No. 9 Brandeis women fall, No. 2 Ohio Wesleyan men edge No. 8 Ohio Northern
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In Wednesday's action, good weather in the Midwest led to a number of close matches, while there were plenty of close calls across the nation.
In Iowa, the No. 12 Loras women and No. 22 Augustana fought to a scoreless draw. In a road test for the Vikings, sophomore Meredith Chew fought off 18 Loras shots to keep the DuHawks scoreless. The Vikings move to 5-0-2 and the DuHawks are now 7-1-1 on the season.
In the MIAA, No. 20 Hope College cruised past Olivet 4-0 to improve to 7-0, while Calvin went on the road to St. Mary's (Indiana) and struggled to a scoreless draw. In another battle to 0-0, Thomas More and rival Hanover couldn't decide on a winner. In the Northwest, No. 25 Linfield moved to 5-0 with their 4-2 victory over Pacific.
Elsewhere, No. 14 Lynchburg blanked Randolph-Macon 5-0 in their first ODAC match, Gordon College used two goals from junior Hannah Midwinter to edge No. 9 Brandeis 3-2, and No. 19 St. Lawrence shut-out Potsdam State 1-0 on a goal by sophomore Emily DePoy. The Saints are now 6-0-1 on the season.
No. 1 Johns Hopkins moved to a perfect 8-0-0 with their 4-1 win over St. Mary's (Md.), and Eastern Mennonite cruised past Trinity (D.C.) to improve to 5-1.
In men’s action, the Top 10 battle in the Buckeye State held the spotlight. Despite a heavy statistical edge in favor of No. 2 Ohio Wesleyan, No. 8 Ohio Northern held off the Bishops through the first half. The Polar Bears broke the tie with a 73rd minute goal by Austin Horton off an assist by Ryan Prescott. Ohio Wesleyan pushed back with an equalizer at the 76:16 mark by Colton Bloecher - Bloecher struck again in the 88th minute to give Ohio Wesleyan the 2-1 victory.
No. 7 Rutgers-Camden shut-out Manhattenville 1-0 for their best ever start at 8-0-0. And despite being outshot 16-7, Connecticut College battled to a scoreless draw at No. 4 Amherst.
The bottom half of the Top 25 saw several upsets as Lynchburg’s Chaz Aston scored his second goal of the match in the 105th minute to push Lynchburg to a 2-1 upset of No. 15 Salisbury. Lynchburg keeper Jonathan Sheffield made seven saves to help offset a 21-7 shot advantage for Salisbury.
UW-Platteville showed glimpses of the form that propelled them into the Round of 16 in last season’s NCAA Tournament as the Pioneers handed No. 19 Luther a 2-1 home loss. Stephen Hall and Michael Prudisch each scored their first goals of the season in the second half for the Pioneers.
Covenant College handed No. 22 Birmingham-Southern its first loss of the season with a pair of second half goals for the 2-1 win.