September 11, 2019

Atlantic Spotlight, Wk 2

By D3soccer.com Contributor

It’s taken two weeks for some of the region’s top teams to right course, while a few other Atlantic contenders clashed in early season tournaments – including squads ranked in D3soccer.com’s national preseason standings. Without full bodies of work, it’s hard to determine contenders from pretenders, but for now, we continue to look at a smaller sample size across the Atlantic region.

Muhlenberg holds strong, scores late, gets draw at Messiah

The Muhlenberg Mules (2-0-1) traveled to face the Messiah Falcons (1-2-1) and were outshot 10-2 in the first half while falling behind 1-0. The Mules played the perennial top team even up the rest of the way and got a tying goal in the 86th minute from senior Kevin Hagan. They left town with a better result than most teams do when visiting Grantham, PA. The Falcons are an astonishing 94-5-6 on their home turf this decade.

Mary Washington, Johns Hopkins top Montclair State in Baltimore.

In their three wins to start the season, the reigning New Jersey Athletic Conference champion (and No. 4 D3soccer.com preseason pick) Montclair Red Hawks (3-2-0) continued the torrid scoring pace and solid defense they’d shown on their way to a final-eight appearance in the 2019 NCAA tourney. They’d outscored their opponents 22-0 and had yielded only seven shots, two of which were on goal. A trip to Baltimore this past weekend for the Blue Jay Invitational against two top teams would prove a great early season test.

First, the Red Hawks faced the Mary Washington Eagles (3-1-0) from the Capital Athletic Conference. After a tough scoreless first half, Montclair scored in the 55th minute. Soph Anthony Pelaez finished off a rebound in traffic for his first of the year, and while play was even the rest of the way, it was the scrappy Eagles who pushed through two late goals to pull out the win. In the 72nd, Ben Ahrens found Josh Everard in front and...

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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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