Let’s have a look at what’s in store for the men and women of Le Moyne Dolphins soccer for the 2011-12 season. First of all, congratulations to the Le Moyne Dolphins men’s soccer team for coming in at 5th in the Northeast-10 Conference preseason polls, as announced by the league’s 14 head coaches on Tuesday, August 23, 2011. http://www.lemoynedolphins.com/sports/msoc/2011-12/releases/20110823_msocNE10preseasonpoll
Le Moyne has big shoes to fill as last year’s team turned out to be big contenders in Northeast-10 Conference play.
Rivals Franklin Pierce, winners of the NE-10 Conference Championship in the 2010-11 season, place 1st in the polls, receiving 10 out of 14 coaches’ votes. Still, it’s lonely at the top and you can bet Le Moyne will be gunning for them as the exciting 2011-12 season unfolds.
Returning to the field for Le Moyne will be three starters, senior midfielder Jesse Carr (Skaneateles, NY/Skaneateles), Michael Spadine, (Owego,NY/Owego Free Academy), and sophomore goalkeeper Matthew Silva (Brampton, Ontario/St. Augustine). Silva and Spadine joined the ranks of All-Rookie team last year and Carr was named to the conference’s second team after starting in all 19 games and scoring 12 points total. http://www.lemoynedolphins.com/sports/msoc/2011-12/releases/20110823_msocNE10preseasonpoll Silva was stellar in front of the net last year clinching an .870 save percentage and recording 67 saves, which placed him 3rd in the conference in that category. http://www.lemoynedolphins.com/sports/msoc/2010-11/files/teamstat.htm
The Le Moyne men’s soccer team rallies out of the gates to open the 20011-12 regular season on Thursday, September 1, 2011at home against Shephard University at 3:00 pm at the Athletic Turf Complex, and the grueling 13 game NE-10 Conference battle begins in just two weeks on September 13, 2011 at American International College at 7:00 pm. http://www.lemoynedolphins.com/sports/msoc/2011-12/schedule
Don’t count the women of Le Moyne out as the women’s soccer team places 11th in the preseason polls, as announced by the Northeast-10 Conference’s panel of 16 head coaches. The Le Moyne women’s soccer team, whom finished (7-7-3 overall, 5-7-3 NE-10) last year look to chase down top dog Saint Rose College, whom placed 1st in this year’s polls after going undefeated in 2010-11 conference play.
Returning starters include junior forward Christie Morano, (Highland, NY/Highland), who played phenomenally last year as a starter, leading the team with 30 points. Morano was named to the conference First Team for 2011. For details on Christie Morano and her monumental sophomore season, visit (http://joltleft.com/le-moyne-dolphins-in-syracuse/christie-morano-at-it-again-scoring-a-career-high-four-goals-against-molloy), and (http://joltleft.com/le-moyne-dolphins-in-syracuse/morano-and-the-dolphins-close-an-impressive-season) Also junior midfielder Gabby Ariola (Mexico, NY/Mexico) starts for Le Moyne this year after finishing the 2010-11 season with 14 points, four assists. Ariola also proved to be lethal from long range with five of her hail-mary’s finding the opponent’s goal from midfield-range, one long range kick clinching a 1-0 nerve-wracking win against Adelphi College last year.
The Le Moyne College women’s soccer team begins their regular season on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at the Athletic Turf Complex against Bloomfield at 12:00 pm. The Le Moyne women open their NE-10 Conference season against Southern Connecticut State on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm.