October 17, 2011

Week 7 Flybys, Conference Edition

By Christan Shirk

The Flybys are back for a conference edition.  We are in the heart of conference play and the races are starting to heat up.  We'll take a quick look at the results and developing payoff picture in many of the conferences across the country.

 

Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC)

10/11: Penn St.-Behrend 2, Pitt-Bradford 0  |  Penn St.-Altoona 2, Franciscan 0

10/15: Medaille 5, Pitt-Greensburg 0  |  Pitt-Bradford 4, Franciscan 1  |  Penn St.-Behrend 2, Penn St.-Altoona 0

Snapshot: Penn St.-Behrend (7-6-1 / 5-1-0), who lost to leaders Medaille (13-2-1 / 6-0-0) early in conference play, is making a charge for the top with win over second place Pitt-Bradford (5-6-2 / 5-1-1).  Due to the head-to-head loss, it’s improbable that Behrend can overtake Medaille for the #1 seed even if they’d get help in the form of a Bradford home win over Medaille this Wednesday, but the #2 seed could be theirs and a Medaille win Wednesday would clear the way for that.  Behrend is the only school to have cracked Medialle’s stranglehold on the conference in the last six years, winning the regular season title last year and the overall title (via the tournament) in 2007.

 

American Southwest Conference (ASC)

10/11: UT-Tyler 2, Concordia (Tx.) 0 

10/13: UT-Tyler 3, Centenary (La.) 1

10/14: UT-Dallas 2, East Texas Baptist 1 (OT)  |  Mississippi 4, Texas Lutheran 0  |  Hardin-Simmons 4, Howard Payne 2  |  Mary Hardin-Baylor 5, McMurry 0  |  LeTourneau 3, Ozarks 0

10/15:  UT-Dallas 4, LeTourneau 0  |  Mississippi 2, Schreiner 1  |  Mary Hardin-Baylor 1, Hardin-Simmons 0  |  East Texas Baptist 4, Ozarks 2  |  Centenary (La.) 2, Concordia (Tx.) 1

Snapshot: UT-Tyler (11-2-0 / 7-1-0) and UT-Dallas (10-1-2 / 8-1-1) top the ASC table with a pair of conference wins each this week and overall have very similar results so far in and out of conference.  They meet in Dallas this Saturday evening.   Besides the head-to-head clash, UT-Tyler has the tougher finish with third place Mississippi (12-3-0 / 7-2-0) on tap to close the regular season.  Hardin-Simmons (6-4-3 / 6-2-1) and Mary Hardin-Baylor (8-3-1 / 7-3-0) are looking safe to make the 6-team ASC tournament.  Concordia, Ozarks, and LeTourneau will fight over the final spot, each with a couple games left against teams above them in the standings.

 

Capital Athletic Conference (CAC)

10/11: St. Mary's (Md.) 3, Mary Washington 0

10/12: No. 21 Salisbury 3, Wesley 0  |  York (Pa.) 4, Stevenson 1

10/15: York (Pa.) 0, Mary Washington 0

Snapshot: It’s a down year for the CAC and the south in general enabling Salisbury (8-2-3 / 3-1-0) to top the CAC despite not having that strong a season.  They playoff teams seems nearly set and Salisbury would be expected to hold on to first and the hosting privileges for the playoffs as they close out playing the bottom four teams.  Second place Mary Washington (5-5-3 / 3-1-2) also should win a first round-bye and home semifinal.  Frostburg St. (8-1-4 / 2-1-2) travels to York (5-5-4 / 2-1-3) this Saturday in what probably will decide third and fourth place, which matters because it will determine who would be in line to play at Salisbury instead of Mary Washington in the semifinals.  The final two spots are up for grabs between Wesley, Stevenson, and Marymount.

 

Centennial Conference

10/15:  Ursinus 2, No. 9 Swarthmore 1  |  Dickinson 3, Johns Hopkins 0  |  Haverford 1, Gettysburg 0  |  No. 20 Muhlenberg 2, Franklin and Marshall 1

Snapshot: As has usually been the case in recent years, it’s six teams battling for five playoff spots.  The dfference this year is that instead of three to five Top 25 level teams in the mix, there might be just one (Swarthmore) and they just lost to a sub-.300 team (Ursinus) for their third overall loss.  For once the conference probably won’t have reason to feel they deserved another at-large berth, as it’s looking like it could just be the tournament winner going dancing.  Johns Hopkins (6-4-3 / 4-1-1) couldn’t extend their slimmest of leads atop the standings and fell 3-0 to Dickinson (7-4-3 / 4-2-0) at home.  That result combined with Swarthmore (10-3-0 / 4-2-0) shockingly succumbing to Ursinus means four teams with four wins through six games played, and a three-way tie for second that also includes Muhlenberg (8-3-1 / 4-2-0).  Dickinson’s results are hard to reconcile: conceding 3 goals at Haverford in 3-2 loss last Sunday but shutting out Hopkins in a 3-0 win; edging Swarthmore 2-1 but losing 1-0 to Gettysburg a week later.  Also inconsistent, Gettysburg (6-5-1 / 3-2-1) and Franklin & Marshall (7-4-2 / 3-3-0) bring up the rear of the playoff-contending teams.

 

College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW)

10/12: Elmhurst 2, North Central (Ill.) 1  |  Wheaton (Ill.) 2, Carthage 0  |  Illinois Wesleyan 6, Millikin 0

10/14: No. 14 North Park 3, Augustana 2

10/15: Carthage 1 Millikin 0  |  Illinois Wesleyan 1, Elmhurst 0  |  Wheaton (Ill.) 1, North Central (Ill.) 1 (2OT)

Snapshot: It will be unfortunate if anyone but North Park (9-0-3 / 3-0-1) emerges from the CCIW tournament with the AQ berth, because no one else here is tournament-worthy.  The dust hasn’t settled on which three of Carthage (8-5-2 / 2-1-1), Illinois Wesleyan (7-5-1 / 2-1-1), North Central (9-3-2 / 1-1-2), Elmhurst (6-5-4 / 1-1-2) and Wheaton (7-6-2 / 1-1-1) will join the Vikings in the playoffs.

 

Commonwealth Conference

10/11: No. 1 Messiah 5, Lycoming 0  |  Alvernia 2, Elizabethtown 1  |  Arcadia 1, Widener 0  |  Lebanon Valley 3, Albright 2

10/15: No. 1 Messiah 2, Lebanon Valley 0  |  Alvernia 2, Albright 1  |  Elizabethtown 2, Widener 0

Snapshot: Nobody would ever have suspected or predicted that this Saturday’s Messiah-Alvernia match would be the biggest Commonwealth contest of the season.  OK, so Messiah-Elizabethtown will still be a bigger event due to the rivalry (and the fact that E-town may be needing a win just to make the playoffs), but Messiah-Alvernia could be a battle of undefeateds for the #1 seed if they both hold serve midweek.  Alvernia (11-2-1 / 4-0-0) is one of the surprises of the year and their win over Elizabethtown was their first ever.  Arcadia (7-6-1 / 2-1-1) is in third but besides their well-contested loss to Messiah hasn’t played any of the other three play-off contenders.  Lebanon Valley (9-5-0 / 2-2-0) made Messiah (12-0-1 / 4-0-0) work for their victory, but really were no threat to score themselves and find themselves tied for fourth with Elizabethtown (7-5-0 / 2-2-0).

 

Empire 8

10/15: No. 15 Stevens 1, Ithaca 0  |  Utica 2, Elmira 1  |  Nazareth 4, Alfred 1

Snapshot: While Ithaca (4-6-1 / 3-1-0) was previously undefeated in the conference, Stevens (11-2-0 / 4-0-0) certainly would have been expected to do better than a narrow 1-0 Homecoming day victory over the sub-.500 Bombers.  It makes for 10 wins in a row for the Ducks and they should go undefeated in the conference with just St. John Fisher and Utica remaining, but it’s still hard to be convinced by Stevens.  Fourth place Elmira (9-2-1 / 2-2-1) has certainly come back to earth after a heady 9-0-0 start to the campaign: they fell victim to Utica's first-ever conference win.  Third place Nazareth (7-6-0 / 3-2-0) has been under the radar, but might end up still being the biggest threat to Stevens in the conference tournament just as was predicted in the coaches’ preseason poll.

 
 

Freedom Conference

10/11: DeSales 5, Wilkes 1  |  Manhattanville 3, FDU-Florham 0  |  Misericordia 3, King's 1  | Eastern 1, Delaware Valley 0

10/15: DeSales 2, Delaware Valley 1 |  Manhattanville 3, Wilkes 2  |  Eastern 0, Misericordia 0 (2OT)

Snapshot: The Freedom tournament field will likely be DeSales (12-2-1 / 4-0-0), Manhattanville (11-3-0 / 3-1-0), Misericordia (9-1-2 / 2-1-1), and Eastern (8-4-1 / 2-1-1), but none of them made much of an impression on Saturday.  No way to predict the most likely outcome of this conference.

 

Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC)

10/12: Covenant 2, Piedmont 1 (2OT)

10/15: Maryville (Tenn.) 3, Huntingdon 1  |  Covenant 4, LaGrange 0

Snapshot: It’s hard to concentrate on the conference picture hear because there’s no AQ at stake and the real story is about whether Maryville (9-2-2 / 2-0-0) can somehow win the lone Pool B berth which UW-Oshkosh had been trying to give away before stringing together three wins against fairly weak competition.  This will be the defining week for Maryville as they travel to the SCAC’s Centre Monday night and then host the UAA’s Emory Saturday.  Two wins and there is a strong case to be made for them; two losses and they can forget about it.

 

Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC)

10/12: Transylvania 2, Earlham 1 (OT)  |  Rose-Hulman 2, Franklin 0

10/15: Defiance 0, Transylvania 0 (2OT)  |  Rose-Hulman 4, Manchester 0

Snapshot: The HCAC should come down to Transylvania (7-4-3 / 4-0-1) and Rose-Hulman (10-5-0 / 4-1-0) in the tournament final, but neither squad appears ready to live-up to some of the surprises Transylvania has thrown the NCAA tournament in recent years.

 

Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC)

10/12: No. 6 Loras 3, Wartburg 1  |  Simpson 2, Buena Vista 1 (OT)  |  Cornell 5, Dubuque 0

10/14: Luther 2, Central 0

10/15: No. 6 Loras 4, Simpson 0  |  Luther 3, Buena Vista 0  |  Dubuque 2, Wartburg 1 (2OT)

Snapshot: Loras (13-1-2 / 5-0-1) gets the expected win to remain atop the IIAC standings while surprising Luther (12-2-1 / 5-0-0), with one less game played, remains perfect in second place.  Luther hosts the Duhawks Wednesday evening with top spot on the line.  Simpson (7-8-1 / 4-2-0) in third is a bit of a surprise as well.  The disappointing trio of Dubuque (9-5-1 / 3-3-0), Central (8-5-1 / 2-2-1), and Wartburg (6-8-0 / 2-3-0) fill the last three playoff spots for now, fighting for fourth place and hosting privileges in the 4-5 play-in game.

 

Landmark Conference

10/15: Catholic 3, Juniata 1  |  Drew 3, Scranton 0 |  Merchant Marine 4, Moravian 1

Snapshot: Catholic (10-3-0 / 4-0-0) stayed perfect in conference play in search of a third straight title while Drew (12-2-0 / 3-1-0) and Merchant Marine (8-5-1 / 3-1-1) keep close with wins of their own. Catholic’s only losses are to ranked teams: No. 2 Christopher Newport, No. 1 Messiah (L1-2), and No. 19 Rutgers-Camden (L2-3 OT).  Drew and Catholic meet in the final regular season game.

 

Liberty League

10/14: No. 3 St. Lawrence 2, No. 24 Union 0  |  No. 12 Hobart 4, Bard 1  |  RIT 2, Vassar 0

10/15: No. 3 St. Lawrence 1, RPI 0  |  No. 12 Hobart 2, Vassar 0  |  No. 24 Union 3, Clarkson 0  |  RIT 2, Bard 1 (2OT)

Snapshot: St. Lawrence (13-0-0 / 6-0-0) was not at their best on their home turf as they survived a stiff challenge from RPI (5-4-3 / 1-3-2) to remain perfect in-conference and overall, the only school still to hold that distinction.  It was a first half let-down following a big win over ranked Union the night before.  RIT has quietly put together a seven-game unbeaten run to raise their overall record to 9-3-2 and go second in the conference (5-0-1).  They still have to play both St. Lawrence and Hobart.  Third place Hobart (13-2-0 / 4-2-0) has three straight wins since losing to St. Lawrence.

 

Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA)

10/11: Calvin 4, Adrian 1  |  Trine 2, Albion 0  |  Olivet 2, Kalamazoo 0  |  Hope 5, Alma 0

10/15: Calvin 1, Hope 0  |  Trine 3, Alma 0  |  Albion 3, Olivet 1

Snapshot: After the incredible Septembers for Olivet and Trine (a combined 15-1-3), order has partially been restored in the MIAA with Calvin (11-3-1 / 7-1-1) again atop the standings after edging rival Hope in real battle. It was their second win over Hope in 2011, reversing what happened in 2010.  Earlier in the week Calvin comfortable dealt with Adrian who upset both Trine and Olivet the previous week.  Second place Trine (10-2-2 / 6-2-1) has recovered from their two-game skid with two shutouts, lowering their GAA to 0.31, second best in the nation.  Olivet (10-4-1 / 6-3-0) and Hope (8-4-3 / 5-3-1) round-out the playoff spots for the conference’s AQ berth. 

(Note: It’s the first year of MIAA playoffs, but for conference purposes the champion designation is based strictly on the regular season with the four-team end-of-season tournament serving only to award the AQ berth.  It’s an interesting and unique arrangement which seems to balance the desire to reward the team who had the best season while still having exciting and meaningful playoffs.  The MIAA now runs the risk that most conferences do that they are not represented in the NCAA tournament by their best team.  I personally still like the now-discontinued CCIW system of adding the playoff results to the regular season results to determine the AQ recipient, meaning the regular season champion could only be overtaken if the second or third place team was very close behind, not by a long-shot fourth place team that got hot or lucky for two games.)

 

Midwest Conference (MWC)

10/11: Monmouth 2, Grinnell 1  |  Carroll at Lake Forest, postponed

10/15: Carroll 3, Ripon 0  |  Monmouth 7, Knox 0

10/16: Lake Forest 2, St. Norbert 0

Snapshot: Lake Forest finished September undefeated at 10-0-1 with a win in their opening MWC match, but even the moderate level of MWC play has been a step up from most of their non-conference opposition as they have tied one and dropped two before being spared a likely third straight defeat when the game against conference leader Carroll was postponed.  A win Sunday gives them hope of still nabbing the fourth and final playoff spot, but it will be a challenge.  Carroll (6-6-1 / 5-0-0) and Monmouth (7-4-2 / 4-0-2) square off this Saturday, with a Carroll win virtually assuring them the #1 seed for the playoffs.   Even though Carroll played a quality non-conference schedule that included Whitworth, Pacific Lutheran, Dubuque, Macalester, Augsburg, and Whitewater, it’s interesting to think of a NCAA participant having a 1-6-1 non-conference record.   

 

Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC)

10/12: No. 10 Gustavus Adolphus 2, Hamline 1  |  No. 23 St. Olaf 2, Augsburg 0  |  Carleton 2, St. Mary's (Minn.) 1 (OT)  |  Macalester 3, St. Thomas 1

10/15: No. 10 Gustavus Adolphus 2, Augsburg 1  |  No. 23 St. Olaf 2, Macalester 1  |  Carleton 2, Hamline 0

Snapshot: With a couple of key injures, the wheels have come off for Augsburg (8-4-1 / 4-3-0) who three weeks ago was undefeated and two weeks ago was stilled ranked Top 25 with one loss.  Three straight losses in the MIAC to the top three teams has dropped the Auggies into a fight for fourth place with Macalester (8-6-0 / 5-3-0) who they beat earlier.  The Auggies have a game in hand and the Scots still have to play Gustavus Adolphus.  First place Carleton (9-3-2 / 6-0-1), despite the unimpressive non-conference record, is the only school still undefeated in conference action, keeping them ahead of nationally ranked Gustavus Adoplhus (13-1-1 / 6-1-1) and St. Olaf (12-2-1 / 5-1-1), the later who they still have to play.  The MIAC is shaping up in such a way that an at-large berth is looking very good, and a second one can’t be ruled out just yet.

 

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

10/11: No. 8 Amherst 1, Trinity (Conn.) 0

10/15: No. 8 Amherst 3, Colby 0  |  Tufts 2, Williams 1  |  Trinity (Conn.) 1, Middlebury 0  |  Bowdoin 0, Hamilton 0 (2OT)

10/16: No. 8 Amherst 2, Bowdoin 1  |  Tufts 3, Bates 2 (2OT)  |  Williams 1, Connecticut College 0

Snapshot: Three conference wins in a week’s time has Amherst (11-0-1 / 7-0-1) level with Wesleyan (9-0-2 / 7-0-1) atop the NESCAC standings with no one close behind.  The two undefeateds will fight it out this Saturday for the #1 seed.  Tufts’ win over Williams and Trinity’s over Middlebury has those two in a three-way tie for third with Williams, all at 4-2-2 in conference.  Middlebury (5-3-3 / 2-3-3) is probably looking at a seventh place finish with sixth a possibility if they beat Williams.  Stunningly, last year’s Final Four participant, Bowdoin (4-5-3 / 1-5-2), is in real danger of missing the 8-team playoff as they probably need to win both their final games against Trinity and Tufts to have a chance of edging Colby for eighth, and there’s no reason to think they will manage that.  It’s not inconceivable at this point for the NESCAC to only receive one at-large berth in addition the their AQ spot.

 

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)

10/15:  Babson 3, Springfield 1  |  Wheaton (Mass.) 2, WPI 1

Snapshot: Babson (11-2-2 / 4-0-0) emerges on top after clash with Springfield (8-2-3 / 4-1-0).  Babson is seeking their fourth straight NEWMAC regular season and tournament championship.  Wheaton (7-6-2 / 3-1-0) took sole possession of third ahead of WPI (8-4-0 / 2-2-0) which would keep them out of the conference tournament’s #4-#5 play-in game.  MIT (6-6-0 / 1-3-0) currently has that fifth and final playoff spot.

 

New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC)

10/12: No. 19 Rutgers-Camden 1, Richard Stockton 0  |  No. 22 William Paterson 3, TCNJ 2 (OT)  |  Montclair State 4, Kean 1

10/15: No. 19 Rutgers-Camden 2, No. 22 William Paterson 1  |  Montclair State 1, New Jersey City 0

Snapshot: Well, Rutgers-Camden (13-2-1 / 5-0-1) is top dog in the tough NJAC after making an early goal hold up against Stockton at home and then edging Paterson (10-3-2 / 4-2-1) on a late PK despite being outplayed away from home.  Raptor forward Mitch Grotti scored two huge goals to up his season total to 15: the lone goal against Stockton and the tying goal against Paterson.  Montclair St. (11-2-2 / 4-1-1) is second followed by Paterson who is now just 3-3-1 in their last seven and needed overtime in all three wins.  (Note: Kean has self-imposed a post-season ban after an NCAA inquiry found a "disproportionate number of academic scholarships were awarded to scholar-athletes over the past five years.”  As such, the NJAC has removed Kean from the conference standings and their games will not be included in other schools’ conference win-loss records.)

 

North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC)

10/12: No. 4 Ohio Wesleyan 2, Wabash 1  |  No. 17 DePauw 2, Wittenberg 1 (OT)  |  Hiram 2, Kenyon

10/15: No. 4 Ohio Wesleyan 4, Wittenberg 1  |  No. 17 DePauw 4, Wooster 1  |  Hiram 3, Oberlin 1

Snapshot: Ohio Wesleyan (13-1-0 / 5-0-0), who hasn’t lost since opening day to No. 1 Messiah, remain perfect in the NCAC, ahead of second place DePauw (11-2-0 / 5-1-0) who they have already defeated.  DePauw barely escaped a loss at Wittenberg, tying the game with 1 second remaining and then scoring early in overtime.  It was the Tigers third 1-goal overtime win in their last four matches, the other game being the 1-0 loss to Ohio Wesleyan.

 

Northern Athletics Conference (NAC)

10/12: No. 13 Dominican 1, Aurora 0  |  Concordia (Wisc.) 6, Marian 0

10/15: No. 13 Dominican 2, Milwaukee Engineering 1 (2OT)  |  Concordia (Wisc.) 2, Wisc. Lutheran 0

Snapshot: Dominican (13-2-0 / 8-0-0) remain undefeated all-time in the NAC, but it’s now four straight narrow 1-goal victories in conference play (two going to overtime) for the Stars who are accustomed to dominating conference opponents.  They still have a date with second place Concordia (Wisc.) (11-4-1 / 7-0-1) whose two shutouts kept them undefeated in conference action.

 

Northwest Conference (NWC)

10/15: Pacific Lutheran 1, Whitworth 0

10/16: Pacific Lutheran 2, Whitman 1  |  Whitworth 3, Puget Sound 0

Snapshot: Pacific Lutheran (11-2-0 / 8-1-0) takes sole possession of first place in the NWC after their midweek top-of-the-table clash with Whitworth (9-3-1 / 7-2-0), a game of major importance given the conference has no playoffs.  It is the second time this year that the Lutes have defeated Whitworth, the first away, this time at home.  With five more conference dates and Pacific Lutheran’s slip-up against Williamette earlier in the season, Whitworth could still catch the Lutes, but the two head-to-head loses means they need to overtake them not just catch them.

 

Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC)

10/11: No. 16 Ohio Northern 4, Otterbein 0  |  No. 18 Baldwin-Wallace 1, Heidelberg 0  |  John Carroll 2, Mount Union 1 (OT)

10/15: No. 16 Ohio Northern 2, No. 18 Baldwin-Wallace 1  |  John Carroll 1, Muskingum 0

Snapshot: While the two nationally ranked schools from the conference duked it out, John Carroll (9-5-0 / 5-0-0) was staying perfect in OAC play and atop the standings.  Ohio Northern (12-2-2 / 4-0-1) was much better than Baldwin-Wallace (13-2-0 / 4-1-0) in their Top 25 clash.  John Carroll has yet to play either of them.

 

Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC)

10/12: Roanoke 1, Guilford 0  |  Hampden-Sydney 2, Lynchburg 1 |  Randolph 4, Emory and Henry 0

10/15: Roanoke 3, Randolph-Macon 1  |  Eastern Mennonite 1, Virginia Wesleyan 0  |  Lynchburg 2, Emory and Henry 1 (OT)

Snapshot: Having already beaten second place Eastern Mennonite with ease, Roanoke (11-3-1 / 6-0-1) should go on to win the regular season and home field throughout the conference playoffs.  Second place Eastern Mennonite (8-6-1 / 6-1-0) is 2-5-1 out-of-conference, giving an indication of how weak the ODAC is this year.  Last year’s national runner-up Lynchburg (5-7-2 / 3-2-2) remains under .500 but could grab a home game in the conference quartefinals as the four-seed.

 

President’s Athletic Conference (PAC)

10/12: Thomas More 1, Westminster (Pa.) 0  |  Geneva 2, Bethany 1 (OT)

10/15: Thomas More 2, Geneva 1

Snapshot: In the battle of the top two teams, Thomas More (10-1-1 / 4-0-0) edged Geneva (10-4-1 / 4-1-0).  Thomas More has already beaten Grove City (9-4-0 / 4-1-0) and could go undefeated in the conference.  Their only loss of the season came against a Top 25 Ohio Northern in a game they led 3-1 before losing 4-3 in overtime.

 

Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC)

10/12: No. 25 Redlands 7, Cal Lutheran 0  |  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 5, Occidental 1

10/15: No. 25 Redlands 6, Whittier 0  |  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 5, Pomona-Pitzer 1

Snapshot: Undefeated in conference and steamrolling teams, Redlands (13-3-0 / 10-0-0) have nearly clinched the regular season title before even playing Claremont (9-3-1 / 6-2-1), their only real competition for the conference title, a second time.  Playoffs follow and may provide for a third meeting of these two teams.

 

Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC)

10/14: No. 5 Trinity (Texas) 4, Southwestern 1  |  Oglethorpe 2, Rhodes 1  |  Colorado College 2, Austin 0  |  Birmingham-Southern 1, Millsaps 0  |  Sewanee 1, Centre 1 (2OT)

10/16: Oglethorpe 7, Millsaps 3  |  Colorado College 2, Univ. of Dallas 1  |  Rhodes 3, Birmingham-Southern 1

Snapshot: With a pair of wins, surprising Oglethorpe (12-2-0 / 6-0-0) stays joint top of the SCAC with Trinity (10-0-2 / 5-0-0) who brushed aside Southwestern.  The two schools will not meet in the regular season, a result of the unbalanced conference schedule (each school only plays 9 of the other 11 schools), but could meet in the first-ever SCAC tournament.  Standing in the way of a perfect conference run by Oglethorpe and one of the quarterfinal byes is Birmingham-Southern (8-5-0 / 4-2-0) and Centre (8-3-2 / 3-1-1).

 

State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC)

10/14: Brockport St. 1, Cortland St. 0 (OT)  |  Geneseo St. 2, Oswego St. 1  |  Potsdam St. 3, Buffalo St. 0

10/15: Oneonta St. 2, New Paltz St. 1  |  Brockport St. 2, Oswego St. 0  |  Fredonia St. 1, Potsdam St. 0  |  Plattsburgh St. 3, Buffalo St. 1

Snapshot: Oneonta (10-2-2 / 6-0-1) had to come from behind to dispatch of pesky New Paltz and stay first in the SUNYAC.  Second place Brockport (9-3-1 / 6-1-0) keeps pace with pair of conference wins.  Surprising Potsdam (7-6-2 / 4-2-1) got tripped by Fredonia and fall to fourth.  They are still likely to make the playoffs, but with Brockport and Geneseo ahead on their schedule they probably fall to fifth or sixth.  Plattsburgh (11-2-2 / 3-2-2) gets back into a playoff position (sixth), but it's not looking good for New Paltz (6-8-1 / 2-4-1).  That probably is welcome news by the top teams as inconsistentNew Paltz seems to be able to play with anybody on their day and would be an upset risk. 

 

The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC)

10/12: Western New England 2, Roger Williams 0

10/15: Western New England 2, Curry 0

Snapshot: With the midweek win over Roger Williams (9-2-4 / 3-1-3), the CCC leaders WNEC (13-2-1 / 7-0-0) took down another challenger and with the weekend victory inched closer to clinching the regular season title.

 

University Athletic Association (UAA)

10/14: No. 7 Washington U. 2, New York University 1  |  Case Western Reserve 6, Emory 5 (2OT)  |  Brandeis 2, Chicago 1  |  Rochester 1, Carnegie Mellon 0

10/16: No. 7 Washington U. 2, Brandeis 0  |  Case Western Reserve 4, Carnegie Mellon 0  |  Emory 1, Rochester 0  |  New York University 2, Chicago 1 (2OT)

Snapshot: Washington U. (12-1-0 / 4-0-0) is clearly the class of the UAA followed by Case Western (11-3-0 / 3-1-1) and Rochester (8-3-1 / 2-1-1), but this is the weakest the UAA has been in some time as many of the schools have not impressed in non-conference play.  This should free two, maybe thee, Pool C berths to go elsewhere this year.

 

Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC)

10/16: St. Scholastica 1, Minnesota-Morris 0

Snapshot: The Saints (11-3-1 / 7-0-1) defeat one of their biggest threats for the second time, and the title could come down to the final game against Northwestern (8-6-2 / 7-1-1) who they tied earlier.

 

USA-South Athletic Conference

10/11: No. 2 Christopher Newport 4, N.C. Wesleyan 0

10/12: Methodist 5, Averett 1

10/15: No. 2 Christopher Newport 3, Methodist 0  |  Averett 1, Randolph 0  |  N.C. Wesleyan 6, Ferrum 1

Snapshot: As if we didn’t already know that Christopher Newport (12-0-1 / 4-0-0) was the best from the conference, they have now defeated the most likely threats with ease.  All-American midfielder Brian Lybert now has 10 goal, 9 assists to lead the national title contenders.

 

Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC)

10/12: UW-Whitewater 8, Finlandia 0

10/16: UW-Whitewater 2, UW-Superior 1 (OT)  |  UW-Oshkosh 2, UW-Platteville 0

Snapshot: There’s no AQ berth at stake but this is almost a Pool B berth playoff between Whitewater and Oshkosh and neither are impressing.  If Whitewater (9-6-0 / 5-0-0) can win out including a second defeat of Oshkosh (8-4-2 / 3-2-0) to close the regular season they would put themselves ahead of Oshkosh for that lone Pool B berth, but there are other candidates in the mix like Maryville and UC Santa Cruz.

 


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Christan Shirk is a Messiah College graduate (1993, Civil Engineering) and has been a keen and passionate observer of D-III soccer for over a decade.  Never more than a rec-league player himself, Chris brings an analytical approach and nationwide perspective to his writing.  He loves D-III soccer history, statistical number-crunching, and off-the-radar action, all of which he gladly shares with his readers.

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