Falcons prep for tough test
No. 1 Messiah takes on No. 7 Johns Hopkins this weekend
No. 1 Messiah will host rival Johns Hopkins on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The two teams are very familiar with each other after meeting routinely in the regular season and also squaring off in of the past four NCAA tournaments.
"Next week will be a huge test for us," head coach Scott Frey said, looking ahead to the Falcons' match-up with Blue Jays. "On all sides of the field we'll need to keep pressing and getting better. It will be a great opportunity."
Messiah, the two-time defending national champions, have started the season with two 2-0 victories, led by three goals from sophomore Nikki Elsaesser.
The Falcons will also play their first road game of the year at William Smith on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.
Johns Hopkins, which stands at 2-0 with wins against Averett and Methodist, will also compete at the DoubleTree Tartan Cup this weekend. The Blue Jays will play against Allegheny at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and will finish the weekend against No. 5 Carnegie Mellon on Sunday at 1:30.
No. 2 Emory, No. 9 Ithaca
Emory will resume its tough early-season schedule this weekend, when the squad travels to face ninth-ranked Ithaca on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and Cortland State on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Last weekend, the Eagles traveled to New England and came away with 2-1 wins against both Wheaton (Mass.) and Massachusetts-Boston.
Ithaca opened up the 2013 season with two wins last weekend, defeating Kean 1-0 and Richard Stockton 2-1, with sophomore Kelsey King scoring a goal in each game. After the pair of wins, Ithaca climbed a spot in the poll and is now ranked ninth in the nation, in addition to holding down the top ranking in the East Region poll.
Cortland State opened the 2013 season ranked 18th in the preseason poll, but after opening the season with a 2-1 road loss to St. Lawrence, the squad dropped out of the top 25. The Red Dragons rebounded with a 1-0 double-overtime win against Clarkson, and now stands at 1-1-0 on the year and is ranked eighth in the East Region.
No. 3 Wheaton (Ill.)
Wheaton (Ill.) will continue its 2013 season with a weekend trip to Minnesota where the Thunder will face Carleton College at 5 p.m. ET on Friday and Macalester at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Wheaton opened its season on Saturday with a 1-0 victory against the Redlands. This is Graham's second career Player of the Week award. Senior goalkeeper Kelsey Graham anchored the defense for the Thunder, making a career high 13 saves in securing her 13th career shutout.
Carleton also recorded a 1-0 victory against Redlands last weekend, followed by losses to Montclair State and UC Santa Cruz. Macalester will start its season against Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Wednesday.
No. 4 Washington (Mo.)
Washington (Mo.) stands at 2-0 and hosts DePauw on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the first of three-consecutive home games. The second will be on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET against Central.
The Bears have started the season strong, with a 7-0 win against Rhodes and a 5-0 win against Mississippi College. Katie Chandler had three goals and two assists in the two games.
DePauw went 0-2 in its opening weekend, while Central started out with two shutouts of their own.
No. 5 Carnegie Mellon
Carnegie Mellon will host the DoubleTree Tartan Cup in Pittsburgh this weekend. It will start with a game against Ohio Northern at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday. The Tartans won their only game last weekend, 3-2 against Capital. Their matchup with Baldwin Wallace was cancelled due to inclement weather.
Ohio Northern is 1-1 after a win against Kalamazoo and a loss to Hanover.
On Sunday, the Tartans will match up with No. 7 Johns Hopkins at 1:30 p.m.
No. 6 Trinity (Texas)
The Tigers travel to Claremont, Calif., Friday to take on Claremont-M-S. Trinity then meets Chapman next Sunday, also at Claremont.
Trinity had a strong start to the season, with a 7-1 victory against Luther and a 3-1 win against Puget Sound, which was coming off an upset of then-No. 6 Hardin-Simmons. Emily Jorgens leads the way for the Tigers in points with three goals and two assists.
Claremont-M-S suffered a 3-1 loss to Concordia (Calif.) in its only game of the season so far. Chapman throttled Mills 10-0 in its opener.
No. 8 Lynchburg
Lynchburg (2-0) makes its home debut Friday against Southern Virginia at 9 p.m. The Hornets’ wins came in the Roanoke College Kickoff Tournament last weekend, including a 2-1 win against Salisbury and a 5-0 win against Birmingham Southern. Morgan Singer led the squad with three goals, all of which came in the latter game.
Southern Virginia will start its season on Wednesday against Bridgewater. Averett fell 5-0 to John Hopkins and beat Wittenberg 1-0 last weekend.
No. 10 Loras
Loras will play three games this week, starting with Wisconsin-Platteville on Wednesday at 8 p.m. They will then participate in the Milwaukee School of Engineering Tournament, playing against Calvin and Milwaukee Engineering.
The Duhawks started the season with 1-0 and 7-0 wins against St. Scholastica and Wisconsin-Superior. Wisconsin-Platteville has also shutout both their opponents so far, with a 3-0 win at Cornell College and a 4-0 victory against St. Mary’s (Minn.). Calvin is 1-0 with a win against Montreat, while Milwaukee Engineering is 1-1, having beaten DePauw 4-1 and lost to Illinois Wesleyan 6-0.