Adam Purdy '13 Returns to All-NESCAC Squad While Rory O'Neill '13 Gets Initial Nod as Both are First Teamers - Men's Soccer Faces Misericordia in NCAAs
Returning to the all-NESCAC first team list after a one-year hiatus, goalie Adam Purdy '13 (#30, right side photo) made his second all-NESCAC appearance following the coaches voting in 2011 while midfielder Rory O'Neill '13 (#7, left side photo) received his initial nod to the all-NESCAC team, also on the first team. Purdy and O'Neill were integral factors for the Cardinals during a season-opening 13-game unbeaten streak (10-0-3) and eventual second seed in the NESCAC tournament. Though the team lost its last two games after reaching as high as ninth nationally in the NSCAA Division III poll, Wesleyan received its fourth berth in the NCAA tournament in the last seven years and will play a first-round game vs. Misericordia Sat., Nov. 12 at Rutgers-Camden. The complete NCAA tournament bracket can be viewed here: PDF - Interactive. Live updates will be available via the athletics Twitter feed, @wescores.
Purdy leads the NESCAC in goal-against average (0.57) and is second in save percentage (.868) through 15 games this season. He tied his own school record for shutouts in a season this year with 10 and enjoyed a string of 646 consecutive scoreless minutes over an eight-game span. He is the Wesleyan career record holder for shutouts with 22. His first all-NESCAC honor came during the 2009 season when he paced the Cardinals to a 12-2-5 overall record and an NCAA tournament bid. He went on to earn third-team All-America laurels from the NSCAA with his 0.50 GAA and .886 save percentage. He has started all possible 50 games during his career with a 30-12-8 record.
O'Neill is a two-year starter who has played in 49 of a possible 50 games. Leading the team in scoring in 2011 with six goals and two assists, four of his tallies have been game-winners. For his career, O'Neill has put home 10 goals and dished out four assists for 24 scoring points and has five game-winners to his credit.
If Wesleyan defeats Misericordia in its opening NCAA playoff game, it will improve Wesleyan's NCAA record to 4-3-1 over its four appearances. The Cardinals reached the Sweet 16 in 2009 with a win over St. Joe's (Me.) and a penalty-kick advancement past Western New England before falling in overtime to Rochester. In 2005, Wesleyan defeated Muhlenberg in overtime while losing to eventual champion Messiah, also in overtime. The 2006 season featured a victory over Baruch and a setback to Montclair St. in the NCAAs. Thus, Wesleyan has won its first-round game each of its previous three NCAA appearances. The other game in this year's regional features Rutgers-Camden vs. U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Winners meet Sun., Nov 13 at 5 p.m. with the victor heading to the sectionals in the round of 16.
(photos by Peter Stein '84)