RED BULLS ACADEMY ON CAMPUS UPDATE: NCAA TOURNAMENT

In Red Bulls Readers’ ongoing effort to keep you, the supporters of the club, as up to date as possible with what is going on with the first team and beyond, we add Red Bulls Academy On Campus to our galaxy of stars.  Academy products are translating the success they had in the Academy system to the collegiate level.  The Academy had 10 players representing five universities in the tournament, but just Matt Kassel, Widner St. Cyr and the defending champion Maryland Terrapins remain.  After the jump is the report for the NCAA Tournament to date. 

Sacir HotBoston College – The Eagles entered the NCAA tournament against Dartmouth on 11/19.  After a hard fought game through regulation, the teams entered overtime at 1-1.  Freshman Isaac Taylor scored his first goal for the Eagles in the 103rd minute to secure the golden-goal victory.  The Eagles then traveled to Queens to face St. John’s in the second round.  They were able to score early and hold on for the win, snapping St. John’s 21-game home unbeaten streak in the process.  The next assignment for BC was hosting Drake.  The Eagles got off to a good start and took an early 2-0 lead.  They were unable to hold it though and the teams went in 2-2 at the break.  BC scored early in the second half but the strong Drake team came back and eventually went on to win 6-4.  The Eagles ended the season with a 14-9 record.  Sacir played every minute against Dartmouth but after injury was unable to play against St. John’s and only registered 18 minutes against Drake.  He played in 16 games for a young Eagles team and will look to anchor the defense again next year.

Widner St. CyrUniversity of Maryland – The Terps began the NCAA Tournament at home against Loyola (MD).  They broke the deadlock after 34 minutes and added a second less than three minutes later before holding on for a 2-1 win.  The next round was played at University Park, PA against Penn State.  The Terps struck first after 24 minutes when Billy Cortes struck a low shot past the keeper.  Penn State tied the game at 1-1 early in the second half from a headed free kick.  Maryland came through in the end, scoring with just four minutes remaining to grab their second consecutive 2-1 win.  Next on the list for Maryland was a trip to Harvard.  The Terps got off to a good start scoring just 10 minutes in.  They were given a scare near the end of the first half but goalkeeper Zac MacMath made a penalty kick save and one on the rebound to preserve the lead.  The Terps added a late goal to lock up the victory, 2-0.  Maryland will now travel to Charlottesville, VA to face Virginia for the third time this year in the National Quarterfinals.  In earlier matchups this year, Maryland drew 0-0 against Virginia in the regular season and lost 1-0 in the ACC Tournament.  Widner played in two of the three matches and registered one shot.

Matt KasselUniversity of Maryland – The Terps began the NCAA Tournament at home against Loyola (MD).  They broke the deadlock after 34 minutes and added a second less than three minutes later before holding on for a 2-1 win.  The next round was played at University Park, PA against Penn State.  The Terps struck first after 24 minutes when Billy Cortes struck a low shot past the keeper.  Penn State tied the game at 1-1 early in the second half from a headed free kick.  Maryland came through in the end, scoring with just four minutes remaining to grab their second consecutive 2-1 win.  Next on the list for Maryland was a trip to Harvard.  The Terps got off to a good start scoring just 10 minutes in.  They were given a scare near the end of the first half but goalkeeper Zac MacMath made a penalty kick save and one on the rebound to preserve the lead.  The Terps added a late goal to lock up the victory, 2-0.  Maryland will now travel to Charlottesville, VA to face Virginia for the third time this year in the National Quarterfinals.  In earlier matchups this year, Maryland drew 0-0 against Virginia in the regular season and lost 1-0 in the ACC Tournament.  Matt started all three games for the Terps, contributing one shot.

Anthony VazquezMonmouth University – The Hawks hosted the University of Connecticut in the first round of the NCAA tournament.  The game was hotly contested throughout and it entered penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie.  Monmouth showed more composure on the day and was able to win, 4-3, for the school’s first ever victory in the NCAA tournament.  They went on to face Harvard in the second round in Cambridge, MA.  Harvard came out strong, taking a 1-0 lead into the half and adding two more goals in the second for a 3-0 victory.  The Hawks ended their season with an impressive 18-2-2 record.  Anthony started both games, securing the shutout against UConn and was almost able to level the Harvard game at one when his header hit the crossbar.  He started all 22 games for the Hawks in the back for a team that had a 0.45 goals against average, and he had one goal for himself.

Ryan KinneMonmouth University – The Hawks hosted the University of Connecticut in the first round of the NCAA tournament.  The game was hotly contested throughout and it entered penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie.  Monmouth showed more composure on the day and was able to win, 4-3, for the school’s first ever victory in the NCAA tournament.  They went on to face Harvard in the second round in Cambridge, MA.  Harvard came out strong, taking a 1-0 lead into the half and adding two more goals in the second for a 3-0 victory.  The Hawks ended their season with an impressive 18-2-2 record.  Ryan started both games this week tallying four shots and scoring the second penalty kick against UConn.  He started every game this year, scoring 10 goals and adding seven assists for 27 total points.  He has been mentioned on the Hermann Award Watch List for college soccer’s top player.

Cesar BlancidoMonmouth University – The Hawks hosted the University of Connecticut in the first round of the NCAA tournament.  The game was hotly contested throughout and it entered penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie.  Monmouth showed more composure on the day and was able to win, 4-3, for the school’s first ever victory in the NCAA tournament.  They went on to face Harvard in the second round in Cambridge, MA.  Harvard came out strong, taking a 1-0 lead into the half and adding two more goals in the second for a 3-0 victory.  The Hawks ended their season with an impressive 18-2-2 record.  Cesar started both games for the Hawks adding two shots and scoring the decisive penalty kick for Monmouth in the sixth round.  He started all 22 games this year and had two goals in the midfield for four points.

Nick GendronNorthwestern University – The Wildcats hosted Notre Dame in the second round of the NCAA tournament after a first-round bye.  Northwestern made the most of their chances and secured a 3-1 victory.  They then traveled to face Tulsa on a rain-soaked Sunday afternoon.  It was a tough, well contested match but a 74th minute goal stood up for Tulsa and eliminated the Wildcats.  They ended the season with an 11-5-4 record.

John TardySt. John’s University – After a first-round bye in the NCAA tournament, the Red Storm hosted Boston College in the second round.  Unfortunately the Eagles were the stronger team on the day, scoring in the eighth minute and working hard to hold on for the win.  St. John’s ended the season with a 9-3-9 record and a Big East Conference Tournament Championship.  John saw action in the game against Boston College.  It was his 10th appearance this season with one start.  He contributed one goal and one assist this season.

Walter HinesSt. John’s University – After a first-round bye in the NCAA tournament, the Red Storm hosted Boston College in the second round.  Unfortunately the Eagles were the stronger team on the day, scoring in the eighth minute and working hard to hold on for the win.  St. John’s ended the season with a 9-3-9 record and a Big East Conference Tournament Championship.  Walter started the game for the Red Storm but was unable to find the back of the net.  He played in all 21 games, with 19 starts, this season and had two goals and two assists on the year.

Conor LadeSt. John’s University­ – After a first-round bye in the NCAA tournament, the Red Storm hosted Boston College in the second round.  Unfortunately the Eagles were the stronger team on the day, scoring in the eighth minute and working hard to hold on for the win.  St. John’s ended the season with a 9-3-9 record and a Big East Conference Tournament Championship.  Conor started at defense for St. John’s against Boston College.  They played well but unfortunately the early goal held up.  He started every game for the Red Strom this year and had one goal from the back.

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