St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers men's soccer

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St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers
St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers athletic logo

University St. Francis College
Conference NEC
Division I
Location Brooklyn, NY
Head Coach Tom Giovatto (8th year)
Stadium Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5
(Capacity: )
Nickname Terriers
Colors Blue and Red

             

Home
Away
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal
1978
NCAA Tournament Round of 16
1976
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1982, 2013, 2014
Conference Tournament Champions
1991, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2013, 2014
Conference Regular Season Champions
1991, 1997, 1998

The St. Francis Terriers men's soccer team represents St. Francis College, which is located in Brooklyn Heights, New York. The team is a member of the Division I Northeast Conference (NEC). The Terriers play their home games at Brooklyn Bridge Park on Pier 5, which is also located in Brooklyn Heights. The field is located on the East River and has the Manhattan Skyline as a backdrop.[1]

The current head coach, Tom Giovatto, joined the Terriers in 2007 and has led the team to a 70-55-22 record. In 2009, Giovatto secured a NEC Tournament berth with the second seed and in 2013 he won the NEC Tournament Championship with the 4th seed. Again in 2014, the Terriers won the NEC Tournament Championship and for the second year in a row participated in the NCAA Tournament.

History[edit]

The St. Francis Terriers men's soccer team was founded in 1968 and joined the Northeast Conference in 1985, cementing its soccer team in Division I. The Terriers play their home games at Brooklyn Bridge Park on Pier 5, which is also located in Brooklyn Heights. The field is located on the East River and has the Manhattan Skyline as a backdrop. The Terriers began hosting games on Pier 5 in 2013, they previously hosted home games at the Aviator Sports Complex located at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn from 2007 to 2012.[1] Prior to 2007, the Terriers played their home games at Belson Stadium, on the St. John's University campus in Queens. The Terriers first game at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5 was against the St. Peter's University Peacocks on September 13, 2013 and resulted in a 3-1 victory for the home team.[2]

From 1968 to 2014, the Terriers have compiled a 405–335–78 record and have won 3 NEC regular season championships and 6 NEC tournament championships.[3] Since joining the NEC in 1985, the Terriers have compiled a 115-106-21 record in conference play. The Terriers have also participated in seven National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournaments, their best showing came in 1978 when they made it to the Elite Eight. Since joining the NEC, the Terriers have made it to two NCAA tournaments and they have been one game away on three previous occasions ('95, '96 and '98).[4]

2013 Season[edit]

In 2013, St. Francis went on to win at least 10 games for the 4th time in 7 years under head coach Tom Giovatto and qualified for the Northeast Conference Tournament with the 4th seed for the 11th time in their history.[5] The Terriers defeated 1st seed Central Connecticut State 2–0 in the semifinals and defeated 3rd seed Bryant 3–2 in overtime for the Championship.[6] Kevin Correa was named Tournament Most Valuable Player, scoring 4 goals in the Tournament (2 against the Blue Devils and 2 against the Bulldogs).[6] With the NEC Tournament Championship, the Terriers received an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and they faced Penn State in the first round on November 21, 2013, losing 0–1.

During the 2013 campaign, the St. Francis Brooklyn men's soccer team catapulted to 2nd in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I North Atlantic Regional Poll ranking for October 23 to October 29 after winning 7 consecutive matches.[7] For the Terriers, it is the highest they have been ranked since 2011, when they were fourth on October 4 and October 11.[7] For the final NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I North Atlantic Regional Poll of the season the Terriers were ranked 1st; this is the first time in their history being ranked 1st. The Terriers were also ranked 49th Nationally in the NCAA Men's Soccer RPI at the end of the season.[8]

After the season several Terriers received accolades; Junior forward Kevin Correa along with defender and co-captain Andy Cormack garnered All-NSCAA First Team accolades while senior forward Gabriel Bagot was named to the Second Team of the North Atlantic Region. Head coach Tom Giovatto was named North Atlantic Region Coach of the Year. Kevin Correa was then named to the 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men's All-America Third Team.

After their NEC Championship season the Terriers lost 5 starters to graduation and they're best offensive player Kevin Correa who transferred to the New Mexico Lobos.[9]

2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire College rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Improvement in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week. RV=Others receiving votes.
Poll 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th Final
North Atlantic Region[10] 7 5 5 2 2 2 2 3 5 2 1

2014 Season[edit]

In 2014, St. Francis finished the regular season at 9-5-4 and conference play at 4-1-2 qualifying for the NEC Tournament with the 3rd seed. In the semi-finals against the Bryant Bulldogs, St. Francis won 2-0 with both goals coming from Junior Midfielder Vincent Bezecourt. In the Championship game the Terriers defeated the Saint Francis Red Flash in Loretto, PA 2-1 in OT, with the golden goal scored on a free kick from 15 yards out in the 94th minute by Senior Co-Captain Andy Cormack. Cormack also scored the golden goal via a free kick in last year's championship game against the Bryant Bulldogs. Cormack was named the NEC Tournament's Most Valuable Player and named to College Soccer News National Team of the Week. With the NEC Championship the Terriers qualified for their second consecutive NCAA Tournament where they faced Old Dominion in the first round and lost 0-3.

After the season 3 members of the 2014 Northeast Conference Champion St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers men's soccer team were named to the 2014 National Soccer Coaches Association of America's All-Northeast Region team. Senior defender Riccardo Milano and junior goal keeper Jack Binks were named to the second team, while junior midfielder Vincent Bezecourt received third team honors.

2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire College rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Improvement in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week. RV=Others receiving votes.
Poll 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th Final
North Atlantic Region[10] 6

Seasons[edit]

Regular Season Champions Conference Champions NCAA Tournament berth
Season Head coach Season results Tournament results
Overall[11] Conference[11] Conference[11] NCAA[12]
Record Record Finish
1968 Carlo Tramontozzi 2–8–1
1969 5–6–0
1970 7–5–2
1971 8–5–2
1972 8–5–1
1973 10–4–1
1974 12–2–1 First Round (0–1)
1975 9–4–1
1976 12–2–1 Round of 16 (1–1)
1977 10–2–2 First Round (0–1)
1978 14–4–0 Quarterfinal (2–1)
1979 11–3–2
1980 7–6–3
1981 12–4–2
1982 11–4–4 First Round (0–1)
1983 13–5–1
1984 6–11–1
1985 6–10–1 3–3–0 4th
1986 9–7–1 4–2–0 3rd
1987 8–11–1 2–4–0 6th
1988 10–8–2
1989 Sam Carrington 9–8–1 4–2–1 3rd Semi-Final (0–1)
1990 8–10–2 4–2–1 3rd Semi-Final (0–1)
1991 14–4–2 6–1–0 1st Champion (2–0)
1992 7–10–1 4–3–1 5th DNQ
1993 8–7–1 4–4–0 6th DNQ
1994 5–11–2 3–5–0 T-5th DNQ
1995 14–7–1 4–3–1 3rd Champion (2–0) Play-In
1996 13–8–0 6–2–0 2nd Champion (2–0) Play-In
1997 14–6–1 5–1–0 1st Semi Final (0–1)
1998 15–6–1 7–1–1 1st Champion (2–0) Play-In
1999 5–13–2 4–5–1 5th Semi Final (0–1)
2000 10–6–1 7–2–1 2nd Semi Final (0–1)
2001 5–10–1 4–6–0 7th DNQ
2002 Carlo Acquista 3–11–3 3–5–2 7th DNQ
2003 1–14–2 0–9–0 10th DNQ
2004 8–9–1 5–4–0 5th DNQ
2005 4–11–2 1–8–0 10th DNQ
2006 2–13–2 2–5–2 7th DNQ
2007 Tom Giovatto 4–9–5 2–5–2 8th DNQ
2008 11–4–3 4–3–2 5th DNQ
2009 10–6–2 7–2–1 2nd Semi Final (0–1)
2010 5–9–3 3–6–1 8th DNQ
2011 10–5–3 5–3–2 6th DNQ
2012 7–10–1 4–6–0 8th DNQ
2013 12–6–1 4–3–0 4th Champion (2–0) First Round (0–1)
2014 11—6—4 4—1—2 3rd Champion (2–0) First Round (0–1)
46
Seasons
  405–335–78 115–106–21 3 NEC titles
(Regular Season)
12–6 in NEC Tournament
6 NEC tournament titles
3–7 in NCAA Tournament
7 bids

Players[edit]

2014 roster[edit]

As of September 2, 2014.[13] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United Kingdom GK Jack Binks
3 Venezuela DF Riccardo Milano
4 Australia DF Paul Galimi
5 United Kingdom DF Andy Cormack
7 United States MF David Pardo
8 Germany DF Fabian Suele
9 United States MF Grei Mujko
10 United Kingdom MF Harry Odell
11 United States MF Salvatore Barone
15 France MF Vincent Bezecourt
No. Position Player
16 United States DF Dominick Falanga
17 United States MF Federico Curbelo
18 United States MF Philip Shafer
19 France MF Cyril Coisne
20 United States MF Adrian Cosovic
23 Spain MF John Makaya
24 United Kingdom MF Nyle Patel
33 United States DF Daniel Babar
37 United States MF David Shafer
91 United States GK Seth Erdman

Captains in bold

Coaching Staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head Coach United States Tom Giovatto (2007-Present)
Asst. Coach Albania Sinan Selmani (2007-Present)
Asst. Coach United States Christopher Helms (2014-Present)

Last updated: June 7, 2014
Source: St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers Athletics Website

Terriers in professional leagues[edit]

NCAA Tournament results[edit]

The Terriers have appeared in 7 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championships and in 3 play-ins. Their combined record is 3–7 and their best finish was in 1978, when they reached the Elight Eight.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1974 First Round Cornell L 2–4
1976 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Adelphi
Hartwick
W 2–0
L 0–3
1977 First Round Hartwick L 1–5
1978 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elight Eight
Adelphi
Columbia
Clemson
W 1–0
W 2–0
L 0–4
1982 First Round Columbia L 1–4
1995 Play-In Rhode Island L 0–4
1996 Play-In Army L 0–3
1998 Play-In Jacksonville L 0–3
2013 First Round Penn State L 0–1
2014 First Round Old Dominion L 0–3

Coaching history[edit]

Overall Conference
Name Years Win-Loss-Tie Pct. Win-Loss-Tie Pct. Note
Carlo Tramontozzi 1968-88 (21yrs) 190-116-30 61.0% 9-9-0 50.0% 5 NCAA Tournament appearances
Sam Carrington 1989-2001 (13yrs) 127-106-16 54.2% 62-37-7 61.8% 3 NEC Regular Season Championships and 5 NEC Tournament Championships
Carlo Acquista[15] 2002-2006 (5yrs) 18-58-10 26.7% 11-31-4 28.3%
Tom Giovatto 2007–Present 70-55-22 55.1% 37-30-2 55.1% 2 NEC Tournament Championships and 2 NCAA Tournament appearances

Terrier records[edit]

St. Francis College Records
Season[16] Career[16]
Goals 22 Bernard Celestin (1983) 48 Dimitri Petrouniak (1995–1998)
Points 46 Bernard Celestin (1983) 124 Dimitri Petrouniak (1995–1998)
Assists 22 Daniel Benoit (1974) 28 Dimitri Petrouniak (1995–1998)
Saves 189 Mark Woseley (1990) 532 Dragan Radovich (1975–1978)
Shutouts 11 Dragan Radovich (1978) and Mario Flava (1988) 30 Dragan Radovich (1975–1978)

Accolades[edit]

NSCAA Division I men's soccer First-Team All-Americans[edit]

NSCAA Division I men's soccer Second-Team All-Americans[edit]

  • Miro Urlic, 1979[20]
  • Duke Shamo, 1998[21]

NSCAA Division I men's soccer Third-Team All-Americans[edit]

  • Kevin Correa, 2013[22]

NSCAA Division I men's soccer Honorable Mention[edit]

  • Philip Laspisa, 1974[21]
  • Gregory Kourtesis, 1976[21]
  • Flavio Vozila, 1976[21]
  • Gaetano Messina, 1978[21]
  • Philip Klah, 1979[21]

NEC Men's Soccer[edit]

Year NEC Player of the Year[23][24] NEC Coach of the Year[23][24] First Team All-NEC[23][24] Second Team ALL-NEC[23][24] NEC Rookie of the Year[23][24]
1986 Clint Marcelle, Lenny Leggard, Kurt Barrington, Mario Fava
1987 Clint Marcelle, Kurt Barrington, Mario Fava
1988 Clint Marcelle Clint Marcelle, Kurt Barrington, Mario Fava Andy Haynes
1989 Irvin Ellison, Andy Haynes Chiwale DaSilva, Leroi Wilson
1990 Chiawale DaSilva, Andy Haynes Irvin Ellison, Sherwin Besson
1991 Sam Carrington Chiawale DaSilva, Andy Haynes, Steve Mason Irvin Ellison, Sherwyn Besson Steve Mason
1992 Chiwale DaSilva, Sherwyn Besson Ron Mitchell Ron Mitchell
1993 Marlon Morris, Ron Mitchell
1994 Marlon Morris, Ron Mitchell
1995 Ron Mitchell Dmitri Petrouniak
1996 Duke Shamo Dmitri Petrouniak, Kevin Mooyoung
1997 Duke Shamo Sam Carrington Duke Shamo, Dmitri Petrouniak, Troy Mohney, Augustus Pokoo-Aikens
1998 Duke Shamo Sam Carrington Duke Shamo, Dmitri Petrouniak, Victor Avwontom, Agard Radoncic, Mersim Beskovic Jared Diehl, Michel Peters Agard Radoncic
1999 Agard Radoncic
2000 Agard Radoncic, Mersim Beskovic, Marcus Maurice Prince Ogodo, Agron Sokolki
2001 Joseph Afful Ricardo Ordain, Ron Azinge
2002 Joseph Afful
2003 Alessandro Acquista
2004 Alessandro Acquista, Jarron Brooks
2005 Carlos Moncaleano
2006 Anthony Matos
2007 Semso Nikocevic John Sallhag John Sallhag
2008 John Sallhag, Semso Nikocevic
2009 Semso Nikocevic, Anthony Matos Javier Gonzalez,John Sallhag
2010 John Sallhag
2011 Gabriel Bagot Adam Maabdi, Aldo Toma
2012 Kevin Correa Adam Maabdi, Gabriel Bagot Kevin Correa
2013 Kevin Correa, John Johansson Andy Cormack, Gabriel Bagot
2014 Riccardo Milano, Jack Binks Andy Cormack, John Makaya, Vincent Bezecourt

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