Marching On

Once again it is November and, once again, the Catamounts are up to their old tricks.The veteran men’s soccer team made it look easy as they advanced 3-1 past the No. 5 Hartford Hawks into the semifinals of the America East Championship.For a team that made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament last season, finishing fourth in the conference was a disappointment, but head coach Jesse Cormier has a group of six seniors who are not ready to see their soccer careers end.”The guys didn’t want the season to end today,” Cormier said. “In the huddle you could hear the seniors saying, ‘We are not stopping here.’ They wanted to extend this thing – they like November.”In order for the season to continue, the Cats find a way to win when they travel to face top seeded Boston University on Wednesday.”We made it a little tough on ourselves,” senior center back Connor Tobin said. “But we have been down to Boston and we were in tough games last year, so we do have some experience in this situation and now it is just about applying it.”Tobin, the recipient of the America East defender of the year, led a backline that includes three seniors in controlling a quick and potent Hartford front line.”Coming from the back, all the way through the midfield and up top, we all defended with heart today,” senior midfielder Jordan Crasilneck said. “Jesse [Cormier] drew up a good game plan and we were able to take their offensive movements and use it against them.”After scoring just three goals in their last four games, the Cats jumped on the board quickly with two goals in the first 17 minutes.After freshman Patrick Alonis opened the scoring 12 minutes into the match, Crasilneck added the second and freshman Lukas Petersen iced the game in the 84th minute on a rocket past the Hawks’ goalkeeper.The three goals were more than enough for a Cats defense that has not given up more than one goal since the middle of September.”Credit to the guys up front who got it done and gave us a two goal lead,” Tobin said. “Once we got two goals, I don’t think there are many teams that will score a couple of goals on us.”Catamounts clean upSenior Connor Tobin led a group of six Catamounts who were named to the America East All-Conference teams.Tobin was named Defender of the Year and joined on the All-Conference First Team by fellow senior Jordan Crasilneck.Team captain Jack McFadden, goalkeeper Roger Scully and T.J. Gore received spots on the second team while freshman Yannick Lewis earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team.