Rutgers-Camden edges Montclair, Capital shocks Wash U women
|Messiah and Franklin &
Marshall fight for control in Sunday's match.
Photo by Michael Salerno, D3soccer.com
Sunday NCAA quarterfinal action is complete, as No. 2 Rutgers-Camden, No. 3 Messiah, No. 6 Loras, and Williams earned spots in the men's Final Four. For the women, No. 3 William Smith, No. 4 Trinity (Tex.), No. 18 Middlebury, and Capital all punched their ticket to San Antonio.
Rutgers-Camden defeated No. 13 and NJAC-foe Montclair State 2-1 on early goals by sophomores Connor Hurff and Mike Ryan. Montclair got a goal from sophomore Lucas Terci in the 67th minute, but Rutgers held on for the victory, and will face Loras in a national semifinal on Friday, December 6. Montclair State ends their season at 17-4-3.
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The Middlebury women shocked Johns Hopkins 1-0, on a last minute goal by Panther senior Scarlett Kirk. The goal came with 17 seconds left to play on a feed from senior Julia Favorito. The Panthers will face No. 4 Trinity in San Antonio. Johns Hopkins ends their season, and their sixth straight appearance in the Sweet 16, at 21-2-1.
|Middlebury women are on their
way to San Antonio.
Middlebury athletics photo
Williams upset No. 5 Amherst 1-0 on a goal by sophomore Chris Conder in the 77th minute. The Ephs came ready to play as they outshot the Lord Jeffs 13-8, and 6-2 in shots-on-goal. With the win, Williams advances to the national semifinals to face Messiah. The loss for Amherst is their first in 40 matches, as they finish 18-1-2.
In the biggest surprise of the day, Capital advanced past top-ranked Washington U. 3-2 in a shootout, after the two sides played to a 1-1 draw. Capital will play William Smith in the semifinals. The Bears wrap up their season at 20-1-1, an all-time program best for wins.
Loras was a 2-1 winner over No. 8 Trinity (Tex.) after coming back from a one goal deficit. Duhawks junior Mike Pizzelo scored the winner off a corner kick in the 57th minute. The Tigers wrap up their season at 21-3-1.
William Smith returned to the Final Four with their 1-0 win over No. 11 Ithaca, earning their program best 21st win. Heron junior Dineo Mmutla scored the game winning goal on a 25 yard bullet in the 65th minute. Ithaca ends another successful season at 19-3-0.
Messiah returns to familiar ground at the Final Four as the Falcons dispatched No. 14 Franklin & Marshall 4-1. The Diplomats enjoyed one of their best seasons in program history as they finish at 17-4-2.