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DIII Top 10 Roundup

DECATUR, Ill. -- Washington (Mo.), ranked first in the NSCAA coaches' poll for the first time in program history, recorded its 12th shutout of the season with a 4-0 win at Millikin on Tuesday afternoon.

Sophomore goalkeeper Amy French (68 minutes, three saves) and freshman goalkeeper Nina Gerson (22 minutes) combined for the shutout in goal. Washington outshot Millikin 35-8 and had a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Washington pressured Millikin from the start, but did not find the back of the net until the 26th minute when freshman Katie Chandler fired a left-footed shot that deflected off a Millikin defender into the back of the net. Chandler checked in at the 25:28 mark, and scored the game winner just 29 seconds later. The goal for Chandler was her sixth of the season, while the game-winning goal was her third of the season.

Junior Lillie Toaspern, who assisted on Chandler’s goal, made a great run through the midfield and beat three Millikin defenders to set up the second goal of the game by sophomore Liz Collins at the 38:18 mark. The goal for Collins was her third of the year. Washington outshot Millikin 19-3 in the opening half.

Washington pushed the advantage to 3-0 in the 52nd minute after the Bears took advantage of a Millikin foul just outside the 18. Senior Darcy Banco sent a free kick into the box that senior Kate Doyle headed home for her fifth goal of the season. The assist for Banco was the second of her career from her defender position.

Senior Lauren Steimle rounded out the scoring in the 86th minute when she took a pass from freshman Lexie Sprague and fired a shot that snuck into the back of the net. The goal for Steimle was the 20th of her career, 13th most in school history.

No. 3 William Smith 2, Nazareth 0

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- William Smith scored twice in a 29-second span late in the second half to break a scoreless tie and defeat Nazareth 2-0 in a non-conference match on Tuesday afternoon.

The victory was the 14th in a row for the Herons. It is the longest win streak for William Smith since the Herons carried a 17-match win streak into the NCAA national semifinals in 2011. The Herons improve to 14-1-0 overall. Nazareth dropped to 10-5-2 overall. The Herons are 19-3-3 all-time against Nazareth and have a 16-game unbeaten streak (13-0-3) against the Golden Flyers that goes back to the 1999 season.

The Herons dominated the action by generating 15 shots to Nazareth's one. William Smith also had a 6-0 edge in corner kicks.

A pair of first-year players connected for the first goal as Kara Shue sent a cross into the penalty area that MacKenzie Smith redirected off the outstretched finger tips of Nazareth keeper Abbie Carey in the 76th minute. It was Smith's first collegiate goal. Just 29 seconds later, first-year Evie Manning scored an unassisted goal for the Herons as she dribbled through the Nazareth defense and sent a shot into the back of the net.

The Golden Flyers' lone shot came off the foot of junior Tori Ryan in the second half. William Smith senior goalie Chelsea Dunay handled the attempt easily and was able to produce her 10th shutout of the season. It was William Smith's seventh consecutive shutout and 12th overall this season. Carey finished with six saves for the Golden Flyers.

No. 9 Messiah 1, Arcadia 0

GRANTHAM, Pa. --  For the second consecutive year Messiah and Arcadia played to a 1-0 decision and, once again, it was a late score by the Falcons that proved to be the difference. Nikki Elsaesser did the honors on Tuesday night, sending home the game winner in the 81st minute off combination passes from both Corinne Wulf and Holly Burgard.

The win moved Messiah to 15-2-1 overall and extended their Commonwealth Conference record to 8-0. Arcadia fell to 11-2-5 overall and 4-1-3 in the conference.

Elsaesser's goal came on one of a handful of great chances by Messiah, as the Falcons worked relentlessly throughout the game to break through the Knights' clogged midfield and back line. Burgard started the game-deciding play with a square pass from the right side to Wulf in the midfield. The senior let the ball roll to the left where she turned and placed a through ball into the box for Elsaesser. A quick, one-touch shot by the Falcons' leading goal scorer from 10 yards out went beyond the dive of Jackie Law and into the right side of the net.

The tally broke the scoreless tie and came on the Falcons' 19th and final shot of the night. Messiah finished with a 19-1 advantage in shots, seven of which went on frame. The Falcons' defense did much to contribute to the team's 14th shutout on the season as they held Kim Canfield and Lennon Kramer—first and third in the Commonwealth in points, respectively—to zero shots.

Nevertheless, the Knights' lone shot on the night proved dramatic. Melia Ochsner ran up to a ball near the top of the Falcons' defense in the 19th minute for a strike from 30 yards out that banged off the crossbar before being cleared away by Messiah.

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