#Seawolves take on New Hampshire in America East action Saturday
Oct. 11, 2013
2013 Stony Brook Men's Soccer
Stony Brook #Seawolves (5-5-0, 1-0-0 America East)
New Hampshire Wildcats (7-3-0, 1-0-0 America East)
The Matchup: The #Seawolves are seeking their second 2-0-0 start to America East play in the last three seasons Saturday night when they challenge the New Hampshire Wildcats. Both teams opened conference play last weekend with 1-0 victories, and both teams could use three points this weekend as the schedule gets more challenging in the next two weeks. This is the 14th all-time meeting between the two programs, and the series is a dead-even 4-4-5. Stony Brook is 2-4-1 all-time at UNH. The #Seawolves have won the last two matchups and are unbeaten vs. the Wildcats since UNH won the 2007 meeting (2-0-3).
Scouting New Hampshire: The 7-3-0 Wildcats have already matched their win totals from each of the last two seasons, thanks in large part to their consistenly stout defense. UNH has allowed only five goals in 10 matches this season and only one goal in its last 457:06 minutes played. On offense, the Wildcats are in the middle of the pack, averaging 1.10 goals per game. Jesus Tudela is the team's leading scorer with three goals and two assists, and all three of his goals have represented UNH game-winners, including a golden goal vs. Grand Canyon.
Last Time Out: This past Tuesday, the #Seawolves trekked down to West Virginia for midweek action against the Mountaineers. Stony Brook fell behind 2-0, fought back to get within one on a Keith McKenna goal, but ultimately succumbed to West Virginia, 3-1. Stony Brook had trouble with West Virginia's defense, garnering just four shots on the night.
Honored for the Game-Winner: After scoring the golden goal in overtime to beat Albany on Oct. 4, Martin Giordano was named America East Player of the Week on Oct. 7. It was Giordano's first-ever Player of the Week honor after garnering one Rookie of the Week honor during his freshman campaign in 2012.
Player of the Week: Will Casey's 66th minute goal vs. Northeastern on Sept. 28 was the game-winner, and it led to his being named America East Player of the Week on Sept. 30. It was Casey's first-ever weekly honor, and he currently leads the team in goals (4) and points (8), which also both rank in the top 10 in America East.
Better Score First: Stony Brook is nearly unbeatable when it is the first team to score in a match. When the #Seawolves go up 1-0, they are 23-2-1 under head coach Ryan Anatol.
Rookie of the Week: After scoring his first collegiate goal in the first half against Sacred Heart on Aug. 30, Favio Sbarra was named America East Rookie of the Week on Sept. 3.
In the Rankings: Stony Brook was No. 8 in the first week of the NSCAA Northeast Region poll, but fell out of the poll in week two and is looking to make a case for re-entry this weekend.
Welcome Everybody: The Seawolves have a lot of new faces on the roster in 2013 as they brought in 16 newcomers, including 13 true freshmen. The 16 newcomers represent a mix of talent across all positions and from numerous different parts of the world. The 16 newcomers are from six different countries (including the U.S.).
Preseason Pick: Despite losing seven letterwinners to graduation, including three of the top four scorers, the Seawolves are still highly regarded among the America East men's soccer coaches. Stony Brook was picked to finish second in the eight-team conference by the coaches in the preseason poll. The Seawolves received one first-place vote and finished second to defending America East tournament champion UMBC. Last season's regular season champion, Vermont, was third followed by Hartford, New Hampshire, Albany, Binghamton and league newcomer UMass Lowell.
Tough Schedule: The Seawolves annually challenge themselves against stiff competition, and 2013 will be no different. Stony Brook will play six opponents that finished in the top 75 in the NCAA RPI last season, including three teams (Northeastern, Drexel, UMBC) that advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The Seawolves themselves are a quality matchup for teams as they finished at No. 55 in the NCAA RPI, the highest finish since a program-best No. 45 in 2005.
Going for 4: The Seawolves are in search of their fourth America East conference championship in program history. Since joining the conference in 2001, the Seawolves have qualified for postseason play seven times, reached the semifinals six times, advanced to the title game three times and won all three. Stony Brook will look to gain home field advantage in postseason as the program is undefeated in America East Championship home games (6-0-2).
What a Pro: Former Seawolves All-American and three-time America East Midfielder of the Year Leonardo Fernandes has moved on to become the first Stony Brook men's soccer player to appear in an MLS game since Chris Megaloudis in 2008 (New York Red Bulls) and the first-ever to start an MLS game. After being selected in the MLS Supplemental Draft by the Philadelphia Union, Fernandes won a spot on the roster and then made his first appearance on May 18, 2013 against Chicago. He then made three starts for the Union in early July, playing a career-high 86 minutes against Real Salt Lake on July 3.
Coach Anatol: The Seawolves are in good hands under third-year head coach Ryan Anatol, who has led Stony Brook to back-to-back 10-win seasons in his first two years and took the program to the NCAA Tournament in 2011. The NCAAs have been a staple in his coaching career. He went to the NCAA Tournament eight times as an assistant coach at South Florida and Akron, including an appearance in the quarterfinals in 2008.
Up Next: Stony Brook will host Binghamton Wednesday at LaValle Stadium at 7 p.m.