Notebook: Breaking New Ground
April 16, 2009
By Amy Farnum Novin
BREAKING NEW GROUND: Top-ranked Stevenson University concluded its regular Capital Athletic Conference slate with a perfect record for the first time in school history after a dominating 26-1 victory over Hood College last weekend.
The Mustangs boast the sixth-ranked scoring defense in the nation with 5.92 goals allowed per game, and have not surrendered more than eight goals in their last four contests. Offensively, the Mustangs are averaging 14.46 goals per game, which ranks ninth in Division III, and sophomore Richard Ford paces the squad with 2.62 goals per game.
Stevenson will have home field advantage throughout the CAC Championship, beginning with a match-up with fourth-seeded Wesley on April 16. With a victory, the Mustangs will advance to the CAC final game against the winner of Salisbury and St. Mary’s (Md.). Stevenson ended Salisbury’s 105-game winning streak against CAC opponents with a 12-8 defeat of the Sea Gulls on April 4.
MAROONED: No. 2 Roanoke College tied the school record for single-season victories as the Maroons claimed their 15th win of the season with a 14-13 defeat of No. 5 Washington & Lee in overtime on April 15.
Senior Zach Thomas netted the game-winning goal with 2:39 remaining the overtime period. He finished the night with three scores, including the game-tying tally, and one assist. Thomas is now the only player in school history who has been a member of the program’s four 15-win seasons (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009).
Roanoke and Stevenson are the only undefeated teams remaining in Division III. The Maroons entered the week leading the nation with 19.86 goals per game and a 10.43 goals per game scoring margin. Roanoke looks to conclude its flawless regular season against Virginia Wesleyan on April 18.
BIG RED: No. 14 Denison continued its red hot play as the squad downed Mount St. Joseph, 17-1, on April 14 to extend their winning streak to eight games. The Big Red led the game 12-0 at halftime, while 13 different players scored goals in the contest.
Denison entered the week averaging 15.56 goals per game, and has scored at least 14 goals in all but two games this season. The Big Red’s only loss of the season was a 9-8 setback at Randolph-Macon on Feb. 28.
HAWKS RISE: Montclair State junior midfielder Taylor Bonner garnered Skyline Conference Player of the Week honors after leading the Red Hawks to a pair of wins to stay unbeaten in league play.
The native of Old Bridge, N.J., combined for six goals in victories over Kean and Richard Stockton, including the game-winning goal with 3:21 in the 8-7 defeat of the Ospreys. Bonner ranks seventh in the Skyline Conference with 24 goals.
NOTABLE: After starting the season with a two-goal loss to Nazareth, Geneseo has reeled off nine straight victories after an 18-6 victory versus Brockport on April 15. The No. 11 Knights are the only remaining unbeaten team in the SUNY Athletic Conference … No. 18 St. Lawrence moved into sole possession of first place in the Liberty League standings with a 10-7 victory over Clarkson on April 15. Senior Thomas Hollingsworth tallied a career-high 13 saves for the Saints. SLU has won 28 consecutive Liberty League contests … Washington & Jefferson’s Zach Devilbiss tops the nation with 4.33 goals per game, and recently became the school’s all-time leading goal scorer with 102 career goals.