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Men’s Soccer Notebook – Sept. 22

Sep 22, 2014, 1:14 PM EDT

UNCW's Jamie Dell

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Jamie Dell • UNCW
Sr., Midfielder, Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill

Dell scored both goals in UNCW’s 2-1 overtime road victory at Old Dominion last Saturday. The senior midfielder tallied the game-tying goal off a throw-in in the 69th minute and then recorded his league-leading third game-winner by scoring off a long pass from Michael Mecham in the 97th minute. It was the Seahawks’ third straight road victory.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Colin McGlynn • Drexel
Fr., Midfielder, Jamison, Pa./St. Joseph’s Prep

Making his first appearance of the season, McGlynn came off the bench to score on his first collegiate shot in Drexel’s 2-1 overtime setback to Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday. The redshirt freshman midfielder slid and redirected a pass from Aaron Thompson into the net to give the Dragons a 1-0 lead in the 48th minute.

Around The League:

DELAWARE, UNCW RANKED IN NATIONAL POLLS: Delaware is ranked #21 in the nation this week by Top Drawer Soccer and #25 by College Soccer News, while UNCW is ranked #26 by CSN and received votes in the Top Drawer poll. The Blue Hens were #11 in last week’s NSCAA Top 25 with a new poll to be released on Tuesday afternoon. UD was also ranked #2 in last week’s NSCAA Midwest Regional rankings and UNCW moved into the poll at #10.

UNCW’S DELL NAMED TO NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK: UNCW senior midfielder Jamie Dell was selected to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week after scoring both goals, including the overtime game-winner, in the Seahawks’ 2-1 road victory at Old Dominion on Saturday.

UNCW/W&M OPEN CONFERENCE PLAY: Conference play in the CAA gets underway on Saturday night as UNCW travels to William & Mary. The two teams met in the semifinals of last year’s CAA Championship with the Tribe posting a 6-3 victory. There is a full slate of CAA contests on Saturday, October 4.

2014 SEASON TO BE LAST FOR JMU’S MARTIN: James Madison announced that the 2014 season would be the final one for head coach Tom Martin. He will be replaced by associate head coach Tom Foley at the conclusion of the season. Martin is the winningest active coach in Division I with a career mark of 352-158-55. He has guided the Dukes to nine NCAA Tournament berths, seven CAA regular-season titles and four CAA tournament championships over his 28 seasons. Martin has been named CAA Coach of the Year five times.

SEAHAWKS SWEEP DIFFICULT ROAD SWING: UNCW completed an impressive sweep of a difficult three-game road swing with victories over #25 Campbell (1-0) and Old Dominion (2-1 in ot) last week. The Seahawks started the streak with a 2-1 win at #17 South Carolina on Sept. 12. Colin Bonner headed home a throw-in from defender Jacob VanCompernolle in the 69th minute at Campbell for his second game-winning goal of the season. Jamie Dell scored the game-tying goal at ODU off a VanCompernolle throw-in and then recorded the game-winner in the 97th minute off a long pass from Michael Mecham. Dell leads the CAA with three game-winning goals. Goalkeeper Sean Melvin allowed just one goal in the two matches last week and made six of his seven saves at ODU. He lowered his GAA to 0.80 for the season.

DREXEL TIES #4 NEW MEXICO: Drexel earned a 1-1 double-overtime draw with 4th-ranked New Mexico last Friday in the Lobos’ own tournament. Senior Guido Pena scored the game-tying goal in the 78th minute off an assist from Michele Pataia. Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler Afflerbach made five saves against UNM and also stopped four shots in a 2-1 overtime loss to Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday. Freshman Colin McGlynn scored his first career goal against Bakersfield, which gave the Dragons a 1-0 advantage in the 48th minute. Aaron Thompson had an assist on the play. Pena and Pataia were both chosen to the all-tournament team.

HOFSTRA’S FIRTH RECORDS FIRST TWO-GOAL GAME: Hofstra senior midfielder Elliott Firth recorded the first two-goal game of his career in the Pride’s 3-2 setback at New Hampshire last Friday. Firth, who entered the game with just two career goals, matched that total in a 21-minute span of the second half as he helped Hofstra rally from a 3-0 deficit. Firth also had an assist on Daniel Grundei’s game-winning goal as the Pride topped Vermont 1-0 on Sunday. Joseph Holland had an assist in each contest and now has a point in six straight contests. Goalkeeper Brian McPartland made his first career start at UNH and combined with Patric Pray on the shutout at Vermont.

DELAWARE FALLS TO NATIONALLY RANKED FOES: Delaware, which matched the best start in school history at 6-0, suffered its first two losses of the season at nationally ranked Pac 12 opponents #15 California (4-2) and #24 Stanford (2-1). Senior Tobias Muller recorded his first two goals of the season at Cal, finding the net off a Jaime Martinez assist in the 53rd minute and heading in a cross from Ben Asante in the 79th minute. Asante scored his second goal of the season off a Martinez assist to tie the match at Stanford in the 57th minute. UD out-shot the Golden Bears 16-12 and the Cardinal, 14-13.

ELON BATTLES TO DRAW WITH RADFORD: Elon battled to a 1-1 draw with Radford last Saturday in its only action of the week. Rett Webb scored the first goal of his career to tie the match in the 65th minute as he was able to put home his own rebound. Senior goalkeeper Nathan Dean, who leads the CAA in GAA (0.67) and shutouts (4) and ranks second in save percentage (.821) stopped two shots versus Radford. With 20 career shutouts, Dean is two away from tying the school record. Elon travels to nationally ranked Coastal Carolina on Friday night. The Phoenix beat the then sixth-ranked Chanticleers 2-1 a year ago.

FIRST CAREER GOAL FOR JMU’S APPLETON: Red-shirt freshman defender Toby Appleton scored the first goal of his collegiate career in James Madison’s 2-1 setback to Robert Morris last Friday. The loss snapped the Dukes’ four-match unbeaten streak. Appleton’s unassisted goal in the 46th brought JMU back within one, but the Dukes were unable to get the equalizer despite out-shooting RMU 12-4 in the second half. Five different players have accounted for JMU’s six goals this season.

W&M LOSES TO PAIR OF TOP-15 OPPONENTS: William & Mary battled well but came up short in losses to top-ranked North Carolina (2-0) and 13th-ranked Georgetown (1-0) last week. Goalkeeper Bennett Jones made nine saves in the two matches, including six versus UNC. The Tribe trailed just 8-7 in shots at Georgetown. A season-best crowd of 861 was on hand at Martin Family Stadium for the nationally televised match with the Tar Heels.

COFC BEATEN 2-0 AT N.C. STATE: College of Charleston fell 2-0 at ACC foe N.C. State last Tuesday in its only match of the week. Freshman goalkeeper Brian Kilgallon came up with seven saves for the Cougars, but surrendered a goal in each half. CofC out-shot the Wolfpack 6-5 in the second half. The Cougars host 19th-ranked Furman on Tuesday, which will be the 26th opponent that CofC has faced which has been ranked or receiving votes in the NSCAA Top 25 since 2011.

NORTHEASTERN FALLS TWICE: Northeastern lost 2-1 to Boston University and 3-1 at Providence last week. Defender Simon Cox converted a penalty kick in the 57th minute to tie the match with BU. The Huskies out-shot the Terriers 14-7 in the contest. Brad Fountain scored his second goal of the season on a free kick in the 21st minute at Providence.

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