Dragons FC Players Fly Into the NCAA Tournament
Stanford, Vermont, UNLV all qualify for Big Dance
Burlingame Dragons alumni from three Division I teams are heading to the Men’s NCAA Soccer Tournament beginning this weekend at sights across the country.
The defending NCAA National Champion Stanford Cardinal are the #5 overall seed and will receive a first round bye in the tournament. The defending Pacific-12 Champions sealed the title as they capitalized on a Washington loss to clinch two weekends ago. They are heading into the tournament on a high after defeating archrival California 2-1 in overtime last weekend. Forwards Amir Bashti and Corey Baird, midfielder Drew Skundrich, defender Brian Nana-Sinkam and goalkeeper Nico Corti will host the winner of the first round game between Cal-State Northridge and the University of the Pacific on Sunday, November 20th. Game time is 5pm at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
Baird was just named to the PDL’s Top 10 list of attacking players. The versatile midfielder was ranked #2 overall and has been instrumental in the Cardinal’s success this season as he has scored 12 points (3 goals, 6 assists). He will look to continue his strong season in tournament play. Nana-Sinkam was also ranked in the PDL’s Top 10 list of defenders released on Tuesday. The Stanford Captain was ranked 10th overall and will be counted on immensely to shepherd the defending champs during the competition.
Striker Danny Musovski helped lead a UNLV team that struggled during the regular season on an amazing run that saw them capture the Western Athletic Conference title this weekend with a 2-1 victory over Air Force on Sunday. His play last week earned him the National Player of the Week Award from Top Drawer Soccer. The Dragons forward was outstanding as he was named the WAC Tournament MVP after scoring both of UNLV's goals in the championship game. He also provided the assist on the lone goal of the game in UNLV's 1-0 upset of top-seed and 23rd-ranked Utah Valley in the semifinals on Nov. 11, and assisted on UNLV's second goal in the 3-2 win over University of Texas- Rio Grande Valley in the WAC First Round on Nov. 10. The WAC Tourney MVP honor is the second of his career as well, after first receiving it in 2014 while leading UNLV to the title. On the season, the MAC Hermann Award finalist has 12 goals and six assists for 30 points in only 18 games.
Forward Brian Wright and the Vermont Catamounts will be making their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament as they were selected with an at-large bid on Monday. Vermont will host Rider University on Thursday, November 17th at 4:00pm PST. Wright had a phenomenal season for the Catamounts as he was named First Team All America East after a season that saw him register 11 goals and 10 assists for 32 points. If Vermont can win their first two games, it sets them up for a potential quarterfinal match against Stanford.