November 6, 2018

Atlantic Spotlight, Wk 10

By D3soccer.com Contributor

There’re good reasons why they’re the #1 seeds. In all seven conferences tournaments reported here the #1 seeds came out on top.

MAC Commonwealth: Messiah scores once, wins twice

The No. 1 Messiah Falcons (16-0-3 / 8-0-0) put constant pressure on the Lycoming Warriors (15-3-2 / 6-2-0) for 110 minutes in the Commonwealth Conference final on Sunday. The Falcons outshot the Warriors 24-3 and got more dominant as the game wore on. But Warrior senior keeper Chris Solecki was up to the challenge grabbing 10 saves and keeping the Falcons off the board.

The deadlock meant a shootout for the Conference title and automatic bid to the NCAA tourney. Falcon senior goalie Conner Bell hadn’t really been tested on the day, but he came up big when it mattered most. He made a nice diving right save on the Warriors` third attempt to set up the 4-1 shootout win.

In the semifinal earlier in the week against Stevenson (11-8-1 / 4-3-1) the Falcons also faced very determined goalie. Mustang freshman Matt Stellitano saw his team out shot 24-8, he grabbed 7 saves, and only a stunner from 22 yards out by freshman Luke Groothoff in the 69th minute got by him.

ODAC: Generals in charge

Coming into Sunday`s ODAC final, top seed and Championship Weekend host Generals of Washington and Lee (14-3-1 / 9-0-1) had won 8 in a row and were unbeaten in 13 straight. The Bridgewater (Va.) Eagles (11-7-1 / 6-3-1) held the Generals scoreless through the break but 3 goals in a 13-minute span gave the Generals their first conference title since 2015.

Viktor Delbert fueled the quick three-goal lead scoring the first goal and assisting on the next two. Michael Nyc grabbed three saves to secure the shutout.

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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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