5. Western Kentucky
7t. Notre Dame
9t. Michigan State
UB MOVES UP IN RANKING:
In addition to the Great Lakes Region, which houses the bulk of the league's schools, Buffalo is also ranked this week in the state of New York for the sixth consecutive week. The Bulls, who were ranked sixth for three straight weeks, have moved up to fourth.
MOVING UP THE CAREER LADDER:
Bowling Green senior Chris Dor improved his career totals to 24 goals and 18 assists for 66 points with his six-point game on Friday. His 24 goals place him in a tie for 9th all-time at BG with Warren Heede
(1970-73). Former MISL star Dennis Mepham (1976-79) is eighth with 25 markers. Dor's 66 career points tie him with Dave Kindl (1993-96) for eighth place on the Falcon charts. Dennis Wesley (1983-84) ranks seventh with 68 points.
SCORING THE TOUGH WAY:
Western Michigan's Jason Hoffmeyer has found the back of the net twice this year for the Broncos, and has done it in strange fashion. Both of Hoffmeyer's markers have come via penalty kicks. His latest tally was a game-tying goal with three seconds left in regulation against Bowling Green.
BUTCHER'S STREAK CONTINUES:
Buffalo senior Steve Butcher notched two goals in the Bulls' lone match of the week against Long Island, increasing his output to a league-best 11 goals. Butcher, who also leads the MAC in points per game (2.31), has scored at least one goal in each of his last four matches.
AKRON RANKED NATIONALLY:
After a two week absence, Akron is ranked 19th in the latest NSCAA/adidas poll, which was released Monday evening. The Zips, who were ranked in the first three polls, last appeared No. 21 on Sept. 20 and have been as high as No. 17. Akron has won its last three matches, including back-to-back shutouts versus Cleveland State (2-0) and Northern Illinois (4-0). The Zips will battle for sole possession of first place this weekend, as they face unbeaten Kentucky on the road.
UB, UK AND NATIONAL STATS:
Buffalo and Kentucky are the lone MAC schools represented in the national statistical categories that were released Tuesday. Wildcat goalkeeper Brian O'Leary is 15th in goals against average (0.62) as is UK as a team. The Bulls' Steve Butcher is 16th in points per game (2.31), while UK's Lee Baker is 20th in assists per game (0.64).
NIU BREAKING OUT AT HOME:
Northern Illinois had a five-goal outburst last Friday against Wisconsin-Green Bay at Huskie Soccer Field, marking the highest goal output by a NIU squad since the 1997 season. The Huskies have scored 16 goals in six games at home but have tallied only five markers in seven road contests.
MARSHALL ROOKIE ADJUSTING:
Thundering Herd freshman Byron Carmichael has made a smooth transition to the college game. Carmichael leads Marshall in scoring (10 points) and goals (four), both of which rank in the top 10 in the league. His latest tally was the game-winner against Eastern Michigan, his second game-winning goal of 1999.