Oct. 21, 2009

By Amy Farnum

CARDINAL RULE: Wesleyan (Conn.) matched its' best-ever start to a season as the Cardinals shutout Bates, 2-0, last weekend to remain unbeaten as they improved their record to 9-0-3.

Keisuke Yamashita tallied his second game-winning goal of the year early in the first half against Bates as he earned New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors for his contribution.  Yamashita paces the Cardinals with 12 points on four goals and four assists this year.

The fifth-ranked Cardinals sit on top of the NESCAC standings with a 5-0-2 mark - the only squad without a loss in the conference.  Wesleyan has set a school record for most shutouts through 12 games with eight.  Goalkeeper Adam Purdy has posted seven of the eight shutouts, and boasts a 0.40 goals against average and .909 save percentage.

The Cardinals travel to Amherst on Oct. 24 as they look to remain unbeaten on the year.

SEEING RED: Montclair State's Michael Cullen combined for five points in a pair of New Jersey Athletic Conference wins last week, sparking the Red Hawks to their second straight regular season title.

The senior forward from Clementon, N.J., dished out an assist in a 2-1 win at Ramapo, and then tallied two goals in a come-from-behind 4-1 victory against Richard Stockton to stay perfect in NJAC play at 7-0-0.  Cullen was named NJAC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance.

No. 10 Montclair State upped its record to 14-0-1 on the year following a 3-0 win over Hunter College on Oct. 19.  Cullen kept up the pace, registering a goal and an assist as the Red Hawks extended their NCAA-record home winning streak to 44 matches.  He entered the week ranked fourth in the NJAC in both points and goals, and now how 23 and eight, respectively, in each category.

The Red Hawks return to the pitch at Neumann College on Oct. 21 for a non-conference contest.

PAT ON THE BACK: No. 9 Carnegie Mellon remained in sole possession of first place in the University Athletic Association standings as the Tartans nipped Brandeis and downed NYU over the weekend.

Senior Pat Lutz was tabbed UAA Player of the Week for the third time this season, and collected ECAC Player of the Week honors, after netting the Tartans' lone goal against Brandeis in the 1-0 win.  The native of Lebanon, Pa., added another goal and an assist versus NYU as Carnegie Mellon stayed flawless in league play.

Lutz ranks second in the UAA with 22 points only behind teammate Ricky Griffin's 42 points on 17 goals and eight assists.
The Tartans resume UAA play at Case Western Reserve University on Oct. 30.

DEFENSIVE EFFORT: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Brad Shelofsky garnered Liberty League Defensive Performer of the Week after helping the Engineers to a 1-0 win over Keene State last week.

The defender from Rochester, N.Y., anchored the defense to its eight shutout of the season against Keene State, holding the Owls to just two shots and one on goal.

The Engineers rank fourth in the nation in goals against average (0.33) and save percentage (.909).

No. 7 RPI returns to action at Liberty League foe Clarkson on Oct. 17, followed by a match at St. Lawrence the next day.  At 3-1 in conference play, the Engineers are currently in a four-way tie for first place in the Liberty League.