Top 10 Preview
GVSU continues road stretch, Western Washington returns home
No. 1 Grand Valley State
The Lakers return to their home state, but not quite home yet as they follow up a successful road trip to Ohio with two more road games this weekend. Grand Valley State defeated Ashland 2-0 and Ohio Dominican 1-0 last weekend. Goalkeeper Abbey Miller has yet to allow a goal, making 13 saves in five games.
Saginaw Valley State awaits the Lakers on Friday afternoon. The Cardinals are 3-2-1 on the season. On Sunday, Grand Valley State will play at Northwood (Mich.) on Sunday, which stands at 2-1-1 this year.
No. 2 Western Washington
The Vikings will return home for the beginning of a four-game homestand this weekend, following a road trip last weekend where they extended their winning streak to five games and won their first two conference games. In beating Montana State-Billings last Saturday, Western Washington gave up the first goal it has surrendered this season.
This weekend, the Vikings will start their schedule with a matchup against Western Oregon on Thursday. The Wolves won and lost last weekend, bringing their record to 3-1-2. Western Washington will then host Saint Martin’s (1-4-0) on Saturday.
No. 3 Saint Rose
Saint Rose will look to extend its shutout streak in its lone game this weekend, on Saturday against Franklin Pierce. The Golden Knights have won all six of their games this season and have not surrendered a goal in any of them, as Jessica Gerski has made seven saves in a majority of the playing time in goal. Franklin Pierce comes in at 3-2-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the conference.
No. 4 Tampa
The Spartans will start their weekend early, with a Wednesday matchup at home against Palm Beach Atlantic. Tampa comes in on a seven-game win streak, and only surrendered a goal in last week’s 3-2 overtime win against Barry. Gabby Russo leads with Spartans in points with six goals and four assists. She also has two game-winning goals on the year. Palm Beach Atlantic is 1-2-1 this season.
Tampa will then travel to take on Florida Southern on Saturday evening. The Mocs will come in at 1-3-2 in 2013.
No. 5 Fort Lewis
Fort Lewis has a busy schedule this week, with three conference games on the slate. The Skyhawks will start early, as they play New Mexico Highlands on Wednesday. Both squads won their first conference game and are undefeated overall, with Fort Lewis at 5-0-0 and New Mexico Highlands at 3-0-2.
The Skyhawks, which have won all of their games in shutout fashion, will then play Western State (3-3-0) on Friday and Colorado State-Pueblo (3-2-0) on Sunday.
No. 6 Minnesota State-Mankato
Two conference games are on the schedule for the Mavericks, who are looking to climb back up the rankings. They fell to eighth after a loss to No. 1 Grand Valley State, which is their only blemish in a 5-1-0 year.
Minnesota State-Mankato will get the weekend started on Saturday against Minnesota State-Moorhead, which has scored just two goals this season and stands at 0-5-0. The Mavericks will then take on Northern State (5-1-0) on Sunday. Its only loss came last weekend against Augustana.
No. 7 North Georgia
The Nighthawks have rebounded from a season-opening loss to win five in a row entering this weekend. On Saturday, North Georgia will look to continue that streak at Georgia College on Saturday. The Bobcats are on a three-game winnings streak and stand at 4-2-0.
On Tuesday, the Nighthawks will then take on Alabama-Huntsville at home, their first home game in three weeks. The Chargers have yet to win a game this season, at 0-3-0.
No. 8 American International
The Yellow Jackets, like Notheast-10 counterpart No. 3 Saint Rose, have won all six of their games this season without giving up a goal. That streak will be put to the test by Bentley as American International returns home on Saturday. Bentley is 2-4-0 overall and 1-3-0 in the conference, and won their most recent game against Saint Michael’s.
No. 9 Millersville
The Marauders will look to stay undefeated with two road conference game this weekend. Millersville is 5-0-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference.
Their first test will come on Friday against Gannon, which stands at 3-2-0 this season, with all games coming in the conference. Millersville will then stay in Erie to play against Mercyhurst (3-2-1 overall, 2-2-1 PSAC) on Sunday.
No. 10 Quincy
Quincy comes in to the weekend undefeated at 5-0-1 and 4-0-0 in GLVC play. On Friday, it will play on the road at Saint Joseph’s (Ind.), which has yet to win in 2013 at 0-4-1 overall and 0-3-1 in the conference.
The Hawks will then stay in Indiana to take on Indianapolis on Sunday, which is 2-3-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the conference.