NCAA Tournament Central, Williamstown Sectional

NCAA Tournament Central, Williamstown Sectional

2017 NCAA Tournament

Women's Soccer Third Round & Quarterfinals

Saturday, November 18


Sunday, November 19



NCAA Women's Soccer Digital Tournament Program
2017 NCAA Div. III Tournament Bracket



Saturday's Schedule

11:00 A.M.

Williams 4, Cal Lutheran 0


1:30 P.M.

Johns Hopkins 2, SUNY-Geneseo 0


Sunday's Schedule

1:00 P.M.

Williams 3, Johns Hopkins 0



WILLIAMSTOWN, MA  -- The Williams College women's soccer team will continue its quest for a national championship when it hosts the third round and quarterfinals of the 2017 NCAA Div. III Tournament Saturday and Sunday on Cole Field.

The first game Saturday at 11 A.M. features Cal Lutheran (16-3-3) versus Williams (18-1-1). SUNY-Geneseo (18-1-2) will battle Johns Hopkins (17-2-3) 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 Final Four.

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:

Williams (18-1-1): Roster • Schedule • Stats

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. Last weekend the Ephs dispatched Lesley 2-0 in a first-round game behind goals from Alison Lu and Natasha Albaneze. Sunday, Williams defeated Brandeis 3-0 in a second-round contest as Albanee scored again and first-year Sydney Jones added two second-half goals. 

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 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 22 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 played in18 games in goal for the Ephs and has compiled a .857 save percentage and a 0.39 goals against average in over 1,523 minutes. She has 8 shutouts this season. Turner-Wyatt is third on the team in points with 18, including six goals, one of which was a game-winner. Lu leads the Ephs in points (25) and goals (10).

First-year midfielder Victoria Laino (5 goals, 1 assist), Jones (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 which are game-winners. 

Cal Lutheran (16-3-3): Roster • Schedule • Stats

Cal Lutheran (16-3-3) The California Lutheran University women's soccer team advanced past Pacific Lutheran University via penalty kicks in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championships. The game ended in a 1-1 draw and CLU made all five penalty kicks, Gabby Flores blocked one of PLU's kicks and the Regals moved on to round three. Cal Lutheran advances to the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.

The Regals improved to 16-3-3 on the year. Senior forward Kali Youngdahl of Cal Lutheran was named the 2017 SCIAC Athlete of the Year after helping the Regals to the top seed in the SCIAC Tournament thanks to a 11-1-2 record against league competition during the regular season. Youngdahl earned her fourth consecutive First Team All-SCIAC honor in 2017 after pacing Cal Lutheran with eight goals and three assists for a total of 18 points in 14 conference contests. Teammate Trinity Martinez was named the 2017 SCIAC Newcomer of the Year following a terrific debut season. An outside back, Martinez helped Cal Lutheran secure six clean sheets against SCIAC opponents. Joining Youngdahl and Martinez on First Team All-SCIAC are senior defender Olivia Leyva and sophomore midfielder Maddy Griess.

First-year forward Sam Cornejo and junior midfielder Sarah Tadeusiak were named Second Team All-SCIAC. Youngdahl leads the Regals with 13 goals and 7 assists, for a total of 33 points. Cornejo follows with 7 goals, then senior forward Alexandra Albaeck with 4. In goal, first-year Gabby Flores leads the Regals with 38 saves, for a save percentage of .731. First-year Alysa Frazier follows with 23 saves and has a save percentage of .852.

SUNY-Geneseo (18-1-2): Roster • Schedule • Stats

With 18 wins, Geneseo matches the program-record for single-season wins set by the 1993 squad (18-2-0) that advances to the NCAA Division III National Semifinals. Last Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament, junior forward Ashley Byrne scored in the 106th minute to send the Knights to a double-overtime victory over Misericordia, 1-0. Junior goalkeeper Emily Janiszewski recorded seven saves to produce her 10th shutout of the year, becoming the first Geneseo keeper to ever record multiple seasons of 10 or more shutouts.

Last week, senior midfielder Leah Greene was named SUNYAC Defensive Player of the Year. Freshman Ellie Gregory was named Rookie of the Year. Audry Reid, Leah Greene, Taylor Clar, Rachel Walsh, and Emily Janiszewski were named to the SUNYAC All-Conference first team. Ellie Gregory and Domenica Piccoli earned second-team honors, while Jennifer Moran received third-team recognition. Senior forward, Audrey Reid leads the Knights offensively with 19 goals and 8 assists for a total of 46 points. Sophomore forward follows Reid with 8 goals and 5 assists for a total of 21 points. Senior midfielder Leah Greene has scored 7 goals this season and first-year Ellie Gregory, Junior Jennifer Moran, and Junior Ashley Byrne have each scored 4.

Greene, the Defensive Player of the Year anchored a defense that only allowed nine goals in nineteen games. Over this same span, Greene and the Knights shutout their opponents eleven times, good for best in the conference. Junior goalkeeper Emily Janiszewski has started all 21 games this season and has made 77 saves this season. Her goals against average is .47.

Johns Hopkins (17-2-3): Roster • Schedule • Stats

Three first-half goals lifted the Johns Hopkins women's soccer team to a 4-1 win over the College of Staten Island on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, then advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in program history. During Sunday's second round game against Wilkes, the Blue Jays controlled the tempo in the first half, outshooting the Colonels 9-0 and putting three shots on goal. None of the Hopkins shots were able to get by Wilkes goalkeeper Courtney Stanley and the game went into the half tied at zero. Off a corner kick from Bailey Monaco that deflected off the finger-tips of Stanley, Kyla Persky headed in the deflection for the goal at 49:33 to give Johns Hopkins a 1-0 lead. In the 58th minute, Carly Lupton-Smith chipped a pass into the box that Michelle Santangelo sent into the back of the net to put Hopkins up 2-0, the final score of the game.

The Blue Jays will advance to their ninth Sweet 16 in team history and Hopkins improves to 19-1-0 at home in the NCAA Tournament and 9-1-1 in second round games. Last week, senior forward Michelle Santangelo and senior goalkeeper Bess Kitzmiller were awarded first team All-Conference selections in the Centennial Conference, junior back Kyla Persky was named second-team, and senior back Leslie Bruni was an honorable mention. Freshman midfielder Riler O-Toole was named Rookie of the Year. O'Toole is the second Johns Hopkins freshman to be named Rookie of the Year.

A unanimous first-team selection, she is the 26th first-year to earn first-team All-Conference honors. Offensively, senior forward Michelle Santangelo leads the Blue Jays with 17 goals and 4 assists for a total of 38 points, followed by freshman Riley O'Toole who has netted 13 goals and tallied 2 assists for a total of 28 points. Maddy Rocks and Emily Maheras have each scored 5 goals and Bailey Monaco has 4. Monaco leads the team in assists with 7. Senior goalkeeper Bess Kitzmiller leads the Blue Jays with 40 saves and has a achieved a goals against average of .72. Goalkeeper Robyn Lipschultz has made 11 saves and has a goals against average of .15