Oct 30, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT
Here are some notes to feed your CAA Men’s Soccer fix early in the week. Congrats to Mason’s Taylor Morgan who was this week’s Player of the Week. For the full weekly report from the league log on to CAASports.com.
ODU, NORTHEASTERN, DREXEL IN NATIONAL POLLS: Three CAA men’s soccer teams are ranked in national polls released on Monday. Old Dominion is ranked #20 by College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer, Northeastern is ranked #26 by College Soccer News and #33 by Top Drawer and Drexel is ranked #41 by Top Drawer. Last week, ODU was ranked #15 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll and #20 by Soccer America. Both the NSCAA and Soccer America will release new polls on Tuesday.
FIVE CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: Five CAA teams are among the top 10 in this week’s NSCAA/Continental Tire South Atlantic Region rankings. Northeastern leads the group of CAA squads at #3, Old Dominion is ranked #5, Drexel is #6 and Hofstra is #8 and George Mason is #10.
HURRICANE CAUSES SCHEDULE CHANGES: Hurricane Sandy’s arrival to the East Coast has caused changes to the CAA men’s soccer schedule. The final five regular-season conference games have been moved from Wednesday, October 31 to Friday, November 2. Those changes forced the quarterfinals of the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship to be moved from Saturday, November 3 to Monday, November 5.
FIELD SET FOR CAA MEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP: The six-team field is set for the 2012 CAA Men’s Soccer Championship, but there is still plenty to be determined as the regular season comes to a close on Friday. Drexel, Northeastern and James Madison are all in contention for the #1 seed, with the Dragons and Dukes meeting in Philadelphia and the Huskies visiting ODU. Hofstra, George Mason and UNCW are battling for the #4 seed and the right to host a quarterfinal match.
DREXEL STAYS ATOP CAA STANDINGS: Drexel maintained its lead atop the CAA standings by edging Hofstra 2-1 last Wednesday. Junior Nathan Page scored a goal for the sixth consecutive game to give the Dragons a 1-0 lead and sophomore Robert Liberatore recorded the game-winner on a 40-yard free kick in the 83rd minute. It was his first goal of the year. Drexel is just two wins shy of the program record of 13 set in 1990 and 1998.
NORTHEASTERN EXTENDS HOME UNBEATEN STREAK: Northeastern remained unbeaten in CAA play after fighting to double-overtime draws with Towson (2-2) and George Mason (0-0). The Huskies are unbeaten in their last 15 home games dating back to 2010. Goalkeeper Oliver Blum made a season-high six saves against Mason to post his fifth shutout of the year. Blum leads the CAA with a 0.62 GAA and is second in save percentage (.830). His 10 wins are the most for an NU keeper since 2003. Don Anding scored his team-best 11th goal of the year versus Towson and leads the CAA with 28 points.
JMU STAYS HOT: James Madison remained in the hunt for its second straight CAA regular-season title after defeating William & Mary (1-0) and Georgia State (2-1 in ot) last week. The Dukes are unbeaten (4-0-1) in their last five games. Karel Manrau’s first goal of the season in the 27th minute was the game winner versus W&M. Senior Paul Wyatt contributed a goal and assist against GSU and is now 15th in career goals (26) and 19th in career points (62) at JMU. Sophomore Josh Grant tallied his fourth game-winning goal of the season against GSU in overtime.
W&M RALLIES PAST DELAWARE: William & Mary overcame an early 2-0 deficit and topped Delaware 3-2 last Saturday. Freshman Jackson Eskay scored the first two goals of his collegiate career to tie the contest and junior Will Black recorded the game-winner on a header in the 76th minute.
DRIVER SENDS UNCW INTO TOURNEY: UNCW clinched a CAA Tournament berth for the first time since capturing the title in 2009 following a 1-0 victory over Towson on Sunday. Senior Thomas Driver’s first goal of the season in the 43rd minute off a Jamie Dell assist was the game-winner. Freshman goalkeeper Sam Williams made a pair of saves to record his second shutout of the year and lower his GAA to 1.14. The Seahawks are 4-1 in games that Williams has started.
MORGAN INCREASES LEAGUE-LEADING GOAL TOTAL: George Mason senior forward Taylor Morgan leads the CAA with 13 goals after scoring twice in the second half of the Patriots’ 2-0 triumph over Delaware last Wednesday. Morgan also took a team-high five shots in a 0-0 draw with Northeastern. Goalkeeper Sean Cote made six saves in the shutout of the Huskies.
JANOWSKI SHINES FOR HOFSTRA: Hofstra senior goalkeeper Adam Janowski made a season-high seven saves in back-to-back games last week as the Pride shut out #15 Old Dominion 1-0 and fell to 2-1 to first-place Drexel. Janowski has four shutouts in his last six games. Mike Annarumma scored the game-winning goal against the Monarchs in the 37th minute. It was his third goal of the season and his second game winner. Hofstra has reached the 10-win mark for the first time since 2006.
HARMON LIFTS ODU PAST GSU: Old Dominion earned a 1-0 road victory at Georgia State last Wednesday as Chris Harmon scored from 24 yards out in the 33rd minute off a Tim Hopkinson assist. Harmon has scored five of the Monarchs’ last seven goals and has nine goals and 23 points for the season. Hopkinson has contributed five assists and a team-high 25 points. Goalkeeper Victor Francoz made fours saves and posted his fifth shutout.
TOWSON TIES NORTHEASTERN: Towson battled to a 2-2 double-overtime tie with nationally ranked Northeastern last Wednesday. The Tigers held a 2-1 lead as junior Olakunle Banjo scored his fourth goal of the season and Daniel Grundei tallied his second goal of the year early in the second half. Freshman goalkeeper Felix Petermann made eight saves in the contest.
IMPROVED OFFENSE FOR DELAWARE: Delaware, which hadn’t scored multiple goals in a game since October 3, found the net twice in the first 18 minutes of a 3-2 setback at William & Mary on Saturday. The Blue Hens got a goal from Tobias Muller at the 5:57 mark and Vincent Mediate followed with his second goal of the season in the 18th minute.
MORE ONE-GOAL LOSSES FOR GSU: Georgia State suffered one-goal setbacks to Old Dominion (1-0) and James Madison (2-1 in ot) last week. The Panthers have dropped four straight games by one goal and have eight one-goal losses for the season. Ali Elkhalil scored his third goal of the year at JMU off an assist from William Mellors-Blair.
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