Men's soccer takes on Albany in conference opener

Stefan Manz

Sept. 28, 2012

2012 Stony Brook Men's Soccer

Game #10: Stony Brook Seawolves (6-2-1, 0-0-0 AE) vs. Albany Great Danes (2-7-0, 0-0-0 AE)

The Last Meeting
No. 6 Albany (Semifinals)1
Stony Brook3
November 9, 2011
Stony Brook, N.Y.
Men's soccer beats Albany to advance to championship Sunday
The Stony Brook men's soccer team came out of halftime on fire, scoring two goals in less than three minutes en route to a 3-1 win over Albany in the semifinals of the America East Championship Wednesday night at LaValle Stadium. The No. 2 seeded Seawolves advance to play No. 5 Hartford in the championship final Sunday at LaValle Stadium at 6 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 29  •  Plumeri Sports Complex  •  Albany, N.Y.  •  5 p.m.


Stony Brook Seawolves (6-2-1, 0-0-0 America East)
Head Coach: Ryan Anatol, second season
Career Record: 16-8-5
Record at SBU: same

Albany Great Danes (2-7-0, 0-0-0 America East)
Head Coach: Trevor Gorman, second season
Career Record: 8-17-3
Record at Albany:

The Matchup: Stony Brook begins America East competition this weekend with a matchup against Albany. This is a SUNY Rivalry match, and Albany is Stony Brook's most frequent opponent, having played 39 times against each other. Albany leads the all-time series 21-14-4, but the Seawolves have dominated the series of late. Stony Brook is 4-0-2 against the Great Danes since the start of the 2007 season. In that span, Stony Brook has outscored the Great Danes 7-1 with two scoreless ties.

The Opponent: Albany is in its second season under head coach Trevor Gorman, who led the Great Danes back into the America East Championship in 2011 after a two-year absence. Albany advanced to the semifinals, where it was beaten by Stony Brook. The team returned eight starters from last season, but the non-conference schedule in 2012 has not been kind to Albany. The team has lost six straight games after beating Towson and Yale in early September. The team has scored only two goals during this stretch. Albany's go-to players on offense are Anthony Rozzano and Brandon Wilson, who each have two goals and an assist. Wilson has both of the team's game-winning goals, including an overtime golden goal against Towson. Due to construction, Albany is playing its home games off campus. Saturday's match is at the College of St. Rose near downtown Albany.



Last Time Out: Stony Brook and Central Connecticut State played to a 1-1 draw after senior Leonardo Fernandes netted the equalizer in the 87th minute. The two teams almost played a scoreless first half, but the Blue Devils got a goal with six seconds left on the clock. In the second half, Stony Brook continually threatened to score and finally did when Martin Giordano passed to Fernandes, who beat the goalie to his left. The tie extended SB's unbeaten streak to five matches.

America East Rookie of the Week: Martin Giordano was named America East Rookie of the Week for posting a goal and an assist in Stony Brook's 1-0-1 week. Giordano scored less than a minute into SB's match at Sacred Heart and then assisted on the game-tying goal at Central Connecticut.

In the Rankings: Stony Brook has been ranked in the NSCAA Northeast Region poll each week this season. Here are the Seawolves weekly rankings.

  • Aug. 28 - #6
  • Sept. 4 - #8
  • Sept. 11 - #10
  • Sept. 18 - #9
  • Sept. 25 - #9 

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:

  • Fourth all-time in points (70), first in Div. I history
  • Tied for third in goals (28), first in Div. I history
  • Tied for third in assists (14), second in Div. I history
  • 2012 Hermann Trophy Watch List
  • Two-time America East Midfielder of the Year (2010, 2011)
  • Two-time NSCAA All-Northeast Region (1st team in 2011, 3rd team in 2010)
  • Two-time All-America East first team (2010, 2011)
  • 2009 America East Rookie of the Year and second-team All-America East
  • 2011 America East Championship Most Outstanding Player

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 will host Boston University Friday night, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m.