Mid-Atlantic Review, Week 6
By Phil Naegely
Capital Athletic Conference (CAC)
Wesley (6-6-1 / 3-1-0) is right behind Salisbury in second place. They faced less competitive teams in Southern Virginia and Marymount (Va.) this past week. After playing Penn St. Harrisburg mid-week, they will face a tough challenge against Christopher Newport (9-0-4 / 2-0-2) who currently sits in third place. This will be the game to watch this week and will have major implications at the end of the season.
Frostburg State (8-3-1 / 2-1-1) has come out strong this season especially in CAC play. They beat Wesley and tied Christopher Newport in a scoreless affair to sit fourth so far. Right before time expired in the first overtime period, CNU scored a goal against 10-man Frostburg, but it was ruled that the clock had hit zero before the goal was scored. They face York (Pa.) this Tuesday before taking on St. Mary’s (Md.) on Saturday. A year ago, the Bobcats finished with only 10 wins on the season.
There are still two unbeaten teams in conference play. Haverford (9-3-0 / 5-0-0) currently leads the Centennial Conference, while No. 1 Franklin and Marshall (12-0-0 / 4-0-0) is in second. The Diplomats along with Muhlenberg (3-6-1 / 1-3-0) have played the fewest conference games.
F&M face off against Johns Hopkins (7-3-2 / 3-1-1) on Saturday. This should be a tight game between two teams towards the top of the conference. On the other hand, Gettysburg struggled this year especially in conference games after going undefeated out of conference. The Bullets (7-3-1 / 2-3-0) lost 2-1 against fifth-place Swarthmore (5-7-1, 2-2-1). They next face third-place Dickinson in a local derby on Wednesday. The Red Devils are currently 7-3-2 overall and 2-2-1 in conference action.
Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC)
The top six teams in the CSAC are separated by only two losses with all teams playing at least three games. Cabrini leads the way with a 3-0 conference record, while Keystone College is 2-2 in conference play. The two teams are 9-1-2 and 5-5-1 overall, respectively. This conference’s playoff teams most likely won’t be decided until the last regular season matches.
Messiah (8-3-1 / 2-0-0) has recovered with a three-game win streak since dropping their first game to Elizabethtown in over 10 years in the annual Marshmallow Bowl. They picked up 4-0 and 4-2 wins over Hood (10-4-0 / 1-1-0) and LVC, respectively before filling their bye weekend from conference action with an overtime win against Washington and Lee. LVC (5-7-0 / 2-1-0) has six points in conference play, but effectively sits in third due to their loss to Messiah.
One team to watch in the Commonwealth is Arcadia (7-3-3 / 1-0-2), who is undefeated in conference play with two ties and two points gives them five total points, which is only two points off of first and two points ahead of a three-way tie for the fifth and final conference playoff spot.
Hood sits in fifth with a 1-1 record in conference action so far. Their lone loss comes at the hands of the Falcons. The Blazers are looking to improve for the third straight year and make the playoffs for the first time after a last-place debut four years ago.
Just like the Commonwealth, the Freedom Conference is tight at the top. Eastern (11-0-1 / 2-0-0) and Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham (6-5-1 / 2-0) are tied for first with King’s (10-2-1 / 1-1-0) breathing down both team’s neck. Depending on how the season plays out and who wins the conference automatic qualifier, the Freedom Conference could have at least two teams make the NCAA tournament. It’s hard to really assess how teams are doing in conference action with only two games played for the most part. This week’s action should provide some answers and separation in the standings.
Elizabethtown (8-1-1 / 5-0-0) is clearly running away with the top spot in the Landmark. They have an eight-point lead over their nearest conference foes. Four teams, Drew (9-2-2 / 2-1-1), Scranton (6-4-1 / 2-1-1), and Merchant Marine (8-4-1 / 2-2-1), Moravian (7-5-1 / 2-2-1) all have seven points in conference play. The results of these four teams down the stretch will be the focus from this point out as Drew and Scranton still have to face the conference-leading Blue Jays. As long as the Blue Jays don’t have a monumental collapse, they should easily keep the top seed for the conference tournament.
North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC)
The Keuka Wolfpack are tied at the top of the NEAC with a 9-0-2 overall record and 6-0-1 conference record alongside Morrisville St. (7-2-2 / 6-0-1). After that, Lancaster Bible (8-2-3 / 5-2-1) sits two games back from first. All NEAC teams have played six conference games thus far, so the standings are more spread out than other conferences.
New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC)
Montclair State (13-1 / 5-0-0) is the clear frontrunner at this point in the NJAC. They face tough matches against Kean (12-2 / 3-1-0) and Rutgers-Camden (9-4-1 / 4-1-0) this week. Those two games should help many decipher and understand if Montclair State is for real or not. Their NJAC competition so far has against teams towards the bottom of the standings. Only six points separates first-place Montclair State and fifth-place Kean.
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