Notebook: Five In A Row
Nov. 4, 2010
MUSTANGS ON THE MOVE: No. 2 Midwestern State clinched its fifth consecutive Lone Star Conference title following a pair of shutout victories over league foes last weekend. The Mustangs, the only Division II squad without a loss this season, have recorded 11 shutouts on the year. MSU also improved its unbeaten streak to 31 regular season games, and stretched its home winning streak to 30 contests with a 1-0 overtime defeat of St. Thomas (Texas). MSU leads the nation in goals against average (0.30), shutout percentage (0.69) and winning percentage (0.938), while the Mustangs are second in scoring offense (3.13 goals per game) and total goals (50).
Midwestern State concludes the regular season on the road at Eastern New Mexico State and West Texas A&M this weekend.
ONE STEP CLOSER: Top-ranked Franklin Pierce advanced to the semifinals of the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament following a convincing 5-1 win over eighth-seeded Merrimack on Nov. 2.
Junior back Tom Reilly, the 2010 NE-10 Player of the Year, assisted on the Ravens first two goals, which Victor Goncalves scored. The Ravens extended their unbeaten streak to 14 games (13-0-1) with the victory.
The Ravens take on No. 4 Le Moyne on Nov. 5, while Southern Connecticut and Bentley will meet in the other semifinal contest. The winner of Friday semifinal match-ups will advance to the championship game on Sunday at the site of the highest seed remaining. FPU's only tournament championship came in 2006.
IN THE VALLEY: Fifth-ranked Northern Kentucky topped Rockhurst in quarterfinal action of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament on Oct. 31, advancing to the semifinals against Missouri S&M on Nov. 5.
The Norse are the highest remaining seed in the tournament following UIndy's upset of top-seeded Lewis, and will host the remainder of the GLVC Tournament.
Missouri S&T advanced to the semifinals for the first time in program history after the Miners posted their school-record 11th shutout of the season against Bellarmine. The Miners defeated the Norse, 2-1, in the regular season.
NKU is seeking its first GLVC Tournament championship since 1995. The Norse have played in each of the last three GLVC Tournament finals. S&T is looking to boost its status in hopes of the Miners' first berth in the NCAA Tournament. LIONS ROAR: Dowling College claimed the East Conference regular season title for the 10th consecutive year with help from two goals by sophomore Jorge Ruiz in a 3-1 victory over NYIT last weekend. Ruiz was named ECC and ECAC Offensive Player of the Week for his contributions as the Golden Lions finished the league schedule with a 5-0-2 mark. The Golden Lions are ranked No. 10 in the latest NSCAA Division II Top 25, but are ahead of No. 1 Franklin Pierce in the NCAA East Region poll. Dowling is No. 1 in the region, while FPU is No. 2. The Golden Lions handed the Ravens their only loss of the year. They host C.W. Post in the ECC semifinals on Nov. 5. OUT WEST: Cal State San Bernardino is the top-seeded team in the California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament and will take on Sonoma State in the league semifinals on Nov. 5. CSUSB qualified for the league tournament for the fourth time in eight years, and second straight season, as the Coyotes vie for their first appearance in the CCAA title match. The Coyotes lead the league with a 0.60 goals against average behind nine shutouts this season. No. 24 Cal State Dominguez Hills and Chico State will tangle in the league's other semifinal match-up with the winners meeting on Nov. 7.