Wednesday provided a number of exciting match-ups across the nation as conference tournaments are set to get started soon, and the battles for position continue. But first, the polls.
Wednesday marks the second release of the NCAA regional rankings for both men and women, available in our Daily Dose: men's rankings, and women's rankings. These rankings are the basis for all at-large berths awarded in the NCAA post-season tournament.
We have finshed week eight in Division III soccer, and the latest D3soccer.com Top 25 poll is complete. There are no surprises at the top, but with a week full of upsets and draws, there is a new order. Here is the complete Top 25 for the men and women.
:google:right:box:In two of the most enticing matches of the season, Swarthmore handed Muhlenberg their first loss, while Christopher Newport dealt Salisbury their second loss in a row in an absolute thriller. The Centennial Conference has boasted some of the best teams in the nation this season, with Swarthmore ranked 8th, Johns Hopkins ranked 21st, and Muhlenberg ranked 20th and undefeated, until tonight. Heading into tonight's showdown, Swarthmore and Muhlenberg claimed the top two spots in the conference, with each having yet to falter, but it would be Swarthmore who claimed the spoils; in particular, the regular season title. In a dead-even match, Morgan Langley used an early 2nd half opportunity to grab the lead, as Swarthmore held on for the vital win.
In the other top 25 match-up tonight, No.18 Salisbury fell just shy of an astonishing comeback, where they twice fell behind, and twice recovered to push the limits against No. 2 Christopher Newport. Christopher Newport drew first blood in the 25th minute through a well-placed Danny Franklin opener. But Salisbury would respond. In the 49th minute, Dave Corrigan headed home to draw his team level, however, a screaming Winston Mattheisen free-kick found the back of the net to enable CNU to re-take the lead, With the match winding down, CNU's defense coughed up a routine clearance, where Salisbury forward Jake Perry capitalized to hammer home the late equalizer. Fighting tooth and
The treble was the trend in a big weekend for the Top 25 teams as they secured large-margin victories across the board, with Messiah, Stevens, Trinity, Ohio Wesleyan, and Calvin all tallying three in their respective wins. Swarthmore, Christopher Newport, Emory, and Kenyon were also big winners, while Domincan, Johns Hopkins, Middlebury, and Brockport capitulated in vital conference match-ups. For a look at results from across the country, visit our scoreboard page.
In women's action, the top teams ran riot, Wittenberg and DePauw flexed their talent to topple their top 25 opponents, and the lone top 25 match ends in a stalemate.
The holders continued their destructive manner after a shaky first half to the season in their attempts to demonstrate why they are the top-ranked team in the nation as they smashed three past Albright's weak defense. While Albright nearly matched the total in shots fired with their opponents, Messiah's defense prevented any real scoring threat to ensure their seventh shut-out in a row, and their 14th win in a row, the longest in the nation. They currently sit just under longtime foe and conference rival Elizabethtown in the MAC Commonwealth conference standings, with the showdown set for next Saturday.
:fsv:right:box:No. 2 Dominican's scoreline was no different in their meeting with Milwaukee School of Engineering. Ten minutes in, and Dominican was in command with a two goal lead. They eventually scored again to cruise to their 8th shut-out in a row. They remained one of three teams in the nation with an undefeated record, until this afternoon's loss to Loras. Coming off two momentous wins against Dubuque and Simpson, Loras poised themselves to topple one of the last bastions of perfection in men's soccer. Dominican suffered a red card in the 22nd minute, and just seconds later, Loras capitalized. With Dominican pushing for the equalizer, Loras countered in the 88th minute to win 2-0. Dominican now drops to 15-1-1 on the season, while Loras improves to 12-6.
Following their shock defeat to Rutgers-Newark in a non-conference match-up, No. 5 Stevens bounced
In Friday's play, a lighter schedule ruled, but there were a few matches of note. You can view today's results, as well as check the weekend schedule on our soccer scoreboard. You can also check our message board for Top 25 team schedules for Saturday and Sunday.
On Friday, No. 8 UW-Whitewater edged Chicago 1-0, improving to 11-1-2, and bouncing back from their first loss of the season on Tuesday. No. 9 Emory hosted Maryville (TN), and cruised 4-0. Andrew Natalino had a hat trick, including the game winner in the second minute of play. Emory improves to 12-1-2, 1-1-2 in UAA play.
In SUNYAC action, No. 22 Brockport fell to Fredonia 1-0 in overtime. Senior Peter Dagel scored his first goal of the season in overtime for the win, with an assist from Tyler Williams and John Grabowski. The Blue Devils improve to 8-8 and 6-2 in conference play. The Golden Eagles fall to 10-2-2 and 6-2, moving into a three way tie for first place. Oneonta joined the crowd at the top with a 2-1 overtime victory over Cortland. In other action, New Paltz blanked Oswego 1-0, and Geneseo shut down Buffalo State 4-0.
:google:right:box:On Saturday, the conference wraps up play with Fredonia hosting fourth place Geneseo (5-3), Oneonta hosting Oswego, and Brockport travelling to Buffalo State. Plattsburgh, tied for fourth place, plays at Potsdam. The SUNYAC tournament will begin on Saturday, October 30 with the quarterfinal round.
In the SLIAC, Fontbonne blasted MacMurray 8-0, and in NJAC play, Rowan was a 3-2 winner over Kean. Freshman Lou Buonocore scored the winning goal for the Profs in the 80th minute. And in the Capital Athletic Conference, Stevenson got by Mary Washington to improve to 10-5-1, and 3-3-1. Mary Washington falls to 7-5-2, 2-3-1. Elsewhere, Lyndon State improved to 10-3-3, and 4-2-1 in the North Atlantic Conference with a 3-0 win over Vermont Tech. Senior Tyler Bullard grabbed the winner late in the first half for the Hornets, who outshot their opponents 23-8. The Hornets are 10-3-3, and 4-2-1, good for fourth place in conference.
Wednesday marks the second release of the NCAA regional rankings for both men and women, available in our Daily Dose: men's rankings, and women's rankings. These rankings are the basis for all at-large berths awarded in the NCAA post-season tournament.We have finshed week eight in Division III soccer, and the latest D3soccer.com Top 25 poll is complete. There are no surprises at the top, but with a week full of upsets and draws, there is a new order. Here is the complete Top 25 for the men and women.In the men's poll, Messiah continues its hold at the top, gathering all but one of the first place votes. The other vote went to Christopher Newport, coming up from the fourth spot to claim No. 2. The Captains won twice this past week, moving to 15-1-1. In the third position is Trinity (TX), jumping three lines at 14-2, and at No.
150 wins for Brockport's head coach Gary LaPietra Saturday marks one of the last weekends in the 2010 regular season; conference tournaments are not far away. We'll review a handful of matches as well as provide some focus on a number of conferences. The complete Weekend Wrap is coming on Sunday evening. Check our scoreboard for more of Saturday results.In a top 25 match-up, No. 20 York edged by No. 14 Salisbury 1-0, winning their fifth in a row after an earlier loss to Messiah. The Spartans scored the only goal of the match on a shot by Antonio Bua, which went in off a Salisbury defender, in the 17th minute. In spite of being outshot 16-5, York held on for the win with five saves by Jesse Derksen. York improves to 14-4, and 7-0 in CAC play, while the Sea Gulls slip to 12-2-3, and 6-2. In a women's