GREAT LAKES POLL RELEASED:
In the eighth Great Lakes Region poll of 1999, Akron was ranked second behind Indiana, while Kentucky was eighth.
3. Ohio State
4. Western Kentucky
9. Notre Dame
10. Michigan State
UB, NIU ALSO RANKED:
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 Region for the eighth straight week. Northern Illinois reappears in the Midwest Region tied for seventh following two wins last week.
AKRON MOVES UP IN RANKING:
Akron moved up to five spots to No. 14 in the latest NSCAA/adidas poll, which was released Monday. The Zips reached their highest ranking of the year after a pair of back-to-back shutouts. Akron is unbeaten in its last six matches (5-0-1), including four shutouts.
FIRST PLACE IN MAC AT STAKE:
Entering the final week of the regular season, the top spot in next week's MAC Tournament in DeKalb, Ill., is up for grabs. With a win in its final league contest, Akron, which is currently in first place with 16 points, would be guaranteed at least a share of the regular season title should Kentucky win both of its matches. If both schools end in a tie for the top seeding in the postseason tournament, the tiebreaking procedure would begin with head-to-head competition -- the two tied 1-1 in the regular season. The rest of the tiebreakers for this spot, as well as any others in the standings is as follows: winning percentage vs. ranked conference teams, goal differential in conference games, goals allowed in conference matches, and, if necessary, a coin flip.
CARMICHAEL COMES UP BIG:
Marshall freshman Byron Carmichael tallied a pair of goals over the weekend for the Thundering Herd, helping Marshall to a pair of non-conference victories. Carmichael scored the team's second goal in a 3-2 win over Florida International, then tallied the gam-winner, his seventh of the season, in a 2-1 win over No. 16 Jacksonville. The freshman leads the team in goals (7) and total points (16).
PARISI REMAINS ON FIRE FOR NIU:
Junior Dan Parisi netted his second hat trick of the season in the Northern Illinois 3-0 win over Western Michigan. Parisi, who is tied for the league lead in goals (13), tallied all of his markers within an 18 minute span. His 30 points to date this season is tied for eighth on the school's all-time single season chart, while his 13 goals are seventh.
BG WINS SHORTHANDED:
Bowling Green picked up a significant conference victory on the road versus Buffalo on Sunday, and did it shorthanded. The Falcons downed the Bulls in overtime when Bobby Biggs tallied the game-winner with BG down a man. The goal for Biggs was his 20th in his career. The victory also pushed the Falcons to a 4-1-1 mark in their last six matches heading into games with Oakland and Eastern Michigan.
SONGER ADDS TWO MORE TALLIES:
Buffalo's Tim Songer scored two markers last week for the Bulls, one each against Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green, giving him 11 goals for the year. In the process, the junior becomes the third player in the league to record 10 or more goals. Songer joins teammate Steve Butcher (13 goals) and Northern Illinois' Dan Parisi (13).
UK GIVES INDIANA A RUN FOR IT:
Kentucky gave then No. 3 Indiana all it could handle last week in Bloomington, Ind., as the defending national champions downed the Wildcats, 4-2. The loss ended UK's six-match unbeaten streak and also helped the Hoosiers, who moved to No. 2 in the national poll. The Wildcats were then shutout by Louisville, 2-0, marking the first time since Sept. 22 that the team was held scoreless.