NCAA Regional Preview: No. 20 Amherst to Host Maine Maritime in First Round

NCAA Regional Preview: No. 20 Amherst to Host Maine Maritime in First Round

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AMHERST, Mass. – Making their 18th appearance in the NCAA DIII Tournament, the Amherst women's soccer team (14-3-1) were tabbed as Regional Hosts for the second consecutive year, and will take on Maine Maritime (13-4) in the opening round on Saturday, November 16th at Hitchcock Field.

The second NCAA First Round matchup on Saturday will feature Farmingdale State College (14-5-3) and No. 11 Dickinson College (14-2-4) in a 1:30 PM bout.

LIVE COVERAGE

The first and second round of the NCAA Tournament will feature live stats and will be broadcasted on the Northeast Sports Network (NSN).

Saturday, Nov. 16 (First Round)
Amherst vs. Maine Maritime | Live Stats / Video
Dickinson vs. Farmingdale St. | Live Stats / Video

Sunday, Nov. 17 (Second Round)
(TBD) vs. (TBD) | Live Stats / Video

TICKET INFO

$6 general admission tickets for the NCAA First and Second Round contests will be available at the door for adults, while tickets for seniors are $3. Amherst students with ID get in for free while students from visiting schools are $3.

HOW THEY GOT HERE

  • Amherst received the automatic bid and Regional host duties after downing Middlebury, 1-0, in the conference championship, winning their fifth NESCAC title and earning the automatic qualifier.
  • Maine Maritime edged UMaine-Farmington for the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) title by a 1-0 margin to clinch the automatic bid.
  • The Red Devils received an at-large bid after going unblemished in conference play, but falling in the Centennial Conference Championship (CCC) to Johns Hopkins (2-0).
  • Farmingdale State received automatic entrance to the tournament after claiming the Skyline Conference with a 5-0 decision against Manhattanville.

SETTING THE SCENE

Hosting the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament for the second season in a row, the Mammoths will face the Mariners for the first time in program history. Amherst has qualified for the NCAA Tournament in eight of the last nine years. Maine Maritime will be making their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

The Rams won their conference and earned entrance to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive season. The Red Devils went undefeated in conference play to solidified their first national tournament appearance in nine years. The two sides will meet for the first time in program history.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The winner of Saturday's NCAA First Round clash between Amherst and Maine Maritime will advance to the NCAA Second Round and will face the winner of Dickinson / Farmingdale State on Sunday, November 17th at Hitchcock Field, beginning at 1:30 PM.

SCOUTING AMHERST
No. 20 – (14-3-1) |Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • Boasting 45 goals and 26 assists, Amherst finished the regular season shutting out seven of their last eight opponents. The Mammoths mark a shutout percentage of 0.778 (5th in the nation, 1st in conference).
  • In between the pipes, Erica Sanders '21 has only allowed one goal on the campaign and leads the conference in save percentage (.950) and goals against average (0.11).
  • Sophia Fikke '22 mains the NESCAC in assists (8), aided in three game-winners, and lends four goals for a 16 point tally thus far this season.
  • Alexa Juarez '22 leads the Amherst attack in scoring and is tied for first in conference for goals (10). Juarez is also tied for fourth in points (22) and netted a hat-trick in the Mammoths opener.  

SCOUTING MAINE MARITIME
(13-4) | Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • The Mariners have accrued 52 goals and 32 assists. Defensively, Maine Maritime has shutout 11 of their 17 opponents.
  • Eryn Doiron chiefs the offensive production with a NAC-leading 21 goals and 45 points. Doiron is also tied for third in the conference for shots (72).
  • Appearing in 16 contests, Emily Conway leads the NAC in goals-against average (1.15) and is second in goals against (13).

SCOUTING DICKINSON
No. 11 – (14-2-4) | Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • Dickinson leads the Centennial in assists with 33, ranking second in goals (40) and points (113). Defensively, they hold the best GAA at 0.52 per game.  
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Carli Boyer set the school single season record, posting all 11 shutouts, and holds the top spots in conference and program history for goals against-average (0.44) and save percentage (.895).
  • Meg Tate ranks second in program history with a conference-leading 18 goals on the year and adds four assists.
  • Seniors Addy Zandi and Ally Diez rank among the conference leaders in assists with seven and five, respectively.  

SCOUTING FARMINGDALE STATE
(14-5-3) | Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • Farmingdale State led the Skyline Conference in shots (456), posting 55 goals and 60 assists.
  • Julissa Martinez tied for third in conference for game winners (4) while Brittney Starzee reached the top-10 in goals (10).
  • Edasia Martinez produced 10 assists, landing her t-3rd in conference while Celina Schenk sits two assists back at seventh in conference (8).

BY THE NUMBERS

  No. 20 Amherst Maine Maritime No. 11 Dickinson  Farmingdale State
Games / Record 18 17 20 22
Total Goals 45 52 40 55
Assists 26 32 33 60
Goals-Per Game 2.50 3.05 2.00 2.5
Total Shots 408 301 294 456
Shots-Per Game 22.7 17.7 14.7 20.7
Shot % .110 .173 .136 .121
Shots on Goal 187 176 164 235
SOG % .458 .585 .558 .515
Goals-Against Avg. 0.33 0.96 0.52 0.62
Corner Kicks 102 114 118 101
Penalty Kicks 2-2 3-3 4-4 0-0
Yellow Cards 0 2 4 19
Shutouts 14 11 11 14