Le Moyne Men’s Soccer Makes Its Case To Be In The Top 25

Syracuse, NY- After a scorching hot start to the year, the Le Moyne Men’s soccer team has spent the last couple of weeks fanning those flames with a combination of a never quit offense and stifling defense.  With the outstanding team play, not only has Le Moyne moved into fourth place in the NE-10, they have given themselves a chance to jump back into the Top 25 for the second time this season.

The Dolphins started their most recent four game stretch as they hosted Assumption College on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Ted Grant Field. Le Moyne found themselves trailing by a goal just twelve minutes into the game, giving Le Moyne their first deficit they had faced in regulation all season.

Le Moyne, however, was going to have none of that, as just over three minutes later first-year graduate transfer Niklas Breunung found his teammate senior midfielder Marcello Palucci for the equalizer.  Fifteen minutes later, sophomore midfielder Salar Faryar found his German counterpart, and third leading scorer in the nation, first-year graduate transfer Marek Weber who hammered home the eventual game-winner putting Le Moyne up 2-1.

The Dolphins would hold on as the defense of Le Moyne combined with the excellent goalkeeping of Ben Beaury dominated the play in the second half.  The win marked the 10th straight time Le Moyne has taken down Assumption College.

Le Moyne then went on the road to take on one of their rivals and a very tough Merrimack team on Saturday, Sept. 30, where they hit a bit of a speed bump.  After losing first-year graduate transfer Tom McConway in their previous match, on top of already losing standout freshman defender Patrick Strauss a week earlier, the Dolphin defense struggled to mesh throughout the game.

After allowing a goal with only five minutes remaining in the first half, the Dolphins would allow two more in the first ten minutes of the second and were handed only their second shutout of the season, 3-0.  Those three goals are the most Le Moyne had given up in a game all season ,up to that point.  

Bouncing back from a tough loss in a big way, Le Moyne returned home with a vengeance to Ted Grant Field on Wednesday, Oct. 4, where they shellacked the #21 ranked Mercyhurst University Lakers by a final of 7-1.  The seven goals, second most in a game in program history, included two separate hat-tricks and a five goal second half.  

Most Dolphins fans hadn’t even reached their seats before the Dolphins found the back of the net for the first time just a minute and forty seconds in.  Senior midfielder Marcello Palucci put a beautiful cross into the box that found the head of first-year graduate transfer Niklas Breunung for his first goal of the season.  Le Moyne would make it a two goal lead right before the half as freshman midfielder Joe Falcone headed a ball directly to the right foot of sophomore midfielder Salar Faryar who screamed one past the goalkeeper.

After surrendering a goal early in the second half, Le Moyne put the pedal to the floor and didn’t let up until the final horn sounded. In the final 19 minutes of the game, the Dolphins racked up five goals on a shell-shocked Mercyhurst team that did not know what hit them.  

For the first time in program history, two different players’ tallied hat-tricks as both first-year graduate transfer forward Marek Weber and sophomore midfielder Salar Faryar dominated the Lakers defense.  This scoring outburst was Faryar’s second hat-trick as a Dolphin and put Weber firmly in position as the NE-10’s leading scorer.  

Not to be outdone, however, Le Moyne’s star senior goalkeeper Ben Beaury set his name in stone as one of the programs best on Saturday, Oct. 7, as he picked up his 27th career shutout over Stonehill College, 1-0.  The reigning NE-10 Goalkeeper of the Year, and the program’s first All-American, now stands alone atop the list for career shutouts in program history.  

It was a game that turned out to be a lot closer than what Le Moyne may have thought they were going to have, but strong team play from the Dolphins held for the full 90 minutes.  The lone goal of the contest came in the 86th minute off a fantastic cross by senior midfielder Adam Resetarits that found, you guessed it, Marek Weber, who buried it home to give the Dolphins their sixth home win of the season.  

The Dolphins (8-2-1, 4-2-1 NE-10) have now won five of their last six, including four straight at home on Ted Grant Field.  Le Moyne will play four of their last six games on the road starting with the College of Saint Rose on Tuesday, Oct. 10, before returning home for a one game stop to host Saint Anselm College on Saturday, Oct. 14.  This will be the second game of a doubleheader at 2 p.m. with the women’s team taking the field at 11, both games will be live on ‘PhinsTV.