September 30, 2019

Atlantic Spotlight, Wk 5

By Contributor

Multiple ranked matchups, OT thrillers, and unbeaten streaks that remained intact. The Atlantic area’s best faced tough ties and some recorded statement wins across a stacked slate. Here are the games and storylines from Week #5:

No. 10 Johns Hopkins hand No. 21 St. Mary’s (Md.) first loss

In Wednesday non-conference action, the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (6-2-0 / 1-1-0) traveled to St. Mary’s City, Md. and got their season back on track. Hopkins handed the Seahawks (6-1-1 / 0-1-0) their first setback of the season with a hard fought, back and forth, 2-1 win. In the highly competitive bout, the Blue Jays held a slight edge in shots 18-17, and the visitors jumped out 1-0 in the 12th. Senior Achim Younker beat a defender and volleyed over Seahawks goalie Patrick Paolini.

The lead stretched to 2-0 just after intermission when junior Jonathan Brown found senior Liam Moylan who buried his second of the year. The Seahawks made it a game in the 78th, as Khalid Balogun’s header found the net. It was the senior’s 12th goal of the season. The home team continued to press but could not find the equalizer.

Junior Xander Lefevre pulled in nine saves to secure the win, while Paolini stopped six shots. Johns Hopkins improves to 25-0-0 all-time against St. Mary’s.

Catholic Cardinals run unbeaten streak to eight at Salisbury, nine at Scranton

The Cardinals (8-1-1 / 1-0-0) may have been outshot 16-7 in Salisbury (5-2-1) on Wednesday, but they used a few spectacular moments to nullify the Sea Gulls’ edge. Sophomore forward Ben Alexander started the scoring with a great individual effort in the 12th minute. He collected the ball at midfield, dribbled through several defenders, and beat the keeper for his sixth of the year.

Classmate Paul Egan struck five minutes later. He got in front of a failed clearance and glanced a left-footed shot off a defender and into the net. Down 2-0 the Sea Gulls pressed the action in the second half - where they held a 13-2 shot advantage. In the 53rd, Sea Gull soph Cullen Myers drew a foul in the box, and his ensuing penalty kick made it 2-1.

But Egan ended any comeback hopes. He struck again, making it 3-1 in the 67th with an individual effort of his own that culminated in a 20-yard strike. It hit the post but bound into the net to extend the lead. Myers’ nice cross to the far post gave the home team a flicker of life after senior Matt Hawkins buried a header to make it 3-2. The Sea Gulls registered four more shots but could not find an equalizer.

On Saturday, the Cardinals traveled to the Scranton Royals (4-3-1 / 0-1-0) to start LAND conference play and ran their unbeaten streak to nine games with an even up, 2-1 win.

In a battle of unbeatens Penn State-Behrend tops No. 14 Mount Union

It took extra time, but the result was the same. Combining stingy defense and timely scoring the Penn State-Behrend Lions (9-0-0 / 1-0-0) handed the ranked Purple Raiders (6-1-1) their first loss of the season 2-1. The non-conference tilt pitted two very tough, very good defensive squads.

Junior Richard Blanchard assisted on both Lion goals. In the 18th, he found senior Aaron Harris for an early 1-0 lead. Just nine minutes later, the game was tied when Purple Raiders senior Ben Hobrath sent a rocket past Lion keeper Matt Warnaka. It stayed tied with play in the midfield through the remaining 63 minutes of regulation.

Late in the first overtime period, the Lions earned a corner. Blanchard’s drive found senior defender Andrew Mastovich who completed the game-winner.

No. 11 Mary Washington hand No. 21 St. Mary’s second loss

Capital Athletic Conference play opened with a ranked matchup between ranked opponents. The Mary Washington Eagles (6-1-2 / 1-0-0) never allowed the St. Mary’s (Md.) Seahawks to get on the board as they recorded their fifth consecutive clean sheet. It was 3-0 at intermission and 4-0 three minutes into the second half. Things got chippy as the game continued, with the Seahawks leading the high-fouling contest 22-15 in that category.

Senior Gabriel Soriano recorded a goal and three assists, junior Jeremy Hockenson scored two early goals, and Ken Kurtz collected three saves while soph Griffin Hemmendinger grabbed one.

Lynchburg and Roanoke defenses lock it down

This game went through various stages. The first half was played cautiously, mostly in the midfield as each team’s defense only conceded a single shot on goal. Play opened in the second, leading to a back-and-forth, freewheeling shootout. Each side lined up ten shots, but it remained nil-nil through regulation.

The first overtime was all Roanoke (7-0-2 / 0-0-1). The Maroons outshot their guests 5-0, while the Lynchburg Hornets (3-3-3 / 0-0-1) took the initiative the second overtime period and outshot the Maroons 4-0. Neither team ever found the net as they opened ODAC play with a 0-0 draw.

This was a rough affair. The game saw 36 fouls called and eight yellow card bookings.

Maroon sophomore goalie Zach Behe pitched his sixth shutout - making five saves - while Hornet junior Kyle Gallagher’s had six saves of his own.

Rutgers-Camden over Haverford

The Rutgers-Camden Scarlet Raptors (8-2-0 / 1-0-0) picked up another hard-fought non-conference win over the Haverford Fords (3-2-2 / 1-0-0). Senior defender Darnell Brown scored the first two goals of his season, including the Wednesday game-winner to lead the south Jersey school in a 3-2 extra-time thriller.

This game was tight and highly contested throughout. Brown started the scoring in the 32nd minute, finishing off a restart sent in by senior Patrick Grudnik. Fords’ frosh Andrew Peebles answered unassisted for the first of his career in the 40th.

There were few quality chances after the restart until soph Joni Gjyleri found Skyler Diggs around the right side. The junior netted from inside the box for his eighth of the year and a 2-1 advantage with 28 minutes to play. It looked like the home team would hold up until Haverford senior captain Nick Janelli buried unassisted from 25 yards out with less than seven minutes to play. It was the 100th point of Janelli’s career, and he nearly got his 101st. He had a shot bounce off the crossbar with five seconds left in regulation.

Then Brown’s persistence in front won the day. He came out of a scrum and was able to get his head on the ball to squeak it over the line. Junior keeper Kieran Burns made six saves in the win.

Covenant Scots take two

The Covenant Scots (8-0-1 / 5-0-0) pulled away from the North Carolina Wesleyan Bishops (6-2-1 / 4-1-0) in the second half to secure a 4-1 win and hold the top spot in the USAC standings. Played on the Scots’ home field (Scotland Yard), an evenly contested first half saw the teams trade early goals just a minute apart and end 1-1 at intermission. Sophomore Mercer Stout got around a couple of Bishop defenders in the 58th before finishing his eighth of the year and fifth game-winner. Stout then assisted a few minutes later on classmate Austin Berry’s close shot that hit the crossbar – it clanged down just over the goal line.

Senior Anthony Buzzeo finished the scoring after he got behind the defense on a long punt from senior goalie Paul Lemay. A nice touch let to a tidy finish from inside the left side of the box. Lemay got the assist, grabbed four saves, and picked up his fifth win in goal.

Then on Saturday, again at Scotland Yard, the Scots out came firing against the Methodist Monarchs (2-5-1 / 1-4-1) getting two early goals by Stout and going on to win 6-0.

Rowan wins in OT, Montclair State winless in NJAC

The Rowan Profs (7-0-2 / 1-0-1) hosted the reigning NJAC champion Montclair State Red Hawks (7-4-0) (0-2-0) and came away with a 3-2 overtime victory. In the 95th minute, junior Matt Henderson gauged Alex Ferrara’s corner from the left side perfectly and sent a strong, close header toward goal. Red Hawk goalie Michael Mejia got a piece of the ball but couldn’t keep it out of the net.

While Henderson’s heroics sealed the victory, the most outstanding play of the night belonged to Prof senior defender Modou Sowe. In the 36th minute, freshman Leo Montesinos sent in a low cross from the right side. Sowe timed his dive perfectly and connected a header just before the ball hit the ground sending it inside the right post. The half ended 1-1.

The Profs went up 2-1 just moments into the second half. Freshman Jay Vandermark took a short pass from classmate Wilby Alfred and blasted one from outside the box. It’s his team-leading eighth of the year.

Freshman Alex Sanchez continued his productive play for the Red Hawks. In the 20th minute, with an excellent individual effort he dribbled around several defenders and put his team on top 1-0 by slotting low and right past Prof sophomore goalie James Weinburg. Sanchez also provided some late heroics tying the score 2-2 in the 79th minute. He took a low cross from senior Stefan Koroman and nicely one-touched it for the brace before Henderson headed home. Rowan remains unbeaten, while Montclair is still looking conference points.

Messiah knocks off No. 3 John Carroll

The Messiah Falcons (6-2-2) welcomed the No. 3 John Carroll Blue Streaks (7-1-1) to Grantham on Saturday, did not allow a shot on goal, and rolled to a convincing 3-0 win. Senior Micah Fritz had a goal and an assist, while sophomores Lucas Kokolios and Luke Groothoff also found the net.

Games with impact this week

Stockton v Rowan, Mary Washington v Salisbury, Penn State-Behrend v Franciscan, Ramapo v Rutgers-Newark,


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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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