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Liberty League men's soccer tournament preview

Contact Jim Taylor 315-859-4685
Posted November 2, 2010
Tags Men's Soccer

Hamilton College travels to St. Lawrence University for a 2010 Liberty League men's soccer tournament semifinal game on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 2:30 p.m.

Live statistics will be available. A pay-per-view video webcast will be available by accessing the St. Lawrence men's soccer page on the university's web site.

Hamilton (9-2-3 overall) is the No. 4 seed in the tournament, and the Continentals are ranked fifth in the East Region by the NCAA. Nationally ranked No. 8 St. Lawrence (14-2-2) is the top seed in the tournament and the regular season champions. The Saints are ranked fourth in the East Region.

The other semifinal is between No. 2 seed Union College and No. 3 seed Rensselaer at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The two semifinal winners play in the championship game at the highest remaining seed on Saturday, Nov. 6.

Hamilton is making its eighth appearance in the tournament. The Continentals won titles in 2004 and 2007, and both times the tournament was held at St. Lawrence. Hamilton is 4-0-1 away from home this year.

The Saints own an amazing 12-1-1 record with five titles in seven previous tournament appearances. The lone blemishes on that mark both belong to Hamilton. St. Lawrence tied the Continentals in the 2004 title game, but Hamilton earned the title on penalty kicks. The Saints lost 1-0 to the Continentals in the 2007 championship. St. Lawrence has allowed just one goal in league play all year. The Saints lead the all-time series with Hamilton, 26-17-10.

A capsule look at each team can be found below.

No. 1 seed ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY
Overall record: 14-2-2
League record (finish): 6-0-1 (1st place)
NCAA regional ranking: Fourth in East Region
Head coach: Bob Durocher, 20th year at St. Lawrence, 240-89-35
League tournament appearances: Eighth
League tournament titles: Five (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008)
League tournament record: 12-1-1
Last win vs. Hamilton: October 24, 2010 -- 1-0 (away)
Record at home: 5-0-1
Goals scored: 35
Goals allowed: 10
Leading goal scorers: Sam DeMello ’13 (7), Brandan Gorman ’12 (7)
Assist leaders: DeMello (6), Gorman (5), Dan Marvin ’12 (5)
Starting goalie: Nate Goss-Woliner ’13 (0.50 gaa, .843 save pct., 11-1-2 record, 7 sho)

No. 4 seed HAMILTON COLLEGE
Overall record: 9-2-3
League record (finish): 4-2-1 (4th place)
NCAA regional ranking: Fifth in East Region
Head coach: Perry Nizzi, 13th year at Hamilton, 124-56-18
League tournament appearances: Eighth
League tournament titles: Two (2004, 2007)
League tournament record: 4-5-1
Last win vs. St. Lawrence: October 10, 2009 -- 1-0 (away)
Road record: 4-0-1
Goals scored: 30
Goals allowed: 15
Leading goal scorers: Anthony Balbo ‘12 (10), Frank Campagnano ’12 (9) 
Assist leaders: Leo Nizzi ’14 (8), Campagnano (6)
Starting goalie: Eric Boole ‘13 (1.04 gaa, .800 save pct., 9-2-3 record, 3 sho) 

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