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Oct. 5, 2011
• Atlantic Coast Conference teams continue to hold down seven of the top 11 spots in the latest Soccer America poll, led by No. 4 Duke. The Blue Devils also hold the No. 4 spot in this week’s NSCAA rankings, which feature four ACC teams among the top 10 and seven among the top 17.
• Four ACC teams are among the top 10 of the RPI ranking released by the NCAA on Wednesday (Wake Forest at No. 3, Duke at No. 4, Virginia at No. 6 and Boston College at No. 7). Seven ACC teams are ranked among the Top 20 (North Carolina at No. 11, Florida State at No. 13 and Miami at No. 20). NC State checked in at No. 27, Maryland at No. 29 and Virginia Tech at No. 36.
• ACC Player of the Week Courtney Jones of North Carolina has also been named the National Player of the Week by Soccer America. Jones led the ninth-ranked Tar Heels to two conference road victories at No. 10 Florida State and Miami.
• Duke (12-1-1) and Wake Forest (11-1-1) continue to post their best starts in school history.
• Boston College senior goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni needs just three more shutouts to equal the NCAA record of 44 held by former Rutgers keeper Erin Guthrie.
• Maryland sixth-year head coach Brian Pensky posted his 63rd career victory on Sept. 29 at Clemson, moving him into the top spot on the program’s all-time wins list.
• Duke junior goalkeeper Tara Campbell enters Thursday night’s game against Boston College with nine shutouts so far this season. That matches the school record for shutouts in a single year.
• North Carolina midfielder Amber Brooks was named the National Player of the Week by TopDrawerSoccer.com. Brooks was joined on the site’s National Team of the Week by Wake Forest goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe. Brooks and Duke keeper Tara Campbell were named Primetime Performers by CollegeSoccer360.com. Bledsoe and Campbell each logged 200 minutes last week without allowing a goal.
• This week’s schedule includes a matchup of top five teams on Thursday night, as No. 4 Duke travels to No. 5 Boston College. Also on Thursday evening, No. 9 North Carolina plays to Clemson at 8 p.m. in a regionally televised match (RSN).
• Two more battles of ranked teams are set for Saturday, as No. 5 Wake Forest travels to No. 11 Maryland, while No. 10 Florida State visits No. 8 Virginia.