Top 10 Preview
No. 1 Wheaton (Ill.) vs. No. 3 Washington (Mo.) top matchup
No. 1 Wheaton (Ill.)
A tough challenge awaits in Wheaton (Ill.)’s second week atop the coaches’ poll, as the Thunder will travel to St. Louis to take on No. 3 Washington (Mo.) on Saturday. Wheaton is 6-0-0 after a win on Tuesday against Alma, and Washington comes in with the same record. The Bears have scored 32 goals this season without giving up any.
Wheaton will then return home to host No. 17 Loras on Tuesday. The Duhawks stand at 7-1-0 in 2013.
No. 2 Johns Hopkins
Johns Hopkins has won each of its first seven games, and will look to continue the streak when it travels to take on St. Mary’s (Md.) on Wednesday. The Seahawks are on a three-game losing streak and stand at 1-3-2 overall.
The Blue Jays will then resume Centennial Conference play when it plays at Muhlenberg, which is 3-2-1, but hasn’t lost since August.
No. 3 Washington (Mo.)
The Bears, which won two more games without surrendering a goal this weekend to extend their streak to six consecutive shutouts, will host top-ranked Wheaton (Ill.) on Saturday. Washington has won the past three games between the two schools, which both come in at 6-0-0. The matchup with the Thunder is the only game of the week for the Bears, who are coming off a 3-0 win against Greenville on Monday.
No. 4 TCNJ
TCNJ, standing at 5-0-0 this year, will look to stay undefeated when it plays at FDU-Florham on Thursday. The Devils are coming off losses to William Paterson and Montclair State, bringing their record to 3-3-0.
The Lions will then return home to host Ramapo on Saturday. The Roadrunners stand at 1-5-0 overall and have lost three in a row.
No. 5 Trinity (Texas)
The Tigers have won three consecutive games, outscoring opponents 8-0 in that stretch. They stand at 5-0-1 as they enter SCAC play, looking to defend their conference title. Trinity’s first conference game will come at home on Friday against Texas Lutheran, which is 3-3-0 on the year. The Tigers will then host Schreiner on Sunday. The Mountaineers are winless on the year and have scored just two goals in six games.
No. 6 William Smith
The Herons (4-1-0) are coming off a win at the Upstate Collegiate Cup, including a 1-0 victory against then-No. 5 Ithaca. They have now won four consecutive games and have not given up a goal in the past three.
William Smith will look to continue that strong play when they travel to play at Fredonia State on Saturday. The Blue Devils are 1-3-1 in 2013. The Herons will then stay on the road to play at Pittsburgh-Bradford (3-2-0) on Sunday.
No. 7 Misericordia
Misericordia will look to continue its winnings streak on Wednesday when it plays at Lycoming. The Cougars have won five consecutive games to start the season, most recently beating Marywood 6-0 on Monday.
Lycoming is 1-4-0 on the year, with the one win coming against Susquehanna. Misericordia will then take on Messiah on Saturday. The defending champion Falcons started the season at No. 1 but fell down in the rankings after two losses. Messiah is 5-2-0 overall and comes in on a three-game win streak.
No. 8 Brandeis
The Judges have continued to climb in the rankings following a 5-0 start, including a 3-0 home win against Bates last weekend. Brandeis will play at Gordon, which is 5-1-0, on Wednesday, before having the weekend off from games.
Brandeis will then play at home against Wellesley (2-4-0), which will have played two games more games by then, on Tuesday.
No. 9 Ithaca
The Bombers’ lone game this weekend, as they look to rebound from a loss to William Smith last Sunday, will be on the road at Hartwick. Ithaca is 4-1-0, while Hartwick has won two in a row to improve to 2-1-2.
No. 10 Emory
The Eagles (3-2-1) are back in the top 10 after defeating then-No. 4 Lynchburg last weekend. They will look to further improve on their standing with two road games this weekend.
Emory will play at Birmingham Southern (2-3-0) on Friday and Berry (6-1) on Sunday.