New teams at the top will look to prove they belong
No. 1 Wheaton (Ill.)
New No. 1 Wheaton is coming off two 3-1 victories last weekend and they will look to stay on top of the polls with three games in the next week. On Wednesday, the Thunder travel to take on Wisconsin-Stevens Point (0-3-1).
They will then return home for a matchup with St. Thomas (2-1-0) on Saturday, followed by a Tuesday battle on the road with Alma (1-2-0)
No. 2 Johns Hopkins
Following a week with two wins against top-five teams, No. 2 Hopkins will turn its attention to a 4-1 Stevenson side, with a matchup at Homewood Field slated for Wednesday.
The Jays will then open up Centennial Conference play on Sept. 14 at home against 1-1-1 Washington (Md.). Next Tuesday, they will take on St. Mary’s (Md.), which stands at 1-1-2, on the road.
No. 3 Washington (Mo.)
Washington (Mo.) concludes a three-game homestand against Illinois Wesleyan on Thursday. The Titans are 2-0-2 and coming off a 1-1 double overtime tie Sept. 8 at UC Santa Cruz. Washington is 4-0-0, with all wins being shutouts and wins of at least five goals.
The Bears will then hit the road to play at Greenville on Monday. The Panthers are 1-2-0 on the year.
No. 4 Lynchburg
The Hornets come in at 4-0-0 on the season and will head out on the road for its next two games. On Friday, Lynchburg will be at Maryville (Tenn.), which stands at 1-0-1 so far in 2013. They will then play at No. 2 Emory on Sunday. The Eagles were ranked No. 2 last week before they lost to Ithaca and drew with Cortland.
No. 5 Ithaca
The Bombers, who have risen five spots this season after a 3-0 start and a win against then-No. 2 Emory, will participate in the William Smith Tournament this weekend. On Friday, they will play against rival Cortland State, whose last game was also against Emory, a draw. They will then play against No. 9 William Smith or No. 25 Rochester (N.Y.).
No. 6 Trinity (Texas)
Trinity, which is 3-0-1 after a draw last weekend against Claremont-M-S and a win against Chapman, returns home to host a pair of games next weekend. The Tigers will start with start with Texas-Tyler (3-0) on Friday. The Tigers then meet Texas-Dallas (0-4) on Sunday.
No. 7 TCNJ
The Lions have opened the season at 4-0, including victories against Stevenson and St. Mary’s (Md.) at the Stevenson Tournament last weekend.
TCNJ’s lone game this weekend will be on the road on Saturday against Farmingdale State (2-2-0).
No. 8 Misericordia
The Cougars have opened the season with three convincing wins, scoring five goals in all three. They will return to the field on Wednesday when they host Marywood, which stands at 0-1-2.
Misericordia will then go on the road for the first time this season when it travels to take on Stevenson (4-1-0) on Saturday.
No. 9 William and Smith
The Herons will compete in the Upstate Collegiate Cup this weekend, starting by hosting No. 25 Rochester (N.Y.) on Friday. They will then stay at home to play either No. 5 Ithaca or Cortland State on Saturday. William Smith is coming off a 1-0 win against then-No. 1 Messiah last weekend.
No. 10 Brandeis
Brandeis has started the season at 4-0, outscoring its opponents 13-2. They will look to continue their success in their lone game this weekend when they host Bates on Sunday.
Bates is 2-0 with wins against Tufts and Southern Maine.