Last of the AQs are claimed as Springfield women edge MIT in PKs
By Jim Naprstek, D3sports.com
|Thomas More won their fifth
straight PAC tournament title.
Thomas More athletics
With the automatic qualifying bids still on the line, the last of the conference tournaments wrapped up on Sunday with plenty of action going on.
No. 5 Amherst claimed the NESCAC AQ with a 1-nil decision over Williams. Senior Max Fikke took advantage of Williams goalkeeper Peter Morrel’s positioning to tip in the winner. The two teams combined for just three shots on goal.
Thomas More won their fifth straight PAC title with a 1-0 win over Washington & Jefferson, while Wheaton (Mass.) captured the crown in the NEWMAC with their 1-nil victory over MIT. Junior Ben Altneu tallied the winner on a cross from the right side of the pitch from juniors Travis Blair and Luke Finkelstein.
Continuing their late season surge, the No. 12 Tigers of Trinity (Tex.) laid claim to the SCAC AQ with a 1-nil victory over Southwestern. A Simon Uribe goal in the 2’ would be all the offense the Tigers would need, as Trinity outshot Southwestern 22-7, putting eight of those 22 shots on frame.
In the Centennial Conference, No. 25 Franklin and Marshall knocked off No. 23 Dickinson 2-1 in overtime. A Dickinson own goal in the 28’ gave the Diplomats the lead until the 80’, when Danny Sheppard netted the game-tying goal. With the two teams battling in overtime, Dickinson would go down a man due to a red card. Later, in the 109’, junior defender Chris Scott scored his first goal of the year off a corner to give the Diplomats the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
Hardin-Simmons would need overtime to defeat Texas-Tyler and claim the ASC automatic bid. Just minutes into overtime, sophomore Colyn Moore sent home his eighth goal of the season to send Hardin-Simmons into the NCAA Tournament.
|Junior Erica Jonasson scored
the winning goal in Bridgewater State's first MASCAC title in 10
File photo by Bridgewater athletics
On the women’s side of the table, No. 4 Trinity (Tex.) cruised to another SCAC Tournament Championship with its 5-nil victory over Southwestern, while up the road in Richardson, No. 13 Hardin-Simmons defeated Texas-Dallas 1-nil. In the process, the Cowgirls claim the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament and will represent the ASC. Senior defender Caitlin Cramer notched her sixth goal of the season in the 76’ on an assist from Taylor Thigpen. In net, sophomore Lexi Stinson stopped both shots on goal she saw.
No. 19 Middlebury used a 39’ goal from junior Carter Talgo to defeat the Williams Ephs in NESCAC play on Sunday. Middlebury only took four shots on the evening, but placed each one on frame, resulting in three saves for junior Hannah Van Wetter. For the Panthers, senior Elizabeth Foody made all four saves that she saw to keep the clean sheet intact.
In the GSAC, Salem used two first half goals from sophomore forward Tarryn Bundy (32’) and junior midfielder Taylor Norman (45’) to claim the tournament championship and the automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament. Salem outshot Agnes Scott 26-8, forcing sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Holstad to make 11 saves on the day.
Bridgewater State made quick work of Worcester State on Sunday, advancing to the NCAA Tournament with a 3-1 victory. Senior Caley McClendon notched her second goal of the season in the 45’, only to be followed up shortly after the halftime break by a goal from teammate senior Erica Jonasson in the 49’. The Bears would add a third goal in the 67’ by sophomore forward Mackenzie Hatfield before losing the shutout in the 84’ on a Gaby Gonet goal. The title is the third in program history for Bridgewater State and first since 2003.
In a battle of Pennsylvania state colleges, Penn State-Berks were 4-nil winners over Penn State-Abington in the NEAC tournament championship. The Nittany Lions rode the wave of freshman Simone Stewart’s hat-trick (10’, 32’, 66’) to secure their first ever NEAC championship.
Capital used two late goals to seal the deal against John Carroll on Sunday, winning 4-nil. Senior Hillary Ells scored her 14th goal of the season in the 5’, only to be joined on the scoresheet by senior defender Lauren Roy in the 17’. The two goal lead would stand for a majority of the remainder of the match before sophomore Allison Mervau (81’) and senior Katie Freshour (83’) added tallies of their own. As the winners of the Ohio Athletic Conference, the Crusaders will make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011.
In the NEWMAC, it was Springfield College who claimed their second straight conference tournament title, defeating top-seeded MIT in penalty kicks following a 0-0 draw. MIT goalkeeper freshman Lauren Ullmann did everything she could to keep her team in contention, turning away all nine shots on goal she faced.