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CAA Men’s Soccer Notebook – Oct. 7

Oct 7, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

Hofstra's Maid Memic Hofstra's Maid Memic

CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Borja Barbero • Delaware
Jr., Goalkeeper, Valladolid, Spain/Iona College

Barbero made six saves and earned the shutout as Delaware defeated No. 7 UMBC 1-0 in double overtime last Tuesday. It was the Blue Hens’ first-ever victory over a team ranked in the top 10. UD was out-shot 13-10 in the match, but Barbero picked up his third shutout of the year and lowered his GAA to 1.29.

CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Maid Memic • Hofstra
Jr., Forward, Kozarac, Bosnia/Voss Hymnas

Memic contributed two goals and an assist as Hofstra posted victories over Rutgers (3-0) and UNCW (2-0) last week. The junior forward assisted on the Pride’s first goal and scored the second one at Rutgers and then had the game-winning goal in the CAA triumph against UNCW. Memic has scored a goal in four straight games and leads the Pride with six this season.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Mac Phillips • William & Mary
Fr., Goalkeeper, Rocky Mount, Va./Franklin County

Phillips recorded his CAA-leading fifth shutout of the year in the Tribe’s 1-0 conference victory over the College of Charleston on Saturday. The redshirt freshman faced 10 shots and turned away all three on net to lower his GAA to 0.71 for the season.

Around The League:

DELAWARE RANKED #30 BY COLLEGE SOCCER NEWS: Delaware, which improved to 8-1 after beating No. 7 UMBC last Tuesday, is ranked #30 nationally by College Soccer News this week. The Blue Hens were also among others receiving votes in the Top Drawer Soccer Top 25. William & Mary was among others receiving votes in both the CSN and Top Drawer polls.

THREE CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: Three CAA teams were ranked in the NSCAA South Atlantic regional rankings released on October 1. William & Mary was ranked #3 in the poll, while Delaware was #8 and Drexel was #9. A new poll will be released on Tuesday.

DELAWARE KNOCKS OFF #7 UMBC: Delaware extended its winning streak to five with a 1-0 double-overtime victory at UMBC last Tuesday. It was the Blue Hens’ first-ever victory over an opponent ranked in the top 10. Joe Dipre scored the game-winning goal for UD in the 117th minute. It was his third goal in the past two contests and his second straight game-winner. Junior goalkeeper Borja Barbero came up with six saves and posted his third shutout of the season. Delaware, which is off to its best start in school history, opens CAA play this week against JMU and College of Charleston.

HOFSTRA STAYS PERFECT AT HOME: Hofstra upped its home record to 5-0 following a 2-0 triumph over UNCW in its CAA opener on Saturday. The Pride. which also topped Rutgers 3-0 last week, has recorded shutouts in three straight contests for the first time since 2010 and hasn’t given up a goal over the last 335:07. Sophomore goalkeeper Patric Pray, a transfer from the University of Washington, hasn’t allowed a goal in his first four appearances, including three starts. He made seven saves in the two victories last week. Junior forward Maid Memic scored a goal in each game and also added an assist versus Rutgers. Memic has scored a goal in four consecutive contests and has five total goals during that stretch.

NORTHEASTERN RALLIES PAST JMU IN CAA OPENER: Northeastern overcame an early JMU goal and rallied for a 2-1 road victory over the Dukes on Sunday. Senior Dante Marini headed in a cross from Mike Lobben to tie the match at 1-1 and then assisted on the game-winning goal by Terance Carter just four minutes later. Marini leads the Huskies with 10 points on three goals and four assists. The goal was also Carter’s third of the year. Goalkeeper Dylan Faber stopped five shots at JMU and leads the conference with 34 saves. Northeastern has limited opponents to one goal or less in seven of its 10 matches this season.

PEREZ PUSHES W&M TO FIRST CAA VICTORY: William & Mary picked up its first CAA and home victory of the season with a 1-0 triumph over College of Charleston on Saturday. Senior midfielder Chris Perez tallied the game-winning goal in the 40th minute off an assist from Jackson Eskay. Perez finished with four shots and teammate Chris Albiston took five. Freshman goalkeeper Mac Phillips earned his fifth shutout and dropped his GAA to 0.71 after turning away three shots. The Tribe, which has already beaten three nationally ranked non-conference foes this season, tries for No. 4 when it hosts UMBC on Wednesday night.

DELL LEADS UNCW PAST DUKE, 2-1: Junior Jamie Dell scored the game-winning goal against Duke for the second year in a row as UNCW topped the Blue Devils 2-1 last Tuesday. Dell’s game-winner came in the 79th minute after Duke had tied the match two minutes earlier. He also contributed an assist on Jacob VanCompernolle’s first goal of the year and has a team-best seven points for the season. Goalkeeper Sam Williams has posted a 1.07 GAA and made 12 saves in his past four starts in net, which included a 2-0 setback at Hofstra on Saturday. Jose Garcia picked up his third assist of the year at Duke.

COFC TOPS UNBEATEN WINTHROP: College of Charleston recorded its second victory of the season with a 2-1 triumph over previously unbeaten Winthrop last Tuesday. Sophomore Tucker Coons netted the game-winning goal in the 87th minute off an assist from Daan Brinkman. The Cougars also got a first-half goal from Adan Noel in the victory over Winthrop. Goalkeeper Alex Young turned in a solid week with six saves against Winthrop and five in a narrow 1-0 loss at William & Mary on Saturday.

JMU BLANKS LOYOLA: James Madison rolled to a 3-0 victory over Loyola (Md.) last Wednesday. Junior goalkeeper Bill Groben earned the shutout in his second career start after stopping three shots. Daniel Roppert, Steven Mashinski and Michael Russo each scored a goal against the Greyhounds with Josh Grant picking up a pair of assists. Mashinski also gave the Dukes an early 1-0 lead in their CAA opener against Northeastern on Sunday, but JMU surrendered more than one goal for the first time all season and fell 2-1.

DREXEL DROPS TWO TO PHILLY RIVALS: Drexel came up short in two games with Philadelphia rivals last week as it was beaten 3-2 by Penn and 2-0 by Temple. Senior Ken Tribbett scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season against Penn and Jared Girard contributed his first goal. Robert Liberatore assisted on both Dragons’ scores. Drexel out-shot Temple 18-17 and put five attempts on goal, but couldn’t get on the board.

DELGADO LEADS NATION IN POINTS PER GAME: Delaware’s Guillermo Delgado leads the nation with 2.33 points per game and is tied for the national lead with 1.0 goals per game through games of Oct. 6. Delgado has nine goals and three assists thus far for the Blue Hens. W&M’s Chris Albiston ranks 12th in assists per game (0.56 apg).

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