D3 and JuCo Update
We are going to try our best to also cover some local D3 and Junior College programs moving forward as well. This is a guest post from Shobha Kondragunta, Ph.D, a local soccer enthusiast.
A new start
Graeme Millar, the newly-appointed head coach of the men’s soccer program, is not new to coaching. He successfully oversaw the women’s program at Stevenson for 10 years with multiple post-season tournament appearances, including two conference titles in 2010 and 2014. Millar was also a fixture in the Maryland Olympic Development Program in the 2000s, contributing to the growth of youth soccer in the state.
Millar takes over the losing men’s program (2-6 in Middle Atlantic Conference last year) with expectations to bring immediate success.
Stevenson Mustangs incoming freshmen class boasts high-caliber players who have begun to make an immediate impact, after former head coach Andrew Bordelon (currently an assistant at D1 program Northern Illinois) and staff hit the recruiting circuit hard last season.
The Mustangs are 1-2-1 in the season so far, following a draw against York on Sunday and a competitive 3-2 loss to Gettsyburg the day prior, but the number of goals the team is scoring is already progress from last season. DMV freshmen Tariq Lee (Baltimore Armour and Pipeline), Dylan Holly (Archbishop Curley),Jordan Fields (Pipeline) combined well to find the back of the net in a tough away match versus Gettysburg on Friday 9/8. While Lee’s goal was unassisted, Holly scored off a corner kick from Fields.
Fields’ first goal of the season came in a tough overtime 3-2 loss to Hampden-Sydney on September 3rd.
Mustangs started their season with a 2-1 win over Washington and are away at York on Saturday 9/9 which ended in a 0-0 draw despite two over time periods.
They play Randolph-Macon at home on Wednesday 9/13.
A program on the rise
Goucher College Gophers are 3-2 so far this season, with Landmark Conference games yet to be played. Coached by Bryan Laut (in his 8th season), they are a program that relies heavily on the two senior center backs, Drew Philips (all conference second team last season) and Scott Mt. Pleasant (Clifton Park, New York), not only to defend but also be the attacking duo during set pieces.
Gophers started the season with a tough game against top-ranked cross-town rivals Johns Hopkins Blue Jays, losing 2-0. The following game against Mt. Aloysius (Allegheny Mountain College Conference) was a tough 2-1 loss in an overtime thriller. The Gophers mounted a comeback this week with a tough schedule of three games in four days. After beating Cairn (2-0) at home on Wednesday 9/6, they traveled to Gwynedd Valley, PA to play Gwynedd Mercy for a 1-0 win on Friday 9/8. On Saturday, the Gophers defeated Rosemont 3-0 with goals scored by Brandon Cohen, Luke Newsome, and Konrad Bulanowski.
DMV player Vinay Chandra (Baltimore Celtic and Baltimore Armour) got his first start of the season Friday 9/8, and was a nemesis for Gwynedd defense drawing fouls and free kick opportunities for Gophers.
Gophers travel to Reading, PA to play Alvernia on Wednesday 9/13. The first conference game for Gophers is at home vs Juanita on September 23rd. Key conference matches versus Catholic, Scranton, and Moravian will dictate if Gophers will be contenders for post season play or remain on the outside.
A slow start
Frostburg soccer was very active for over a year hitting the recruitment circuit hard. Former assistant coach Kevin Mccarthy (now at D2 California State San Marcos) managed to recruit 13 players for this year’s incoming freshmen class, mostly from the DMV area. Notable recruits include Randy Putnam (Baltimore Celtic) and others who have not yet cut into the starting lineup or earned significant game minutes yet.
Coming off a 4-4-1 record in Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) in 2016, Frostburg started the season by hosting a tournament and participating in the Rutgers-Camden tournament in New Jersey. Bobcats fell to The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) 1-0, tied the game vs Mount St. Joseph 0-0, and lost to the Johns Hopkins 3-0. Bobcats traveled to New Jersey on Saturday 9/9 to play Rutgers-Camden to a 3-3 draw in double overtime; two goals from freshman Logan Imbraguglio (Westminister, MD) and sophomore Josh McRobie (Gambrils, MD). Unfortunately, in Sunday action, the Bobcats lost a 7-0 match against #17 Rowan, They’ll travel to Altoona, PA on Wednesday to take on Penn State Altoona.
Catholic University Cardinals opened the 2017 season with a 2-1 win (vs Caroll), a 5-2 loss (vs. York), and a 0-0 draw (vs. Mary Washington). DMV players Nick Battaglia (Pipeline) and Franco Caltabiano (Baltimore Celtic) are both freshmen who saw match minutes in the games with Battaglia making the starting lineup in all three games.
The Cardinals, coached by Travis Beauchamp (in his 11th season), struggled last year in their conference play (1-6) which included a 2-0 loss to local rival Goucher. It is unclear if the nine freshmen recruited will have an impact and boost performance. Freshmen Battaglia and Caltabiano are both defenders from top club programs who can fortify the defenses but do the Cardinals have the offensive power? Last season, Cardinals posted the least number of goals (19 compared to title winner Elizabethtown’s 46) in the Landmark conference.
Pre-season poll places Catholic in the 4th place in Landmark conference clearing the way for post season play but the early 5-2 loss to York doesn’t bode well for the rest of the season.
Knights Clip the Owls
CCBC-Essex posted an impressive 5-2 win on Saturday night in a dominating performance against Nationally-ranked PG Community College. Goal scorers were Edwin Navas, Carols Guzman-Hernan, and Logan Funk in the first half. In the second-half, CB Jake Dengler pitched in for two more goals, including a belter of a free kick from distance:
— JD24 (@JakeDengler6) September 10, 2017
Other DMV Area Schools in D3 Conferences:
Johns Hopkins Blue Jays 4-0-0 and have yet to let up a goal this season. They take on York on Wednesday, 7:00pm at home.
Mary Washington 2-1-1
St. Mary’s College of Maryland 3-2, play Catolic at home on Thursday, 4:00pm
Hood College 3-2-0 take on Rowan on Wednesday, 6:00pm at home