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No. 3 Tufts advances to semifinals of NESCAC tournament

MEDFORD, Mass. -- Three different Jumbos scored as Tufts came away with a 3-0 victory against Williams in the NESCAC tournament quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon at Bello Field. This is the ninth win in a row for the Jumbos.

With the win, Tufts (13-1) advances to the semifinal round to be played next weekend (Nov. 9-10) at Amherst. The Jumbos will face Bowdoin.

The Jumbos got their first goal when sophomore Dakota Sikes-Keilp fed Allison Rolfe in front of the net past the diving Eph goalkeeper.

The Jumbos came out in the second half by scoring back-to-back goals, both off of corners in a span of three minutes. At the 36:47 mark, Emily Cannon received the corner insert from Alexandra Jamison and blasted a shot into the net for a 2-0 advantage.

Just minutes later, Jamison scored one of her own on a pass from senior Chelsea Yogerst for the 3-0 final score.

Ariana Spiliotes finished with six saves for Williams, while Keenan recorded four saves in the shutout. Tufts had the advantage in shots (16-7) and (22-6) in corners.

No. 1 Montclair State 8, Gwynedd-Mercy 1

MONTCLAIR, N.J. -- Senior midfielder Jennifer Tafro collected hat trick as Montclair State closed out its regular-season schedule with an 8-1 win against Gwynedd-Mercy at Sprague Field on Saturday afternoon.

Seniors Stephanie Lewis and Sierra Rauchbach each had a goal and assist for the Red Hawks, who improved to 17-1 with their eighth consecutive victory.

Senior forward Maria Karidas scored her team-leading 21st goal for the Griffins, who closed out their schedule at 10-8 as their four-game winning streak came to an end.

Sophomore keeper Rebecca Brattole made one save for the Red Hawks, who outshot the Griffins 34-3. Kelly Kruk finished with 14 for the Griffins.

No. 2 Bowdoin 6, Trinity (Conn.) 1

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Katie Riley tied the NESCAC tournament record with four goals as Bowdoin overwhelmed Trinity (Conn.) 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament on Saturday at Ryan Field.

Riley's four goals tied the mark set by Middlebury's Lauren Greer last year and is the most by a Bowdoin player in NESCAC championship play.

With the win, the third-seeded Polar Bears (13-2) advance to the NESCAC semifinals for the ninth consecutive season and improve their all-time record in tournament play to 24-6. They will battle second-seeded Tufts next Saturday at Amherst, in a rematch of a game played four days ago in Medford, won by the Jumbos 1-0. Sixth-seeded Trinity ends its season with a record of 8-7.

Riley and the Polar Bears took just 1:39 to get the game's first goal as she put home a rebound to give Bowdoin an early lead. Less than eight minutes later, Rachel Kennedy stole a ball at midfield and carried it into the Trinity zone, centering a pass to Riley, who finished it off for a 2-0 lead at the Polar Bears would carry into halftime.

Bowdoin put the contest out of reach with a four-goal surge in the second period. Riley scored the first two goals of the second half as well, accepting another pass from Kennedy and scoring 1:38 into the half. Riley then knocked home a Colleen Finnerty shot that hit the post at 41:35. Finnerty put home a penalty corner for Bowdoin at 51:25 before Pam Herter rounded out the Bowdoin scoring, making it 6-0, at 57:16.

Trinity was able to get a late goal from Sophie Doering with 7:30 remaining, off an assist from Sarah Duncan, to close out the contest.

Hannah Gartner made two saves in 60:45 of work for Bowdoin. Clara Belitz played the final 9:15 in net for the Polar Bears.

No. 5 Middlebury 3, Colby 0

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury advanced to the NESCAC semifinals for the 10th time after its 3-0 win against Colby (9-6) at Kohn Field. Middlebury will take on the host school in one match-up, while Bowdoin meets Tufts in the other contest.

Middlebury took a 1-0 lead 16:03 into the game with the fourth of the season from Lauren Berestecky, who cleaned up a rebound after a diving save from Colby keeper Sarah Evans. The Panthers continued to pressure with several penalty corner opportunities, but the game remained at 1-0 heading into the halftime break.

Bridget Instrum gave Middlebury a little breathing room just 2:03 into the second session, netting her eighth of the season. After taking a pass from Jillian Green, Instrum scored with a reverse sweeping shot that found its way into the back of the cage.

Colby pressured a bit in the 48th minute, but shots by Erin Maguire and Megan Fortier were denied by Emily Knapp.

Middlebury made it a 3-0 game at the 51:23 mark when Katherine Theiss netted her 11th of the season after a nice crossing pass from Chrissy Ritter.

No. 6 Franklin & Marshall 5, McDaniel 0

LANCASTER, Pa. – With a 5-0 shutout against McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) action on Saturday afternoon at Tylus Field, Franklin & Marshall head coach Melissa Mariano captured the 77th win of her career, passing Sue Kloss (1981-87) for first on the all-time list.

The Diplomats improved to 16-1, 10-0 CC on the season heading into the conference playoffs, which begin next Saturday in Lancaster, Pa. The Green Terror fell to 8-9, 3-7 CC with the loss.

F&M got on the board first in the 24th minute of the opening half when Maria Guarisco deflected in a Katie Cecere shot from the right side of the circle to make the score 1-0.

In the second, Meghan Barlow tallied her third of the season in the 44th minute when she took a Guarisco pass from the top of the circle and fired in a shot from five feet out.

Just two minutes later, Audrey Buckman added to the scoring with her fifth of the season to put the Diplomats out in front at 3-0. Juliet Dalton ripped a shot on the left side of the circle over to Buckman on the right side who deflected it home.

Guarisco continued the scoring with her second of the game and F&M's third in a span of three minutes with an unassisted tally from five feet out in the 47th minute. Barlow wrapped up the scoring in the 50th minute with her second of the game when she snuck a shot underneath the pads of the Green Terror's keeper and into the back of the cage.

F&M goalkeeper Avery Koep (15-1) picked up the victory after her defense did not allow a shot on goal through the 62 minutes she patrolled the pipes. Koep earned her eighth shutout of the season, giving her 31 for her career and passing Laura Cianciulli (1978-81) for first on the school's all-time list. Patricia Smith entered the contest with seven minutes to go and picked up a save to preserve the shutout.

No. 7 Amherst 1, Wesleyan (Conn.) 0

AMHERST, Mass. -- Krista Zsitvay scored the game winner to lift top-seeded Amherst to a 1-0 win against eighth-seeded Wesleyan (Conn.) in NESCAC quarterfinal action Saturday at Gooding Field.

With the win, Amherst (13-2, 9-1 NESCAC) improved to 3-0 all-time in conference postseason play against its Little Three rival Wesleyan (6-9, 4-6 NESCAC).

The Jeffs got their lone goal of the game in the 25th minute when Ellie Andersen found Zsitvay off a corner pass as the senior notched her 12th goal of the season, hitting the lower left side of the net on a perfect placement to give Amherst a 1-0 advantage.

Amherst went on the offensive and posted six shots on goal in the final 27 minutes while a stingy Jeffs defense kept the Cardinals from attempting another opportunity.

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