Saint Peter's (1-7-2, 0-4) vs. Fairfield (6-4-1, 2-1-1)
Date: Wed, Oct. 11, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Lessing Field, Fairfield, CT
Next on Tap
The Peacocks will travel to Connecticut to face Fairfield University on Wednesday, October 11, at Lessing Field. Kick-off is set for primetime at 7pm.
History with Fairfield
The Peacocks and Stags will be taking the field against each other for the 48th time, dating back to the 1964 season. The Peacocks have fallen in the four previous matches to the Stags. The Peacocks last victory over the Stags came in 2012, by way of a 2-0 shutout win in Jersey City. The Peacocks last win at Fairfield came back in 1999, when that Peacock team knocked off Fairfield 3-2. The Peacocks have recorded two draws with the Stags in Connecticut between the last win and now in 2005 (0-0) and 2007 (0-0).
Last Meeting Against the Stags
Last season, the Peacocks met the Stags in Jersey City coming off a 1-0 upset win over rival Monmouth. Fairfield unfortunately got the better of the Peacocks in the contest, defeating Saint Peter's 2-0. The Peacocks gave up two first half goals in the defeat and never recovered in the contest.
Fairfield Scouting Report
Fairfield brings a 2-1-1 MAAC record and 6-4-1 overall mark into the meeting on Wednesday and the Stags currently sit tied for third place in the MAAC standings. Fairfield has only been defeated once, a 3-2 double overtime loss against Canisius, in the past month (since September 10). The Stags most recently played Siena to a 1-1 draw on Saturday and have posted a 4-1-1 record over the one month stretch.
Last Time Out
The Peacocks fell to Niagara, 2-0, on Saturday night in Western, New York.
After a week and a half away from home, the Peacocks will return to Jersey City on Saturday for a meeting with Canisius at 2pm.
Looking Back at 2016
Saint Peter's ended the 2016 season with a 3-13-2 record overall and a 2-8 record in the MAAC. The Peacocks finished the 2016 regular season atop of the conference in saves and saves per game. Goalkeeper, Jamie Cleland led the MAAC in saves and saves per game in his final season as a Peacock. Luke Fairlamb ended his career ranked in the league's top five in points, points per game, goals, goals per game, assists, and assists per game en route to spots on the All-MAAC First team and ECAC All-Star Frist team.
Looking Forward to 2017
The Peacocks return 13 players after losing 10 seniors from last season. Returning players who appeared and started in more than half of last season's games include Michael Crentsil, Davis Hocking, Gabrielle Bandelli, Rodrigo DaSilva, Ezequiel Cei, and Andrew Romero.
The Peacocks may have lost 10 seniors after last season, but Richens added nine new student-athletes to the squad for the 2017 season. Robbie Anderson, Tom Coulson, Jordan Jowers, Dominic Laws, Anton Moore, Steve Parry, Jonathan Sandoval, Abdoulaye Sarr, and Phillip Smith join the lineup.
About the Coach
Julian Richens enters his seventh season in 2017 as the Peacocks head coach. In 2016, Richens led the Peacocks to a 1-0 win over MAAC powerhouse rival and defending regular season champion, Monmouth. The win over Monmouth was the first in program history with Monmouth as a member of the MAAC. The Peacocks also led the MAAC in saves and saves per game in 2016. Richens led Saint Peter's to a team-best seven wins with him at the helm in 2015, while the Peacocks also advanced to the MAAC Tournament. Richens has coached two All-MAAC first-team selection, five All-MAAC second-team honorees and one All-Rookie team selection in his tenure at Saint Peter's.