Nov. 6, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Colgate begins its quest for a 13th Patriot League title and Boston University will be looking for its second in a row when the semifinal round of the 2014 Patriot League Women’s Soccer Tournament kicks off Friday at Beyer-Small `76 Field in Hamilton, N.Y. The top-seeded Raiders host Bucknell, 2-1 winners over Army in the quarterfinal round on Tuesday, at 5 p.m. Defending champion Boston University, the second seed, and No. 3 Navy follow in the nightcap at 8 p.m.
Patriot League Notebook
Host Colgate to Take on Fifth Seed BucknellPatriot League Tournament host Colgate will begin its quest for a 13th Patriot League title when they take on Bucknell, the five seed, at 5 p.m. Friday at Beyer-Small `76 Field in Hamilton, N.Y. The Bison earned a spot in the semifinal round with a 2-1 win over No. 4 Army on Tuesday in West Point, N.Y. A pair of first half goals by Cora Climo and Hannah Bonotto jump-started the Bucknell attack against the Black Knights. As the No. 1 seed, Colgate enjoyed a bye in the quarterfinal round. The two teams met on October 18 with the Raiders Sarah Coy netting a pair of second half goals en route to a 2-0 victory. This is the fifth time Colgate has faced Bucknell in the postseason and the Raiders have a 3-0-1 record in the previous meetings.
No. 2 Boston U. Squares Off Against No. 3 NavySecond seed Boston University is only in its second season as a member of the Patriot League, but the Terriers and No. 3 Navy are already quite familiar with each other. The Mids won the first meeting between the two teams 1-0 in the Terriers first League game on September 20, 2013. Boston U. knocked off top-seeded Navy 1-0 in the 2013 Championship game and also beat them by the same score in the 2014 League opener. While No. 2 BU had a bye on Tuesday, the Mids advanced with a 4-1 win over No. 6 Loyola Maryland in Annapolis, Md. Four different players scored in the win over the Greyhounds with forward Morgan Dankanich leading the way with a goal and two assists.
Follow Live on Patriot League NetworkOnce again, the Patriot League has partnered with Campus Insiders on the Patriot League Network, a streaming platform that enables fans to watch League regular season and championship events for free. This season PLN has streamed more than 80 regular season women’s soccer matches. All five Patriot League Women’s Soccer Tournament matches will be available on PLN.
Quarterfinals ~ Friday, November 7 ~ Beyer-Small `76 Field / Hamilton, N.Y.
No. 5 Bucknell Bison (10-8-2, 4-4-1 PL) at No. 1 Colgate Raiders (13-2-2, 7-1-1 PL), 5 p.m.
2014: Colgate 2, Bucknell 0 (Hamilton, N.Y., 10.18.14) ~Tournament History: Colgate leads 3-0-1
After 78 scoreless minutes, Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year Sarah Coy put home a pair of goals in less than a five minute span to help Colgate down Bucknell 2-0 on October 18 at Beyer-Small `76 Field in Hamilton, N.Y. The win cemented a spot for the Raiders in the Patriot League tournament and extended an unbeaten streak to 13 games. The shutout was the seventh of the season for goalkeeper Brenna Mason , who would go on to capture Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year honors.
Bucknell The Bison advanced to the Patriot League semifinals with a 2-1 win at Army on Tuesday. Sophomore Cora Climo and senior Hannah Bonotto netted first half goals as Bucknell took a 2-0 lead into halftime and held on for the victory. Freshman Kendall Ham is the leading scorer on the season for Bucknell with 12 points coming on five goals and two assists. Nine other players have scored two orenth year head coach Ben Landis. All-Patriot League second team performer Madison Loos patrols the midfield for the Bison and senior defender Courtney Nelson, also a second team All-Patriot League selection, anchors the defense in front of sophomore goalkeeper Jessie Ashworth.
Colgate As the top seed for the 2014 Patriot League Women’s Soccer Tournament, the Raiders earned a bye and the right to host the semifinal and championship rounds of the event. After opening the season with a loss at Boston College, Colgate went on a tear that resulted in a 13-game unbeaten stretch and as the Raiders heated up so, too, did sophomore forward Sarah Coy who finished the season with eight goals and two assists. She was joined on the All-Patriot League first team by senior midfielder Caroline Brawner and sophomore goalkeeper Brenna Mason. Midfielder Jenna Panepinto and defenders Chelsea Roche and Lexi Panepinto were second team honorees and forwards Catherine Williams and Eliza Doll were named to the third team.
No. 3 Navy Midshipmen (12-3-5, 6-1-2 PL) vs. No. 2 Boston U. Terriers (12-4-2, 6-1-1 PL), 8 p.m.
2014: Boston U. 1, Navy 0 (Boston, Mass., 9.20.14) ~ Tournament History: Boston U. leads 1-0-0
Boston University broke a 0-0 tie 15 minutes into the second half of the regular season meeting between the teams when Lauren MacLellan served a ball from the left side that Jenna Fisher was able to head into the net for the only score of the game in the Patriot League opener at Nickerson Field in Boston, Mass. It was the first shutout of the season for Terriers goalkeeper Alyssa Parissa who caught a break when consecutive shots by Caprice Kelty in the first half hit the crossbar and the hosts were able to hold on for the win.
Navy No one enters the tournament on a bigger roll than the Mids, who have not lost since that 1-0 setback to BU in their Patriot League opener. Since then Navy has gone unbeaten in 11 games and has allowed only four goals in that stretch. That stingy defense is led by Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year Jade Seabrook, All-Patriot League second team performer Julie Schumacher and third team member Lexi Ricketts in front of third team goalkeeper Dayton Wetherby. The Mids offsense erupted since the loss as well, scoring 28 goals in the 11 games (2.54 goals/match) led by second team forwards Morgan Dankanich and Clare MacAdam and third team midfielder Meghan Hegarty.
Boston U. The Terriers own victories over all three other semifinalists and only a late season loss at Loyola Maryland prevented Boston University from hosting the tournament. But coach Nancy Feldman’s team is accustomed to winning titles on foreign soil as they did a year ago winning the Patriot League Championship in Annapolis, Md. in their first season in the League. The Terriers offense is led by junior forward Jenna Fisher sho scored seven goals and was named to the All-Patriot League first team along with midfielder Jamie Turchi (three goals, four assists). Boston University also has one of the League’s premier defenders in first team selection Kai Miller. McKenzie Hollenbaugh and Ariana Aston were chosen for the third team at midfield and defender, respectively.