Oct. 14, 2009


By Amy Farnum

TOUGH TO TOP:  West Florida held on to the No. 1 spot in the NSCAA Division II Top 25 for the second straight week as the Lady Argos cruised to a 6-0 shutout of Christian Brothers in Gulf South Conference action last weekend, and remained flawless on the season at 12-0.

Shakira Duncan paced the nation’s top offense as she netted the first three goals of the game.  The native of Kingston, Jamaica, has scored 15 goals on the year, and ranks fifth in Division II with 3.08 points per game.

The Lady Argos have outscored opponents 62-4 on the year, and lead the nation in scoring with 5.17 goals per game.  West Florida’s defense has also been strong, posting the eighth-best goals against average (.304) in the nation.

West Florida will travel to Alabama-Huntsville and Delta State this weekend looking to extend its’ 38-game regular season conference winning streak.

TRIPLETT THREAT:  Bellarmine University’s Lauren Triplett took matters into her own hands for the Knights last weekend as she scored all three goals in the team’s two wins in Great Lakes Valley Conference play.

The sophomore midfielder netted both goals in the Knights’ 2-1 overtime win versus Rockhurst on Oct. 9, tallying the game-winner in the fifth minute of the game’s second overtime.  Against then-No. 25 Drury two days later, she added the game’s lone goal in the 78th minute of action.  For her efforts, Triplett was named GLVC Player of the Week. The native of Belleville, Ill., paces the Knights with six goals.

After the two wins last weekend, Bellarmine moved into a five-way tie for first place in the GLVC at 8-2. The Knights, who cracked the national rankings at No. 25 this week, have won seven of their last eight matches and travel to Missouri S&T and Maryville for a pair of league contests this weekend.

ROLLING ON THE RIVER: UMass Lowell broke into the latest NSCAA Division II Top 25 at No. 19 on the merits of an 11-game unbeaten streak that was extended following a pair of wins over Northeast-10 Conference opponents last week, and then followed it up with a scoreless tie against Saint Michael’s on Oct. 14 to extend the stretch to 12 contests and 11 straight shutouts.

Senior goalkeeper Jamie Gillis stopped six shots against SMC, collecting her 35th career shutout.  The River Hawks have now held opponents scoreless for 1,142 consecutive minutes with the help of Gillis, who is the reigning NE-10 Goalkeeper of the Week.

UML is in the middle of its best season in program history, and boasts a No. 2 ranking in the latest NCAA East Region poll behind Saint Rose, which is No. 2 nationally.  The River Hawks look to stretch the streak when they host Southern Connecticut State on Oct. 17 before preparing for a showdown at Saint Rose on Oct. 24.

QUICK KICKS:  Tusculum College earned its first national ranking of the season, entering the NSCAA Division II Top 25 at No. 21 after winning nine of its last 10 matches.  Three freshmen – Tramicka James, Kayla Durden and Kourtney Kavic – have combined for 17 goals for the Pioneers this year … West Chester goalkeeper Lyndsie Bernardini notched two shutouts for the No. 9 Golden Rams last week as she helped the squad remain at the top of the Division II team goals against average statistics at 0.18.  Bernardini, who garnered PSAC East Division Player of the Week honors, has registered 683 consecutive scores minutes, leading the Golden Rams to five straight victories.  She needs just one shutout to tie the school’s single-season record of 10 … No. 4 Grand Valley State improved their regular season unbeaten streak to 54 games with victories over Northern Michigan and Ashland last week.  The Lakers’ defense did not allow a shot during the entire Ashland contest, while the offense outshot foes 69-8 in the two games.