WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Another conference game, another ranked opponent for the Seahawks this weekend when they travel to Norfolk, Va., to take on the 21st ranked Old Dominion Monarchs in a 7 p.m. start.

UNCW hopes to find its offense against the Monarchs who are coming off an impressive 4-0 victory over VCU earlier in the week. The Seahawks, meanwhile, were undone by a second half goal in falling to nationally-ranked host James Madison, 1-0. UNCW has managed just 11 goals in 10 matches.

Against JMU, the Seahawks and the Dukes were at a stalemate until the 73rd minute when JMU broke through for the lone goal, coming off a corner kick.

As has become the norm in the Colonial Athletic Association, one of the most competitive leagues in the nation, just six points separate the top of the league from ninth place. The Seahawks are tied with Northeastern, each with three points while JMU and William & Mary sit atop the conference with nine points.

UNCW will have its hands full defending striker Yannick Smith, who paces the ODU squad with 17 points on eight goals and an assist. Tim Hopkinson and Gideon Asante are tied for second with 12 points, each with four goals and four assists. Victor Franoz has seen the lion's share of time in goal (703 min.) and has posted an impressive 0.90 goals against average.

With just 11 goals this season, UNCW needs its strikers to get into the flow as the Seahawks have manufactured four goals from that slot this season. Junior forward Thomas Driver is tied with freshman defender Jacob VanCompernolle and junior midfielder Etienne Boulanger with two goals for the team lead. Daniel Roberts, a preseason All-CAA selection, has doled out four assists and is seventh all-time at UNCW.

The Seahawks close out their daunting three-game road swing on Wednesday at Georgia State on Oct. 12.