No. 1 Montclair State 1, No. 6 William Smith 0
MONTCLAIR, N.J. -- Freshman forward Gianna Moglino knocked in a pass from senior Brooke Hullings with 1:59 remaining, lifting Montclair State to a 1-0 victory against William Smith at Sprague Field on Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore goalkeeper Rebecca Brattole stopped four shots and posted her sixth shutout of the season as the Red Hawks knocked off their third consecutive ranked opponent in improving to 14-1. MSU also ran its home winning streak to 25 consecutive games.
Freshman goalkeeper Amy Feda made 11 saves for the Herons, who fell to 11-2 on the season.
It was the first meeting between the two schools since 2005 when William Smith recorded a 2-1 victory against MSU in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Messiah.
Moglino's goal snapped a tightly contested 68 minutes of superb defensive efforts from both side, including goalkeepers Brattole and Feda.
At 67:45, Stephanie Lewis moved in along the right end line before putting the ball in front. Hullings got a stick on the pass and managed to flip the ball across to the left side to Moglino who stuffed the ball inside the near post for her 10th goal of the season.
No. 2 Bowdoin 4, Connecticut College 0
NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Bowdoin continued to roll, winning its ninth consecutive match in a 4-0 victory against Connecticut College.
The Polar Bears improve to 11-1 (7-1 NESCAC) and have outscored their opponents 54-5 on the current win streak. The Camels fall to 3-8 (1-7 NESCAC) with the loss.
Rachel Kennedy scored a pair of goals in Saturday's win, both coming in a 7:50 span in the opening period. Kennedy put home her own rebound at 24:20 and then knocked home a loose ball at 32:10 to give the visitors a 2-0 advantage. Olivia King made it a three-goal differential at halftime as she and Kennedy broke in on a 2-on-1. King slammed home the feed from Kennedy to make it 3-0 at intermission.
Katie Riley added a second-half goal to round out the scoring for Bowdoin. Hannah Gartner made a pair of saves for Bowdoin, who held a 24-2 edge in shots and 14-1 lead in corners.
No. 3 Tufts 3, Williams 2
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- In a NESCAC matchup, Tufts got a goal and an assist from sophomores Dakota Sikes-Keilp and Alexandra Jamison to earn a 3-2 victory at Williams.
The Jumbos (11-1, 71) led 3-1 before Williams (4-8, 2-6 NESCAC) added a later buzzer-beater goal by senior captain Emily Jablonski.
Tufts' early offensive pressure paid off at the 12:13 mark when a penalty corners culminated in a goal. A shot from outside of the arc connected with the back of the net before touching anyone else in the circle, so when it rebounded back into the arc, Tufts was able to pounce on the opportunity to score. Jamison pushed the ball past Eph goaltender Ariana Spiliotes to give Tufts the lead.
Williams fought back, moving the ball quickly up the field to take their turn on offense. The ball would shift throughout the midfield for the next few minutes of play, but Williams would take control to make a drive to goal. At the 14:52 mark, Caitlin Conlon utilized a pass from teammate Jablonski to sneak the ball by Tufts goalie Bri Keenan.
With the score tied at one, Tufts looked to regain the lead. It would find success again at the 24:14 mark when Emily Cannon scored off of an assist by Sikes-Keilp in the center of the arc.
The second half would exhibit a lot of back-and-forth play, with both teams taking seven shots on cage. Neither team would capitalize on these chances, however, until Tufts scored at the 51:29 mark to extend its lead to two goals. Sikes-Keilp would score her own goal here, scoring off of a penalty corner.
No. 4 Middlebury 4, Bates 2
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Bates didn't make it easy for Middlebury on Saturday, but the Panthers prevailed with a 4-2 victory at Campus Avenue Field. Middlebury's win ended Bates' winning streak at three games and extended the Panthers' streak to four.
Catherine Fowler scored two goals and assisted on another, while Elinore O'Brien added a goal and an assist for Middlebury (11-2, 7-2 NESCAC). Bates (4-8, 1-7 NESCAC) got goals from Lexie Carter and Caroline Falcone, the latter of which closed the gap to 3-2 with 13 minutes left in the game.
Middlebury put 20 of its 23 shot attempts on goal, as Bates goalkeeper Becca Otley turned in a strong performance, posting 16 saves. Middlebury's Emily Knapp made three saves to improve to 9-1. The Panthers outshot the Bobcats 23-7 and earned 16 penalty corners to Bates' four.
Middlebury scored twice in the opening 21 minutes before Carter put the Bobcats on the scoreboard with 13 minutes to go in the first half. At the 13:33 mark, a Bates defender tried to clear a shot by Fowler, but instead the ball passed Otley into the cage. With 14:34 left, O'Brien converted a cross from Fowler to make it 2-0 on a penalty corner play.
Bates then cashed in on its first penalty corner of the game, with Jillian Conway setting up Carter's third goal of the season, the second most on the team.
Middlebury regained a two-goal advantage with 24:30 left in the second half, as Fowler scored from the top of the circle on a penalty corner, after a setup by Alyssa DiMaio and O'Brien.
With eight minutes to go in the game, Bates earned another penalty corner and used it to narrow the gap to 3-2, as Caroline Falcone knocked the ball in amid a scrum in front of the Middlebury goal.
Middlebury then added an insurance goal with 3:15 to go, with Katherine Theiss converting Pam Schulman's assist on another penalty corner play.
No. 5 Franklin & Marshall 2, Washington (Md.) 0
CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- Scores from Bethany Vincent and Lauren Eastman helped goalkeeper Avery Koep notch her sixth shutout of the season as Franklin & Marshall defeated Washington (Md.) 2-0 on Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) action.
The Diplomats improved to a 13-1 record on the season that includes a conference-leading 7-0 CC mark, while the Shorewomen fell to 3-9, 2-5 CC.
Vincent lit the scoreboard early for F&M by netting a penalty stroke goal 4:20 into the first half. The tally was Vincent's third of the season and put the Diplomats out in front at 1-0.
F&M's defense was solid in the opening frame, holding Washington without a shot through 35 minutes of action. The offense for the Diplomats fired 15 shots in the first, making Shorewomen goalkeeper Stephanie Harryman (3-9) register 12 saves.
In the 43rd minute, Audrey Buckman had an open look at the cage and fired a shot that forced a Washington defensive save. The ball came back into play and found the stick of Eastman who sent in the rebound for her fifth of the season.
The Diplomats controlled play once again in the second, allowing only two shots from the Shorewomen and making life easy on Koep (12-1) who needed only one save in the frame to finish off the win.
No. 7 Salisbury 4, No. 8 Mary Washington 0
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- Salisbury earned a key Capital Athletic Conference victory on Saturday afternoon, defeating Mary Washington 4-0.
Freshman Yumi Kim continued her hot streak, netting two goals and leading the Salisbury (9-3, 3-1 CAC) attack with five shots. During the last week, in three contests, Kim has scored five of the Sea Gulls' 12 goals.
Following a first half that saw the Sea Gulls outshoot Mary Washington (13-1, 2-1 CAC) 8-5, Salisbury broke the scoreless tie 3:03 into the second half when Kim dribbled through the Eagle defense to beat the Mary Washington goalie.
After more than 38 minutes without putting home a goal, the Sea Gulls didn't wait long to pad their lead. Just 4:47 after Kim put the Gulls on the board, sophomore Courtney Jantzen added an unassisted goal for a 2-0 Salisbury lead.
Combined with a strong defensive effort, the Sea Gulls would not settle on offense, pushing ahead to keep the Eagles on the defensive. At the 51:57 mark, Salisbury would increase its lead when junior Summer Washburn settled an inserted corner by sophomore Samantha Johnson for a 3-0 advantage for the Maroon and Gold.
The scoring effort for the afternoon was wrapped up by Kim, who put home a rebound off the pads of the Eagle goalie in the final minute of play.
Junior Rachel Clewer earned her second shutout of the season, turning away four Eagle shots.
No. 9 TCNJ 4, Rowan 3
Ewing, N.J. -- TCNJ strengthened its push for a home game in the upcoming New Jersey Athletic Conference tournament by scoring three consecutive goals to slip past Rowan 4-3 on Saturday.
The Lions trailed 3-1 with just under nine minutes left in the first half before scoring once before the break and then added the tying and game-winning goals in the final 35 minutes. TCNJ is 4-1 in NJAC play with one game remaining, putting them a game ahead of top-ranked Montclair State, which is 3-1. Overall, the Lions are 12-2.
The loss dropped the Profs to 1-2 in the conference and 7-6 overall. The top four teams in the league standings qualify for the tournament, with the top two teams hosting semifinal match-ups.
TCNJ got the tying goal early in the period when defender Kerry Curran crept in behind the Rowan defense on a penalty corner and knocked in a feed from Victoria Martin. That goal was the first of her career and came 8:25 into the period.
Junior Lindsey Hatch picked up her team-leading 15th goal, giving the Lions their first lead since the opening half. Hatch's goal came with 5:51 left in the game and was assisted by Erin Healy.
The game started with a flurry of goals with the Lions getting things started 14:04 into the game. That goal came off of the stick of freshman Jaclyn Douglas.
The Profs needed only 33 seconds to get the equalizer when Kelli Campbell deflected in a shot from Marisa Marini.
Rowan took its first lead 3:35 later as Jenna Pressler scored on a penalty corner with an assist from Amy McKeever. With 8:44 left in the half, the Profs extended the lead to 3-1 when Johanna James poked in a rebound.
TCNJ quickly got one of those goals back when Smith ripped a feed from junior Erin Waller on a penalty corner for her eighth goal of the season. That goal made it a 3-2 game with 7:15 left before the half.
Amanda Krause backstopped the win for the Lions with four saves.