October 7, 2019

Atlantic Spotlight, Wk 6

By D3soccer.com Contributor

There are ranked teams throughout the Atlantic regions, and while those ranked teams dominated this week’s headlines, a few found a way through tough conference matchups while others faltered. Here are the games in our Week #6 spotlight:

In Centennial Conference play, No. 6 Diplomats net winner in 89th minute to get by Red Devils

On Wednesday, Franklin and Marshall (10-1-0 / 4-0-0) withstood the constant attack of the Dickinson Red Devils (6-5-0 / 3-1-0). The Diplomats were outshot in the first 45 minutes 11-6, and senior goalie Christopher Amoruso made five saves to keep it nil-nil at intermission.

Each team found the net in the 54th minute. The Red Devils broke the ice as freshman Alex Thompson-Hill netted the first of his career off an assist from sophomore Ronan Higgins. But just moments later, Diplomat sophomore Christian Avila Neres took a through pass from junior Alex Lalovic and scored from 10 yards out.

It stayed that way and appeared the game was heading to overtime, but in the 89th minute sophomore Dallen Moore’s solo effort from the top of the box put a sudden, thrilling end to the contest. It was his first of the year and gave the Diplomats their eighth straight win, while Amoruso picked up his ninth win of the season.

In CAC play, No. 10 Mary Washington beats Salisbury, then falls to Christopher Newport

On Wednesday, the Salisbury Sea Gulls (6-4-1 / 1-2-0) tried knocking off No. 10 Mary Washington (7-2-2 / 2-1-0). Their 20 fouls did most of that knocking, but the Eagles withstood the physical play and came away with a 2-1 win.

The Eagles took the lead in the first minute. After earning a corner, senior Jacob Lovinger sent in a curling cross that kept curling and found the far side netting. The Sea Gulls tied it in the 29th as junior Josh Woozley stole the ball from Eagle goalie Ken Kurtz and tapped it into the open net. It’s the first goal against the Eagles in over six games. But Kurtz came up big just moments later. In the 36th, after a foul in the box, he stopped the ensuing penalty try and kept the game tied.

The winner came just after intermission after Junior Kevin Conrad knocked one in off a corner in the 49th. Salisbury created a few chances the rest of the way, but Kurtz held strong finishing with three saves.

Then on Saturday, the visiting Eagles fell to the Christopher Newport Captains (6-1-3 / 3-0-0). The Captains scored two goals minutes apart while the Eagles could only muster three shots on goal and were never able to solve goalie Justin Piercy. The first score came off a series of nice touches by rookie Colin McMunn, who found junior Justin Wilson breaking toward goal. Wilson slotted a nice touch under Kurtz, and a few moments later, junior Ethan Larson got to a header pass from classmate Davis Pillow before Kurtz could and knocked it home.

No. 8 Johns Hopkins finds a way

The Muhlenberg Mules (6-3-2 / 0-3-1) seemed to draw up the right strategy as they traveled to Baltimore on Saturday to take on the Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins (9-2-0 / 3-1-0). They outshot their hosts 20-6, allowed just two shots on goal, and controlled most of the play against their highly ranked opponent.

But the Blue Jays still found a way. Junior goalie Xander LeFevre collected five saves, the backline blocked shot after shot, and senior Achim Younker took advantage of a brief breakdown in the Mules defense to score a winner in the 70th minute. Junior Julito Quintana played a ball over the Mules’ defense to classmate Nate Clarendoff, who put a cross in front. Younker ran on to it and one-timed a shot past Mule goalie Raymond Leto for the 1-0 lead.

The Mules continued to create chances, but LeFevre and crew were up to it. It’s LeFevre’s fourth shutout of the season. The Blue Jays currently sit tied for second in Centennial Conference standings.

No. 16 Rowan over Stockton, then tripped up at Kean to create NJAC logjam

Freshman Chad Yates scored the first goal of his career, sophomore goalie James Weinburg grabbed five saves, and senior defender Modou Sowe kept things clean in front as the Rowan Profs (6-2-3 / 2-1-1) shutout visiting Stockton Ospreys (8-2-2 / 2-1-1) 2-0 on Wednesday evening.

In the 15th minute Prof junior defender Matt Fahey stole the ball and put a short pass into the box. Yates ran onto it and finished low left for an early 1-0 lead. Playing a man up nearly the entire second half, the Profs settled into controlling the game and outshot the Ospreys 11-3 the rest of the way. Senior Ryan Logar sealed the win with his first of the year in the 69th and Weinburg recorded his third shutout of the season.

On Saturday, the Profs headed north to take on the Kean Cougars (7-4-1 / 2-1-1). While they controlled play, the Profs struggled to solve the Cougars in the final third. Meanwhile, the home team took advantage of the few opportunities they had scoring the first two goals of the game before holding on for a 2-1 win. In the 37th soph Max Acosta finished a rebound in front, and it went to 2-0 in the 68th when senior Jake Santos one-timed a cross from soph Nick Kovach.

Nearly halfway through NJAC play, five teams are locked at the top at 2-1-1.

Catholic registers fifth straight 1-goal win

In running their unbeaten streak to 11 games, the No. 24 Catholic Cardinals (10-1-1 / 2-0-0) absorbed visiting Drew’s (4-5-2 / 0-1-1) aggressiveness, throttled the Rangers’ attack, and saw their leading scorer notch the game-winner. The Rangers doled out 15 fouls and received four yellow cards as they tried to slow the Cardinals’ offense. Meanwhile, the Cardinals did some slowing of their own, allowing just five shots. It was nil-nil at intermission while Drew was shot-less.

In the 51st, the Cardinal’s leading scorer - sophomore forward Ben Alexander - collected a perfect far-post cross from classmate Paul Egan to slot one past the Ranger keeper. It’s Alexander’s team and Landmark Conference leading eighth goal of the year.

After the goal, the Rangers applied pressure as those aforementioned five shots all came after the Cardinals took the lead. But goalie Jack Long made two excellent saves on shots from Drew’s Drini Zenalja to preserve the shutout, his seventh of the year.

No. 12 Washington and Lee set early pace in ODAC

The Washington and Lee Generals (8-1-2 / 2-0-0) ran their unbeaten streak to eight games with a dominating 7-1 win over the Emory and Henry Wasps (6-4-2 / 0-2-0). The Generals were relentless, outshooting the Wasps 39-2, and were never challenged.

Games with impact this week

Ramapo v Montclair, Rowan v Rutgers-Camden,

Christopher Newport v St. Mary’s (Md.) and Salisbury,

Penn State-Behrend v Penn State-Altoona,


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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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