Franklin Pierce 5, Le Moyne 0 Nov.
Franklin Pierce 5, Le Moyne 0Nov. 10, 2005
RINDGE, N.H. -- Second-seeded Franklin Pierce, ranked No. 15 in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Division II poll, rolled to a 5-0 victory over third-seeded and No. 23-ranked Le Moyne College in first round action of the 2005 NCAA Division II New England Regional Tournament at Sodexho Field tonight.
Franklin Pierce (14-6-2) advances to Saturday's New England Regional final for the second-straight year when it will face top-seeded and No. 8-ranked Dominican College (18-1-0) at 7 p.m. Le Moyne sees its season come to a close at 14-6-2 after making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1977 and third overall.
"It's the first NCAA Tournament for us," said Le Moyne Head Coach Tom Bonus. "Hopefully we gained some experience so next time we can perform better."
All-American Christopher Joyce (Jarrow, England), the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year, broke a three-match scoring drought with two goals and an assist. Junior Jason Grier (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) added a goal and assist, while freshman Marek Hawrylik (Olzstyn, Poland) dished two assists.
"The last couple of games something has been missing for us," said Franklin Pierce Head Coach Marco Koolman, whose team was held to three goals in the NE-10 Tournament after leading the Conference in scoring in the regular season. "We put our heads together this week and some of the goals tonight came from situations we worked on in practice."
Sophomore James Thorpe (East Longmeadow, Mass./Bridgton Academy) made three saves to preserve his ninth shutout of the season - the 23rd of his career to move into sole possession of second on the College's all-time list.
Franklin Pierce, which fell behind in each of the first two meetings this season between the two sides - including Sunday's 1-0 loss in the NE-10 Championship, opened the scoring 11:50 into the match on a scramble off a free kick. Grier squared a ball back to Joyce, who converted a low shot into the right corner, snapping a three-match scoring drought.
Joyce doubled the Ravens lead 7:09 into the second when he took a pass from Hawrylik from the right side, turned and fired a shot into the lower left corner from 15-yards out.
Grier put the Ravens up 3-0 in the 62nd minute when he took a through ball from Hawrylik and fired a shot from just inside the 18 from the right side into the left side of the net. With Le Moyne pushing forward, Joyce spotted freshman Raphael Guimaraes (Marlboro, Mass./Ashland) with a through ball from the center for a one-timed shot from the top of the six on the left side at 71:15.
Senior Evan Luster (Newington, Conn./Newington) rounded out the scoring, off a feed from freshman Tim Pacheco (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) at 80:08. The Ravens finished with a 13-7 advantage in shots for the match, including 8-5 in the second half.
Senior Tim Mann (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch), who yielded a season-high five goals, finished with two saves for Le Moyne.
The Dolphins were not without their chances on the offensive end. Junior Rob Moskwa (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee), who scored the lone goal in last weekend's 1-0 victory, forced Thorpe on his toes with a nifty back-heel shot in the 33rd minute. Down 3-0, freshman Brandon Morse (Lima, Ohio/Shawnee) had a header off a corner kick cleared off the line by Franklin Pierce sophomore Brandon McMahon (Chapelhall, Scotland) in the 66th minute. Freshman Matthew Pecheone (New Hartford, N.Y./New Hartford) was denied by Thorpe on a far post header in the 80th minute.
"It was important for us to get the first goal and put the pressure on (Le Moyne)," said Koolman. "Overall, I wasn't overly impressed with our overall execution, but you're always happy with five goals."
#15 Franklin Pierce 5, #23 Le Moyne 0 Le Moyne (14-6-2) 0 0 - 0 Franklin Pierce (14-5-4) 1 4 - 5 Scoring Summary: FP: Christopher Joyce (Jason Grier), 11:50; FP: Joyce (Marek Hawrylik), 52:09; FP: Grier (Hawrylik), 61:03; FP: Raphael Guimaraes (Joyce), 71:15; FP: Evan Luster (Tim Pacheco), 80:08. Goalkeepers: LC: Tim Mann (90:00), two saves; FP: James Thorpe (90:00), three saves. Shots: LC: 7, FP: 13.
-- Courtesy Franklin Pierce