Men's Soccer Hosts Quarterfinal vs. UMass Lowell
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany men’s soccer team is set to begin their postseason in a quarterfinal round of the America East Tournament, hosting fifth-seed UMass Lowell on Saturday.
Saturday, November 9 vs. UMass Lowell (3:00 pm)
$8 - Adult
$5 – Youth (14 & under)
$2 – America East Conference Students (with valid school ID)
Leading the Pack
- Austin DaSilva leads the team and America East with 12 goals and 25 points.
- Niklas Roessler leads the team with four assists.
- UAlbany is 9-3-1 in its last 13 games.
- Isac Hjerten has seen most of the action in goal with a 6-4-1 record, tallying 44 saves.
- The Great Danes are undefeated against the Riverhawks at Casey Stadium.
Scouting UMass Lowell
- The team concluded 2018 with a 10-6-2 record and went 4-3-0 against the America East.
- They fell to New Hampshire in the conference tournament semifinals by a score of 2-0.
- This season, the Riverhawks finished the regular season with a 8-7-1 record (3-4-0 AE).
- The team is coming off a 3-2 loss to Hartford on Wednesday.
- Graduate student Stanley Alves paces the offense in goals (6) and points (8). Freshman defender Denis Petro leads the team in assists (6).
Last Meeting vs. UMass Lowell
The Great Danes took down the Riverhawks at Casey Stadium this season on October 12 by a score of 2-0. In the match, Austin DaSilva scored his ninth and 10th goals of the season. Prior to the matchup, UMass Lowell did not concede a goal after shutting out each of its last five opponents.
A Familiar Matchup
For the third straight year, UAlbany and UMass Lowell are meeting in the America East Tournament. The Great Danes won the 2017 championship game and the Riverhawks won the 2018 quarterfinal.
Following the regular season, the Great Danes landed five America East All-Conference selections. Representing UAlbany on the All-Conference First Team were DaSilva and Konstantinos Louvaris. Adam Malekos earned a spot on the Second Team and Bjarki Leósson was named to the All-Rookie Team. Andreas Assiotis was UAlbany’s representative on the All-Academic team.
Around the America East
#1 Seed – New Hampshire
#2 Seed – Vermont
#3 Seed - Hartford
#4 Seed – UAlbany
#5 Seed – UMass Lowell
#6 Seed – Binghamton
The winner of the UAlbany/UMass Lowell quarterfinal will face New Hampshire in the semifinals, and the winner of the Hartford/Binghamton quarterfinal will take on Vermont in the semifinals.
Great Danes Stun #14 New Hampshire
UAlbany celebrated Senior Day on Friday with a signature win upsetting #14 New Hampshire by a score of 1-0, handing the Wildcats their first loss of the season. Coming into the game, New Hampshire did not concede a goal in six games, and was one of three unbeaten teams in the nation.
The victory marked another big win against a ranked opponent during Coach Gorman’s tenure at home, last being three years ago on October 4, 2016 after the Great Danes knocked off #3 Syracuse at Casey Stadium by a score of 2-1.
Scoring into the Record Book
With his 12 goals so far this season, DaSilva moved into sole possession of second place all-time in single season program history in the Division I era. Since Division I, he is only the third player in program history to score 10 or more goals in a single season (Nico Solabarrieta ’18, Afonso Pinheiro ’15 & ’16).
Double DaSilva Weekly Honors (10/14)
DaSilva was tabbed America East Offensive Player of the Week this week after tallying two goals in both wins against Hofstra and UMass Lowell. The Brookfield, Connecticut native was also named to College Soccer News’ National Team of the Week.
Ragnar Earns Weekly Honors (10/7)
Sophomore Bjarki Ragnar was named America East Offensive Player of the Week after notching the go-ahead goal in the 3-1 victory over Vermont. The goal also marked the first of his Great Dane career.
The Great Danes were selected sixth in the preseason America East coaches’ poll. Defending conference champion New Hampshire was predicted first with 47 points and five first place votes, Stony Brook in second with 40 points and three first place votes, UMBC and UMass Lowell tied in third with 34 points. Right above UAlbany in fifth was Vermont with 28 points, and rounding out the rest of the conference was Binghamton in seventh with 11 points and Hartford in eighth with nine.
2018 marked the departure of program record-setters in Solabarrieta, Daniel Krutzen, and Danny Vitiello. Solabarrieta departed the program as the Division I era career assists leader while ranking second in the Division I era in both points and goals. Krutzen briefly wrested the Division I era career record in assists from Solabarrieta early last season. Vitiello played over 5,600 minutes in goal for the Great Danes the past four years, having a .98 goals against average.
The Great Danes welcome the addition of 13 newcomers to the 2019 squad. The class features players from six countries, as well as five from New York State.
The winner of this matchup will face one-seeded New Hampshire in the semifinals on Wednesday, November 13.