Men's Soccer Selected Second in Patriot League Preseason Poll

GO TERRIERS Junior Dominique Badji was one of two forwards named to the preseason All-Patriot League Team.
GO TERRIERS
Junior Dominique Badji was one of two forwards named to the preseason All-Patriot League Team.
GO TERRIERS

Aug 20, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Featuring three preseason All-Conference honorees, the Boston University men’s soccer team was selected to finish second in its inaugural season in the Patriot League, the conference office announced Tuesday afternoon. The poll was voted on by all 10 league coaches and sports information directors.

The Terriers received three first-place votes to accumulate 130 points, 21 behind 2012 PL regular season champion American (151). Fellow newcomer and reigning MAAC regular season champion Loyola Maryland collected four first place votes but finished third with 121 total points after finishing runner-up in its conference tournament title game last fall.

Selected fourth with 115 points, Lafayette stunned American in the PL title game to claim the automatic NCAA bid and received three first place votes to repeat this season. Colgate placed fifth behind 98 points and the last first-place vote. Bucknell (87), Navy (67), Lehigh (51), Holy Cross (44) and Army (36) rounded out the list.

Led by 29th-year head coach Neil Roberts, BU was plagued by multiple injuries last season en route to a 6-8-4 record but still had multiple highlights, including a thrilling 1-0 win at No. 11 Boston College and 1-1 draw at No. 3 Connecticut.

One of the key contributors lost early in the season was 2011 America East Defender of the Year Kelvin Madzongwe, who helped the Terriers shut out the Eagles for the first time since 1998 before suffering a leg injury against Brown. The redshirt-junior was named to the preseason All-Conference Team alongside senior midfielder Anthony Ciccone and junior forward Dominique Badji.

Named a co-captain with Madzongwe, Ciccone had a standout junior campaign, finishing with a personal-best eight assists and 10 points. He assisted on the game-winning goal against BC with a beautiful cross to the box and later tallied two assists against both Adelphi and Holy Cross.

Badji has started in all 35 games since joining the Terriers in the fall of 2011. He was named America East Rookie of the Year after recording a team-high 13 points off five goals and three assists. With defenses focused on Badji, the point total dropped to eight last season, but he scored a goal at No. 1 North Carolina and was still always a constant threat with a team-high 65 shot attempts.

The Terriers lost four-time NSCAA All-Region honoree and current New York Red Bull Michael Bustamante ('12) to graduation but still features 18 letter winners from last year’s squad that finished with an RPI ranking of 79. Senior midfielder Fannar Arnarsson and junior back Sanford Spivey return to help Madzongwe patrol in front of the net. Junior goalkeeper Nick Thomson also returns with the mindset of adding more shutouts after collecting blank sheets his first two seasons against 11 teams, including ranked non-conference foes BC and Providence.

In the front line, junior forward Parker Powell and sophomore forward Mac McGuire tallied five goals apiece last year and will look to add to their career totals alongside Badji. They will be joined by 10 newcomers, including Icelandic U-21 national team midfielder David Asbjornsson and former New England Revolution Youth Academy star Felix De Bona.

The Terriers will open their 65th regular season at home against BC on Friday, Aug. 30, with action set to begin at 5 p.m. They will kick off the Patriot League schedule at Navy on Saturday, Sept. 28.

2013 Patriot League Preseason Poll
(First-place votes in parentheses)

School Points 2012 Record
1) American 151 (9) 11-6-2 (5-0-2 PL)
2) Boston U. 130 (3) 6-8-4 (3-2-2 AE)
3) Loyola Maryland 121 (4) 13-6-1 (7-1-0 MAAC)
4) Lafayette 115 (3) 9-8-4 (3-1-3 PL)
5) Colgate 98 (1) 5-8-6 (3-1-3 PL)
6) Bucknell 87 7-8-5 (2-3-2 PL)
7) Navy 67 7-7-3 (1-4-2 PL)
8) Lehigh 51 4-12-1 (2-4-1 PL)
9) Holy Cross 44 5-10-2 (2-3-2 PL)
10) Army 36 4-10-3 (1-3-3 PL)

Preseason All-League

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year – Larry Ndjock, Loyola Maryland, So., F
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year – Cristobal Soto, American, Sr., D

Team
Dominique Badji, Boston U., Jr., F
Larry Ndjock, Loyola Maryland, So., F
Colin Seigfried, American, Sr., M
Anthony Ciccone, Boston U., Sr., M
Alec Golini, Lafayette, Sr., M
Stephen Dooley, Loyola Maryland, Sr., M
Cristobal Soto, American, Sr., D
Kelvin Madzongwe, Boston U., Jr., D
Mayowa Alli, Bucknell, Sr., D
Derek Vogel, Navy, So., D
Billy Knutsen, American, Sr., GK


 

 

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