Men's soccer seeks three points at Binghamton Wednesday
Oct. 9, 2012
2012 Stony Brook Men's Soccer
Game #12: Stony Brook Seawolves (7-3-1, 1-1-0 AE) vs. Binghamton Bearcats (6-5-0, 2-0-0 AE)
Wed., Oct. 10 • Bearcats Sports Complex • Vestal, N.Y. • 7 p.m.
Stony Brook Seawolves (7-3-1, 1-1-0 America East)
Binghamton Bearcats (6-5-0, 2-0-0 America East)
The Matchup: Stony Brook looks to shake off last Friday's home loss to Boston University and earn three points on the road in a SUNY rivalry match with Binghamton. The Seawolves saw their six-match unbeaten streak snapped last weekend while the Bearcats have won their first two America East matches. This will be a battle between the top two scoring offenses in the conference. Stony Brook averages 1.82 goals per game, and Binghamton averages 1.55. This is the 33rd all-time meeting between the two teams, and the Bearcats hold a 21-9-2 advantage over the Seawolves. However, Stony Brook has won three straight in the series, including a dramatic 2-1 overtime win at the Bearcats Sports Complex two years ago. Raphael Abreu netted the game-winner with less than a minute remaining in the first overtime.
The Opponent: Binghamton came into the season picked sixth in America East, tied with Albany. The Bearcats returned nine starters from last season's team that finished 5-10-2 overall and 1-5-1 in America East. Bound to improve, the Bearcats overcame two one-goal losses to begin the season to win six of their last nine, including three straight heading into this match. No one's been more influential on Binghamton's season than forward Jake Keegan, who is leading the conference in goals with nine and points with 21. He's notched the game-winner in three of BU's six wins this season.
Last Time Out: Berian Gobeil Cruz staked the Seawolves to a 1-0 lead eight minutes into its match with Boston University, but the Seawolves could not finish their chances thereafter while the Terriers scored in the 78th minute and again in overtime to win 2-1. Gobeil Cruz's goal was off a nice cross from Leonardo Fernandes, who notched a point in his seventh straight match.
In the Rankings: Stony Brook had been ranked in the NSCAA Northeast Region poll each week this season until falling out on Oct. 9. Here are the Seawolves weekly rankings.
Starting Fast the Key: Stony Brook is 15-1-1 under head coach Ryan Anatol when the team scores the first goal of the game. The Oct. 5 loss vs. Boston University was the first time SB had lost when scoring first.
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 stays on the road to face Hartford in a rematch of last year's America East Championship final. Kickoff is Saturday at 7 p.m.