D-III Men's Soccer Notebook
Sept. 22, 2010
STILL THE ONE: Top-ranked Calvin College continued its domination of opponents last week with a pair of shutout victories to improve to 6-0-0 on the year.
The Knights were anchored by senior defender Lucas Wilgenburg, who garnered Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week for the third time in his career. Calvin has shut out five of its six opponents this season, allowing just two goals against then-No. 18 Wheaton (Ill.) on Sept. 10.
Calvin, which has compiled a 0.33 goals against average, hosts Adrian in both teams MIAA season-opener on Sept. 22. The Knights are the three-time defending MIAA champions.
EAGLES SOAR: Emory University broke into the latest NSCAA Division III Top 25 in the No. 10 spot after starting the season with a spotless 7-0-0 mark. It is the Eagles highest ranking since 2008.
Senior Nathan McKeever played a key role on an Eagles defense that stretched their scoreless streak to five games with a pair of shutouts over Methodist and Averett last weekend. He was selected University Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week for his performance.
Emory has given up just one goal in seven games and ranks sixth in the nation with a 0.14 goals against average. The squad is just one shy of the consecutive shutout record set by the 1984 team, and will look to tie the mark against Piedmont College on Sept. 22.
NEW TERRITORY: Fifth-ranked Swarthmore College has climbed to the top of the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region poll for the first time in program history after upending Centennial Conference foe Johns Hopkins, the previous No. 1 team in the region, on Sept. 18. The Blue Jays tumbled from No. 5 nationally to No. 17 with the loss.
The Garnet tested their new ranking against Arcadia, downing the Knights 3-1 on Sept. 21 and giving head coach Eric Wagner his 100th win as head coach of the program.
Swarthmore (7-0-0) returns to the pitch on Sept. 25 to host Centennial Conference opponent Dickinson.
LUCKY DUCKS: Stevens stretched its shutout streak to six games on the year with a pair of 1-0 shutouts over TCNJ and then-No. 23 York (Pa.) last weekend.
The Ducks have posted four 1-0 victories, and have been sparked by reigning Empire 8 Player of the Year Nolan Sandberg, who has contributed three game-winners on the season.
Sixth-ranked Stevens (5-0-1) has not allowed a single goal in nine straight games dating back to Nov. 8, 2009. Bowdoin and Middlebury are the only other Division III teams that have not been scored upon in 2010.
QUICK KICKS: No. 2 Christopher Newports mens soccer team is one of three Captain teams ranked in their respective Top 10. The field hockey and womens volleyball squads are both ranked No. 8. The Captains are 7-0-0 and have outscored foes 25-3 this season … Pacific (Ore.) is making its first appearance in the NSCAA Division III Top 25 since 1998 after starting the season with a 6-0-1 mark. Senior Sean Mills netted three of the Boxers six goals on the week, earning Northwest Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the first time of his career … At 6-0, Brandeis University is off to its best start since 1985, and the Judges have already matched their win total from 2009. Senior Stephen Kostel propelled the Judges to victory with a goal and three assists last week, earning University Athletic Association Player of the Week honors.