Mids to Host Boston University in Patriot League Opener
Sept. 27, 2013
Boston University (3-3-1, 0-0-0 PL) at Navy (3-3-2, 0-0-0 PL)
Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Glenn Warner Soccer Facility | Annapolis, Md.
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's soccer team (3-3-2, 0-0-0 PL) will open its 2013 Patriot League schedule by hosting league newcomer Boston University (3-3-1, 0-0-0 PL) on Saturday at 7:00 PM at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. Graham Whaples will call the game on the Patriot League Network (free online video) and live statistics will be available.
The Mids are playing their best soccer of the season heading into conference play. Last Saturday, Navy posted a 3-0 shutout win at George Washington and followed that with a mid-week 2-0 shutout at ACC-member Virginia Tech.
Navy improved to 4-1 all-time against Virginia Tech, who had just tied No. 1 North Carolina, 0-0, four days prior. The Hokies are currently receiving votes in the College Soccer News national poll.
Senior goalkeeper Gavin Snyder (Severna Park, Md.) entered the GW game in the fourth minute for an injured Aaron Dupere (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) and went on to make three saves to help Navy earn its first shutout of the season. Snyder started against Virginia Tech and made five saves to earn a solo shutout and improve his record to 2-0 this season.
Snyder received strong support from Navy center backs Joseph Greenspan (Westfield, N.J.) and Derek Vogel (Long Beach, Calif.) over the past two games and Greenspan is the reigning Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week.
Forward Jamie Dubyoski (Catonsville, Md.) has been on a torrid scoring pace and has netted a goal in each of the last three games. The sophomore also scored in back-to-back games to open the 2013 season in Navy's draws at Davidson and Appalachian State and has five on the year.
Dubyoksi leads Navy with five goals and 11 points and is tied for second in the Patriot League in both categories. He is tied for 15th in the nation with his five goals scored.
All five of Dubyoski's goals this season have been the first goal of the game, by either team, and his last three goals against UMBC, GW and Virginia Tech have all come within the game's first 20 minutes.
Senior Dave Arnold (Baltimore, Md.) has also been a key contributor to Navy's offensive attack over the last three games. Arnold had two assists in the win at Virginia Tech and had a goal and an assist against UMBC. He leads Navy, and the Patriot League, with four assists on the season.
Boston University will play its first-ever Patriot League game men's soccer game Saturday. The Terriers are coming off a 0-0 draw at Harvard on Wednesday. Boston U. owns wins over Hofstra, Monmouth and Northeastern. The Terries have lost to Boston College, UConn and Providence.
Freshman forward Felix De Bona leads the team with two goals and four points. Senior midfielder Anthony Ciccone has a team-best four assists. Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Matt Gilbert is 2-3-1 with an 0.83 goals-against average and a .839 save percentage.
Boston U. was selected to finish second in this year's Patriot League preseason poll after winning seven America East titles in the 15 years prior to joining the league. Boston U. was 3-3-2 in the America East last fall and 6-8-4 overall. Boston U. head coach Neil Roberts is in his 29th season at BU.
This is the first-ever meeting between Boston U. and Navy.
Following the Boston University game, Navy will host Howard on Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Saturday's contest is Navy's third home game of the season and the team recently completed a season-long four-game road swing.
Fans are reminded that the general public does not have access to drive their vehicles on to the U.S. Naval Academy. Fans may park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for $5 and take a shuttle that will run every 10 minutes starting one hour before each game and will continue running throughout the game and for one hour after.