Men's Soccer Travels To Connecticut This Weekend For A Pair Of Matches

Game 13: Mount St. Mary's (3-9-0, 1-4-0 NEC) at Central Connecticut State (5-6-2, 3-1-1 NEC)
WHEN: Fri, Oct. 19, 2012, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Soccer Field/New Britain, Conn.

SERIES INFORMATION: Central Connecticut State leads 8-6-0
LAST MEETING: Mount (2-0) 9-30-11
FIRST MEETING: CCSU (2-0) 10-2-98
LAST CCSU WIN: (3-1) 11-7-08
IN NEW BRITAIN: CCSU leads 5-2-0

opening kick... Friday's game between Mount St. Mary's and Central Connecticut State marks the 15th meeting in the all-time series dating back to the 1998 season. Despite the Mount winning the last three matchups, the Blue Devils hold an 8-6 advantage in the series. It marks the second time in the series the Mountaineers have won three-straight tilts after Mount St. Mary's downed Central Connecticut State in 1999, 2000 and 2001. The Mount downed the Blue Devils 2-0 last season in Emmitsburg while Central Connecticut State's last win in the series was a 3-1 decision in 2008.

about the blue devils... Central Connecticut State comes into the contest 5-6-2 overall and 3-1-1 in Northeast Conference play after falling 2-0 to Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday. Senior F Reece Wilson leads the team with five goals and five assists for 15 points. Junior F Eddy Bogle ranks second on the squad with four goals and two assists for 10 points and senior M Jesse Menzies is third with three tallies and three helpers for nine points. Senior GK Anthony Occhialini has 30 saves,  a 1.28 goals against average and a .667 save percentage.

last time we met… Goalkeeper Peter Steve made six saves to record his third consecutive shutout as Mount St. Mary's opened Northeast Conference play with a 2-0 win over Central Connecticut State on Sept. 30, 2011. Zoncher Dennis gave the Mount the early lead when he buried a volley on a nice feed from Chris Wheeler in the sixth minute. It was Dennis' team-leading seventh goal, and his sixth scored over the past three games. On the play, Wheeler has possession of the ball in the middle and was able to thread a great pass to Dennis, who volleyed the ball over the keeper's head from just outside the box on the right side.

Game 14: Mount St. Mary's (3-9-0, 1-4-0 NEC) at Quinnipiac (5-5-2, 3-1-1 NEC)
WHEN: Sun, Oct. 21, 2012, 1 p.m.
WHERE: Quinnipiac Soccer Field/Hamden, Conn.

SERIES INFORMATION: Mount leads 9-4-1
LAST MEETING: Mount (2-1 ot) 10-23-11
FIRST MEETING: Mount (3-0) 10-4-98
LAST QUINNIPIAC WIN: (2-1) 10-3-10
IN HAMDEN: Series Tied 3-3-1

opening kick... Sunday's game between Mount St. Mary's and Quinnipiac marks the 15th meeting in the all-time series dating back to the 1998 season. The Mount leads 9-4-1 in the series, including a 2-1 overtime decision last season in Emmitsburg. The series is tied 3-3-1 in Hamden after the Bobcats have won the last two matches in the Nutmeg State.

about the bobcats... Quinnipiac comes into the weekend 5-5-2 overall and 3-1-1 in Northeast Conference play after defeating Bryant on Sunday. Senior F Philip Surprise leads the team with six goals and one assist for 13 points. Senior M Robbie McLarney ranks second on the team with three goals and four assists for 10 points while senior F William Daniels is third with four goals and one assist for nine points. Sophomore GK Borja Angoita has 51 saves, a 1.44 goals against average and a .739 save percentage.

last time we met… Jimmy Ockford scored with 3:27 left in the second overtime to lift Mount St. Mary's past Quinnipiac 2-1 on Oct. 23, 2012. With the game tied at 1, Chris Wheeler tapped the ball back to his brother Patrick Wheeler near the left side line, who then nailed a serve to the right center of the goal and found Ockford's head at the 106:33 mark for the decisive score. Ian Hendrie also found the twine for the Mount while Peter Steve made three saves in the winning effort. Phillip Suprise scored the Bobcats tally off a Durval Pereira assist and Borja Angoitta turned away five shots in the loss.

last time out… Monmouth defeated Mount St. Mary's 2-1 on Sunday. Mark Plaisance scored the Mount's lone goal on the day and Peter Steve made two saves in the loss.

next on tap… The Mount 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).

in the league... The Mount is 80-95-28 in Northeast Conference matches. The Mountaineers are 42-57-16 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. Plaisance leads the team with three goals and one assist for seven points.

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 44-36-4 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 25-22-3 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 74-121-25. 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.