Oct. 27, 2010

TIGER TRACKS: Trinity University vaulted six spots to No. 1 in the latest NSCAA Division III Top 25 after notching a pair of Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victories last week to remain unbeaten in league play.


The Tigers are riding a six-game winning streak, and lead the nation with 4.19 goals per game. Trinity has three players with 10 or more goals, including 11 tallies apiece by senior Tommy Barros and freshman Yuri Ribeiro.


Trinity has four games remaining on the SCAC schedule as the Tigers look to keep pace with league-leading DePauw (7-0-2), which has just two contests left on its slate. The defending conference champions host Sewanee:The University of the South and Oglethorpe to conclude their home schedule.


WALL BALL: Ohio Wesleyan senior midfielder Tyler Wall garnered North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week after contributing three goals and an assist in two victories as the Battling Bishops stretched their league unbeaten streak to a new NCAC record of 29 games (28-0-1).


The native of Columbus, Ohio, notched the game-winning goal in a 1-0 double-overtime defeat of Wittenberg, and then followed it up with two tallies and an assist in a 3-0 win over Denison.


The Bishops surpassed their own NCAC unbeaten streak of 28 (26-0-2) set from 2004-07. They will look to keep their current unbeaten string of 11 games (9-0-2), as well as the NCAC streak, alive at Wooster on Oct. 27.


CAPTAINS CLIMBING:
Christopher Newport University jumped six spots to No. 4 in the latest national rankings after a 2-0 week in USA South play behind the stellar play of junior midfielder Brian Lybert.


The native of Honolulu, Hawaii, had a hand in five of the Captains seven goals last week as he netted three goals and dished out two assists against Shenandoah and St. Marys College (Md.). Lybert, who was named USA South Player of the Week, paces the league with 30 points on nine goals and 12 assists. He needs just five assists to become the schools all-time leader.


CNU steps out of league play for a regional showdown against No. 25 Salisbury, which fell from No. 8 in last weeks poll after a loss to York (Pa.) on Oct. 23. Salisbury is 8-1-1 since 2000 against CNU, including last years 2-1 win when the Captains were No. 1 in the nation.


GO-TO GUY: Williams senior forward Gaston Kelly registered not just one, but two, late game-winning goals last week as the Ephs edged RPI and Tufts last week, boosting them up seven spots to No. 10 in the latest national rankings.
The native of Hingham, Mass., scored in the 83rd minute for a 3-2 win over RPI, and then notched the games lone goal with 15 seconds left in overtime in a 1-0 defeat of Tufts. Kelly was named New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week for his efforts. He is tied for the team-lead with six goals, and has compiled 15 assists on the season for a total of 27 points.


The Ephs secured home field advantage for the NESCAC Tournament quarterfinals, and are still in contention to claim the regular season title. Williams will have to defeat league-leading Middlebury and have Tufts defeat Bowdoin to capture the No. 1 seed in the NESCAC Tournament.


QUICK KICKS:
No. 3 Messiah has now won 14 straight games and seven consecutive contests by shutout after a 3-0 defeat of Albright College last weekend … St. Lawrence downed Hamilton College, 1-0, on Oct. 24 to clinch the top seed in the Liberty League tournament and at least a share of the regular season title. The Saints are unbeaten in their last 13 games, and broke into the NSCAA Division III Top 25 at No. 15 for their recent success.