Men's soccer tangles with Central Connecticut on Sunday
Sept. 21, 2012
2012 Stony Brook Men's Soccer
Game #9: Stony Brook Seawolves (6-2-0) vs. Central Connecticut Blue Devils (2-4-0)
Sun., Sept. 23 CCSU Soccer Field New Britain, Conn. 2 p.m.
Stony Brook Seawolves (6-2-0, 0-0-0 America East)
Central Connecticut Blue Devils (2-4-0, 0-0-0 NEC)
The Matchup: Stony Brook, riding a four-game winning streak, heads back to Connecticut for the second time in five days as it faces the Blue Devils of Central Connecticut. The Seawolves are in search of their first five-game winning streak since 2000, when the program rattled off six consecutive victories to open the season. This is the third all-time meeting between these two teams, and the Seawolves are unbeaten, having tied the Blue Devils in 2005 and beaten them in 2010. This is the third match against a member of the NEC this season and ninth since the start of 2010. Stony Brook is 6-1-1 against the NEC in that span.
The Opponent: CCSU is coming off a solid 2011 season that saw the team earn a share of the NEC regular season championship. However, the Blue Devils were only picked to finish seventh in the NEC this season. Nonetheless, CCSU has returned some great talent, including Hermann Trophy Watch List nominee Reece Wilson, who led the team in scoring in 2011 and has three goals and two assists in six games this season. The Blue Devils hold wins over Yale and Lipscomb this season while losing to Belmont and a trio of America East teams in Hartford, Vermont and New Hampshire. CCSU is 3-8-0 against America East since the start of 2010.
Last Time Out: Stony Brook scored less than a minute into its game against Sacred Heart, but gave up a tying goal early in the second half. Then it was Leonardo Fernandes who scored the game-winning goal in the 69th minute to lift the Seawolves to a 2-1 win over the Pioneers. For Fernandes, it was the third straight match he notched the game-winning goal. Martin Giordano had scored the first goal of the game, and Kyle Schlesinger and Martin Giordano each posted assists.
Starting Fast the Key: Stony Brook is 14-0-1 under head coach Ryan Anatol when the team scores the first goal of the game.
Leo the Lion: Senior Leonardo Fernandes is quickly rising up the Stony Brook Men's Soccer record book. As one of the program's most decorated student-athletes, he has posted some incredible numbers and earned some outstanding honors. Here's the list:
Also Approaching a Milestone: Senior Stefan Manz is now tied with Dan Ferrin (2000-03) for first all-time in program history in career shutouts with 15. He also second all-time in goalkeeper wins in program history with 24, just one behind Corey DeRosa (1992-94).
America East Player of the Week: Following a three-goal, one-assist weekend Sept. 14-16, Leonardo Fernandes was named America East Player of the Week for the fourth time in his career.
Making the pass: Freshman Alejandro Fritz notched a pair of assists vs. Buffalo on Sept. 16, matching the program's all-time single-game record. It's the 12th time in program history it's occurred. Fritz also scored a goal two days earlier against Fordham, giving him a strong four-point weekend.
What a Start: Freshman Alejandro Fritz scored a goal on his first collegiate shot, and it represented the game-winner in a 5-0 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Aug. 24. The effort netted Fritz America East Rookie of the Week honors.
Strong Offense: Stony Brook led America East with 31 goals scored last season and should continue its strong offensive ways. The team returns 94 percent of its goal scoring from last season.
Preseason Pick: Stony Brook goes into 2012 as the favorite to repeat as America East champion. The Seawolves were picked first in the preseason coaches poll, receiving six out of a possible seven first-place votes.
Tough Schedule: Stony Brook has a tough 17-game schedule that includes nine matches against teams that finished in the top 100 in RPI last season.
Up Next: Stony Brook opens America East play next weekend, facing Albany on the road Saturday, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m.