Despite Loss, UMASS #1 for Third Straight Week
Fairfield, CT – Despite losing a tough game in overtime to Brown, the UMass Minutemen stay at the top spot in the third week of the NEILA Coaches Poll. Junior midfielder Daniel Mellynchuk’s scored his second goal of the game for Brown with 2:31 remaining in overtime to take down the Minutemen, 9-8. With the win, Brown makes their first appearance in the NEILA poll this season coming in at the #6 spot.
Fairfield comes in at the two spot for the second straight week after a week in which they went 1-1. After losing to Hofstra earlier in the week, the Stags rebounded with a 14-9 win over UMBC. The Stags are ranked 17th in this week’s USILA rankings.
The Yale Bulldogs come in at #3 after winning their first game of the sea- son, a 15-8 win over then ranked Albany Great Danes. Sophomore Conrad Oberbeck scored six goals for the Bulldogs in the win.
Undefeated Quinnipiac moves up a spot to #4 after a a 12-10 win over Detroit. Quinnipiac is now ranked #20 in the USILA rankings. Basil Kostaras and Michael Sagl each recorded hat tricks for the Bobcats, who improved to 2-0 for the first time since the 2008 season.
Providence also moves up a spot to #5 after defeating Manhattan 12-9 on Saturday. NEILA player of the week Andrew Barton recorded two goals and four assists, totaling six points in the win. The Friars are 3-0 for the first time since 2000.
Harvard and Holy Cross round out the top eight. Harvard defeated Holy Cross last Tuesday 16-12, before falling to Hofstra on Saturday, 10-5. Holy Cross would rebound from that loss to take out Sacred Heart, 11-9, on Saturday in Fairfield.
This is a busy upcoming week for the NEILA, there are 15 games this week that feature atleast one NEILA team. Holy Cross, Vermont and Bryant all travel to take on ranked opponents this week.
1. UMass (3-1)
2. Fairfield (3-2)
3. Yale (1-1)
4. Quinnipiac (2-0)
5. Providence (3-0)
6. Brown (1-1)
7. Harvard (1-2)
8. Holy Cross (2-2)
Anaconda/Sports Lids NEILA Player of the Week
Andrew Barton –Junior Midfield, 6-4/185 – Timonium, MD
Barton tallied two goals and 4 assists for a game high 6 points in Providence’s 12-9 win over Manhattan on Saturday, March 2. Providence is 3-0 for the first time since 2000. On the season, Barton has six goals and six assists, totaling 12 points.