Tech Hosts Syracuse in BIG EAST Match
Hokies play final regular season home game Sunday
October 25, 2002

2002 Updated Stats 2002 VT Men's Soccer Stats
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's soccer team hosts the Syracuse Orangemen Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. in the Hokies' regular season home finale. Tech (9-5-1 overall, 4-3-0 BIG EAST) enters the BIG EAST match in sixth place, while Syracuse (7-6-2 overall, 3-4-1 BIG EAST) currently stands in seventh place. previews the BIG EAST match between the Hokies and Orangemen:

Overall: 9-5-1, BIG EAST: 4-3-0

HOKIE UPDATE: Following the Hokies' second consecutive undefeated week, three members of the Virginia Tech men's soccer team received BIG EAST player of the week accolades. Freshman Chase Harrison earned Goalkeeper of the Week, redshirt sophomore Ken Jonmaire was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week, and junior Lasse Mertins received BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors. The trio guided Tech in BIG EAST Conference victories over Pittsburgh Wednesday night and against Georgetown Sunday afternoon. With the two victories the Hokies (9-5-1 overall, 4-3-0 BIG EAST) extended their win streak to four and are ranked sixth in the most recent NSCAA/adidas Regional Rankings.

SCOUTING SYRACUSE: The Orangemen enter the match looking to rebound from a 3-1 loss to Boston College Wednesday afternoon. The loss drops Syracuse to 7-6-2 on the year, 3-4-1 in conference play and snaps a four-game unbeaten streak, a streak that included a victory over No. 14 Rutgers and a tie with No. 3 St. John's. Offensively, Jarett Park leads the Orangemen with 18 points (seven goals, four assists). Junior Chris Alosi anchors a defense that has allowed 1.48 goals per game and has recorded three shutouts. Head coach Dean Foti, in his 12th season at the helm, has guided the Orangemen to 100 victories during his tenure. Coach Foti, the all-time winningest coach at Syracuse, surpassed the century mark on Oct. 12 with a victory over Rutgers.

SENIOR SENDOFF: The 2002 Hokies' roster features seven graduating seniors who will be playing in their final regular season home game against Syracuse. Keith Benderoth, Dustin Bond, Greg Medsker, Drew Myers, Eric Prigot, Karl Schlegel and Rob Smith will be announced during pre-game introductions and recognized for their commitment and dedication to the Virginia Tech men's soccer program.

WELCOME BACK: The Virginia Tech men's soccer program welcomes back all soccer alumni returning for this weekend's Fall Alumni Weekend. The Hokies' program celebrates its 30th season in 2002 and Tech has compiled 253 victories since being elevated to varsity status in 1972.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE: Tech junior Lasse Mertins has had a stellar rookie season, scoring five goals, and stands as a legitimate candidate for BIG EAST Rookie of the Year. A 24-year old native of Rotenburg, Germany, Mertins has netted a team-leading four goals in conference play, including the game-winner in the Hokies' win over Georgetown. In his first season playing collegiate soccer, Mertins has been awarded BIG EAST Rookie of the Week on two occasions, along with National Team of the Week recognition.

BIG EAST SCORING BREAKDOWN: Through seven BIG EAST matches, Tech has outscored its opponents 14-9. In their inaugural season in the conference, the Hokies netted 13 goals in 10 matches and allowed 14 goals. On two occasions this season, Tech has scored four goals in a conference outing (West Virginia and Georgetown).

WIN STREAK: Tech enters the weekend riding the momentum of a four-game win streak in which the Hokies have outscored their opponents, 11-5. It marks the sixth straight season the Hokies have managed to put together a win streak of at least four games.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Tech will travel to Storrs, Conn., for a match with No. 5 Connecticut Wednesday night and will then fly to Indiana for the Hokies' season finale against No. 20 Notre Dame Sunday, Nov. 1. Tech has played two ranked opponents on the road earlier this season, but came up short against No. 3 St. John's, 1-0, and No. 23 Seton Hall, 2-1, in overtime.