Finals: What's new? Messiah, Trinity, and Amherst are in
|Senior AJ Tierce scored the
gamewinner for Roanoke with less than a minute to play in
Photo by Keith Lucas
The Sunday schedule started early but the pattern of Saturday continues as low scoring matches mix in with overtimes and shootouts.
Complete conference tournament results are available on our Conference Championship page.
No. 14 Stevens takes the first men's AQ of the day by advancing past Ithaca in a shootout. In the shootout, Ithaca keeper freshman Kenny Chapman had one save, but was out-dueled by Stevens keeper junior Paul Killian, who bagged three saves to help the Ducks win the round 3-2.
No. 4 Amherst shut out No. 6 Williams 2-0 to win the NESCAC AQ. The Lord Jeffs scored both goals in the first half and then held off the Ephs attack the rest of the way.
No. 1 Messiah edged Lebanon Valley 1-0 in the MAC Commonwealth on a goal by sophomore Brian Ramirez. While Messiah outshot the LVC in the match, the Dutchmen had a restart with seconds to play and sent a dangerous shot off the crossbar as the final horn sounded.
In the Landmark, Susquehanna scored in the first overtime to defeat Scranton 1-0. Sophomore Ryan Donlevie had the game-winner in the 97th minute, off an assist by junior Patrick Fry. And in NEWMAC action, MIT defeated Springfield 2-0.
Senior Theresa Henle had two goals in Puget Sound's 4-0 win over Pacific.
In the ODAC, Roanoke scored in the final minute of the second overtime to defeat Virginia Wesleyan 1-0. A.J. Tierce scored the game-winner on an assist from Brian White. In the Skyline, St. Joseph's (Long Island) awarded first year coach Tim Trava with a 3-0 shutout of Mount Saint Mary, sending the Golden Eagles to their third NCAA Tournament appearance.
In women's action, top-ranked Messiah cruised past Stevenson 7-0 to take the MAC Commonwealth AQ, while No. 11 Centre blanked Rhodes 3-0 to win the title in the first year of the SAA. Centre will be looking for a Pool B bid on Monday. Elsewhere, Mass-Boston shut out Western Connecticut 1-0 to win the Little East Conference AQ, while Westfield State took the MASCAC AQ with their 2-0 shutout of Bridgewater State. The Owls finished the regular season unbeaten with a 18-0-1 record.
Puget Sound blanked Pacific 4-0 to win their 11th consecutive Northwest Conference title. No. 2 Hardin-Simmons is right behind the Loggers as the Cowgirls won their 10th consecutive American Southwest Conference title with a 4-0 shutout of Texas-Tyler.
In the Great South Athletic Conference, Agnes Scott advanced to claim the conference championship with a shootout win over top-seeded Salem. The match ended in a 1-1 draw before the Scotties took the penalty kick round 5-4.
No. 22 Williams played Bowdoin to a 1-1 draw, and then won the shootout to capture the NESCAC AQ. The Ephs got on the board first on an unassisted goal by senior Chloe Kuh. Bowdoin equalized on a goal from Jamie Hofstetter in the 20th minute.