Amherst Set to Compete Against Middlebury in NESCAC Semifinals Tilt

Amherst Set to Compete Against Middlebury in NESCAC Semifinals Tilt

AMHERST, Mass. – The third-seeded Amherst women's soccer team is set to take on Middlebury College in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Semifinals on Saturday afternoon in Williamstown, Mass. at 1:30 PM.

LIVE COVERAGE

Sunday's game will feature live stats and a webcast broadcasted by the Northeast Sports Network (NSN).

HOW THEY GOT HERE

  • Amherst (13-2-1) clinched its 19th appearance in the NESCAC Semifinals after a 1-0 victory over Hamilton College in quarterfinal action (Oct. 28th) at Hitchcock Field.
  • Middlebury (14-1-1) advanced to the semifinals after taking down seventh-seed Bowdoin 1-0 in Middlebury, Vt.
  • Williams (14-0-2) secured the top-seed and will advance to the conference semifinals after their 3-1 victory over eighth-seed Colby College.
  • Tufts (10-4-2) entered the tournament at the fourth-seed and recorded a 2-0 victory over Wesleyan to launch them into the semifinals.

SETTING THE SCENE

The Mammoths advance to the NESCAC semifinals for the third consecutive year after their 1-0 victory over Hamilton College last Sunday, October 28th, in the NESCAC Quarterfinal at Hitchcock Field. The Panthers clinched their spot in the semifinals after taking down Bowdoin College 1-0 in quarterfinals action on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 27th).

Saturdays meeting will be a rematch of the 2016 NESCAC Semifinals when the Mammoths and Panthers met in the same setting, which saw Amherst advancing to the championship after the 2-0 victory.

SCOUTING AMHERST

No. 3 Seed (13-2-1, 7-2-1 NESCAC) – Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • Amherst enters Saturday's matchup with an overall record of 13-2-1 after garnering a seven-game win streak, adding to the Mammoths marking a 10-1-1 record in the last 12 matches
  • The Purple & White have acquired 44 goals on the offensive end, and have a 0.43 goals against average on the defensive side.
  • Tamen leads the NESCAC in scoring with 13 goals for a combined 26 points on the season.
  • Antonia Tammaro '21 anchors the defense with a 0.36 goals against average and 36 saves this season.

SCOUTING MIDDLEBURY

No. 2 Seed (14-1-1, 8-1-1 NESCAC) – Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • Middlebury enters the game with a 14-1-1 overall record after opening their season with a 10 game win streak.
  • The Panthers have compiled 165 shots on frame and grabbed 41 goals so far this season while adding 27 assists to the offense end.
  • Eliza Van Voorhis leads the Panthers with five goals and two assists for 12 points on the season.
  • Ursula Alwang anchors the defense with a 0.50 goals against average and 40 saves on the year

SCOUTING WILLIAMS

No. 1 Seed (14-0-2, 9-0-1 NESCAC) – Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • Williams enters this weekend with a record of 14-0-2, clinching the first seed in the NESCAC Championship.
  • They have marked 27 goals and 18 assists on the season, while adding 10 shutouts.
  • The Ephs offense is led by Sydney Jones who compiled nine goals and one assist for 19 points this year.
  • In between the pipes, Olivia Barnhill saved 52 shots while accumulating a 0.32 goals against average

SCOUTING TUFTS

No. 4 Seed (10-4-2, 5-3-2 NESAC) – Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • The Jumbos have an overall record of 10-4-2 after opening the season on a 6-0-1 streak.
  • Tufts have 140 shots on frame, while notching 27 goals so far this year.
  • Sophia Lloyd leads the attack with nine goals with five assists, marking 23 points.
  • Emily Bowers anchors the defense with 62 saves on the season with a 0.55 goals against average.

2018 NESCAC Championship Schedule
Quarterfinals – Saturday/Sunday, October 27-28
No. 1 Williams def. No. 8 Colby, 3-1
No. 2 Middlebury def. No. 7 Bowdoin, 1-0
No. 3 Amherst def. No. 6 Hamilton, 1-0
No. 4 Tufts def. No. 5 Wesleyan, 2-0

Semifinals – Saturday, November 3
No. 4 Tufts at No. 1 Williams --  11:00 AM
No. 3 Amherst vs No. 2 Middlebury – 1:30 PM

Finals – Sunday, November 6
Semifinal Winners -- 12:00 PM

In October 2018, Amherst proudly recognized Ted W. Beneski '78, P'08 and Laurie M. Beneski P'08 for their extraordinary generosity and commitment to the College by naming the men's and women's soccer programs in their honor. The College's naming of the Beneski Soccer Programs celebrates the Beneskis' love for Amherst athletics and their longstanding investment in helping Amherst students excel as learners, as players and teammates, and as citizens.