September 11, 2018

Atlantic Spotlight, Wk 2

By Contributor

We’re only 10 days into the season and many teams already have several games under their belts. This past weekend saw many teams compete in multiple games, and a few sides are beginning to distance themselves from the pack.

Emory takes two in Jersey

The Emory Eagles (5-0-0) traveled to Camden, NJ over the weekend for matches against two strong NJAC opponents in the 18th annual Capella Classic tournament. On Saturday, Emory squared off against the Profs of Rowan (3-2-0), followed by a matchup with the Rutgers-Camden Scarlet Raptors (3-1-1) on Sunday. The Eagles topped the Profs 1-0 in a defensive battle and found a late winner to best the Scarlet Raptors on Sunday, winning 2-1.

Against Rowan, junior Keegan McCombie scored off an assist from Jun Tsuru late in the first half

On Sunday, after a scoreless first half, the Eagles and Scarlet Raptors each picked up a goal soon after intermission. Sophomore Nate Sampson sent a bullet off the crossbar and in for his first career goal to get the Eagles on the board, while Camden’s senior defender Brian Palangi redirected a punch out from goal just 5 minutes later. Play was tough and relatively even the rest of the way, with only Eagle senior Tyler Santee finding the net with a header off a Moustafa Khattab free kick in the 78th minute to secure the 2-1 win.

Mary Washington goes to 5-0, Johns Hopkins takes down Drew

The Mary Washington Eagles (5-0-0) claimed 2 wins over the weekend, visiting Baltimore to face the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (4-1-0) on Saturday and the St. John Fisher Cardinals (0-4-0) on Sunday.

Against the Blue Jays, senior Justin Cary scored in the 4th minute to get the Eagles rolling and then again 93 minutes later for the overtime winner. Cary was assisted by senior Gary Foley and junior Lucas Turney, respectively.

On Sunday, the Eagles picked up a 2-0 win against St. John Fisher. Ken Kurtz recorded his 3rd shutout of the year.

Messiah pulls away from Montclair

The defending national champion Messiah Falcons (3-0-1) traveled to NJ over the weekend and in workmanlike fashion downed host Montclair State Red Hawks (3-1-1).

In a back-and-forth game that was closer than the scoreline suggests, the Falcons came out on top 5-1. After the visitors took a 1-0 lead into intermission they were able to convert their chances and slowly pull away from the Red Hawks. While they only had a slight 19-16 shot advantage it was the Falcons who made the most of their opportunities. Nick West had 2 goals on the night bringing his season total to 5. Messiah is now 8-0 lifetime in their series with Montclair.

Lynchburg takes out Dickinson, Christopher Newport

The Lynchburg Hornets (4-0-0) hosted the Shellenberger Classic over the weekend. They came away with one goal victories against both Dickinson (2-1-1) and Christopher Newport (3-2-0).

In a physical struggle Friday evening, the Dickinson Red Devils built a 2-0 halftime lead. But two quick goals by Hornet sophomore Abidi Osman brought the home team even by the 55th minute. Even though Lynchburg was controlling the action Red Devils senior forward Ward Van Der Water’s second goal of the game put the visitors back on top in the 66th. But Osman responded again securing the hat trick in the 72nd knotting the game at 3-3. As extra time seemed eminent Hornet sophomore Ben Mackey headed home the winner with just two minutes remaining.

It was just as physical but much more defensive against the Captains of Christopher Newport on Saturday. The teams remained scoreless through 90 minutes but it was Osman again leading the hosts. Just a minute after seeing the Hornets go down a man Osman found the net for a 1-0 victory. Senior goalkeeper Dylan McLaurin notched his 3rd shutout of the season in the win.

Franklin and Marshall tops Washington and Lee, Stockton.

The Diplomats of Franklin and Marshall (4-0-0) took a pair this weekend converting an overtime winner on Saturday against the Generals of Washington and Lee (1-3-0) and using a strong second half on Sunday to upend the Stockton Ospreys (2-3-0).

The Generals got on the board first as sophomore forward Harry Pinkerton tallied in the 25th minute. It was an even affair for the next 45 minutes or so before the Diplomats evened the game in the 71st. A.J Kopacz got his first of the season off a feed from Kane Feudtner. With the game tied after regulation and the first overtime period the Diplomats scored in the 103rd minute. Freshman defender Joshua Catan headed a cross to sophomore forward Alex Lalo who headed in the winner.

Sunday’s game against Stockton started just as tough as Saturday but the Diplomats were more efficient around the box exploding for 3 goals within 18 minutes of the 2nd half to win going away 4-1.

Carnegie Mellon over Lycoming

Senior goal keeper Alec Lamb made a diving, punch-out save with 23 seconds left to secure a 2-1 win for host Carnegie Mellon Tartans (3-0-1) over the Lycoming Warriors (2-1-1) in Pittsburg on Friday.

Upcoming this week

Lynchburg visits Mary Washington, Roanoke travels to Rowan, Franklin and Marshall head to Muhlenberg, Johns Hopkins visits York (Pa.)Montclair hosts Rutgers-Camden, and Emory hosts SUNY-Maritime.


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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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