Nov 5, 2012, 4:45 PM EST
This is the place to brush up on the top notes that you will want to know going into this week’s championship competition. First we want to congratulate Drexel’s Tal Bublil and Georgia State’s Alex Vivanco for earning CAA Player of the Week honors, while Delaware’s Joe Dipre picked up the final Rookie of the Week honor of the season . 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 #18 by College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer, Northeastern is ranked #27 by College Soccer News and #34 by Top Drawer and Drexel is ranked #26 by College Soccer News and #39 by Top Drawer. Last week, ODU was ranked #24 and NU was #25 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll. The NSCAA will release a new poll 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. ODU leads the group of CAA squads at #4, followed by Drexel at #5, Northeastern at #6, Hofstra at #8 and James Madison at #10.
PAIRINGS SET FOR CAA MEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP: The pairings are set for the 2012 CAA Men’s Soccer Championship. In tonight’s 7 p.m. quarterfinals, #3 James Madison hosts #6 UNCW and #4 Hofstra entertains #5 George Mason. The tournament moves to Drexel’s Vidas Athletic Complex for the semifinals and championship on November 9 and 11. In Friday’s first semifinal, #2 Northeastern takes on the JMU/UNCW winner at 5 p.m., followed by #1 Drexel against the Hofstra/Mason winner at 7:30 p.m. The CAA championship match is set for Sunday at 2 p.m.
VARIETY OF CHAMPIONS: Six different teams have captured the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship over the past six seasons, showing the league’s quality and depth. Hofstra won the title in 2006, followed by Old Dominion (2007), George Mason (2008), UNCW (2009), William & Mary (2010) and Delaware (2011). The streak could continue in 2012 as the top three seeds in this year’s event – #1 Drexel, #2 Northeastern and #3 James Madison – aren’t on that list.
DREXEL CLAIMS CAA REGULAR-SEASON TITLE: Drexel scored two goals in a 5:09 span early in the second half to defeat James Madison 2-0 last Friday and clinch its first outright CAA regular-season title. Junior defender Tal Bublil scored the game-winning goal off an assist from Jared Girard in the 62nd minute. The Dragons also got an insurance goal from Mark Donohue from 30 yards out in the 67th minute. Goalkeeper Tim Washam, who assisted on the second goal, made two saves to record the team’s eighth shutout of the year.
MILITAR SCORES GAME-WINNER FOR ODU: Old Dominion closed the regular season with a 1-0 win over a Northeastern squad that had been unbeaten in conference play. Sophomore forward Ivan Militar scored the game-winning goal in the 54th minute off an assist from Chris Harmon. The goal was Militar’s second of the year, while Harmon has contributed five goals and two assists in the Monarchs’ past six matches. Goalkeeper Victor Francoz posted his sixth shutout of the year.
VIVANCO FINISHES STRONG FOR GSU: Georgia State closed the season on a two-game winning streak as it recorded back-to-back 2-1 overtime victories against George Mason and Stetson. Senior Alex Vivanco scored both goals against Mason, including the game-winner in overtime, and added the first goal versus Stetson, which was his ninth of the year. Junior Michael Nwiloh tallied the game-winning goal versus Stetson.
DELAWARE CLOSES ON HIGH NOTE: Defending CAA champion Delaware closed the 2012 season on a high note by edging UNCW 1-0 last Friday. Sophomore forward Kyle Bruno scored the game-winning goal in the 36th minute off an assist from freshman Joe Dipre. It was Bruno’s second goal of the year. Dipre finished the season as UD’s leading scorer with eight points (3g, 2a). Freshman goalkeeper Paul DeFeo made three saves and recorded his first career shutout. It was the Blue Hens’ first home victory of the year.
NORTHEASTERN RECEIVES FIRST NATIONAL RANKING: Northeastern, which fell 1-0 at #24 ODU last Friday, was nationally ranked in the NSCAA Top 25 poll for the first time in school history last week at #25. The Huskies enter the CAA Tournament just two wins away from their school record of 13. Senior Don Anding, who tops the CAA with 28 points on 11 goals and six assists, is the first NU player since 2007 to have more than 20 points in a season and the first Husky since 2001 with more than 10 goals in a season.
SEASON-HIGH SAVES FOR UNCW’S WILLIAMS: UNCW freshman goalkeeper Sam Williams made a season-high five saves in the Seahawks’ 1-0 setback at Delaware last Friday. Williams enters the CAA Tournament with a 4-2 record and 1.12 GAA in eight appearances. The Seahawks are making their first appearance in the CAA Tournament since capturing the conference title in 2009.
HOFSTRA BATTLES TO 2-2 DRAW WITH W&M: Hofstra and William & Mary battled to a 2-2 double overtime draw last Friday. The Tribe twice took a one-goal advantage on scores by Chris Albiston and Zachary Montebell. Both assists came from W&M’s Chris Perez. Hofstra got a game-tying goal in the 24th minute from Tyler Botte before drawing even for the final time on an own goal.
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