Men's Soccer Hosts Robert Morris On Friday Night

Game 15: Robert Morris (4-10-2, 1-5-1 NEC) at Mount St. Mary's (3-11-0, 1-5-0 NEC)
WHEN: Fri, Oct. 26, 2012, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Waldron Family Stadium/Emmitsburg, Md.

SERIES INFORMATION: Robert Morris leads 12-8-5
LAST MEETING: Mount (1-0) 10-30-11
FIRST MEETING: Mount (1-0) 10-8-89
LAST ROBERT MORRIS WIN: (2-1 ot) 10-30-05
IN EMMITSBURG: Mount leads 5-4-3

opening kick... Friday's match between Mount St. Mary's and Robert Morris marks the 26th meeting in the all-time series dating back to the 1989 season. Despite the Mount riding a six-game unbeaten streak in the series, the Colonials lead the all-time series 12-8-5. The Mountaineers have won the last two matchups by the score of 1-0 while Robert Morris' last win in the series was a 2-1 overtime decision in 2005.

about the colonials... Robert Morris comes into the contest 4-10-2 overall and 1-5-1 in Northeast Conference play after falling 1-0 at Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday. Junior F Miro Cabrilo leads the team with four goals and three assists for 11 points. Freshman F Bruce Cullen ranks second on the team with four tallies for eight points while junior M Daniel Calabretta is third on the squad with two markers and one assist for five points. Senior GK Toba Bolaji has 97 saves, a 1.16 goals against average and a .836 save percentage this season.

last time we met… Zoncher Dennis scored in the ninth minute to lead the Mount St. Mary's men's soccer team to a 1-0 win against Robert Morris on Oct. 30, 2011. Dennis notched his team and NEC-leading 11th goal of the season on a header off an assist from Ian Hendrie at the 8:06 mark. Peter Steve made a career-high eight saves in the game to earn his second-straight shutout and fifth of the season. Toba Bolaji made six saves for the Colonials in the loss.

last time out… Quinnipiac downed Mount St. Mary's 3-0 on Sunday. Peter Steve made seven saves for the Mount while Zoncher Dennis had a team-high three shots in the loss.

next on tap… The Mount plays host to Sacred Heart in its home finale before ending the season on the road at Saint Francis (Pa.) on Nov. 4

in the league... The Mount is 80-97-28 in Northeast Conference matches. The Mountaineers are 42-59-16 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 74-123-25. He has led the Mount to a 42-59-16 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.