2016 NCAA Tournament
Women's Soccer Third Round and National Quarterfinals
Saturday, November 19
Sunday, November 20
Williams 2, Johns Hopkins 1
Messiah 3, Middlebury 0
TODAY'S GAME HAS BEEN MOVED TO FARLEY-LAMB FIELD ON LATHAM STREET
Messiah 4, Williams 1
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 Johns Hopkins University (17-2-2) versus Williams (17-0-2). Middlebury College (15-4-0) will battle Messiah College (19-2-0) 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. Last week the Ephs defeated Elms College, 3-0, in the first round behind goals from Evan Gancedo, Kristina Alvarado and Natalie Turner-Wyatt. The Ephs then defeated Wentworth Institute of Technology 1-0 behind a goal from Alison Lu. Keeper Olivia Barnhill posted shutouts in both games for the Ephs.
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 (13).
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 (4), assists (3) and points (11).
Barnhill has started all 19 games in goal for the Ephs and has compiled a .900 save percentage and a 0.37 goals against average in over 1,294 minutes. She has 9 shutouts this season.
The Blue Jays started the season 1-1-2 in their first four games but proceeded to go 16-1-0 in their past 17 games. The Blue Jays won their second straight and 11th overall Centennial Conference Tournament title to gain an automatic berth into the NCAA Tiurnament. It is their 15th appearance.
Last week Johns Hopkins defeated Western Connecticut State 3-1 in the first round, then shutout Christopher Newport University 4-0 in a second round contest.
Meg Van de Loo was named the 2016 Centennial Player of the Year for her stellar senior campaign for the Johns Hopkins women's soccer team. Four other Blue Jays were also honored by the Centennial Conference as Ana Bengoechea and Adrienne Johnson were named to the First Team, whileKristen Hori and Bailey Monaco earned All-Centennial honorable mention. Hopkins has 61 all-time First Team selections, the most of any team in the conference.
Van de Loo became the eighth Johns Hopkins player to earn Centennial Player of the Year honors and is the fifth Blue Jay to pick up the conference's top honor in six seasons. The forward leads the Centennial Conference with 59 points and 25 goals, including seven game-winning goals.
Bengoechea garnered All-Centennial First Team honors for the fourth time in her career, becoming the ninth four-time First Team selection in conference and third Blue Jay to do so. In her senior season, Bengoechea has had her most prolific season as a scorer, leading the team in assists (9) and ranking second in goals (10).
Johnson joins Van de Loo and Bengoechea on the All-Centennial First Team after being named to the second team her first three seasons. She played up front as a midfielder to begin the season, scoring a goal and an assist before fortifying the Blue Jays' backline as a shutdown defender in the second half of the season.
Hori and Monaco earned honorable mention for their performances in 2016. A year after landing on the All-Centennial Second Team, Hori has recorded five goals and 13 points to rank third on Johns Hopkins in each category. Monaco has contributed three goals and five assists in just 17 matches for the Blue Jays.
Messiah College won the MAC Commonwealth Championship for both the second-straight season and the 15th time in 17 seasons to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.The Falcons are making their 17th NCAA Tournament appearance.
Last week in the first round of the tourney, Messiah defeated the College of Staten Island, 4-0, and folowed that up with a 2-0 win over Montclair State University to advance to this weekend's third round game.
Messiah had nine players named to the All-MAC Commonwealth teams. Marisa Weaver, DJ Cole, and Sunny Gelnovatch led the honors as they were named the Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and Rookie of the Year, respectively.
Weaver's honor came after she tallied a career-high 22 goals to go along with seven assists as the Falcons' offensive leader. She is eighth in the nation in goals scored and 19th in total points (51). Weaver has a team-high six game-winners. Gelnovatch earned the Rookie of the Year award after collecting eight goals and six assists for 22 total points—all marks that are second on the team. She collected hat-tricks against both Lycoming and Hood, and she put through the game-winning goal in overtime against No. 22 McDaniel.
For DJ Cole, the Defensive Player of the Year award is recognition of her dynamic, two-way play for the Falcons in the midfield. Cole's energy, pace, and persistent play has helped Messiah rank near the top of the nation in offensive and defensive categories. Biener's Second Team nod is her second all-conference honor in as many seasons. Last year the award was for her defensive play, but the versatile veteran has made her mark in the midfield in 2016.
As for Messiah's defense, three backs and goalie Sara Yunez were recognized. Kayla Deckert and Yunez led the way with First Team recognition, with Summerly Merson and Skylar Ulry picking up Second Team honors. Yunez, who has played all but 47 minutes this season, carries a 0.34 goals against average and a .825 save percentage, and she has 14 shutouts. Her defensive partners have helped Messiah earn a 0.33 goals against average as a team
Erin Sollenberger was also named All-MAC Commonwealth thanks to her play up front. She's tallied four goals and four assists for 12 total points.
The Panthers are making their ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Middlebury fell to Amherst in the NESCAC Tournament semifinals, but received an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Last week, the Panthers edged M.I.T., 1-0, in first-round action before stunning Stevens Institute in Hoboken, N.J., 2-0, to advance to this weekend's third round.
Three seniors from Middlebury were named First Team All-NESCAC.
Gildner earns her second-straight All-NESCAC laurel. The senior forward leads the Panther attack with a team-best eight goals, tying her for fifth in the conference. She has accumulated 22 points this season, placing her sixth among her league peers. Gildner began this season with at least one point in the first five matches (two goals, four assists).
Haik records her second-consecutive First-Team All-NESCAC accolade. She was a key part of a Middlebury defense that allowed just 0.82 goals per match and has nine shutouts in 2016. The senior defender started all 19 matches in the back as well as each of the 16 matches the previous two seasons for 50-consecutive starts entering this weekend. She is also a two-year captain for the Panthers.
Hobbs tallies her initial All-NESCAC honor. The fourth-year Panther has made the most of scoring chances this season, as four of her six goals have been game winners. Her six goals and 13 points both rank second on the team behind Gildner. Missing one game this season due to injury, the senior captain has played in 61 career matches for Middlebury with 50 starts in the last three seasons, scoring 11 goals along with five assists for 27 points.
Head coach Peter Kim earned his 150th victory during last Saturday's regional semifinal victory over the Engineers. In 13 seasons at the helm of the program, he boasts a record of 151-55-26 (.707) and is the program's all-time leader in victories.
Senior Amy Martin finished the regular season on a roll, recording points in four of the team's last six matches. She is tied for second in the NESCAC with eight assists and has also netted a pair of goals. Junior Emma Shumway is another key contributor with five goals and 11 points. Rookie Virginia Charman scored both Middlebury goals in the win over Stevens.