NCAA Sectional sites announced; Sunday wrap-up
|Senior Spencer Noon had two
goals in Amherst's shutout of Dickinson
Photo by Rob Mattson
Sunday's second round action is complete and we have our 2012 Sweet Sixteen for both men and women. The D3soccer.com NCAA Tournament Central page has all the results and updated brackets.
Sectional locations for the women are: Messiah College, Ithaca College, Carnegie Mellon University, and Washington University. All matches will be played on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18, except for Wash U.'s sectional which will be played on Friday and Saturday. Nov. 16 and 17.
Men's sectional information: Amherst College, Trinity University, Loras College, and York College. All matches will be played on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18, except for Loras' sectional which will be played on Friday and Saturday. Nov. 16 and 17
No. 3 Amherst had little trouble with Dickinson, winning 4-0, and No. 4 Trinity tangled with Mississippi College through a scoreless match, winning 4-1 in the shootout.
No. 5 Ohio Northern faced a strong Carnegie Mellon side, but pulled away in the second half, winning 3-1. The Polar Bears will face No. 25 Scranton who defeated Colorado College 2-1 in overtime. The Royals scored off a goal in the 93rd minute by Nick Paganelli with the assist by Patrick Daley and Bill McGuiness.
|MIT Senior Emily Kuo scored
the overtime game winner against TCNJ on Sunday
No. 6 Montclair State and Oneonta State played to a 2-2 draw, but the Red Hawks took the shootout 4-3 and move to the third round.
No. 7 Williams came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat No. 13 St. Lawrence 2-1 in overtime. And No. 8 Brandeis edged Vassar 1-0 on a header by senior Sam Ocel off a cross from Lee Russo.
Tenth-ranked Susquehanna edged Rochester 1-0 in a close match that showed the somewhat overlooked strength of the Yellow Jackets. Sean Raffetto scored late in the first half for the Crusaders, but Rochester pushed hard to equalize to the end with Alex Swanger's header off the crossbar in the final 30 seconds.
No. 12 Stevens shut down Haverford 3-0, and the Ducks move to play Scranton. No. 15 Swarthmore avoided any drama in their match by blanking RPI 3-0.
No. 20 York needed PKs to get by No. 14 Rutgers-Camden after neither side could score in regulation. And Wisconsin-Platteville scored quickly and then held on for their 2-1 win over Carroll.
|Junior Jessica Johnson scored
the game winning goal in Wash U's overtime victory over Thomas
Photo by Sid Hastings, WUSTL Photo Services
On the women's side, top-ranked Messiah continued their momentum in the post season, blanking Grove City 3-0. The Falcons will face MIT in the third round. For Grove City, the season was a successful one despite the loss as they collected their first NCAA Tournament victory in program history on Saturday.
With geography working against them, No. 2 Hardin-Simmons and No. 5 Trinity have to face each other too early in the NCAA Tournament. And this season, the two national powerhouses played to a 2-2 draw through regulation before the Cowgirls won the shootout 7-6.
No. 3 Lynchburg and No. 15 Montclair State fought through a scoreless first half, but it was the Hornets who converted on their opportunities, winning 2-0. Nikki Rhodes scored just into the second half and Dessi Dupuy padded the lead in the final minute.
No. 8 Emory scored once in each half to defeat No. 9 Centre 2-0, in a match that echoed last season's match-up: Emory knocked Centre out of the tournament in 2011 on a 2-0 score.
|Dominican junior Trent Miller
celebrates his winning overtime goal against DePauw
Photo by Jason Geil
The No. 11 William Smith Herons and Cortland State played to a scoreless draw, and in the shootout, Cortland prevailed 5-4 with the fifth penalty put in by sophomore Rachel Parker for the win.
No. 14 TCNJ fell 1-0 in overtime to MIT, off Emily Kuo's goal in the 106th minute.
California Lutheran met Concordia-Moorhead at the Wartburg campus and played a high-energy match with plenty of scoring, but it was the Cobbers prevailing 3-2 to move to the second round.
After upsetting Amherst on Saturday, Lasell was unable to score against a stingy Brandeis side and fell 3-0. Lasell enjoyed their most successful season in program history as the Lasers won the GNAC Conference for the third straight year and captured their first ever NCAA Tournament victory. They finish the season at 15-5-1.
Johns Hopkins continued their post-season success with a 4-2 win over a tough Rowan side. The see-saw affair started in the 10th minute when Sydney Tang put the Blue Jays ahead. But the Prof's Erika Suhl equalized within minutes, only to be followed by Blue Jay Hope Lundberg at the 19 minute mark. Miranda Donnian ended the first half scoring in the 33rd minute, knotting the match at 2-2.
In the second half, the Hopkins offense cranked it up a gear and pulled away on goals by Issy Berkey in the 57th minute, and Hannah Kronick, adding an insurance goal with two minutes to play. The Blue Jays will face Lynchburg in the third round next weekend.