The weekend started out great for the Yellow Jackets as they defeated #6 Washington (Mo.) 2-0 on Friday night, UR’s first road win over a ranked opponent this year. Senior defender Tom Sorrentino and sophomore forward Max Fan were the goal scorers.
Junior goalkeeper Scott Garfing made five saves en route to his seventh shutout of the year.
The win was big for a number of reasons:
- Beating the number 6 team in the nation is huge for UR’s at-large bid resumé.
- The loss was Wash U’s first home loss in two years and gave the Bears their first UAA loss of the season.
- UR’s win vaulted them into second place in the UAA, giving them a serious chance to win the conference if they won their remaining two UAA contests.
But, unfortunately, the ‘Jackets were taken down by Chicago on Sunday, 3-2, in what turned out to be a thrilling game.
Late in the 2nd half, it looked like UR had the game in the bag with a 2-1 lead and would be leaving Chicago with a 2-0 weekend, but the Maroons managed to score a tying goal in final minute of regulation. Chicago went on to score the game-winner in the first minute of overtime.
Goals for UR were scored by junior defender Jakob Seidlitz and freshman forward Shane Dobles, his first career goal. Garfing took the loss in net.
UR now sits at 9-4-2 on the year, 3-2-1 in the UAA. Here is what the standings look like with one conference game left in the season for each UAA team:
The ‘Jackets are in fourth place with one game left to go against Case Western (Away on 11/5 at 5pm). Mathematically, UR still has a shot to win the UAA and get the conference’s automatic bid.
The point system in the UAA works as follows: three points for a win, one point for a tie and zero points for a loss. A win against Case would give UR 13 points and move them above the Spartans in the standings. For UR to win the conference, they need to win and hope Wash U and Emory both lose their match-ups on Saturday (Wash U plays at Chicago and Emory hosts Carnegie Mellon).
So, a lot will have to go right for the ‘Jackets to win the UAA title, but, it does appear that UR’s rugged schedule and success this season should put them in a viable position to receive an at-large bid come NCAA Tournament time. To solidify their tournament prospects, however, a win at Case on Saturday is a must.