CAA Men's Soccer Report - Sept. 17
Christian McLaughlin • James Madison
Sr., Forward, Herndon, Va./Herndon
McLaughlin scored the game-winning goal in JMU's 1-0 upset of top-ranked and defending national champion North Carolina last Tuesday. The senior midfielder converted a penalty kick in the 42nd minute for the only score of the game. He also had two shots in a 2-1 CAA win over Hofstra.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Bjarki Adalsteinsson • James Madison
Fr., Defender, Kopavogur, Iceland
Adalsteinsson anchored JMU's defensive effort in wins over #1 North Carolina (1-0) and previously unbeaten CAA foe Hofstra (2-1). The freshman organized the Dukes' defense from his center back position and won several balls that were key in both victories.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Terence Carter • Northeastern
Fr., Forward, London, England
Carter scored the game-winning goal with 1:31 left in the second overtime to lift Northeastern to a 1-0 triumph at Fairfield last Saturday. The freshman, who was making his first collegiate start, converted a cross from Don Anding for the first goal of his career.
Around The League:
ODU RANKED #4 IN THE NATION: Old Dominion is ranked #4 nationally by College Soccer News and #13 by Top Drawer Soccer this week after improving to 6-0 with victories over nationally ranked Creighton (2-1) and Drake (4-1). Unbeaten George Mason (6-0) moved up to #37 in the Top Drawer poll and James Madison entered the poll at #43. Last week, ODU was ranked #5 by Soccer America and #14 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll, while Mason received votes in the NSCAA poll. Both the NSCAA and Soccer America will release new polls on Tuesday.
NATIONAL HONORS FOR HOPKINSON, MCLAUGHLIN: ODU junior forward Tim Hopkinson and JMU senior midfielder Christian McLaughlin were chosen to National Teams of the Week on Sept. 17. Hopkinson, who earned three National Player of the Week accolades on Sept. 10, made the College Soccer News squad after scoring twice in the Monarchs' 2-1 road win at nationally ranked Creighton. McLaughlin was chosen to the Top Drawer Soccer team after scoring the game-winning goal in JMU's triumph over top-ranked North Carolina.
FIVE CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: Five CAA teams are among the top 10 in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire South Atlantic Region rankings. Old Dominion leads the group of CAA squads at #2, George Mason remained at #3, James Madison is #6, Northeastern is #8 and Hofstra is ranked 9th.
NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS: The CAA continued to perform well in non-conference play last week as the league's 11 teams combined for a 9-7-1 record and are 36-22-6 for the year. George Mason and Old Dominion are still undefeated and seven teams have .500 or better winning percentages. The CAA tied a league record with four teams earning NCAA Tournament berths in 2011.
JMU UPSETS #1 NORTH CAROLINA: Senior Christian McLaughlin converted a penalty kick in the 42nd minute to lift James Madison to a 1-0 victory over top-ranked and defending national champion North Carolina last Tuesday. The game was played before a crowd of 1,531 at JMU's University Park. Junior goalkeeper Colin Newcity made three saves and recorded his second shutout of the season for the Dukes.
ODU DOWNS NATIONALLY RANKED CREIGHTON: Old Dominion knocked off another nationally ranked opponent last Friday as it rallied for a 2-1 triumph at #2 Creighton before a crowd of 6,848. Junior Tim Hopkinson, who leads the CAA in goals (7) and points (18), scored both goals for the Monarchs in the win. ODU completed the Creighton Classic by rolling past Drake 4-1 on Sunday. Jordan LeBlanc had two goals and Chris Harmon had two assists in the victory. Hopkinson was named tournament MVP, while Harmon, LeBlanc and goalkeeper Victor Francoz made the all-tournament team. The unbeaten Monarchs host #1/#2 Maryland on Tuesday night.
MASON REMAINS UNDEFEATED: George Mason is off to a 6-0 start for the first time since 1985 after defeating UMBC 2-1 last Saturday. The Patriots got both goals in the opening 30 minutes of the match. Sophomore Timi Mulgrew scored for the fourth time this season just 7:35 into the contest. Senior Taylor Morgan recorded the eventual game-winner in the 29th minute as he found the net for the fifth time this year off assists from Mulgrew and Ahmed Ismail.
JMU EDGES HOFSTRA 2-1 IN CAA OPENER: JMU extended its school-record home unbeaten streak to 15 games (13-0-2) with a 2-1 win over previously unbeaten Hofstra last Saturday in the opening CAA match of the season. The Dukes took a 1-0 lead on Tom Fouhy's goal in the 33rd minute, but the Pride drew even less than four minutes later as Chris Griebsch converted a 28-yard free kick. Sophomore Josh Grant tallied the game-winner for JMU with 17:35 remaining. CAA play continues on Saturday as Towson hosts Georgia State, Northeastern travels to William & Mary, Drexel entertains William & Mary and UNCW visits George Mason.
PAGE PUSHES DREXEL PAST LAFAYETTE: Junior Nathan Page's goal in the 84th minute gave Drexel a 1-0 victory over Lafayette last Wednesday. It was the first goal in nearly two years for Page, who tallied a team-high six goals in 2010 before missing nearly all of last season due to injury. Goalkeeper Tim Washam made four saves and earned his second consecutive shutout as the Dragons have won three in a row for the first time since 2010.
NU'S CARTER SCORES OT GAME-WINNER: Northeastern earned its school-record third double-overtime victory of the season last Saturday with a 1-0 triumph at Fairfield. Freshman forward Terence Carter netted the game-winner on his first collegiate shot as he converted a cross from Don Anding with 1:31 to play. Anding leads NU with six points and has registered a point in four straight contests. Goalkeeper Dylan Faber made five saves and earned his first collegiate shutout.
DELAWARE GOES 1-0-1: Delaware was unbeaten in two matches last week, battling to a 1-1 draw in its home opener with Navy before picking up a 1-0 victory at Columbia. Junior John Dineen headed in a 40-yard free kick from Kyle Nuel in the 71st minute for the game-winner at Columbia. Goalkeeper Jay Lupas made three saves to earn the shutout and his first collegiate victory. Sophomore Stephen Bruno scored his first career goal in the first half of UD's tie with Navy.
TRIBE SPLITS AT CREIGHTON CLASSIC: William & Mary split two matches at the Creighton Classic, downing Drake 4-1 on Friday before falling to #2 Creighton 2-1 on Sunday. Junior Chris Perez scored a goal versus Drake and assisted on Patrick O'Brien's goal in the 23rd minute against Creighton that put W&M on top 1-0. The Tribe also got goals from Ben Anderson, Marcus Luster and Ryan Flesch in the Drake victory. Perez and Luster were chosen to the all-tournament team.
GSU ROLLS PAST GEORGIA SOUTHERN: Georgia State downed in-state rival Georgia Southern 3-0 last Friday. Freshman William Mellors-Blair scored the Panthers' first two goals and Yasser Majluf contributed two assists. GSU also got a goal from Peter Vania in the victory.
BONNER STRIKES TWICE FOR UNCW: Freshman forward Colin Bonner came off the bench to score two game-tying goals in UNCW's last-second 3-2 loss to Binghamton on Sunday. His second goal came on a breakaway in the 81st minute and tied the contest at 2-2. Bonner became the seventh different UNCW player to score a goal this season. The Seahawks fell 1-0 to St. Mary's last Friday.
PETERMANN MATCHES SEASON-HIGH FOR SAVES: Towson freshman goalkeeper Felix Petermann matched his season high with four saves in the Tigers' setbacks to Loyola (2-0) and Cincinnati (1-0) last week. Petermann has allowed one goal or fewer in four of his six outings this season.