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Men’s Soccer Notebook – Nov. 3

Nov 3, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT

Delaware's Kyle Bruno

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Kyle Bruno • Delaware
Sr., Forward, New Castle, Del./William Penn

Bruno contributed two goals and an assist in Delaware’s victories over Drexel (4-0) and Elon (2-1) last week. The senior forward assisted on the Blue Hens’ first goal and then scored the second one just 16 seconds later to put UD in command against the Dragons. Bruno scored the game-winning goal in the 38th minute against Elon as UD snapped the Phoenix’s seven-match unbeaten streak and secured the top seed for the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship. He has three goals and three assists for the season.

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

Dell scored a pair of goals to lead UNCW to a 3-0 victory at Drexel on Saturday that clinched a share of the CAA regular-season title. The senior forward converted passes from Colin Bonner for goals in the 25th and 50th minute to give the Seahawks a 2-0 advantage. Dell is the first UNCW player since 2005 to score 10 goals in a season and his six game-winning goals are tied for the most in the conference. He was also named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week for his performance.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Chad Craig • Elon
So., Forward, Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown

Craig scored the game-tying goal in the 70th minute and then assisted on the game-winning goal in the 105th minute of Elon’s 2-1 double-overtime victory against College of Charleston last Wednesday that clinched a berth in the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship. Craig has two goals and two assists this season.

Around The League:

FIELD SET FOR CAA MEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP: After a regular-season race that came down to the final game, the field is set for the 2014 CAA Men’s Soccer Championship. Delaware earned the #1 seed based on its head-to-head victories over fellow regular season champions UNCW and Hofstra and will host the semifinals and finals of the tournament on November 14 and 16. The Blue Hens will receive a bye into the semifinals along with #2 UNCW. Quarterfinal action will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 8 with #3 Hofstra hosting #6 James Madison and #4 Elon entertaining #5 Northeastern.

UNCW RANKED IN NATIONAL POLLS: UNCW is ranked #19 in the nation this week by Top Drawer Soccer and #25 by College Soccer News, while Delaware was among others receiving votes in the CSN poll. The Seahawks received votes in last week’s NSCAA Top 25 with a new poll to be released on Tuesday afternoon. UNCW was ranked #6 in last week’s NSCAA Midwest Regional rankings.

FOUR TEAMS IN TOP 65 OF NCAA RPI: Four CAA men’s soccer teams are ranked in the top 65 of the latest NCAA RPI through games of Nov. 2. UNCW leads the pack at #23 with Elon checking in at #37. Delaware is at #58, followed by Hofstra at #65.

DELAWARE EARNS TOP SEED: Delaware picked up a share of its first CAA regular-season title and earned the #1 seed for the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship after defeating Drexel (4-0) and Elon (2-1) last week. Senior Kyle Bruno contributed a goal and an assist to give the Hens a 2-0 lead at Drexel and then tallied the game-winning goal in the 38th minute against Elon. Sophomore Guillermo Delgado scored his league-leading 12th goal of the season in the 22nd minute versus Elon before assisting on Bruno’s game-winner. Joe Dipre scored a goal and assisted on two others at Drexel, while Ben Asante had a goal and an assist.

HOFSTRA’S PRAY POSTS BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUTS: Hofstra earned a share of the CAA regular-season title after battling to a 0-0 draw with Northeastern last Wednesday and edging College of Charleston 1-0 on Saturday. The Pride received the #3 seed for the CAA Tournament and will host JMU in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Junior goalkeeper Patric Pray stopped three shots in poor conditions versus NU and had one save in a driving rainstorm against CofC to increase his shutout total to seven for the season. He leads the CAA in save percentage (.808). Senior Maid Memic scored the lone goal against CofC in the 38th minute off an assist from Mani Walcott. It’s was Memic’s team-leading 10th goal of the season and his sixth game-winner, which is tied for the most in the CAA. The goal was the 30th of his career, as he became just the fifth Pride player to reach the milestone. Hofstra has won 10 or more games in two of the past three seasons.

DELL LEADS UNCW PAST DREXEL: Senior midfielder Jamie Dell scored a pair of goals as UNCW posted a 3-0 victory at Drexel on Saturday to claim a share of the CAA regular-season title and the #2 seed in the tournament. Dell became the first Seahawk since 2005 to score 10 goals in a season after finding the net in the 25th and 50th minute to give UNCW a 2-0 advantage. His six game-winning goals are tied for the most in the CAA. Colin Bonner assisted on both Dell goals and has three assists and 11 points for the season. Jack Ward tacked on an insurance goal in the 74th minute. Goalkeeper Sam Williams needed to make only one save to record his third shutout of the year. UNCW’s 12 wins are tied for the third-most in school history and the Seahawks are tied with UCLA for the most road wins in the nation with a 7-0-1 mark.

CAREER-HIGH SAVES FOR NU’S FABER: Northeastern battled to a scoreless draw at Hofstra and topped James Madison 2-1 in overtime to gain the #5 seed for the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship. Junior goalkeeper Dylan Faber was outstanding for the Huskies, recording a career-high 10 saves to earn his first shutout of the season at Hofstra and adding six stops versus JMU. Freshman Brad Fountain’s fourth goal of the season from 20 yards out was the equalizer against the Dukes in the 77th minute. Freshman Frantzdy Pierrot followed with the game-winner in the 96th minute on a header. It was Pierrot’s fifth goal of the year and his third game-winner. NU’s five overtime victories are tied with the 2012 squad for the most in school history.

BARDEN HELPS JMU EARN TOURNAMENT BERTH: James Madison topped William & Mary 2-1 in its home finale last Wednesday to secure the #6 seed for the CAA Championship. Jonathan Barden scored both goals in the victory, giving JMU a 1-0 lead in the 38th minute and then recording the game-winner in the 82nd minute. Connor Coward and Josh Grant assisted on the goals. The Dukes took a 1-0 lead just 5:34 into the contest at Northeastern on Jamal Umar’s third goal of the year before NU rallied for a 2-1 win in overtime.

CRAIG COMES UP BIG FOR ELON: Elon rallied past College of Charleston 2-1 in double overtime last Wednesday to lock up a berth in the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship. Sophomore forward Chad Craig scored the game-tying goal in the 70th minute and then assisted on the game-winner by Jason Waterman in the 106th minute. It was Waterman’s fourth goal of the season. Elon had its seven-game unbeaten streak snapped in a 2-1 setback at Delaware on Sunday. The fourth-seeded Phoenix will host Northeastern in the CAA quarterfinals on Saturday night.

W&M DROPS FINALE AT JMU: William & Mary was beaten 2-1 at James Madison last Wednesday in its regular-season finale. Senior Chris Albiston scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season in the 69th minute to tie the contest at 1-1. Josh West picked up his team-best sixth assist of the year on the play. Goalkeeper Bennett Jones came up with three saves as the Tribe was out-shot 10-8 in the match.

TWO MORE TOUGH LOSSES FOR COFC: College of Charleston suffered two more close losses last week, falling 2-1 in overtime to Elon and 1-0 at Hofstra. Six of the Cougars’ final seven matches were decided by one goal or less, including four that went to overtime. Nico Rittmeyer scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season in the 44th minute against Elon off an assist from freshman Cesar Murillo. Rittmeyer had a team-high 12 points for the year. Murillo played every minute of every game this season. Goalkeeper Alex Young made eight saves over the two games.

ROUGH FINISH FOR DREXEL: Drexel, which won the CAA championship last year and captured back-to-back regular season titles in 2012 and 2013, was eliminated from tournament contention after losses to Delaware (4-0) and UNCW (3-0) last week. John Grosh finished the year with team-highs of five assists and nine points. His two goals were tied with Michele Pataia and Jameson Detweiler for the team lead. Goalkeeper Tyler Afflerbach finished with 65 saves and five shutouts.

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