2014 NCAA Tournament
Women's Soccer Third and Fourth Rounds
Saturday, November 22
Sunday, November 23
Williams (19-1-1) 3, Roger Williams (19-3-4) 2
TCNJ (18-2-1) 3 vs. Misericordia (19-3-1) 1
Williams (20-1-1) 1 vs. TCNJ (18-3-1) 0
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Williams College women's soccer team will continue its quest for a national championship when it hosts the sectional rounds of the 2014 NCAA Div. III Tournament Saturday and Sunday on Cole Field.
The first game Saturday at 11 A.M. features Roger Williams (19-2-4) versus Williams (18-1-1). Misericordia (19-2-1) will battle The College of New Jersey (17-2-1) in the second game at 1:30 p.m.
Saturday's winners will meet Sunday at 1 p.m. back on Cole Field for the right to advance to the national semifinals.
Here's a closer look at the teams:
The Ephs are making their 16th NCAA Tournament appearance and eighth straight - garnering an at-large berth after falling to Conn. College 4-3 in penalty kicks in the NESCAC Tournament championship Sunday.
In the first round, the Ephs defeated Lasell 2-0 and then blitzed Ithaca, 4-1, to advance to sectional play.
The Ephs have outscored opponents 54-8 thus far in 2014 and are 14-0-1 in their last 15 games.
Sophomore forwards Kristi Kirshe and Audrey Thomas and junior midfielder Mai Mitsuyama were named First Team All-NESCAC while senior defender Lilly Wellenbach, senior goalkeeper Hannah Van Wetter and senior back/midfielder Alison Magruder were all Second Team All-NESCAC selections.
Kirshe scored five goals last weekend and leads the team with 17, a new single-season record, eclipsing the mark of 15 set by Gabrielle Woodson in 2008. Thomas has 13 goals this season, second on the team. Kirshe has 38 points due to four assists and Thomas 31 thanks to five assists. Mitsuyama is a critical part of the Ephs' possession attack. She excels in all areas of the pitch.
Wellenbach, Van Wetter and Magruder have all been instrumental in the Ephs' allowing 0.39 goals a game this season. Van Wetter's 0.44 GAA leads the NESCAC and her .849 save percentage is third in the conference. Magruder, the Ephs' leading scorer a year ago, spent much of the season fortifying the Ephs in the back, but has moved up to the midfield recently and had 9 (3 goals, 3 assists) on the season.
The Hawks are making their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance and fourth in the past five years. Last weekend Roger Williams knocked off Bowdoin 3-0 in the first round and bested MIT in double-overtime, 1-0, to advance to Williamstown.
The Hawks placed eight players on the All-Commonwealth Coast Conference team, with Mariah Kaiser being named CCC Player of the Year and Tim Moody named Coach CCC Coach of the Year.
Kaiser, along with Jessica Valenti and Kristen Casey all earned a spot on the All-CCC First Team. Haley Carignan, Sydney Martin and Kristen Knight each made the All-CCC Second Team. Kristen Tetreault and Paige Byrne both were named All-CCC Honorable Mention.
Kaiser leads Roger Williams with 45 points, including team highs in goals (18) and assists (9). Tetreault is second with 23 points (8 goals, 7 assists) while Carignan has registered 22 (7 goals, 8 assists) and Valenti 20 (8 goals, 4 assists). In goal, Martin has started all 25 games and compiled a 0.41 goals against average while making 94 saves. Her save percentage to date is a sparkling .904.
The Cougars are making their 8th tournament appearance in all and fourth straight. Last weekend they defeated Cabrini 4-0 in the first round and then advanced to the third round with a 2-1 victory over Brandeis.
Misericordia had 10 players named to the 2014 All-Freedom Conference team, including Offensive Player of the Year Megan Mahoneyand Defensive Player of the Year Erin Roberts.
Mahoney and Roberts were and were joined on the first-team by fellow repeat selections Erin McGreal, Kylen Smith and Maureen Ciccosanti. Meghan Antrim earned first-team honors as well.
Amber Hartranft, Alexa Alchevsky, Kristen Ritter and Devin Simpson were all named to the second team and head coach Mark Stauffer was named Freedom Coach of the Year.
Mahoney (14 goals, 9 assists), a senior forward, led the high-powered with 37 points while classmate Roberts, a senior midfielder, anchored a defense that allowed just eight goals during the regular season.
McGreal (6g, 6a), a senior midfielder, is third on the team in scoring with 18 points while Smith, a sophomore back, is tied for the team lead with nine assists. Antrim (15g, 1a), a junior forward, has a team-high 15 goals and is second with 31 points while Ciccosanti, a junior goalkeeper, has allowed just .50 goals per game while posting six shutouts. Hartranft (6g, 3a), a first year forward, is tied for third on the team in goals and has 15 points.
Simpson, a junior back, joins first years Alchevsky and Ritter as part of a defense that posted six shutouts and held opponents to less than six shots per game.
The College of New Jersey is making its 24th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, having qualified every year since 1991.
The Lions are 9-0-1 in their last 10 games. Last weekend they blanked Allegheny 3-0 in the first round before dethroning the defending national champions from William Smith with a 2-1 victory in double-overtime.
TCNJ had three special award winners and seven players named to the various all-conference teams. Senior Jordan Downs won her second straight Defensive Player of the Year Award, while classmate Kendra Griffith was cited as the 2014 NJAC Goalkeeper of the Year. Freshman Jessica Goldman was the final Lion honored as she was named the NJAC Rookie of the Year.
Downs and Griffith both earned All-NJAC First Team honors and were joined on that squad by sophomore Christine Levering and sophomore Brianna Petro . Senior Korrie Harkins earned a spot on the all-conference second team, while senior Lori Genovesi and junior Brianna Cummings received honorable mention.