The No. 1 seed St. Francis College Brooklyn (5-1-1, 5-1-1 NEC) is set to host the No. 2 seed LIU (3-1-3, 3-1-3 NEC) in the 2020-21 Northeast Conference (NEC) men’s soccer Championship game on Friday, April 16, at 1 p.m. The game will be played on the Terriers’ home field at Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 5 in Brooklyn Heights, NY and will broadcast on NECFrontRow.com.
1 – NEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME TALE OF THE TAPE
The Terriers are set to go head-to-head with long-time rival LIU in the 2020-21 NEC Championship game. It is just the second time in history that St. Francis and LIU will meet in the NEC Championship game. The last time St. Francis and LIU met in the NEC Championship final was in 2017 when the Terriers downed the then Blackbirds, 5-0, on November 12, 2017, at Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 5.
2 – TERRIERS’ NEC CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
St. Francis is (8-0) all-time in NEC Championship games. The Terriers and Fairleigh Dickinson Knights have both claimed eight NEC Championship titles, which are tied for the most in conference history. St. Francis has won four out of the last seven NEC Championships (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017).
1991 – defeated Monmouth, 1-0
1995 – defeated Monmouth, 2-0
1996 – defeated Robert Morris, 2-1
1998 – defeated Central Connecticut State, 2-0
2013 – defeated Bryant, 3-2 (OT)
2014 – defeated Saint Francis (PA), 2-1 (OT)
2016 – defeated Saint Francis (PA), 1-0 (2OT)
2017 – defeated LIU, 5-0
The Terriers have outscored their opponents, 18-4, in their eight NEC Championship game victories.
3 – NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY
The Terriers have made nine NCAA Tournament appearances over the course of their history with the last one coming in 2017. St. Francis has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1982, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017.
4 – NEC REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONS
St. Francis claimed its sixth NEC Regular Season Championship in program history and first since 2017, when it defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 2-1, on Monday, April 5. The Terriers have captured three NEC Regular Season Championships during Coach Giovatto’s tenure (2016, 2017, Spring 2021).
5 – HOME COOKIN’
The Terriers are (3-0-1) at Brooklyn Bridge Park this season and (42-11-6) since they began playing their home games there in 2013. Their all-time NEC postseason record at Brooklyn Bridge Park is (4-0) and have outscored opponents 10-0 in those games. The Terriers are (2-0) in NEC Championship games at Brooklyn Bridge Park (defeated LIU, 5-0, in 2017 & defeated SFU, 1-0, in double overtime in 2016).
6 – GIOVATTO BY THE NUMBERS
Terriers’ Head Coach Tom Giovatto has collected 125 wins during his 14 years at St. Francis. He is just two wins shy of tying Sam Carrington for the second-most victories in program history. Giovatto has recorded an (8-2) record in NEC postseason play and is (4-0) in NEC Championship games.
7 – UNDEFEATED STREAK
After falling to Merrimack, 2-1, in double overtime to open the season on Monday, March 1, the Terriers have gone undefeated over their last six games. St. Francis rattled off five consecutive wins before it played LIU to a scoreless draw on Monday, April 12. The five-game winning streak marked St. Francis’ longest winning streak since they won six-straight contests from October 20-November 12, 2017.
8 – STATISTICAL LEADERS
The Terriers rank 27th in the nation in save percentage (81.5%), 22nd in team goals against average (0.679), and 20th in won-lost-tied percentage (.786). St. Francis leads the NEC in assists per game (1.7), total assists (12), shots per game (12.9), and won-lost-tied percentage. The Terriers are second in the conference in goal differential (+4), points per game (4.3), save percentage, shots on goal per game (5.1), shutout percentage (42.9%), team goals against average, and total points (30).
9 – SPECTATOR POLICY
Due to St. Francis College guidelines in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic spectators are not permitted to attend St. Francis home events until further notice.
10 – TUNE IN ON NEC FRONT ROW, WATCH IT, IT’S FREE!
The 2020-21 NEC Men’s Soccer Championship game is set to broadcast on NECFrontRow.com. Dave Popkin (play-by-play) and TJ Kostecky (analyst) have the call.
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