Niagara Gazette


November 10, 2012

NU wins MAAC, advances to NCAAs


Niagara Gazette — In the opening overtime period, NU saw the better of the chances, outshooting Loyola, 2-1. Da Cruz had the best chance for the Purps, as a free kick opportunity from just outside the 18-yard line skimmed over the cross bar. 

It was looking like for the second time in the tournament history between these two squads the final would be decided by penalty kicks, but Da Cruz made sure the game was wrapped up in overtime. Micah Paulino jump started the play as the sophomore dribbled up the right wing, and flicked a short pass to Da Cruz. The senior, who has three game-winning goals on the season thus far, took a shot from 12-yards out that beat Thurman Van Riper near post. 

With the win, senior Da Cruz, De Zorzi, Mike Cunningham, Billy Cecere and Jacob Vertel found redemption in the heartbreaking double-overtime loss to the Greyhounds the then-freshmen suffered in the 2009 MAAC final. 

The Purple Eagles now wait for their opponent in the upcoming NCAA Division I Tournament. The men’s soccer selection show will air live on at 5:30 p.m. Monday. Check for more information regarding the NCAA tournament selection and play.

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