SYRACUSE, N.Y. (SYRACUSE ATHLETICS) –
Syracuse earned an at-large bid to the 2019 NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament and will host Rhode Island in the first round on Thursday, Nov. 21 at the SU Soccer Stadium. The Orange will be making their second consecutive appearance in the national tournament and sixth in the last eight years.
“It’s always exciting to see your name come up on the board,” Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said. “I’m so happy for the guys. They have worked so hard all year for this opportunity. We’re happy to play in front of our wonderful fans again on Thursday.”
Tickets for Thursday’s game are $6 for adults and $3 for students with institutional IDs and youth ages 18 and under. All seating is general admission.
Syracuse earned an at-large bid after posting a 7-6-5 record, including a 2-4-2 mark in ACC play. The Orange will play in the first round for the first time since 2012. The ‘Cuse has earned a first-round bye in its previous four trips to the national tournament.
Sophomore Ryan Raposo and senior Massimo Ferrin have both posted career highs in every offensive category in 2019. Raposo has recorded 32 points (13g, 6a), while Ferrin has 21 points (6g, 9a). Sophomore goalkeeper Christian Miesch and the Orange defense have posted six shutouts this season.
Rhode Island earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Atlantic 10 title. The Rams enter Thursday’s match with a 14-3-3 record, including 1-1 against opponents in the NCAA Tournament. Rhode Island has two players with 20 points – redshirt sophomore Edvin Akselsen (4g, 12a) and junior Filippo Tamburini (8g, 4a). Redshirt junior goalkeeper Stefan Schmidt has a .817 save percentage and 85 saves on the season.
Ten of the 48 teams and five of the top 16 seeds, including No. 1 Virginia, No. 2 Clemson and No. 4 Wake Forest, are from the ACC. Syracuse faced each of the top four seeds and a total of 10 squads from the 48-team field this season.
The winner of the Syracuse-Rhode Island match will take on No. 16 seed St. John’s in the second round in Queens, N.Y. on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. The third round will take place on campuses of the higher seed on Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1. The quarterfinals are set for Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7. The College Cup will take place Dec. 13 and 15 in Cary, N.C.