November 9, 2012

NCAA Men's Soccer York Regional Preview

YORK, PA – The York College men's soccer team hosts a loaded regional starting on Saturday, November 10 at Graham Field in York. The Spartans are hosting NCAA play for the fifth time in the last seven years.

The Spartans open the three-match regional on Saturday when they host St. Joseph's of Long Island in the 11:00 am match. The second match features Rutgers-Camden and Medaille College. The two first-round winners will square off on Sunday at 1:30 with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line.

The host Spartans enter their match with the Golden Eagles with a mark of 17-2-2. They are making their eighth straight NCAA Tournament appearance after winning their fourth straight Capital Athletic Conference Tournament championship. York has an 11-game unbeaten streak while they have won five straight matches. The Spartans have won 14 of their last 16 games (14-1-1).

The Spartans placed a league-high seven players on the All-CAC team as the squads were announced on Thursday. Freshman Matty Martinez (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) was named the 2012 CAC Rookie-of-the-Year. He is the sixth Spartan to earn the conference's top newcomer award.

Senior Antonio Bua (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg), senior Justin Facer (Prospect Heights, Ill./North Allegheny), and junior Aaron Beale (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) each earned first-team accolades. Four Spartans, Austin Johnson (Avalon, N.J./Middle Township), Martinez, Matt Yackel (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay), and Jesse Derksen (York, Pa./Susquehannock) earned second-team honors.

York is paced by Bua as he has 20 points on 10 goals. Junior Taylor Brummitt (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) has contributed 16 points on seven goals and two assists while Johnson has chipped in with 14 points on five goals and four assists. Freshman duo Brendan Saberton (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) and Eli Bjerk (Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater) have each tallied five goals for the Green and White. Saberton also has three assists for 13 total points while Bjerk has one helper for 11 points. Juniors Daniel Baxter (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall College) and Jake Hower (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro) each have recorded 10 points on three goals and four assists.

Derksen has played 1550:11 in goal for the Green and White. He has registered a 0.52 goals against average and a .845 save percentage. Derksen has 5.5 shutouts and boasts a record of 14-2-2. Freshman Leonardo Romero (Philadelphia, Pa./LaSalle College) is a capable back up for Derksen as he has played 283 minutes as he owns a 1.27 goals against average and a .714 save percentage. He has a 3-0 mark for York.

The Spartans have outscored their opponents 56-14 as they have outshot their foes 414-178.

St. Joseph's enters the game with the Green and White having two distinct parts to their season. The Golden Eagles opened the campaign with a mark of 3-7. They turned the season around starting with a 2-0 win at Mt. St. Mary on September 29. That started a run of five wins in six games as they outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 22-5. A loss to William Paterson on October 16 was the Golden Eagles' last setback as they enter the NCAA Tournament with a five match win streak. St. Joseph's have outscored those five opponents 26-3 with three shutouts. The Golden Eagles advanced to the NCAA Tournament with a 3-0 win over Mt. St. Mary in the Skyline Conference tournament championship match.

They enter the NCAA Tournament with a mark of 13-9.

The Golden Eagles have the two-time Skyline Conference Player-of-the-Year in John Dettori. He was joined on the first-team by fellow forward Fabio Alves, midfielder Brendan O'Brien and defender Michael Carroll. Senior defender William Kuhlwilm was a second-team all-conference selection for St. Joseph's.

Dettori has accumulated 50 points on 21 goals and eight assists. He has registered a team-high six game-winning goals. Alves has contributed 32 points on 12 goals and eight assists. O'Brien is the third Golden Eagle in double figures with 16 points on three goals and 10 assists.

Senior keeper Chris Muhs has played 1644:18 in goal for St. Joseph's. He has a 1.75 goals against average and a .733 save percentage. He is 13-7 with nine shutouts. Muhns has 88 saves in his 20 games this season.

The Golden Eagles have outscored their opponents 62-45 in their 22 contests. They have outshot their opponents 399-298.

The second first round game should be highly entertaining as Rutgers-Camden is 16-2-2 and Medaille is 17-2. Both teams won their respective conference but only one team will advance to Sunday's second round.

The Scarlet Raptors opened the season with five straight wins before suffering their first loss. Rutgers-Camden then registered three straight wins before falling to nationally ranked Montclair State 4-3 in overtime on September 29. The Scarlet Raptors then alternated a win and a tie over the next four games before closing out the season with six straight victories including two wins in the New Jersey Athletic Conference championship tournament. The Scarlet Raptors captured the title with a 3-0 win over Rowan.

The Scarlet Raptors placed seven players on the three NJAC all-conference teams. Freshman Mike Ryan earned first-team honors and was named the NJAC Rookie-of-the-Year. Senior Matt Lanouette also earned first-team honors in addition to being named the league's Defensive Player-of-the-Year.

Junior forward Mitch Grotti and sophomore midfielder Joe Auleta each earned second-team NJAC accolades while senior defender Kevin Burke, junior defender Bobby Foster and junior goalkeeper Mike Randall were selected as honorable mention honorees.

Ryan leads the Scarlet Raptors in scoring with 37 points on 16 goals and five assists. The freshman has three game-winning goals for Rutgers-Camden. Grotti has contributed 24 points on 10 goals and four assists while C.J. Finley is third in scoring with 12 points on three goals and team-high six assists. Stevan Austino has contributed 11 points on five goals and one assist while Corey Beltran is the fifth Scarlet Raptor in double figures with 10 points on three goals and four assists.

Randall has started all 20 of Rutgers-Camden's games as he has logged 1804:08 in goal. He has a 0.80 goals against average and a .802 save percentage. He has seven shutouts and has recorded all 20 of RCU's decisions.

The Scarlet Raptors have outscored their opponents 55-17 for the year while they have outshot their foes 398 to 187.

Medaille enters the tournament as the champion of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. The Mavericks have won seven straight coming into the NCAA Tournament including a 1-0 win over Penn State Behrend in the AMCC championship match.

The Mavericks had two five match win streaks before their current seven game streak.

Medaille had five players earn first-team All-AMCC honors. Senior forward George Tor, junior midfielder Pablo Ordonez, senior defender Kevin Dhillon, juior defender Greg Hoffman, and senior goalie Kick Kurtz were recognized for their stellar play. Senior forward John Taggart and junior midfielder John Smith earned third-team All-AMCC accolades.

Tor paces the Medaille offense with 38 points on 17 goals and four assists. Tor has recorded six game-winners for the Mavericks. Ordonez has contributed 22 points on eight goals and six assists while Smith has chipped in with three goals and seven assists for 13 points. Taggart is the fourth Maverick in double figures with 12 points on five goals and two assists.

Kurtz has played 1589:42 in goal for the Mavericks. He owns a 0.45 goals against average and a .849 save percentage. Kurtz is 16-1 with 11.5 shutouts.

The Mavericks have outscored their opponents 54-11 while they have fashioned a 363-154 advantage in total shots.

The winner of the regional advances to face the winner of top-ranked Messiah vs. Emory in the Sweet 16 on November 18 at a site to be determined.