Monday, October 30, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #164

Well, it was something of old home week here. Members and reps of the Cailloux Foundation were at the Ranch here Friday to help dedicate the new school building they funded, and in the party was Ben Modisett, one of my all time favorite players and great kids from the Tivy heydays. He was here with his wife Leslie and his two sons, his sister, and his mom, who is Sandy Cailloux now. It was great visiting with them. Ben is the same outstanding young man he was a dozen years ago when i last saw him. Also here, and great to see and visit with again, were Judge Steve and Linda Ables, whose sons are also among the finest young men i ever worked with. Matt is a biologist, and from all reports an very astute and active one. David, unfortunately, is hospitalized in California after surviving a bad bike wreck a few weeks ago. He is going to make it, but will have quite a bit of reconstruction and therapy to regain his life. Best to you David. And great seeing all of you!

And as i was leaving CiCi's yesterday i thought i saw Brad Hurt leaving. Didn't catch him though.

If that's right, and you couple it with having seen Amy Grace Tharp here a few weeks ago at Streetcar i've seen three folks from that team-era ca. 1994 that i haven't seen in many, many years. Very cool.

Football overall suffered a monstrously bad weekend from this vantage point. Even No. 1 ranked Highland Park, who won their 22nd straight game, got peppered in the Dallas press for not matching their 50-point scoring average in a 34-10 win. Go figure. Worse was top-area ranked Smithson Valley getting knocked off by Reagan, 14-10. It was their first loss of the season. Sorry about that Brad. Tivy got beaned by Fredericksburg 34-21, and the Warriors remain winless after a 34-0 shellacking by Llano. What's with that 34 points thing? Luckily the Ags posted 10 fourth-quarter points to beat Baylor, and at least look good on paper.

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From Soccer America
Cal and Santa Clara clinch first NCAA berths
California and Santa Clara are the first teams to clinch berths in the NCAA Division I Men's Tournament. The Northern California schools won their respective conference titles on the road in Los Angeles on Sunday.

California clinched the Pac-10 title with a 4-1 victory over UCLA in front of a season-high crowd of 2,815 (fourth-largest crowd ever) at the Bruins' Drake Stadium. Forward Javier Ayala-Hil had a hat trick to lead the Bears to their first Pac-10 championship. Steve Purdy scored the fourth goal on a free kick from 25 yards.

Santa Clara captured its first West Coast Conference championship since 2003 with a 2-0 road win over Loyola Marymount. The Broncos' win at Sullivan Field coupled with San Francisco's 2-1 overtime loss to Gonzaga Sunday clinched the championship for SCU. Senior Keith DeVey and sophomore Jide Ogunbiyi scored second-half goals to give Santa Clara the win.

The Pac-10 and WCC are two of five Division I men's conferences that don't have a postseason tournament.

In the Big West, red-hot UC Santa Barbara leads UC Irvine by two points and Cal State Northridge by three going into the final week of the regular season.

Denver has a three-point lead over New Mexico in the MPSF. The Lobos, last year's NCAA Division I runners-up, need to beat Air Force on Friday and Denver on Sunday to have a chance to win the MPSF title and the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

In the Ivy League, Harvard, winner of seven in a row, can clinch the Ivy League title with a win over Columbia on Sunday. The Crimson leads Penn by two points with one game to play.


MEN: Wake takes over top spot
Wake Forest moved into the top spot in the Soccer America Men's Top 25 with a 2-1 win at Virginia on Friday night. The Demon Deacons climbed two spots, moving ahead of SMU, which fell at UAB, 2-1, on Wednesday, and Duke, which lost at Clemson, 1-0, on Saturday.

Substitute Cody Arnoux scored the winning goal for the Demon Deacons in the 77th minute when he rifled a shot from 15 yards out off a cross from Steven Curfman. Nico Colaluca put Virginia ahead in the 50th minute, but Wake Forest answered a minute later when Pat Phelan's shot from 25 yards was saved by Ryan Burke, but Julian Valentin knocked in the rebound. The win was the fifth in a row for the Deacons and their first over Virginia since 2002.

In Duke's loss to Clemson, a game postponed until Saturday because of the bad weather, sophomore Michael Brooks had the only goal. Duke and Wake shared the ACC regular-season title. The Blue Devils earned the top seed by virtue of their 4-3 win over Wake on Sept. 8.

SMU captured the Conference USA regular-season title with a 1-0 victory over visiting Marshall Saturday evening. The Mustang win was Coach Schellas Hyndman's 450th career win.

TOURNAMENTS
BIG EAST. West Virginia, No. 2 in the Soccer America Top 25, beat South Florida, 1-0, to move into Friday's semifinals. Dan Stratford scored on a floater from 35 yards for the only goal in a game marred by rain, snow and sleet. Adam Sternberger netted two goals, including the game-winner in double overtime, to give Rutgers a 2-1 victory over Notre Dame. For the second straight game, Ryan Soroka's goal was the difference for St. John's. The Red Storm beat Pitt, 1-0, on Wednesday and UConn, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon to move into the semifinals. For the second straight year, Providence knocked Cincinnati out of the Big East Tournament, topping the Red Division champion Bearcats, 2-1, on goals by Amir Ikner and Jonathan Medcalf.

HORIZON. Croatia U-21 Tonci Skroce ended a heart-pounding shootout by scoring in the 12th round, giving No. 1 seed UIC a spot in the semifinals with a 9-8 shootout win over No. 8 seed Wright State after the teams played to a 0-0 tie. Other quarterfinal winners: Loyola (Ill.), Butler and Wisconsin-Green Bay.

SOUTHERN. All-American Randi Patterson scored twice as top-seeded UNC Greensboro advanced to the semifinals with a 2-0 win over Wofford. Appalachian State, Georgia Southern and Furman also moved into the semifinals.

SOCCER AMERICA MEN'S TOP 25: New Rankings
RANK/TEAM (RECORD) PREVIOUS RANK
(Last week's results)
1. Wake Forest (15-2-1) 3 10/27 at Virginia 2-1, 11/1 North Carolina (ACC Tournament).
2. West Virginia (15-1-2) 5 10/23 Pittsburgh-canceled, 10/28 South Florida 1-0 (Big East Tournament), 11/3 at Rutgers (Big East Tournament).
3. SMU (15-1-3) 1 10/25 at UAB 1-2, 10/28 Marshall 1-0, 11/1 Marshall or FIU (Conference USA Tournament).
4. Duke (13-3-1) 2 10/24 North Florida 5-0, 10/28 at Clemson 0-1, 11/1 Virginia Tech-N.C. State winner (ACC Tournament).
5. Virginia (13-3-0) 4 10/27 Wake Forest 1-2, 11/1 Boston College or Clemson (ACC Tournament).
6. Maryland (13-3-1) 6 10/24 Bucknell 4-1, 10/27 Virginia Tech 2-1, 11/1 Boston College or Clemson (ACC Tournament).
7. Indiana (12-4-2) 7 10/24 at Butler 4-2, 10/27 Wisconsin 1-0, 11/3 Penn State-Northwestern winner (Big Ten Tournament).
8. Santa Clara (11-3-4) 10 10/27 at San Diego 2-1, 10/29 at Loyola Marymount 2-0, 11/3 Portland, 11/5 Gonzaga.
9. Clemson (12-3-2) 12 10/28 Duke 1-0, 11/1 Virginia or Maryland ACC Tournament.
10. North Carolina (11-5-2) 13 10/26 at Boston College 3-1, 11/1 Wake Forest (ACC Tournament).
11. California (12-4-2) 11 10/27 at San Diego State 1-3, 10/29 at UCLA 4-1, 11/3 at Stanford.
12. Saint Louis (12-3-2) 19 10/27 at Massachusetts 3-1, 10/29 at Rhode Island 3-1, 11/3 lowest remaining seed (Atlantic-10 Tournament).
13. Notre Dame (13-5-2) 8 10/25 DePaul 2-0 (Big East Tournament), 10/28 at Rutgers 1-2, OT (Big East Tournament).
14. Towson (14-1-2) 17 10/27 at George Mason 2-1 OT, 11/3 George Mason-Northeastern winner (CAA Tournament).
15. New Mexico (11-3-3) 9 10/27 at Sacramento State 1-1, OT, 10/29 at San Jose State 3-1, 11/3 Air Force, 11/5 Denver.
16. UCLA (9-5-3) 14 10/27 Stanford 1-1, OT, 10/29 California 1-4, 11/3 San Diego State, 11/5 San Diego.
17. Lehigh (15-1-1) 23 10/25 at Penn State 1-0, OT, 10/28 Lafayette 2-1, OT, 11/3 Bucknell (Patriot Tournament).
18. Creighton (11-4-3) 15 10/24 UMKC 3-0, 10/28 Bradley 1-2, 11/3 Missouri State-Eastern Illinois winner (Missouri Valley Tournament).
19. South Carolina (10-4-1) 16 10/28 at Tulsa 0-1, 11/1 First Round (Conference USA Tournament).
20. Kentucky (12-4-2) NR 10/25 at Tulsa 1-0, 10/28 Memphis 3-1, 11/1 First Round (Conference USA Tournament)
21. Denver (11-3-2) 21 10/28 Air Force 1-0, 11/3 at UNLV, 11/5 at New Mexico.
22. Harvard (12-4-0) 24 10/29 at Dartmouth 3-1, 11/4 Columbia.
23. Providence (13-5-0) NR 10/25 Louisville (Big East Tournament) 2-0, 10/28 at Cincinnati (Big East Tournament) 2-0, 11/3 St. John's (Big East Tournament).
24. UIC (12-2-4) 20 10/28 Wright State (Horizon Tournament) , 0-0 OT (9-8 on penalties), 11/3 Loyola (Ill.) (Horizon Tournament).
25. Rutgers (10-6-1) NR 10/28 Notre Dame (Big East Tournament) 2-1, OT, 11/3 West Virginia (Big East Tournament).
25. St. John's (10-5-2) NR 10/25 Pittsburgh (Big East Tournament) 1-0, 10/28 at Connecticut (Big East Tournament) 1-0, 11/3 Providence (Big East Tournament)

WOMEN: No. 1 Notre Dame advances in Big East
No. 1 Notre Dame moved into the semifinals of the Big East Tournament with a 3-0 win over St. John's on Sunday.

Brittany Bock showed her strength in the air with two early goals on headers off set plays, and Kerri Hanks capped the victory with her 16th goal of the season. The victory at Alumni Field extended the fifth-longest home unbeaten streak in NCAA history to 37 games (36-0-1).

U.S. international Heather O'Reilly assisted on three goals in her final-regular season game at Fetzer Field to lead No. 2 North Carolina to a 4-0 win over Wake Forest -- its 18th victory in a row.

No. 3 UCLA extended its winning streak to 10 games with 2-0 wins over Washington and Washington State. Danesha Adams and Christina DiMartino scored against UW; Bristyn Davis and Lauren Cheney (her team-leading 14th goal) struck against WSU. The Bruins can guarantee itself at least a share of the 2006 Pac-10 title with either a win or a tie against Oregon next Friday.

No. 4 Santa Clara moved one step closer to claiming at least a share of the WCC title with a 3-0 win Sunday afternoon over San Francisco. All three Bronco goals were scored by seniors. Marian Dalmy twice found the net, and Bonnie Bowman scored as well.

On the second-to-last weekend of the regular season, big crowds turned out at No. 5 Portland and No. 7 Texas. The Pilots, who share the WCC lead with Santa Clara, beat Pepperdine, 3-1, on goals by Rachael Rapinoe, Michelle Enyeart and Angie Woznuk before 4,368 fans. Sophomore defender Kasey Moore scored the lone goal of the match to lead Texas over Texas A&M before 4,133 fans, the third-largest crowd ever at Myers Stadium.

TOURNAMENTS
AMERICA EAST. The first final pairings are set as No. 1 seed Hartford and No. 3 Maine will play for the America East championship on Saturday in West Hartford, Conn. The Hawks earned a 2-1 win over No. 5 New Hampshire on first-half goals by Meagan Riemer and Kacey Busque. Maine used a 2-0 advantage in penalty kicks to break a scoreless deadlock and advance past Boston University into the championship game for the fourth straight year.

BIG EAST. Besides Notre Dame, West Virginia, Marquette and Villanova moved into Friday's semifinals. Christy Zwolski's goal was all Marquette needed to defeat ranked Villanova, 1-0, for its sixth win in a row and further boost its NCAA Tournament chances. West Virginia and Rutgers beat Louisville and UConn, respectively, on penalty kicks.

MID-AMERICAN. All four seeds were knocked out in the first round. Miami (Ohio) beat top seed Ball State, 2-1, on a pair of goals by freshman Jodi Zwingelberg. The wildest contest took place at Central Michigan, where Lisa Kurz's second goal of the game, a penalty kick in the 102nd minute, gave Kent State a 5-4 win and ended the highest-scoring match in MAC Tournament history. Fifth seed Toledo will host the MAC final four and open up against Northern Illinois in the semifinals.

SOCCER AMERICA WOMEN'S TOP 25: New Rankings
RANK/TEAM (RECORD) PREVIOUS RANK
(Weekend Results)
1. Notre Dame (18-0-1) 1 10/24 at Cincinnati 3-0, 10/29 St. John's (Big East Tournament) 3-0, 11/3 Marquette (Big East Tournament).
2. North Carolina (18-1-0) 2 Wake Forest 4-0, 11/1 N.C. State (ACC Tournament).
3. UCLA (16-2-0) 3 10/27 Washington 2-0, 10/29 Washington State 2-0, 11/5 at Oregon, 11/5 at Oregon State.
4. Santa Clara (14-3-1) 4 10/29 San Francisco 4-0, 11/1 at California, 11/4 at St. Mary's.
5. Portland (14-3-2) 7 10/29 Pepperdine 3-1, 11/4 at Loyola Marymount.
6. Florida State (13-2-3) 6 10/24 Jacksonville 3-0, 10/28 Clemson 0-0, OT, 11/1 Virginia (ACC Tournament).
7. Texas (15-3-1) 9 10/27 Texas A&M 1-0, 11/1 Nebraska (Big 12 Tournament).
8. Texas A&M (13-4-1) 5 10/27 at Texas 0-1, 11/1 Baylor (Big 12 Tournament).
9. West Virginia (14-2-3) 8 10/29 Louisville 0-0 (5-4 on penalties) (Big East Tournament), 11/3 Rutgers (Big East Tournament).
10. Utah (14-4-0) 11 10/27 Wyoming 2-0, 11/2 New Mexico-Wyoming winner (Mountain West Tournament).
11. Oklahoma State (15-2-2) 12 10/28 at Murray State 4-0, 11/1 Oklahoma (Big 12 Tournament).
12. William & Mary (16-1-2) 17 10/27 Old Dominion 5-2, 11/2 VCU-James Madison winner (CAA Tournament).
13. BYU (13-2-3) 18 10/28 at UNLV 2-0, 11/2 UNLV-San Diego State winner (Mountain West Tournament).
14 Stanford (13-5-1) 19 10/27 Oregon State 2-0, 10/29 Oregon 1-0, 11/4 at California.
15. Navy (19-1-0) 14 10/26 Penn State 1-0, 10/28 Bucknell 1-2, 11/3 Lehigh (Patriot Tournament).
16. Penn State (12-4-3) 10 10/26 at Navy 0-1, 11/2 Northwestern (Big Ten Tournament).
17. Wake Forest (14-5-0) 16 10/27 at North Carolina 0-4, 10/29 Duke 1-0, 11/1 Duke (ACC Tournament).
18. Villanova (15-3-2) 13 10/29 Marquette (Big East Tournament) 0-1.
19. Illinois (12-6-0) 20 10/27 at Iowa 1-0, 11/2 Wisconsin (Big Ten Tournament).
20. Boston College (11-5-2) 21 10/27 Maryland 2-1, 11/1 Clemson (ACC Tournament).
21. SMU (15-3-1) 15 10/27 at UCF 0-1, 10/29 at Southern Mississippi 2-1, 11/1 Tulsa (Conference USA Tournament).
22. Rutgers (14-2-3) 22 10/28 Connecticut (Big East Tournament) 0-0 (6-5 on penalties), 11/3 West Virginia (Big East Tournament).
23. Florida (11-4-4) 23 10/27 at South Carolina 1-1, OT, 11/1 Georgia (SEC Tournament).
24. Loyola Marymount (10-2-5) 24 10/26 Utah Valley State 4-1, 10/29 at Gonzaga 1-0, 11/4 Portland.
25. Clemson (10-6-2) NR 10/28 at Florida State 0-0, OT, 11/1 Boston College (ACC Tournament).
25. Marquette (11-4-4) NR 10/29 Villanova (Big East Tournament) 1-0, 11/3 Notre Dame (Big East Tournament).



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