Sept. 17, 2009

By Amy Farnum

KNIGHTS OUT:  Lynn University has showcased a stellar offense en route to a 5-0-0 record in non-conference play this season, and the Fighting Knights are looking to continue that trend when they open Sunshine State Conference action against Nova Southeastern on Sept. 18.

The fifth-ranked Fighting Knights boast the second-most potent offense in the nation, averaging 4.33 goals per game behind the scoring duo of Paulo Vaz and Kyle Conrad.  The pair has combined for 16 of the Knights’ 26 goals.  

Vaz, native of Santa Catarina, Brazil, is fresh off a spectacular week in which he collected three goals and two assists for eight points, earning his second SSC Player of the Week award in the last three weeks.  He is tied for the conference league with eight goals with Conrad and paces the SSC with 22 points, and ranks second in the nation with 3.67 points per game.  

MAKING HISTORY: Anderson (S.C.) University is off to its best start in school history with a 5-0-0 mark, and continues to climb the NSCAA Division II poll on the merits of its early season success.  
The Trojans jumped eight spots to No. 11 after topping Queens, 4-1, to open Conference Carolinas play last week.  Anderson cracked the Top 25 at No. 19 last week for the first time in program history since becoming a four-year institution in 1991-92.

Senior Paulo Passini, who leads the team with seven goals, netted three second-half scores against Queens, including the game-winner, as the Trojans extended their home unbeaten streak to 15 games.  He was selected Conference Carolinas Player of the Week for his efforts.

Anderson continues league play at home against Barton on Sept. 19.

THIS WEEK’S SHOCKER:  Third-ranked Millersville had its scoreless streak of 427:44 snapped and suffered its first loss of the season as the Marauders lost, 3-2, in an overtime battle with Wilmington (Del.) on Sept. 16.

The Marauders had entered the contest on a streak of four shutouts that were anchored by goalkeeper Matt Langione, the reigning PSAC East Player of the Week.  

Wilmington had dropped out of the national rankings in the latest poll following a 2-1 loss to Le Moyne last week, but Jorge Zapata’s game-winning overtime goal helped the Wildcats make their case to reappear on the list next week.

GOLDEN BOY:  Cal State L.A. remained unbeaten as the Golden Eagles opened California Collegiate Athletic Association play last week thanks to a seven-point week from junior forward Jason Swope.

The native of Santee, Calif., netted both goals – his first of the season – in a 2-1 win over Cal State Pomona, and followed it up with the game-winner in a come-from-behind victory of previously undefeated Cal State San Bernardino.  Swope, who missed the 2008 season due to injury, also has two assists on the year for a total of eight points.  He was named Wilson CCAA Player of the Week for his contributions.

The Golden Eagles moved to No. 4 in the NSCAA Division II Top 25 on the strength of the two victories and a tie with defending national champion Cal State Dominguez Hills.  Cal State L.A. enters the weekend leading the CCAA South Division as the Golden Eagles take on two North Division foes – Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco State.