Beavers Host Portland, St. Mary's This Week
Sept. 30, 2002
CORVALLIS, Ore. - -
A LOOK AT PORTLAND: The Pilots (7-3-0) enter the matchup ranked sixth in the Sept. 30 NSCAA regional poll. The Pilots bounced back for a 3-0 win over Marquette on Sunday after a 2-1 loss to No. 15 Connecticut on Friday. Nate Jaqua and Sheldin Maistry lead UP with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Corvallis High School graduate Eric Cronkrite is third on the team with 12 points on four goals and four assists. In goal, senior Curtis Spiteri has logged 31 saves in nine games and owns a 0.93 goals-against average. Against opponents common to OSU, UP lost 2-1 in overtime to California, lost 2-0 to Stanford, and topped Fresno State 1-0. OSU faces those three Pac-10 schools twice, in addition to two matches each with Washington and UCLA, once conference play begins Oct. 11.
OSU HISTORY WITH PORTLAND: OSU renews its series with Portland this year after taking a break in 2001. OSU has two wins in the 12-game series that dates back to 1989; those wins came by scores of 2-0 in 1994 and 2-1 in 2000. OSU won the last meeting on goals by Josh Elbaum and Matt Olsen to overcome a 1-0 defecit.
A LOOK AT ST. MARY'S: The Gaels (2-6-2) have lost their last two games to Air Force and Denver by counts of 4-0 and 2-0, respectively, and have been shut out six times in 10 games. St. Mary's played No. 1 Stanford to a 1-0 loss on Sept. 15, and dropped a game to Cal 4-0 on Sept. 13. Alex Monsalve leads the Gael attack with seven points, while Josh Duffy and Aaron Valdez each have 26 saves in goal.
OSU HISTORY WITH ST. MARY'S: OSU and St. Mary's meet for the first time since the Beavers claimed a 3-0 win in Moraga, Calif., in 1995. The Gaels won the first two matchups and own a 2-1 advantage in the series that began in 1990.