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CAA Men’s Soccer Notebook – Oct. 28

Oct 28, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

William & Mary's Josh West William & Mary's Josh West

CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Josh Grant • James Madison
Jr., Forward, Plymouth, England/Torpoint College

Grant scored a goal in each game as James Madison went 2-0 last week. The junior forward tallied the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute as the Dukes rallied for a  2-1 victory over first-place Drexel on Saturday. He also scored JMU’s second goal in a 2-0 triumph over Belmont last Tuesday. Grant leads JMU with six goals and 14 points this season.

CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Josh West • William & Mary
Jr., Forward, Stafford, Va./Brooke Point

West scored a pair of second-half goals as William & Mary came from behind to defeat Hofstra 3-2 on Saturday. The junior forward tied the match at 2-2 with a goal in the 77th minute and then connected on the game-winner just four minutes later. It was the first multi-goal game of West’s career as W&M improved to 3-1 in the CAA.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Sean Melvin • UNCW
Fr., Goalkeeper, Vancouver, British Columbia/Burnaby

Melvin went 2-0 in net as UNCW posted road victories over #11 North Carolina (1-0) and CAA foe Delaware (2-1) last week. The freshman made four saves to earn the shutout against the Tar Heels and then faced nine shots over the final 45 minutes versus the Blue Hens. The start against UNC was his first since Sept. 21.

Around The League:

W&M RANKED IN NATIONAL POLLS: William & Mary is ranked #22 in the nation this week by Top Drawer Soccer and #26 by College Soccer News. The Tribe, which was ranked #20 by Soccer America last week, has won four in a row and seven of its last eight, including a 3-2 victory over Hofstra last Saturday.

UNCW’S VANCOMPERNOLLE NAMED TO NATIONAL TEAM OF WEEK: UNCW junior defender Jacob VanCompernolle was selected to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week for his effort in the Seahawks’ road wins over #11 North Carolina (1-0) and Delaware (2-1). He helped anchor the defense in UNCW’s shutout of the Tar Heels and then assisted on the Seahawks’ first goal at Delaware.

FOUR CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: Four CAA teams were ranked in the NSCAA South Atlantic regional rankings released on October 22. William & Mary moved up to #3 in the poll, followed by Delaware at #6, Northeastern at #8 and Hofstra at #10. A new poll will be released on Tuesday.

UNCW POSTS IMPRESSIVE ROAD VICTORIES: UNCW had an impressive 2-0 week, earning a 1-0 victory at #11 North Carolina last Tuesday and a 2-1 conference win at Delaware on Saturday. Sophomore Jordan Cordero’s first career goal on only his second career shot in the 36th minute proved to be the game-winner at UNC. Freshman goalkeeper Sean Melvin, making his first start since Sept. 21, made four saves against the Heels and earned the shutout. At Delaware, Colin Bonner scored his first goal since the season opener at Ohio State to give UNCW a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute. Mateo Cardona provided the game-winner in the 87th minute as he connected on a free kick from 20 yards away.

GRANT LEADS JMU TO 2-0 WEEK: James Madison ended a four-match slide by posting back-to-back victories over Belmont (2-0) and first-place Drexel (2-1) last week. Junior forward Josh Grant scored the game-winning goal against the Dragons in the 73rd minute and also had a goal versus Belmont. He leads the Dukes with six goals and 14 points this season. Tim Whitebread scored his first goal of the year from 23 yards out to tie the Drexel match at 1-1 in the 68th minute. Daniel Simpson registered his first goal of the season in the Belmont victory. Head coach Tom Martin has moved into fifth place on the Division I all-time victories list with 468. That total is the most among all active Division I coaches.

W&M RALLIES PAST HOFSTRA: William & Mary scored twice in the final 14 minutes and rallied for a 3-2 victory over Hofstra on Saturday night. Junior forward Josh West scored the game-tying goal off a Jackson Eskay assist in the 77th minute and then converted a pass from Chris Perez for the game-winner just four minutes later. It was the first multi-goal game of West’s career and gave him five goals for the season. Michael Teiman scored the Tribe’s first goal off a corner kick from Roshan Patel. The Tribe, which has won four in a row, visits Delaware and UNCW this week.

HOFSTRA IMPROVES TO 7-0 AT HOME: Hofstra blanked Fairleigh Dickinson 3-0 last Tuesday to improve to 7-0 at home this season. Chris Griebsch scored the Pride’s final two goals versus FDU and has a career-high seven goals this season. He’s also tied for the league lead with six assists as he tries to top the CAA in that category for the third year in a row. Junior Maid Memic tallied the game-winning goal against FDU and also scored a goal in Hofstra’s 3-2 setback at William & Mary on Saturday. He ranks second in the CAA in goals (10) and points (22).

DELGADO SETS DELAWARE FRESHMEN RECORDS: Delaware forward Guillermo Delgado set new Blue Hens’ freshmen records for goals (12) and points (28) in a season after picking up a goal and an assist in two games last week. He leads the CAA and ranks among national leaders in both categories. Senior Mark Garrity scored a season-high two goals as the Blue Hens cruised past Howard 7-1 last Wednesday. Kyle Nuel added a goal and an assist in the victory. Roberto Gimenez tallied a game-tying goal in the 71st minute in UD’s 2-1 setback to UNCW on Saturday.

COFC LOSES HEARTBREAKER TO #10 UAB: College of Charleston gave #10 UAB all it could handle on the road last Friday before losing 2-1. The Cougars grabbed a 1-0 advantage in the 15th minute when Troy Peterson scored off an assist from Jake Currie. CofC maintained the lead until the Blazers scored twice in the final 12 minutes of the contest. Goalkeeper Kees Heemskerk finished with four saves for the Cougars.

NU FALLS TO HARTFORD: Northeastern dropped a 2-0 decision to Hartford last Tuesday. The Huskies failed to register a shot on goal in the contest. Junior Jacob Aduama made his first start in goal for the Huskies since Sept. 17, 2011 and tied a career-high with six saves. Northeastern, which is tied with Drexel for first place in the CAA, hosts College of Charleston on Saturday. The Huskies are undefeated at home (11-0-1) over their past 12 CAA games.

ONE-GOAL LOSSES FOR DREXEL: Drexel concluded a difficult four-game road swing with a 1-0 loss at #12 Maryland and a 2-1 setback at James Madison that dropped the Dragons into a first-place tie with Northeastern. Drexel was locked in a scoreless tie with the Terps until surrendering the game’s only goal in the 77th minute. The Dragons took a 1-0 lead early in the second half at JMU as senior Nathan Page scored his fifth goal of the season from 15 yards out in the 57th minute.

CAA PLAYERS AMONG NCAA LEADERS: Several CAA players are among NCAA statistical leaders through games of October 27. Offensively, Delaware’s Guillermo Delgado is second nationally in goals (12) and fourth in points (28), while Hofstra’s Maid Memic is 10th in goals (10) and 15th in points (22). In goal, W&M’s Mac Phillips ranks 20th in goals against average (0.70) and 26th in save percentage (.827) and Northeastern’s Dylan Faber is 23rd in save percentage (.827) and 28th in goals against average (0.75).

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