October 10, 2017

Upstate Update - Week 6

By Mani Tafari

The Upstate Update brings you up to speed on Division III men's soccer in the "Upstate" New York region, home to the SUNYAC, Liberty League, and Empire 8. Several key matches will be recapped each week along with a more in-depth look at a Game of the Week.

Game of the Week

Sage at Stevens

Saturday, October 7

This week’s game of the week features Empire 8 favorites Stevens against a Sage team poised to also make a run at the League crown.

The Empire 8 season is off to a tight start with Sage, Alfred, and Nazareth all pushing to finish at the top of the league. The Ducks from Stevens have stood in their way for the last few seasons.

Sage had a successful 2016 while competing in the Skyline conference. Despite a 7-8-5 overall record, the Gators caught fire late and were able to make it to the conference finals where they came up just short of an automatic bit to the NCAA. Life in the Empire 8 had been good so far this year, and Sage entered the game with a 7-3-0 record, while 2-1-0 in league play. A win over the Ducks would be a great way to end the first half of the season.

The Season Thus Far

At 2-0-1, an undefeated start to the league campaign has the Ducks feeling good. The team has played a strong non-conference schedule leading up to league play having faced off against Vassar, [read more]


Mani Tafari


Mani Tafari graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2001 with a History degree after four seasons playing for Bob Durocher that included the Saints untied, undefeated national championship season in 1999. Mani subsequently earned his law degree from Pace University School of Law (2009). He currently works as a criminal defense attorney and coaches soccer. He remains passionate about Division III soccer and is a loyal St. Lawrence alumus. [see full bio]

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