NEW LONDON, Conn. – For the second year in a row, Amherst College and Connecticut College will meet in the quarterfinal round of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's soccer tournament.
The roles are reversed this year, however, as the Mammoths, the #2 seed a year ago and the defending NESCAC champions, find themselves on the road as the seventh seed, facing the second ranked Camels on their home turf.
SETTING THE SCENE
Amherst enters NESCAC postseason action with an 8-6-1 overall record, and a 4-5-1 mark in the NESCAC. They amassed 13 points in conference this season, and earned the seventh seed by virtue of their head to head win over Bowdoin early this year.
Connecticut College (12-2-1, 7-2-1 NESCAC) is hosting a quarterfinal game for the first time since 2014, the same year the Camels won their only NESCAC championship. Conn. College opened the year 7-0-1 in their first eight games and tallied 76 points en route to the highest seeding in program history.
The quarterfinal matchup is a repeat of last season's first round game when Amherst recorded a 6-1 win and improved to 1-2-0 against the Camels in NESCAC Championship play. The last time the two teams met, Conn. College came from behind to beat Amherst 3-2 this season at Hitchcock Field.
- Amherst closed out the regular season with a 5-1-1 record in the month of October and enters the NESCAC tournament as the highest scoring team in the conference (39 goals).
- Much of that offense has come thanks to senior striker Hannah Guzzi, who leads the conference with 11 goals and 23 points, including two game-winning goals.
- Rubii Tamen '19 has added seven goals and four assists for 18 points on the season, while first-year Natalie Landau has scored six goals, two of them game-winners, and three assists, and is the reigning NESCAC women's soccer Player of the Week.
- Between the pipes, Chelsea Cutler '19 has started all fifteen games and played every minute for the Mammoths. She has allowed 19 goals against (1.28 GAA), and has made 50 saves. Cutler has kept a clean sheet on five occasions, including conference shutouts against Bowdoin, Hamilton and Colby.
- Freshman Kat Norton leads the Camels with seven goals and 14 points, while senior Michelle Medina and junior Alex Baltazar have scored four goals apiece on a team where 15 players have factored into the scoring.
- Galkeeper Bryanna Montalvo and the Camels' defense has kept eight clean sheets and yielded one goal or less 13 times in 15 matches. Montalvo has a .789 save percentage and a 0.61 goals against average.
- Sophomore Sara Kogelmann has factored into three game-winning goals, including scoring the decisive tally in the Camel's come from behind win at Amherst this season.
2017 NESCAC CHAMPIOINSHIP SCHEDULE
Quarterfinals – Saturday, October 28
No. 7 Amherst at No. 2 Conn. College, 11:30 a.m.
No. 8 Bowdoin at No. 1 Williams, 12:00 p.m.
No. 6 Hamilton at No. 3 Middlebury, 12:00 p.m.
No. 5 Trinity at No. 4 Tufts, 12:00 p.m.
Semifinals – Saturday, November 4
Lowest Remaining Seed at Highest Remaining Seed - 11 a.m.
Quarterfinal Winner vs. Quarterfinal Winner - 1:30 p.m.
Finals – Sunday, November 5
Semifinal Game 2 Winner vs. Semifinal Game 1 Winner - 12 p.m.