One of the BIG EAST's most tested netminders... Produced another solid season as a junior ... Brings great size and anticipation to the net ... Has a strong leg ... Capable of handling a heavy workload...Expected to receive a challenge in pre-season from three other keepers.
Started 16 of the Wildcats' 17 games in net ... Posted two shutouts in Villanova's first four games, closing down Richmond on Aug. 27 and Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I., on Sept. 1 ... Posted five of Villanova's six wins ... Made 76 saves for a .784 percentage ... Played 1395 minutes and delivered a 1.35 goals against average.
Emerged as the starter in pre-season practice and retained the job over the course of the campaign ... Helped begin the season with a win by making three saves in a 1-0 victory over Delaware on Sept. 1 at the Soccer Complex ... Came up with another shutout as he backstopped the `Cats to a 2-0 win at home over Big East rival Pittsburgh by making six saves ... Two days later he was in net for a 2-1 win over West Virginia in which he made four saves ... Established a career high with nine saves in a 1-0 overtime victory at Seton Hall on Sept. 25 ... Delivered seven saves to help Villanova in a 0-0 tie against Louisville on a soggy pitch at the Soccer Complex on Oct. 15 ... His eight saves were instrumental in Villanova's 1-0 victory over St. John's on Oct. 26 on the Main Line.
Gained a good bit of experience working as the understudy to Craig Bald ... Appeared in six games, posting a 1.06 goals against average ... Credited with his first career shutout in a 0-0 tie against St. Peters on Oct. 10 at the Villanova Soccer Complex ... Was inserted into net for the penalty kick portion of the Big East Tournament quarterfinal game against Georgetown.
A superior athlete ... Named all-state and all-league as a senior at Pennridge High School ... Played his club soccer for Towamencin Soccer Club ... Stands 6-4 and weighs 200 pounds ... A Biology major and Economics minor ... Parents are Martin and Linda Friel ... Aspires to become a pediatric orthopedic surgeon ... A National Honor Society member at Pennridge H.S. ... Won letters in basketball and football as well as soccer ... Born 1/16/86.