NEWMAC Quarterfinal Preview: No. 4 Men's Soccer Hosts No. 5 MIT

NEWMAC Quarterfinal Preview: No. 4 Men's Soccer Hosts No. 5 MIT

Worcester, Mass.--The Clark University men's soccer team has earned the fourth-seed in the upcoming New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) postseason tournament and will host fifth-seed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. for the quarterfinal match with the Engineers at the Granger Soccer Complex.

Clark, which edged MIT 1-0 in Cambridge during the regular season meeting between the two clubs back on October 14, comes into the quarterfinal match with a record of 9-5-3 and a mark of 4-2-1 in NEWMAC contests. The Cougars earned wins in NEWMAC play over Emerson College (1-0), Babson College (2-1), and WPI (2-0) in the regular season finale. They played to a 3-3 double overtime tie with the Lyons of Wheaton College in conference play on September 23rd. In the all-time series between MIT and Clark, which dates back to 1921, the Engineers are 31-17-2 against the Cougars.

MIT (6-7-4, 2-4-1 NEWMAC) earned a spot in the NEWMAC Tournament after just missing out on the postseason a year ago. The Engineers went 2-4-1 for seven points during conference play this fall as MIT defeated Babson College, 1-0, on September 30th and Wheaton College, 4-1, on September 16th and played to a 0-0 double overtime draw at Coast Guard on October 21st.

Wednesday's quarterfinal match between the Engineers and the Cougars will be the fourth between the two teams in the NEWMAC Tournament and first since 2007. MIT defeated Clark twice over the past three postseason meetings, but the Cougars took the last one which came in the quarterfinal round back in 2007 by a 2-1 score. Previously, MIT had beaten Clark 3-0 in the 2002 quarterfinals and 2-1 in the 2005 semifinals.

Clark sophomore Sean Munroe (Silver Spring, Md.) leads the Cougars in goals (13) and points (26) this fall as both marks also stand second in the NEWMAC. Clark's offense has received goals from 13 different student-athletes and 14 have registered at least one point this fall. Senior netminder Connor Maguire (Dunstable, Mass.) has made 92 saves that goes along with a goals against average of 1.53, a save percentage of .793 and a record of 6-5-3 with four shutouts. The Cougars have 32 total goals on the season and average 15.1 shots per game.

MIT is led offensively by freshman Loukas Carayannopoulos (Westfield, N.J.) who has registered a team-best seven goals and three assists for 17 points during his rookie campaign. Carayannopoulos currently ranks first among freshmen and fifth overall in the NEWMAC in goals and points. Defensively, MIT keeper Jeremy Cowham (Quincy, Mass.) has started in every game for the Cardinal and Gray as he has posted an .802 save percentage and 65 saves which rank third and fourth, respectively, in the conference. The Engineers posted 18 goals throughout the regular season while averaging 12.9 shots per game.

The winner of Wednesday's matchup in Worcester will advance to the NEWMAC Tournament Semifinals and take on top-seed Springfield College in Springfield on Saturday, November 4 at 12:00 p.m. The NEWMAC Championship match is set to take place the following day, Sunday, November 5 at Springfield with kickoff slated for 1:00 p.m.

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