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Rutgers-Camden scores undefeated season

CAMDEN, N.J. -- Rutgers-Camden added another accomplishment to its legacy on Wednesday night in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game. Riding a hat trick by sophomore forward Mike Ryan, the Scarlet Raptors posted a 5-0 victory against conference rival New Jersey City to become the first team in program history to complete an undefeated regular season.

Rutgers-Camden, the two-time defending NJAC champion, posted an undefeated record during regular-season NJAC play for the second time in its history and the second time in three years.

The seven NJAC wins also ties the most in program history for Rutgers-Camden, which started play in the conference in 1982. The 1988 squad went 7-2 to finish third in the NJAC.

Not only did the Raptors finish the regular season undefeated, but they also ran their two-year unbeaten string to 31 games (26-0-5) and extended their own single-season marks for the longest undefeated string and undefeated start, at 19 games each.

No. 1 Amherst 4, Trinity (Conn.) 0

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Head coach Justin Serpone notched his 100th career win on Wednesday and Bubba Van Wie recorded a hat-trick as top-ranked Amherst cruised to a 4-0 win in its final regular season game against NESCAC rival Trinity (Conn.).

Serpone has guided Amherst to a 100-14-16 record in his seven seasons as head coach en route to three NESCAC titles (2008, 2011, 2012) and six NCAA Championship appearances. His .831 winning percentage ranks second among active coaches, trailing only Paul McGinaly's .833 percentage at Trinity (TX). The Jeffs also earned the No.1 national ranking for the first time in program history on Oct. 29 and are riding a 34-game unbeaten streak dating back to the beginning of last season.

Amherst held an 8-5 advantage in shots and 7-4 edge in corner kicks. Thomas Bull recorded one save in net for the Jeffs as they posted their eighth shutout of the year and fourth consecutive.

No. 2 Ohio Wesleyan 2, Denison 0

GRANVILLE, Ohio -- Sophomore midfielder Brian Schaefer scored twice to give second-ranked Ohio Wesleyan a North Coast Athletic Conference win against Denison on Wednesday.

The win keeps Ohio Wesleyan in a tie for first place in the NCAC standings at 6-0-2, and extends the Bishops' unbeaten streak in regular-season games to 25.

Ohio Wesleyan outshot Denison 11-10. Colin Beemiller finished with 4 saves for Ohio Wesleyan. Matt Wagner recorded 2 saves for the Big Red.

No. 3 Messiah 3, Arcadia 1

GRANTHAM, Pa. -- Messiah defeated Arcadia 3-1 on Wednesday night to move to within one game of an undefeated regular-season in the Commonwealth Conference. Ryan Lago, Sheldon Myer and Jeremy Payne each tallied as the Falcons finished with a 33-1 advantage in shots.

The win pushed Messiah to 17-1 on the season, including 8-0 in the Commonwealth Conference.