Oct. 8, 2013
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BOSTON - Coming off a four-game road trip, the Boston University men's soccer team will host Holy Cross in the program's first home Patriot League game on Wednesday night at Nickerson Field with action set to begin at 7 p.m.
The Terriers (3-6-1, 0-2-0 PL) own an 8-1 lead in the all-time series against Holy Cross (3-5-1, 1-1-0 PL) dating back to 1967. The teams took a break from 1974-2008 before facing off again in 2009. BU has won the last three contests by a combined score of 8-0, including a 4-0 shutout victory last season.
At the time, the four goals marked the most against a non-conference opponent since 2008. Sophomore Mac McGuire recorded his first career multi-goal game in the contest, while senior Anthony Ciccone had two assists in the contest. Junior keeper Nick Thomson only needed one save for the win.
This season, the Terriers enter the game looking to snap a five-game winless streak that includes defeats to Providence (2-0), Navy (1-0), Brown (3-1) and Army (3-2, 2OT) along with a 0-0 draw at Harvard. The loss to the Black Knights proved heartbreaking as BU held a 2-0 lead with eight minutes remaining. Army came back to send the game to overtime and then scored in the second extra session for the victory.
The streak came immediately after BU rode a three-game win streak that featured wins over CAA preseason favorite Northeastern and MAAC preseason favorite Monmouth. The Terriers have been hampered by injuries in the midfield and backline but will try to get back on track against the Crusaders.
Four Terriers have scored two goals this season with junior Dominique Badji leading the squad in shot attempts with 24. In the previous game at Army, both sophomores Lucas McBride and Jeroen Blugh scored for the second time to tie the team lead with Badji and freshman Felix De Bona. Ciccone still owns a team-lead four assists, while junior Jordan Barker is close behind with two helpers.
Defensively, redshirt freshman Matt Gilbert has started eight of the 10 games at net this season and has a 1.10 goals against average along with a 0.824 save percentage. He has three shutouts and has allowed multiple goals on three occasions.
Both BU and Holy Cross have shared two common opponents so far with the Crusaders falling to both Providence (2-1) and Northeastern (2-0) at home. Holy Cross owns wins over Sacred Heart, Bryant and Loyola Maryland by a combined score of 8-2 but is also coming off a 3-0 loss to American.
Joey DeVivo leads the Crusaders with four goals and eight points, while Monty Sanders has three assists. Kevin Wright has started eight games at net and owns a 1.42 goals against average and 0.761 save percentage. Holy Cross has yet to shut out a team.
Following the game, BU will remain at home and host Lehigh on Saturday (Oct. 12) at 2 p.m.