ECRHA Makes First Visit To Export
by Vincent MatulaECRHA November 15th, 2019 at 6:45AM November 15th, 2019 12:46PM
For some teams, there is one more stop before the final weekend of first semester arrives. 13 clubs from three different divisions are making the trip to either continue or end first semester games in Export, Pennsylvania.
Since Farmingdale is done with games this semester, that leaves Slippery Rock as the remaining team from Division 1 to take part in this weekend’s games. The Pride of Slippery Rock will be taking on Rochester IT, West Chester and Rowan. Last season, Slippery Rock defeated both RIT and West Chester by scoring six goals in both contests while they face Rowan for the first time since February of 2018. In their four regular season games against D2 clubs this season, the Pride are outscoring these opponents by a score of 37-8. They will look to continue their high scoring rate this weekend.
Rowan is one of the five teams from Division 2 that will be in attendance this weekend. After starting their seasons 0-3 in Dracut, they’ll need a big weekend to keep their playoff hopes alive. In every game this season (including exhibition), the Profs have allowed at least seven goals. After falling to RIT 7-1 in Dracut, Rowan will get their chance at revenge while they also get a matchup with Penn State that saw a 7-5 loss back in pre-season. Before those games, the Profs will play against West Chester and close out the weekend against D1 Slippery Rock.
The highlight of Penn State’s opening weekend was undoubtedly a 2-1 victory over D1 Farmingdale. Despite this, the Nittany Lions only scored one more goal the remainder of that weekend. With games against Robert Morris, Rowan and West Chester this weekend, they will need to find their offensive touch in order to try and climb the standings. Penn State is looking to avenge an 8-0 loss which they suffered against Robert Morris in Grove City. Like Penn State, West Chester University is another school that could benefit from more scoring this weekend. After scoring five goals in Old Bethpage last weekend, the Golden Rams have Rowan, Robert Morris and D1 Slippery Rock on tap for the weekend as well as the previously mentioned Nittany Lions of Penn State.
Both Rochester IT and Robert Morris are the only two teams left in Division 2 that have suffered one loss on the young season. The Tigers of Rochester open up the weekend against Rowan and D1 Slippery Rock on Saturday while the Colonials of Robert Morris match up with Penn State and West Chester on Saturday. RIT and Robert Morris will conclude their respective weekends on Sunday morning with a matchup against one another. It’s the first time these two schools are going head-to-head since Robert Morris beat RIT 4-1 at Nationals last season.
Syracuse University currently sits as the first place team in Division 3 this season. The Orange come into Export with a six game winning streak and will look to take down Montclair and Neumann who stand in their way of an almost perfect first semester. After scoring 28 goals in just their first weekend of play, the Neumann Knights will look to continue their undefeated season against the aforementioned Syracuse, Lock Haven, Niagara and Cornell. At least one of Neumann’s top four scorers have recorded a point on each of those 28 goals. Temple’s only loss of the season came at the hands of Syracuse’s winning streak as the Owls will look to return to form against Lock Haven, Niagara and Cornell. Montclair State will continue their inaugural season this weekend with games against Cornell, Lock Haven and Niagara. After falling to Syracuse 9-3 back in pre-season, Montclair will also play against the Orange and have an opportunity at redemption.
The remaining three teams from Division 3 will all be in search of their first victory of the season this weekend. Cornell has yet to play in any sort of action this season while Lock Haven has only played in one non-conference match and forfeited both their regular season games in Grove City. Similar to the previous to teams, Niagara also sits at 0-2 in the standings hoping to change the course of their season. All three of these teams will play against Neumann, Temple and Montclair this weekend.