Ben Polk - Junior - Forward - Syracuse
Polk and his Syracuse teammates had a great run to win the ACC Tournament Championship defeating N.C. State 2-0 at home then advancing past North Carolina in a penalty kick shootout after the score was tied 1-1, defeating Clemson 2-0 and Notre Dame 1-0 on the road.
This week Polk scored both goals for the Orange in their huge 2-0 win over Clemson with teammates Louis Cross and Noah Rynhart providing the assists. He also scored the lone goal in the 1-0 win over Notre Dame with an assist from Julian Buescher. For his efforts Polk was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player and teammates Julian Buescher, Miles Robinson and Hendrik Hilpert joined him on the All-Tournament Team.
Syracuse improves to 13-5-3 overall and has earned the ACC's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The Orange and the rest of the country will learn what lies in front of them on the road to the College Cup when the 2015 NCAA Tournament seeds and the brackets will be announced on Monday, November 16 at 1 p.m. on NCAA.com.
Kyle Culbertson - Senior - Midfielder - Ohio State
Culbertson and his Ohio State teammates had a very productive week of play. Culbertson who is from Columbus produced a pair of goals to play a key role in Ohio State's 3-1 win over Michigan to secure the Big Ten Regular Season Title for the Buckeyes before a crowd of 3,448 fans at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. He also scored the game-winning goal in overtime from twelve yards out after receiving a pass from Austin Bergstrom to give Ohio State the edge they needed to top a determined Penn State team 1-0 in a quarterfinal match in the Big Ten Tournament. Culbertson has scored a total of six goals so far this year and contributed five assists.
After beginning the year with a 1-4-0 record Ohio State turned things around and are now 12-5-2 overall with a 5-2-1 record in Big Ten regular season play. The Buckeyes advance to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament where they will host a Rutgers team on Friday that has won eight out of its last nine contests including a 2-0 win over Northwestern to punch their ticket into the semifinal round.
Brandon Allen - Senior - Forward - Georgetown -
Allen is a consistent and persistent threat on the offensive side of the ball for the Hoyas as reflected in his nine goals to date including four game-winning goals and six assists. This week he converted a penalty kick to knot the score at 2-2 with Seton Hall and then netted the game-winner in overtime after making a nice one-touch move off the dribble to secure the angle he needed to place the ball in the back of the net in overtme to give Georgetown the edge they needed to secure a 3-2 win.
Allen also netted the game-winning goal in Georgetown's 2-1 win over Villanova when he again displayed great touch on the ball when he scored out of a give and go with midfielder Arun Basuljevic.
Georgetown has now won ten straight to improve to 12-2-2 overall with a perfect 8-0-0 mark in Big East Conference play. Allen and his Hoya teammates have a huge regular season ending contest coming up when they host Creighton on Friday at 2 p.m. at Shaw field in Washington, D.C.
Jason Wright - Sophomore - Forward - Rutgers
Wright is playmaker and is among the key reasons why Rutgers has won six straight to improve to 10-4-1 overall with a 4-3-0 mark in Big Ten play. He is an impact player as reflected in the fact that he continues to come up with big plays for the Scarlet Knights. This week Wright skillfully controlled a long punt from teammate goalkeeper David Greczek and made a nice move off the dribble to create the angle and space he needed to place a shot into the net to help Rutgers top Army 2-0. He also netted the lone goal in the Scarlet Knight's solid 1-0 win over Big Ten foe Ohio State.
Wright has scored a total of thirteen goals including four game-winners so far this year.
The six game winning streak is the longest for Rutgers since the 1997 team won nine-straight. Rutgers head coach Dan Donigan stated, "We're proud of the work our players have put in and the results they have gotten on the field. It's very gratifying and rewarding for us.
Wright and his Scarlet Knight teammates will seek to keep their win streak alive when they host a good Nebraska-Omaha team on Saturday, October 31 in a non-conference contest. They then close out regular season play when they travel to College Park to tangle with the always tough Maryland Terps in a Big Ten game on Wednesday, November 1 at Ludwig Field.