October 16, 2018

Atlantic Spotlight, Wk 7

By D3soccer.com Contributor

The Atlantic region's top teams faced tough away tests during a critical stretch of conference play. While some passed those tests to remain at the top of table, a few Top 25 teams dropped points against conference rivals. Let's take a look: 

Messiah cruises, twice.

The No. 3 Messiah Falcon (12-0-2 / 5-0-0) held serve this week, travelling each time in securing two solid MAC Commonwealth wins.

On the road Tuesday, to face the Lebanon Valley Flying Dutchman (7-4-1 / 3-1-0), five different scorers tallied in the 5-1 win. Nick West picked up his 20th goal of the season.

Against the Alvernia Golden Wolves (1-3-0 / 5-9-2) West scored in the 4th minute (his 21st) to pace the 3-0 outcome.

Lynchburg takes two, stays ahead in ODAC

The No. 5 Lynchburg Hornets (10-0-2 / 6-0-1) also hit the road twice. On Wednesday they took the five minute ride across town to face the Randolph Wildcats (4-6-3 / 3-4-1). Senior defender Austin Kues scored the first and fourth goals as the Hornets won 4-1. Senior Clay Van Gieson setup Kues in the 2nd minute and the Hornets never looked back.

They then travelled to Harrisonburg, VA (about 2 hours) for a very cold Saturday night game against the Eastern Mennonite Royals (7-7-1 / 4-3-0). And while the Hornets had the run of play the only difference in the 1-0 win was the result of a hand ball in the box. Kues stepped up for the visitors and buried the eventual game winner.

Mary Washington goes 1-1-1 on the week

The No. 9 Mary Washington Eagles (9-1-3 / 2-1-1) had three away matches on the...

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Atlantic Spotlight

 

The weekly Atlantic Spotlight will survey the top Division III men's conferences and teams in the combined NCAA Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic Regions consisting of fifteen states.  The primary ones are Pennsylvania (45), Virginia (18), New Jersey (14), Maryland (10, North Carolina (9), Georgia (8), and New York (7). The remaining states are home to three or fewer schools with conference ties elsewhere: Alabama, Arkansas, D.C., Delaware, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

 

With so much territory to cover in a single column, we will focus primarily on the tradionally stronger conferences such as the CAC, Centennial, Landmark, Commonwealth, and the NJAC.  Expect to see contests involving teams in our Top 25 typically against perceived stronger opponents along with teams on the rise.

 

We will look at some of the key match-ups, results, and standout performances, identifying who is trending up and who is trending down each week.

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