Oct. 7, 2009

By Amy Farnum

CLIMBING CARDINALS: Wesleyan (Conn.) broke into the latest NSCAA Division III Top 25 at No. 15 this week after putting together a 6-0-2 mark through its first eight games.

The Cardinals have won four straight games following a 3-0 victory over Coast Guard on Oct. 6, sparked by the stellar play of senior midfielder Asante Brooks.  The native of Princeton, N.J., tallied game-winning goals against Wheaton (Mass.) and Trinity last week, and then followed it up with an assist on the Cardinals’ first score against Coast Guard on Tuesday.  Brooks was named New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week for his contributions.

Wesleyan has yielded just three goals in eight games this season, ranking 10th nationally in Division III for goals-against average and seventh for team save percentage coming into the Coast Guard game. The Cardinals are undefeated (6-0-2) for the sixth time in team history after eight games, the last time coming in 2006 when they set the school record with a 9-0-3 start.  Currently tied for first place in the NESCAC standings with Williams, the Cardinals look to extend the streak when they host Bowdoin on Oct. 10.

GARNET GOALS: Junior Morgan Langley continued to be an offensive spark for No. 7 Swarthmore after notching three goals and two assists as the Garnet posted a 2-0 mark in Centennial Conference action.

Langley’s week was highlighted by his first career hat trick in a 4-3 win over Gettysburg.  He scored the game-winning goal in the 89th minute of the contest, becoming the first Swarthmore player to register double-digit goals in a season since 1995.  Langley, who earned the league’s Player of the Week award for his efforts, paces the Centennial Conference in points (23) and is tied for the lead in goals (10).

The Garnet returns to action at No. 24 Richard Stockton on Oct. 7 in a non-conference battle of nationally-ranked foes.

TURNAROUND: After starting the season winless in its first five games, things are looking up for Webster University.  The Gorloks won their fourth straight game on Oct. 6, knocking off No. 8 Principia College, 1-0, in St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action.

Senior goalkeeper Matt Geringer tallied 12 saves in his third shutout in the last four games, dropping his goals against average to 1.12.

The Gorloks are currently in first place in the SLIAC standings with a flawless 4-0 mark.

CHECK THE SCORE:  Top-ranked Messiah College completed the first half of the season with a perfect 9-0 mark, but the Falcons will now face one of their toughest challenges against York (Pa.) College on Oct. 7.  

No. 21 York handed defending NCAA champion Messiah its only loss of the season in 2008, and Spartans are coming off their first loss (2-0 to Christopher Newport) after a 30-game unbeaten streak, which dated back to the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

“York is a tough matchup for us,” said Messiah head coach Brad McCarty. “They’ve got good attacking players and make for some great competition. We’ve gone 0-2-1 against them the past three seasons, so we’re obviously hungry for a win.”

NO GOALS FOR YOU: University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Mark Miller was named American Southwest Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week after recording a pair of shutouts to help the Cru remain unbeaten in league action last week.

The junior goalkeeper posted four saves in a 1-0 win over Concordia Texas, and added four more in a 2-0 victory versus Texas-Tyler.  Miller improved his scoreless streak to 517:02 with his fifth straight shutout.

With an 8-1 overall record and 6-0 mark in ASC play, UMHB is off to the program’s best start since the team moved to NCAA Division III play in 1998. The Cru returns home host Texas-Dallas on Oct. 9 as they look to remain unbeaten in ASC action.