NESCAC NCAA Update - November 20, 2017

NESCAC NCAA Update - November 20, 2017

HADLEY, Mass. - Below is a summary of the teams and individuals representing the NESCAC in several NCAA Championship events. 

FIELD HOCKEY | Bracket | Game Recaps
Middlebury captured its third NCAA National Championship and second in three years with a 4-0 victory over Messiah.

The Panthers advanced to the championship game with a 2-1 overtime win against Franklin & Marshall in the semifinal round. Annie Leonard scored 35 seconds into the extra session to propel the Panthers to the final.

In the championship game, Grace Jennings scored once and set up another goal to help Middlebury take a 3-0 lead in the first half and go on to post the 4-0 win. Abby Furdak made six stops in net for the Panthers to pick up the shutout.

Lauren Schweppe was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, while Leonard, Jennings and Furdak earned spots on the all-tournament team.

WOMEN'S SOCCER | Bracket | Game Recaps
advanced to the NCAA Final Four behind a pair of shutout victories over Cal Lutheran and Johns Hopkins in Williamstown, Massachusetts last weekend.

In a third round match, Williams held a 1-0 lead at the half following a goal from Liz Webber in the 15th minute. The Ephs struck three times in the second stanza to earn a 4-0 victory. Five different players picked up a point in the match in a strong team effort.

In the sectional final, Natasha Albaneze scored twice and Natalie Turner-Wyatt added two assists to lead the Ephs to a 3-0 victory over Johns Hopkins.

Williams will face Hardin-Simmons in the national semifinal on Friday, December 1 at 1:30 p.m. in Greensboro, North Carolina at the UNC Greensboro Soccer Stadium. Chicago and TCNJ will meet in the other semifinal match at 11 a.m. The winners will play in the championship game on Saturday, December 2 at 2:30 p.m.

The Amherst men’s squad team place fourth and the Tufts women’s team finished seventh to pace the NESCAC contingent at the NCAA Division III Women’s and Men’s Cross Country Championships held at the Principia College North Farm Cross Country Course in Elsah, Illinois.

The three NESCAC women's teams finished in the top-20, led by the Jumbos who registered 294 points. Williams placed eighth with 310 points and was followed by Middlebury in 11th place with 400 points.

Amherst senior Nicky Roberts, the 2017 NESCAC Champion and New England Regional Runner-Up, was the first conference runner across the finish line. She placed fifth overall with a time of 20:9.50 to earn All-America honors. Middlebury junior Abigail Nadler finished seventh with a time of 21:00.90 to earn All-America honors for the second straight year. Seniors Brittany Bowman of Tufts, Katherine Cook of Bates, and Victoria Kingham and Audrey Rustad of Williams all finished among the top-40 runners to also garner All-America honors. Bowman was 11th overall with a time of 21:07.50, while Cook was 16th (21:07.40). Kingham placed 24th (21:21.00) and Rustad was 37th (21:35.00) for the Ephs.

On the men's side, all three NESCAC teams also finished in the top-20. Amherst led the way with a fourth-place finish and 251 points. Williams and Middlebury placed 13th and 15th, respectively. The Ephs tallied 359 points, while the Panthers recorded 416 points.

Connecticut College junior Scott Mason, the NESCAC and New England Regional Runner-Up, paced the NESCAC runners, finishing 22nd with a time of 24:26.91. Amherst’s senior Mohamed Hussein, the 2017 NESCAC Champion, was on Mason’s heels, placing 23rd (24:47.49). Middlebury senior Ascencion Aispuro finished 32nd posting a time of 24:54.26 and sophomore Clark Ricciardelli was the second Mammoth in the top 35, crossing the finish line in a time of 24:54.48 in 33rd place. Hussein, Aispuro and Ricciardelli joined Mason in earning All-America honors.

MEN'S SOCCER | Bracket | Game Recaps
Tufts, the NESCAC Champions and defending national champions, defeated Johns Hopkins 4-1 in penalty kicks to advance to the sectional final hosted by the Jumbos. It was the second straight penalty kick shootout for Tufts in the NCAA Tournament. In the sectional final, Tufts suffered a 1-0 loss in double-overtime to Brandeis on a goal in the final minute of the second overtime period. Tufts ends its season with a 15-2-4 record and allowed just two goals on the year.

Amherst fell to Rochester a third round match on the campus of Messiah in Grantham, Pa. The Mammoths led 1-0 following a goal by Kyle Kelly in the 20th minute, but the Yellow Jackets came scored twice in a three-minute span in the second half to post a 2-1 victory. Amherst finishes its season with a 12-4-3 mark.