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CAA Men’s Soccer Notebook – Sept. 30

Sep 30, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

Delaware's Jaime Martinez Delaware's Jaime Martinez

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Ken Tribbett • Drexel
Sr., Midfielder, Centennial, Colo./Grandview

Tribbett scored a goal in each game as Drexel went 2-0 with victories over Rutgers (2-0) and William & Mary (2-1). The senior tallied his first game-winning goal of the season in the 30th minute against the Tribe and contributed an insurance goal midway through the second half against Rutgers as Drexel topped the Scarlet Knights for the first time since 1980.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Jaime Martinez • Delaware
Fr., Midfielder, Madrid, Spain/American School of Madrid

Martinez contributed a goal and an assist as Delaware topped Iona 3-0 for its fourth straight win last Wednesday. The freshman assisted on the game-winning goal by Joe Dipre and then scored one of his own just before halftime to give the Hens a 2-0 advantage. It was his second multi-point effort of the season.

Around The League:

THREE CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: Three CAA teams were ranked in the NSCAA South Atlantic regional rankings released on Sept. 24. William & Mary was ranked #3 in the poll, while Delaware was #7 and James Madison was #10. Hofstra was among others receiving votes. A new poll will be released on Tuesday.

DREXEL’S TRIBBETT NAMED TO NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK: Along with earning CAA Player of the Week honors, Drexel senior midfielder Ken Tribbett was chosen to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week after scoring a pair of goals in the Dragons’ victories over Rutgers and William & Mary.

DELAWARE’S DELGADO LEADS NATION IN SCORING: Delaware freshman Guillermo Delgado tops the nation with 21 points and is tied for the national lead in goals with nine. William & Mary’s Chris Albiston is tied for sixth in Division I in assists (5) while Drexel freshman goalkeeper Tyler Afflerbach ranks third in save percentage (.900) and fourth in goals against average (0.40). In team categories, Delaware leads the nation in goals per game (2.88) and points per game (8.75) and ranks second in assists per game (3.0).

W&M KNOCKS OFF ANOTHER TOP-RANKED TEAM:  For the second time in a 10-day span, William & Mary knocked off the top-ranked team in the nation when it defeated North Carolina 1-0 last Tuesday. Sophomore Jackson Eskay tallied the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute, which was his team-leading fourth goal of the year. Freshman goalkeeper Mac Phillips made three saves to earn his fourth shutout. It was the Tribe’s third consecutive win over a ranked foe, having beat #1 Creighton (3-2 in 2ot) on Sept. 15 and #23 Elon 1-0 on Sept. 20.

DREXEL PUSHES WINNING STREAK TO FIVE: Drexel has won five straight matches after an 0-2-1 start as it topped Rutgers (2-0) for the first time since 1980 and edged William & Mary (2-1) in its CAA opener. The Dragons have given up just two goals during the five-game streak, which is the team’s longest since 2007, after surrendering six in the first three contests. Senior Ken Tribbett scored the game-winning goal versus the Tribe in the 30th minute and also found the net in the Rutgers victory. Senior Nathan Page recorded the game-winning goal against Rutgers and assisted on a game-tying goal by Maty Brennan versus W&M. Freshman goalkeeper Tyler Afflerbach made seven saves in the two games last week. He’s undefeated in his first five starts and hasn’t given up more than one goal in a match.

DELAWARE POSTS FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN: Delaware extended its winning streak to four with a 3-0 triumph at Iona last Wednesday. The Blue Hens have out-scored their opponents 10-1 with three shutouts during the streak. Sophomore midfielder Joe Dipre scored a pair of goals against Iona, including the game-winner. Freshman midfielder Jaime Martinez contributed a goal and an assist. Guillermo Delgado added two assists to raise his league-leading point total to 21 (9g, 3a). Goalkeeper Bill Boyer made four saves and recorded the shutout.

HOFSTRA IMPROVES TO 4-0 AT HOME: Hofstra topped New Hampshire 1-0 last Saturday to improve to 4-0 at home this season. All four victories have come by a single goal. Junior forward Maid Memic scored the game-winning goal in the 57th minute off a deflection. It was Memic’s team-leading fourth goal of the year and his third in the past two games. Sophomore goalkeeper Patric Pray made four saves to garner the shutout in his first collegiate start. The Pride is out-shooting opponents 76-39 after halftime this season.

WILLIAMS RETURNS IN GOAL TO LEAD UNCW: UNCW moved back above .500 after battling to a 1-1 draw with Campbell and earning a 1-0 road victory at College of Charleston to open CAA play. Sophomore goalkeeper Sam Williams returned to the starting lineup and made five saves against Campbell and three versus CofC to pick up his first shutout of the year. Jack Ward’s first goal of the season just 2:50 into the second half was the game-winner at CofC. Jamie Dell was credited with the assist on the play. David Sizemore scored the lone Seahawks’ goal against Campbell in the 62nd minute. UNCW is back on the road this week at Duke and Hofstra.

ECKFORD SCORES FIRST GOAL AT NORTHEASTERN: Senior midfielder Jonathan Eckford scored the first goal of his Northeastern career as the Huskies posted a 2-0 win at Holy Cross last Tuesday. It was Eckford’s first collegiate score since 2011 when he was at Southern Connecticut State. Conner Alexander also scored his first goal of the year in the victory. Sophomore goalkeeper Dylan Faber, who recorded his third shutout of the year against Holy Cross, is tied for the CAA lead in saves with 29.

JMU DROPS HEARTBREAKER TO NATIONALLY RANKED FURMAN: James Madison fell 1-0 in double overtime to nationally ranked Furman last Friday as the Paladins scored the game’s only in the 105th minute. In his first career start, junior goalkeeper Bill Groben made three saves for the Dukes as Furman had a 15-3 advantage in shots and an 11-3 edge in corner kicks. JMU hosts Loyola and defending CAA champion Northeastern this week.

COFC DROPS CAA OPENER TO UNCW: College of Charleston dropped a 1-0 decision to UNCW in its inaugural CAA game last Saturday. It was the fifth straight setback for the Cougars, who have scored just one goal during that stretch. Adan Noel took three of CofC’s five shots against the Seahawks.  Goalkeeper Alex Young came up with six saves and allowed just one goal.

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