Notebook: Testing Perfection
April 30, 2009
By Amy Farnum Novin
TESTING PERFECTION: Roanoke College eclipsed the Old Dominion Athletic Conference single-season mark for victories as the No. 1 Maroons posted a 17-12 win over Hampden-Sydney in the league semifinals on April 28 to remain unbeaten on the year.
Justin Tuma tallied three goals and 11 groundballs, and was 11-of-15 in face-offs as the Maroons put their first-ever No. 1 ranking as a Division III program to the test.
The Maroons will host Washington & Lee in the ODAC Championship on May 3. Roanoke claimed the last meet against the Generals with a 14-13 overtime victory in the fourth meeting decided by one goal between the two squads. The ODAC winner is poised to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
NO BACKING DOWN: Haverford College produced its first-ever undefeated season in Centennial Conference play as the Fords rallied from a 4-1 halftime deficit for a 9-7 win over Swarthmore College on April 25.
The Fords’ 8-0 record against CC play is the most wins against league foes in program history. Travis Gregory scored the first of his two goals 12 seconds into the second half to spark a four-goal run over a six-minute span.
No. 8 Haverford is the top-seeded squad in the CC Championship and will take on McDaniel College on May 1 in semifinal action.
GOLDEN GUYS: No. 12 Western New England stretched its winning streak to eight games with a convincing 17-5 quarterfinal win over University of New England in The Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship on April 28.
Senior Brody Savoie was one of three players to net three goals in the win as the native of Wilbraham, Mass., improved his season point total to 43, which ranks second on the squad.
Freshman goalkeeper Brewster Knowlton, who entered the contest leading the nation with a 5.67 goals against average, allowed just one score in 23 minutes of action.
The Golden Bears will host Salve Regina in a TCCC semifinal contest on April 30.
NOTABLE: Ithaca College (14-1) boasts its best record through 15 games in program history and is the top-seeded team in the Empire 8 Tournament. The Bombers will host Nazareth on May 1 in semifinal action … Second-ranked Middlebury looks to reclaim its reign New England Small College Athletic Conference champion as the Panthers enter the league tournament as the No. 1 seed and on a 12-game winning streak. The Panthers won seven consecutive NESCAC titles (2001-07) before falling to Williams, 11-10, in overtime of last year’s semifinal round … Gettysburg College will ride a nine-game winning streak into the Centennial Conference Championship as the Bullets look to win their sixth straight league title. It is the first time since 2004 the Bullets are not the top seed or hosting the tournament as Haverford claimed that right with its unbeaten league slate. During their current winning streak, Gettysburg has compiled a stellar 5.67 goals against average, allowing double-digit goals just once during the stretch in an 11-10 win over then-No. 1 Salisbury … Plattsburgh junior attack Luke Weidlein tallied a season-high six goals as he paced the Cardinals in a victory at Brockport to secure the program’s first-ever postseason berth in the SUNYAC Tournament. The native of Seaford, N.Y., also became the school’s all-time leading scorer with 173 points, and was named the league’s Co-Player of the Week for his accomplishments.