Ithaca women blank Emory, Messiah falls to Wm. Smith
|Ithaca freshman Megan Nash
works against Emory on Saturday afternoon
On Saturday, the Ithaca women hosted Emory in a match-up of 2012 NCAA Tourney squads - Ithaca made the round of 16, while Emory was the national runner-up - with the Bombers defending their home pitch with a 2-0 shut-out.
Sophomore Kelsey King scored her third goal of the season in the 15th minute off an assist by senior Meredith Jones. The Bombers sealed the win with freshman Jess Demczar's unassisted goal in the 42nd minute. Ithaca moves to 3-0, while Emory falls to 2-1.
In Geneva, William Smith defeated the defending national champion Messiah College 1-0 for the first time in program history. Sophomore Zoe Eth scored the gamewinner in the 31st minute off a corner kick from freshman Emma Diehl. The Herons improve to 2-1, while the Falcons fall to 2-2. The Falcons loss was their second straight after falling 2-1 to Johns Hopkins on Wednesday. After Falcon sophomore Nikki Elsaesser scored in the 57th minute, Blue Jays junior and 2012 All-America winner Hannah Kronick answered with two quick goals for the win. Johns Hopkins moves to 3-0 on the season.
Hope College moved to 3-0 on their season with a 2-0 shut-out of Elmhurst College in front of a home crowd of 575 on Friday. Junior Erin Jipping grabbed the game winning goal early in the match, and assisted sophomore Kristin Hazlett later in the half to seal the victory. Also on Friday, Lynchburg rolled over Southern Virginia 4-0, moving to 3-0, and Wheaton (Ill.) got past Carleton 3-1 on two goals by junior Bailey Wysocki to remain undefeated at 2-0.
Back to Saturday action, WPI moved to 4-0 for their best start in program history with a 3-1 win over Salem State, while Washington U. improved to 3-0 as the Bears cruised in a 7-0 win over DePauw. Junior Lille Toaspern had a goal and an assist while senior Jessica Johnson scored two goals as the Bears outshot the Tigers 48-2.