Williams women set to host NCAA First and Second Round Games
2013 NCAA Tournament
Women's Soccer First and Second Round
Saturday, November 16
Sunday, November 17
Williams (13-3-2) 5, Lesley University (18-2-1) 1
Keene State (18-4-1) 2, Haverford (10-4-6) 0
Williams 3 (14-3-2), Keene State 0 (18-5-1)
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Williams College women's soccer team will begin its quest for a national championship when it hosts the first and second round of the 2013 NCAA Div. III Tournament Saturday and Sunday on Cole Field.
The first game Saturday at 11 A.M. features Lesley (18-1-) versus Williams (12-3-2).Keene State (17-4-1) will play Haverford (10-3-6) in the second game at 1:30 p.m.
Saturday's winners will meet Sunday at 1:30 back on Cole Field for the right to advance to the third round of the tournament.
Here's a closer look at the teams:
The Ephs are making their 15th NCAA Tournament appearance and seventh straight - garnering an at-large berth after falling to Middlebury 1-0 in the NESCAC Tournament championship Sunday.
Senior captains Carla Nicasio and Hayley Cook and sophomore Mai Mitsuyama were recognized in a vote of the conference coaches. All three have played both in the midfield and in back for the Ephs this season. Williams has outscored its opponents 29-14, and that trio had a huge impact on that statistic. As did junior goalkeeper Hannah Van Wetter, who has compiled a 0.32 goals against average and a .907 save percentage this season.
Williams first years pace the team in scoring: Katie Wardlaw has 12 points and shared the team lead in goals with five with her classmate Kristi Kirshe, who has 11 points to date. Another first year, Audrey Thomas, has 10 points (4 goals, 2 assists) tied with junior forward Alison Magruder.
The Lynx are coming fresh off a 1-0 double overtime win against Elms College, capturing their second straight NECC title in the victory and second consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearance. The Lynx are having a successful season going 18-1-1 overall with a 9-0 conference record.
The Lynx are led by 2013 New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Year Hannah Landerholm who netted 11 goals and one assist from the midfield while junior classmate Alexis Giusti led the offense for the Lynx with 12 goals and seven assists for a total of 31 points. Between the pipes, the sophomore Jackie Berard boats a 6-0-1 record with a 0.38 goals against average and three shutout.
The Keene State women's soccer team (17-4-1) will be making their first national tournament trip since 2004. The Owls earned six NCAA berths as a Division II member, reaching the finals in 1989 and 1990. KSC returned to the NCAA Division III tournament in 1998, losing a first-round game to Colby College (5-1). The Owls also made NCAA appearances in 2002 and 2004.
Owl senior back Kelsie Bailey was named the Defensive Player of the Year, while Denise Lyons was selected as the Coach of the Year. Bailey organized and managed the most effective defensive unit in the conference circuit, allowing the fewest goals allowed (1st, 18), in addition to the lowest goals against average (1st, 0.82), and highest number of shutouts (1st, 11). In 22 appearances, the Owls limited the opposition to two or fewer goals 19 times.
Haverford is making its second straight appearance in the NCAA playoffs, finished second in the regular season standings of the Centennial Conference and played its way into the championship of the postseason league tournament before falling, 2-0, Saturday evening to sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins University.
Seniors Meg Boyer and Elizabeth Newman were First-Team All-Centennial Conference selections, senior Mariah Baker was named to the Second-Team. Boyer, a forward, sparks the Fords' attack with a team-leading eight goals, fifth-most in the conference, and 17 points. Her four game-winning goals also lead Haverford and is second-most amongst the league's leaders.