Join men's soccer Friday night as they take on BU
Oct. 2, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook men's soccer team is on a mission to set a new soccer attendance record at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium this Friday night against Boston University in a critical America East match. The Seawolves soccer attendance record is 1,096, previously set in 2009.
Free t-shirts and pizza will be available to the first 100 Stony Brook students who come to the game!
2012 Stony Brook Men's Soccer
Game #11: Stony Brook Seawolves (7-2-1, 1-0-0 AE) vs. Boston University Terriers (3-5-3, 0-0-1 AE)
Fri., Oct. 5 LaValle Stadium Stony Brook, N.Y. 7 p.m.
Stony Brook Seawolves (7-2-1, 1-0-0 America East)
Boston University Terriers (3-5-3, 0-0-1 America East)
The Matchup: Stony Brook, unbeaten over its last six matches, enters the meat of its conference schedule as it takes on Boston University at home. This is a battle of America East powerhouses. The Seawolves have captured two of the last three conference championships while the Terriers have won three of the last four regular season titles. BU has the series edge, 8-3, and has won five straight over the Seawolves. SB's last win over BU came on Oct. 8, 2006, a 1-0 victory at LaValle Stadium.
The Opponent: Boston University came into the season picked to finish second in America East in the preseason poll. The Terriers are the two-time reigning regular season champions, but they were upset in the America East Championship in both years. The team returned eight starters from last season but is playing one of the most difficult schedules in the country, which has led to a 3-5-3 record. Six of the team's first 11 games this year have come against top 25 teams, and the Terriers are 1-4-1 in those games. BU opened conference play with a 1-1 draw vs. Hartford. Sophomore Parker Powell and senior Michael Bustamante have carried the offense with six points each.
Last Time Out: Leonardo Fernandes scored in the 30th minute, and the Stony Brook defense held Albany without a shot on goal in a 1-0 win over the Great Danes. Fernandes' goal was his fourth game-winner of the season, and the shutout was the team's fifth of the year. Fernandes scored his goal on a free kick from 20 yards out, bending the ball around the Albany defensive wall into the top left corner, easily past the goalkeeper.
In the Rankings: Stony Brook has been ranked in the NSCAA Northeast Region poll each week this season. Here are the Seawolves weekly rankings.
Starting Fast the Key: Stony Brook is 15-0-1 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:
Keeper Records: After a 1-0 shutout at Albany on Sept. 29, senior Stefan Manz is now the all-time leader in career shutouts in program history with 16. He is also tied with Corey DeRosa (1992-94) for first all-time in goalkeeper wins in program history with 25.
America East Rookie of the Week: Martin Giordano was named America East Rookie of the Week on Sept. 24 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.
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 hits the road for another SUNY rivalry game, taking on Binghamton Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.