Tufts Continues to Roll
This week saw some interesting matchups around New England. Union College dealt a couple of New England teams hurtful losses while a few others posted some solid victories. Salve Regina makes their first appearance, while Clark has dropped out.
1. Tufts (4-0)- The Jumbos continue to light up the scoreboard by putting up over 20 goals in three of their four wins. They have shot 84 for 243 (35%) as a team. John Uppgren, Beau Wood, Cole Bailey and Chris Shoenhut have combined for 57 of those goals. Huge midweek game in Baltimore against defending National Champions Stevenson on Tuesday.
2. Amherst (3-1)- The Lord Jeff’s move up four places to #2 with two impressive road wins OOC. They easily handled EConn 17-1, and followed that up with an impressive 11-10 win at Endicott. Devin Acton scored 4 goals on 5 shots against Endicott. The Jeff’s will play their 2nd CCC foe midweek as WNE comes calling.
3. Wesleyan (4-1)- A mixed bag this week, losing to Union will put a big damper on a at large NCAA bid. The Cards got out of the gate slow trailing 3-0 after the 1st. They will play Clarkson and Keene St. in Florida this week.
4. Springfield (4-1)- Like Wesleyan they lost on the road to Union. The Pride jumped out 3-0, but were outscored 10-1 rest of the way. They face Endicott in Florida this week.
5. Endicott (4-1) – Fell from the unbeaten ranks after losing at home to Amherst. High scoring Freshman Collin Bannon was held scoreless for the first time this year.
6. Bowdoin (4-1)- The Polar Bears were looking strong heading into the week, but were dealt a huge OOC loss to Nazareth, in a neutral field game. They were able to rebound on the weekend with a win at Hamilton, 9-8 in 3 OT. Will Wise scored the game winner.
7. Williams (4-1)- A 2-0 week for the Purple Cows. Castleton St. provided little resistance in a 16-3 win. On the weekend Andy Grabowski scored three 4th quarter goals to trip up Conn College 7-6. They will face Bates next weekend
8. Conn College (3-2)- Beside the loss to Williams the Camels posted a 15-6 win over Wheaton.
9. Colby (3-1)- After winning their first three Tufts gave the Mules a reality check with a 20-8 beatdown.
10. Keene St. (1-3) – Well deserved break for the Owls this weekend. They are 1-3, but have played a brutal schedule. Looks like they are big favorites in Little East this year.
11. Middlebury (1-3)- The Panthers continue to struggle in NESCAC play at 0-3. Where is the offense? Only 23 goals for the season.
12. Western New England (1-4)- Finally in the win column with 10-5 win over Trinity. On the weekend they were buried by the number one team in the country, RIT 18-6. The Golden Bears have played an OOC schedule second to none and have taken some lumps. It won’t get any easier with Tufts and Amherst this week. However, they will be there in the end competing for the CCC title.
13. Roger Williams (5-1) – The Hawks continue to impress with two road wins at the Cenntenial Conference’s Swarthmore 8-7 and Babson 10-9 in OT. Will Seifert scored the game winner in both games. UMass Dartmouth is a tricky midweek game before welcoming Endicott on Saturday.
14. Hamilton (1-4)-Got their first win over Utica, but are 0-3 in the NESCAC. All three losses are by one goal…OUCH.
15. Trinity (1-3) -The Bantams also got their first win of the season 8-7 over Bates. Looks like they will be fighting with the Bobcats to stay out of the NESCAC cellar.
16. Bates (1-3)- See Trinity
17. EConn (2-3)- What is wrong with these guys? Were supposed one of the top teams in New England. Instead they have put up some shocking losses. None more puzzling than the 17-1 thrashing they took at home from Amherst. Played a little better on the weekend but were still blown out by Cortland 12-4. Can they get their act together to make a run at the Little East title?
18. UMass Dartmouth (4-0)- Have been blowing out weaker teams, is this the year to compete for the Little East title? EConn seems to be ripe for the taking. Big test against Roger Williams midweek should give us a good idea of how good they are.
19. Babson (2-4)- Tough OT loss to Roger Williams on Saturday. They will travel out west this week to take on Colorado College and Southwestern.
20. Salve Regina (6-0)- Hard to ignore these guys as they make their first appearance in our rankings. They have not played a tough schedule at all but let’s see how they perform in the CCC. Midfielder Curtis McKeon is doing it all with 16g, 3a while going 88/124 (71%) at the face-off X.
1st Star: Beau Wood, Tufts: For the third week in a row a Jumbo is one of our stars. In two games the Senior Tufts attackman put up 10g and 6a on 28 shots in wins over Colby and Stevens.
2nd Star: Andy Grabowski, Williams: Scored three times in the 4th quarter and added an assist to lead the Eph’s over Conn College in NESCAC action.
3rd Star: Mike Hanna, Roger Williams: Shot 5 for 9 and added an assist in OT to lead the Hawks over Babson. The midfielder also chipped in 1g, 1a in a win at Swarthmore.