Nov. 17, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale's last appearance in the first round of the NCAA College Cup proved quite memorable. Jac Gould scored the game-winning goal in overtime in a victory over Rutgers in 1999. The Bulldogs hope to have similar success when they host Stony Brook on Friday at 4 p.m. at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium.
The Sea Wolves (12-4-4) earned their first NCAA Tournament berth after defeating Binghamton 4-2 in penalty kicks in the America East Championship Game on Saturday night.
"Stony Brook is a well-coached and skillful team with some dangerous individual players," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "We will need to disrupt their offensive rhythm while trying to create rhythm of our own. Our players may not have NCAA experience but they are no strangers to pressure games and they will again need to apply themselves with smarts and determination if they are to overcome a quality opponent."
Michael Palacio leads Stony Brook in scoring with 25 points (7 goals, 11 assists). Chris Megaloudis has seven goals and seven assists and Douglas Narvaez has five goals and 10 assists. EJ Xikis has started 12 games in goal and has a 0.80 goals against average.
Friday's winner meet eighth-seeded UConn in the second round next Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Storrs, Conn.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity