Credit: Rich Gagnon
Credit: Rich Gagnon
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Men's Soccer Visits Maryland For NCAA First Round

UAlbany Sports Information   11-16-2017

ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany men’s soccer team will play in the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive season following the team’s victory in the America East final over UMass Lowell.  UAlbany drew Maryland in the tournament’s first round.

The Great Danes (14-4-2, 4-2-1 AE) won their second-consecutive conference title in even more dramatic fashion than they won their first a year ago.  Last year, Afonso Pinheiro put broke a scoreless tie with a successful penalty kick in the 89th minute to vault UAlbany over Hartford 1-0.  This year, freshman Andreas Assiotis scored his first career goal in the 103rd minute to end the game 1-0 in favor of the Danes over UMass Lowell.

To reach this point, UAlbany had to play in all three rounds of the America East tournament, after earning a first-round bye in each of the two previous years.  First, the fourth-seed Great Danes hosted the fifth-seed UMBC at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.  The Retrievers were the only team this season to defeat UAlbany by multiple scores.  After playing through a second overtime with the score locked at one, UAlbany advanced 4-2 on penalty kicks with Pinheiro converting the clinching attempt.

The Danes next hit the road to face Vermont, where they had already won earlier this season.  Vermont was the top seed in the tournament, but UAlbany held a four-game shutout winning streak against the Catamounts dating back to the 2015 regular season.  UAlbany advanced that streak to five straight, dispatching the Catamounts 1-0 to advance to the final.  It was the second consecutive season that UAlbany had defeated Vermont in the semifinals.

The Great Danes met UMass Lowell in the final.  Previously, UAlbany defeated the Riverhawks 1-0 at home to open the conference schedule.  In five meetings between the teams neither squad won more than one game in a row.  Further, UMass Lowell and UAlbany were selected to finish first and second in the preseason coaches’ poll.  A scoreless regulation led to overtime where UAlbany broke the scoreless tie in the second of two scheduled overtime periods to win their second straight title.

Daniel Krutzen was named Most Outstanding Player for the tournament, leading a group three additional Danes, Danny Vitiello, Carlos Clark, and Nico Solabarrieta, to be named to the All-Tournament team.  Noah Waxner was named the America East Elite-18 winner for holding the highest GPA on either championship roster.

Maryland has ranked as highly as three in the country this season, as recently as October 20.  Since that date, the Terrapins have lost five games, falling entirely out of the top-25.  Maryland opened the season 10-0-3, including a tie with Indiana, currently ranked second in the country.

Maryland has lost each of its last five, to Georgetown, Coastal Carolina, VCU, Michigan, and Wisconsin, by a combined score of 9-2.  The Terrapins were shut out in three of those five games.  They were eliminated by Wisconsin in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.

Last year in the NCAA tournament, UAlbany drew the #14 overall seed and a first-round bye.  They hosted Boston College in the second round, defeating the Eagles 3-0 to advance to the Sweet 16, where they lost at #3 Clemson 3-1.  Maryland was the top overall seed in last year’s tournament but was upset in the second round by Providence, 5-4.  The Terrapins have won three NCAA titles in their history, most recently in 2008.  

THE OUTLOOK: MARYLAND (10-5-3, 5-2-0 Big Ten) │ Thursday, November 16, 7:00 p.m. │ College Park, Md. 

Last we met: First meeting
Tale of the Tape:

  • Maryland is 5-5-1 at home this season
  • UAlbany is 7-3-1 on the road
  • UAlbany is 3-0-1 in its last four road games
  • Maryland tied UMBC 1-1; UAlbany went 1-1 against UMBC
  • Maryland has lost its last five straight games, all at home, after opening the season 10-0-3
  • Before the five-game losing streak, Maryland had gone 28-1-5 over its last 34 games

Series History: 0-0
2016 Record: 18-1-2, (7-0-1 Big Ten); Big Ten champions, NCAA second round (#1 overall seed)
Top Offensive Players: Eryk Williamson, Jr., F/M, (6g, 5a); Jake Rozhansky, Sr., M, (4g, 9a)
Between the Posts: Dayne St. Clair, R-So., (10-5-3, 1.06 GAA, .730 Sv%)

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