September 25, 2018

Atlantic Spotlight, Wk 4

By Contributor

Unexpected outcomes and upsets were hard to come by during the fourth week of the collegiate season, but some of the Atlantic Region’s most consistent teams have continued to churn out positive results heading into the heart of conference play. Let’s take a look:

Messiah gets by York (Pa.)

Senior Nick West scored on a free kick in the 51st minute for the game’s only goal as the No. 3 Messiah Falcons (7-0-1) held off a very solid effort by the Spartans of York (Pa.) (5-3-0). It was West’s 11th of the season, putting him near the top of the national leaderboard.

Lynchburg returns to the pitch, records two shutouts

After being off the pitch for a week to deal with the impacts of Hurricane Florence, the No. 7 Lynchburg Hornets (6-0-1 /2-0-0) picked up right where they left off by shutting out a pair of conference rivals. On Wednesday, they hosted the Wasps of Emory and Henry (5-3-0 / 0-2-0) where they earned a 1-0 win. On Saturday, the Hornets traveled to Greensboro, NC, and upended the Guilford Quakers (3-3-0 / 0-1-0) by a 2-0 score.

Against the Wasps, junior Robert Dunham scored the first goal of his career in the 51st minute off a cross from sophomore Abidi Osman. The Hornets took 25 shots, put 13 on goal and had an 11-1 corner-kick edge. But Wasp sophomore goalie Cole Ervin kept his team in the match, making an impressive 12 saves.

In Greensboro, the Hornets again dominated play, out-shooting the Quakers 21-6 and earning a 6-0 advantage in corner-kicks. Senior Dan Friedberg scored the game winner from 30 yards out in the 30th minute. A Quaker own goal a few moments later made it 2-0. Senior goalie Dylan McLaurin notched his 6th shutout of the season.

Diplomats negotiate two wins

The No. 12 Franklin and Marshall Diplomats (7-0-1 / 1-0-1) turned in two good performances this past week. On Wednesday, in New Jersey to take on the William Paterson Pioneers (5-2-1 / 1-1-0), they muscled out a 3-0 win. Returning home Saturday, they squared off against Centennial Conference foe Haverford (3-4-0 / 1-1-0) and earned a tough 2-1 overtime decision.

After the long bus ride to New Jersey, F&M controlled the game against William Paterson. They put 12 of their 16 shots on net and got goals from senior Ryan Fincher in the 35th minute and senior Ugo Okolie just a few seconds into the 2nd half. Fincher beat the Pioneers keeper one-on-one while Okolie converted a defensive turnover into his first goal of the season. Sebastian Jenkins posted the shutout in goal for the Diplomats.

Then, on Saturday, the Diplomats and Fords battled through a scoreless first half with, each team notching just two shots a piece. And, while the home team started to take control in the second half, an own goal gave the visitors a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute. Conner Whitacre cleaned up a rebound in front to tie the score 20 minutes later. Before regulation time ended each team failed to convert penalty kick opportunities.

Just a little more than 5 minutes into the first overtime period F&M got the game winner. Junior defender Max Geuder launch a long pass that freshman forward Steven Yakima headed home. It was first goal of Yakita’s career and it was a big one.

Mary Washington Eagles post two more shutouts

This past week the No. 13 Mary Washington Eagles (7-0-1) posted their 5th and 6th shutouts of the early season against two very good non-conference opponents. Wednesday, at home, they topped the Catholic Cardinals (4-2-0) 2-0 and then travelled to Chester, PA on Saturday to take a 1-0 victory against the Widener Pride (4-3-1).

In a very even game against the Cardinals, senior Will Donahue scored in the 43rd minute off a touch from sophomore Joe Hatcher for a 1-0 halftime lead. Midway through a back-and-forth 2nd senior Connor MacMurty headed in a corner from junior Gabriel Soriano to seal the win.

On Saturday, sophomore Nik Jackson was subbed in in the 28th minute and immediately scored his first of the season. It wound up as the only goal of the day. The assist went to senior Justin Carey.

Sophomore Ken Kurtz was in goal for each of the shutouts.

On the road Tartans win one, tie one

On Friday the No. 11 Carnegie Mellon Tartans travelled to Grove City, PA where they handed the Wolverines (5-1-2) their first loss of the season. On Sunday they headed west into Ohio for a match against the John Carroll Blue Streaks (4-3-1). That one wound up a nil-nil draw.

In Grove City, senior Zack Masciopinto scored his 6th of the season midway through the first half. Sophomore Patrick Kollman added another just before the break to complete the 2-0 win. Sophomore Alex Singh posted the clean sheet in goal.

The visit to the Cleveland suburbs was a tough one for the Tartans. The Blue Streaks stood toe-to-toe and absorbed fairly constant Tartan pressure but did not back down nor break. There were a combined 31 fouls in the game.

Alex Singh was again in goal for the Tartans while Liam McIntosh was between the pipes for the Blue Streak.

Ramapo stays undefeated, TCNJ falters

Early on in the game, Joe Fala turned a through ball from Jorge Castro into his 11th goal of the season. Later, in overtime, Fala converted a penalty kick to lead the Ramapo Roadrunners (8-0-0 / 2-0-0) to 2-1 win over NJAC rival an.d No. 19 TCNJ (7-2-0) (1-1-0). Fala’s 12 goals also puts him near the top of the national leaderboard.

This was the 2nd loss of the week for the previously unbeaten TCNJ Lions as earlier they fell to Drew (7-2-0) by a 4-3 score in overtime.

Montclair tops Rowan

In another important NJAC matchup, the Montclair State Red Hawks (8-1-1 / 2-0-0) hosted the Rowan Profs (6-3-0 / 1-1-0) Saturday afternoon and came away with a 1-0 victory.

The teams combined for 35 shots and 27 fouls in a tough back-and-forth affair. The only breakthrough came in the 67th minute when freshman Michael Knapp intercepted a clearing attempt by the Profs’ defense and chipped a nice ball in to junior Nixon Slogo who buried it for his 5th of the year.

The balance of the game saw the Profs with many near-miss opportunities – including bouncing one off the crossbar with 90 seconds left – and the Red Hawks doing just enough to preserve the win.

Senior Mike Saalfrank earned the clean sheet in goal for the Red Hawks.

Lycoming trending up

On Saturday the Lycoming Warriors (6-1-1) hosted the Captains of Christopher Newport (3-4-0) and clawed their way to a 2-1 overtime win. Junior Jimmy Wilcox sneaked one in in the first minute of OT to earn the win.

While mostly controlling play, the Warriors found themselves down 1-0 at the break. It took until the 69th minute to even the score. Sophomore Josh Cruz sent a free kick from 35-yards out pinging off the crossbar and into the net. It was his 2nd of the season.

Still undefeated

Penn State – Harrisburg extended to 10-0-0. Sophomore Joey Aman has 9 goal which also puts him on the national leaderboard.


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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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