As the Lions regular season came to a close, they pressed hard for a #1 seed bid to the playoffs. The Lion's suffered a tough loss to PSU York 2-1 in regulation time. After dropping three consecutive games, the Lions fought PSU Hazleton to a 1-0 win. Jim Kallarakal scored his 13th goal of the season and Nick Previti finished with his 5th shutout of the season in their last game.
The Lions finished with a 8-6-1 overall record and a 7-1-1 in league play. After locking up an early playoff berth and a guaranteed third seed in the playoffs, the Lions will have to wait till the end of the week to know who their next opponent will be.
The Brandywine Lions finished the season with 34 goals and 6 shutouts. Jim Kallarakal led the Lions in goals with 13 and Alex Steele added another 12. Kallarakal and Steele tied with team high of 7 assists. Nick Previti recorded a team high of five shutouts.
The Lions played their first game of the season against Cabrini College Thursday, September 1. They showed their toughness and ability to over come adversity by playing 90 minutes with only three subs. Even though they conceded five goals with emergency goalie, CJ Gamber in goal, the team settled in and started to develop much needed chemistry. Matt Borromeo (Garnet Valley) scored the Lions only goal off a centering pass from Alex Steele (Chichester) from 25 yards out. Tom DeJohn (Upper Darby) showed composure and skill in the backfield during his first college game.
The Lions took a cross state trip to Williamsport to take on defending PSUAC Champs and league rivals, Penn College, on September 3. Brandywine took out all the stops and pushed the Wildcats to their breaking point. After falling behind 2-0, the Lions earned a penalty kick because of the hard work of Jim Kallarakal. Alex Steele finished the opportunity with his first goal of the season and the game. Kallarakal caused trouble in the Wildcat backfield all day, causing them to cover him man to man. Newcomer, Nick Previti recorded seven saves and earned his first collegiate tie.
Behind 2-1 in the second half, Kallarakal finally broke free of the defense on a through pass, dribbled past the goalie and scored the tying goal with a tap in from six yards out. Dmitriy Zherdev saved the day late in the second half by blocking a goal line shot while Previti was down after making the initial save. After 20 minutes of extra time and Zherdev's 30 yard shot off the crossbar, the Lions settled with a tie.
The Lions won big on their home opener on Saturday, September 10 with a 6-0 shutout of PSU Schuylkill. Freshman Nick Previti recorded his first collegiate shutout with seven saves. Alex Steele (Chichester) recorded his first hat trick of his career and increased his score total to four, he also added an assist. Dmitriy Zherdev scored his first goal of the season and Patrick Lowitz added his first career goal. The Lions set the tone for their season last week with a tie at Penn College and continued to show strength over the growing Schuylkill Lions. Christian Westin, CJ Gamber and David Rhoton played a solid game in the backfield keeping the opposition to only ten total minutes in their defending third of the field.
After a tough loss earlier in the week to Stevenson College (MD), the Lions rebounded with a huge league win over cross state rivals PSU Beaver, Saturday, September 17, 2011. The Lions' defense held the opposition to only three shots on goal in their first 4-1 win. Freshman Nick Previti held Beaver to a clean sheet until a solid free kick found the back of the net late in the second half. Forwards Jim Kallarakal and Alex Steele stole the show and added to their season goal totals to two goals each. Matt Fuchsel, Matthew Borromeo and Sam Houlette continued to show their dominance in the midfield with another strong game. The Brandywine Lions have now moved to a 2-0-1 in league and 2-2-1 overall.
The Lions won another league game Tuesday, September 20 with a 3-0 shutout victory over Penn State Scranton. CJ Gamber who was filling in for Nick Previti recorded his first college shutout in goal. Jim Kallarakal and Alex Steele continued to work well together, assisting eachother on three goals. Kallarakal ended the day with two goals and Steele with one. Christian Westin continued to play solid in the backfield and Tom DeJohn was strong in the air all day. The Lions have bettered their record to 3-0-1 in the league and overall 3-2-1 overall.
On September 21, the Lions headed to Hacketstown, NJ to play Centenary College. Brandywine had a strong showing, even though they were only able to field 12 players. They started out strong climbing to a 2-1 lead with both goals scored by Alex Steele in the first half. Going into halftime the Lions fell behind 3-2. A slow start in the second half caused the Lions to fall behind 5-3 in the first twenty minutes. Steele was able to finish his third goal of the game and second hat trick. CJ Gamber played well in the goal, letting in four goals and one penalty kick. Gamber played solid the entire game. Sam Houlette continued to dominate the midfield with the support of Matt Fuchsel and Matt Borromeo.