Men’s College Roundup: Columbia Stays Undefeated

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

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KEIROL AARON contributed to this report

Columbia (4-0-2) ended its week with a well-deserved 2-0 win at Central Connecticut on Friday. A pair of goals from the senior standout Arthur Bosua and a rock solid defensive line helped the Lions remain unbeaten this year. The Lions will hope to extend that streak when they face Brown in their first Ivy League action next weekend.

FDU fell to 5-2-1, as Princeton (1-3-2) earned a 2-0 away win on Saturday evening. Princeton’s goals came via junior Will Lentz and senior Daniel Bowkett, who both scored in the final 10 minutes to upset No. 21 FDU. Freshman keeper Jahmali Waite gave a solid effort in his debut, saving 8 of 10 shots from the Tigers. The loss will be considered a minor setback after its first appearance in the national rankings, and the focus for FDU will be back at home on Wednesday against Bucknell.

St. John’s (5-2-1) gave its first ranked opponents a chilly welcome, beating No. 19 Xavier, 3-0. Freshman Jack Shearer came out early scoring both of his goals in the first quarter hour. These goals were followed by another in the 36th from senior Filippo Ricupati. It was the Red Storm’s highest scoring match against a ranked opponent since 2011. St. John’s heads to Lehigh on Tuesday, hoping to extend its four-game winning streak.

Fordham’s Rashid Nuhu recorded his sixth shut out of the season as the Rams beat winless Bryant, 1-0. The Bulldogs were outshot by the Rams, 14-3 (6-2 on target). The lone goal was scored by Janos Loebe in the 71st minute, his fourth game-winner of the young season. Fordham (6-2-1) has won five straight.

NJIT (6-2-2) conceded from the penalty spot in the 52nd minute against George Washington on Friday, which proved to be enough to give GW the upset win. It was a hard-fought game, but the defensive lapse cost the Highlanders. NJIT led in total shots (11-7) and corner kicks (5-3), but was unable to find the back of the net. NJIT returns to action on Sept. 30 at Lipscomb.

St. Francis (5-3) opened its weekend with a 2-1 defeat at Cornell. The Terriers took the lead in the 24th minute as their forward, senior Federico Curbelo, scored a flick header. The second half consisted of a pair of goals from Cornell’s Tommy Hanson, including a scramble in the six-yard box, which proved to be the game winner.

Seton Hall (3-6-1) did not look good against division rival Marquette, conceding three goals in the first half. Both Andres Arcila and Nick Najera were able to get on the scoresheet in the second, but it was not enough as the Hall lost on the road. Coach Gerson Echevarry has his work cut out for him ahead of next weekend’s matchup with Creighton at home on Saturday.

Stony Brook (5-2-1) held on for a full 90 minutes against No. 16 Georgetown, going into overtime, 2-2. In extra time, the Seawolves pushed for a winner, but they ended up conceding instead, losing by3-2. Their goals were scored by Akeem Morris and Eric McKenna, both in the first half. Coach Ryan Anatol said: “It was a good performance and we worked hard to put ourselves in a good position, but Georgetown never gave up and that’s what good teams do.” The Seawolves hope to rebound against George Washington on Tuesday.

Iona (1-2-2) lost in overtime on Wednesday, as a late goal from Sacred Heart decided the game. The Gaels produced a 21-15 advantage in shots, but in an even matchup, their finishing was not clinical enough. They look to bounce back midweek at home against Manhattan in their first conference game.

Marist (4-4) gave its home supporters a good second half as it scored three, defeating St. Bonaventure, 3-1, on Senior Day in Poughkeepsie. The Red Foxes opened the scoring in the 55th minute with a goal from junior Simon Lund Jorgensen, who was joined by classmate Bruce Jeter and freshman Allen Gavilanes on the score sheet. Marist will return to action against St. Peter’s on Wednesday night.

St. Peter’s (1-3-2) was ahead by 1-0 at the break, but broke down defensively in the second half, leading to a 1-1 draw against Bucknell. Coach Julien Richens was far from satisfied with the draw, “I think we need to finish off teams.” Senior midfielder Gabrielle Bandelli scored for the Peacocks. They will look to turn their 1-3-2 record around at Marist on Wednesday.

Rutgers (1-7-1) continued its run of poor form, going down by 5-0 to the second-ranked team in the nation, Indiana. It was a tough match from the first whistle, with Indiana spurred on by more than 2,000 supporters in attendance. Scarlet Knight keeper Rafael Pereira had a season high seven saves, but it was not nearly enough. After the loss, the Knights will look to rebound when they return to action on Tuesday versus Princeton.

LIU (1-5-1) came out to play at home against Howard on Sunday, impressing the home crowd with its first win of the season. Rasmus Hanson, Giuseppe Barone and Filip Nordstrom were happy to provide their team with goals. LIU plays at La Salle on Wednesday.