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CAA Men’s Soccer Notebook – Nov. 11

Nov 11, 2013, 12:16 PM EST

UNCW's Colin Bonner

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Colin Bonner • UNCW
So., Forward, Fulton, Md./Reservoir

Bonner recorded his first career hat trick with three goals in UNCW’s 4-2 victory over Northeastern last Wednesday. The sophomore forward twice gave the Seahawks one-goal leads with scores in the first half and then tacked on an insurance goal in the 78th minute as UNCW earned the #2 seed for the CAA Championship. Bonner raised his season goals total to six as he posted the first hat trick by a UNCW player since 2011.

CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Tyler Afflerbach • Drexel
Fr., Goalkeeper, Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area

Afflerbach stopped four shots and kept College of Charleston off the board for the first 87 minutes in Drexel’s 2-1 victory over the Cougars that clinched the CAA regular-season title for the Dragons. Afflerbach finished the regular season with a 0.91 GAA and five shutouts.

CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Mac Phillips • William & Mary
Fr., Goalkeeper, Rocky Mount, Va./Franklin County

Phillips made four saves and registered his CAA-leading eighth shutout of the season in William & Mary’s 1-0 victory over James Madison in the regular-season finale last Wednesday. The freshman also stopped five shots in the Tribe’s 1-0 triumph over Hofstra in the CAA quarterfinals.

Around The League:

W&M RANKED IN NATIONAL POLLS: William & Mary is ranked #23 in the nation this week by Top Drawer Soccer and #28 by College Soccer News. The Tribe improved to 10-4-2 last week with victories over James Madison (1-0) in their regular-season finale and Hofstra (1-0) in the CAA quarterfinals. Delaware was among others receiving votes in the CSN poll.

FOUR CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: Four CAA teams were ranked in the NSCAA South Atlantic regional rankings released on November 5. William & Mary was ranked #3 in the poll, followed by Delaware at #5, Hofstra at #8 and UNCW at #9. A new poll will be released on Tuesday.

W&M, DELAWARE POST VICTORIES IN CAA QUARTERFINALS: Third-seeded William & Mary and fourth-seeded Delaware advanced to the semifinals of the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship after posting narrow victories on Saturday night. The Tribe got past #6 Hofstra 1-0 on junior Chris Albiston’s goal in the 37th minute. W&M freshman goalkeeper Mac Phillips made it stand up as he stopped five shots and recorded his league-leading ninth shutout. The Blue Hens edged #5 Northeastern 1-0 in double overtime. Senior Roberto Gimenez scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in the 107th minute after he was fouled in the box on a breakaway. UD goalkeeper Borja Barbero made five saves and posted his sixth shutout of the year.

CAA MEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP CONTINUES ON THURSDAY: The CAA Men’s Soccer Championship continues on Thursday with a pair of semifinal games at Vidas Field on the campus of Drexel University in Philadelphia. Second-seeded UNCW meets #3 William & Mary at 4 p.m., followed by #1 Drexel against #4 Delaware at 7 p.m. The two winners will advance to Saturday’s 4 p.m. championship game. All three games will be broadcast for free in high definition on CAA.TV. General admission tickets for the championship are $5. Youth (12 & under) and students from participating CAA institutions with a valid ID will be admitted free.

DREXEL EARNS SECOND STRAIGHT REGULAR-SEASON TITLE: Drexel captured its second consecutive CAA regular-season title after picking up a 2-1 victory at College of Charleston last Wednesday. Jared Girard gave the Dragons a 1-0 lead late in the first half and Guido Pena scored the eventual game-winner in the 55th minute. It was the second goal of the year for both players. Freshman goalkeeper Tyler Afflerbach made four saves and kept the Cougars off the board until the final three minutes. The Dragons have dropped only two regular-season CAA games over the past two seasons.

BONNER’S HAT TRICK LEADS UNCW PAST NU: UNCW earned the #2 seed for the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship following a 4-2 victory over Northeastern last Wednesday. Sophomore Colin Bonner recorded his first career hat trick with a three-goal outing that was the first for a Seahawks’ player since Shawn Guderian in 2011. Jamie Dell picked up his second game-winning goal of the year against the Huskies and Nathaniel Goodwin added two assists. UNCW allowed just 20 goals this season, which were its fewest since 2010. It will be the first time that UNCW has ever been the #2 seed in the CAA Tournament. The Seahawks were the top seed in 2008 and 2009.

W&M TOPS JMU 1-0 IN REGULAR-SEASON FINALE: William & Mary gained the #3 seed for the CAA championship by getting past James Madison 1-0 last Wednesday. Senior Roshan Patel sent home a free kick for the game-winning goal in the 54th minute. It was Patel’s second goal of the season. Freshman goalkeeper Mac Phillips earned the shutout after stopping four shots.