Men’s College Roundup: Hofstra and Marist Register Upsets

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NCAA logoFairleigh Dickinson University beat Lafayette, 2-0, to start the season on a high note. Goals from the junior transfer Fredinho Mompremier and the redshirt sophomore Daniel Lasarte lifted the Knights to an impressive win on the road. Goalkeeper Sebastian Ferreira and the FDU defense held Lafayette to a mere four shots, none of them on goal. FDU will host Manhattan College on Monday night in its home opener.

Fordham traveled to North Carolina to play in the John Rennie Nike Invitational, where it went 0-1-1. A scoreless tie with Elon University was followed by a 3-0 defeat by Duke. New Jersey native Brian White scored twice for Duke, lifting it to the trophy. Fordham will travel to Queens to face St. John’s on Friday.

Hofstra defeated perennial powerhouse Penn State on Friday. Its 1-0 victory was the team’s first against the Nittany Lions. Senior Danny Elliott scored in the seventh minute, and that was enough for a stout Pride defense. Junior goalkeeper Alex Ashton tied a career high with five saves, earning his first solo shutout. The team will be tested again on Monday, traveling to No. 6 Maryland.

Iona College defeated preseason No. 24 UConn on Friday, upsetting the Huskies 1-0 in Storrs, CT. It is the first win for the Gaels against a nationally-ranked opponent since 2012. It was a storybook debut for Connecticut native Josh Plimpton, as the freshman came into a scoreless game late in the second half. In the second period of overtime, a loose ball off a free kick fell to Plimpton, who converted for the game-winner in his first collegiate game, just 30 miles away from his hometown. The Gaels return to action on Friday, Sept. 1 against Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Long Island University suffered a difficult start to the season, opening with two losses. In the opener on Friday, the Blackbirds blew a two-goal lead at the half, falling by 3-2 after a furious comeback by Western Michigan. Junior Romario Guscott scored and earned an assist, setting up junior Rasmus Hansen for the team’s other goal.

On Sunday, the Blackbirds fell 1-0 to Detroit Mercy after conceding a goal only four minutes into the game. Guscott came close twice in the second half, threatening to level, but both of his shots were blocked. Senior Naeem Charles headed off the post with only three minutes to play, but LIU would remain scoreless.

Manhattan College defeated Navy, 1-0, on Friday, earning the victory through a late winner from senior Troy Carrington. Junior Connor Hayes notched his second career shutout in goal. The Jaspers held an 18-7 advantage in shots, dominating possession but only narrowly securing the victory. Carrington’s 77th minute goal is the fourth in his career. 

Marist came back to stun preseason favorites Albany by 3-2 on Friday. The Red Foxes finished the first half down, 1-0, and things got worse when they conceded an early goal in the second. With 30 minutes left, Marist turned up the pressure, and its effort was rewarded. The goals came from sophomore David Nkansah-Siriboe, freshman Allen Gavilanes (his first career goal) and Nkansah-Siriboe again, with the game-winner coming off an assist by Gavilanes in the 82nd minute. Marist begins a six game road trip, starting with at Hartwick on Tuesday.

NJIT comfortably disposed Sacred Heart, finishing with a 1-0 scoreline that belies the game’s lopsidedness. Senior Danny Cordeiro scored the game’s only goal, but NJIT threatened from the opening whistle. The Highlanders outshot their opponents, 17-2, managing the game throughout. NJIT travels to Annapolis, Md., to face Navy on Monday night.

Rutgers was overmatched in its opening weekend trip to North Carolina, losing badly to two good teams. On Friday, the Scarlet Knights went down, 5-1, to Wake Forest; two days later, North Carolina scored six times on its way to a 6-1 undressing of Rutgers.

Against Wake Forest, senior Erik Sa scored to equalize on a free kick before halftime. The second half was another story, with three goals in the first 10 minutes. In the words of Coach Dan Donigan, “It was learning experience for our young group.” With a 6-1 shellacking a few days later, Rutgers will have to improve. It faces Oral Roberts on Friday.

St. Francis was outplayed in its season opener at Massachusetts, losing by 2-1 in a match that saw it outshot, 21-6. The Terriers’ goal came off a corner, with reigning Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year Faouzi Taieb heading in for his first of the season. His goal leveled the game after an 18th minute goal from UMass, but ultimately the Minutemen were too much. A 55th minute goal put them ahead for good, and a red card for St. Francis 75th minute shut down any hope of a comeback.

St. John’s University split its first two games of the season, downing Drexel, 3-0, on Friday before falling, 1-0, to Loyola Marymount on Sunday evening. Against Drexel, senior Harry Cooksley scored the first goal and assisted on both of the others, proving that he deserves his unanimous All-Big East selection. On Sunday, the Red Storm were unable to find the back of the net. They came closest in the 65th minute, with freshman Rafael Bustamante crossing to junior Filippo Ricupati, whose shot was saved on the line by Loyola’s keeper.

Seton Hall was an even match for Saint Peter’s on Friday, with a hard-fought contest ending in a 1-1 draw in double overtime. Sophomore Steven Catudal made seven saves in goal, keeping the Pirates alive in his Seton Hall debut. Colombian attacker Andrés Arcila scored the Pirates’ goal, continuing the form he showed last year as the team’s leading scorer. They will play host to Rider on Monday at 7pm.

Stony Brook cruised to a 2-0 home win against Canisius on Friday. Senior Vince Erdei and graduate student Robin Bjornholm-Jatta were responsible for a goal apiece. Coach Ryan Anatol praised the home crowd, noting the “great energy” they provided the team. Senior goalkeeper Tom McMahon earned his 12th career shutout, which puts him third on the career list at the school. The Seawolves return to action on Monday, hosting Army.