MEN'S NEWS ...
Like North Carolina, Maryland, Duke and Virginia the day before, Wake Forest made things hard on itself in its mid-week non-conference test.
broke a 1-1 tie in the 53rd minute to lift the No. 9 Demon Deacons to a 2-1 victory against Elon on Wednesday night. But for a couple of great
saves by Wake keeper Akira Fitzgerald
, the Phoenix could have tied the score.
-- Next up for Wake Forest is another non-conference game on
Saturday against No. 6 Harvard. The Crimson improved to 6-0-0 with a 1-0 win at New Hampshire on Wednesday. Freshman Brian Rogers
, who had the goal against
UNH, has complemented All-American Andre Akpan
beautifully up front. Rogers, who had started as an eighth-grader for his high school team in Bronxville,
N.Y., already has four goals and three assists. * BACK IN GOAL.
During UMBC's 8-0-0 start, much of the attention has been focused on Andrew Bulls
and Levi Houapeu
, who have combined for 18 goals. But one of the unsung stars has been freshman goalie Phil Saunders
. He wasn't even the starting goalie last year at Maryland's Perry Hall High School -- the starter was Zach
, now at Loyola (Md.) -- but Saunders' play with the Baltimore Bays caught the attention of UMBC coach Pete Caringi
. "He played the last year of
high school as a back and made all-state," Caringi told
the Catonsville Times, "but we
knew he was probably the best goalkeeper in the state." Wednesday's Results * HAT TRICK HERO. Justin Meram
, one of the many stars from JC juggernaut Yavapai now scattered across the country, had his first hat
trick in No. 18 Michigan's 5-1 victory over Bowling Green on Wednesday night. After being blown out by Notre Dame, 5-1, on opening day, the Wolverines have been unstoppable. The triumph was their
seventh straight -- and fifth straight by two or more goals.