Ephs gain at-large berth into NCAA Tournament; will host 1st and 2nd round this weekend

Ephs gain at-large berth into NCAA Tournament; will host 1st and 2nd round this weekend

2018 NCAA Div. III Tournament Bracket

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — The defending national champion Williams College women's soccer team (15-1-2) earned an at-large berth into the 2018 NCAA Div. III Tournament and will host first and second round games this weekend, Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11. 

The Ephs will be making their 20th appearance in the Div. III NCAA Tournament — and 12th consecutive — this weekend when the Ephs play host to the University of New England, SUNY-Geneseo and Stevens Institute of Technology. 

"We love playing on Cole, but at this point in the season, we are just happy to be playing,' Ephs' head coach Michelyne Pinard said. "Only 64 teams in the country are able to say that and we don't take that for granted, we're thrilled to be playing, we're thrilled to be on Cole Field and we're looking to do whatever we can do to earn another day together."

Saturday's first game will pit the Commonwealth Coast Champion Nor'easters (10-7-2) against Ephs (15-1-2) at 11 a.m. The 1:30 p.m. first round game will see the Knights from SUNY-Geneseo (14-3-1) — champions of the SUNYAC — take on the Ducks from Stevens Institute (15-2-0), which took the automatic qualifier out of the Empire Eight Conference. Ticket prices are $6 for general admission; $3 for senior citizens; $3 for students  and $2 for children ages three to 12.  

The Nor'easters are making their 2nd NCAA Championship appearance in program history, joining the initial trip in 2000. UNE captured the automatic bid from the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) with a 1-0 result against Western New England University this past weekend. As the third seed, the Nor'easters posted three consecutive shutout victories to claim the league title and improve their record to 10-7-2 overall.
The Knights (14-3-1) defeated Cortland, 1-0, last Saturday to clinch their second-straight and eighth overall State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championship and an automatic bid to the seventh NCAA Tournament in program history. Geneseo is making its second-consecutive NCAA appearance after advancing to the NCAA Tournament third round last year. The Knights defeated Penn State Behrend, 2-1 (OT), and Misericordia, 1-0 (OT), in a pair of home contests before falling to Johns Hopkins, 2-0, in the regional semifinals at Williams. The Knights are making their 7th NCAA Tournament appearance and have a 3-5-4 record in tourney play. 
Stevens (15-2-0) won the Empire 8 Championship for the fourth-consecutive season, defeating Utica, 3-0, on Saturday. The Ducks have won 13-straight games and have only allowed two goals in their past six outings. Stevens fell to Brandeis, 3-1, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Williams last fall. The Ducks are making their 11th NCAA Tournament appearance and have an 8-9-2 record in tournament play.
Williams won its second national championship last December with a 1-0 victory over the University of Chicago at UNC-Greensboro. It was the second national title in three years for the Ephs, who made their third trip to the Final Four in four years. This season, the Ephs remained unbeaten until Sunday's NESCAC Tournament championship game at Farley-Lamb Field on the Williams' campus. Middlebury won that game, 1-0. Williams defeated Tufts in the conference semifinals, 3-2. The Ephs are making their aforementioned 20th NCAA Tournament appearance and own a 39-16-6 record in tourney play. 
This Weekend's Schedule:
Saturday, November 10
11 A.M. 
University of New England (10-7-2) at Williams (15-1-2)
1:30 P.M.
SUNY-Geneseo (14-3-1) vs. Stevens Institute (15-2-0)
Sunday, November 11
1 P.M.
UNE-Williams winner vs. Geneseo-Stevens winner





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