Sept. 9, 2009

By Amy Farnum
NCAA.com

SOUND IT OUT:  Puget Sound shot up nine spots to No. 2 in the latest NSCAA Division III Top 25 after pulling off a 1-0 shocker over then-No. 2 Wheaton as the Loggers notched their second shutout of the young season.

Senior Janece Levien's second-half goal propelled the Loggers to the defeat at Wheaton's home field, a feat just one other team has been able to accomplish in the past two years.

Senior goalkeeper Kallie Wolfer tallied four saves in her second shutout of the weekend, earning Northwest Conference Player of the Week honors.  The native of Salt Lake City, Utah, began the season with a 4-0 shutout versus Depauw, and now has 26 career clean sheets.

The Loggers will test their new ranking in the team's home opener against Pomona-Pitzer on Sept. 12.

MILESTONE:  Ithaca head coach Mindy Quigg collected her 200th victory at the school as the Bombers opened the season with a 1-0 victory at Gettysburg on Sept. 4.

Two days later, the Bombers did not fare as well against No. 1 Messiah, falling 4-1, but not before freshman Racheael Palladino tallied her first collegiate goal to snap a scoreless streak of 795 minutes by the defending NCAA champions.

Quigg's record at Ithaca is 200-67-36 in 16 years at the helm of the program.  She owns a 238-85-36 career record.  The No. 11 Bombers open their home schedule on Sept. 9 against Misericordia.

SHUTTING IT DOWN:  The College of New Jersey's Jessica Clarke garnered New Jersey Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors after compiling 225 minutes of scoreless play as the Lions started the year 3-0.

The senior from Wayne, N.J., posted shutouts of NYU and Misericordia, and also saw 45 minutes of scoreless action in an 8-1 win over Lycoming.  Clarke tops the league with a 0.00 goals against average and 1.000 save percentage.

No. 17 TCNJ travels to the Oneonta State Mayor's Cup Tournament on Sept. 12-13, and will face the host in the opening match-up.

SOMETHING'S GOT TO GIVE:  When No. 1 Messiah and No. 4 Johns Hopkins meet in Grantham, Pa., on Sept. 9, a lot will be on the line.

The Blue Jays own their highest national ranking in program history after topping two Top 10 teams last weekend, notching a pair of 1-0 wins over then-No. 8 Washington University and then-No. No. 10 Lynchburg at the JHU Invitational Championship.  JHU has not lost a regular season match since Oct. 1, 2007, a streak of 31 games.

Messiah, the defending NCAA champion, has not lost in 44 consecutive regular season games since falling to Elizabethtown on Nov. 4, 2006.  Last year, the Falcons and Blue Jays could manage only a scoreless tie.
Catch the play-by-play live on Messiah's web site at 7 p.m., at http://www.messiah.edu/wvmm/listen.html.