MEN'S NEWS ...Englishman James Belshaw has quickly earned the reputation as one of the top young goalies in college soccer, but the Duke freshman could do nothing in the face of a Davidson onslaught. The streaking Wildcats scored twice in the first eight minutes and went on to beat the No. 6 Blue Devils, 4-1, on Tuesday night in front of 1,487 fans in Alumni Stadium.
Trinidadian Yannick Pilgrim scored two goals, and Southern Conference scoring leader Charlie Reiter and freshman Brian McGue each had one for Davidson. "Yannick showed his class again tonight," said Davidson coach Matt Spear. "He is just dynamite. His pace and his finishing are surreal. He had one of those games where you just couldn't catch him."
Unranked Davidson improved to 9-1-0 with its seventh straight win. "I went into this game thinking we could win because the guys have played so well and have come so far already this season," said Spear. "They just believe that their way, their system, and their patterns are working so precisely, and so sharply, that they can win every single game."
* GAME OF THE DAY:
Oct. 6 in Davidson, N.C.
Davidson 4 Duke 1.Goals: McGue (Reiter) 3, Pilgrim (Bostwick) 9, Reiter (Zipin) 57, Pilgrim 77; Thomas (Grossman) 25.
Davidson -- Sanders, Shannon, Macnamara, Bostwick, Page, Millard, Caskey, Zipin, McGue, Pilgrim, Reiter. Subs: Goldsberry, Roark, Hayes, Hambleton, Bracken, DiLallo, Ramsay, Smith, Turner, Paras, Boulding, Simms, Shelton.
Duke --Belshaw, Ibeagha, Sih, Wenger, Molinar, McDaniel, Grossman, Bienenfeld, Thomas, Harrison, Finley. Subs: D.Tweed-Kent, Ruffing, C.Tweed-Kent, Brown, Lewis, Trnka-Amrhein.
* HUSKIES BREAK OUT. Connecticut is showing signs of breaking out of a season-long scoring slump. Sophomore Tony Cascio scored two goals and added two assists and freshman Carlos Alvarez had his first career goal to go along with two assists in the No. 13 Huskies' 4-0 win over Providence Tuesday night at Morrone Stadium.
The four goals were the most of the season for UConn, which had scored only nine goals in its first nine games. What's saved the Huskies is their defense. The victory was their fourth shutout win in a row.
* TUESDAY'S TOP 25 ACTION:
No. 3 North Carolina 1(Schuler 75) Liberty 0.
Davidson 4 (McGue 3, Pilgrim 9, 77, Reiter 57) No. 6 Duke 1 (Thomas 25).
UNC Greensboro 0 No. 7 Wake Forest 3 (Schilawski 7, da Luz 32, Bone 82).
No. 10 Maryland 1 (Forbess 26) Loyola (Ill.) 0.
Big East:No. 13 Connecticut 4 (Alvarez 7, Ponce 19, Cascio 21, 60) Providence 0.
No. 25 N.C. State 2 (Sanchez 64, Zuerne 90) Wofford 0.
Big East:Pittsburgh 0 No. 25 West Virginia 0.
* DETROIT SHAKEUP. Midway through his 18th season at Detroit, Morris Lupenec resigned, handing the reigns of the program over to assistant coach Nick Deren. A day later, the Titans beat visiting Buffalo, 3-1, to give Deren the win in his debut and snap an eight-game winless streak.
Sophomore Sam Seppo broke open Tuesday's game with two second-half goals. "It felt so good to score today," said Seppo. "I felt like I got a monkey off my back because I have been missing finishes this season."
Lupenec was only the second coach in UDM history. He compiled a 150-153-42 record, including 1-8-1 this season. He was Horizon League Coach of the Year in 1995, 1996 and 2005.
* LEADING SCORERS:
PLAYER, SCHOOL GOALS
1. Andrew Bulls, UMBC 13
2. JC Banks, Green Bay 10
3. Chris Cutshaw, Bradley 9
- Matthew Skonicki, Winthrop 9
- Andrew Wiedeman, California 9
5. Saeed Sulemana Baba, Western Mich. 8
- Andy Stadler, George Washington 8
- Giovanni Destasio, Iona 8
- Matt Eliason, Northwestern 8
- Mauro Fuzetti, Michigan 8
- Levi Houapeu, UMBC 8
(Statistics are through games played Oct. 4.)