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CAA Men’s Soccer Notebook – Nov. 4

Nov 4, 2013, 4:47 PM EDT

CofC's Xavier Rajpaul celebrates a goal with teammates. CofC's Xavier Rajpaul celebrates a goal with teammates.

CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Roberto Gimenez • Delaware
Fr., Forward, Calle Calatrava, Spain/Les Parques Lineal and Zurbaran

Gimenez registered three assists as Delaware picked up impressive conference wins over William & Mary (3-1) and Hofstra (2-1 in ot) last week. The junior assisted on the first and last goals as the Hens knocked off the 21st-ranked Tribe and assisted on the opening goal as UD handed Hofstra its first home loss of the season and locked up a berth in the CAA Tournament.

CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
David Sizemore • UNCW
So., Midfielder, Fuquay-Varina, N.C./Fuquay-Varina

Sizemore scored both UNCW goals as the Seahawks battled to a 2-2 draw with nationally ranked William & Mary last Saturday. The sophomore found the net from 24 yards out just 5:27 into the match to make it 1-0 and then gave UNCW a 2-1 advantage with a goal off a 25-yard free kick in the 64th minute. He’s tied for the team lead with four goals this season.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Xavier Rajpaul • College of Charleston
Fr., Midfielder, Port of Spain, Trinidad/Fatima College

Rajpaul scored a pair of goals as College of Charleston posted CAA victories over James Madison (2-1) and Northeastern (1-0) to remain in the hunt for a tournament berth. The freshman scored the game’s lone goal with 16 minutes to play against Northeastern and gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead against JMU with a goal in the 33rd minute. He has four goals for the season.

Around The League:

LOT ON THE LINE IN REGULAR-SEASON FINALES: The CAA regular-season race comes to a close on Wednesday night as Drexel visits College of Charleston, UNCW hosts Northeastern and James Madison travels to William & Mary. The top five teams in the CAA standings – Delaware, Drexel, UNCW, Northeastern and William & Mary – are separated by only two points and any of the five could end up as the top seed and host for next week’s CAA Men’s Soccer Championship. While the top five teams have clinched tournament berths, there is a battle for the final spot between College of Charleston and Hofstra.

THREE TEAMS RECEIVE VOTES IN NATIONAL POLLS: Three CAA men’s soccer teams received votes in national polls this week. UNCW picked up votes in the Top Drawer Soccer Top 25 poll, while William & Mary and Delaware received votes in the College Soccer News Top 30 poll. Last week, W&M was ranked #15 by Soccer America and #21 by the NSCAA. Both of those groups release new polls on Tuesday.

COFC’S HEEMSKERK NAMED TO NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK: College of Charleston senior goalkeeper Kees Heemskerk was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week after his performance in the Cougars’ 2-0 week. The senior stopped six shots in a 2-1 triumph over JMU and made five saves and earned the shutout in a 1-0 victory over Northeastern.

FOUR CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: Four CAA teams were ranked in the NSCAA South Atlantic regional rankings released on October 29. William & Mary was tied for #3 in the poll, followed by Delaware at #7, Hofstra at #8 and UNCW at #9. A new poll will be released on Tuesday.

BACK-TO-BACK WINS FOR COFC: College of Charleston earned its first two CAA victories of the season in a four-day span last week, defeating James Madison 2-1 and Northeastern 1-0. The wins put the Cougars in position to earn the final spot in the CAA Tournament. Freshman Xavier Rajpaul scored the game-winning goal off an Adan Noel assist with 16 minutes remaining at NU. He also tallied CofC’s first goal in the opening half against JMU. Noel netted the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute versus JMU, which was his second of the year. Erik Clark picked up a pair of assists in the win over the Dukes.

IMPRESSIVE 2-0 WEEK FOR DELAWARE: Delaware locked up a berth in the CAA Tournament for the third time in the past four years following a 3-1 victory over nationally ranked William & Mary and a 2-1 overtime triumph at Hofstra, which was the Pride’s first home loss of the year. Freshman Guillermo Delgado scored the game-winner at Hofstra, which was his league-leading 13th goal of the season and sixth game-winner. Vincent Mediate, Jaime Martinez and Mark Garrity had the UD goals versus the Tribe and Ben Asante scored his first goal of the season in the 67th minute at Hofstra. Roberto Gimenez assisted on three of the five scores. Delaware has already broken the program record for goals in a season with 41.

SIZEMORE SCORES TWICE IN UNCW DRAW: UNCW remained in the hunt for the CAA title after a 2-2 double-overtime draw with William & Mary on Saturday. Sophomore David Sizemore gave UNCW a quick 1-0 lead by scoring from 24 yards out off a Colin Bonner assist just 5:27 into the match. He then connected on a free kick that put the Seahawks ahead 2-1 in the 64th minute. Sizemore is tied for the team lead with four goals, while Bonner picked up his team-best ninth point. UNCW continues to excel defensively, limiting opponents to just 4.6 shots on goal per game.

HOFSTRA’S GRIEBSCH ADDS TO CAREER ASSIST TOTAL: Senior forward Chris Griebsch assisted on both Hofstra goals last week as the Pride tied Drexel 1-1 and fell 2-1 in overtime to Delaware. Griebsch tops the CAA with eight assists this season as he attempts to lead the league in that category for the third year in a row. He owns the Hofstra career record with 31 assists and his seven goals this season are his most ever. Elliot Firth gave the Pride a 1-0 advantage in the 37th minute at Drexel and Tyler Botte contributed a game-tying goal in the 71st minute against Delaware. The loss to the Hens was the first at home for Hofstra (7-1).

BUBLIL SCORES CLUTCH GOAL FOR DREXEL: Drexel earned a 1-1 double-overtime tie with Hofstra last Wednesday as Tal Bublil scored the game-tying goal off a deflection with only 3:07 remaining in regulation. It was the first goal of the year for Bublil and Ken Tribbett and Connor Goldsmith got assists on the play. With the tie, the Dragons are in position to host the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship for the second year in a row with a victory at College of Charleston.

JMU’S GRANT SCORES 7TH GOAL: Junior forward Josh Grant scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season in James Madison’s 2-1 loss to Georgia Southern on Sunday. Grant tops the Dukes with 16 points for the season. JMU also fell 2-1 at College of Charleston last Wednesday. Adam Bastidas tied the contest at 1-1 in the 57th minute as he knocked home a clear of a corner kick. Junior Renaldo Garcia tallied his first career point with an assist against GSU. Eight of the Dukes’ nine losses this season have come by just one goal.

W&M WIN STREAK SNAPPED: William & Mary saw its four-match winning streak come to an end in a 3-1 setback at Delaware but battled back to earn a 2-2 draw at UNCW on Saturday. Senior Chris Perez scored off a 25-yard free kick at Delaware, whick brought the Tribe within 2-1 in the 34th minute. W&M twice rallied from one-goal deficits at UNCW as Josh West scored his team-leading sixth goal of the year and Jackson Eskay recorded his fifth goal of the season with less than four minutes to go in regulation. Freshman Reilly Maw got his first career point with an assist at UNCW.

NU CONTINUES TO EXCEL ON DEFENSE:  Northeastern dropped a 1-0 decision to College of Charleston on Saturday in its only match of the week. The setback ended NU’s 12-game home unbeaten streak (11-0-1) against conference opponents. The Huskies’ defense has limited their opponent to one goal or less in 12 of 16 matches and leads the CAA with a 0.84 goals against average. Midfielder Dante Marini continues to lead NU with 15 points on five goals and five assists.

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