September 14, 2012

A look back and the weekend ahead

With the first hints of fall sweeping the country, here’s a quick look at the Top 25 action from this week and a look ahead at some weekend matchups.

In men's action, No. 3 Loras continued to prove themselves as one of the country’s elite teams with a 1-0 victory over No. 20 UW-Whitewater.  Sean Lewis provided the winner for the Duhawks in the 40th minute.  It was the first goal allowed this season by the Warhawks.  Loras keeper Dylan Milkent improved to 5-0-1 on the season with five shutouts.

No. 9 York battled to a scoreless tie with Alvernia while No. 20 DePauw did the same with Hanover on Wednesday night.

In women's matches, No. 1 William Smith got an unexpected scare from unranked Buffalo State on Wednesday but escaped with a 3-2 victory. No. 10 Lynchburg battled to a scoreless tie with No. 14 Virginia Wesleyan in a battle of Top 25 foes.

Several in-state battles landed Top 25 teams in overtime games on Wednesday.  Carthage played to a draw with No. 17 UW-Oshkosh while No. 22 Ohio Northern nipped Ohio Wesleyan 2-1 in OT.

The marquee matchups for the men on Friday night will both involve CCIW/MIAA matchups.  First-year Calvin head coach Ryan Souders will return to his alma mater as the Knights take on the No. 22 Wheaton Thunder.  No. 23 Hope will host defending CCIW champion Carthage on Friday night.

No. 1 Trinity (Tx.) will hit the road for the west coast this weekend. The Tigers will play at Redlands on Friday night and at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Sunday.

Meanwhile, eleven Top 25 teams will be on the road on Saturday night including No. 2 St. Lawrence at Brockport State, No. 4 Amherst at Bates and No. 5 Messiah at Catholic.

No. 20 Whitewater will face a stiff test when unranked North Park visits the Warhawks on Sunday.

A year ago, the Wheaton (Ill.) women shocked Washington University in the Elite 8 by scoring three goals in three minutes to erase a two goal deficit and advance to the Final Four.  The 8th ranked Bears will return to the scene of the crime on Saturday afternoon when they visit the No. 3 Thunder in the only matchup of Top 25 womens teams slated for this weekend.

Elsewhere, No. 1 William Smith hosts Fredonia State, No. 2 Emory welcomes Sewanee, No. 6 Johns Hopkins faces off against Washington College, No. 7 Hardin-Simmons hosts Texas-Dallas, and No. 9 Ithaca welcomes Potsdam State.

While most of the Top 10 enjoys the luxuries of home, outside the Top 10, eight members of the Top 25 will hit the road on Saturday.

Washington University, 10th ranked Lynchburg and 20th ranked Wartburg will all be on the road on Sunday.

No contests today.
No contests today.
No contests today.