October 9, 2018

Atlantic Spotlight, Wk 6

By D3soccer.com Contributor

One point gained, or two points lost? Ties and tight score lines headlined the Week 6 action, including key conference contests in the NJAC and ODAC. Elsewhere, some of the country's best remained unbeaten. Let's take a look: 

Johns Hopkins starts quickly, Messiah/West battle back, settle for tie.

This game said a lot about both teams. The Messiah Falcons (10-0-2 /3-0-0) are a top team that just refuses to lose and the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (8-3-1 / 3-2-0) are a very good team capable of giving any team all they can handle.

The Blue Jays jumped out early, very early. Coach Craig Appleby couldn’t Ave drawn it up any better. Right off the opening whistle soph Liam Creedon sent a long ball forward to senior Griffin Cypher who headed it forward still to junior Achim Younker. Achim beat Falcon goalie Connor Bell to the ball and tucked it in just 27 seconds into the contest.

The defending national Champs controlled play, put plenty of shots on goal, but the Blue Jays defense and sophomore goalie Xander Lefevre were up to the challenge and continued the clean sheet. In the 50th minute Creedon made it 2-0 with a beautiful bending free kick to the upper right corner.

The lead held for another 30 minutes. But just like in the season opener against Cortland State where the Falcons had also fallen behind by 2 goals the Falcons dug deep. This time it was national scoring leader Nick West leading the way. In the 80th minute he headed one in off a corner to cut the lead. The Jays regrouped and even controlled the next 5 minutes or so. But in the 89th senior David Alejos sent a corner to Micah Fritz who headed toward West who rocketed a shot to the upper left corner for the equalizer. The Falcons owned the overtime play, but the Jays held on for the draw.

Both teams score late. Washington and Lee ties Lynchburg in key ODAC matchup.

The No. 5 Lynchburg Hornets (8-0-2 / 4-0-1) had the better of play against the Washington and Lee Generals (5-3-1 / 3-0-1) and finally found the net in the 85th minute. Freshman Joe Daly picked up a rebound and finished from close range for his 3rd of the year. But it would not be the late game winner that it seemed.

With just 2 minutes remaining the Generals’ senior midfield Kevin Lencioni curled a corner kick toward freshman defender Jack Rawlins who set and headed it home. It was the freshman’s 2nd of the year and earned the Generals a valuable ODAC point.

Mary Washington stays unbeaten

In a CAC matchup, the No. 11 Mary Washington Eagles (8-0-2 / 1-0-1) extended their unbeaten streak to start the season to 10 games with a going away 5-1 win over the St. Mary’s (Md.) Seahawks (8-2-2 / 1-1-0). While mostly a back-and-forth affair it was the Eagles who took advantage of their chances.

Senior midfielder Justin Carey started the scoring with a free kick just outside the box in the 20th minute. Junior Idrissa Barrie added one 5 minutes later and before halftime sophomore Joshua Eberhard made it 3-0.

Eastern stuns Franklin & Marshall

In a hard-fought non-conference meeting, Freshman Julio Ardon scored the first goal of his career to propel the Eastern Eagles (8-2-1) to a 1-0 win over the previously undefeated the No. 10 Franklin & Marshall Diplomats (9-1-2). The result is only a mild surprise as the Eagles have quietly gone about their business of putting together a very solid season so far. The very tight contest was nil-nil at halftime. Ardon’s header came off a corner in the 64th minute from senior midfielder Colin Furlong – his 8th assist putting him among the national leaders in that category. Freshman goalkeeper Anthony Hitchcock recorded his 3rd shutout in 5 starts.

Lycoming tops Moravian, gets a late winner against Stevenson

The No. 21 Lycoming Warriors (10-1-1 / 2-0-0) picked up 2 wins this week and ran their win streak to 8 games. On Wednesday they held off a late surge from the Moravian Greyhounds (6-3-2) 2-1 while on Saturday they returned to Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth play with some very late dramatics against the Stevenson Mustangs (7-5-0 / 1-2-0).

Against Moravian the Warriors got goals from a freshman in each half on their way to a seventh straight win. The freshman, Tajhon Willis and Tolu Iluyomade, each recorded their 3rd goals of the year. The Greyhounds cut the advantage to 2-1 as a couple of their freshman combined for a score – Anthony Nagy to Jared Stafford.

Stevenson, coming off an overtime loss to Messiah earlier in the week continued their strong play. While being out shot 24-11 in the game freshman goalkeeper Matt Stellitano kept the Mustangs in the game making 12 saves. But the Warriors found a way. Very late in the contest they were awarded a free kick just outside the box. Senior Jake Webb launched it from the left side and found a flying Sainclair Tueno who headed it to the far post and tallied the game winner with just 10 seconds left on the clock.

Senior goalie Chris Solecki picked up his sixth shutout of the year.

Montclair tops Ramapo in key NJAC

The stat line for this game shows a tough, even match. That is: shots 18-18, on goal 9-6, saves 7-6, corners 5-6, fouls 18-16, even yellow cards 5-5. But the Montclair State Red Hawks (12-1-1 / 5-0-0) took advantage of their opportunities in securing a 2-0 win against the visiting Roadrunners of Ramapo 10-2-0 / 3-2-0).

The Red Hawks took the lead in the 25th minute as senior Rafael Terci took a long pass down the left side. He found freshman Michael Knapp in the middle who touched it to his right and found a streaking Jose Huerta who blasted a shot inside the near post for the 1-0 lead. It was the junior’s 9th goal of the season.

The next 45 minutes or so continued at a frantic back-and-forth pace before Knapp’s play led to another score. His shot through traffic in the 69th minute was blocked. Senior midfielder Jake Seaman took the rebound on the left end line and sent a ball across the goal face where sophomore Chaz Burnett beat a defender and tapped it in. Burnett has 8 on the year.

Senior goalkeeper Mike Saalfrank earned his 5th shutout as MSU won its 9th in row.

Salisbury, Penn State-Harrisburg draw

On the season each of these teams have only surrendered 3 goals a piece so its no surprise a tough, defensive battle ensued when they got together Saturday afternoon. CAC opponents Penn State-Harrisburg (12-1-1 / 0-1-1) and Salisbury (8-1-2 / 1-0-1) fought through 110 minutes to a 0-0 draw.

The first half was played exclusively in the midfield as neither team got a shot on goal. Things opened up a bit from there but neither defense cracked. The stat line shows an even contest other than the Sea Gulls getting called for 26 fouls to the Lions 11. Nicholas Guglielmetti was in goal for the Lions making 8 saves while Sea Gulls tender Trevor Brookhart made 3 stops.

Games with impact this coming week

Franklin & Marshall @ Stevens, Lynchburg @ Randolph, Mary Washington @ Frostburg

St. Mary’s (Md.) @ Salisbury, Penn State-Harrisburg @ York (Pa.), Chicago @ Carnegie Mellon

Franklin & Marshall @ Johns Hopkins, Mary Washington @ Salisbury, Rutgers-Camden @ Ramapo

Montclair State @ Stockton, Moravian @ Drew, York (Pa.) @ Carnegie Mellon


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Atlantic Spotlight


The weekly Atlantic Spotlight will survey the top Division III men's conferences and teams in the combined NCAA Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic Regions consisting of fifteen states.  The primary ones are Pennsylvania (45), Virginia (18), New Jersey (14), Maryland (10, North Carolina (9), Georgia (8), and New York (7). The remaining states are home to three or fewer schools with conference ties elsewhere: Alabama, Arkansas, D.C., Delaware, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.


With so much territory to cover in a single column, we will focus primarily on the tradionally stronger conferences such as the CAC, Centennial, Landmark, Commonwealth, and the NJAC.  Expect to see contests involving teams in our Top 25 typically against perceived stronger opponents along with teams on the rise.


We will look at some of the key match-ups, results, and standout performances, identifying who is trending up and who is trending down each week.

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