NEW HAVEN, Conn. (July 23, 2011) – The Albertus Magnus men's soccer team enters the 2012 campaign after its most successful season in program history. In addition to setting program records for wins in a single-season and going a perfect 10-0 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) regular-season play, the Falcons earned multiple individual honors in 2011, including the College's first-ever All-America selection in Jamal Howard (West Haven, Conn.).
The Falcons finished the year with a 17-4-1 overall record behind the 2011 GNAC Men's Soccer Coach of the Year Jim Bernardo '98. The Falcons also earned the top seed in the GNAC Tournament before making their second-straight ECAC Tournament appearance and hosting their first ECAC Tournament contest.
Stephen Zapata (Hamden, Conn.), who led the Nation in assists per game last season, will be looked upon to fill the void left by Jamal Howard, who completed his eligibility with the Falcons in 2011. Zapata was named to the 2011 GNAC All-Conference First Team along with Howard, Nick Hamasian (Hamden, Conn.), Chris Long (West Haven, Conn.) and Donato Piroscafo (Naugatuck, Conn.). Three other Falcons earned All-Conference Team honors, including Lindsley Barrett (Shelton, Conn.) who was named the 2011 GNAC Rookie of the Year.
In 2012, Albertus will compete in 19 regular-season contests with 10 matches to be played at home. The Falcons will play 10 GNAC contests as well, with five of those scheduled to be played on their home field.
The Falcons' 2012 season begins on Friday, August 31 with a non-conference match-up against Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts. Including the season-opener at Regis, the Falcons begin 2012 with three consecutive games against non-league opponents. That stretch includes the team's Sept. 2 home opener against Westfield State, which is scheduled to begin at 3:15 p.m. at Celentano Field. The Falcons are 3-1 in home openers dating back to 2008.
The home opener kicks off a four-game home stand for the Falcons, which includes their GNAC opener against Mount Ida on Sept. 8. Following that contest, the Falcons will host the 2011 GNAC Tournament Champion, Saint Joseph's College of Maine, on Sept. 13 at 4:00 p.m.
Albertus will host Farmingdale State out of the Skyline Conference on Sept. 23 in a 2:00 p.m. non-league contest before hosting Western Connecticut State University on Oct. 3. The Colonials were one of two teams in2011 that handed the Falcons a regular-season loss.
The Falcons' final regular-season home game will take place in conjunction with the Albertus Magnus College Fall Fest on Saturday, Oct. 20as the Falcons host Emmanuel at 3:15 p.m. at Celentano Field.
Click the following link to access the Falcons' schedule.