Carnegie Mellon edges Brandeis; Wash U women claim first AQ;
|Sophomore Anna Zambricki had
all three goals in the Bear's victory on Sunday
Photo by Mary Butkus, WUSTL Photo Services
The University Athletic Association has no conference tournament so the battle for the NCAA automatic qualifier rages on throughout the regular season.
For the women, it was Washington University who laid claim to the AQ on Sunday with their 3-0 win at Case Western Reserve. The Bears will claim at least a tie for the top spot and have already won any potential tie-breakers due to the overtime loss by Emory earlier in the day.
In the match, sophomore Anna Zambricki recorded the third hat trick of her career. The Bears outshot the Spartans 20-8 for the contest and had a 10-5 advantage in corner kicks.
On the men's side, No. 11 Carnegie Mellon came from behind to defeat No. 8 Brandeis 2-1, giving the Tartans sole position of first place in the UAA.
Junior forward Max Tassano had the game winner late in the first half. The Tartans improve to 12-2-1 and 4-1-1, and have the opportunity to clinch the UAA men's AQ with a victory on Saturday when they host Emory University.
It was the NYU women's team who can claim an upset as they upended No. 2 Emory 1-0 in double overtime. Erin Ahmed scored the gamewinner in the 109th minute of play, handing Emory their first UAA loss in over two years. Yet while Emory is out of contention for the AQ, the Eagles are a prime candidate for an NCAA Poll C berth.