October 14, 2012

Men's Soccer Set To Battle Monmouth At Waldron Family Stadium On Senior Day Sunday

Game 13: Monmouth (7-3-2, 2-1-1 NEC) at Mount St. Mary's (3-8-0, 1-3-0 NEC)
WHEN: Sun, Oct. 14, 2012, 1 p.m.
WHERE: Waldron Family Stadium/Emmitsburg, Md.

SERIES INFORMATION: Monmouth leads 14-6-5
LAST MEETING: Monmouth (1-0) 11-6-11
FIRST MEETING: Monmouth (2-1) 10-17-89
LAST MOUNT WIN: (2-1 ot) 10-26-03
IN EMMITSBURG: Monmouth leads 8-4-1

opening kick... Sunday's match between Mount St. Mary's and Monmouth marks the 26th meeting in the all-time series dating back to the 1989 season. The Hawks are riding a nine-game unbeaten streak in the series into the game to take a 14-6-5 lead in the series. Monmouth defeated the Mount 1-0 last season on the Great Lawn in the final game of the regular season. The Mountaineers last win in the series was a 2-1 decision in 2003.

about the hawks... Monmouth comes into the contest 7-3-2 overall and 2-1-1 in Northeast Conference play after defeating Quinnipiac 3-0 on Wednesday. Junior M/F Francois Navarro leads the team with five goals and three assists for 13 points. Junior M Edney Derrick ranks second on the squad with two goals and three assists for seven points while junior F Jacob Rubinstein and senior M Ryan Clark are tied for third with six points. Rubinstein has two goals and two assists for six points while Clark has found the twine once and dished out four helpers for his six points. Senior GK Alex Blackburn has 38 saves, a 0.72 goals against average and a .809 save percentage.

last time we met… Monmouth converted a penalty kick in the 77th minute to down Mount St. Mary's 1-0 on Nov. 6, 2011. Peter Steve made four saves for the Mountaineers in the loss. After a foul in the box, RJ Allen converted a penalty kick at 76:11 to give the Hawks the decisive goal. Alex Blackburn turned away two shots in the winning effort.

six year inch… Mount St. Mary's has played at Waldron Family Stadium for six seasons now and Monmouth was the squad's first opponent at the venue when the two teams played on Oct. 15, 2006.

last time out… Fairleigh Dickinson scored twice in the second half to rally for a 2-1 victory against Mount St. Mary's on Sunday. Will Jagger notched his first collegiate goal for the Mount while Peter Steve made one save in the loss. Godfred Baafi and Nicholas Walker both scored for the Knights (5-4-1, 2-0-1 NEC) while Jacob Lissek turned away three shots in the winning effort.

next on tap… The Mount travels to Connecticut next weekend to battle Central Connecticut State (Oct. 19) and Quinnipiac (Oct. 21). The squad returns home to play Robert Morris (Oct. 26) and Sacred Heart (Nov. 2) before ending the season on the road at Saint Francis (Pa.) (Nov. 4).

thank you, seniors… Mount St. Mary's would like to thank seniors Nick Chiarella, Will Jagger, Alex Ockford and Peter Steve for their hard work and dedication to the Mount and the men's soccer program for the last four years. The four players will be honored prior to its match against Monmouth on Sunday.

in the league... The Mount is 80-94-28 in Northeast Conference matches. The Mountaineers are 42-56-16 under head coach Rob Ryerson in the NEC and 8-3-2 in the conference opener. The Mount's loss to St. Francis (N.Y.) in the league opener in 2012 marks the squad first NEC opening loss in the last five years.

jagger brings the boom in his final season… Senior Will Jagger scored his first collegiate goal in the match against Fairleigh Dickinson on Oct. 7. Jagger is the third different Mountaineer to notch his career tally this season, joining junior Patrick Wheeler and sophomore Mark Plaisance.

steele's on the board… Sophomore Matthew Steele scored his first goal of the season in the 1-0 win against Howard on Sept. 18. It was the sophomore's second career goal after he notched his first collegiate goal last season at home against La Salle.

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. The sophomore has three goals this season and now has 14 career goals to rank eighth on the program's Division I goal list. Dennis will move into the No. 7 spot on the Mount's Division I list with three goals.

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 hosted UMBC (L, 0-1) while traveling to Howard (W, 1-0).

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 44-35-4 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 25-21-3 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 74-120-25. He has led the Mount to a 42-57-16 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.