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Wingate surged into the top spot of the latest NSCAA rankings after a 2-1 victory against Carson-Newman. Defender Alex Nelson opened the scoring, and kept the game tight as Nate Evans eventually came up with the winner in overtime.
Continuing to anchor one of the best defenses in Division II, UC San Diego netminder Cameron McElfresh added two more shutouts to his name as the Tritons defeated ranked opponents Cal State LA and Cal State Dominguez Hills. McElfresh came up with 10 saves across the two games, as UC San Diego extended its unbeaten streak to seven games.
Two goals from Roy Abergil paved the way for Colorado Mesa University to see off a challenge from CSU Pueblo with a 4-0 win. Abergil’s brace brought his season total to 19, good for second in Division II.
A goal and an assist for Hugo Gutierrez ensured that California Baptist returned from its trip to Hawaii with all three points, as they held off Hawaii Pacific by a 2-1 score.
Another 90-minute shift from Sierra Shugarts helped Western Washington stay on the winning track, shutting out Concordia by a 1-0 score line. Shugarts also went the full 90 in a 2-0 defeat of Western Oregon on October 13.
West Chester needed overtime in Saturday’s clash against Slippery Rock, eventually coming away with a 13th straight win. Jenny Bail notched the assist on both West Chester goals, including Julianne Minutillo’s winner.
The Rockhurst attack was on a roll over the weekend, thanks in part to the contributions of Brandi Vollmer. After netting the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win against McKendree on October 14, she setup two more goals in a 6-1 victory over Illinois Springfield.
A goal-scoring rampage from Adelphi senior midfielder Morgan Santoro helped to power the Panthers to a pair of lopsided wins. Santoro struck twice in Saturday’s 5-1 defeat of Franklin Pierce, and she added a hat trick in an October 18 win against Pace.
Junior forward Katie O’Laughlin continues to lead the CCAA in goals after scoring twice over the past week for UC San Diego. O’Laughlin provided insurance tallies in wins against Cal State LA and Cal State Dominguez Hills.
Franklin and Marshall won its regional clash against Johns Hopkins, as defender Ben Wild accounted for the game’s lone strike.
Wins over Rowan and Stevens Institute of Technology extended Rutgers-Newark’s winning streak to 10 games overall. Rutgers sent Rowan to its first defeat of 2016, as Fabio De Sousa found the back of the net twice in the Saturday result. In Tuesday’s win against Stevens, Sebastian Gostynski scored twice for the victors.
It was a crazy, back-and-forth clash on Saturday between Carthage and Millikin, with the former eventually emerging as 4-3 winners. Senior Carthage forward Austin Bitta was involved in all four goals, scoring two and setting up the other two in the shootout win.
Senior forward Marisa Weaver scored twice as Messiah edged a Tuesday clash against Stevenson. It marked the program’s 10th straight win. Weaver also setup the game winner in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Albright.
It was a successful senior day for the University of Chicago, as it battled to a 2-0 win against NYU on Sunday. Jenna McKinney had a hand in both goals, scoring one and setting up the other. She also found the back of the net in Friday’s 2-1 victory over Brandeis.
Playing two games in two days, Knox picked up two wins to maintain its unbeaten 2016 campaign. Kayla Brown found the back of the net twice to help the Prairie Fire best Lake Forest College, and substitute Kelsie Pos fired Knox past Ripon College with the game’s only goal.