By Rick Emery and Sean Capezzone
Rick and Cakes here!
What a big week it was for the program! On Tuesday, the NSCAA regional and national rankings came out. The program was fortunate to be recognized as the second-ranked team in New England and the 16th ranked team in the country for a Divsion III program. Even though the rankings don't make a difference this early on into the season, it is great to be honored as one of the top programs in the country.
On Wednesday night we opened up our home schedule, after a long fpur-game road trip to begin the season, versus regional power Wheaton (ranked fourth in the recent NSCAA New England poll). The atmosphere was electric because a great crowd showed up to support us. The game was hard-fought with both sides having quality chances to get a goal. But at the end of 120 minutes, the game ended as a 0-0 draw. The downside to the match was that Matt Furman and Aaron Smiles sustained injuries. The good news is that both players will be back very soon (for the ladies, Furman's face is fine and will be as good as new in a week or two).
On Saturday afternoon, we opened up with our first Little East Conference match versus in-state rival Western Connecticut State University. The match consisted of very little quality opportunities for each side as most of the play was sustained throughout the middle of the pitch. A first-half goal (an unbelievable side volley) by sophmore midfielder Jon DeCasanova, was the difference in the match (1-0). The game was not a pretty one to watch but you need to take the victories anyway you can in the Little East. It was very important to come away with a result on the road with such a young squad.
This upcoming week will be very important to the program as we faceoff against two top ranked New England foes. On Tuesday night we face in-state rival Trinity at home and then on Saturday we head up to New Hampshire to play against Little East rival Keene State. This week will be a tremendous test for us.
That's all we have for now. We will check back later on in the week to give you the updates of how the mid-week game versus Trinity goes down. We hope to see a large crowd there Tuesday night!!!
-Rick and Cakes