Final Four: Ohio Northern takes the final spot
|Messiah sophomore Brian
Ramirez scored the first goal in the Falcon's match with
Photo by Messia Athletics
The last Quarterfinal match has come to a close and we now have our men's and women's Final Four. Complete sectional results and the updated bracket is on our NCAA Tournament Central page.
In the men's Final Four, all four teams present new faces for 2012 as none of the 2011 programs were able to return to San Antonio. Messiah, Loras, and Williams have all been here before, with Messiah and Williams having captured national titles.
For the women, Wheaton and Messiah return from the 2011 national final where the Falcons defeated the Thunder 3-1. Both Misericordia and Emory have made the Final Four for the first time in program history.
The national semifinals begin on Friday, November 30 at Blossom Stadium in San Antonio, Texas. The men's and women's finals will be played on Saturday, December 1 at 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm CT.
|In the 13th round of a
shootout, Emory sophomore Jennifer Grant nails the game
Photo by Emory Athletics
Sunday evening finalized the group heading to San Antonio as No. 5 Ohio Northern broke a 1-1 tie in the second half and then held on to win, defeating No. 6 Montclair State 2-1. After a scoreless first half, junior Michael Grossnickle opened the scoring for the Polar Bears in the 51st minute. After the Red Hawks junior Dan Mendoza answered with a goal minutes later, senior Cameron Johnson won the match for Ohio Northern with his goal at 82:15. Senior Nate Boscom added to his record setting assist total with yet another assist on the winning strike. The Polar Bears will play in their first ever national semifinal against Williams at 1:30 pm CT.
At Amherst, Williams and No. 3 Amherst played to a scoreless draw after 110 minutes. The Ephs came through in the shootout, edging the Jeffs 4-3.
At York, No. 1 Messiah defeated No. 25 Scranton 3-0 to move on to their 11th national semifinal in 13 years. Sophomore Brian Ramirez scored the game winner in the 24th minute. The Falcons will play Loras in the first men's national semifinal at 11:00 am CT.
|Ohio Northern senior Cameron
Johnson works against Montclair State freshman Lucas Terci in
Photo by Ohio Northern Athletics
In women's action at Carnegie Mellon, No. 8 Emory and the No. 23 host Tartans couldn't score through regulation and two overtimes, and in the shootout, the Eagles finally prevailed 11-10, in what could be a record setting shootout result. Emory will face Wheaton (Ill.) in the first national semifinal at 5:00 pm CT.
At Messiah, the No. 1 Falcons blanked Johns Hopkins 3-0, with two goals by senior Alex Brandt. The Falcons will face No. 17 Misercordia in the second semifinal, as the Cougars are off to their first ever Final Four as they shutout Brandeis 2-0. Misericordia had goals from sophomore Megan Lannigan in the third minute, and senior Laura Roney in the 61st.