WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary Tribe men's soccer team will look to defend its conference crown this weekend at the Virginia 529 CAA Men's Soccer Championship, hosted by James Madison. The Tribe's journey to an eighth CAA title gets underway on Thursday, November 10 when the No. 3-seeded Green and Gold face the No. 6-seeded Georgia State Panthers. Kickoff in Harrisonburg is scheduled for 5 p.m.
For the match on Thursday, James Madison will be providing free audio, which fans can find at TribeAthletics.com. The Voice of the Dukes, Curt Dudley, will be on the call as well as the Tribe's radio announcer, Kris Sears. Live stats for the game can also be found at TribeAthletics.com.
Scouting the Tribe
The William and Mary Tribe come in to the CAA Tournament this weekend as the No. 3 seed, finishing the regular season with a record of 10-8 and a conference mark of 7-4. After dropping three straight, the College responded with a pair of 3-2 overtime wins over Hofstra and Northeastern in their final two games of the season.
The College has been led offensively this season by the 2010 CAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, Nicolas Abrigo. The senior has totaled 18 points on the year on a team-high eight goals as well as two assists. Junior captain Ben Anderson and sophomore John Ciampa have each scored a pair, while freshman Josh West leads the College with five assists.
Defense has been the strength of the Tribe this year, led by sophomore defender Will Smith and senior goalkeeper Colin Smolinsky. As a team, the Tribe ranks second in the CAA, allowing just 1.11 goals a contest. Smolinsky has been solid in goal this year ranking second in the conference in shutouts with seven and third in save percentage at .774.
Scouting the Panthers
The Georgia State Panthers earned the No. 6 seed in this weekend's Virginia 529 CAA Tournament after winning two of its last three games. After posting shutout wins over George Mason and VCU, the Panthers lost their regular season finale at Towson. Entering the championship tournament, GSU has an overall record of 12-6-1 with a CAA mark of 6-5.
Offensively, the Panthers have been led this season by sophomore Evan Scott, who has tallied 17 points on seven goals and three assists. Senior Ayokunle Lumpkin is second on the team with four goals, while sophomores Stephen McGill and Jamal Keene lead the Panthers with three assists each. As a team, Georgia State is averaging 1.35 goals a contest.
As good as the College's defensive numbers have been this season, the Panthers' have been even better. Georgia State leads the conference, allowing just 14 goals allowed while posting a goals against average of 0.73. In net, junior keeper Vincent Foermer leads the CAA with a goals against average of 0.82 and a save percentage of .795.
In the eight-match history between the College and the Panthers, the Tribe owns a 6-2 record over Georgia State. Earlier this season on October 5, GSU defeated William and Mary, 1-0, in Atlanta on a goal from Gimel Gordon in the 80th minute.
W&M Posts Pair of
3-2, Overtime Wins Against Hofstra and Northeastern
William and Mary ended the regular season with a pair of 3-2, overtime wins over Hofstra and Northeastern this past week. Senior Nicolas Abrigo tallied the match winner against the Pride on October 29, while freshman Chris Albiston score the game winner against the Huskies on November 5.
Teiman and Luster
Named to Top 100 Freshmen List
After posting great rookies seasons so far, the Tribe's freshman duo of Michael Teiman and Marcus Luster were named to Top Drawer Soccer's Top 100 Freshmen List released this week. Teiman and Luster were among six CAA conference players honored.
W&M Records 1-0
Victory at VCU
The William and Mary Tribe rebounded nicely from a loss to nationally ranked Old Dominion with a 1-0 victory at VCU on October 15. Sophomore John Ciampa score the game winner, while senior goalkeeper Colin Smolinsky recorded his seventh shutout of the season.
George Mason, 1-0, on Penalty Kick
On October 8, the Tribe improved its CAA conference record to 4-1 with a 1-0 defeat of George Mason in Williamsburg. In the 81st minute, freshman Chris Albiston was dragged down in the box, drawing a penalty kick. Senior Nicolas Abrigo put away the penalty, scoring the match's lone goal. In goal, senior Colin Smolinsky made a career-high nine saves and posted the shutout.
Four-Straight Shutout Victories
With a 1-0 win at Towson on October 1, the College extended its shutout victories streak to an impressive four matches. Dating back to a 1-0 win at UNC Wilmington on September 17, the College has also defeated UNC Greensboro (2-0) and Drexel (2-0) over the stretch. The four-straight shutout victories were the first for the Tribe since 1995.
Abrigo Rakes in More Honors
Following Stellar Week
After scoring pair of goals and tallying an assist in W&M 2-0 week last week, senior Nicolas Abrigo was named to Top Drawer Soccer's National Team of the Week as well as the CAA Player of the Week. In the Tribe's 2-0 win over UNC Greensboro on September 20, Abrigo scored the game-winning goal for the College. Then on September 24, Abrigo assisted on Michael Teiman's match winner and than added a goal of his own in the 2-0 victory.
W&M Takes Down
Senior Nicolas Abrigo scored the game-winning goal for the Tribe, while junior captain Ben Anderson also added a score in the College's 2-0 win over UNC Greensboro on September 20. Tallying assists on the night were sophomore Will Smith and freshman Patrick O'Brien, while goalkeeper Colin Smolinsky made three saves in recording his third shutout of the season.
Lead Tribe to Victory over UNCW
Sophomore John Ciampa scored his first career game winning goal and senior keeper Colin Smolinsky made a career-high six saves while recording his second shutout of the season to lead the Tribe to a 1-0 win at UNC Wilmington on September 17.
Mahan, Teiman Earn
Despite dropping a pair of hard-fought contests to No. 13 Monmouth and No. 19 East Tennessee State at the ODU/Stihl Soccer Classic on September 3-5, Tribe defenders Andrew Mahan and Michael Teiman were named to the all-tournament team. Both honors were the first for each player.
W&M Takes Down
Spearheading the Tribe's effort in the 1-0 win on September 3 was senior Nicolas Abrigo, who scored the lone goal of the match in the eighth minute. Sophomore John Ciampa and freshman Josh West tallied assists, while senior goalie Colin Smolinsky recorded his first career shutout.
Tribe's Abrigo Earns
Numerous National Honors
After scoring the game-tying and game-winning goals in the Tribe's upset win at No. 5-ranked SMU on August 27, William and Mary senior Nicolas Abrigo raked in the awards. Abrigo was named Soccer America's National Player of the Week and CAA Player of the Week. Abrigo was also honored with places on College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer's National Teams of the Week.
W&M Upsets No. 5
SMU on the Road, 3-2
The Tribe exacted a small amount of revenge on August 27, when the College upset then-ranked No. 5 SMU, 3-2, in Dallas. Last season, the Mustangs ended the Tribe's season in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Senior Nicolas Abrigo had a pair of goals, while junior Ben Anderson also had a score. The win marked the highest-ranked opponent the Tribe had defeated since it beat No. 1-ranked Maryland on September 22, 2004.
Tribe Opens Season
Ranked No. 13 in the Country
After one of the most successful seasons in program history in 2010, the Tribe opened up the 2011 campaign ranked No. 13 in NSCAA Coaches Poll. The 2010 season was a terrific one for the College, as the Tribe won its seventh CAA title in program history and made its eighth appearance in the NCAA Tournament Round of 16. The Tribe's 15 wins were the most since the 2002 season, while its eight CAA conference wins were the most since 1996.
Three Tribe Players
Earn Preseason All-CAA Honors
Senior Nicolas Abrigo, the reigning CAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, was named to the Preseason All-CAA Team just prior to the start of the 2011 season. Earning Honorable Mention Preseason All-CAA honors were junior Ben Anderson and sophomore Roshan Patel.
W&M Picked to
Finish Third in the CAA
In a preseason poll conducted by the conference's coaches, the Tribe was picked to finish third in the CAA this season. After claiming both the CAA regular season and tournament crowns last season, the College earned four first-place votes and 90 total points. Old Dominion was picked to win the league with 112 points, while VCU was picked just ahead of the Green and Gold in second.