November 2, 2012
FOR ALL THE MARBLES
Brooklyn vs. Baruch for CUNYAC men's crown
BROOKLYN, N.Y. --- The second-seeded Brooklyn College men will play Baruch College in the City University of New York Athletic Conference final at Randalls Island Field 10 at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
The winner will receive the CUNYAC's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Men's tournament.
The Bulldogs (13-4-2, 5-1-2) enjoyed their most successful season in nearly two decades.
The Bearcats handed the Bulldogs their lone conference loss -- a 2-1 defeat -- of the season at Metropolitan Oval in Maspeth, N.Y. on Sept. 29. Since that loss, the Bulldogs have won eight consecutive games, including posting five straight shutouts.
Leading the way for BC is senior forward Pajtim Gjonbalaj, who leads the team in goals scored (10), assists (6) and points (26). Senior midfielder Alwyn Adams also contributed with eight goals and five assists for 21 points, while junior midfielder Dmitry Prokofyev also has eight goals and four assists for 20 points.
Junior midfielder Peterson Petit Frere has tied for the team lead in assists with six, to along with three goals. Brooklyn
s offense tops the CUNYAC in shots, points, goals, goals-per-game, assists and assists-per-game.
As solid as BC's offense has been, its defense has been just as impressive, posting 10 shutouts on the year, en route to ranking first in the CUNYAC in goals allowed, goals-against-average and shutouts.
Junior co-captain Peter Vavalle, senior Denton Laing, junior Taras Frankivskyy and freshman Steve Orellana have anchored the defense
Junior co-captain and goalkeeper Stamatis Boundouris. Boundouris has played more than 1,488 minutes, allowing 16 goals, while recording 68 saves. He sports a 0.97 goals-against-average and a .810 save percentage, while registering six shutouts.
Baruch is led by freshman sensation Oren Kozlowski, who has recorded 10 goals and three assists for 23 points. Kozlowski scored both goals in the Bearcats' 2-1 win over the Bulldogs.
Midfielder Christopher Peralta and defender Akil George also had have solid seasons for the Bearcats. Peralta has five goals and six assists for 16 points, while George has chipped in with four assists.