November 14, 2012
BATTLE OF THE HUDSON
St. John's to host FDU in a 1st-round encounter
QUEENS, N.Y. -- In a confrontation of teams on opposite sides of the Hudson River, St. John's will host Fairleigh Dickinson in an NCAA Division I men's soccer tournament game at Belson Stadium at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
|Tim Parker (left) and St. John's will host FDU in an NCAA Division I first-round game on Thursday night.
Photo courtesy of St. John's SID
The winner will advance to face Saint Louis, the eighth-seeded team in the 48-team field, on the road in the second round on Sunday.
The 18th-ranked Red Storm (10-4-4) will participate in its 19th tournament in a game that will be shown on ESPN3. FDU enters the tournament at 9-5-6.
St. Johnís is 25-17-1 (.593) in 18 prior NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 17-6-1 record in home games.
The 1996 NCAA National Champions, St. Johnís has made four College Cup appearances (2008, 2003, 2001 and 1996).
The Storm is 10-0-0 this season when scoring first and 6-0-0 when taking a lead into halftime.
A Tim Parker penalty kick in the Big East quarterfinals against Georgetown (Nov. 3) gave St. Johnís 11 players with at least one goal this season, including six different players with at least one game-winning goal.
Led by Jelani Williams (four goals, one asisst), the freshman class has combined to score eight goals, including two game-winners, and seven assists.
This will be just the eighth meeting in an all-time series between St. John's and FDU, which dates back to 1979.
The Red Storm trails the series 3-4-0, but is 3-0-0 since the 2002 season. The Knights won the first four meetings, all of which were played between 1979-82.
St. Johnís recorded a 5-0 victory in the last meeting between the teams on Sept. 10, 2010.
St. Johnís and FDU have met once in NCAA Tournament action with the Red Storm posting a 2-1 double extratime victory in the second round of the 2002 tournament.
The Knights, the Northeast Conference champions, played to a 1-1 draw with Saint Francis (Pa.) in the title game before winning the crown on penalty kicks.
Jack McVey, a first team All-NEC selection, paces the attack with five goals and five assists. Nico Wright has five goals and two assists, while Jan Aubert has four goals and two assists.
Two other players earned All-NEC honors as defenders Nicholas Walker (two goals) was a first-team selection and Jeffrey Barrenechea (one assist) was a second team honoree.
Goalkeeper Jacob Lissek is 9-3-6 with a 0.98 goals-against average and nine shutouts.
Longtime St. Johnís commentator Ralph Bednarczyk will handle play-by-play on the ESPN3 broadcast, while two-time MLS all-star and 2002 Hermann Trophy winner Alecko Eskandarian will serve as the color analyst.