Men's Soccer Looks to Continue ECAC Success in First-Round Meeting with Franklin & Marshall
FROSTBURG, MD —
The Frostburg State men's soccer team looks to continue its strong history of success in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament when it visits Franklin & Marshall College in the first round of the six-team Mid-Atlantic Championship Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.
The No. 6 Bobcats (12-6-1), who won their second straight Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship last Saturday, will make their tenth ECAC Tournament appearance in head coach Jay Hegeman's 16 seasons.
FSU won ECAC titles in 1989 and 1992 and reached the championship match three other times.
Junior midfielder Jon Wieland (Woodbridge, Va.), who has taken home the last two AMCC Athlete of the Week honors, leads the Bobcats with 14 assists and 32 points. He is also tied with sophomore forward Steve Brett (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill) for the top spot with nine goals.
Both Wieland and Brett have been hot of late. Wieland has six goals and seven assists in his last four games, while Brett found the net four times in two AMCC Tournament contests.
FSU junior goalie Mike Pregnall (Herndon, Va./Oakton) is 12-6-1 with five shutouts, a 0.80 goals per game and an 86.2 save percentage.
The Bobcats have outscored their opponents 55-16, this season, including 34-9 in the second half.
The third-seeded Diplomats (10-4) earned their fifth ECAC Tournament bid in school history and are making their first post-season appearance since 1992, when they dropped a 2-1 overtime contest to Dickinson in the opening round of the ECAC Tournament.
Senior forward Scott Runyon leads F&M with career highs of 12 goals, three assists and 27 points. Runyon has a school-record 42 career goals and needs just five points to become just the second Diplomat to register 100 career points.
Senior forward Matt Shapiro has a team-high four assists to go along with three goals, while freshmen Pete Pryzbylkowski and Wallace Eisenhauer have each scored twice.
F&M junior goalkeeper Chris Milano, who has started all 14 games, owns a 1.22 goals against average and an 87.0 save percentage. He has also recorded five shutouts.
The all-time series between the Bobcats and Diplomats is tied, 2-2. However, the teams have not met since 1981, when F&M pulled out a 1-0 win in the NCAA Tournament.
The winner of the FSU-F&M game will advance to the semifinals to face host and No. 2 seed Western Maryland (14-5) on Saturday, November 10 at 11 a.m.
No. 4 Moravian (12-5-2) will host No. 5 Grove City (13-6-1) in Wednesday's other semifinal contest, with the winner taking on top-seeded Johns Hopkins (15-3) on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The championship game is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. at Western Maryland.
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Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303