QUINCY, Mass.- The Eastern Nazarene College men's soccer team will host a New England Collegiate Conference Tournament first-round match for the second-straight season. The No. 3 seed Lions will host sixth-seeded Dean Sunday in the NECC Tournament opening round.
HOW THEY GOT HERE:
Eastern Nazarene finished the regular season with a 13-3-0 overall record to go with a 4-2 league mark to claim the No. 3 seed in the New England Collegiate Conference Tournament. Dean earned the No. 6 seed with a 5-11-0 record on the year and a 2-4-0 mark in conference play.
Eastern Nazarene is making its second-straight trip to the NECC Tournament and 10th all-time postseason appearance. Last fall, the Lions clipped Lesley in overtime in the NECC Tournament first round before falling to Mitchell in the NECC semifinals.
ENC vs. DEAN – ALL-TIME SERIES:
Eastern Nazarene and Dean have met on the pitch twice with each squad claiming a victory. Earlier this fall, the Lions edged the Bulldogs 2-1 on a late goal.
DEFEND THE DEN:
The Lions sport a 9-0-0 record in home games this season and have won their last 10 home matches. Eastern Nazarene has outscored visiting teams 28-9 this fall while limiting opponents to just 12 shot attempts per game.
Eastern Nazarene paces the conference with 39 goals on the year and 28 assists. Junior Charlie Swann (London, England) leads the league and ranks 14th in NCAA Division III with 15 tallies this season. Junior Leon Zaffonato (Canela, Brazil) paces the NECC with seven assist to go along with eight markers. The Lions have had 13 different goal-scorers this fall.