Saint Peter's (1-6-2, 0-1) vs. Monmouth (2-4-2, 1-0)
Date: Sat., Oct. 1, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Jaroschak Field, Jersey City, NJ
Next on Tap
Saint Peter's will host hOURglass rival Monmouth on Saturday afternoon.
The Peacocks trail the Hawks in the all-time series, 13-17.The Hawks have won all three annual meetings since joining the MAAC in 2013.
Last Time We Met
In last seasons meeting, the Hawks edged the Peacocks, 3-1
Monmouth Scouting Report
Monmouth heads to Jersey City with a 2-4-2 overall record and a 1-0 MAAC record. The Hawks have won their last two games after starting the season 0-4-2. Collin Stripling leads the Hawks with four goals, while Dave Nigro has three goals and three assists.
Last Time Out
Saint Peter's fell 4-1 to Iona to open up MAAC action.
Scoring Leader in the MAAC
Saint Peter's senior forward Luke Fairlamb has led the Peacock attack thus far in 2016. The Northampton, England native is one of the best forwards in the MAAC, ranking top five statistically in all offensive categories (points, points per game, goals, goals per game, assists, and assists per game).
The Peacocks are home again facing Fairfield (Oct. 5) and travel to Manhattan (Oct. 8).
Looking Back at 2015
Saint Peter's ended the 2015 season with a 7-9-2 record overall and a 4-5-1 record in the MAAC. The seven wins were the most by the program under Richens, and best season by the team since 2010 when the Peacocks won 13 games and claimed a MAAC title.
Looking Forward to 2016
The Peacocks return 25 players from a year ago, with 19 of the returners having started in at least one game last season. Of the 25 returners, they accounted for 23 of the 24 goals scored in 2015 and bring back starting goalkeeper Jamie Cleland, who played every minute in goal last season for the Peacocks. Saint Peter's only loses two players from a year ago and add junior defenseman, Justin Bergman to the lineup.
The Saint Peter's Men's Soccer team was picked 10th in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Coaches Preseason Poll. Monmouth, the defending MAAC regular season champion, was selected as the preseason favorite with 120 points, followed by defending MAAC champion, Rider (103). Iona (94), Fairfield (86), and Siena (76) rounded out the Top-5 teams in the poll while Marist (57), Quinnipiac (51), Canisius (47), Manhattan (45), Saint Peter's (33) and Niagara (14) rounded out the poll.
About the Coach
Julian Richens enters his sixth season in 2016 as the Head Men's Soccer Coach of the Peacocks. Richens is coming off of a team-best seven wins with him at the helm in 2015, while the Peacocks advanced to the MAAC Tournament. Richens has coached one All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) first-team selection, five All-MAAC second-team honorees and one All-Rookie team selection in his tenure at Saint Peter's.