#Seawolves tangle with Vermont on Senior Night Saturday

Will Casey

Nov. 1, 2013

2013 Stony Brook Men's Soccer

Game #16:
Stony Brook #Seawolves (6-8-1)
vs. Vermont Catamounts (8-3-4)

Saturday, Nov. 2  •  LaValle Stadium  •  Stony Brook, N.Y.  •  7 p.m.
LIVE: STATS  |  VIDEO (America East.TV)

Stony Brook #Seawolves (6-8-1, 1-3-1 America East)
Head Coach: Ryan Anatol, third season
Career Record: 27-20-6
Record at SB: same

Vermont Catamounts (8-3-4, 2-2-1 America East)
Head Coach: Jesse Cormier, 10th season
Career Record: 80-64-41
Record at Vermont:

The Matchup: Stony Brook will wrap up its home schedule Saturday against Vermont in match that will go a long way towards determining who qualifies for the America East Championship. The Catamounts are ahead of the #Seawolves by three points, and a Stony Brook win will give the team the tiebreaker over UVM. This is the 15th all-time meeting between the two teams, and the series is even at 6-6-2. Stony Brook has never lost to Vermont at home, going 6-0-0.

Scouting Vermont: After an outstanding non-conference season that included wins over the College of Charleston, Massachusetts and Hartwick, the Catamounts have been inconsistent during America East play. After beating Binghamton, the Catamounts suffered a heartbreaking OT loss at Hartford and then succumbed to nationally ranked UMBC. UVM rebounded with a win over Albany, but then played UMass Lowell to a draw. What has been consistent has been the team's ability to put a goal on the board. The team has only been shut out twice this season. Brian Wright leads the team with six goals. Four different Catamounts have at least three assists. Defensively, when UVM is on, it is on. The team has six clean sheets, but in the other nine matches, it allows 1.44 goals per contest.

Last Time Out: The #Seawolves played a strong defensive match against Hartford, but struggled mightily on offense and one mistake late in the first half led to a 1-0 defeat at LaValle Stadium last Sunday.

Playoff Picture: The #Seawolves are seeking their fifth straight appearance in the America East Championship. The team needs to finish in the top six to qualify and currently sits in a tie with UMass Lowell for seventh place. UMass Lowell is not eligible for the America East Championship. Stony Brook is only one point behind Binghamton for sixth and three points behind Vermont, Hartford and Albany for third. Whether the #Seawolves win, lose or draw tonight, they will neither clinch a spot nor be eliminated, guaranteeing that things will come down to the final match Wednesday at UMBC.

Senior Night: Prior to Saturday's match, Stony Brook will honor its four seniors, who are playing their final match at LaValle Stadium. Congratulations to Will Casey, Carlos Villa, Glenn Whelan and Shane Wixted for their outstanding careers.

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 24-2-2 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. 

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 ends the regular season Wednesday at UMBC at 7 p.m.