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Preview: UAA opener includes top-10 matchup

No. 1 Wheaton (Ill.)

Wheaton (Ill.) will face just one test as it looks to stay undefeated and atop the rankings this weekend. After a win on Wednesday against Carthage in their conference opener to improve their record to 10-0-0, the Thunder will continue their CCIW slate with a game at home against North Central.

North Central is 1-1-0 in the CCIW, with a win against Millikin and a loss to Elmhurst, which came on Wednesday. The Cardinals will come into the matchup with the top-ranked Thunder standing at 2-6-1 overall.

No. 2 Johns Hopkins

Undefeated Johns Hopkins will also play one game this weekend, as the Blue Jays will matchup with Ursinus on Saturday afternoon. Johns Hopkins (10-0-0, 3-0-0) has outscored opponents 16-1 in its last four games, including two shutouts most recently against Muhlenberg and Swarthmore.

Ursinus is coming off a loss to McDaniel last weekend, and have won just one game in its past five. The Bears stand at 5-5-1 overall and 1-3-1 in the conference.

No. 3 Washington (Mo.)

Washington (Mo.) has rebounded well from its first loss of the season two weeks ago to Wheaton (Ill.) with a 3-0 win against Webster and a 6-0 win at Principia. In going 8-1-0, the Bears have outscored opponents 41-1.

The weekend, the Bears’ lone game will come against No. 7 Emory in its UAA opener on Sunday. Emory, which will host, is 7-2-1 this season and has not lost in its past 27 home matches.

No. 4 Trinity (Texas)

The Tigers will look to continue their high-scoring pace when they hit the road for the first time since Sept. 8 this weekend. Trinity (Texas), which has scored at least six goals in each of its last four games, will play at Dallas on Friday. The Tigers will be putting their undefeated record on the line as well, as they are 9-0-1, 4-0-0 in the SCAC and have won seven in a row.

Dallas has won three of four and comes in at 5-5-0 overall and 3-1-0 in the conference. Trinity will then return home on Tuesday to take on Southwestern (Texas). The Pirates are 4-6-0 and 3-1-0 in the SCAC.

No. 5 William Smith

William Smith will wrap up a five-game road stretch this weekend when it heads to the Hudson Valley for matches against Vassar and Bard. The Herons, which have won seven games in a row after losing their season opener, won its first Liberty League test at St. Lawrence last week.

The Herons will play at Vassar (4-4-1, 0-1-0) on Friday to continue conference play. They will then play at Bard, which has an identical record to Vassar, on Sunday.

No. 6 Ithaca

The Bombers, which stand at 9-1-0 following a win against No. 9 Misericordia on Wednesday, are idle for the rest of the weekend.


No. 7 Emory

Emory’s only game this weekend will come in its conference opener against No. 3 Washington (Mo.) on Sunday. The Eagles (7-2-1) will be putting their 27-game home unbeaten streak to the test in the UAA matchup.

Emory is 15-5-4 all-time against Washington, including a 9-1-2 record in games played at the Woodruff P.E. Center. Four of the last six meetings have gone into overtime, with Emory going 2-1-3 over the last six games.  Last season, the Eagles and the Bears played to a thrilling 2-2 double-overtime time in St. Louis, with all four goals being scored in the second half of the contest.

No. 8 Messiah

The defending national champion Falcons will start Commonwealth Conference play this weekend. Messiah comes into conference play having gone 7-2-1 overall and 5-0-1 in its past six games, as well as shutting out its past five opponents. The Falcons concluded non-conference play with a 4-0 win at Grove City last weekend.

Messiah’s first conference game will be at home against Lebanon Valley (5-3-2) on Saturday, which will be followed by a road match against Hood (3-6-0) on Monday.

No. 9 Misericordia

Misericordia stayed in this week’s top 10 despite a loss to Elizabethtown last week and have already suffered another loss since the new rankings came out, on Wednesday against No. 6 Ithcaca.
The Cougars (7-2-1) will look to rebound in a match against Delaware Valley on Saturday, which is their conference opener. Delaware Valley is 2-8-1 and is coming off a tie with Washington (Md.).

Misericordia will then play at Richard Stockton (8-4-0) in a non-conference battle on Tuesday.

No. 10 Montclair State

Montclair State jumped up from No. 25 in this week’s rankings, having won all 10 of its games this season while only giving up one goal. The Red Hawks responded well to the new ranking, winning at Rutgers-Newark 6-0 on Wednesday.

Next up for Montclair State as it looks to continue the streak is a home matchup with against Rutgers-Camden, which is 3-6-1.

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