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Maryland new #1; Sjoberg Player of the Week

Article Written by Robert Ziegler
Published: September 17, 2012

A pair of victories and an upset loss by previous #1 North Carolina has lifted Sasho Cirovski’s Maryland Terrapins  to the top of the TopDrawerSoccer.com Tournament 48 National Ranking this week.

The ranking is an effort to project the postseason NCAA Tournament field of 48 each week, including the automatic qualifiers from every DI conference. The ranking update is posted after reviewing all results from the previous week.

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Undefeated Connecticut moves to #2 while the Tar Heels fall to #3. Akron, UC Santa Barbara and New Mexico all move up a spot within the top 10 after a loss by Creighton to Old Dominion, who is a big upward mover this week.

The complete ranking.

Meanwhile, Marquette defender Axel Sjoberg is our TopDrawerSoccer.com Men’s College Player of the Week after an impressive weekend to help the Golden Eagles past Michigan and Michigan State.

First, Sjoberg went 90 minutes in the back line and scored both goals in a 2-1 home victory over the Wolverines. Then he played 107 minutes before tallying the golden goal that lifted undefeated Marquette past Michigan State 2-1.

The honor, along with the 11-player Team of the Week, is awarded each week after a review of match reports through DI Men’s Soccer.

The entire Team of the Week is as follows:

GK: James Belshaw, Duke Recorded 7 saves and scored a goal to help Duke to a pair of shutout wins.

D: Damian Rosales, SMU Played 184 minutes in the back line to help the Mustangs record a pair of shutout wins.

D: Axel Sjoberg, Marquette Played 197 minutes and scored 3 goals, including an overtime winner against Michigan State, as the Golden Eagles won twice.

D: Nikko Boxall, Northwestern Played 191 minutes in the back  to help the Wildcats to a pairof shutout wins, scoring a goal in the process.

M: Christian McLaughlin, James Madison Stalwart midfielder scored the winning goal from the penalty spot as James Madison knocked off #1 North Carolina.

F: Leonardo Fernandes, Stony Brook Scored 3 goals and added an assist to help the squad to a pair of wins.

F: Will Bates, Virginia Scored a hat trick for the Cavaliers.

F: Jordan Ongaro, San Diego StateScored 4 goals to help the Aztecs to a pair of wins.

F: Jake Pace, Maryland Scored twice off the bench to help the Terrapins to a pair of victories.

F: Achille Campion, UC Santa BarbaraScored twice as the Gauchos picked up a pair of wins.

F: Andy Riemer, Georgetown Scored 3 goals for the Hoyas in their win over Penn.

Player of the Week:  Axel Sjoberg, Marquette

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