Saturday's Game: #5 Maine Maritime Academy (6-10-1, 5-4 NAC) at #4 Husson University (8-6-2, 6-2-1 NAC), 3:00 p.m., Boucher Field, Bangor, Maine.
Series History: The Eagles hold a 43-18-6 all-time advantage against the Mariners, in a rivalry that dates back to 1974. The Eagles have picked up victories in the last four meetings. The Mariners won their last game over the Eagles on October 4, 2014 at Husson (2-0). The Mariners are 9-21-4 all-time when playing at Husson University.
Last Meeting: The Mariners fell to The Eagles on October 8, 2-1 at Boucher Field. The Eagles picked up two first half goals, and despite cutting the lead to 2-1 on a goal from Ike Doiron (Wilton, Maine) in the second quarter, the Mariners' comeback fell short.
Saker Ghanayem and Miguel Caballero picked up goals for the Eagles.
Last Playoff Meeting: Maine Maritime and Husson last met in the playoffs in 2014, when the Eagles picked up a 3-1 win in the NAC Quarterfinals.
Maine Maritime Academy This Season: The Mariners started their season with a 0-0 tie at the University of New England, before dropping two non-conference matches against Maine-Fort Kent and Gordon College. Maine Maritime won their first game of the season against Maine-Presque Isle, and came up with a big NAC 2-1 win over New England College on Homecoming weekend. The Mariners ended their regular season winning two out of the final three games.
At home the Mariners went 4-4 this season, and on the road they accumulated a 2-6-1 record.
Husson University This Season: The Eagles started off their season going 0-3-2, picking up their first win over Colby College. The Eagles finished up their regular season, coming up victorious in six of their last seven games.
At home the Eagles compiled a 4-3-2 record, while going 4-3 on the road.
The Mariners: Maine Maritime scored 28 goals in 17 games this season, averaging 1.65 goals per game. The team averages 13.3 shots per game, and are allowing opponents to score an average of 2.43 goals per game. The Mariners converted on 3-of-4 penalty kick opportunities, including a perfect 1-for-1 against NAC opponents. Maine Maritime tallied four shutouts this season, two against conference teams.
The Mariners are relying on youthful talent, with freshman Dalton Moore (Hollis Center, Maine) leading the team in goals (7) and assists (4) this season. Freshman Matthew Caron (Scarborough, Maine) ranks second on the team with six goals this season. Both Moore and Caron have tallied three game-winners. Ike Doiron has five goals for the Mariners, while both Gerald Aquino (Montville, Conn.) and Andrew King (Thomaston, Maine) have a pair of goals.
The Mariners have seen action from four goalkeepers this season, with sophomore Joshua Reeks (Bedford, N.H.) earning eight starts in net, tallying 66 saves, for a .717 save percentage and a 3.47 goals against average. Freshman Kyle Townsend (Hampden, Maine) earned five starts in net, tallying 27 saves, for a .844 save percentage and a 1.06 goals against average.
The Eagles: Husson University scored 41 goals in 16 games this season, averaging 2.56 goals per game. The team averages 18.4 shots per game, and are allowing opponents to score an average of 1.70 goals per game. The Eagles converted on 2-of-2 penalty kick opportunities, including a perfect 1-of-1 against NAC opponents. Husson tallied three shutouts this season, all against NAC teams.
Sophomore Rob Ghanayem leads the Eagles with eight goals and five assists this season, including two game winners, while sophomore Miguel Caballero has seven goals and two assists. Senior Josh Bean leads the team with six assists.
Junior Cody Gross has earned 13 starts in net for the Eagles going 6-5-2, tallying 82 saves for a .804 save percentage and a 1.51 goals against average.
Scoring Threat: Juniors Tom Samson (Waterville, Maine) and Ike Doiron are the only two active players to score against the Eagles, both Samson and Doiron have net two goals against the conference foes.
Saker Ghanayem and Miguel Caballero are the only active players for the Eagles to net goals against the Mariners.
2016 NAC MEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
All start times and dates are subject to change
Quarterfinals • Saturday, October 29
No. 6 New England College (9-9, 5-4) at No. 3 Colby-Sawyer (9-6-1, 6-2-1) - 1:00 p.m.
No. 5 Maine Maritime (6-10-1, 5-4) at No. 4 Husson (8-6-2, 6-2-1) - 3:00 p.m.
Semifinals • Tuesday, November 1
4/5 winner at No. 1 Thomas (11-4-1, 9-0) - TBD
3/6 winner at No. 2 Castleton (7-8-2, 7-2) - 7:00 p.m.
Championship • Saturday, November 5
Semifinal Winners (at higher seed) - TBD - Video