2017 NCAA Tournament
Women's Soccer First and Second Rounds
Saturday, November 11
Williams 2, Lesley 0
Brandeis 3, Stevens 1
Williams 3, Brandeis 0
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Williams College women's soccer team will continue its quest for a national championship when it hosts the regional rounds of the 2017 NCAA Div. III Tournament Saturday and Sunday on Cole Field.
The first game Saturday at 11 A.M. features Lesley University (16-2-3) versus Williams (16-1-1). Brandeis University (11-4-4) will battle The Stevens Institute of Technology (11-3-4) 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 sectional round.
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 19th NCAA Tournament appearance and 11th straight - earning the conference's automatic berth via a 2-1 overtime win versus Tufts that gave them their 8th NESCAC Championship overall.
Williams is currently ranked No. 6 in the country and No. 1 in New England.
Senior defender Danielle Sim was named the 2017 New England Small College Player of the Year Thursday, the first defender to earn the honor since it was awarded. She is the 6th Eph overall to be named the conference's POY.
Williams led all teams with six all-NESCAC picks, three on the First Team and Three on the Second Team. Sim was a repeat First Team selection. Sim anchors an Eph defense that has allowed eight goals this season and owns a 0.43 goals against average. Sim was joined on the First Team by senior forward Natasha Albaneze and senior midfielder Evan Gancedo. Albaneze, who is recognized with an All-NESCAC honor for the first time, has dished out a league-best 10 assists and is second on Williams in scoring with 18 points. Gancedo was an All-NESCAC Second Team honoree in 2016. She has started every match for the Ephs in the midfield and contributed four goals and nine points.
Second Team selections included junior goalkeeper Olivia Barnhill, junior midfielder Natalie Turner-Wyatt and sophomore forward Alison Lu. Barnhill has started all 16 games in goal for the Ephs and has compiled a .841 save percentage and a 0.47 goals against average in over 1,343 minutes. She has 6 shutouts this season. Turner-Wyatt is third on the team in points with 17, including six goals, one of which was a game-winner. Lu leads the Ephs in points (22) and goals (9).
First-year midfielder Victoria Laino (5 goals, 1 assist) and sophomore forward Sarah Scire (4 goals, 3 assists) each have 11 points. Junior forward Kristina Alvarado has four goals, three of whcih are game-winners.
Earlier this week senior forward Karlie Rubin was voted the 2017 NECC Player of the Year. In her senior campaign, Rubin led the Lynx to an undefeated 8-0 regular season conference record, and helped the Lynx win the 2017 NECC Women's Soccer Championship. In eight regular season conference matches, she tallied six goals, and four assists, totaling 16 points. Of her six goals, two were game winners.
Joining Rubin in the first-team slot is defender Samantha Turnbull. The second team features two Lesley forwards, a midfielder and a defender, Samantha Bessy, Jordan Mitchell, McKenna Straube, and Kyra Harbus. Midfielder Rachel Buckley was awarded third team honors and Lesley head coach Paul Vasconcelos was voted Coach of the Year.Mitchell is second behind Rubin with 32 points and is second with 12 goals and first with 8 assists. Bessey is third with 17 points and 8 goals. Lily Donovan has a 0.11 goals against average and a .968 save percentage.
The Lesley senior class has won the NECC Championship three out of their four years. The Lynx bested Elms in the title game last weekend, outlasting the Blazers in penalty kicks. Lesley kicked off the penalty kicks with a goal from senior Mitchell. Mackenzie Larochelle followed up with a goal of her own to end the first round of penalty kicks at one a piece. Rubin hit the back of the net next for Lesley, but it was Sophomore goaltender Brittley Gaan who made the stop for the Lynx on the next Elms kick. Gann made a diving save to give Lesley the 2-1 lead going into the third round. Freshman Maddy Deitrick, junior Bessey and junior Sam Ring all scored on their opportunities to secure the championship.
For the fourth-straight season, the Brandeis University women's soccer team will be playing in the NCAA Division III tournament. The Judges' squad received an at-large berth in the tournament as they look to make a return appearance in the Final Four. A fourth-straight appearance marks the longest NCAA tournament stretch in program history under head coach Denise Dallamora, the team's only coach in the program's 38-year history. It is their seventh tournament appearance overall.
The Judges are coming off a season in which they posted a 12-match unbeaten streak, going 10-0-2 after dropping their season opener. Coming off a Final Four appearance, the Judges were ranked No. 6 in the preseason and as high as 15th in the nation during the year, before a slow finish to the campaign dropped them out of the top 25. They finished at 11-4-4, 2-3-2 in the University Athletic Association, tied for fourth place, and were one of four UAA squads to make the tournament.
Offensively, Junior forward Sasha Sunday leads the Judges' with 25 points overall, netting 8 goals and tallying 9 assists. Senior Samantha Schwartz has also scored 8 goals and has two assists for a total of 18 points. Senior Haliana Burhans and Junior Julia Matson both have scored four goals each. Sophomore goalkeeper Sierra Dana has recorded 50 saves for the Judges for an impressive goals against average of 0.73, while graduate student Frankie Pinto has made 12 saves this season and has a GAA of 2.15. The Judges have netted 38 goals and made 25 assists in 19 games to date. Junior forward Sunday of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was a first-team selection, while senior and junior midfielder Hannah Maatallah were second team choices. Goalkeeper Sierra Dana was an honorable mention pick.
Senior Lindsey Mahnken (MVP), and freshmen Kaitlyn Casiano, Erica O'Kelly, and Emily Damrell of the No. 16 Stevens Institute of Technology women's soccer team were named to the Empire 8 Championship All-Tournament Team the league announced on Monday. The Ducks did not allow a goal in 220 minutes of play in the Tournament. Both matches ended in 0-0 draws, but Mahnken made a total of six shootout saves to give the Ducks the title and the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
For the Ducks, it is their third-straight Empire 8 Tournament Championship and fifth in the last eight years. Stevens opponents have been kept off the board for 441 minutes and the Ducks have four-straight shutouts. Sophomore midfielder Julia Panko leads the Ducks with 10 goals and 8 assists for a total of 28 points this season. Sophomore forward Gabby Saade follows with 8 goals and 5 assists, tallying 21 points total. Freshman forward Taylor Schaad and senior forward Gabby Pagkalinawan have scored 4 and 3 goals respectively. Senior goalkeeper Lindsey Mahnken has an impressive goals against average of 0.42 with 80 saves so far this season. Her save percentage is 0.909 and she has had 9 shutouts. The Ducks have scored 36 goals this season, averaging 2 per game and have recorded 27 assists thus far.
Stevens placed 10 Ducks among the All-Empire 8 teams announced on Thursday, highlighted by Panko's selection as the league's Offensive Player of the Year. Panko led a battalion that includes fellow first-teamer Sammy Mount, second-team selections Gabby Saade, Katie Goncalves and Lindsey Mahnken, honorable mention honorees Delaney West, Olivia Butera, Megan Lynes and Erica O'Kelly and Sportswoman of the Year Madi Chollett. As a team, the Ducks led the Empire 8 in goals-against average, save percentage, shots, shots on goal, shutouts, and winning percentage. Stevens has allowed just eight goals in 18 games.