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Preview: Wheaton, JHU look to stay unbeaten

No. 1 Wheaton (Ill.)

Wheaton (Ill.), which has improved to 8-0-0 and solidified its spot atop the rankings with wins against No. 3 Washington (Mo.) and No. 14 Loras, will play just one game this weekend. The Thunder will hit the road on Saturday as they take on 3-2-1 Carroll.

The Thunder will look for continued strong play out of Leah DeMoss, who was named the CCIW offensive player of the week after scoring three goals in Wheaton’s two wins last week.

No. 2 Johns Hopkins

The second-ranked Blue Jays will also play just one game this weekend, a home matchup with Swarthmore on Saturday. Johns Hopkins stands at 9-0-0 overall and 2-0-0 in the conference. Hannah Kronick leads the Jays in points, having tallied eight goals and four assists so far this season.

Swarthmore will come in at 5-2-1 overall and 1-1-1 in conference play, having most recently played to a draw with Dickinson.

No. 3 Washington (Mo.)

Washington (Mo.), which did not drop in the coaches’ poll following an overtime loss to No. 1 Wheaton last Saturday, will look to get back in the win column win it hosts Webster on Wednesday evening. The Bears are 12-0-2 all-time against Webster and currently stand at 6-1-0 on the season, while the Gorlocks are 8-1-0 and are on a three-game win streak.

The Bears will then be off until Tuesday, when they head back out on the road for a matchup with Principia (2-4-0).

No. 4 TCNJ

The Lions will get an early start to the weekend, as they play against Richard Stockton on Wednesday evening. TCNJ is 7-0-0 on the year, coming off wins against Ramapo and FDU-Florham last weekend. Richard Stockton has rebounded well from two early-season losses, and now stands at 7-2-0 and have not surrendered a goal in its past three games.

TCNJ will then play at No. 25 Montclair State on Saturday, which has broken into the rankings after going 7-0-0, outscoring opponents 24-0 in the process.

No. 5 Trinity (Texas)

Trinity (Texas) is coming off a strong weekend of 7-0 and 1-0 conference wins against Texas Lutheran and Schreiner, respectively. The Tigers (7-0-1) will look to continue their streak when they host Centenary (La.) on Friday, which is 2-5-2 overall and 0-2-0 in the SCAC.

Trinity will then take on Austin on Sunday afternoon. The Kangaroos are on three-game losing streak and are 2-6-0 overall.

No. 6 William Smith

The Herons have jumped up to No. 6 in the rankings with a six-game winning streak and a five-game shutout streak to bring their overall record to 6-1-0. Coming off wins at Fredonia State and Pittsburgh-Bradford, William Smith’s road stretch will continue when it plays at No. 22 St. Lawrence in its only weekend game.

St. Lawrence, led by Julia Friesen’s three goals and five assists, stands at 6-0-2 after a draw with Geneseo State last weekend.

No. 7 Misericordia

Misericordia stayed put in this week’s rankings coming off a draw with No. 10 Messiah, which was the first game it did not win this season. The Cougars (6-0-1) will play at Elizabethtown on Wednesday before returning home to play Arcadia on Saturday.

Elizabethtown is coming off a home loss that sent its record to 4-4-0, while Arcadia is undefeated at 6-0-2 and on a six-game win streak.

No. 8 Ithaca

The Bombers are another squad that will get an early start to their weekend with a Wednesday afternoon game against Utica. Ithaca won its Empire 8 opener last weekend with a 1-0 victory against Hartwick to improve its record to 5-1-0. Utica stands at 2-4-2 and lost its conference opener to Elmira.

Ithaca will then continue a busy weekend with two more games. On Saturday, the Bombers will face off against Alfred (3-5-0, 0-1-0 Empire 8), then will take on non-conference foe Farmingdale (4-5-0) on Sunday.

No. 9 Emory

The Eagles, who started the season at No. 2 and fell after two losses, have moved back up to No. 9 in the heels of a three-game win streak. They stand at 5-2-1 overall and look to improve upon that with two home games this weekend.

Emory will first host Rhodes on Saturday in what is just its second home game this season. The Lynx are 7-1-0 in 2013. The following day, Centre, which stands at 6-3-1, will visit Emory.

No. 10 Messiah

The defending champions and preseason favorites find themselves back in the top 10 following a 4-0-1 stretch to bring their record back to 6-2-1. On Tuesday, The Falcons defeated Dickinson 2-0 on the road.

Messiah will play just one game over the weekend as it travels to Grove City, which is 2-4-1 this year.

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