POTSDAM -- It's been nearly 10 full months since the last time the Clarkson University Men's Soccer team played a regular-season game, and the Golden Knights will once again kick off the regular season with a home tournament when they face Moravian College and Cortland State in the annual North Country Classic at Hantz Turf Field.
The Golden Knights return 18 players from last year's squad that went 3-12-0 overall, but one of those victories came against one of the teams competing in the Classic this weekend, Cortland State.
Clarkson will first face Moravian College at 2:00 pm today and then will play Cortland State at 1:00 pm on Saturday.
The Knights have never faced Moravian College, a team from Bethlehem, PA that finished with a record of 7-9-2 overall in 2013.
The Greyhounds outscored their opponents by four goals (35-31) last year thanks in part to sophomore midfielder Saul Marcial, who ranked second on the team with seven goals and 17 points as a first-year collegian in 2013. He is one of the key returning scorers for Moravian, while Brett Harder, one of three Harders on the team, led the squad with five assists. Shan McCaslin and Matt Guidon also each chipped in two goals.
Seeing the majority of time in goal for the Hounds in 2013 was Brian Boland, who produced a 1.77 goals against average and a 74.4% save percentage. He made 90 stops en route to three shutouts.
Cortland has won 11 of the 14 all-time meetings against the Golden Knights, but the Red Dragons came up short in a 4-3 defeat to Clarkson in the season-opener last year. Cortland also has a few top players returning from last year's squad which went 11-7-1 overall with 37 goals scored and just 22 allowed.
Darren McCormack was second on the team in points with 15, but tied for first in goals scored with six. Midfielder Robby Reiser was fourth on the team with nine points and is one of three players returning for the Red Dragons who scored three goals, joining seniors Matt Williams and Tyler Marsh.
Senior goalkeeper Tim Beauvais posted a 1.18 goals against average with seven shutouts in 2013 for the Dragons, making 115 saves for an 83.9%.