March 25, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

STILL GOING STRONG: Top-ranked Salisbury University continued its flawless season as the Sea Gulls came back from a 5-4 halftime deficit for a 13-9 win over York (Pa.) College to remain perfect in Capital Athletic Conference action.

The Sea Gulls have not lost a league game since joining the CAC in 1995 – a streak of 104 games, including conference tournament contests. SU also improved its winning streak to 55 consecutive games, and bumped its regular season winning stretch to 87 games.

Freshman Matt Cannone tallied four goals, including two as the Sea Gulls netted five unanswered goals in the third quarter.  The Sea Gulls are 10-0 on the year and 4-0 in CAC play.

ANOTHER NOTCH: Stevenson University is off to its best start in program history with an 8-0 record, and has ascended to No. 2 in the latest USILA Division III Coaches’ Poll – the highest ranking in the squad’s 15-year history.

The Mustangs’ 12-10 victory over then-No. 16 Lynchburg on March 21, along with No. 2 Cortland’s loss to Ithaca, pushed Stevenson up one notch in the rankings.  Until this season, the Mustangs’ highest previous ranking was No. 8 last year.
If the Mustangs defeat Wesley and York (Pa.) in the next week, and Salisbury remains unbeaten, it will set up a Capital Athletic Conference match-up between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation on April 4.

TEAM LEADER: Roanoke College’s Matt Quinton garnered Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors after recording nine goals in pair of victories for the Maroons last week.

The junior attack from Ontario tallied four goals in a win versus then-No. 8 Cabrini, and added five goals and an assist as the Maroons handed Richard Stockton its first loss of the season.  Quinton paces the squad with 34 goals and needs just three more to match last year’s season total.

The No. 3 Maroons have put together a 9-0 record for their best start in school history, and rank fourth nationally in scoring offense, scoring margin, points and assists per game.  Roanoke looks to extend its streak as it hosts Williams College on March 25.

DEFENSIVE EFFORT: Ithaca College’s upset of then-No. 2 Cortland on March 21 improved the Bombers to 6-0 on the year and helped them move up one spot to No. 4 in the latest national poll.

Senior Neth Wiedemann and sophomore David Gal were recognized by the Empire 8 for their part in the Bombers stingy defensive effort against the Red Dragons as they held them to six fewer goals than their season average.

Wiedemann was named Player of the Week for compiling eight ground balls and three caused turnovers in the win, while Gal collected a career-high 22 saves for his second Goalie of the Week award.

NOTABLE:  Colby College’s Whit McCarty had a hand in 11 of the Mules’ 18 goals last week as he recorded nine goals and two assists in wins over Wheaton and Trinity to earn New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week for his efforts.  The junior attack from Darien, Conn., paces the squad with 17 goals and six assists for 23 points … Washington College’s Thayer Damm was named Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his top-notch play as a face-off specialist in a 2-0 week.  The senior midfielder from Huntingdon Valley, Pa., went 25-for-32 in face-offs and picked up 24 ground balls in wins over New England College and McDaniel.  Against NEC, Damm was 12-for-12 on face-offs with 11 ground balls in the first half, and sat out the remainder of the game as the Shoremen went on to win 17-3.