Rochester takes first loss; Middlebury makes noise
On a busy Saturday, conference play was the rule of the day and several matches led to surprising results; Ohio Wesleyan's 24 match undefeated streak in NCAC play was brought to a close, Dominican played to a draw ending their undefeated run, and Messiah needed a goal with just nine minutes to play for yet another tight finish for the Falcons.
In men's action, Rochester outshot UAA foe Brandeis 20-7, yet the Judges edged the 9th-ranked Yellow Jackets 1-0 on a first-half goal by junior Luke Teece. Brandeis wins for the first time in three matches, improving to 7-3 and 1-1 in UAA play. Rochester stumbles for the first time this season and slips to 6-1-4, and 0-1-1.
No.16 Johns Hopkins travelled to Dickinson for a Centennial conference match and came away with a 1-0 win. Junior Sean Coleman grabbed the game winner in the 13th minute, and then the Blue Jays played stingy defense to hold for the shut-out, moving to 2-1-2 in the conference and 8-2-3 overall. Dickinson slide to 2-2-1 and 7-3-2. In other Centennial action, No. 2 Swarthmore blanked Ursinus 3-0, No.19 Muhlenberg criused past Washington 5-0, Franklin & Marshall shut down McDaniel 4-0, and Gettysburg edged Haverford 1-0.
Top-ranked Christopher Newport hammered Ferrum 7-0 to move to 12-0, and fellow USA South program North Carolina Wesleyan took No.11 Salisbury to two overtimes before settling for a 1-1 draw.
No. 3 Dominican went on the road to Concordia-Wisconsin but couldn't get a goal by the Falcon's defense, resulting in a scoreless draw. The Stars are now 6-0-1 in NAC play, while Concordia is 3-1-2. In other NAC action, Aurora was a 4-1 winner over Maranatha Baptist Bible College, and Edgewood blanked Rockford 2-0.
No. 4 Messiah slipped past Arcadia 1-0 on a goal by junior Tom Renko in the 81st minute, pushing the Falcons to 10-0-1. Arcadia drops to 6-6. No. 7 Calvin, No. 8 Williams, and No.10 Emory all notched victories.
No. 5 Stevens beat Empire 8 foe Ithaca 2-0, keeping their streak of shutout matches alive. The Ducks have now kept their opponents off the board for 10 straight matches, and improve to 8-0-2, and 3-0-1 in conference play. Ithaca falls to 2-6-3, 1-3-0. In other Empire 8 action, Elmira kept their grip on first place with a 4-2 win over Utica. The win gives Elimra a 4-0 conference mark, 8-2-2 overall.
No.11 Ohio Wesleyan played to a 1-1 draw with Oberlin, ending a 24 match undefeated run against NCAC opponents. The Bishops outshot Oberlin 31-8, but couldn't get a second goal after junior Travis Wall's goal in the 11th minute of play. Oliver Miller-Farrell scored the equalizer in the 51st minute for Oberlin.
No.22 Amherst fell to Middlebury 1-0 in an NESCAC road match. Martin Drolet nailed the win for the Panthers in the 78th minute, helping Middlebury to a 4-1 NESCAC mark, and 8-1 overall. Amherst falls to 1-1-3, and 5-1-3. Elsewhere, No.25 Brockport was a 3-1 winner over Geneseo, improving to 4-1 in SUNYAC play, and Wheaton (Mass.) shutout the United States Coast Guard Academy 2-0 for a second straight NEWMAC win.