2011 Mercy College Men's Soccer News

April 24, 2012
Men's Soccer Alumni Day a Success
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (April 24, 2012) – Mercy College hosted the Men’s Soccer Alumni Day at Dobbs Ferry High School on Saturday, April 21. More than 30 alumni took part in the event, with players representing each of the past three decades returning to take on the current squad in an exhibition game that drew fans from their own youth teams, families and friends.

March 9, 2012
Men’s Soccer Alumni Day to Take Place on April 21
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Mar. 9, 2012) – The 2012 Men’s Soccer Alumni Day will take place on Saturday, April 21, Mercy College Director of Alumni Relations Drew and men’s soccer head coach Chris Smith announced today.

March 9, 2012
Men’s Soccer Alumni Day to Take Place on April 21
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Mar. 9, 2012) – The 2012 Men’s Soccer Alumni Day will take place on Saturday, April 21, Mercy College Director of Alumni Relations Drew and men’s soccer head coach Chris Smith announced today.

November 4, 2011
William Koki Named Second-Team All-Conference for Men’s Soccer
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (Nov. 4, 2011) – On Friday morning the East Coast Conference office announced its men’s soccer All-Conference teams, placing junior forward William Koki (Aurora, Colo.) on the All-ECC Second Team.

October 29, 2011
Late Goal Gives Dowling Edge Over Men’s Soccer in Season Finale
OAKDALE, N.Y. (Oct. 29, 2011) – On Saturday afternoon the Mercy College men’s soccer team traveled to Dowling College on Long Island for the final match of the season. The Mavericks controlled the game in the first half but the Golden Lions battled back as the match wore on, finally getting the game-winner in the 88th minute to end their season with a 6-7-3 overall record (1-4-2 in the ECC) and leave the Mavericks with a 6-10-1 overall mark (1-6 in the ECC).

October 26, 2011
Men’s Soccer Dominates in 3-0 Win Over Philadelphia
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Oct. 26, 2011) – On Wednesday afternoon the Mercy College men’s soccer team hosted Philadelphia University looking to put an end to an eight-game losing streak full of hard-luck one-goal losses. Playing some of their best soccer all season, the Mavericks came away with a dominant 3-0 victory, improving their record to 6-9-1 and dropping Philadelphia to 5-11.

October 23, 2011
Men’s Soccer Shut Out by Molloy, 3-0
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Oct. 23, 2011) – On Sunday afternoon the Mercy College men’s soccer team celebrated its Senior Day, honoring seven graduating seniors before their match with the Lions. The Mavericks were unlucky not to send them off in style, cracking 18 shots to the Lions’ 14 and forcing seven corners to no avail as they fell 3-0. Mercy was more than unlucky not to find the net thanks in part to several brilliant saves by redshirt freshman goalkeeper Justin Corke (Valley Stream, N.Y.), who made six in total.

October 18, 2011
Men’s Soccer Edged by Lock Haven in Overtime, 2-1
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Oct. 18, 2011) – On Tuesday afternoon the Mercy College men’s soccer team hosted Lock Haven looking to pick up a confidence boost after another heartbreaking loss to C.W. Post over the weekend. After falling behind early, the Mavericks pulled back into the match and looked ready to come away with the victory, but the Bald Eagles found a breakaway goal in the first overtime period to leave with the victory.

October 15, 2011
Men’s Soccer Beaten by Early Goal, Falls to No. 3 C.W. Post, 1-0
BROOKVILLE, N.Y. (Oct. 15, 2011) – On Saturday afternoon the Mercy College men’s soccer team took the field against undefeated No. 3 C.W. Post looking for an upset win to stay in the playoff race. A sixth-minute goal instantly crushed those hopes, however, as it proved to be the difference in the Pioneers’ 1-0 victory.

October 12, 2011
Men’s Soccer Shut Out by Stonehill, 2-0
EASTON, MASS. (Oct. 12, 2011) – On Wednesday afternoon the Mercy College men’s soccer team took to the field against Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. looking to get a confidence boost ahead of this weekend’ game against undefeated No. 3 C.W. Post. The Mavericks looked well on their way to the win early, but a brace from senior forward Michael White (Lisbon, N.H.) lifted the Skyhawks to victory, handing Mercy its fifth straight loss.

October 10, 2011
Men’s Soccer Starts Slow Against Queens, Falls 1-0
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Oct. 10, 2011) – On Monday afternoon the Mercy College men’s soccer team faced Queens College looking to break a three-game losing streak. The Mavericks came out flat in the first half and allowed an early goal off a free kick, which proved to be enough for the Knights to escape with a slim victory.

October 8, 2011
Early NYIT Goal Downs Men’s Soccer, 1-0
OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. (Oct. 8, 2011) – On Saturday afternoon the Mercy College men’s soccer team traveled to NYIT, ranked No. 10 in the NSCAA East Region, looking to bounce back from a tough loss to St. Thomas Aquinas College the week prior. Unfortunately for the Mavericks, an early Bears goal proved to be enough to decide the match, and Mercy was sent home with another heartbreaking loss.

October 5, 2011
Men’s Soccer Goes Down to Chestnut Hill in Overtime, 3-2
PHILADELPHIA, PA. (Oct. 5, 2011) – On Wednesday night the Mercy College men’s soccer team took a break from conference play, traveling to Philadelphia, Pa. to take on Chestnut Hill College (4-5-1). After battling back to push the game into overtime, Mercy was sent home on a cheap golden goal following a questionable foul call.

October 4, 2011
Men’s Soccer Moves Up to Ninth in NSCAA East Region
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Oct. 4, 2011) – The Mercy College men's soccer team moved up one place in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America East Region rankings to reclaim the No. 9 spot. This marks the third consecutive week in which Mercy has been ranked regionally.

October 3, 2011
William Koki Named to ECC Honor Roll for Men’s Soccer
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Oct. 3, 2011) – On Monday the East Coast Conference office released its men’s soccer Player of the Week awards for Week Five, in which junior forward William Koki (Aurora, Colo.) was named to the Honor Roll for his four goals over the Mavericks’ two matches this past week.

October 1, 2011
Men’s Soccer Falls Short in Heartbreaker to St. Thomas Aquinas
PURCHASE, N.Y. (Oct. 1, 2011) – On Saturday night, the Mercy College men’s soccer team took on St. Thomas Aquinas at Manhattanville College due to poor field conditions at Dobbs Ferry. The Spartans entered the match ranked No. 4 in the NSCAA East regional rankings and had received votes in the NCAA Division II rankings thanks to an undefeated 5-0-3 overall record (0-0-1 in the ECC) and were fresh off a 7-0 victory over Caldwell College. Known for their shutdown defense (ranked eighth in Division II) and solid offense, St. Thomas Aquinas needed its best at both ends to steal the victory from the Mavericks, who led once in each half but ultimately could not knock off the Spartans.

September 29, 2011
Men's Soccer Alumni Festivities Postponed
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Sept. 29, 2011) - Head Men's Soccer Coach Chris Smith announced today that the men's soccer alumni festivities planned for Saturday, Oct. 1 have been postponed to a later date.

September 28, 2011
Men’s Soccer Trounces District of Columbia, 3-0 on Koki Hat Trick
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Sept. 28, 2011) – On a rainy Wednesday afternoon, the Mercy College men’s soccer team hosted the University of the District of Columbia in the Mavericks’ first match in over a week due to inclement weather. The Mavericks braved today’s stormy first half to earn a resounding 3-0 victory behind a hat trick from junior forward William Koki (Aurora, Colo.).

September 26, 2011
Assistant Men's Soccer Coach Santamaria's Second Blog Entry
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Sept. 26, 2011) - Mercy College Assistant Men's Soccer Coach Hernando Santamaria has posted his second entry to his 2011 in-season blog. The entry is below.

September 25, 2011
Men's Soccer Contest Versus Queens College Re-Scheduled for Oct. 10
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Sept. 25, 2011) - Mercy College Head Men's Soccer Coach Chris Smith has announced that the East Coast Conference match-up between Queens College and Mercy, originally set for Sept. 24, has been re-scheduled for Monday, Oct. 10 at 3:30 p.m.

September 23, 2011
Men’s and Women’s Soccer Matches Against Queens College Postponed
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Sept. 23, 2011) – Due to inclement weather, tomorrow’s men’s and women’s soccer matches between Mercy College and Queens College have been postponed indefinitely. Please continue to check www.mercyathletics.com for updates on rescheduling.

September 21, 2011
Men’s Soccer Ranked No. 9 in NSCAA East Region
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Sept. 21, 2011) – The Mercy College men’s soccer team has been ranked No. 9 in the East region of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Rankings as of Sept. 20, 2011. The recognition caps off an incredible week for the Mavericks, who knocked off Bridgeport (3-2 record), then ranked No. 10 in the region, and posted two more wins to improve their record to 4-1-1 on the season.

September 19, 2011
Nick Papas Garners ECC Player of the Week Honor Roll Accolades
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (Sept. 19, 2011) – On Monday afternoon, the East Coast Conference office released its Player of the Week awards and Mercy College junior goalkeeper Nick Papas (Castleton, N.Y.) received Honor Roll accolades for his superb play in the Mavericks’ three victories this week.

September 17, 2011
Men’s Soccer Knocks Off Ranked Bridgeport, 2-1 in Overtime
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Sept. 17, 2011) – On Saturday afternoon, the Mercy College men’s soccer team opened conference play in front of a home crowd against the University of Bridgeport, ranked No. 10 in the East Region by the NSCAA. The Mavericks fell behind by a goal in the first half but found an equalizer on a penalty in the second and came away with the win as time expired in the first overtime period.

September 14, 2011
Men’s Soccer Prevails in Overtime, 2-1 Against Felician
LODI, N.J. (Sept. 14, 2011) – On Wednesday night, the Mercy College men’s soccer team headed out to Lodi, N.J. to take on Felician College in a final tune-up before beginning conference play this weekend. The Mavericks came away with a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory, scoring just two minutes into extra time to take the match and improve to 3-1-1 this season while dropping Felician to 2-3.

September 13, 2011
Men’s Soccer Team Lends a Hand to Habitat for Humanity
YONKERS, N.Y. (Sept. 7, 2011) – Just before the start of the 2011 season, the Mercy College men’s soccer team joined in a project with Habitat for Humanity. Head Coach Chris Smith’s squad volunteered for the community service event two weeks ago to help in the construction of a house on 5 Orchard Street. They also cleaned up three vacant lots in the area.

September 12, 2011
Men’s Soccer Holds on to Beat Nyack, 2-1
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Sept. 12, 2011) – On Monday evening the Mercy College men’s soccer team hosted the international-laden Nyack College coming off a hard-luck loss just two days prior. Thanks to two goals in the first half, the Mavericks held on for the remainder of the match to preserve the victory, improving their record to 2-1-1 and dropping Nyack to 3-2.

September 10, 2011
Men’s Soccer Falls to Saint Anselm in Memorable Double Overtime
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Sept. 10, 2011) – On Saturday afternoon, the Mercy College men’s soccer team played its home opener under the scorching sun against Saint Anselm. After having its first match at home postponed earlier in the week, the Mavericks were eager to take the field in front of their home crowd, but in a chippy match that would see an incredible nine cards issued, could not manage to give their fans a win, falling 4-3 in double overtime.

September 7, 2011
Men's Soccer Game vs. Holy Family Postponed Today
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Sept. 7, 2011) - Due to inclement weather, today's men's soccer match between Mercy College and Holy Family University has been postponed. Please continue to check www.mercyathletics.com later today for further details.

September 3, 2011
Men’s Soccer Earns First Win of 2011 Season
ALBANY, N.Y. (Sept. 3, 2011) – On Saturday afternoon, the Mercy College men’s soccer team closed out its trip upstate for the Saint Rose Tournament with a 2-1 win over host Saint Rose. The victory is the Mavericks’ first of the season after playing to a scoreless tie the night before.

September 2, 2011
Men's Soccer Kicks Off 2011 Season With Scoreless Tie
ALBANY, N.Y. (Sept. 2, 2011) – On Friday night, the Mercy College men’s soccer team took the field for the season opener against Saint Michael’s College at Sullivan Field in Albany, N.Y. After 90 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods, neither team could find the net and were left with a scoreless tie.

September 1, 2011
Men’s Soccer Tabbed to Finish Sixth in ECC Preseason Poll
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (Sept. 1, 2011) – On Thursday afternoon, the East Coast Conference office officially released the 2011 men’s soccer preseason poll, in which Mercy College was picked to finish sixth among the eight-team conference. For a complete preview and list of the poll, please click the video link below:

August 26, 2011
Previewing the 2011 Men's Soccer Campaign; Mavericks Look to Build Upon Strong 2010 Season
Head Coach Chris Smith begins his second season at the helm guiding the Mavericks into a pre-season filled with anticipation and excitement. The team is coming off a competitive final record of 6-7-4 in 2010 compared to being 4-26-1 combined in 2008 and 2009. The team hopes to continue to build something special in 2011 with a seasoned returning group and an accomplished incoming recruiting class for a total of 28 student-athletes. The group will be captained again by graduate student Ben Latchford (Birmingham, England) and senior Keith Dillon (Dublin, Ireland), as well as senior Bujar Lajqi (Bronx, N.Y.), who is a captain for the first time. Filling out the rest of the senior class is: Collin Legge (Schodack, N.Y.), Mark Guerrero (East Meadow, N.Y.), Martin Walsh (Dublin, Ireland) and Lamine Seck (Bronx, N.Y.). Expectations are high as the coaching staff put together a group that will be more technical, tactical and fit. After a successful spring campaign and an intensive pre-season with the new players, the 2011 Mavericks will aim to surpass double digit wins, reach the ECC playoffs and have an opportunity to compete for the Conference Championship.