Albertus Magnus College
Men's Soccer Weekly Preview
Albertus Magnus (2-1)
Mon., Sept. 11 • 4 p.m. • New York, NY
A NEW WEEK
The Albertus Magnus College men's soccer team earned their first GNAC win last week as the Falcons shut down Suffolk University, 2-1, on Saturday evening. Prior to the GNAC opener against the Rams, Albertus Magnus suffered a 2-0 setback against Westfield State on Thursday evening. This week men's soccer takes on Hunter College on Monday afternoon and returns home on Saturday to hosts GNAC foe Regis (Mass.).
GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS
- In the loss against Westfield St., junior Joe Russo (North Haven, Conn.) turned aside eight shots while Griffin Blum stopped three shots in the win.
GAME THREE HIGHLIGHTS
- Junior transfer Tyler Saad (Shelton, Conn.) gave a nice give-and-go to help Salah Oumorou (West Haven, Conn.) net his fourth goal of the season.
- Suffolk freshmen defender, Declan Mee, made an error while clearing the ball and gave the Falcons a 1-0 edge in the 50th minute of the first half.
- Junior Joe Russo (North Haven, Conn.) made an outstanding PK save to keep the score 0-0, while walking away with a career-high 13 saves.
ALL-TIME VS. HUNTER
Hunter leads 1-0 in the al-time series versus Albertus Magnus.
LAST YEAR VS. HUNTER
GAME (9/12/16): Hunter 1 | Albertus Magnus 0 – RECAP/BOX SCORE
ALL-TIME VS REGIS (MASS.)
Albertus Magnus leads Regis (Mass.) in the all-time series, 4-2.
LAST YEAR VS. REGIS (MASS.)
GAME (9/1/16): Regis 4 | Albertus Magnus 3 – RECAP/BOX SCORE
A LOOK INSIDE THE STATS
- Freshman Salah Oumorou (West Haven, Conn.) leads the team as well as tied in third in the GNAC with eight points.
- Junior Joe Russo (North Haven, Conn.) leads the GNAC with 28 saves, while ranks third with a .848 save percentage.
- A trio of Falcons - Tyler Saad (Shelton, Conn.), Justyn Broderick (Orange, Conn.) and Matt Cotto (Stratford, Conn.) - have a point apiece.
THIS YEAR NOTES
- Albertus Magnus returns two All-GNAC player from last year's team.
- The Falcons welcome eight newcomers to the club in 2017.
- Albertus Magnus alum Brett Colavolpe is entering his first season as the new Albertus Magnus head men's soccer coach after serving 10 years as an assistant coach for the program.
- The team returns 12 players from last year's squad.
GNAC MEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL
LINK: Complete Release
The Albertus Magnus College men's soccer team was picked to finish fifth in the 2017 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Preseason Coaches' Poll.
A QUICK LOOK BACK AT LAST YEAR
- The team finished the year with a 9-8-1 overall record and earned the No. 5 seed in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament thanks to posting a 4-4-1 mark in league play.
- The Falcons saw their season come to an end with a 2-0 setback on the road against No. 4 seed Suffolk in the opening round of the GNAC Tournament.
- It was the team's 21st appearance in the postseason event with Albertus Magnus holding a 16-18-4 overall record and a pair of conference titles (1996 & 2012).
- Following the campaign, Albertus Magnus saw an impressive six players named to the All-GNAC teams.
- Albertus Magnus went 2-1 in non-conference play to begin the season, winning back-to-back games after dropping the season opener versus soon-to-be conference foe Regis.
BERNARDO STEPS DOWN AS HEAD COACH
Director of Athletics Jim Abromaitis accepted the resignation of Albertus Magnus head men's soccer coach Jim Bernardo, as he looks to spend more time with his family. After becoming the program's second head coach in the summer of 2005, Bernardo was an instrumental role in the rise of Albertus Magnus soccer, where he posted a 125-94-11 overall record and a 60-41-8 mark in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC).
The two time GNAC Coach of the Year guided his teams to 12 straight GNAC postseason appearances as well as the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012. In 2011, Bernardo led his team to a perfect 10-0 record in conference play and finished the season with a 17-4-1 overall record to mark the most single-season wins in program history.
The Falcons return to action next week against Mitchell, SUNY Purchase and Saint Joseph's of Maine.