A Look At Each Of The First Round Contests - 2015 NCAA Tournament Action - Coast To Coast

Radford (Big South Conference 14-3-2)  at Charlotte (Conference USA 10-5-3)

Radford - You don't win fourteen games and have five First Team All-Conference selections as Marc Reeves Radford team has without being very competitive.  The Highlanders are making their first ever trip to the NCAA Tourney via an at-large berth. Their resume this year includes a 0-0 tie on the road with highly regarded Coastal Carolina and a 2-0 win over Elon.  However, their defense unexpectedly went awol when they were upset 4-3 by High Point in the semifinals of the Big South Tournament. Freshman Silvert Daehlie (13g, 2a) leads a high powered Radford offense that has produced a total of forty-three goals. 

Charlotte - The 49ers are good and experienced but they have not had the type of season that many thought they would.  Nonetheless they played well enough to get into the Big Dance and are capable of making a run in the tourney if they are able to finish the scoring opportunities that come their way and continue to play solid team defense. This is a program that advanced to the College Cup in 1996 and 2011. The offense which has been hot and cold is lead by forward Kyle Parker (12g, 3a) and Austin Pack anchors a defense that has allowed only thirteen goals.

Question - Can Charlotte finish the scoring opportunities that come their way?

Next on the menu - Number one seed Wake Forest - ACC - 15-2-2  


Boston University (Patriot League 12-5-2) at Connecticut (American Athletic Conference 9-5-6)

Boston University - The Terriers were defeated 2-0 by American in the semifinals of Patriot League Tourney but were subsequently awarded an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament. Veteran head coach Neil Roberts always fields a competitive side and this year was no exception. Forward Felix De Bona (8g, 2a) and midfielder Anthony Viteri (6g, 2a) have been the top producers in the Terrier attack while junior goalkeeper Matt Gilbert and junior midfielder David Asbjornsson have anchored a defense that has allowed a total of nineteen goals to date.  It is doubtful that Boston University has the strength from top to bottom to have an extended stay in the NCAA Tourney but you never know

Connecticut - The Huskies return to the NCAA Tourney after being absent from the field last year.  This is a program that is no stranger to the NCAA Tournament having been in it seventeen of the past eighteen seasons but even the most diehard Connecticut fan would have to admit that for the past two seasons they have not been up to the level of the vintage teams that Ray Reid has put on the pitch in the past. Connecticut was awarded an at-large berth after Tulsa topped them in the AAC Tournament Championship match in a contest that was determined by a penalty kick shootout.  Freshman forward Abdou Mbacke Thiam has scored eleven of the twenty-three goals that the Huskies have scored to date. Connecticut has signature wins over UC Santa Barbara and South Florida.  The Huskies have traditionally underachieved in the NCAA Tournament but to be fair underachieve in the Big Dance for this program in the past was often defined as not advancing the Final Four. The pressure is off in that regard this year.

Question - Can Connecticut generate sufficient productivity on the offensive side of the ball to survive and advance?    

Next on the menu - Number 16 seed Indiana - Big Ten - 12-4-3


Oakland (Horizon League 10-8-1) at Dayton (Atlantic Ten 13-5-3)

Oakland played their way into the Tourney by winning the Horizon League title for the second straight year.  They have pretty much won the games that they were expected to win this year but don't have the marquee win or two over a non-conference foe that they have had at times in the past.  This is a program under the direction of Eric Pogue with a lot of pride, grit, and a good amount of talent which always makes them a dangerous team to face in the early going.  Oakland is lead on the offensive side of the ball by Austin Ricci (7g, 2a) and Matt Dudley (5g, 4a).

Dayton - Tora, Tora, Tora. The Flyers have a high octane attack and balanced attack lead by midfielder Amass Amankona (13g, 5), forward Maik Schoonderwoerd (10g, 6a), and forward James Haupt (7g, 6a). They are capable of scoring in multiples when they are on their game.  The Flyers punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Atlantic 10 Tournament and are returning the NCAA Tourney field for the first time since 2008.  Dennis Currier's team enters the NCAA Tourney with the momentum of three good wins in the Atlantic 10 Tournament but they are going to have to play well on both sides of the ball if they hope to make any type of sustained run.  

Question - Can Oakland contain the Dayton attack?

Next on the menu - Number nine seed Ohio State - Big Ten - 13-6-2


Santa Clara (West Coast Conference 10-7-1) at Cal State Fullerton (Big West Conference 13-7-1)

Santa Clara - The Broncos under the guidance of head coach Cameron Rast secured the WCC automatic berth to return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2010 season. At one time Santa Clara was an annual contender on the national scene but they have fallen off the map in that regard of late. A nice run in the NCAA Tourney might be just what the doctor ordered and a huge plus for the program. Sophomore forward Carlos Delgadillo is a playmaker who has scored nine of the Bronco's twenty-one goals to date.  Senior Kendall McIntosh is experienced and among the best goalkeepers in the country.  The Broncos are undefeated in their last six contests which is a good sign.  This is a team that is fired up and excited to be back in the NCAA Tourney and they appear to be peaking at the right time. Whether that will be enough to secure a win or two in the NCAA Tourney remains to be seen.

Cal State Fullerton - The upstart Titans are the real deal once again this time of the year. They won the Big West Conference Tournament for the second consecutive season by defeating Cal Poly 3-1 and UC Santa Barbara 1-0.  As a result they are going dancing for the second season in a row under the direction of George Kuntz.  Diego Sanchez (8g, 3a) leads a Titan attack that has scored a total of thirty-one goals.  Goalkeeper David Rodriguez Elias who has recorded twelve shutouts this year anchors a stout defense along with back Ricardo Covarrubias. Kuntz has turned the program around during the two years that he has been at the helm of the program. A nice run in the NCAA Tournament would be the next step.

Question - Cal State Fullerton prevailed 2-1 when they faced Santa Clara back on September 6 in Santa Clara.  Which team has improved the most?  The answer to that will determine the winner.

Next on the menu - Number eight seed Stanford - Pac-12 - 14-2-2


North Florida (Atlantic Sun Conference 10-6-1) at Coastal Carolina (Big South Conference 12-2-4)

North Florida - The Ospreys are the "Little Engine that Could" team of the 2015 Tourney but they are now traveling in waters in which they have never been before. Under the direction of fifth year head coach Derek Marinatos they earned their first ever spot in the NCAA Tournament by defeating Lipscomb 2-1 and thumping USC Update 7-0 to win the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament. Senior forward Helge Pietschmann (8g, 1a) who has been red hot of late and junior midfielder Alex Morrell (4g, 7a) are at the heart of an attack that has found the back of the net a total of thirty-three times so far this year.  Senior Kyle Nasta gives North Florida an experienced presence in goal which is a big plus and backs Jay Bolt and Simen Solstad anchor a capable back line that will have to avoid any lapses in play in order to have a chance to survive and advance in the NCAA Tourney. 

Coastal Carolina - The Chanticleers are making their sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. They were a top ten team for most of the season but sputtered down the home stretch and concluded regular season play with scoreless ties against Radford and High Point and a 1-0 loss to South Carolina. They then were topped by High Point in a penalty kick shootout after the contest was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation and overtime in the quarterfinals of the Big South Tournament. The Chanticleers have been solid on the defensive side of the ball allowing a total of only twelve goals to date but their once high powered attack seems to have gone south for the last four games. They will need to get it back in gear if they hope to make any kind of dent in NCAA Tourney play.

Question - Will Coastal Carolina regain its productivity on the offensive side of the ball?

Next on the menu - Number five seed North Carolina - ACC - 14-1-3


Drake (Missouri Valley Conference 12-4-3) at Kentucky (Conference USA 12-4-2)

Drake - The Bulldogs finished regular season play with a loss and three ties but topped Central Arkansas 2-0, Bradley 1-0 and SIUE 1-0 to win the MVC Tournament to secure the conference's automatic berth and return to the NCAA Tourney for the first time since the 2009 season. Junior midfielder James Mypych (7g, 1a) and junior midfielder Mueng Sunday (1g, 7a) are key playmakers on the offensive side of the ball while redshirt senior back Alec Bartlett, redshirt senior midfielder Kyle Whigham, and redshirt junior goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod who has been the starter between the pipes for three seasons are keys on the defensive side of the ball.  Drake has pretty much played everyone close this year with the exception of a 4-0 loss to Butler back on September 13. 

Kentucky - The Wildcats are making their second-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament under head coach John Cedergren who is in his fourth season at the helm of the program. Kentucky was upset by FIU in the CUSA Tournament but they were awarded an at-large berth based on the body of their work during regular season play which included key wins over South Carolina, New Mexico, Charlotte and FIU.   Goalkeeper Callum Irving anchors a defensive that has held opponents to a total of eleven goals. Stefan Stojkovic (5g, 2a) and Napo Matsoso (4g, 6a) lead an offensive that has placed twenty-nine in the back of the net so far this year. Kentucky could advance in the tournament on the strength of their defensive effectiveness.  

Question - Can Drake penetrate a very tough Kentucky defense?  

Next on the menu - Number 12 seed Creighton (Big East Conference - 17-3-0)


Utah Valley (WAC 14-5-2) at SMU (American Athletic Conference 13-2-4)

Utah Valley - The 2015 campaign has been a breakout season for a Utah Valley team that was 9-7-2 in 2014 in its first season of existence. The Wolverines were topped by Seattle in a penalty shootout in the championship match of the 2015 WAC Tournament after the two teams played to a 1-1 draw after 110 minutes of play.  Based on what they have accomplished season to date UVA was awarded an at-large berth to make their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the history of the program. The Wolverines have a balanced attack led up top by Skyler Milne (9g, 2a) and Karson Payton (4g, 4a) and by midfielders Paul Hoffmeister (6g, 3a), and Aaron Meyer (4g, 12a). Sophomore goalkeeper Collin Partee and junior back Alex Neff anchor a defense that has limited opponents to a total of nineteen goals. UV has key wins over Bradley and Cal State Fullerton. This is a program under the direction of Greg Maas that looks to be on the rise but may be a year or two away from making a deep run in the NCAA Tourney.

SMU - Under the tutelage of Kevin Hudson the Mustangs returned to prominence this year on the national scene after being absent for a few seasons. This is a program that has gone dancing in eighteen of the past twenty-two seasons. The Mustangs secured the regular season AAC title but fell to Tulsa in the semifinals of the conference tourney in a contest that required a penalty kick shootout to determine who advanced.  SMU has an explosive attack paced by midfielder Mauro Cichero (10g, 7a) who is capable of taking control of a contest and a solid defense lead in goal by Michael Nelson who has posted seven shutouts so far this year. They have key regular season wins over Connecticut and Tulsa and a 2-2 tie with South Florida.  This is a group that is capable of getting hot and making a deep run in the tourney.

Question - Whose attack will prevail.  Both teams have playmakers who are capable of coming up with big goals.

Next on the menu - Number 13 seed Denver


LIU Brooklyn (Northeast Conference - 11-5-4) at Rutgers (Big East Conference - 12-8-1)

LIU Brooklyn - The Blackbirds advanced past St. Francis Brooklyn in penalty kicks and topped Saint Francis in penalty kicks after the score was 2-2 at the end of 110 minutes of play to secure the NEC Tournament Title.  After struggling in the month of September they rebounded in the month of October and entered the conference tournament off nine consecutive wins. The Blackbirds are making their first appearance in the NCAA Tourney since the 2004 season. They feature midfielder Rasmus Hansen (7g, 4a) and forward Romario Guscott (6g, 0a) on the offensive side of the ball and are lead by redshirt junior goalkeeper Logan Keys who was named the MVP of the NEC Tourney on the defensive side of the ball.  This is a team that is capable of pulling off an upset but they will have to play their best soccer of the year to accomplish that.    

Rutgers - The Scarlet Knights are returning to the NCAA Tournament field after a three year absence. At one point this year they won seven straight and got traction in the national polls. They topped Northwestern in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament before being blown out by Ohio State 4-0, a team that they beat 1-0 in regular season play, in the semifinals. Sophomore forward Jason Wright (13g, 4a) who was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year is the real deal and capable of scoring in multiples. Miles Hackett (7g, 3a) and Mitchell Taintor (5g, 4a) are also very capable finishers for a Scarlet Knights team that has put the rock in the back of the net a total of thirty-nine times to date. David Greczek who has recorded eight shutouts between the pipes and back Mitch Lurie are part of a defense that has been very good at times but has allowed seven goals in their last three contests. Defense may prove to be the factor that determines how far Rutgers advances.

Question - Will LIU Brooklyn be able to contain Rutgers forward Jason Wright?

Next on the menu - Number four seed Akron - Mid-American Conference - 15-3-2


Lehigh (Patriot League 13-5-3) at Hofstra (CAA - 13-7-0)

Lehigh - The Mountain Hawks are unbeaten in their last nine matches. They won the Patriot League Tournament by defeating Bucknell 2-0, upsetting number one seed Colgate 2-0 and topping number three seed American 2-1.  They are returning to the NCAA Tournament field for the first time since 2006. A very productive Lehigh attack is powered by forward Jamie Luchini (10g, 9a), freshman Mark Forrest (10g, 4a) and sophomore Doyle Tuvesson (5g, 6a).  Junior midfielder Danny Gonzalez (1g, 2a) is the guy who sets the pace for the team.  Junior back Justin Worley and sophomore goalkeeper Joe Bogan anchor the defense.  Dean Koski will have his team organized and ready to play.

Hofstra - The Pride began the season strong then folded down the home stretch losing four out of their last five regular season contests before rebounding to win the CAA Tourney by defeating James Madison 2-0 and Delaware 2-0.  They have key wins over Syracuse, UNCW, and Elon.  Midfielder Joseph Holland (8g, 9a) who was named the CAA Player of the Year and Meshack Eshun Addy (6g, 3a) have been the key playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. Junior backs Harri Hawkins and Rory Murphy and senior goalkeeper Patric Pray have been mainstays on the defensive side of the ball.  The Pride have been up and down.  They appear to have the momentum back now which is a good sign.

Question - Which Hofstra team will show up?  Will it be the one that lost four out of their last five regular season contests or the one that won the CAA Tournament.

Next on the menu - Number three seed Georgetown - Big East Conference - 15-2-2 


Vermont (America East Conference - 11-6-3) at Boston College (ACC - 9-7-1)

Vermont - The Catamounts defeated UMBC 2-1 in overtime in the semifinals of the America East Tournament and Binghamton 1-0 in the championship game to earn the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Tourney. Junior forward Brian Wright is the main man in Vermont's offense with ten goals to date. Junior Stefan Lamanna who is a transfer from Houston Baptist and Bernard Yeboah have each contributed five goals to an offense that has produced a total of twenty-nine goals.

Boston College - The Eagles were awarded an at-large bid after they were defeated by Clemson 3-0 in the ACC Tournament. Simon Enstrom (7g, 3a), Zeiko Lewis (5g, 6a) and Trevor Davok (5g, 4a) have been the top producers on the offensive side of the ball for Boston College.  The Eagles have noteworthy wins over Boston University, SMU, Connecticut, Virginia, and Syracuse.  However, this is a team that has lost four out of its last five contests and will need to regroup in a big way if they hope to make any noise in the NCAA Tourney.  Boston College is a sleeper but they have their share of high profile wins. This is a team that has the talent to make a run if they can get a little momentum going.

Question - Can Boston College regain the momentum that they had earlier in the season?

Next on the menu - Number fourteen seed South Florida - American Athletic Conference - 11-5-3


Cal Poly (Big West Conference - 11-4-5) at UCLA (Pac-12 Conference - 10-8-1)

Cal Poly - The Mustangs topped UC Irvine 1-0 in the Big West Conference Tournament before taking it on the chin in a 3-1 loss to Cal State Fullerton in a semifinal match.  They were subsequently awarded an at-large berth and are returning to the NCAA Tourney field after a seven-year absence.  The Mustangs were defeated by UCLA 4-1 when the two teams meet in regular season play on September 18.  Cal Poly has key wins over Seattle 1-0, Loyola Marymount 2-0, and UC Santa Barbara 3-2.  Chase Minter (7g, 6a) gives Cal Poly and excellent finisher and goalkeeper Wade Hamilton is rock solid between the pipes. The Mustangs are unbeaten in twelve of their last fourteen contests but they are going to have to bring their A game if they hope to top the Bruins.

UCLA - The Bruins were the consensus number one team in the country entering the 2015 season.  They have a ton of talent on both sides of the ball but they have not been able to put together a consistent series of wins this year which does not bode well for them in the survive and advance unforgiving environment of the NCAA Tourney. Regardless, there is still the belief that this group can pull it all together and make a deep run in the NCAA Tourney. Clearly, on paper anyway, they are one of the most talented teams in the country.  The Bruins have key wins over California, Akron, and Washington. Forwards Seyi Adekoya and Abu Danladi and midfielders Jose Hernandez and Jackson Yueill were all Pac-12 First Team selections.  Don't count UCLA out just yet but there is a reason the Bruins have eight losses. Solid team defense might be just what the doctor ordered for the Bruins who could gain momentum with a few wins under their belts.   

Question -  Can UCLA pull together as a team and have a sustained run?

Next on the menu - Number eleven seed Seattle - WAC - 17-3-1


Hartwick (Sun Belt Conference - 11-5-3) at Dartmouth (Ivy League - 11-5-1)

Hartwick - The Wick earned the Sun Belt Conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Tourney by defeating Appalachian State 1-0 and Georgia State 3-0 to win the conference tournament. The Hawks under the direction of John Scott have punched their ticket to back-to-back NCAA Tournament invites for the first time since the 1987 season. Hartwick enters the tourney on a bit of a roll having won four straight and five out of their last six games. Jamie O'Grady (11g, 3a) who is difficult to contain when he has the ball at his feet in the attacking third leads the offense.  Backs Kit Tregear and Jack Miller and goalkeeper Lenny Wilson are keys on the defensive side of the ball.  Credit John Scott with doing an excellent job of guiding his team to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament. The Wick could surprise.   

Dartmouth - The Big Green won the regular season Ivy League title and the automatic berth that accompanies it.  This also is Dartmouth's second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tourney. Freshmen Eduvie Ikoba and Amadu Kunateh who have four goals each have been the top producers in a Dartmouth offense that has netted a total of twenty-two goals.  The Big Green defense as is usually the case has been very tenacious allowing a total of only eleven goals to date.  

Question - Can the Hartwick attack led by Jamie O'Grady break through a very good Dartmouth defense.

Up next on the menu - Number six seed Syracuse - ACC - 13-5-3


FIU (CUSA - 12-8-1) at Tulsa (American Athletic Conference - 7-6-6)

FIU - Panther head coach Scott Calabrese is getting results. In just his season at the helm of the program he has FIU back into the NCAA Tournament field for the first time since the 2007 season. The Panthers earned the CUSA's automatic berth by defeating Old Dominion 4-2, Kentucky 1-0, and Marshall 1-0 to win the CUSA Tournament. They have significant regular season wins over Florida Gulf Coast and Old Dominion.  Midfielder Daniel Gonzalez (7g, 4a) and forward Luis Betancur (8g, 0a) are among the key producers in an FIU offense that has scored a total of thirty-nine goals to date. Junior back Marvin Hezel is a key contributor on the defensive side of the ball for FIU. This is a program that many consider a sleeping giant. 

Tulsa - The Golden Hurricane earned the AAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after advancing past UCF, SMU, and Connecticut in contests that were all tied at the end of 110 minutes of play and had to be decided by a penalty kick shootout. This is a gutsy Tulsa team that is battle tested but they also could be a little leg weary after such a tough conference tournament. The Tulsa defense is lead by junior goalkeeper Jake McGuire and senior back Bradley Buurgeois who was named the AAC Defensive Player of the Year. Forward Juan Sanchez (6g, 3a) and midfielder Geoffrey Dee (5g, 5a) have been at the heart of the Golden Hurricane attack.  Veteran Tulsa head coach Tom McIntosh is very familiar with NCAA Tourney play and will have his team organized and prepared to give it their all.

Question - Who will control the tempo of this one and can Tulsa contain FIU's high powered attack?

Next on the menu - Number seven seed Notre Dame - ACC - 11-4-5


Rider (MAAC - 14-5-1) at Virginia (ACC - 9-4-3)

Rider - The Broncs defeated Quinnipiac 3-0, Siena 3-2 and upset top seed Monmouth 3-2 to win the MAAC Tournament and secure the league's automatic berth into the Big Dance. Rider returns to the tournament field for the first time since 1998. Rider features an explosive offense lead by Elliott Otmani (8g, 2a), Christian Flath (8g, 4a), and Jose Aguinaga (7g, 9a). The Broncs have found the back of the net a total of forty-two times this year while allowing opponents to score a total of twenty-six times. This is a program that has won a lot of games which is a big plus but the question is always just how difficult is their schedule compared to other teams in the power conferences.  They will find out when they face Virginia in Charlottesville.

Virginia - The defending National Champions have had a good but not great year to date by their own standards. However one might have said the same thing about the Cavaliers this time last year and yet they won the National Title.  So the moral of the story might be don't ever count out a George Gelnovatch coached team.  The Cavaliers earned an at-large berth this year after they fell in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament 1-0 to Notre Dame. Virginia has key wins over Charlotte and Louisville and a tie with North Carolina. Their four losses to date are to Notre Dame twice, Boston College and American.  The Cavaliers have only scored twenty-two goals to date but that has been offset somewhat by a defensive effort anchored in goal by Jeff Caldwell that has allowed a total of only sixteen goals.  A repeat of last year's run is highly unlikely but this team is very capable of an upset or two. 

Question - Can Rider's offense penetrate the Cavalier defense?

Next on the menu - Number ten seed Maryland - Big Ten - 10-5-5


Furman (Southern Conference 8-5-5) at South Carolina ( Conference USA - 11-7-1)

Furman - The Paladins punched their ticket to the Big Dance by advancing past Mercer in penalty kicks in the Southern Conference semifinals and by defeating East Tennessee State 1-0 in the championship game to earn the conference's automatic berth. Furman has not won the number of games that many thought they would with the talent they had returning this year but nonetheless they are dancing now with the opportunity it presents to make this a very special season.  Doug Allison's team has only scored twenty-one goals to date lead by Lewis Hawke with four.  Goalkeeper Sven Lissek anchors a Paladin defense that has allowed a total of seventeen goals.  Do the math and although this is a good Furman team they don't have a very large margin for error on the defensive side of the ball if they hope to survive and advance.

South Carolina - The Gamecocks were awarded an at-large bid after they were upset by Marshall in the semifinals of the CUSA Tournament. Credit Mark Berson with doing an excellent job of merging the individual talents of his players into a unified team this year.  South Carolina entered the season with a lot of gaps to plug.  They have signature wins over Furman, Elon, New Mexico, Old Dominion, and Coastal Carolina. The Gamecocks looked to be a team on the ropes after dropping three straight toward the end of October but they regrouped and got back on track to win four straight before being upset by Marshall.  Junior midfielder Danny Deakin (10g, 2a) has powered a South Carolina attack that has netted a total of twenty-seven goals to date. Jeffrey Torda and Kevin Walker have each scored five times. The Gamecock defense has also allowed a total of twenty-seven goals.

Question - Which defense will prevail and provide the winner the opportunity to travel cross country for a date with UC Santa Barbara at Harder Stadium.   

Next on the menu - Number fifteen seed Santa Barbara - Big West - 13-6-2


Winthrop (Big South Conference - 10-6-2) at Elon (CAA - 13-5-1)

Winthrop - Rich Posipanko's team decided to send him out in style and on a winning note by earning the Big South Conference's automatic ticket to the NCAA Tourney by defeating UNC Ashville, Campbell and High Point to win the conference tournament. Max Hasenstab (13g, 4a) and Jordi Lluch (11g, 3a) power an almost always highly productive and electric Winthrop offense that has scored a total of forty-one goals to date. The Eagles are on a mission and that could spell trouble for anyone in their way.  

Elon - The Phoenix have had a banner season but they may have peaked to soon since they have lost three out of their last five and tied one.  The one that they tied was Delaware in the semifinals of the CAA Tourney and they ended up coming out on the short end of that one when they were topped by the Blue Hens in penalty kicks. Regardless Elon has secured enough wins including a huge signature victory over Wake Forest to warrant an at-large berth. James Brace (5g, 5a), Eduardo Alvarez (6g, 2a) and Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler (4g, 3a) are among several very capable finishers on this team.  Senior back Nathan Diehl was named the CAA Defensive Player of the Year. Senior back Sam McBride and redshirt freshman Matthew Jegier who has posted eight shutouts also figure prominently in Elon's defensive efforts.

Question - Can Elon contain Max Hasenstab, Jordi Lluch and company?

Next on the menu - Number two seed Clemson - ACC - 15-2-2