Salisbury edges Hopkins; TCNJ women roll on
Here are your Wednesday updates from selected matches from around the nation. For more on today's action, and to see what's coming up this weekend, check our scoreboard.
No.13 Johns Hopkins continued in their volatile season with a 0-1 loss to No.14 Salisbury. Mike Napolitano continued his scoring streak with a game-winner in the 60th minute after a fatal keeper error. Salisbury has been unable to upend Johns Hopkins in their last three meetings-unable to score in 282 minutes- but proved the better side in an evenly matched game. Salisbury continues their undefeated streak to 9-0-2, while Johns Hopkins drops to a 6-2-2 record.
Micah Rose and Morgan Langley were again the culprits as No. 2 Swarthmore upended yet another team in their path of destruction. While Swarthmore dominated every facet of the game, Micah Rose's blast from range proved to be the lone goal. It would be all Swarthmore needed as they improve to 9-0 on the season and seriously challenge for the nation's number one spot.
Hobart, who has also experienced nothing short of a tumultuous season of late, steered clear of near-disaster with a 3-2 overtime win over a suffering Nazareth. Nazareth, who has lost almost every match this year, has done so, albeit, to some of the nation's best in cut-throat matches. Yesterday was no different. Clawing themselves back from two goals down in the first half, Nazareth's hopes of upsetting 16th-ranked Hobart were shattered in the 93rd minute when Lukas Peterson found himself free to shoot in front of goal, burying the match. Hobart, hoping to restore their winning ways, improves to 5-2-2 after this past weekend's train wreck.
No. 4 Dominican put the sword to a defenseless Benedictine, as they found themselves 4-0 winners. Dominican, who has been making a case to be the nation's best, moved themselves to a record of 9-0-0 on the season. Allowing only one shot on goal, Dominican spent the entire game landing shots on Benedictine keeper, as Ryan Roberts ended the match as a hat-trick hero; his first coming only six minutes in. Trying to shrug bad habits (at the least unnerving habits), Messiah reverted to their typical form with a convincing 3-0 win over Eastern Mennonite University. Prior to this match, they have left it late in their last 3 games, but Geoff Pezon opened Messiah's account in the 4th, and the Falcons never looked back. They are now 8-1 after their shock opener to Hobart.
No. 15 UW-Whitewater stays unbeaten at 7-0-1 with their 2-0 blanking of Dubuque. Trevor Swentik notched two goals on the night, handing Dubuque only their second loss of the season. No. 6 Calvin responded to their loss to Hope with a 1-0 win against Kalamazoo. Calvin picks up a vital conference win, especially as Hope suffered their first conference loss against Trine, who boasts a 6-2-2 overall record.
No. 8 Rochester also seemed to place themselves back on track with a hard-fought derby win against Rochester Institute of Technology. In a dead-even match, Rochester was able to break through in the 67th minute to improve their record to a still undefeated 6-0-3.
No.18 York won again tonight to make it four wins in four, defeating Lynchburg 3-0. York is now 8-3 overall. In other Pennsylvania action, Dickinson again was the victim in a bout with a top-25 team. Out-shooting No.19 Muhlenberg, Dickinson was able to draw blood early on. Unfortunately, Muhlenberg responded early in the second half, as the match ended at 1-1. In other news, Ohio Wesleyan and Case Western played to a scoreless draw, as Wesleyan stands 7-1-1 overall, while Macalester won in a tough conference match, defeating Carleton 1-0.
In women's action, New Jersey City defeated Kean for the first time program history with a 2-1 victory. NJCU was outshot by the Cougars 28-6, yet grabbed the game winning goal off a PK awarded to junior Julia Caseres. For Caseres, this was her 16th goal of the season, as well as her fourth game winner. NJCU improved to 7-3 and 2-2 in NJAC play and are off to their best record after 10 matched in the 18-year history of the program.
No.20 Cal Lutheran is playing at Redlands in the University of Redlands "Breast Cancer Awareness Night" and early in the match, there is no score. No.18 Puget Sound was a 2-0 winner over Pacific Lutheran. Junior Jenny Moore scored the game winner early, grabbing a rebound and putting it away nicely in the 22nd minute. Junior Theresa Henle put the match further out of reach with her goal in the 80th minute.
Messiah continued to prove their worthiness as the 'nation's best' yesterday with a dismantling of York (Pa.). The third goal came just after halftime, while Messiah defense- who has been scored on once all season- allowed York only a single shot on goal throughout the entire match. Messiah is 9-0-0. The College of New Jersey, in keeping pace with Messiah, put 6 goals in on an overwhelmed Rutgers-Camden. Like Messiah, 2nd-ranked TCNJ has yielded a single goal to date, amassing 32 for. They improve to 10-0-0 on the season. Also scoring 6 goals, and remaining undefeated, No. 4 Illinois Wesleyan pounded Rose-Hulman. Competing with Messiah and TCNJ, Illinois Wesleyan is undefeated 11-0-0.
After recovering well from their early season loss to Messiah, No. 6 Johns Hopkins cruised to six wins in a row, with an overall record of 8-1. That ended yesterday after their match-up with Dickinson ended in a 1-0 upset. Ashley Kunkle nodded home for the winner in the 34th, but Annie Weichert was a hero in her own right after a fine, 12-save game. Johns Hopkins drops to an 8-2 record.
No.7 Rowan continued in their unbeaten run with a 5-0 demolition of Richard Stockton. Jessica Babice bagged a brace, as Rowan cruised to an 8-0-1 overall record. No. 9 William Smith surrendered a late goal to give Rochester a 2-1 win. The Herons scored in the 73rd minute to draw level, but Ellen Coleman's goal ensured William Smith dropped vital conference points for the second time in their last three games.
No. 10 UW-Stevens Point defeated rivals UW-Oshkosh by a margin of 1-0 to remain at the top of the WIAC, and undefeated. UW-Stevens Point improves to 9-0 on the season. While No.17 Allegheny dropped points with a draw against John Carroll, they still remain the only team in the nation to have shut out every opponent so far in the 2010 campaign. With the toughest defense in the nation, Allegheny is looking for a deep post-season run this year, pursuing with an overall record of 8-0-1.