W&J Women’s Soccer Earns Top 10 Regional Ranking
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- The Washington & Jefferson College women’s soccer team is ranked 10th in the latest NSCAA Great Lakes Region poll released on Tuesday.
The Presidents (9-3, 3-0) have won seven straight games and are ranked in the poll for the second time this season. W&J was also ranked during the week of September 5, following a season-opening win against Wooster.
Transylvania (Ky.), the nation’s 16th ranked team, leads the Great Lakes Region rankings, followed by Ohio Northern, which is ranked 21st in the country. Case Western Reserve is third, with Centre, Hanover, Carnegie Mellon, Allegheny, Kenyon, Ohio Wesleyan and W&J rounding out the poll. W&J defeated Carnegie Mellon on September 24 by a 2-0 margin in Washington.
The Presidents’ offense is led by junior Chrissy Marcius (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin), who is tied for the lead in NCAA Division III with 0.92 assists per game and is tied for second in the nation with 11 total assists. Sophomores Cheyenne Mangold (Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas/Texas Military Institute) and Holly Shipley (Scottdale, Pa./Southmoreland) are tied for third in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference with eight goals each.
The W&J defense has pitched eight shutouts this season, including six in its last seven games. W&J is on pace to allow the least amount of goals in school history, having allowed only 10 this season. The current record is 16 set last season.
The Presidents look to tie a team record with their eighth consecutive win when they travel to Pittsburgh on Wednesday for a match with Chatham at 4:00 pm.