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CAA Men’s Soccer Notebook – Sept. 9

Sep 9, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

William & Mary goalkeeper Mac Phillips

UNCW RANKED NATIONALLY: UNCW was ranked #24 in the nation in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Poll that was released last Tuesday. It was the first time since Oct. 9, 2012 that the Seahawks have been nationally ranked. UNCW opened the season with victories over Ohio State and Cincinnati before splitting matches in the Hilton Garden Inn Classic last weekend.

THREE CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: Three CAA teams were ranked in the first NSCAA South Atlantic regional rankings released on Sept. 3. UNCW was ranked #2 in the poll, while James Madison was #7 and Delaware was #9.

NORTHEASTERN EXTENDS HOME UNBEATEN STREAK TO 17: Northeastern extended its home unbeaten streak to 17 games (16-0-1) following a 5-2 victory over Fairfield on Saturday. The streak dates back to Nov. 6, 2010. Sophomore Terence Carter scored a goal in each half for the Huskies and sophomore Devin Devoy also had a pair of goals. All-CAA midfielder Dante Marini recorded a goal and an assist, and freshman Robbie Schallmo picked up an assist for his first collegiate point.

W&M ROLLS PAST ODU, 4-0: William & Mary evened its record at 1-1 with an impressive 4-0 road victory at Old Dominion on Saturday. Junior Josh West led a balanced Tribe attack by assisting on Jackson Eskay’s game-winning goal in the fifth minute and scoring one of his own in the 74th minute. Chris Albiston and Eskay also contributed a goal and an assist in the contest and Chris Perez scored for the Tribe. It was the first four-goal effort for W&M since Sept. 14, 2012 against Drake. Freshman goalkeeper Mac Phillips registered a career-high five saves for his first shutout.

DELAWARE’S DELGADO COMES UP BIG AGAIN: Freshman Guillermo Delgado scored his second game-winning goal of the season in the 82nd minute as Delaware improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1985 with a 3-2 victory over Manhattan last Friday. Delgado leads the CAA with four goals in three games. Ben Sampson and Joe Dipre each scored their first goals of the season in the win and Prince Nartey and Vincent Mediate recorded assists. Goalkeeper Borja Barbero made two saves and upped his record to 3-0 in his first season at UD.

DREXEL PICKS UP FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON: Drexel fell 2-1 to Sacred Heart last Friday before rebounding for a 2-0 victory over Stony Brook on Sunday to earn its first win of the year. Maty Brennan and Nathan Page tallied the two goals against SBU, while freshman goalkeeper Tyler Afflerbach made four saves and recorded the shutout in his first career appearance. Skylar Olson found the net from 40 yards out for the Dragons’ lone goal against Sacred Heart. Drexel out-shot the Pioneers 21-4 in the match.

UNCW GOES 1-1 IN HOME TOURNAMENT: UNCW split two contests in its own Hilton Garden Inn Classic, losing 2-1 to Presbyterian before defeating Mercer, 3-1. Junior defender Mark Harris scored his first career goal in the Mercer victory and was named the Defensive MVP  of the event. Nathaniel Goodwin picked up his second game-winning goal of the season against Mercer and Jamie Dell added a late goal. Sophomore Colin Bonner had two assists in the victory and leads UNCW with six points. Sophomore David Sizemore scored in the setback to Presbyterian. The Seahawks got strong play in the midfield from freshman Kellen Foster, while rookie goalkeeper Sean Melvin made five saves and kept his GAA under 1.00 for the season.

GRIEBSCH LEADS HOFSTRA TO DRAW WITH ST. JOE’S: Senior Chris Griebsch contributed a goal and an assist as Hofstra battled to a 3-3 draw with St. Joseph’s last Friday. Griebsch, who has six of the Pride’s 12 points this season, converted a penalty kick in the 51st minute and assisted on a goal by Maid Memic in the 82nd minute that put the Pride ahead 3-2. Hofstra also got an unassisted goal from Tyler Botte in the tie.

CHARLESTON’S YOUNG SHINES IN FIRST CAREER START: Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Young made three saves in his first career start as College of Charleston dropped a tough 1-0 decision in overtime at Furman last Saturday. The Paladins out-shot CofC 16-7, but Young was able to keep them off the board until the 94th minute. Xavier Rajpaul took four of the Cougars’ seven shots.

JMU SUFFERS FIRST LOSS TO UNCG: James Madison suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday, dropping a 1-0 decision to UNCG. The Dukes put four of their 11 shots on goal, with two of them coming from Josh Grant. Goalkeeper Kyle Morton made four saves but allowed the game’s only score off a deflection in the 77th minute.