NESCAC NCAA Update - November 13, 2017

NESCAC NCAA Update - November 13, 2017

HADLEY, Mass. - Below is a summary of the teams and individuals representing the NESCAC in several NCAA Championship events. 

CROSS COUNTRY | Championship Information
Six teams and seven individuals from the NESCAC will compete at the 2017 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships on Saturday. A complete list of teams and individual qualifiers for the event were unveiled by the NCAA on Sunday afternoon. Click here for more details.

Principia College is hosting the championships on Saturday, November 18 at the North Farm Facility in Elsah, Illinois. The men’s race will begin at 12 p.m. Eastern time followed by the women’s race at 1:15 p.m. Eastern time.

FIELD HOCKEY | Bracket | Game Recaps
Middlebury advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the third time in the last four years and ninth time overall following a pair of 5-0 wins over the University of New England and Rochester in an NCAA Regional held at Kohn Field. Grace Jennings, Erin Nicholas and Annie Leonard tallied a goal and an assist in the win over UNE. Against Rochester, five different Panthers scored in the contest.

Trinity opened its NCAA Tournament action with a 5-3 victory over Gwynedd Mercy in Hartford, Conn. Kelcie Finn had a hand in all five goals for the Bantams and helped Trinity rally from a 2-1 deficit to advance. In the second round, Chandler Solimine scored off an assist from Finn with 2:27 remaining in overtime to lift Trinity to a 2-1 victory over Salisbury. The Bantams’ NCAA run came to an end in the quarterfinals, where they fell, 5-0, to Messiah. Trinity finished its season with a record of 14-7.

Middlebury (18-2) will meet Franklin & Marshall on Friday in a national semifinal at 7 p.m. on the campus of Bellarmine in Louisville, Kentucky. The other semifinal features Messiah and The College of New Jersey playing at 4 p.m. Friday’s winners will advance to play in the NCAA Championship on Sunday at the University of Louisville’s Trager Stadium beginning at 5 p.m.

MEN'S SOCCER | Bracket | Game Recaps
Fikayo Ajayi scored two goals, including the game-winner with two minutes remaining in regulation, to lift Amherst past Salem State, 2-1, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The Mammoths’ second round match against Springfield went to a penalty kick shootout after the teams finished in a 1-1 tie after two overtime periods. Lee Owen came off the bench to play in net for Amherst and made one save in the shootout and Springfield missed its three other attempts to allow the Mammoths to move on to the third round for the eighth consecutive season.

Bowdoin and Rutgers-Newark played to a scoreless draw through 110 minutes and the NCAA First Round match had to be decided in a penalty kick shootout. The Scarlet Knights won the shootout, 3-2, to advance to the second round. The Polar Bears closed the season with a 10-4-4 record.

Connecticut College suffered a 2-1 loss in overtime to Rochester in the Camels’ first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1995. Chris Lockwood gave Connecticut College a 1-0 lead in the 55th minute, but Rochester evened the match in the 80th minute and netted the game-winning tally just two minutes into the overtime session. The Camels finished the season with a 9-4-4 mark.

Middlebury’s season came to an end with a 1-0 loss to Stevens at SUNY Cortland. The Ducks scored in the 88th minute and held on for the victory. The match marked the final contest for Middlebury head coach David Saward, who announced his retirement prior to the start of the 2017 season. Saward completed his 33-year career with a record of 359-126-59 (.714) and the Panthers ended their season with a 12-7-0 mark.

Tufts, the NESCAC Champions and defending national champions, advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament by edging St. Joseph’s (ME), 4-2 in penalty kicks. Conner Meith made two stops on penalty kicks to help the Jumbos advance to the third round for the second straight season.

Amherst will face Rochester at Messiah on Saturday, November 18. The Amherst/Rochester winner will play the winner of the Stevens/Messiah match on Sunday, November 19. Tufts will host a sectional pod on Saturday. The Jumbos will play Johns Hopkins, while Drew and Brandeis are in the other match in Medford, Mass. The winners will meet on Sunday.

WOMEN'S SOCCER | Bracket | Game Recaps
Williams hosted first and second round games and came away with two victories to advance to the third round. The Ephs outscored their opponents 5-0 over the two matches. Alison Lu scored the first goal and assisted the second in a 2-0 shutout over Lesley to open NCAA Tournament action. Sydney Jones netted two goals to lead Williams in a 3-0 blanking of Brandeis.

Connecticut College fell 1-0 to Wilkes in a first round match. A bicycle-kick goal in the 52nd minute proved to be the difference. The Camels outshot Wilkes 15-5 in the match, but could not come away with a win. Connecticut College wrapped up its season with a 12-4-1 mark.

Hamilton, the last team announced in the NCAA Tournament field, dropped a 1-0 decision to Misericordia in the opening round. The Cougars scored the lone goal of the game 3:36 into the match and held on for the victory. The Continentals finished the season with a 10-5-2 record.

Virginia Charman scored in the 83rd minute to lift Middlebury to a 1-0 victory over Western Connecticut in an opening round match. The Panthers advanced to face host MIT in the second round. The Engineers scored a first-half goal and held on the rest of the way to earn a 1-0 victory. Middlebury finished its season with a 12-4-2 record.

Virginia Wesleyan scored three first-half goals and held off Tufts to post a 3-2 victory in the first round match at TCNJ in Ewing, N.J. The Jumbos, the NESCAC Runners-Up, closed out the season with a 10-6-3 mark.

Williams will face Cal Lutheran in a third-round match at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 18 at Cole Field in Williamstown, Mass. Johns Hopkins and SUNY Geneseo will meet in the other match hosted by Williams at 1:30 p.m. The winners will play each other in the sectional final on Sunday.

VOLLEYBALL | Bracket | Match Recaps
Tufts and Wesleyan each won their opening matches of the NCAA Tournament with 3-0 victories over UMass Boston and Wellesley, respectively.

Against UMass Boston, Maddie Stewart and Mackenzie Bright combined for 16 kills to lead the Jumbos into the second round where they faced MIT. The second-round match versus the Engineers went to five sets. Tufts was a point away from victory in the fourth set, but MIT came back and won the deciding set, 15-10, to take the match, 3-2. Tufts ended its season with a record of 23-7.

Wesleyan, which was in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001, swept Wellesley to advance to the second round. Stasie Litinsky led all players with 11 kills, while Nicole Hilton added 10 kills and Harper Graves finished with 10 kills and 10 digs. Against Johnson & Wales, the Cardinals held a 2-1 lead, but the Wildcats rallied in the fourth and fifth sets to earn the victory. Wesleyan concluded its season with a 22-6 mark.