2016 NCAA Tournament
Women's Soccer First and Second Rounds
Saturday, November 12
Williams 3, Elms 0
Wentworth 1, Arcadia 0
Williams 1, Wentworth 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 2016 NCAA Div. III Tournament Saturday and Sunday on Cole Field.
The first game Saturday at 11 A.M. features Elms College (18-3-1) versus Williams (15-0-2). Arcadia University (17-3-0) will battle The Wentworth Institute of Technology (15-3-3) 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.
Ticket prices are $6 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens and $2 for children ages 2 through 12.
Here's a closer look at the teams:
The Ephs are making their 18th NCAA Tournament appearance and 10th straight - garnering an at-large berth after tying Trinity 1-1 in the NESCAC semifinals but seeing the Bantams advance to the finals, 3-1, in penalties.
The defending national champions are currently ranked No. 3 in the country and No. 1 in New England.
Senior forward Kristi Kirshe was named the New England Small College Player of the Year Thursday. Kirshe earns Player of the Year honors for the first time and is the fourth Eph to garner the honor since 2000. Kirshe, also an All-NESCAC First Team for the third straight season, is a key cog in a potent Williams offense that has scored 46 goals this season. She ranks third in the NESCAC in scoring with 26 points and leads the league in assists (12).
Williams led all teams with six all-NESCAC picks. Williams senior Audrey Thomas landed on the First Team for the third consecutive season and is joined by junior defender Danielle Sim. Thomas has registered 15 points in 13 games and ranks third on the team with six goals, half of which have been game-winners. Sim has started 17 games and chipped in one goal, while anchoring a defensive unit that has surrendered just six goals on the year and leads the NESCAC in goals against average (0.35).
Senior back/midfielder/forward Katie Wardlaw, junior midfielder Evan Gancedo and sophomore goalkeeper Olivia Barnhill were all named to the All-NESCAC Second Team. Wardlaw has played exceptionally well in the back for the Ephs but also scored 2 goals and added an assist for 5 points this season. Gancedo has started al 17 games in the midfield for the Ephs and has career highs in goals (3), assists (3) and points (9).
Barnhill has started all 17 games in goal for the Ephs and has compiled a .891 save percentage and a 0.42 goals against average in over 1,294 minutes. She has 7 shutouts this season.
Elms defeated Lesley, 4-2, in the NECC Tournament championship gain to gain an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. With the win, the Blazers (18-3-1) captured their third NECC Championship title, and first since the 2011 season. It will be their second tournament appearance.
The Blazers placed nine players on the NECC All-Conference team, featuring five first-team selections. BrieVoight grabbed Player of the Year and consecutive First Team accolades after a record-breaking junior season, where she set new program records in points (47) and goals (19), leading the conference in both categories, while adding nine assists. Voight also set the new program mark for game-winning goals in a season, delivering seven winning tallies for the Blazers. Voight is the second Blazer in program history to receive NECC Player of the Year honors, joining Krystyna Gagne (2008).
In her first collegiate season, Rebecca Molin posted an impressive 0.54 goals against average with a .789 save percentage and 45 saves. Molin set a new program record with 15 shutouts.
Joining Voight and Molin on the All-NECC First Team is senior Kathleen Tuechler and juniors Jackie Soucia and Silvana Tellerico. Tuechler nabs back-to-back All-NECC First Team honors after totaling 10 points on four goals with two assists. Tuechler and Tellerico helped anchor the Blazers defensive line, which limits opponents to .54 goals on 5.86 shots per game.
Sean Milbier becomes the second coach in program history to earn NECC Coach of the Year honors, after guiding the Blazers to a program record 18-3-1 season. Milbier helmed the Blazers to four straight NECC Championship game appearancesand became the program's all-time leader in coaching wins (56-27-5), and reached the 50-win plateau in the Elms' 1-0 overtime victory against Southern Vermont on October 15th.
Wentworth defeated Gordon, 4-0, in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament championship game, its first CCC championship and one which resulted in the Leopards making their first NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend in Williamstown.
Wentworth is presently riding a three-game win streak and seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) and have not given up a goal in the last 471:46. During the seven-game unbeaten streak the Black & Gold are outscoring opponents by a 22-2 margin.
Offensively, junior Emily Richard leads the way with 28 points which includes a program-record 14 assists to go along with seven assists. Freshman Sidney Brogan and senior Amanda Weinberger have each scored three goals and added three assists for 21 points. Junior Ali Leach – who notched the game-winning goal in the CCC semifinal win over Endicott and repeated the accomplishment in the title game against Gordon, had six goals and four assists for 16 points. Richard was the CCC Offensive Player of the Year and Brogan was the CCC Rookie of the Year. Both were also named All-CCC along with Weinberger and senior Mary Annon.
The Leopards' defense has been solid with a stingy 0.60 goals against average which includes a program-record 13 clean sheets. Patrolling the midfield has been four-time All-CCC selection senior Morgan Miller, who shows her versatility by also recording 11 points this season. Sophomore Madyson Reno, senior Rachel Perras and two-time CCC Defensive Player of the Year Mary Pastorelli anchor a strong defense which has limited opponents to less than 10 shots per game. Two-time All-CCC selection Micaela Robinson has been solid in net for Wentworth, recording a 10-2-3 record with a 0.34 goals against average, .912 save percentage, and nine solo shutouts, which ties the program's single-season record.
This will be the first-ever meeting between Wentworth and Arcadia.
Arcadia dropped a 2-0 decision to Messiah College in the championship game of the MAC Commonwealth Conference.
Head Coach Rick Brownell picked up his second career MAC Commonwealth Coach of the Year honor as he guided Arcadia to a program-record 13-game winning streak to start the season en route to a 16-2 regular season that included a 6-2 conference record.
Glanfield's selection is the third of her career, and second straight on the First-Team. She posted 13 points in the regular season on five goals and three assists. Two of her five goals proved to be game winners. A Second-Team All-MAC Commonwealth selection a year ago, Haberbosch earned her first career First-Team selection following one of the best statistical seasons in program history. She found the back of the net a single-season program record 18 times in the regular season while tying for the team lead with six assists. Her 42 points tied the single-season program record for points.
Kelly was an Honorable Mention to the All-Conference Team last season and is now a First-Team All-MAC Commonwealth selection at back. She finished the regular season third on the team with 20 points on seven goals and six assists. She netted a pair of game-winners. This marks the second First-Team All-MAC Commonwealth selection for Pontis in as many years. Pontis leads an Arcadia defense that allowed just 14 goals in the regular season for a team-goals against average of 0.78 and posted five shutouts.
Kramer received her third all-conference selection and second on the First-Team. She notched 24 points on 11 goals and two assists during the regular season. She broke Arcadia's all-time goals record in winning fashion as she scored both goals late in a 2-1 win over Ursinus; she currently sits at 53 for her career. Poore garnered her first career All-MAC Commonwealth recognition on the Second-Team. The midfielder scored once and handed out an assist in the regular season.