Oct. 14, 2009

By Amy Farnum

PANTHERS POUNCE:  Drury University jumped up three spots in the latest NSCAA Division II Top 25 to No. 3 after edging a pair of Great Lakes Valley Conference opponents last week to remain perfect on the season at 13-0-0.

The Panthers needed overtime heroics from Steve Wilczewski in a 2-1 win at Bellarmine on Oct. 11 to stay flawless on the year.  Wilczewski’s game-winner tied him for the team lead with 10 goals following two scores in the Panthers’ 2-1 victory at Kentucky Wesleyan on Oct. 9.

Drury, under the direction of first-year head coach Ryan Swan, will welcome its toughest foe of the year on Oct. 16 as the Panthers host No. 12 Northern Kentucky, which was ranked No. 1 earlier this season.  The Panthers nipped the Norse in overtime last season when they were ranked No. 1 in the nation.  Drury is 10-0-0 in GLVC, two games ahead of NKU in the league standings.

SUNSHINE SET UP:  No. 9 Rollins University’s defeat of No. 19 Lynn on Oct. 13 kept the Tars on top of the Sunshine State Conference standings at 5-0-0, and sets up what is anticipated to be their biggest game of the season as they host No. 2 Tampa on Friday night.

Senior J.D. Gruenewald beat three Lynn defenders and put a shot past the Knights’ goalie in the 83rd minute of play.  The Tars hung on for the 1-0 victory -- their seventh shutout of the season.  Gruenewald started the week as the league’s fourth-leading point scorer at 1.77 per game.

Tampa enters the battle of Top 10 unbeatens with a 10-0-1 overall mark and 4-0-0 record in SSC play.  Fans can access live stats, audio or video of the match at www.rollinssports.com.

EAGLES SOAR:  The University of Charleston (W.V.) vaulted six spots to No. 15 in the latest NSCAA Division II Top 25 after extending its winning streak to seven games with two shutouts of West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foes last week.

The Golden Eagles downed Ohio Valley University, 1-0, and followed it up with a resounding 7-0 victory over Salem International to stretch their shutout streak to seven matches.  Charleston is ranked No. 3 in the NCAA Atlantic Region, and owns a perfect record of 7-0 in league play. 

Charleston will step out of conference action on Oct. 14 when the Golden Eagles travel to Division I Marshall University, which stands at 3-0 in Conference USA play.

CENTRAL OF ATTENTION: After notching a pair of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference wins last week, No. 14 Colorado School of Mines returns to action for a key match-up in league and NCAA Central Region play against No. 6 Fort Lewis College on Oct. 16.

Fort Lewis is the top-ranked team in the Central Region and boasts an 8-0-0 mark in RMAC play, while the Orediggers follow at No. 2 and stand in second place against league competition.

CSM senior forward Jeff Nelson starred for the Orediggers last weekend, tallying four goals and two assists, including both game-winners against CSU-Pueblo and Colorado Christian.  He was named RMAC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts, leads the squad with eight goals and ranks second in the league with 19 points on the year.

HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLVES: Sonoma State knocked off previously top-ranked Cal State L.A., 1-0, on Oct. 11 in front of the Seawolves’ largest regular season crowd in school history (1,142), giving them a push past the Golden Eagles to become the No. 1 squad in the NCAA West Region rankings this week.

The Seawolves are the leaders of California Collegiate Athletic Association’s North Division, while Cal State L.A. remains ahead in the league’s South Division.

In the national rankings, Sonoma State remained No. 7.  The Seawolves will spend five of their last six games on the road starting at Cal State Monterey Bay on Oct. 16.