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Seven NCAA Tournament Teams Highlight Men's Soccer Schedule

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 07/01/2013
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The Princeton men's soccer team will face a challenging schedule in 2013. Seven opponents on this year's slate were in the NCAA Tournament last year, including the national runner-up Georgetown. The team opens with Fairleigh Dickinson, a team that reached the third round of the NCAAs last year, on Friday, Sept. 6. September 15th marks the home opener as Princeton hosts Seton Hall at 2 p.m.

 

Fairleigh Dickinson
Friday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m. in Teaneck, N.J.
• 2012 Record: 11-6-6, 6-1-3/2nd NEC - NCAA TOURNAMENT
• Series vs. Princeton: Princeton leads 15-6-1 (began 1987)
• Last 5 meetings: Princeton is 4-1
• Last meeting: Princeton won 2-0 on Sept. 23, 2012 (Recap/Box)
• On the Knights: FDU is coming off one of its most successful seasons, reaching the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament. The Knights were ranked No. 20 in the final NSCAA poll of 2012 and won the NEC. FDU lost three of its top four scorers and starting keeper.
   
  Rutgers
Friday, Sept. 13, 8 p.m. in Piscataway, N.J.
• 2012 Record: 7-7-1, 3-4-1/6th BIG EAST red
• Series vs. Princeton: Princeton leads 26-19-9 (began 1951)
• Last 5 meetings: Princeton is 1-3-1
• Last meeting: Rutgers won 2-0 on Sept. 8, 2012 (Recap/Box)
• On the Scarlet Knights: 12 of the team's games were won or lost by just one goal last year. The top two leading scorers are back but the team will have to rely on an underclassman without collegiate experience to man the goal.
   
  Seton Hall
Sunday, Sept. 15, 2 p.m. at Roberts Stadium
• 2012 Record: 6-12, 2-6/5th BIG EAST blue
• Series vs. Princeton: Tied 11-11-5 (began 1986)
• Last 5 meetings: Princeton is 5-0
• Last Meeting: Princeton won 2-1 on Aug. 31, 2012 (Recap/Box)
• On the Pirates: This is the second season for head coach Gerson Echeverry. The team brings back its scoring tandem of Max Garcia and Geroge Velasquez, and keeper Kevin Bonder who played half of last year's games.
   
  Loyola
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m. in Baltimore, Md.
• 2012 Record: 13-6-1, 7-1/1st MAAC
• Series vs. Princeton: Tied 4-4-4 (began 1996)
• Last 5 meetings: Princeton is 2-3
• Last meeting: Loyola won 1-0 on Oct. 1, 2008 (Recap/Box)
• On the Greyhounds: Loyola begins its first season competing in the Patriot League. The MAAC regular-season champion returns the its top two scorers the MAAC Rookie of the Year Larry Ndjock and Connor Thompson.
   
  Georgetown
Sunday, Sept. 22, 1 p.m. in Washington, D.C.
• 2012 Record: 19-4-2, 6-3/1st BIG EAST blue - NCAA TOURNAMENT
• Series vs. Princeton: Georgetown leads 4-0-1 (began 1998)
• Last 5 meetings: Princeton is 0-4-1
• Last meeting: Georgetown won 1-0 on Sept. 14, 2012 (Recap/Box)
• On the Hoyas: One of the best games at Roberts Stadium last year was arguably the Georgetown/Princeton game, a game that ended in the Hoyas favor 1-0 despite a 13-7 shot differential by the Tigers in the second half. The national runner-up is headlined by second-team All-America Steve Neumann.
   
  Florida International
Friday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m. at Roberts Stadium
• 2012 Record: 8-8-2, 0-7-1/9th Conference USA
• Series vs. Princeton: First Meeting
• On the Panthers: All four players who were in double digits in scoring, accounting for 65% of the team's points, are back. The squad also returns its starting keeper. FIU is making its first trip to the Northeast since 2007 when it played in the UConn Classic.
   
  Florida Gulf Coast University
Sunday, Sept. 29, 2 p.m. at Roberts Stadium
• 2012 Record: 11-5-3, 6-1-1/1st Atlantic Sun - NCAA TOURNAMENT
• Series vs. Princeton: First meeting
• On the Eagles: In just its seventh year of existence, the FGCU soccer program has reached the NCAA Tournament twice, in 2011 and 2012. The Eagles are the three-time defending A-Sun champions. NSCAA All-America all-freshman team selection Felipe DeSousa is back after leading the team in scoring in 2012.
   
  Dartmouth
Saturday, Oct. 5, 4:30 p.m. in Hanover, N.H.
• 2012 Record: 9-7, 5-2/2nd Ivy
• Series vs. Princeton: Princeton leads 38-20-7 (began 1921)
• Last 5 meetings: Tied 2-2-1
• Last meeting: Princeton won 2-1 in 2OT on Sept. 29, 2012 (Recap/Box)
• On the Big Green: Dartmouth will be under new tutelage this season, as assistant coach Chase Wileman was promoted. The Big Green return their two first-team All-Ivy selections, leading scorer Alex Adelabu, who had 21 points, and midfielder Kevin Dzierzawski.
   
  Drexel
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m. at Roberts Stadium
• 2012 Record: 12-4-3, 8-1-1/1st CAA - NCAA TOURNAMENT
• Series vs. Princeton: Tied 2-2-1 (began 1984)
• Last 5 meetings: Tied 2-2-1
• Last meeting: Princeton won 2-0 on Sept. 21, 2005
• On the Dragons: Drexel brings back a stacked squad from its NCAA Tournament team of 2012. Coincidentally, it was Brown (Princeton's next opponent) that defeated Drexel in the NCAAs. The Dragons return 90% of its scoring but will have to fill the void left by their starting keeper.
   
  Brown
Saturday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m. in Providence, R.I.
• 2012 Record: 13-3-3, 4-1-2/2nd Ivy - NCAA TOURNAMENT
• Series vs. Princeton: Brown leads 34-20-7 (began 1948)
• Last 5 meetings: Princeton is 1-3-1
• Last meeting: Tied 1-1 on Oct. 6, 2012 (Recap/Box)
• On the Bears: Brown lost a good chunk of its team from last year, including five of its six All-Ivy players. Fifty-three percent of its points will have to be made up for and a new body will have to replace two-year starter Sam Kernan-Schloss in goal.
   
  St. John's
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 4 p.m. in New York, N.Y.
• 2012 Record: 10-5-4, 4-3-1/3rd BIG EAST red - NCAA TOURNAMENT
• Series vs. Princeton: St. John's leads 3-1-2 (began 1995)
• Last 5 meetings: St. John's is 5-0
• Last meeting: St. John's won 3-0 on Sept. 5, 2012 (Recap/Box)
• On the Red Storm: The team lost its top two scorers from its 2012 NCAA Tournament team. Starting keeper Rafael Diaz and defender Tim Parker, who were both all-region selections are back to protect the goal.
   
  Columbia
Saturday, Oct. 19, 4 p.m. at Roberts Stadium
• 2012 Record: 4-8-4, 2-3-2/5th Ivy
• Series vs. Princeton: Columbia leads 31-21-9 (began 1907)
• Last 5 meetings: Princeton is 3-1-1
• Last meeting: Tied 0-0 on Oct. 13, 2012 (Recap/Box)
• On the Lions: Columbia lost about half of its scoring with graduation and brings in nine freshmen. Last year's freshman Kyle Jackson played 13 games in goal and was named honorable mention All-Ivy with a 0.95 GAA and an .829 save percentage.
   
  Harvard
Saturday, Oct. 26, 4 p.m. in Cambridge, Mass.
• 2012 Record: 3-11-3, 0-6-1/8th Ivy
• Series vs. Princeton: Princeton leads 45-38-8 (began 1909)
• Last 5 meetings: Princeton is 4-1
• Last meeting: Princeton won 2-1 in OT on Oct. 20, 2012 (Recap/Box)
• On the Crimson: Harvard will be under a new head coach in 2013. The Crimson relied on its freshman class last year, as Jake Freeman and Oliver White were two of the team's top three scorers. Additionally, rookie Evan Mendez proved to be the go-to in goal.
   
  Cornell
Saturday, Nov. 2, 4 p.m. at Roberts Stadium
• 2012 Record: 15-2, 6-1/1st Ivy - NCAA TOURNAMENT
• Series vs. Princeton: Princeton leads 49-36-13 (began 1908)
• Last 5 meeting: Princeton is 2-1-2
• Last meeting: Cornell won 1-0 on Oct. 27, 2012 (Recap/Box)
• On the Big Red: Cornell is led by the Ivy League Player of the Year Daniel Haber, who is back for his senior year after scoring 43 points in 2012. The Big Red added 12 as the Class of 2017. Goalkeeper Rick Pflasterer will hand down his gloves with only Zach Zagorski having playing time last year. Pflasterer remains at Cornell, as a volunteer coach.
   
  American
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 4 p.m. at Roberts Stadium
• 2012 Record: 11-6-2, 5-0-2/Patriot League
• Series vs. Princeton: Princeton leads 9-6-2 (began 1976)
• Last 5 meetings: Princeton is 2-3
• Last Meeting: American won 2-1 on Sept. 10, 2010 (Recap/Box)
• On the Eagles: A loss in the championship game of the Patriot League ended American's season in 2012. A team on last year's schedule, weather prevented the game. Seventy-seven percent of the team's scoring returns as does the Patriot League Goalie of the Year Billy Knutsen and Defender of the Year Cristobol Soto.
   
  Penn
Saturday, Nov. 9, TBA, in Philadelphia
• 2012 Record: 3-13, 1-6/7th Ivy
• Series vs. Princeton: Penn leads 48-43-10 (began 1915)
• Last 5 meetings: Princeton is 3-1-1
• Last meeting: Princeton won 3-0 on Nov. 3, 2012 (Recap/Box)
• On the Quakers: Stephen Baker and Duke Lacroix are the top two returning scorers for Penn, as each collected 14 points. Leading scorer Travis Cantrell is gone as is starting keeper Max Kurtzman. Tyler Kinn played in four games last year and will likely get the starting goalie position this year.
   
  Yale
Saturday, Nov. 16, 3 p.m. at Roberts Stadium
• 2012 Record: 4-8-5, 1-3-3/6th Ivy
• Series vs. Princeton: Yale leads 43-34-22 (began 1910)
• Last 5 meetings: Princeton is 3-1-1
• Last meeting: Princeton won 1-0 on Nov. 10, 2012 (Recap/Box)
• On the Bulldogs: Yale has a veteran class this year. Despite losing its leading scorer, Scott Armbrust, the Bulldogs return 70% of its point production. Bobby Thalman is gone from goal but both Blake Brown and Sam Obletz got experience in net last year and will vie for the starting spot.
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