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Akron remains No. 1 in RPI Index
by Paul Kennedy, November 11th, 2009 8:15AM



MEN'S NEWS ... No. 1 Akron is first in the final Division I Men's RPI Index the NCAA will release before the 48-team field for the 2009 NCAA championship is released. Seven ACC teams and five Big Ten teams are in the top 25. Eleven different conferences are represented

RPI Index

1 Akron, Mid-American
2 Wake Forest, ACC
3 Northwestern, Big Ten
4 North Carolina, ACC
5 UCLA, Pac-10
6 Indiana, Big Ten
7 Virginia, ACC
8 Harvard, Ivy
9 San Diego, WCC
10 Tulsa, Conference USA
11 Ohio St., Big Ten
12 Duke, ACC
13 Penn St., Big Ten
14 Princeton, Ivy
15 Loyola Marymount, WCC
16 Maryland, ACC
17 Michigan St., Big Ten
18 Stanford, Pac-10
19 Butler, Horizon
20 Monmouth, Northeast
21 St. John's, Big East
22 San Diego St., Pac-10
23 Charlotte, Atlantic 10
24 Boston College, ACC
25 North Carolina State, ACC

Player of the Week: Nick Schuermann, Wofford
Team of the Week

* CLEMSON TAKES ACC OPENER. Tournament week began Tuesday with a first-round ACC game between Clemson and Virginia Tech. The No. 9 seed Tigers advanced with a 2-0 win thanks to a pair of goals by Nathan Thornton. Their reward: a quarterfinal match with top seed Wake Forest on Wednesday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. "I'm very happy for the guys," said Clemson coach Paul Hindson.  "It prolongs the season another day and we'll see what happens tomorrow.  It was a good performance and they worked really hard.  We're just happy to move on."

-- In the Horizon League quarterfinals, Valparaiso defeated Milwaukee, 4-0, in a game marred by a brawl, while UIC's season came to an end when it fell at Cleveland State in a shootout.

Scoreboard Men's Conference Tournaments

* ACC AWARDS. Wake Forest midfielder Corben Bone was named the 2009 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, and Wake defender Ike Opara, who was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year.

Joining Bone and Opara on the 2009 All-ACC first-team are Duke's Andrew Wenger, the 2009 Freshman of the Year, Maryland's Jason Herrick and Zac MacMath, North Carolina's Michael Farfan, Zach Loyd and Billy Schuler, N.C. State's Alan Sanchez and Wake seniors Austin da Luz and Zach Schilawski. Wake Forest head coach Jay Vidovich was selected as the 2009 ACC Coach of the Year, his fifth Coach of the Year honor.

-- Wisconsin-Green Bay junior JC Banks, son of former U.S. World Cup player, was named Horizon League Player and Offensive Player of the Year, while Butler University sophomore Matt Hedges has been awarded Defensive Player of the Year and teammate Julian Cardona has claimed Newcomer of the Year accolades. Butler's Kelly Findley is Coach of the Year laurels and Valparaiso junior Ryan Schwarz is the Goalkeeper of the Year. (All-Horizon)

-- Bucknell claimed two Patriot League awards, as Bison senior Conor O'Brien was named Offensive Player of the Year and Brendan Nash received Coach of the Year honors. Lehigh senior Adam Welch was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year. Lafayette senior Philip Nelson was voted Goalkeeper of the Year. Colgate midfielder Mike Reidy was named Rookie of the Year. (All-Patriot)

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