WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Erin Sullivan's third seeded Williams College Eph men's soccer team (9-3-3/ 6-3-1 NESCAC) will host sixth seeded Middlebury College (9-3-3/ 4-3-3 NESCAC) Sat. on Cole Field at 1 p.m. in a First Round NESCAC Tourney tilt.
The Ephs and Panthers will be meeting for the second time in four days as the two teams met on Cole Field on Oct. 25 to close out NESCAC regular season play. Williams defeated Middlebury 3-0 in the final regular season contest getting goals for Mark Sisco-Tolomeo, JC Bahr de Stefano, and Mohammed Rashid and four saves from goalie Christian Alcorn.
Williams has won five of its last six games, while Middlebury has gone 3-2-1 (1-2-1 vs. NESCAC) in its last half dozen contests. The lone loss for the Ephs in the 6-game skein was a 1-0 defeat at Tufts. The Tufts game marks the only time Williams has been shutout this season.
Williams averages 1.27 goals a game and the Ephs are allowing 0.87 goals a game. Middlebury this fall is scoring at a rate of 1.93 goals a game and the Panthers are allowing 0.82 goals per contest.
"We're excited to attack the postseason and begin our quest for the 2016 NESCAC title on Cole Field," said Erin Sullivan. "We believe the strength of our regular season NESCAC and non-conference schedules have prepared us well for the playoffs and we're eager to get started."
"Middlebury is a formidable, well-coached opponent with many individual and collective talents," added Sullivan. "We are under no illusions in terms of how difficult this match will be. With that in mind, we are preparing as we do for every match to play to our strengths and perform at our peak level."
"Our team is a deep, hungry squad with many players capable of making contributions," noted Sullivan. "This has been highly evident every day on the training ground and several players have stepped up with big performances throughout the season. It's exciting to coach such a determined and selfless team and our veterans continue to set a workmanlike and positive tone day in and day out."
2016 NESCAC MEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday, October 29 at Higher Seeds
No. 8 Trinity at No. 1 Amherst - 1:30 p.m.
No. 7 Bowdoin at No. 2 Tufts - 12 p.m.
No. 6 Middlebury at No. 3 Williams - 1 p.m.
No. 5 Connecticut College at No. 4 Hamilton - 12 p.m.
Saturday, November 5 at Highest Remaining Seed
Semifinal Games - 11 a.m. | 1:30 p.m.
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
Remaining Quarterfinal Winners
Sunday, November 6 at Semifinal Site
Semifinal Winners - 12 p.m.