Men's Soccer to Take On Holy Cross in Patriot League Semifinals

Nov. 15, 2007

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WHAT: Patriot League Tournament Semifinals
WHO: No. 4 Lafayette at No. 1 Holy Cross
WHEN: Friday, Nov., 16 at 3 p.m.
WHERE: Smith Soccer Stadium; Worcester, Mass.

TOURNAMENT TIME: Lafayette advances to the Patriot League Tournament for the sixth-straight season, the longest active streak of any league squad. The Leopards earned the No. 4 seed after playing to a 1-1 tie against Holy Cross on Nov. 10.

DIDN'T WE JUST MEET?: By earning the No. 4 seed in the tournament, the Leopards will take on No. 1 Holy Cross in Friday's first semifinal game. Lafayette and Holy Cross last faced each other just a week ago in the two teams' regular-season finales. The Leopards left Worcester with a 1-1 tie, guaranteeing them a spot in the postseason.

LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN: Friday's semifinal game is the seventh time these two teams have met in the Patriot League Tournament, including the third time in the previous six seasons. The Leopards are 5-1 all-time against the Crusaders in the postseason with Lafayette most recently winning a 5-1 decision in the 2003 semifinals. That 2003 squad went on to capture the Patriot League title and advance to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

FANTASTIC FOUR: On Wednesday, four seniors earned All-Patriot League team honors. Midfielder Anthony Sepe and defender Luke Sullivan earned first-team accolades while forward Scott Hawkins and midfielder Mike Tilley garnered second-team honors. The honors were the third for Sullivan and Hawkins, the second for Sepe and first for Tilley.

SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS: Holy Cross will serve as the Patriot League Tournament host after securing the No. 1 seed with a 4-0-3 mark in league play and an overall record of 8-5-4. The regular season title is the fifth in proram history. The Crusaders are also in search of just their second conference title after winning their first in 2002.

NEXT UP: Friday's winner will advance to play the winner of the second semifinal game between No. 2 Colgate and No. 3 Bucknell in the championship game.

GO, GO GLENN: With his game-tying score against the Crusaders last weekend, rookie B.J. Glenn earned Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors. The goal was his fifth of the season and third in the previous three games.

While it was the first offensive award for the rookie, the Philadelphia native is not new to weekly accolades. Glenn scored two goals against Bucknell and was named to the College Soccer News' National Team of the Week as well as the Patriot League Rookie of the Week.

Glenn was the second Lafayette player to earn a spot on the CSN Weekly National Team this fall, as senior Luke Sullivan also received the honor. Glenn and Sullivan are the only players in head coach Dennis Bohn's six-plus seasons at Lafayette to be named to a weekly national team.

Glenn was also named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week earlier this year after netting the game-winning goal in the team's season-opening victory against St. Francis (N.Y.) on Aug. 31.

DOMINANT DEFENSE: Defense has been the name of the game this season, as the Leopards are allowing just 0.53 goals per game, the third-best average in the nation. In addition, opponents have managed just 184 shots (10.2 spg) this season.

Lafayette has also recorded 10 shutouts, including a six game shutout streak that ended with a 1-1 tie against Penn State on Oct. 10.

NOT SO GREEN IN GOAL: Lafayette entered the season with two goalies on its roster who had never seen action in a collegiate game: sophomore Philip Nelson and freshman Andrew Pianko.

Nelson has seen the majority of the time in goal, starting 14 of 18 games this fall and is having a solid first season as a starter. He has recorded eight of the team's 10 shutouts and has a goals-against average (GAA) of just 0.53, an average that ranks him sixth among NCAA D-I goalies as of Nov. 11. In addition, his .881 save percentage places him third nationally.

Pianko was one of seven newcomers welcomed to the team this fall. He made his first collegiate start against Philadelphia on Sept. 20 and continued the team's shutout streak in the Leopards' 1-0 win. His second start came on on Oct. 10 against Penn State. He allowed just one goal and finished with three saves against the Nittany Lions. He was also in goal for the team's 4-0 shutout of NJIT on Nov. 6.