The two teams played to a 1-1 tie last year.
UMBC at New Hampshire, 7 p.m. -- Live Stats | Live Video
• UMBC (5-3-3, 0-1-0 AE) and UNH (4-4-2, 0-1-0) both look to avoid going 0-2 in conference play.
• Both teams suffered heartbreaking losses in their conference openers with the Retrievers falling to Vermont, 2-1, as the Cats scored twice in the game's final 10 minutes and the Wildcats losing to Binghamton, 2-1 in overtime.
• The game is a rematch of the 2010 America East Championship game, which ended in a scoreless tie. UMBC advanced to the NCAA Championship in penalty kicks.
• UMBC's Phil Saunders (0.94 GAA) and UNH's Travis Worra (1.01 GAA), the two starting goalkeepers, rank second and third in America East, respectively, in goals-against average.