Sept. 8, 2010

UPS AND DOWNS: Le Moyne College jumped three spots to No. 1 in the latest NSCAA Division II Top 25 on Tuesday thanks to losses by then-No. 2 Lees-McRae and then-No. 3 Lewis.  It is the first time in program history the Dolphins have reached the top of the poll.  However, the Dolphins will most likely not hold the ranking for very long as they were upset by Bloomfield on Sept. 6.  

The 2-1 loss to Bloomfield ended a 25-game home unbeaten streak – the first home setback for the Dolphins since 2007.  It was the second victory of the season over a nationally-ranked team for Bloomfield.  The Deacons knocked off then-No. 15 Wilmington to open the year.

The Dolphins will try to bounce back at Dowling on Sept. 11, while the Deacons look to continue their momentum at Saint Anselm the same day.

STRANDED:  Colorado School Mines leaped 15 spots to No. 3 in the latest NSCAA Division II Top 25 following an upset of defending national champion and top-ranked Fort Lewis on Sept. 3, ending the Skyhawks’ 21-game winning streak. It is the highest ranking for the Orediggers since 2002.

Sophomore Manville Strand collected seven saves in the 1-0 win, becoming the first goalkeeper to post a shutout against Fort Lewis since 2008.  The 2009 Rocky Mountain Freshman of the Year picked up the league’s Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance.  

Strand and the Orediggers followed the huge upset by knocking off No. 24 West Texas A&M, 4-0, on Sept. 7.  Strand tallied six saves as he combined with Ben Thomson for the shutout.

REAPING REWARDS:
Flagler College cracked the NSCAA Division II Top 25 at No. 8 after opening the season with a 2-0 mark, including a 3-0 upset of then-No. 2 Lees-McRae last weekend at the Michael Shope Memorial Tournament in Banner Elk, N.C.  

Senior midfielder Conor Killeen garnered Peach Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors after netting two goals in the defeat of Lees-McRae.  The native of Dublin, Ireland, currently leads the league with four points.  

The Saints are back on the field at No. 21 Montevallo on Sept. 11 for the conference-opening contest for both teams.

SCORE FOR SURE:
Cal State San Bernardino senior forward Obi Agwu was selected Wilson/California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week for playing a key role in two Coyote wins over the weekend.

The native of Alta Loma, Calif., scored twice each in victories over Saint Martin’s and Colorado State-Pueblo as the Coyotes jumped out to a 2-0 start.  

CSSB also moved 15 spots up to No. 10 in the latest NSCAA Division II Top 25, while they sit in the No. 2 spot in the NSCAA West Regional rankings.

MUSTANGS MOVE IT: Midwestern State stretched its home unbeaten streak to 22 games with a 2-0 victory over Texas A&M International on Sept. 1 to open the 2010 season.  The Mustangs have not lost a match at the MSU Soccer Field since 2007, and need just one more win or tie to replicate the program record.

The Mustangs also soared 16 spots to No. 3 in the latest national rankings following the win.  It is the squad’s highest ranking since 2008.  MSU puts that ranking to the test in a four-team tournament beginning Sept. 10 against Colorado State-Pueblo.