2018 NCAA Tournament
Women's Soccer First and Second Rounds
Saturday, November 10
Sunday, November 11
(All 3 Games to be Played at Farley-Lamb Field)
Williams 2, University of New England 0
Stevens Institute 1, SUNY-Geneseo 0, 2OT
Williams 2, Stevens 1
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Williams College women's soccer team will begin its quest for a third national championship in four years when it hosts the first and second rounds of the 2018 NCAA Div. III Tournament Saturday and Sunday on Farley-Lamb Field.
The first game Saturday at 11 A.M. features the University of New England (10-7-2) versus Williams (15-1-2). SUNY-Geneseo (14-3-1 will battle The Stevens Institute of Technology (15-2-0) 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 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 20th NCAA Tournament appearance and 12th straight - earning an at-large bid after winning the NESCAC regular season and getting in 2nd in the NESCAC tournament. Williams is currently ranked No. 5 in the country and No. 1 in New England.
The Ephs had five players named All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Senior goalkeeper Olivia Barnhill (New York, N.Y.), junior defender Sarah Kelly (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) and sophomore forward Sydney Jones (Boca Raton, Fla.) were all selected to the All-NESCAC First Team, while junior defender Liz Webber (Natick, MA) and junior midfielder Sarah Scire (Wyckoff, N.J.) were selected to the 2nd Team.
Barnhill earns her second straight First Team honor after being named to the Second Team in 2016. She has played all but 64 minutes in net for the Ephs, and owns a 0.45 goals against average with a .877 save percentage and eight shutouts. Kelly and Jones pick up their first career All-NESCAC accolades. Kelly has been an important piece of a Williams defense that has limited opponents to nine goals over 18 games. Jones is the Ephs' leading scorer with 20 points in 18 games. She has scored seven game-winning goals and registered nine tallies.
Webber was another critical piece of the Ephs' backline that held opponents to 8.2 shots per game and the aforementioned 9 goals thus far this season. Scire is a skilled player who is equally important offensively and defensively from her midfield position. She is tied for second on the team with 9 points, including 4 goals and one assist. She has contributed two game-winning goals this season. Sophomore forward Aspen Pierson (3 goals, 3 assists) is tied with Scire for second on the team with nine points.
The Nor'easters captured the 2018 Commonwealth Coast Conference championship last Saturday for the first time since 2000 with a 1-0 victory over Western New England University . UNE secured its second CCC title in program history, along with their second national tournament appearance in program history.
Junior forward Katie Beaudoin (7 goals, 8 assists) has 22 points for UNE, while sophomore forward Vanessa Hodge has 15 points (7 goals, 1 assist). Goalie Jenna Pannone has 62 saves and a .886 save percentage in her second year for the Nor'easters. Beaudoin was named as the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Offensive Player of the Week, Pannone was selected CCC Defensive Player of the Week, and defender Erica Dimmick was tabbed as the CCC Rookie of the Week
Last Saturday, the Knights won their second consecutive SUNYAC title after defeating Cortland 1-0. The Knights outshot Cortland 21-0, including a 7-0 advantage in shots on goal. With this win, Geneseo earned an automatic-qualifying bid for the second year in a row. The Knights are making their 7th NCAA Tournament appearance and have a 3-5-4 record in tourney play.
Senior midfielder Jennifer Moran was named SUNYAC Tournament MVP and also earned the SUNYAC Elite 20 award, given to the student-athlete participating in the championship with the highest cumulative GPA. Four Knights were named to the SUNYAC All-Tournament team: Emily Janiszewski, Domenica Piccoli, Rachel Walsh, and Jennifer Moran.
Senior goalkeeper Janiszewski was named State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Defensive Player of the Year to lead eight Knights earning all-conference selections. Janiszewski was joined on the All-SUNYAC First Team by sophomore forward Miranda Ozimek, senior midfielder Caitie Cunningham, junior back Taylor Clar and senior back Rachel Walsh. Junior forward Domenica Piccoli and first-year midfielder Hannah Sullivan were named second team while senior midfielder Jennifer Moran earned third team honors and head coach Nate Wiley was named SUNYAC Coach of the Year.
Miranda Ozimek (6 goals, 5 assists) and Piccoli (8 goals, 1 assist) each have 17 points for Geneseo. Senior midfielder Caitie Cunningham (4 goals, 3 assists) holds 11 points.
The Stevens Institute of Technology women's soccer team won its fourth straight Empire 8 Conference Championship Saturday with a 3-0 victory over Utica College. The Ducks became the first team in conference history to capture four straight women's soccer championships in the Empire 8 tournament.
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.
Stevens' Julia Panko was named the Empire 8 Conference's Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Stevens' staff, led by head coach Jeff Parker, was honored as the conference's coaching staff of the year. Joining Pank on the Empire 8 First Team was midfielder Olivia Butera and defender Gianna Nitti. Duck forwards Misha Brewster and Ally Wanzor were 2nd Team selections along with midfielder Gabby Saade and defenders Erin Mellett and Erica O'Kelly.
Panko (10 goals, 3 assists) has 23 points for the Ducks, while Wanzor (9 goals, 1 assist) has 19 points.