September 19, 2018

Atlantic Spotlight, Wk 3

By D3soccer.com Contributor

While many teams are hitting their mid-season stride and conference play is starting in earnest, several schools in the region are recovering from the loss and damage associated with Hurricane Florence. They will miss some games and face demanding challenges. But they will overcome the devastation and heartache using the same grit, determination and teamwork they exhibit on and off the pitch each and every day.

There were great games this past week and top matchups this coming week.

Top teams Lynchburg and Mary Washington battle to stalemate

Wednesday afternoon, the No. 7 Lynchburg Hornets (4-0-1) and the No. 12 Mary Washington Eagles (5-0-1) battled to a 0-0 tie. The Hornets hit the crossbar a few times and put more shots on goal (7-1) but neither of these top teams could break through. Hornet Senior goalkeeper Dylan McLaurin and Eagle sophomore Ken Kurtz recorded the shutouts.

Both team’s Saturday games were impacted by Hurricane Florence and either cancelled or postponed.

Salisbury Sea Gulls post a pair of shutouts.

Junior defender Trent Hofmeister bounced one in off the crossbar in the 81st minute for the only goal as the Salisbury Sea Gulls (6-1-0) held off the Shoreman (2-3-1) Wednesday afternoon. Trevor Brookhart stopped 2 shots for his 4th shutout of the early season.

In another competitive game on Saturday, Brookhart and the Sea Gulls again came out on top 1-0 in a tough game against the Misericordia Cougars (1-3-1).

Tartans battle back.

The No. 11 Carnegie Mellon Tartans (4-0-1) controlled most of play against the Westminster (Pa.) Titans (4-2-0) but needed a late rally for a come-from-behind, 2-1 road win....

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Atlantic Spotlight

 

The weekly Atlantic Spotlight will survey the top Division III men's conferences and teams in the combined NCAA Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic Regions consisting of fifteen states.  The primary ones are Pennsylvania (45), Virginia (18), New Jersey (14), Maryland (10, North Carolina (9), Georgia (8), and New York (7). The remaining states are home to three or fewer schools with conference ties elsewhere: Alabama, Arkansas, D.C., Delaware, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

 

With so much territory to cover in a single column, we will focus primarily on the tradionally stronger conferences such as the CAC, Centennial, Landmark, Commonwealth, and the NJAC.  Expect to see contests involving teams in our Top 25 typically against perceived stronger opponents along with teams on the rise.

 

We will look at some of the key match-ups, results, and standout performances, identifying who is trending up and who is trending down each week.

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