Oct. 28, 2009

By Amy Farnum

PANTHERS POUNCE:  Drury University climbed three spots to No. 4 in the latest NSCAA Division II Top 25 as the Panthers picked up two Great Lakes Valley Conference wins last week en route to their first-ever regular season league title.

Junior forward Micah Whorton netted the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Saint Joseph’s, and followed it up with another game-winner at UW-Parkside, garnering GLVC Player of the Week for his contributions.  For the week, he posted six points on two goals and two assists as he improved his team-leading total to 13 goals and 11 assists for 37 points on the year.

Drury looks to improve on its school-record 16 victories against Northeastern State in a non-conference match on Oct. 30.  The Panthers will then open the GLVC Tournament against Missouri-St. Louis as the league’s top seed on Nov. 1.   Drury is the top-ranked team in the Division II Midwest Region.  The top four teams in the final regional rankings will earn bids to the NCAA Tournament.

WILDCAT WINNERS: Wilmington University extended its winning streak to 13 games with a trio of victories last week, while clinching the Central Athletic Collegiate Conference regular season title.

Senior forward Sargbah Tarpeh collected five points during the 3-0 week, including a pair of goals in the Wildcats’ 2-0 victory over then-No. 18 Dominican College.  He was named CACC Player of the Week for his efforts.

The Wildcats are now No. 12 in the latest NSCAA Division II Top 25 and third in the NCAA East Region rankings as they look to continue their winning ways against Post University in their regular season finale on Oct. 28.

HOLDING ON: After receiving its first No. 1 ranking in school history three weeks ago, Lees-McRae College held on to the top spot in the NSCAA Division II Top 25 after posting a 1-0-1 mark last week.

The Bobcats (14-0-1) are the only team in Division II without a loss, and their only tie came at then-No. 15 Anderson on Oct. 20.  They seek to remain unbeaten at Pfeiffer University on Oct. 31 as they close out the regular season.

Lees-McRae ranks sixth in the nation with a 3.00 scoring average, while the Bobcats’ defense ranks fourth in Division II with a 0.49 goals against average.

CLIMBING COYOTES: Cal State San Bernardino qualified for its first California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament since 2005 as the Coyotes stretched their unbeaten streak to seven matches (6-0-1) with wins over UC San Diego and Cal State East Bay last week.

Senior forward Daniel Rodriguez contributed both game-winning goals during the weekend, earning CCAA Player of the Week honors. 

The Coyotes cracked the NSCAA Division II Top 25 at No. 21 this weekend, and moved up to No. 3 in the NCAA West Region poll. 

Next up for the Coyotes is a home-and-home weekend with Cal Poly Pomona on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1.  The team is just two wins shy of tying the program record of 16 wins set by the 1987 squad that reached the Division III semifinals.  The Coyotes’ 10 CCAA wins is the most since they joined the conference in 1991-92.