DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's soccer team posted a 5-1 victory over St. Bonaventure University this afternoon in the first round of the Nike Fall Soccer Classic at Lewis Field. The Wildcats improve to 1-0-0 while the Bonnies drop to 0-1-0.
New Hampshire netted two goals in the first 5:29 of the contest. Nearly four minutes in, freshman Nicola Chicco (Claymont, Del.) scored his first collegiate goal on an assist by junior Andy Karam (Schenectady, N.Y.). Two minutes later Karam converted from the left side to make it 2-0. SBU netted its lone goal of the game when sophomore Johnny Phoumanny (Elmira, N.Y.) deposited a header to make it 2-1 at 29:25. Said Ali (Hamilton, Ontario) assisted on the goal.
The 'Cats made it 3-1 early in the second half when junior Tyler Tibbs (Beaverton, Ore.) notched his first career goal. Goals by sophomore Josh McGeachey (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and senior Drew Ferrigno (Springfield, Mass.) down the stretch led to the 5-1 final. McGeachey's goal was also the first of his career.
Tibbs ended up with a goal and an assist, while sophomore captain Doug Lawver (Doylestown, Pa.) notched three assists, breaking the tourney record for assists in a game.
Junior Shaun O'Neil (Wrentham, Mass.) went the distance in net for UNH and made five saves. Junior Geoff Mauch (Prairie du Sac, Wisc.) made five saves for St. Bonaventure.
In the first game of the afternoon, Penn State, ranked No. 6 nationally, defeated the University of Vermont 3-0. Nathaniel Krumpe (Hagerstown, Md.) broke open a scoreless tie in the 52nd minute when he headed a ball into the right side of the net. Goals by Greg Oldfield (Warminster, Pa.) and Derek Potteiger (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) led to the 3-0 final.
Oldfield had a goal and an assist for the Nittany Lions. Sophomore Ryan Sickman (Clarkston, Mich.) made three saves for Penn State en route to the shutout. Chris Shaver (Moon Township, Pa.) made seven saves for the Catamounts.
The 11th Annual Nike Fall Soccer Classic concludes tomorrow with Vermont facing St. Bonaventure at 12:30 and Penn State facing host UNH at 3.