Sept. 23, 2009

By Amy Farnum

THUNDER ROLLS:  Wheaton (Ill.) College upped its winning streak to four games with a pair of victories last week with the help of senior forward Taryne Lee's record-setting contributions.

The native of St. Charles, Ill., tallied two goals in the fourth-ranked Thunder's 5-1 win over DePauw on Sept. 15 as she broke the school record for career points.  Lee followed it up with a hat trick in a 3-1 win over Loras, giving her 85 career goals for another Wheaton record.  For her five-goal performance, Lee was selected College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Co-Player of the Week. 

Lee now ranks 23rd on the all-time Division III points list with 210, and is just the 40th player in Division III history to tally 40 goals and 40 assists in her career. 

Wheaton opens league play against Elmhurst College on Sept. 23.

STREAK CONTINUES:  Hardin-Simmons extended its American Southwest Conference unbeaten streak to 108 straight matches as the Cowgirls opened league play with a convincing 7-0 win over LeTourneau last weekend.

Freshman midfielder Katie Kuykendall tallied a goal and an assist in the game as the Cowgirls outshot their opponent 26-1 to win their fourth consecutive match.  Earlier in the week, Kuykendall notched both assists in a 2-1 defeat of Division II's Abilene Christian, including one on a free kick for the game-winner in overtime.  The native of Weathorford, Texas, was named ASC Co-Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts.

The Cowgirls, who have won six straight ASC titles, look to stretch the streak when they host Texas-Tyler on Sept. 25.

BATTLE-TESTED: Top-ranked Messiah encountered its toughest test of the year as the Falcons traveled to Lynchburg College, where they were outshot by the Hornets in a 1-1 double overtime battle over the weekend.

The Falcons, still undefeated, remained on top of the NSCAA Division III Top 25 of the poll at No. 1, while Lynchburg shot up four spots to No. 9 in the rankings.

"This entire trip is a growing up experience for us," said Messiah head coach Scott Frey. "We expected a good test, and that's why we scheduled this game. I think we found out a little bit about ourselves and about playing under pressure ... those are the types of things that are important to the growth of our team."

Messiah, the defending NCAA champion, will look to avenge one of its two ties from last season against Gettysburg on Sept. 23.  Johns Hopkins, who the Falcons already defeated this season, held the 2008 squad to a scoreless tie as well.

NOTABLE:  Concordia (Minn.) stayed perfect with a 1-0 victory over Gustavus Adolphus on Sept. 22 as the Cobbers tied a program record for most wins to start a season.  The 1999 squad also began 6-0.  The Cobbers, who moved up to No. 18 in the latest national rankings, have gotten stellar play in goal from Ali Nelson.  Nelson ran her scoreless streak to 339:45 in the Gustavus match with her third straight shutout ... Plattsburgh State served up stellar defense last week, allowing just three shots in a pair of shutouts over Potsdam and Clarkson as the Cardinals inched up one spot in the poll to No. 17.  Senior defender Kaitlin Collica played a key role in the stingy effort along with netting her first goal in a 5-0 win versus Potsdam to open SUNYAC play.  She was named ECAC NCAA Division Upstate Defensive Player of the Week for her performance.  The Cardinals face third-ranked Williams College on Sept. 23 in a battle of unbeatens.