Top 10 Preview
Montclair State heads into its first weekend as the No. 1 team
Montclair State jumped former No. 1 Tufts because of the sheer number of wins its has, and goes for its sixth on Saturday at Misericordia. Tufts, meanwhile, will go on the road to Colby looking to stay right behind the Red Hawks.
The only game featuring two top-10 teams comes Saturday, when No. 5 Salisbury hosts No. 7 Messiah.
No. 1 Montclair State
For the first time in program history, the Red Hawks (5-0) are ranked No. 1. They defeated New Paltz on Wednesday with their new ranking and will travel to Misericordia on Saturday. Montclair State defeated the Cougars 2-0 last season.
Gianna Moglino leads the team with five goals, and Jennifer Tafro is right behind her with four. Rebecca Brattole has only given up two goals (12 saves) in five starts.
No. 2 Tufts
Despite not losing a game this year, Tufts (2-0) has fallen from its top spot. That tumble didn’t affect the Jumbos in their win Tuesday, and they will look to go to 3-0 with a home game on Saturday against Colby. Tufts took a 3-2 victory against Colby last season.
Dakota Sikes-Keilp has scored three of Tuft’s five goals and Annie Artz has assisted on two goals. Bri Keenan has turned away five of seven shots she’s faced in two starts this season.
No. 3 Middlebury
After staying at No. 3 in the latest ranking, Middlebury had its game Wednesday suspended due to lightning. A full game is scheduled for the Panthers when they host Connecticut College on Saturday. Last season, the Panthers took a pair of games against Connecticut College by a combined 12-0 score.
With only one game officially in the books, Catherine Fowler leads the team with three goals. Emily Knapp has made 13 saves and allowed three goals.
No. 4 Bowdoin
The Polar Bears needed a last-second goal last week to get their second win. They hope for a little easier of a win Saturday when they travel to Amherst. But if last year’s game against Amherst is any indication of what is to happen this weekend, Bowdoin will be in for a tougher challenge. It took an overtime goal from current senior Katie Riley for the Polar Bears to win.
Rachel Kennedy has the team lead with three goals and the only other scorer is Riley, who has two goals on the year. Hannah Gartner has made nine saves on 10 chances through the two games.
No. 5 Salisbury
The Seagulls have had a strong start to their season, outscoring their opponents 21-1 through their first three games. Things get tougher Saturday when they host No. 7 Messiah. Salisbury took down Messiah last year in a 4-1 contest but three of the four goal Salisbury goal-scorers from that game have graduated (Samantha Johnson is the only Seagull left).
Courtney Jantzen is holding the team lead with five goals while Rachel Clewer has only faced three shots (one goal allowed) in about 168 minutes of action.
No. 6 Mary Washington
The Eagles have opened their first five games of the season with five easy wins, outscoring opponents 36-3. Mary Washington has a chance to add two more games to that total when it travels Saturday to Washington (Md.) and Eastern Mennonite on Sunday. Last year, Mary Washington defeated those two schools by a combined 9-2 score.
Caitlin Baker has seven goals to lead the team while Ashlin Jones and Jenna Steele each have six to lead the Eagles offense. Emily Baddis has a .882 save percentage (15 saves, two goals allowed) in her five wins.
No. 7 Messiah
The Falcons, who received one first-place vote in this week’s poll, go for their fourth win of the season when they travel to No. 5 Salisbury. Two of Messiah’s three wins have come on the road this year, but the Falcons fell to Messiah at home last season.
Moriah Pfautz and Celina Nissley share the team lead with two goals and four other Falcons have scored once. Molly Gebrosky has given up two goals in the three games while making 11 saves.
No. 8 Franklin & Marshall
In its final non-conference game before conference play starts, the Diplomats will travel to Lebanon Valley for a game on Friday. It has been a while since the Diplomats have had a victory against Lebanon Valley as the Dutchmen have won six consecutive meetings though they haven’t met since 2011.
Maria Guarisco leads the team in both goals and assists with three. Avery Koep (two starts) and Patricia Smith (one start) have identical two-saves, one-goal-allowed stats.
No. 9 Christopher Newport
The Captains (4-0) are in the top 25 in the nation in scoring average (4.25) and stay home to face Washington and Lee on Saturday and Shenandoah on Sunday. Christopher Newport defeated Washington and Lee 2-1 last season.
Lauren Cheatham has a team-high five goals, but Belle Tunstall leads the team with 12 points on four goals and four assists. Freshman goalkeeper Bailey Lien posted consecutive shutouts against ranked opponents last weekend, the first time that has happened in Captains history.
No. 10 William Smith
Riding a three-game winning streak into Saturday’s matchup at Oneonta State, the Herons look to extend their good start to the season. William Smith has outscored its opponents 15-4, but has been at home for all three of those.
Both Melanie O’Connor and Julia Simmons lead the team with three goals, and O’Connor is tied with Taylor Cappello with three assists. Amy Feda, who has started all three games this season, has made eight saves while giving up three goals.