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DIII Top 10 Roundup

LANCASTER, Pa. -- Johns Hopkins won its final regular season match of the year, blanking Franklin & Marshall 3-0 on Saturday afternoon. Sydney Teng, Pamela Vranis and Kelly Baker all scored for the Jays, who move to 16-1-1 on the season and 9-0-1 in the Centennial Conference.

Teng got Hopkins started in the first half, taking a pass from Hannah Kronick and racing past a defender down the right side. Teng beat F&M goalie Amanda McGowan on the right side to score her fifth goal of the season in the 32nd minute.

In the 69th minute, Vranis extended the lead for Hopkins after taking advantage of a defender’s mistake in F&M territory. After the Diplomat defender misplayed the ball from 25 yards out, Vranis seized the opportunity and drove to the net, scoring on the right side. Baker rounded out the scoring for Hopkins in the 82nd minute on a shot from eight yards out on the left side that McGowan could not stop.

Senior goalkeeper Kelly Leddy earned the shutout, making only one save on the only shot from Franklin & Marshall in the game. Saturday saw another strong defensive effort from the Blue Jays, as Adrienne Johnson, Hope Lundberg, Emily Nagourney and Kylie Fuller limited the Diplomat attack from the backline.

No. 1 Wheaton (Ill.) 3, North Park 1

WHEATON, Ill. -- Top-ranked Wheaton (Ill.) earned a 3-1 victory against North Park (7-8-1/3-4-0) on Saturday night at Joe Bean Stadium in the regular-season finale for both teams. Wheaton secured it's league-best College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) Championship by finishing the regular season with a league-best 6-1-0 conference record. The Thunder owns a 15-1-2 overall record.

North Park gained an early lead in the match when the Vikings' Kelsey Taylor headed the ball into the net off of a Mckenzie Wiedermann crossing pass in the fourth minute. The Vikings maintained the 1-0 lead for the majority of the first half before Wheaton senior Leah DeMoss evened the contest at 1-1 in the 43rd minute with her seventh goal of the year. DeMoss collected a loose ball in front of the net and kept it away from NPU goalkeeper Katie Ibarra to score the goal. Wheaton held a 9-7 advantage in shots for the first half of the contest.

Wheaton's Bailey Wysocki gave Wheaton 2-1 lead with her ninth goal of the season in the 66th minute. A DeMoss crossing pass found Wysocki open and she blasted the ball into the top left corner of the net to give Wheaton its first lead. The Thunder continued to attack North Park throughout the second half and the persistent offense paid off with DeMoss' second goal of the night in the 88th minute. Annie Wooldridge served a pass to DeMoss who scored from about six yards out to give Wheaton the 3-1 lead that would become the final score. Wheaton's offense held more control in the second half as the Thunder outshot the Vikings 11-2.

Wheaton goalkeeper Kelsey Graham made two saves with one goal allowed. Katie Ibarra made five saves in the North Park net and allowed three goals. Wheaton outshot the Vikings 20-9 in the match and was awarded eight corner kicks, while North Park had three.

Wheaton will be the No. 1 seed in next week's CCIW  tournament.

No. 3 William Smith 2, No. 24 Rochester Institute 0

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- No. 3 William Smith earned its 15th consecutive victory, shutting out No. 24 RIT 2-0 in a Liberty League game played on Saturday afternoon at a rainy Tiger Stadium. The Herons (15-1-0 overall) completed their Liberty League slate with a perfect 8-0-0 record.

Shots were 21-3 in favor of William Smith, which secured its 13th shutout this season. The Herons took six corner kicks to one for the Tigers (11-3-3, 5-2-1 Liberty) who suffered their first loss in four games.

Senior Chelsea Dunay got the win in net for William Smith making three saves. It's her 11th shutout this year. Amanda Murray took the loss for RIT, making 10 saves.

William Smith got on the board in the 70th minute when Krista Longo scored off an assist from first-year MacKenzie Smith. Smith fired a shot that Murray saved off the cross bar. But the rebound came to Longo and she buried a shot into the net for her fifth of the season to give the Herons a 1-0 lead.

First-year Evie Manning put William Smith up 2-0 on her goal in the 77th minute. It looked as if Murray had a loose ball all covered up inside the RIT penalty box, but Manning wrestled the ball away from Murray and scored in the open net.

RIT had a couple good shots down the stretch, but the Heron defense made the stops and kept the Tigers off the scoreboard.

The Herons are the top seed in the Liberty League tournament, which will start on Wednesday.

No. 9 Messiah 3, Albright 0

READING, Pa. -- Messiah completed its 12th consecutive undefeated regular season in the Commonwealth Conference on Saturday with a 3-0 win against Albright. The win moved the Falcons' record to 9-0 in league play, and their overall record to 16-2-1.

Macaulay Soto put the Falcons on top 1-0 in the 23rd minute with her fifth goal of the season. The score came on just the second shot of the game for Messiah as they were on their way to scoring two goals in the first-half on just three total shots.

That second goal of the game came less than 10 minutes after Soto's, and came off the foot of Marisa Weaver. For Weaver, the score was her fourth of the season -- all of which have come in the past six games.

Messiah added its third and final goal in the 62nd minute as Hannah Weyland put in her first score of the season. The game-breaking goal came on one of 11 shots for the visitors in the final 45 minutes.

Albright finished with just two shots, the first of which came in the just before Soto scored in the first-half; Audra Larson collected a single save on a header by Jena Muller in the 21st minute. The defensive effort for Messiah contributed to their fifth consecutive shutout and 15th overall this season. It was also their 11th game in a row holding an opponent to four shots or fewer.

With the undefeated season, Messiah pushes its conference regular-season win streak to 94 games -- a streak that dates back to 2001.

No. 10 Hardin-Simmons 1, Howard Payne 1, 2OT

BROWNWOOD, Texas -- Hardin-Simmons tied Howard Payne 1-1 on Saturday in the American Southwest Conference and regular-season finale for both teams.

The Cowgirls still own the No. 1 seed in next week's ASC championship. HSU is 13-1-1 on the season and 9-0-1 in league play. HPU ends its season with a record of 4-12-1 and 3-6-1 in conference play. It was the first time since 2008 that HSU has recorded a tie in conference play.

Stephanie Boggs put Howard Payne on the board early in the second half on an assist from Taylor Bicknell.

HSU answered at the 58:31 mark to tie the game on a Devon Howard goal, which was assisted by Karissa Olson. Both teams had several chances to get the go-ahead goal but the goalkeepers Lexi Stinson and Kelsie Piland made some spectacular saves to keep the game scoreless the rest of the way.

Stinson finished with eight saves and Piland had eight saves.

HSU outshot the Lady Jackets 20-12 and 9-7 on goal. HSU had 15 corner kicks in the game to three for HPU.