Notebook: Perfect Again
PERFECT AGAIN: Ohio Wesleyan posted its third perfect regular season record in school history as the Battling Bishops defeated Allegheny, 3-1, on Oct. 28 in North Coast Athletic Conference action. The Bishops, 18-0-0, also turned in unblemished marks in 1994 and 2000.
The victory improved Ohio Wesleyan's regular season unbeaten streak to 28 games, setting a new school record. The previous mark of 27 was set in 1988-89.
The Bishops won its 15th NCAC title in 22 seasons of league competition and will be the top seed in the conference tournament. No. 2 Ohio Wesleyan joins No. 1 Messiah and No. 3 Rochester as the only teams in the nation without a loss or a tie on their record.
WINNING A BID: The University of Rochester secured its place in the NCAA Division III Championship after edging then-No. 19 Carnegie Mellon, 2-1, in University Athletic Association action. The Yellowjackets claimed the UAA title, earning the league's automatic bid, and tied a single-season mark with 15 victories.
Senior forward Nate Micklos was selected UAA Offensive Player of the Week after netting the game-winning goal off a corner kick against CMU. Earlier in the week, Micklos scored a goal and assisted on another in a 2-1 win against then-No. 11 Emory.
Jeremy Goico, a senior from West Hartford, Conn., was named the league's Defensive Player of the Week anchoring a defense that held opponents to 17 shots, and just five on goal, in the two contests. He also contributed offensively, scoring the Yellowjackets' first goal against Carnegie Mellon.
CLIMBING THE LADDER: Senior Paul Russo scored the first three goals of the game as Western New England College cruised to a 7-0 win against Rivier College in the quarterfinals of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Tournament on Oct. 30.
Russo, a native of Dix Hills, N.Y., netted the goals in a stretch of 7:22 in the first half as he improved his team-leading goals total to 10.
WNEC has won 13 straight games, including three consecutive shutouts. With the success, the Golden Bears climbed to No. 11 in the latest NSCAA/adidas national poll and are the top-ranked team in the New England Regional rankings.
SLUGGING ALONG: Senior forward Bryan Baird scored two goals as he sparked No. 10 UC Santa Cruz' three victories last week, garnering the Association of Division III Independents Player of the Week.
Baird netted the first goal of the game in a 4-0 win against Buena Vista University to extend his streak to 10 games with a goal scored. He was then held scoreless against Nebraska Wesleyan, but battled back with a goal in a 9-0 victory against St. Mary's.
The native of San Anselmo, Calif. leads the Banana Slugs with 19 goals, the only player with a double-digit total this season. Baird also leads UC Santa Cruz with 42 points.
FIRST TIME: Top-ranked Messiah captured its first-ever undefeated regular season with a 17-0-0 record after edging Elizabethtown College, 1-0, in Commonwealth Conference play on Oct. 29.
The victory avenged the Falcons' last loss, a 1-0 setback in overtime to the Blue Jays in the 2004 league championship game. Messiah went on to win the NCAA Championship with five straight victories in the postseason. The Falcons have won 22 straight games since falling to Elizabethtown last year.