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CAA Men’s Soccer Notebook – Oct. 21

Oct 21, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

Drexel's Michele Pataia Drexel's Michele Pataia

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Michele Pataia • Drexel
Jr., Midfielder, Saint German, France/Lycer International

Pataia contributed a goal and an assist in Drexel’s 2-1 victory at Delaware on Saturday which helped move the Dragons into first place in the CAA standings. The junior midfielder scored the Dragons’ first goal on a breakaway in the 19th minute and then assisted on a goal by Nathan Page that put Drexel ahead 2-0 in the 68th minute as the Hens fell at home for the first time this season. It was the most points for Pataia in a game since Sept. 22, 2012.

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

Phillips posted back-to-back shutouts in William & Mary’s victories over Pittsburgh (2-0) and Northeastern (1-0) last week. The freshman made six saves as the Tribe handed the Huskies their first CAA loss of the year and stopped one shot in the road win over the Panthers. Phillips hasn’t allowed a goal over the last 330 minutes and leads the league in goals against average (0.59) and shutouts (7).
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FOUR CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: Four CAA teams were ranked in the NSCAA South Atlantic regional rankings released on October 15. Delaware was ranked #4 in the poll, followed by William & Mary at #5, Hofstra at #9 and Northeastern at #10. A new poll will be released on Tuesday.

DREXEL MOVES ATOP CAA STANDINGS: Drexel is the lone remaining unbeaten team in CAA play at 3-0-1 after picking up impressive road victories at UNCW (2-0) and Delaware (2-1) last week. The Dragons haven’t lost a regular-season CAA match since Oct. 3, 2012. Junior Michele Pataia gave Drexel an early lead at Delaware with a breakaway goal in the 19th minute and then assisted on Nathan Page’s goal in the 68th minute that proved to be the game-winner. It was Page’s fourth goal of the season. John Grosh and Guido Pena contributed the two goals at UNCW. Freshman goalkeeper Tyler Afflerbach stopped a career-high eight shots versus the Seahawks and posted his fifth shutout of the year. The Dragons visit 4th-ranked Maryland on Tuesday.

BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUTS FOR W&M: William & Mary posted a pair of shutout wins last week, defeating ACC foe Pittsburgh 2-0 on the road before handing Northeastern its first CAA loss of the year with a 1-0 triumph on Saturday. The Tribe has won five of its last six matches. Junior Chris Albiston scored the game-winning goal at Pitt in the 24th minute and then assisted on a second-half insurance goal by Jackson Eskay. Albiston’s goal was his third of the year while Eskay scored for the fourth time. Sophomore Ryan Flesch scored the lone goal of the match against Northeastern just 46 seconds into the contest off an Eskay assist. Freshman goalkeeper Mac Phillips made six saves against NU and hasn’t allowed a goal over the past 330 minutes. He leads the league with a 0.59 GAA and seven shutouts.

HOFSTRA SCORES SEASON-BEST FIVE GOALS: Hofstra recorded its highest offensive output in four years with a 5-2 triumph over James Madison last Wednesday. Junior Maid Memic tallied the Pride’s first and last goals to increase his team-leading total to eight for the season. Also scoring against the Dukes were Marius Flateboe and Ignacio Gorrono. The victory was the 400th in Hofstra program history and upped the team’s home record to 6-0. Chris Griebsch’s fifth goal of the season with 58 seconds left in regulation helped the Pride earn a 1-1 tie at College of Charleston on Saturday. Griebsch picked up his league-leading sixth assist in the win over JMU, which also gave him the school’s all-time assist record with 30.

NORTHEASTERN SPLITS CAA MATCHES: Northeastern snapped Delaware’s seven-game winning streak with a 2-0 triumph last Wednesday before suffering its first CAA loss of the season at William & Mary (1-0) on Saturday. Goalkeeper Dylan Faber made four saves against the Blue Hens and posted his third consecutive shutout. Senior Dante Marini scored his team-leading fifth goal of the year on a penalty kick and Christian McKenna added an insurance goal, which was his first of the season. The Huskies out-shot W&M 15-11, but couldn’t overcome a Tribe goal in the opening minute of the match.

COFC PICKS UP FIRST POINT IN CAA PLAY: College of Charleston earned its first point in CAA play after battling to a 1-1 double-overtime draw with Hofstra on Saturday. The Cougars were 58 seconds away from a victory when the Pride got the equalizer. Jake Currie gave CofC a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute after he converted a penalty kick for his first goal of the season. Goalkeeper Alex Young made four saves versus the Pride

TOUGH WEEK FOR DELAWARE: Delaware, which entered last week on a seven-game winning streak, dropped back-to-back contests for the first time all season with setbacks to Northeastern (2-0) and Drexel (2-1).  Freshman Guillermo Delgado scored his CAA-best 11th goal of the season against Drexel, with Prince Nartey earning an assist on the play. The loss to Drexel was Delaware’s first at home (6-1) this season. The Blue Hens, who lead the CAA with 28 goals, were shutout for the first time all year by NU.

UNCW SLIPS TO .500 IN THE CAA: UNCW dropped to 2-2 in CAA play following a 2-0 loss to Drexel last Wednesday. The Seahawks out-shot the Dragons 13-8, but were able to get on the board for just the third time this season. Jamie Dell fired a team-best five shots and Colin Bonner took four. Dell leads UNCW with eight points this season (2g, 4a) and is one of five Seahawks with a pair of goals. The Seahawks face a challenging week ahead with road matches at nationally ranked North Carolina and Delaware.

TWO PLAYERS SCORE FIRST GOAL FOR JMU: James Madison had two players score their first goals of the season in a 5-2 loss at Hofstra last Wednesday. The Dukes have had 12 different players account for the team’s 19 goals. Sophomore Eric Schmidt scored a game-tying goal on a header in the 15th minute and sophomore Tom Fouhy made it 3-2 with a tally in the 37th minute. Tim Whitebread and Adam Bastidas were credited with assists on the two goals.

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