Men's Soccer Hosts In-State Rival UMBC On Friday; Mount Travels To Virginia On Tuesday

Men's Soccer Hosts In-State Rival UMBC On Friday; Mount Travels To Virginia On Tuesday

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Game 3: UMBC (1-0-2) at Mount St. Mary's (1-2-0)
WHEN: Fri, Sept. 7, 2012, 4 p.m.
WHERE: Waldron Family Stadium, Emmitsburg, Md.

SERIES INFORMATION: UMBC leads 23-10-2
LAST MEETING: UMBC (1-0) 8-27-11
FIRST MEETING: Mount (2-1) 10-14-72
LAST MOUNT WIN: (3-0) 10-8-97
IN EMMITSBURG: UMBC leads 12-6-0

opening kick...
Friday's game between Mount St. Mary's and UMBC marks the 36th meeting in the all-time series dating back to the 1972 season. The Retrievers are riding a 14-game unbeaten streak in the series and hold a 23-10-2 advantage in the all-time series. UMBC defeated the Mount 1-0 last season in the season opener in Baltimore while the Mountaineers last win in the series was a 3-0 decision in 1997.

about the retrievers... UMBC comes into the contest 1-0-2 after defeating Robert Morris 2-1 on Saturday. Junior F Pete Caringi leads the team with three goals for three points. Senior M Milo Kapor ranks second on the squad with three assists for three points while sophomore F/M Jordan Becker also has dished out an assist on the season. Junior GK Phil Saunders has 20 saves, a 0.58 goals against average and a .909 save percentage this season.

last time we met… UMBC scored in the 59th minute to down Mount St. Mary's 1-0 on Aug. 27, 2011. Peter Steve made three saves for the Mount while Chris Wheeler registered seven shots in the match. Jordan Becker scored the lone goal of the afternoon at 58:54. The Retrievers scored on a free kick by Andrew Bulls that was redirected by Pete Caringi, Jr. and found Becker's foot for the decisive score. Dan Louisignau made one save in the winning effort.

Game 5: Mount St. Mary's (1-2-0) at Virginia
WHEN: Tue, Sept. 11, 2012, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Klockner Stadium, Charlottesville, Va.

SERIES INFORMATION: Virginia leads 7-0-0
LAST MEETING: Virginia (1-0) 9-15-09
FIRST MEETING: Virginia (6-0) 10-30-91
LAST MOUNT WIN: n/a
IN CHARLOTTESVILLE: Virginia leads 6-0-0

opening kick...
Tuesday's game between Mount St. Mary's and Virginia marks the eighth meeting in the all-time series dating back to the 1991 season. The Cavaliers have won all seven meetings in the series. Virginia downed the Mountaineers 1-0 in 2009 and it marked only the second time in the series the Cavaliers were held to one goal in a match.

about the cavaliers... Virginia, who opens Atlantic Coast Conference play against Duke on Friday, comes into the weekend 1-2 after falling 1-0 to UCLA on Sunday. Freshman D Zach Carroll leads the team with two goals for four points. Sophomore F Ryan Zinkhan has also found the twine this season while senior F Will Bates and freshman M/D Scott Thomsen have each dished out an assist. Sophomore GK Spencer LaCivita has 12 saves, a 1.26 goals against average and a .750 save percentage this season.

last time we met… Twentieth-ranked Virginia defeated Mount St. Mary's 1-0 on Sept. 16, 2009. Chris Davis made six saves for the Mount in the loss. Neil Barlow scored for the Cavaliers off an Ari Dimas assist at 37:16 for the lone goal of the night in the winning effort.

next on tap… The Mount returns to Waldron Family Stadium on Sept. 15 against Lafayette. Game time is 1 p.m.

last time out… La Salle defeated Mount St. Mary's 2-0 on Sunday. Peter Steve made five saves for the Mount while Zoncher Dennis and Jimmy Ockford each had a team-high three shots in the loss.

wheeler scores first career goal… The Wheeler name has been known to find the back of the net with Chris Wheeler owning the Mount's Division I record for career goals. Junior Patrick Wheeler, playing in his first season without his brother, notched his first career goal in the season opener against Towson on Aug. 28. Patrick Wheeler had seven career assists in his first two years at the Mount.

plaisance a scoring player… Sophomore Mark Plaisance has posted a goal and an assist in his first two games after not recording a point as a freshman. The sophomore dished out an assist on Patrick Wheeler's goal in the season opener on Aug. 28 and then found the twine for the first time in his career against VMI on Aug. 31.

preseason poll... The Mount St. Mary's men's soccer team has been tabbed sixth in the Northeast Conference (NEC) Preseason Coaches Poll. Monmouth, the defending NEC Tournament champions, received seven first-place votes to be selected as the preseason favorite. Fairleigh Dickinson picked up two first-place nods to rank second in the poll while Saint Francis (Pa.) took the final first-place vote to place third. Sacred Heart rounded out the top-4 while St. Francis (N.Y), the Mount, Central Connecticut State, Quinnipiac, LIU Brooklyn, Robert Morris and Bryant round out the 11-team poll. Bryant will be eligible for the NEC Tournament for the first time in team history after completing the five-year Division I transition last year.

zonked by dennis… Sophomore Zoncher Dennis burst onto the pitch last season to pace the NEC in goals (11), goals per game (0.69), points (23), points per game (1.44) and game-winning goals (6) while ranking ninth in shots per game (2.19). He became the sixth player in Mount Division I history to reach double digits for goals and his 11 tallies rank fifth on the Mount Division I single-season chart. Dennis tied a single-game program record when he scored four times against LaSalle on Sept. 24. He was named the NEC Rookie of the Year and nabbed a spot on the All-NEC first team. Dennis was recognized nationally by being named to the College Soccer News All-Freshman first team.

local rivalries... The Mount once again will have a local flavor to its schedule. The Mountaineers opened the season at home against Towson (L, 1-2 ot) and then will host UMBC on Sept. 7 before traveling to Howard on Sept. 18.

new to the mountain... Head coach Rob Ryerson has added three new players to his 2011 squad. Dillon Johnson, Cy McNeill and Paul Curlings each joined the team for the 2012 season.

players from down under... Junior Patrick Wheeler (Newcastle, Australia) continues the rein of players from Australia. Chris Davis, the first Australian born player in Emmitsburg, graduated in May 2011 and Patrick's brother Chris graduated from the Mount in May 2012.

foreign flavor... Along with Patrick Wheeler, who hails from Australia, senior Will Jagger (England), junior Koudzo Komlan (Togo) and sophomore 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 Alex Ockford and junior Jimmy Ockford will play together for the third-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 43-32-4 at home, including 6-1-0 in 2011, 4-2-1 in 2000 (Ryerson's first season) and 5-1 in 2003.

waldron family stadium... Mount St. Mary's is 24-18-3 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 5-3-1 mark under the lights. The Mount will host VMI on Aug. 31 and Robert Morris on Oct. 26 under the lights in 2012

about the coach... Head coach Rob Ryerson is entering his 13th season at the helm of the men's soccer team at the Mount, posting a career record of 72-114-25. He has led the Mount to a 41-54-16 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.