Friday: Rowan upsets No. 5 Montclair, Greensboro over No. 23 CNU
|Monarch senior Shane Davis
scored the equalizer against Averett to force the match into
Photo by Averett Athletics
Friday's action continued to include plenty of overtime matches, with even more of those matches going to penalties than on Thursday. Two women's teams enjoyed the day as No. 15 Aurora claimed the Northern AQ and Webster punched their ticket by winning the SLIAC.
All of Friday's conference tournament results and the weekend schedule is available on our Conference Championship Central page.
In the Northwest Conference, the regular season winner is awarded the conference AQ and while No. 15 Whitworth has already claimed the men's AQ, the women's AQ is still up for grabs. Linfield and Puget Sound are tied for first in the conference as Linfield defeated Whitman 2-1 on Friday. Linfield has one match remaining on Saturday against Whitworth, while Puget Sound has two matches remaining. If the Loggers can win both, they'll have the AQ. But Linfield owns the tie-breaker so keep your eye on the Saturday action out West.
In the UAA, the situation is the same: the regular season champ takes the AQ, and on the women's side, Washington University has already clinched. For the men, Wash U. and No. 8 Carnegie Mellon are both in the hunt. Chicago visits St. Louis for a 3:30 pm CT match against the Bears, while CMU hosts Emory at 5:30 pm ET. The Tartans can clinch outright with a win, but a lose or a tie combined with a Wash U. win, and the Bears take the AQ.
|Senior Rachel Scheibeler scored twice for the Falcons in their semiinal win over Lebanon Valley|
In men's semifinal play, top-ranked Messiah moved into the Commonwealth finals with a 3-0 win over Alvernia. Sophomore Jack Thompson notched the gamewinner in the 25th minute, off an assist by Mike Kovach. The Falcons advance and will host Lebanon Valley in the final on Sunday.
Rowan pulled an upset in their NJAC semifinal match with Montclair State, winning 2-1 on a first half goal by sophomore Shane Kohler. The Profs will face No. 17 Rutgers-Camden on Saturday evening for the final.
Greensboro shutout No. 25 Christopher Newport 2-0 in an upset of the top seed in the USA South, while Methodist advanced past Averett in PKs.
No. 14 Stevens cruised to the Empire 8 final with a 5-0 win over Elmira. The win was the 15th straight for the Ducks and puts them into the final on Sunday against third-seeded Ithaca.
In the CUNYAC, second seed Brooklyn will be facing top seed Baruch on Saturday evening to determine the conference champ and the AQ winner. Moving North in New York, No. 22 Plattsburgh State overcame a second half 2-1 defecit to defeat Cortland State 4-2. The Cardinals scored three goals in the final 15 minutes for the win.
|Senior Katie Kuykendall scored an insurance goal in Hardin-Simmons' semifinal win over Texas-Dallas|
Top-seeded Centre defeated rival Rhodes College 2-1 to make the semifinals of the SCAC. Senior Josh Settle scored both goals for the Colonels, who move on to face Millsaps on Saturday.
Back to women's action, Messiah blanked Lebanon Valley 4-0 to advance to the Commonwealth final on Sunday. The Falcons will host Stevenson, who advanced past Elizabethtown in penalty kicks.
No. 2 Hardin-Simmons blanked rival Texas-Dallas 2-0 in the American Southwest Conference semifinals. Junior Kati McCarty scored the gamewinner in the 14th minute. On Sunday, the Cowgirls will face Texas-Tyler, 2-1 overtime winners over Mississippi College.
In the MASCAC, top-seeded Westfield State shutout Salem State 2-0 to advance to the Sunday final against Bridgewater State. Sophomore Ali Blanchette score the gamewinner on a restart from 10 yards out. In the Skyline Conference, Mount Saint Mary blanked SUNY Old Westbury 2-0 on two goals by freshman Shanice Robe. The Knights move on to host second seed Farmingdale State, who defeated St. Joseph's (Long Island) 1-0.
In the NJAC, No. 13 Montclair State advanced past Richard Stockton on penalty kicks after the two teams played to a scoreless draw. That trend continued in the Freedon Conference as Eastern got by Wilkes on penalty kicks after a 0-0 final score.