TOWSON, Md. – The Landmark Conference announced the field for Tuesday night’s Men’s Soccer Championship semifinals.
The men’s soccer championships, which gets underway Tuesday night at campus sights, determines this year’s Landmark champion. The tournament winner will also receive the conference's automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Division III Championship, which begins the following week.
In Tuesday’s first semifinal matchup, top-seeded Drew University (17-0-1, 7-0-0 Landmark) and 23-year head coach Lenny Armuth will host fourth-seeded Susquehanna University (6-9-2, 3-3-1 Landmark) and 20th-year head coach Jim Findlay at Ranger Stadium. Drew has advanced to the championships in eight of the last 11 seasons and has won one title (2007). Susquehanna owns three Landmark titles and last appeared in the league’s championship tournament in 2016, falling to Elizabethtown 3-1 in the semifinals.
The two teams first squared off on October 14 where the Rangers walked away with a 4-0 victory. Sophomore Andy Imoh scored the first two goals of the match and assisted on Matt Asante’s goal in the second half. Anthony McMyne rounded out the scoring for Drew. The Ranger defense held the River Hawks to just three shots on goal.
Aidan Cserhat leads the Drew offense with 18 goals, followed by Andy Imoh with 10. For the River Hawks, 11 different players have one or more goals this season. Ryan Cronin leads the scoring with four goals, followed by Patrick Bresney, Thomas Burke, and Chris Naiman with two.
Tuesday’s meeting will be just the third time the teams have met in the semifinal game. The series is even at 1-1.
Elizabethtown College (10-6-1, 4-2-1 Landmark) and 34th-year head coach Skip Roderick enters the championship for the third straight year. The number two seed in this year’s championship, Elizabethtown will host third-seeded Catholic University (7-7-4, 4-2-1 Landmark) and 11th-year head coach Travis Beauchamp Tuesday evening at Ira R. Herr Field. Elizabethtown has advanced to the championship game in each of its last three seasons, while Catholic has made nine trips and last secured a conference title in 2014.
The Blue Jays got the best of Catholic earlier this season, winning 1-0 thanks to a goal by Marcos Urffer in the first half. The Etown defense held the Cardinals to just three shots on goal.
Despite being injured for the first half of the season, Gilbert Waso leads the Blue Jays with 11 goals. For Catholic, Brian Galfond has three goals and Aaron Boyle, Nick Joesten, and Nelson Zimmerman each have two.
This year's title match will be hosted by the highest-remaining seed following Tuesday’s semifinals. Information regarding this year's championship match will be announced after the completion of the semifinal round.
Tickets for the contest are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors (62+) and non-Landmark students. Children under 10 and Landmark students will be admitted free of charge.