Sept. 9, 2009

By Amy Farnum

PANTHERS ON THE PROWL: Principia College started the season on a hot streak, winning its first three games and breaking into the NSCAA Division III Top 25 at No. 15 this week.

Senior Ricky Seaman propelled the Panthers by netting four goals in the three contests, including two scores and the game-winning tally in a 4-3 victory over Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the season-opener.  The forward from Winter Park, Fla., earned St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his contributions.  

After playing their first three contests on the road, the Panthers begin a five-game home stand against Rhodes College on Sept. 11.  

GOOD AS GOLD:  Birmingham-Southern head coach Preston Goldfarb collected his 300th career victory as the Panthers pulled off a 2-1 win over Mississippi College in the school's Labor Day Classic over the weekend.
With a 2-0 start to 2009, Goldfarb is now 300-206-36 (.587) in 27 years at the helm of the program.  The Panthers will travel to Sewanee to participate in the Kyle Rote Jr. Invitational on Sept. 12-13.

HE'S BACK:  After missing the 2008 season due to injury, Ohio Wesleyan junior Dan Otanicar made an impressive come back as he sparked the Polar Bears to a 2-0-1 mark in his first week of action.

The forward from Wadsworth, Ohio, netted at least one score in each of ONU's three contests, including his first career hat trick in a 7-0 stomping of Bridgewater (Va.) on Sept. 4.  Ontanicar capped off the week by scoring a game-tying goal against Roanoke with just 15 seconds remaining in regulation as the Polar Bears mustered a 1-1 draw.  Otanicar, who was selected Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Week for his efforts, improved his career goals total to 27, climbing to 11th on the school's all-time list.  

The No. 21 Polar Bears are back in action at Ohio Dominican on Sept. 9.

Ramapo College freshman forward Rob Santaniello started his collegiate career with a bang, registering eight goals and an assist for 17 points in his first three games for the Roadrunners last week.

The native of Oakland, N.J., notched two scores in the season-opener against Centenary, and following it up with four goals and an assist in a 9-0 victory over Lehman.  Santaniello added two more goals in Ramapo's 8-0 win over Berkeley, and was named New Jersey Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his outstanding performance.  Santaniello leads the NJAC in both points and goals after his first week of play.

The Roadrunners head to FDU-Florham on Sept. 9 before traveling to Eastern Connecticut State on Sept. 12.

Wartburg College goalkeeper Trent Michael opened the season with three shutouts as he sparked the Knights to a 2-0-1 record, which included a win and a tie over two nationally-ranked opponents.

Michael, a returning Second Team NSCAA All-American, extended his consecutive scoreless streak to 312:48 minutes.  He combined for nine saves in the three contests, which included a victory over then-No. 14 Carleton and a tie with No. 17 Augsburg.  The senior from Urbandale, Iowa, picked up Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week for his play.  He now has 16 career shutouts.  

Newly-ranked Wartburg (No. 14) hosts St. John's (Minn.) on Sept. 11 - the Knights' fourth Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe in as many games.