Men's Soccer Heads North For a Pair Of League Games This Weekend

Men's Soccer Heads North For a Pair Of League Games This Weekend

Game 12: Mount St. Mary's (5-5-1, 2-2-0 NEC) at Sacred Heart (5-4-2, 1-1-2 NEC)
WHEN: Fri, Oct. 14, 2011, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Campus Field, Fairfield, Conn.

SERIES INFORMATION: Series tied 4-4-4
LAST MEETING: Sacred Heart (1-0) 10-8-10
FIRST MEETING: Mount (2-1) 9-24-99
LAST MOUNT WIN: (2-1) 10-27-06
IN FAIRFIELD: Series Tied 2-2-2

opening kick... Friday night's match between Mount St. Mary's and Sacred Heart marks the 13th meeting in the all-time series dating back to the 1999 season. The Pioneers have won the last four meetings to even the series at 4-4-4. Sacred Heart has taken the last two matchups by a score of 1-0 while the Mountaineers last win in the series was a 2-1 decision in 2006.

about the pioneers... Sacred Heart comes into the contest 5-4-2 overall and 1-1-2 in Northeast Conference play after tying Fairleigh Dickinson 1-all on Sunday. Junior forward Justin Brewer leads the team with two goals and three assists for seven points. Junior defender Marcello Castro ranks second with three goals for six points while junior forward Brian Francolini has a goal and two assists for four points and junior defender Simon Harrsen has found the twine twice for four points. Senior goalkeeper Alex Fait has 41 saves, a 0.86 goals against average and a .804 save percentage.

last time we met… Sacred Heart scored in the 59th minute to defeat Mount St. Mary's 1-0 on Oct. 8, 2010. Chris Davis made two saves for the Mount in the loss. Patrick Daka took a pass by Omer Levy from left to right and headed the ball in the bottom right corner at the 58:40 mark to lift the Pioneers to the victory. Alex Fait made two saves in the winning effort.

Game 13: Mount St. Mary's (5-5-1, 2-2-0 NEC) at Bryant (1-8-1, 0-4-0 NEC)
WHEN: Sun, Oct. 16, 2011, 1 p.m.
WHERE: Bryant Track & Turf Complex, Smithfield, R.I.

SERIES INFORMATION: Mount leads 2-0-0
LAST MEETING: Mount (4-3) 10-22-10
FIRST MEETING: Mount (2-1) 10-18-09
LAST BRYANT WIN: N/A
IN SMITHFIELD: Mount leads 1-0

opening kick... Sunday's match between Mount St. Mary's and Bryant marks the third meeting in the all-time series dating back to the 2009 season. The Mount has won both meetings in the matchup, including a 4-3 decision last season.

about the bulldogs... Bryant comes into the weekend 1-8-1 overall and 0-4-0 in Northeast Conference play after falling 2-0 to Monmouth on Sunday. Nicholas Parisi leads the team with four goals and two assists for 10 points. Ryan Stone ranks second on the squad with two goals and one assist for five points while Connor Norat is third on the team with a goal and an assist for three points. George Spanos has 41 saves, a 1.96 goals against average and a .672 save percentage.

last time we met… Alex Ockford scored the game-winning goal with 1:20 left in overtime to lift Mount St. Mary's past Bryant 4-3 in on Oct. 23, 2010. Eric Detzel served a free kick into the box that hit off the post near where Ockford was positioned when the sophomore drilled the ball into the twine. Detzel added his third goal of the year. Chris Wheeler made some history on the night after scoring twice for the Mount winning effort. Chris Wheeler tied the Mount Division I record with 12 goals and a season and also tied the Mount Division I record for career goals with 32 markers. Patrick Wheeler dished out his first two collegiate assists and Chris Davis turned away four shots on the night. Norbert Guery paced the Bulldogs with two goals and an assist while Tom Nelan added a tally and a helper and Victor Tutino made seven saves in the loss.

last time out… Zoncher Dennis scored two goals to lift Mount St. Mary's past Long Island 3-2 on Sunday. Dennis scored in the 39th minute to give the Mount the lead for good and then sealed the win with a tally in the 87th minute. The freshman, who leads the team with nine goals, has found the twine in five games this season and has recorded the game-winner in four of those contests. Senior Chris Wheeler tallied a goal and an assist to tie the program's Mount Division I career point mark with 80. Matthew Steele and Ian Hendrie each added an assist in the winning effort.

next on tap… Starting this weekend against Sacred Heart and Bryant, the Mountaineers will play four of their final six matches on the road. The squad will then return home to host Quinnipiac (Oct. 23) and Saint Francis (Pa.) (Oct. 28) before heading to Robert Morris (Oct. 30) and Monmouth (Nov. 6) to close out the season.

in the league... The Mount is 76-89-27 in Northeast Conference matches. The Mountaineers are 38-52-15 under head coach Rob Ryerson in the NEC and 8-2-2 in the conference opener, including four-straight season-opening wins

need a bigger trophy case… Freshman Zoncher Dennis has been named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week three times this season. The freshman has taken the honor for the weeks of Aug. 28-Sept. 4, Sept. 19-25 and Oct. 3-9. He is the first Mount player to earn three top rookie of the week honors since Chris Wheeler in 2008. Dating back to 1997 season, 12 players in the NEC have been Rookie of the Week three times in one season. During the week of Sept. 19-25, Dennis was also named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week and SoccerSavings.com/Philly Soccer News Men's College Player of the Week to run his award total to four for the week. Dennis was also named NEC Rookie of the Week for the week of Aug. 28-Sept. 4.

the golden sombrero of goals… Freshman Zoncher Dennis established a new Mount Division I record for goals in a game when he found the twine four times against La Salle on Sept. 24. The freshman tied John Tallarido's all-time single-game mark on the afternoon. Tallarido registered four goals against Washington Bible on Sept. 12, 1980 and also accomplished the feat against Millersville on Sept. 16, 1981.Dennis became the eighth player in Mount Division I history to register a hat trick and the first since Chris Wheeler on Oct. 10, 2008.

wrapping up the non-conference slate… Mount St. Mary's concluded its non-conference slate 3-3-1 after downing La Salle 5-0 on Sept. 24. It marked the first time the squad posted a non-losing mark in non-conference play since finishing 3-3-0 in 2003. The five tallies against the Explorers were the most goals in a game since defeating Robert Morris 6-0 on Oct. 10, 2008.

hendrie finding the twine… Senior Ian Hendrie ranks second on the team with two goals and six assists for 10 points. The senior posted two tallies and an assist against Iona on Sept. 11. Hendrie, who has played in the Mount's defense in two of his four seasons, has six goals and six assists for 18 points.

mom always liked you best: Senior Chris Wheeler has been one of the best players in program history, but sophomore Patrick Wheeler is starting to make a name for himself. The younger has three assists this season, including two helpers against Howard on Sept. 19. Patrick has six assists in his last 11 matches. He has dished out two assists in a contest twice in his career.

preseason poll... The Mount St. Mary's men's soccer team has been tabbed to finish fifth according to the Northeast Conference (NEC) Preseason Coaches Poll. Monmouth, who is the two-time defending NEC Tournament champion winners of the last six NEC regular season crowns, was selected as the unanimous preseason favorite. Fairleigh Dickinson, Sacred Heart and Saint Francis (Pa.) were picked 2-3-4 while the Mount ended in a fifth-place tie with Long Island. Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, St. Francis (N.Y.), Central Connecticut State and Bryant rounded out the 11-team poll.

wheeling and dealing... Senior Chris Wheeler broke the Mount's Division I single-season goal record after scoring 13 times in 2010. The senior also became the program's Division I leader in career goals as a junior and now stands at 35 markers. Wheeler posted a goal and an assist against Long Island on Oct. 9 to become the Mount Division I all-time points leader with 80. Wheeler is the program's all-time leader in shots (275) and could make a move on the all-time goal and points mark. The senior currently has 35 goals to sit fourth in program history, 10 away (John Tallarido, 45, 1979-81) from the all-time mark. In two of his first three seasons, Wheeler has scored at least 12 goals in a year. Next on the list is Tony Pasiakos (39, 1967-70) in second place. On the all-time points list, Wheeler has 80 career points to rank fourth and needs 21 points to Tallarido's all-time mark (101). Next on the list is Pasiakos (81) in third place and Jaeho Song (85, 1980-83). Wheeler is also the seventh player in Division I history to notch a hat trick when he found the twine against Robert Morris on Oct. 10, 2008. He was named to the NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region first team in 2010 and earned a spot on the All-NEC first team for the second-straight year after earning NEC Rookie of the Year honors and a spot on the All-NEC second team in his freshman year.

local rivalries... The Mount once again had a local flavor to its non-conference schedule, playing three of its seven non-conference matches against teams from the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. The Mountaineers opened the season at UMBC on Aug. 27 (L, 0-1) and then traveled to Towson on Sept. 1 (T, 1-1) and hosted Howard (W, 2-0) on Sept. 19.

new to the mountain... Head coach Rob Ryerson has added 11 new players to his 2011 squad. Justin Connor, Dom De Aragao, Joshua De Aragao, Vlad Finn, Daniel Gill, Mauricio Navarrete, Will Pereira, Mark Plaisance, John Richards, Brett Smoot and Matthew Steele all joined the team for the 2011 season.

players from down under... Senior Chris Wheeler (Newcastle, Australia) and his brother Patrick Wheeler (Newcastle, Australia) are the second and third players to play at the Mount from Australia. Chris Davis, the first Australian born player in Emmitsburg, graduated in May 2011.

foreign flavor... Along with the Chris and Patrick Wheeler, who hail from Australia, junior Will Jagger (England), sophomore Koudzo Komlan (Togo) and freshman Zoncher Dennis (Ivory Coast) also came to the Mount from abroad.    

the family continues to grow... Head coach Rob Ryerseon has coached six of the nine brother combos in Mount men's soccer history. Senior Chris Wheeler and sophomore Patrick Wheeler and junior Alex Ockford and sophomore Jimmy Ockford will play together for the second-straight season. In 2011, the brothers of Dom and Joshua De Aragao joined the squad to become the ninth set of brothers to play men's soccer at the Mount.

home sweet home emmitsburg... Under head coach Rob Ryerson, Mount St. Mary's is 41-31-4 at home, including 5-1-0 this season, 4-2-1 in 2000 (Ryerson's first season) and 5-1 in 2003.

waldron family stadium... Mount St. Mary's is 22-17-2 at the Waldron Family Stadium. The squad moved into the state-of-the-art 1,000-seat Waldron Family Stadium for a full season in 2007. The Mount played three games in the venue in 2006, posting a 2-1 record. The Mountaineers lost their inaugural match at the stadium to Monmouth 3-0 on Oct. 15, 2006 before ending the season with wins against Sacred Heart (2-1) and Northeast Conference Tournament bound Fairleigh Dickinson (1-0 2OT).

friday night lights... Mount St. Mary's played its first two night games at Waldron Family Stadium in 2009 and have posted a 4-3 mark under the lights. The Mount will host Howard (Sept. 19) and Saint Francis (Pa.) (Oct. 28) at night in 2011.

about the coach... Head coach Rob Ryerson is entering his 12th season at the helm of the men's soccer team at the Mount, posting a career record of 68-110-24. He has led the Mount to a 38-52-15 mark in NEC regular season games. Ryerson was named the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the Mountaineers to a 9-10-1 overall mark and a 5-4 record in league play and the squad's first NEC Tournament appearance since 1999 in the 2008 campaign.

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