ALBANY, N.Y.- UAlbany men's soccer will travel on Friday, September 21 to play Buffalo for a 7 p.m. night cap. Then the Great Danes head to crosstown rival Siena on Sunday at Siena Turf Field. The match between UAlbany and Siena will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel 3 with Brian Sinkoff as the play-by-play broadcaster.
• Bucknell defeated UAlbany, 4-0, using two headers in the first half by Mayowa Alli and two more goals in the second half to deliver the Great Danes fourth consecutive loss
• Midfielder Anthony Rozzano and co-captain defender Dominic McGarr were named the Class of 1998 Invitational all-team members.
THIS WEEKEND'S OPPONENTS
• Buffalo, having started the season unbeaten with a 1-0-1 record, has dropped six consecutive matchs to fall to 1-6-1 overall.
• Siena is coming off an impressive 3-1 win over UMass. Overall, the Saints are 3-4-0 and 1-1 at Home.
MATCH ON TIME WARNER CABLE
• The Great Danes will play against the Saints of Siena on Warner Cable Sports Channel 3 on Sunday, September 23 at 1 p.m. Brian Sinkoff will be on the call with the play-by-play. The match is sponsored by WeGotSoccer and presented by Blackwatch Premier.
Redshirt-sophomore midfielder Dan Christiansen recorded his first career goal against Hofstra on Sunday, Sept. 9. He joins Anthony Rozzano (goal and assist) and Michael Schneider (assist) this season for offensive firsts. Tim Allen, earlier this season, tallied his first shutout against Yale.
With Brandon Wilson's game-winning goal against Yale and Towson in consecutive matches, he and Quintel Gates have combined for six career game-winning goals in the last two seasons since joining
the team in 2011 (Wilson has two on this season).
MANNING THE MIDDLE
Pomare Te Anau has found much success roaming the midfield since joining the team in 2011. Te Anau has tallied six assists in his career at UAlbany. His most recent assist was a cross about 10 yards from the midfield line that was placed perfectly for Brandon Wilson to head-in the game-winning goal against Towson on Saturday, September 1.
A LAND OF HIS OWN
Australian goalkeeper Tim Allen, in his first collegiate soccer season, has played well between the pipes. He has tallied 48 saves and one shutout in his first seven games of his career.
FIRST CONFERENCE ACCOLADE
Freshman midfielder Anthony Rozzano grabbed the first accolade of the season for the Great Danes and the first of his career. His peformance of two goals and one assist from Aug. 27 thru Sept.3 garnered him America East Conference Rookie of the Week.
Dominic McGarr and Jeff Pierre were honored as the 2012 UAlbany men's soccer captains this season. Both McGarr and Pierre played in all of the team's 19 games last season. McGarr will man the well-experienced back line this season and Pierre will look to lead the midfielders after the departure of senior captains Anthony DeSalvo and David Pinto
BACK LINE EXPERIENCE
UAlbany brings back all four starters from last season. 2012 co-captain middle back Dominic McGarr comes back as the lone starter from last season having played every game last season. Both Thomas Manz (middle back) and Christoffer Nisser (right back) played 18 of the teams19 games and Arsenio Elliott (left back) started in 16 of 17 games.
The four returners helped hoist a team total four shutouts last season, including a regular-season 0-0 tie with defending conference tournament winner Stony Brook.
OFFENSIVE FIREPOWER RETURNING
The 2012 Great Danes return 19 of its 24 goals in 2011 and in total, UAlbany only loses 11 of its 61 points from last season.
Senior forward Quintel Gates returns after leading the squad with seven goals last season, including a team-leading three game-winners. Midfielder Pomare Te Anau led the team with five assists and second in points with 13 and goals with four. Brandon Wilson tallied three goals and an assist, Jeff Pierre put two in the net along with two assists. Defender Thomas Manz tallied a lone goal.
GREAT DANES ARE 2012 UNDERDOGS
UAlbany was chosen to finish tied-for sixth in the America East with the Binghamton Bearcats.
Second year head coach Trevor Gorman and the Great Danes are in familiar territory having been chosen to finish eighth last season. But being picked eighth last season didn't stop the Danes from an America East Semifinal appearance.