MAC Soccer Notes

Updated 10/5/1999

MAC Player of the Week

GREAT LAKES POLL RELEASED:

In the fifth Great Lakes Region poll of 1999, Akron was ranked third behind Indiana and Oakland. Kentucky was 10th.

1. 	Indiana
2.	Oakland
3.	Akron
4. 	Cincinnati
5.	Marquette
6t.	Ohio State
6t.	Western Kentucky
8.	Notre Dame	
9.	Wisconsin-Milwaukee
10.	Kentucky	

UB 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 for the fifth consecutive week. The Bulls, who have been ranked as high as fourth this season, are sixth for the third straight week.

ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS: Akron sophomore rjan Bjnes established a new tournament record for assists in a game with three at Clemson's Nike Invitational. The three assists also marked only the third time that an opposing player had totaled three assists in a match against Clemson. Bjnes and fellow teammate Dustin Ducharme were named to the all-tournament team.

GIVE THE WILDCAT A HAT:
Kentucky sophomore Marc Theriault became the first Wildcat player since 1991 to register three goals in a contest when he netted a hat trick in UK's 6-0 win over Marshall.

BIG TEN BRAGGING RIGHTS:
Northern Illinois went a perfect 2-0 this season against Big Ten foes. The latest victim was Northwestern, with Huskie Dan Parisi providing the knockout blow. The junior tallied two goals and assisted on a third in the 3-1 NIU victory. Parisi is tied for second in the MAC with eight goals.

FALCONS LOOK FOR SOME GOALS:
After scoring 14 goals in its first seven matches, Bowling Green has netted just one marker in its last three contests. The Falcons will look to snap a school-record seven-game losing streak this weekend, hosting Bucknell and Western Michigan. Friday's match with Bucknell marks the first-ever meeting between the two schools, while the Falcons will attempt to increase their advantage over the Broncos. BG leads the all-time series with WMU 22-3-2 and has outscored the Broncos 71-18.

EAGLES LAST TO PLAY MAC GAME:
Eastern Michigan is the last league school to play a MAC match, and will finally get that opportunity this weekend. The Eagles will face Kentucky and Marshall on the road.

A LOOK AT THE NATIONAL STATS:
The University of Kentucky is one of two MAC schools that are represented among the national statistical leaders. Senior Lee Baker is tied for eighth in the nation in assists per game (0.78), while UK junior goalkeeper Brian O'Leary is 18th in goals against average (0.65). As a team, the Wildcats are 14th in team goals against average (.646). Bowling Green is the other school that appears on the list as senior netminder Ty Fowler is 18th in saves per contest (5.90).

BUTCHER FIRST TO 100 FOR UB:
Buffalo senior Steve Butcher became the first player in Bulls history to register 100 career points with an assist on UB's first goal versus Western Michigan. Butcher, who has 104 career points, also became the school's all-time leader in assists.

HERD FINALLY COMING HOME:
After a stretch that saw the team play six of its first 10 matches away from home, Marshall will finally play at home on Sunday versus Eastern Michigan. That match, however, will come after the team's seventh road contest, a date at Ohio State Wednesday. The Thundering Herd will then host four straight home contests, before closing out the regular season with five matches on the road.