Covers games through 10/6/2014
Big things were expected for Darius Madison going into his junior season after helping lead the Cavaliers to the College Cup, but after missing the first three games to injury and registering only one point (on a game-winning goal at that) in five games for a struggling offense the season was starting to look like a letdown for the Union prospect.
That was before Madison rescued the Hoos with an equalizing goal in the 89th minute (the college equivalent of a 93rd minute goal) in a game last Tuesday against James Madison. As happens with goal scorers, fans didn't have to wait very long for Madison's second of the season as he delivered the golden goal eight minutes later in the first overtime.
Off the schneid so to speak, the junior from Philadelphia contributed his third goal of the year with an unassisted goal in what was Virginia's biggest offensive explosion of the year, a 3-0 shutout of Pitt over the weekend.
Connor Maloney was up to his scoring ways again on Saturday, delivering the lone goal in a 1-0 shutout of Rutgers that continued the Nittany Lions unbeaten season and stretched their record to 10-0-1. Maloney scored in the 79th minute for his Big Ten leading eighth goal of the season in front of 2,532 fans at Jeffrey Field in State College. Five of the sophomore's goals have been game winners.
Lehigh freshman Doyle Tuvesson was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second time this season after helping lead the Mountain Hawks to a 2-1 come-from-behind win at Bucknell on Saturday night. Tuvesson scored the equalizer in the 73rd minute, his third goal of the season.
Forward Thomas Shiiba scored the game-winner, his third goal of the season, in Navy's 1-0 victory over Lafayette on Saturday.
Goalkeeper Zack Steffen, midfielder Alex Shinsky and the Maryland Terrapins, a year removed from playing for the national championship game, have struggled mightily this year, dropping two more games in week 6 to Georgetown (1-0) and Northwestern (3-2). Shinsky came off the bench in the Georgetown loss but didn't play in the Northwestern game. Steffen made one save in each of the games.
Senior centerback Matt Jeffery helped lead Monmouth to two clean sheets with a 1-0 win over Canisius and a scoreless draw with Niagara. Forward Jelani Williams did not play in either game.
Defender Andrew Herr and the Michigan State back line surrendered only their second and third goals of the season in a 3-2 loss at Ohio State on Saturday but followed it up with their eighth shutout of the season in a 1-0 win over Akron at home.
Ohio State also knocked off Shane Campbell and the Louisville Cardinals during the week, one of two losses for the struggling Cards (North Carolina State beat them 2-1 on Friday night).
Defender Billy McConnell picked up his second assist of the season, playing a through ball to Matt Foldesy for an 8th minute equalizer in a game the Hoosiers won 3-1.
Defender Quincy Thomas and Memphis picked up a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Central Arkansas last Tuesday but were shut out by UConn on Saturday night by the same score.