Saints mens soccer draws Warriors in NCAA first round
The St. Lawrence University men's soccer team was given an at-large bid into the 2012 NCAA Tournament and will take on the Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State on Saturday, November 10 in the first round in Williamstown, MA.
The Saints, who fell in penalty kicks to Rensselaer in the Liberty League Semifinals, have posted a 13-2-3 record this season, which aided in their selection as one of 21 teams to be granted an at-large bid. Williams College will serve as the host site for the opening round game, as the Ephs (13-1-3) take on Thomas College of Maine (15-2-2).St. Lawrence, which will make its 17th appearance in the NCAA tournament, is led by senior co-captain Sam DeMello, a two-time All-American and the program's second leading scorer. DeMello has recorded 23 points (11g,1a) in 14 games and surpassed the century mark in scoring with his two-goal game against Hobart in early October.
The Saints' defense, anchored by seniors Alex Laird and Nate Goss-Woliner, ranks top-10 in the nation in shutout percentage and goals against average. St. Lawrence has outscored its opponents 44-9 in 18 games and has posted 12 shutouts.
Eastern Connecticut State enters the first round with a 17-1-1 record after defeating the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to secure the Little East Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Led by seniors Matt Furman and Jordan Munsell, the tournament appearance will be the fifth in the program's history. Furman has totaled 33 points (14 g, 5a) to lead the Warriors, while Munsell has allowed only 12 goals in 18 games (.63 GAA) and posted eight shutouts. The only loss the team has suffered this season came on Oct. 21 to Babson College by the score of 1-0.
The game time for Saturday will be announced tomorrow.