Men’s College Roundup: Jersey Boys Best Local Foes

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NCAA logoFairleigh Dickinson (5-0) extended its winning streak with a 3-2 victory over tristate rival Iona on Saturday. Star man Fredinho Mompremier led the Knights with his fourth goal of the season, while Jacob Labovitz and Wojciech Piwowarczyk completed the scoring. Spanish midfielder Daniel Lasarte set up two of the goals, proving his creative abilities have improved since earning three all of last season. Labovitz, a freshman, opened the scoring on a volley that his coach, Seth Roland, described as “just a world-class goal” for his second of the season. FDU will face NJIT (5-0-1) on Saturday in a matchup of the two most successful local teams at this stage.

NJIT defeated two Brooklyn teams in three days, knocking off St. Francis (4-2) at home on Saturday, just a few days after beating Long Island University (0-3-1) in the midst of a downpour. This year marks the best opening to a season the Highlanders have had since joining Division 1 in 2004. Their confidence must be high ahead of this weekend’s matchup with FDU. French senior Mamadou Guirassy scored the only goal against LIU, and had two against St. Francis; he is averaging more than a goal per game.

Columbia (1-0-2) played No. 24 New Hampshire (4-0-1) to a 1-1 draw on the road, which should build confidence ahead of the Ivy League season. The Lions’ goal was scored by the 6-foot-4 senior forward Arthur Bosua, who put away a rebound in the 40th minute. It was the first goal conceded by UNH goalkeeper Andrew Pesci on the season, and the first scored by Bosua, who has 16 career goals. Jacob Gould equalized for UNH with 26 minutes left to play in the second half, heading home a cross from the right. Both teams narrowly missed chances for the rest of the day, but both teams can be satisfied to share the points based on their performance.

Seton Hall (3-2-1) fought back from three goals down to defeat Princeton (0-2-1) in a contest between teams representing the north and south of New Jersey. Andres Arcila, who is from Cartagena, Colombia, made all the difference for the Pirates. With two goals and two assists, describing him as instrumental feels like an understatement. He converted a free kick just outside the box in the 105th minute to win it.

The Pirates followed that dramatic win with a second-straight victory against an Ivy League opponent, downing Penn, 2-1, on Sunday in Philadelphia. It was more of the same from Arcila, who scored the game winner on a 59th minute free kick from 20 yards. For his heroics, he was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week. Teammate Elliot Mumford joins Arcila in the weekly honors, with the freshman goalkeeper being named Big East Freshman of the Week for the same period. The Pirates host Delaware on Wednesday before opening division play on Saturday versus St. John’s (2-2-1).

The Johnnies defeated Temple, 2-0, at home on Saturday, with goals from sophomores Alistair Johnson and Matt Forster. The win marks goalkeeper Andrew Withers‘ third shutout on the year and second straight, which earned him Big East Goalkeeper of the Week honors. St. John’s will host the Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara (0-3-2) on Tuesday before playing five of the next six games away from home.

In the battle for Long Island supremacy, Stony Brook (3-1-1) played Hofstra (1-2-2) to a 1-1 draw on Saturday. Hofstra sophomore Luke Brown opened the scoring in the 48th minute with his first of the season, but in the 70th minute, Hungarian striker Vince Erdei converted his penalty for the Seawolves, leveling the score. Erdei was named America East Player of the Week after a week in which he scored twice and also contributed an assist. Stony Brook returns to action against undefeated NJIT on Wednesday, while Hofstra will travel to UConn on Tuesday.