Men’s College Roundup: FDU, St. Francis Off to Strong Starts

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NCAA logoFairleigh Dickinson opened its season with four impressive wins, led by the redshirt freshman goalkeeper Tiago Capela, who was named Northeast Conference Co-Rookie of the Week. Capela shut out Yale on Friday in New Haven in his first collegiate start. He also made several key saves in the 2-1 win over Army on Monday, which was won late by junior transfer Fredinho Mompremier.

After a successful 2016 with Division II University of Tampa, Mompremier has seized his opportunity in Division 1 with FDU, notching two goals and an assist in his opening three games. He has come up big for the Knights time after time, scoring late winners against Manhattan on Aug. 28 and in the game against Army. At West Point, Mompremier set up freshman Jacob Labotiz for the equalizer in the 81st minute, and as time was running out, he converted for the winner. In recognition of his clutch performances, he was named NEC Player of the Week and was also selected for Top Drawer Soccer’s Team of the Week. The attacker from Haiti attacker will surely be a concern for upcoming opponents, but thus far, he has looked nearly unstoppable, averaging two points per game.

St. Francis (Brooklyn) has recovered after an opening 2-1 loss to UMass. Three wins in a row have put the Terriers second in the NEC, behind FDU. The victories came over Lafayette, George Washington, and St. Peter’s. St. Francis has relied heavily on the junior midfielder Sami Gliguem, who has three goals and an assist. Two of his goals came off of corners, with the Frenchman making use of all of his 6-foot-1 frame to rise above defenders and slot home.

While it will be pleased with the results, SFC ought to be concerned about the defensive side. It has conceded in every game, a record that will have to break if the Terriers continue their winning ways. As the defending NEC champions and winners of three of the last four titles, St. Francis will be loathe to cede first place . The Terriers travel to Washington to face Howard University on Wednesday, while tFDU return to action when it hosts Iona on Saturday in Teaneck, N.J.

In other local action, Stony Brook overpowered Seton Hall, 1-0 on Friday; Marist lost, 1-0, at Hartford; and Princeton (0-1-1) fought hard for a 1-1 draw against No. 8  Syracuse.