Tickets are still on sale for Thursday’s match, and can be purchased online or at the William and Mary box office. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $3 for seniors (65 and older) and students (with participating school college ID), and $1 for youth 12 and under.
TribeAthletics.com caught up with 10th-year head coach Chris Norris to discuss the team’s bid in the NCAA Tournament and the matchup with George Mason. The video feature is available through the above link or by clicking here.
Scouting the Tribe
William and Mary enters the NCAA Tournament after earning an at-large bid following a strong regular season. The Tribe has lost just three times in its last 15 matches and advanced to the CAA Championship match last weekend. The Green and Gold features a very balanced offensive attack, which is led by Jackson Eskay (seven goals, five assists) with 19 points. Junior Chris Albiston has 16 points on five, goals, and 16 assists. In goal, redshirt freshman Mac Phillips has played every minute, boasted a 0.95 goals-against-average, 63 saves and nine shutouts.
Scouting the Patriots
George Mason, who earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament by winning the Atlantic title, enters the NCAA Tournament with a 12-2-5 record. The Patriots are unbeaten in their last 11 matches, and have dropped a contest since a 1-0 loss to No. 11 UMBC on Sept. 25. Jannik Eckenrode (five goals, three assists) leads the George Mason offense with 14 points. Meanwhile, Wes Sever (four goals, one assist) and Timi Mulgrew (three goals, three assists) each have nine points. In goal, Steffan Kraus has played every minute for the Patriots, posting a 0.64 goals-against-average, 52 saves and nine shutouts.
News and Notes
- Former CAA rivals, George Mason and William and Mary meet for 45th overall time on Thursday night. The Tribe leads the series by a mark of 24-16-5. However, George Mason did reel off a 2-0 victory over the Tribe last year in Fairfax, Va. Paul Andrews and Taylor Morgan scored in the match for the Patriots.
- After turning in an impressive regular season résumé, the William and Mary men’s soccer team garnered an at-large bid to the NCAA College Cup in 2013. It is the third time under current head coach Chris Norris that the Tribe will be making an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, while it is the 15th overall appearance. William and Mary last played in the NCAA Tournament in 2010, earning a national seed and advancing to the third round of the event.
- The William and Mary defense has been the team’s calling card all season long. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Mac Phillips, along with the Tribe back line have posted a league-leading nine shutouts. The Tribe has posted nine shutouts in just 18 matches. The mark ranks the Tribe No. 13 in the country in shutouts per game. Phillips is climbing up William and Mary’s single-season and career record books. His nine shutouts place him eighth all-time on the career list, while it ties him for first in the single-season record book.
- The College features a very balanced offensive attack this year, with four different players recording double digit points. Leading the way is sophomore Jackson Eskay (seven goals, five assists) with 19 points. Junior Chris Albiston is right behind with 16 points on five goals and six assists. Junior Josh West, who is tied for the team lead with six goals, has 13 points, while redshirt senior Chris Perez (four goals, seven assists) has recorded 15 points for the Tribe.
- The William and Mary men’s soccer program had seven players honored with All-CAA awards at the league’s annual banquet on Wednesday night. Leading the way was senior Will Smith, who was named the league’s defensive player of the year to the All-CAA First Team, and to the All-Academic squad. Joining Smith on the first was team was junior Marcus Luster. Redshirt senior Chris Perez was named to the second team, while juniors Josh West and Chris Albiston and sophomore Jackson Eskay was named to the third team. Following a standout rookie campaign, Mac Phillips earned all-rookie honors.