Williams men fall to Bowdoin
Saturday update by James Derrick
Saturday play included a number of disappointing results from men's top-ranked teams; Swarthmore tied, as did Calvin, while Williams took their first loss of the season. That and more follows, but a reminder that you can view results from today on our soccer scoreboard. You can also check our message board for Top 25 team schedules for Sunday.
While others struggled this weekend, No. 4 Dominican continued to impress with another large-margin victory, hammering Wartburg 3-nil. The win places Dominican in a prime position to take over as the nation's No. 1, especially after Christopher Newport and Swarthmore's falterings. Dominican now boasts the nation's best overall record at 13-0-1. Messiah, however, staked their claim as the nation's best following a stinging 5-0 victory over conference opponent Widener. In what seemed as not much of a competition for the holders, five different players bagged goals, as Messiah posted 22 shots. They are now 12-1, with 12 straight wins.
Swarthmore, looking to move their record to 12-0-1, stumbled away at conference opponent Franklin and Marshall, drawing 0-0. This is a disappointing result, especially following two lopsided wins. But more frustrating is their failure to seal their place at the top of the very competitive Centennial Conference, with matches yet to be played against undefeated Muhlenberg and a surprise No. 2 Haverford. Swarthmore still occupies the No. 2 spot, nationally, and the No.1 in conference, but there record is now 11-0-2. Calvin also dropped vital MIAA points after a draw with Adrian. Kalamazoo maintains their lead, while Calvin is second, and just one point above Adrian in the conference standings.
No. 8 Williams floundered on their attempt to remain undefeated, after a shocking 2-0 loss to unrated Bowdoin. Perhaps not so shocking when one considers Bowdoin's astounding form, losing only one match-to-date, and their current No. 2 spot in the NESCAC, arguably the nation's toughest conference. Williams failed twice in clearing long balls into their box, where Denton-Schneider and Danssaert capitalized to slam home two goals in a span of three minutes. Williams is now 8-1-2, while Bowdoin improved to 7-1-2.
No.5 Stevens Tech remains one of the last undefeated teams in the nation following a 5-0 pounding of Empire 8 opponent Elmira, who suffered their first conference loss in bleak fashion. While Stevens yielded their first goal of the season this past week, their defense was again performing at their miserly best, posting yet another shut-out on the season. Stevens is now 9-0-3.
Johns Hopkins found their form today against Ursinus, winning 3-0. Although dominant throughout the match- Hopkins out-shot Ursinus 25-3- Johns Hopkins used a ten minute period in the second half to kill off Ursinus with all three goals. Although they are 15th in the nation, they currently sit 5th in the highly competitive Centennial Conference.
No.18 Salisbury also cruised to a 3-nil win. Mary Washington was hardly in the game that Salisbury dominated, but it would take 56 minutes for the deadlock to be broken. Stafford Chipanigu bagged the opener on a break-away, and the rest was downhill for Mary Washington. Salisbury is second in the Capital Athletic Conference at 6-1, following their loss to Stevenson. Next weekend's conference match with York will be highly anticipated, as both are nationally ranked, and both sit atop the conference.
No.19 Macalester defeated a tough St. Olaf team 1-0 today to move to third in the MIAC. Concordia (Minn.) sits first with Carleton trailing on goal differential, while Macalester trails by a win. No.22 Middlebury continued to impress with a 1-0 victory over Connecticut College. Despite their lower national ranking, they sit above conference rival Williams at the top of the NESCAC table. No.24 Brockport made easy work from their match with Cortland after two second half goals from Christian Tychostup put them in cruise control to a 3-0 win. Brockport now commands the top spot in the conference with the win, claiming their first regular season title in over 30 years.
In women's action, Messiah held nothing back as they dismantled Widener this evening. Messiah's 7-nil win ensures they maintain their perfect record, while yielding just two goals on the season. Naeher and Corinne Wulf both bagged braces in the route, as the No.1 Falcons look to retain their title as national champions.
No.2 Hardin Simmons were also big winners in their match with Mary Hardin-Baylor. Amy Kuykendall demonstrated her on-field prowess again with a brace, while Katie Kuykendall posted a goal and an assist. Hardin Simmons progresses to a 13-0 overall record.
No.3 TCNJ rebounded from their poor form which saw them draw and lose in the last two matches after an undefeated run. A 2-0 victory over Kean helps them improve to a 12-1-1 overall record, but it is fellow natioally ranked NJAC opponents William Patterson and Rowan who claim the 1 and 2 spot on the conference table, respectively.
The CCIW remained the most competitive conference tonight after Illinois Wesleyan, Augustana, and Wheaton put together dominant performances. No.4 Illinois Wesleyan put Elmhurst away early after Molly O'brien fired home within the 1st ten minutes. Illinois Wesleyan is now 15-0. No.5 Augustana won by the same scoreline against North Park, but the match was much more lop-sided as Augustana blasted 22 shots. Two first half goals proved all that was necessary for Augustana to move to 12-0-2. No.8 Wheaton posted the most-devastating of scorelines between the three, hammering a defenseless North Central 6-0, as Wheaton improves to a 13-2 record. Neither team has played each other, but that is due to change as the next few games promise thrilling showdowns between these stellar teams.
7th ranked Loras won in a narrow contest with Coe College. Their 1-0 victory moves them to 14-1 overall. No.10 Rowan continued to stamp their dominance on the NJAC with a demoralizing thrashing of Rutgers-Newark. Evynn Wright, Jess Babice, and Audrey Gagnon each bagged braces as they cruised past Rutgers-Newark to close in on NJAC leader, William Patterson. Rowan has recovered very well from their midseason setback against William Patterson, posting big wins since.
No. 12 UW-Stevens Point continues to recover from their midseason setback as well, as they won in a hard-fought win over St. Thomas. After 97 minutes of Stevens' control on the match, the heroics fell to Mary Jean Cornelius, who hammered home from 20 yards out to give Stevens Point a vital win. They improve to 12-1.
Johns Hopkins fell victim to Muhlenberg, as this is the first that Hopkins was beaten by the Mules twice in a row. Muhlenberg opened the scoring when CJ Graetzer floated a beautiful shot over the keeper from range, but Hopkins responded within 8 minutes when Allie Zazzali converted a penalty kick following a foul in the box. However, just ten minutes following Hopkins' goal, Muhlenberg was awarded a penalty kick, where Nicolette Miller coolly slotted home the winner. Johns Hopkins falls to a record of 11-3.