October 22, 2012

Pre-Halloween Chills: Men's top teams tested over weekend

Senior Forrest Marowitz made a season high seven saves in Colorado College's match with Trinity (Texas).
Photo by Charlie Lengal

By Rusty Lindsey

The pressure is officially on as we are into the final fortnight of the regular season.  While the women’s side saw several upsets that continued to muddy the landscape, the men’s side was highlighted mainly with overtime scares as much of the weekend went off without much noise.

The biggest scare of the weekend came on Friday night in Colorado Springs. Top-ranked Trinity was forced to come from behind and was able to scratch out a draw against Colorado College. Hunter Martinez provided a first half goal for the Colorado Tigers while Yuri Ribiero scored the equalizer for the Tigers. Trinity rebounded on Sunday to edge the University of Dallas 1-0.

A night later, No. 2 Messiah and No. 3 Amherst were pushed to overtime. Messiah was able to escape Widener with a 1-0 overtime goal on Jeremy Payne’s 12th goal of the season. Meanwhile Amherst couldn’t find a game winner and had to settle for 1-1 tie with Wesleyan. Spencer Noon scored for Amherst and Rory O’Neill equaled for Wesleyan.

Not so lucky over the weekend was Plattsburgh State who fell to Geneseo State on Friday.   The Cardinals avoided a total disaster of a weekend by pulling out a 2-1 double overtime victory over Brockport State the following night.

Also avoiding disaster were the Comets of Olivet.  After dropping two of their last three, the Comets were pushed to overtime by the Hornets of Kalamazoo on Saturday.  Esteban Russell’s second goal of the match in the 96th minute gave Olivet the 2-1 victory.

No. 20 Eastern Connecticut dropped their first match of the season when Salo Guindi netted his third goal of the year in the 102nd minute to give Babson a 1-0 upset.

Outside the Top 25, Methodist had the offensive upper hand against Ferum, but couldn't put one on the board and played to a scoreless draw. The Monarchs improved to 11-2-2 and 3-1-2 in the US South. Elsewhere, Wheaton (Ill.) overtook Illinois Wesleyan for top spot in the CCIW race.  An own goal by the Titans proved to be the game winner though Wheaton was victorious by a 3-1 tally.

Countdown to Selection Sunday: 13 days.

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