2017 NESCAC Tournament
Women's Soccer Semifinals and Championship
Saturday, November 4
Sunday, November 5
Williams 4, Amherst 2
Tufts 3, Hamilton 2
Williams 2, Tufts 1 (OT)
HADLEY, Mass. – Top-seeded Williams will host the semifinals and final of the 2017 NESCAC Women's Soccer Championship for the fourth consecutive year at Cole Field. Williams faces seventh-seeded Amherst in the first semifinal game on Saturday, November 4 at 11 a.m. The second semifinal contest features No. 6 Hamilton and No. 4 Tufts at 1:30 p.m. The winners will advance to the NESCAC Championship on Sunday at noon with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line.
Williams owns a 3-2-1 lead in the postseason series, the last postseason meeting between the two teams was the 2011 championship game. The Mammoths came away with a 2-1 win to capture their third NESCAC title. This season, the Ephs defended their home turf with a 3-2 victory on September 23.
Saturday's second semifinal features sixth-seeded Hamilton (10-4-2) versus fourth-seeded Tufts (9-4-3).
After coming up empty in their first four championship appearances, the sixth-seeded Continentals broke through with a 1-0 win at Middlebury College on a goal by Maddie Dale '20 in the third minute last Saturday. Emily Dumont '18 made seven saves and tied a program record with her ninth shutout of the season. Hamilton, which is 1-3-1 in NESCAC postseason contests, is in the conference semifinals for the first time. The Continentals played Williams to a 1-1 tie in 2011 but the Ephs advanced to the next round with a 5-4 edge in penalty kicks.
The Continentals own the second-best defense in the conference, posting a 0.48 goals against average and 11 shutouts. Hamilton has nine shutouts over its last 10 matches and is 8-1-1. First-year Cat Gambino (Westbury, N.Y.) leads the team in scoring with seven points as 13 players have recorded at least one point this season. Senior Dumont (North Andover, Mass.) is one of the best goalkeepers in the NESCAC. She leads the league with a .896 save percentage and nine shutouts and ranks second in the conference in goals against average (0.53).
The Jumbos beat Trinity College 1-0 in the confernece quarterfinals last Saturday on a goal by freshman forward Sophie Lloydin the 70th minute assisted by junior goalkeeper Emily Bowers. The keeper's goal kick traveled the length of the field into the Bantams' box where Lloyd gathered and shot the ball into the back of the net.
Tufts is in the NESCAC Semifinals for the first time since 2013 and will be gunning for a berth to the championship game for the first time since 2005. Lloyd leads the team in scoring with 16 points and eight goals, while fellow rookie Liz Reed (Lynnfield, Mass.) has also contributed 12 points for the Jumbos. Bowers has played every minute in net for Tufts and owns a 0.72 goals against average with a .844 save percentage.
Saturday marks the first postseason meeting between Hamilton and Tufts. In the regular season, the Jumbos posted a 2-0 victory at Hamilton on October 8.