PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad (2-6-3, 0-1-0 A-10) is set to host George Mason (5-3-2, 0-1-1 A-10) in Atlantic 10 action this Saturday, October 7. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field. The Patriots, predicted to finish 11th in the A-10 Preseason Poll, currently sit ninth in league standings with one point, while the Hawks were predicted to finish 12th.
Live streaming ($) of all four remaining regular-season home matches will be available via a subscription to the Atlantic 10 Network. To sign up, please click here. Live stats will also be provided via SJUHawks.com.
CAMPER APPRECIATION NIGHT
The Saint Joseph's men's soccer program invites all 2017 SJU Hawks summer campers to attend Saturday's match. All 2017 SJU Hawks summer camp participants will be invited to participate in the pre-game player introductions down on the field. In addition, campers will be brought onto the field at halftime to play, will be greeted by the SJU Hawk mascot, acknowledged and brought together for a large camp group photo. For more information, contact Steve Wacker at 610-660-1764 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KICK FOR NICK
Nicholas Maderas was a very special young man who died on duty in Iraq in 2006 just before turning 20 years old. He was a soccer player who had such a passion for the game that he would distribute soccer balls to poor children in countries around the world where he was stationed. After his passing, the Kick for Nick Foundation was formed to carry out his work, run by his mother and father. The Saint Joseph's men's soccer program is asking for soccer ball (new or used) donations at Saturday's match.
Saturday’s match will mark the sixth all-time meeting between Saint Joseph’s and George Mason. The Patriots own a 2-1-2 all-time series advantage, but the Hawks are 1-1-2 under the direction of head coach Don D’Ambra. SJU took home a 2-1 road victory last season, as current junior forward Derek MacKinnon scored the match-winner on an assist from current senior midfielder Matt Crawford. SJU battled to a 1-1 draw in 2015. Crawford and current junior defender Eddie McCusker played all 200 minutes of those two matches.
The Hawks are coming in off of a 3-2 heartbreaking overtime loss at Dayton in SJU's A-10 opener on Wednesday; senior defender Ben Zambetti and McCusker both headed home their first collegiate goals in regulation, with McCusker's coming as the second-half equalizer, but the Flyers scored the match-winner in the 93rd minute.
Crawford has scored five of SJU's 10 goals this season, but 10 different Hawks own at least one point. Senior goalkeeper Greg O'Connell (2-6-2, 0-1-0 A-10) owns a 1.51 goals against average and .779 save percentage in 894:03. McCusker (1,059 minutes), freshman defender Daniel Morales (1,043), Crawford (997), and freshman midfielder Ritchie Barry (991) are the only four Hawks to have started all 11 matches and lead SJU in minutes played.
George Mason opened its season with back-to-back home wins over then-#19 Coastal Carolina (2-1) and American (3-0) before falling on the road to Albany (3-1) and drawing with Siena (2-2). The Patriots went on to win three of their next four, with victories over Binghamton (4-3 OT), East Tennessee State (3-1), and Longwood (2-0) and a loss to West Virginia (3-2 OT). George Mason opened A-10 play with a 1-1 draw with Fordham on September 30 and most recently dropped a 1-0 contest at George Washington on October 4. Two of George Mason's three losses have come on the road.
Henning Dirks leads the Patriots in scoring with 22 points on a team-best eight goals and team-best six helpers; he scored (37') in George Mason's draw with Fordham. A pair of Patriots have split time in net, but Tomas Lapnas (2-1-1, 0-1-1 A-10) has seen every minute of A-10 play and sports a 0.71 goals against average and .833 save percentage in 380:55.
George Mason went 2-12-2 overall and 0-7-1 in the A-10 last fall.
Receive all of the latest news and info on SJU men’s soccer with Hawk E-News – SIGN UP