The College of Notre Dame has crashed the national Division III rankings in women's soccer, a first for the Gators in any sport. But there isn't much time to celebrate -- not with a game looming today at Trenton State, the defending national champion.
It's being billed as David vs. Goliath at Notre Dame. Trenton State is No. 1 in the Intercollegiate Soccer Association of America poll. The Gators are No. 19.
"If we can do everything right, I feel we can give them a pretty darn good game," said Gary Lynch, a co-coach with Len Malinowski. "I know they're going to be faster, but we hope to be smarter."
To prepare for Trenton's artificial turf, the Gators have been allowed to practice at Loyola College, though it means getting there at 6:30 a.m. "These kids are really hard workers. That's what our success is built on," Lynch said.
Notre Dame, in its sixth year of varsity competition, is led by regional All-American Corina Riismandel (Centennial), a senior forward who has seven goals and one assist. She holds every school scoring record, but she isn't the only weapon. Kristine Scelfo has four game-winning goals.
Also from Notre Dame: Junior co-captain Julie Desmond has become the school's all-time leading scorer in field hockey with 51 goals.
Honors at Loyola
Loyola's Joe Schafer and Denise Serafin were named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's Players of the Week in soccer.
Schafer, a junior goalkeeper, held William & Mary scoreless for 89:31 in a 2-1 win at the Met Life Classic in Norfolk, Va. He later shut out Old Dominion until 7:47 left in the second overtime of a 1-0 loss, earning all-tournament honors.
Loyola's Erin Gilroy and Mary Clark are the conference's top-rated goalkeepers, allowing 0.23 and 1.26 goals a game, respectively.
Fast start at Salisbury
Freshman running back Daron Wimbish was named the ECAC Southern Region Player of the Week after rushing for 144 yards and two touchdowns, catching three passes for 47 yards and returning a kickoff 31 yards.
The Sea Gulls' field hockey program (5-3) is ranked No. 8 in the first Division III coaches poll.
Towson State volleyball senior Stacy Humphries has been chosen to three all-tournament teams this year, including the TSU Invitational, where she was selected Most Valuable Player. . . . The Tigers' Lisa McCullen, a junior forward, was named the North Atlantic Conference's Player of the Week in field hockey after getting 10 points in three games, all wins. She leads Towson, which tied its best start at 5-2, with six goals and 15 points. . . . Mount St. Mary's Matt Dobish shot a 77-77154 to finish tied for second place in the Northeast Conference golf TTC tournament at the Scotch Valley Country Club in Hollidaysburg, Pa. . . . Goucher's Radcliffe Roye began the week as the Capital Athletic Conference's leading scorer in men's soccer with 11 goals and three assists. Teammate Chris Walton was third with six goals and two assists, and the Gophers' Sarah Weaver was first among the women with seven goals and two assists. . . . The two best attack percentages in the CAC belong to Goucher's Shannon Towner (.383) and Janet Limmer (.356). . . . Navy senior T. J. Grady, who allowed one goal in two games, was named the Patriot League's men's soccer Defensive Player of the Week. . . . Mount St. Mary's Rohan Brown, a sophomore midfielder, was named Northeast Conference Player of the Week in men's soccer after coming off the bench to score the tying goal, then assisting on Matt Gannon's game-winner in a 3-2 triumph over Long Island.