University of Michigan - Latif Alashe, Etienne Lussiez, Zeke Harris, Nick Lewin, Alex Landschultz, and Kofi Opare have all played an integral role in Michigan's recent stretch of good form. The maize and blue finished the regular season with a string of victories, knocking off the likes of No. 11 Indiana and rival Michigan State in the process. The results continued as they won their way to a place in the championship game of the Big 10 tournament, where they came up just short in an overtime loss to Michigan State. The strong finish helped the team to earn a berth in the NCAA tournament, which began last night as they defeated Niagara by a convincing score of 3-1 at home in Ann Arbor. The win means they advance to play national powerhouse Akron University (and AFC Cleveland forward Tommy Schmitt) in the next round. The game will take place in Akron at 4:30 pm this Sunday, November 18.
Michigan State University - Coach Kylie Stannard, Assistant Coach Jeremy Clark, and their Michigan State Spartans were recently crowned champions of the Big 10 tournament, having defeated nationally-ranked Indiana, Penn State, and University of Michigan en route to the title. With the tournament victory, the green and white earned a well-deserved berth in the NCAA tournament, and are already on their way to the second round after defeating Cleveland State yesterday afternoon by a score of 2-1. Waiting in the next round is No. 1 Notre Dame University, to whom the Spartans fell 0-2 back in September. The rematch will take place in South Bend on Sunday at 2 pm.
Saginaw Valley State University - Coach Wassermann and his Saginaw Valley State Cardinals have been on a roll in recent weeks, capturing the GLIAC regular season title, the GLIAC tournament crown, and winning their first game in the NCAA tournament in dramatic fashion over Quincy. With the win, Coach Wassermann's team advance to the round of 16, where they will take on Rockhurst (Mo.) at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The game will take place today at 5 pm, and this is the first time in program history a team has advanced to the round of 16.
Oakland University - The Golden Grizzlies' season came to an abrupt end with a disappointing loss in the Summit League tournament final to Western Illinois University. Led by DCFC mainstays Kyle Bethel, Luke Diener, Sean Magee, John Dreshaj, and John Timm, the team had a hugely successful regular season, finishing with a record of 11-7-1 and winning the Summit League championship in the process. Diener and Timm were both regular fixtures in the starting back line: Diener earned All-Summit League Second Team honors, and Timm, who earned All-Summit League First Team honors, was also named Summit League Defensive Player of the Year. Bethel, who led the nation in assists for a good portion of the season, was named Summit League Offensive Player of the Year as well as Newcomer of the Year. For his great work in the midfield, Dreshaj earned a place on the All-Summit League First Team, and was joined by teammate Magee on the Summit League All-Academic team.
Bowling Green State University - Although the Facons' season came to an end with a loss to Akron in the MAC tournament semifinals, it was another stellar year for DCFC outside back Zach Schewee. Recently named to the All-Tournament team, Schewee has now played in 55 of the Falcons' 57 matches since he arrived as a freshmen (52 as a starter). This fall, he earned three points from his defensive position, and helped the defense claim seven shutous on the season.
University of Detroit Mercy - Although the Titans' season came to an end at the hands of #6 Loyola in the Horizon League semifinals, the season was a big success. DCFC center back Adam Bedell had a red-letter fall, accumulating 27 points on 11 goals and 5 assists. His numbers put him firmly in the program record books (both goals and total points), and helped him earn Horizon League Player of the Year. Goalkeeper Nathan Steinwasher had an outstanding season as well, earning a place on the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team.
Western Michigan University - Scott Zech and the Western Michigan Broncos had their best season since 2003, going 11-6-2 overall and 3-3-1 in the always-challenging MAC.
University of Evansville - The Purple Aces had a solid season, and were led by DCFC midfielder Nick Schroeder. With three goals and an assist, Schroeder's 7 points and steady play earned him a well-deserved place on the All-MVC Second Team. With six of his teammates earning honorable mention recognition and three others named to the All-Freshmen team, the future of the program appears to be in good hands.
South Carolina University - Facing a challenging schedule, the Gamecocks posted a 5-11-2 record this season. In his sophomore season, DCFC defender Mo Kaba played a role in 8 of those contests, and earned a place on the 2012 SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Olivet College - Adam Wright and his Olivet Comets had an outstanding season, posting an impressive 16-5-1 overall record and an appearance in the championship match of the MIAA conference tournament.
Spring Arbor University - Marco Bernardini and his teammates are on their way to Georgia to compete in the NAIA national championships for the first time since the 1970's. The Cougars finished the regular season with an amazing 16-3-2 record, and recently defeated Indiana Wesleyan in double-overtime to earn a berth in the national tournament.
Georgetown University - DCFC central midfielder Joey Dillon and the Georgetown Hoyas have had quite a fall, posting an impressive 17-3-1 record on their way to winning the Big East Blue Division. After beginning the season unranked, the team has spent much of the season in the national polls, and earned themselves the third overall seed in the NCAA tournament to go along with their at-large bid. With the high seed, Dillon and company will begin play in the second round, where they will host University of North Carolina-Charlotte in a home match this coming Sunday at 1 pm.