Saint Peter's (1-6-2, 0-3) vs. Niagara (1-8-1, 0-2)
Date: Sat, Oct. 7, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Niagara Field, Niagara University, NY
Next on Tap
The Peacocks travel to Western New York to meet Niagara University on Saturday, October 7 at 7pm. Both teams will be looking for their first MAAC wins of the season.
Series against Niagara
The Peacocks and Purple Eagles will do battle for the 30th time in the series history dating back to 1990. Saint Peter's holds a 15-9-5 all-time lead over Niagara. The Peacocks are riding a two-game winning streak over Niagara, outscoring the Purple Eagles a combined 4-0 in the last two meetings. The teams have split the last five meetings, 2-2-1, with the winner of all four contests winning by way of shutout.
Last Meeting with the Purple Eagles
In 2016, the Peacocks earned their largest margin of victory against Niagara, defeating the Purple Eagles 3-0, in a shutout win at Jaroschak Field. The Peacocks erupted for three first half goals, getting two tallies from Louis Mobbs and one from Gabrielle Bandelli in the win.
Niagara Scouting Report
Niagara enter the contest with a 1-8-1 record overall and 0-2 MAAC mark. The Purple Eagles are on a two-game losing streak and have not won a game since September 8. Niagara has yet to score a MAAC goal, dropping both league games in shutout losses.
Last Time Out
The Peacocks suffered a 2-0 setback to Manhattan at home on Wednesday afternoon. The Peacocks gave up one goal in each half of the game. Saint Peter's starting goalkeeper, Robbie Anderson, made two saves in 90 minutes of action. Santiago Mateus led the Peacocks with three shots, having two of them on goal, while Dominic Laws recorded two shots.
The Peacocks will travel to Connecticut to face Fairfield on Wednesday, October 11. Kick-off for the contest will be primetime at 7pm.
Looking Back at 2016
Saint Peter's ended the 2016 season with a 3-13-2 record overall and a 2-8 record in the MAAC. The Peacocks finished the 2016 regular season atop of the conference in saves and saves per game. Goalkeeper, Jamie Cleland led the MAAC in saves and saves per game in his final season as a Peacock. Luke Fairlamb ended his career ranked in the league's top five in points, points per game, goals, goals per game, assists, and assists per game en route to spots on the All-MAAC First team and ECAC All-Star Frist team.
Looking Forward to 2017
The Peacocks return 13 players after losing 10 seniors from last season. Returning players who appeared and started in more than half of last season's games include Michael Crentsil, Davis Hocking, Gabrielle Bandelli, Rodrigo DaSilva, Ezequiel Cei, and Andrew Romero.
The Peacocks may have lost 10 seniors after last season, but Richens added nine new student-athletes to the squad for the 2017 season. Robbie Anderson, Tom Coulson, Jordan Jowers, Dominic Laws, Anton Moore, Steve Parry, Jonathan Sandoval, Abdoulaye Sarr, and Phillip Smith join the lineup.
About the Coach
Julian Richens enters his seventh season in 2017 as the Peacocks head coach. In 2016, Richens led the Peacocks to a 1-0 win over MAAC powerhouse rival and defending regular season champion, Monmouth. The win over Monmouth was the first in program history with Monmouth as a member of the MAAC. The Peacocks also led the MAAC in saves and saves per game in 2016. Richens led Saint Peter's to a team-best seven wins with him at the helm in 2015, while the Peacocks also advanced to the MAAC Tournament. Richens has coached two All-MAAC first-team selection, five All-MAAC second-team honorees and one All-Rookie team selection in his tenure at Saint Peter's.