Nor'easter News - Week 10
Recap of the Week
This past weekend was conference championship time in New England, and eventful it surely was. Colby made a run to the NESCAC title, vanquishing Amherst and then Williams in the conference semis and final, respectively, while registering its second PK triumph in three games (the first was the quarterfinal victory over Tufts). Making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1963, Colby will be joined by five of its conference rivals, so more than half of the NESCAC will be participating in the NCAA tournament. Elsewhere, still-perfect St. Joseph’s (Maine) saw off the only team it has conceded a goal to — Johnson and Wales (RI) — in the GNAC title game, while fellow Maine school Thomas will be returning to the NCAA tournament after a 1-0 NAC final win over SUNY Canton. And in other conference championship action, Bridgewater State captured its first MASCAC title since 2015, Gordon returned to the CCC pinnacle with a 1-0 OT win over Roger Williams, Springfield bounced top-seeded Babson in the NEWMAC title game, and Western Conn. won its second consecutive LEC title.
Amidst all kind of conference championship action this weekend, perhaps the biggest story was Colby’s improbable run to the NESCAC title. The Mules, who entered the conference tournament as the eighth seed, earned their place in the second week of action by defeating defending NESCAC Champion and top-seeded Tufts on penalty kicks in the quarterfinal. In the semifinals, the Mules were up against Amherst, which was hosting the last two rounds of the conference tournament. Instead of trying to play for penalties, Colby took the game to Amherst, and Jeff Rosenberg scored in the first 10 minutes to give the Mules a 1-0 lead. Just out of the gates in the second half, Rosenberg scored his second of the day, giving his team a 2-0 advantage, and a tally from Asa Berolzheimer exactly 11 minutes later put Colby in a commanding 3-0 lead. However,...[read more]