PREVIEW:Men's Soccer Hosts League-Leading Dolphins Saturday
2011 Southern New Hampshire University Men's Soccer
SNHU (4-2-0, 2-2-0 Northeast-10)
Le Moyne (4-2-1, 3-0-0 Northeast-10)
Saturday, September 24, 2011, 4:00 p.m. - Larkin Field, Manchester, N.H.
THE MATCHUP: Southern New Hampshire hosts league-leading Le Moyne on Saturday afternoon.
MEDIA: Live stats and live video are available for Saturday's contest.
THE COACHES: Marc Hubbard is in his fourth season as head coach at SNHU...a 2003 graduate of Colgate who previously served as an assistant at New Hampshire, Hubbard has led the Penmen to three straight NCAA appearances and owns a career record of 45-12-13 (.736)...Tom Bonus is in his 12th season at Le Moyne...he has guided the Dolphins to four NCAA appearances and has compiled a 134-69-22 (.644) record.
THE SERIES:Southern New Hampshire owns a 10-7-3 advantage in the all-time series with Le Moyne...the two teams met twice last season, both in Syracuse...in the 2010 regular season finale, the Dolphins posted a 3-0 victory behind a pair of Angelo Reina tallies...the two teams met three days later in the first round of the Northeast-10 Tournament and the fourth-seeded Dolphins and fifth-seeded Penmen played to a scoreless draw...Le Moyne advanced to the semifinals with a 4-1 win in the shootout.
THE PENMEN: Southern New Hampshire snapped a two-game slide with a 2-1 2OT win at Stonehill on Wednesday afternoon...Chris Tsonis scored the game-winner in the 104th minute, his fourth game-winning goal of the season...he has set an early torrid scoring pace, having scored in each of the first six Penmen contests...P.J. Burnette and Mohamed Toufik have each scored twice, while Ruben Resendes has registered assists in each of the last three games...Jordan Branco and Yannick Kabala have recorded two helpers apiece...three different keepers have started for Southern New Hampshire...Dom DiMaggio saw his first collegiate action Wednesday and made a pair of saves en route to the victory.
THE DOLPHINS: Le Moyne has won three in a row and is coming off a 2-1 victory over Assumption on Wednesday...all three wins have come against conference opponents...Michael Spadine leads the Dolphins in scoring with five goals and a pair of assists...he has notched three game-winners on the season...Zachary MacNabb has recorded two goals and two assists, while Emmanuel Chanelo has registered three assists...Camden Bushen and Casey Murphy have also added goals for Le Moyne...Matthew Silva has started all seven games in goal and owns a 0.81 GAA and .818 save percentage.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Penmen are on the road for their next two contests, traveling to Saint Michael's next Wednesday and Saint Rose next Saturday...SNHU returns home on October 5 when it hosts Post...the Eagles are currently ranked No. 22 nationally, their first-ever national ranking.
DID YOU KNOW: SNHU and Le Moyne have met in the postseason in each of the past three seasons...prior to last season's NE-10 Tournament date, the Penmen and Dolphins met in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament in 2009, playing to a 1-1 draw before Le Moyne advanced on penalty kicks...in 2008 the two teams played in the NE-10 champioship game, with SNHU posting a 1-0 win to claim its third Northeast-10 Tournament crown.