Aug 28, 2013
Five Things You Need to Know
1. Cincinnati’s head coach, Neil Stafford, is in his first year at the helm. Stafford, who is the fifth head coach in program history, comes to UC after serving as the head coach at Central Michigan, where he was at the helm for two seasons and posted a record of 30-10-4. Last season, the Chippewas earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, which was the first ever for the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Stafford also coached eight years at Assumption College where he became the school's all-time winningest coach with a record of 72-61-15.
2. Prior to this season, the Bearcats had only started the season with a 0-2 record twice (2004 and 1995). In 1995, the team played to a draw in their third game versus Wright State and then defeated Dayton for their first victory of the season in the fourth game of the year. In 2004, UC coincidently met the Flyers in the third game, just like this year, but lost 2-0. The 2004 team’s first win didn’t come until the fifth game of the year versus Evansville.
3. Despite returning 10 starters from last year’s team, Cincinnati had an abundance of youth in the starting lineup this past weekend. In the Bearcats’ first two games of the year, they started seven underclassmen versus Miami (Fla.) and eight against Nebraska, including five freshmen each game.
4. UC holds a 12-5-1 all-time record against Dayton. The last time the two in-state foes met was in 2008 when the Bearcats fell 1-0 in Dayton. The Flyers, who went 14-4-2 last year, are 1-1-0 this season. They opened the year with a 1-0 loss to Boston University and rebounded with a 3-0 victory over Providence. Cincinnati and Dayton have faced a similar opponent this season in Miami (Fla.), who defeated the Flyers, 2-1, in an exhibition match.
5. UMass-Lowell is in their first season at the NCAA Division I level. The River Hawks, who went 6-9-2 last season, have joined the America East Conference. UMass-Lowell returns six starters from last year’s program along with a pair of standouts that sat out the majority of the 2012 season, due to injuries. Sunday’s match will be the first-ever meeting between the Bearcats and the River Hawks.