Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Soccer Notebook 9.11

pictured: Lisa Nichols, Dickinson

This is the first of our weekly Soccer Notebooks ... hope you enjoy.

Going Polling
The Centennial women have one team that is nationally ranked and three that are regionally ranked this week ... Johns Hopkins comes in at No. 19 in the NSCAA Division III poll, while the Blue Jays are third in the Mid-Atlantic region ... Swarthmore is ranked #5 and Muhlenberg holds down the No. 9 position.

On the men's side ... Johns Hopkins is ranked 10th nationally, while Franklin & Marshall moves into the national poll at No. 18 ... CC teams hold down five of the top eight spots in the regional poll ... Hopkins and F&M are 2-3, followed by Swarthmore (T-4), Dickinson (7) and Muhlenberg (8).

By the Numbers
Dickinson F Lisa Nichols (North Granby, CT / Granby Memorial) leads the CC in scoring with 5-5-15, while Muhlenberg's Christina O'Grady (Mechanicsburg, PA / Cumberland Valley) is next with 3-3-9 ... Swarthmore GK Lauren Walker (Fallston, MD / Hotchkiss School)and Ursinus GK Ashley Potter (East Stroudsburg, PA / East Stroudsburg) have yet to allow a goal this season ... Franklin & Marshall F Ryan McGonigle (Chadds Fords, PA / Unionville) has 7-2-16 to lead the men in scoring, while Hopkins' Scott Bukoski (Sagamore, MA / Bourne) has 5-1-11 ... three keepers have yet to allow a goal in men's play.

Odds and Ends
Swarthmore's Lauren Walker (Fallston, MD / Hotchkiss School) has a scoreless streak of 266:37 dating to last season ... the Muhlenberg women are undefeated through four games for the first time since 1991, including a 1-0-1 record against two teams that made the NCAA tournament a year ago ... Hopkins has 92 all-time Centennial victories and is eight shy of becoming the second CC team to reach 100 (Gettysburg) ... Haverford junior GK Lindsay Festa (Old Field, NY / Stony Brook School) set a program record with her 15th career shutout in the 1-0 win at Pomona-Pitzer ... Dickinson F Lisa Nichols (North Granby, CT / Granby Memorial) scored four goals and added five assists in a 2-0 weekend.

Did you know that Johns Hopkins' men's team has never won a Centennial title in an odd-numbered year? ... the Blue Jays have won six Conference championships in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006 ... Hopkins is unbeaten in its last 23 games at Homewood Field ... under coach Matt Smith, the Jays are 134-10-10 at home ... Smith is now the winningest coach in Centennial history with 226 wins, one better than Muhlenberg's Jeff Tipping (1986-01) ... Dickinson's Magen Mintz (Cherry Hill, NJ / East) scored a natural hat trick in a span of 11:09 in the win over Delaware Valley ... Franklin & Marshall F Ryan McGonigle (Chadds Ford, PA / Unionville) scored five goals and dished out a pair of assists as the Diplomats won the Blue Jay Classic at Elizabethtown last weekend ... Muhlenberg won its third straight 2-0 match to open the season - the third straight year in which 'Berg began with three shutouts ... Washington senior GK Marc Petrucci (Avondale, PA / Avon Grove) has a 94.6 save percentage.

Games to Watch
Saturday opens Conference play on the men's side with two matches pitting undefeated opponents ... Swarthmore (3-0-2) welcomes Johns Hopkins (5-0) to Clothier Field, while Muhlenberg (3-0) comes to Lancaster to face Franklin & Marshall (4-0).

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