September 15, 2014

Women's Watch - Weekend #3

By Staff Writer

This week’s report features some great non-conference matchups. Friday night brought easy victories for the favored teams, but it proved to be short-lived as Ithaca, Middlebury and other top teams were upended Saturday. As always, this weekend’s action was not for the weak of heart with teams battling through September and toward conference play.

Friday, September 12

Savina Reid scored two goals to lead fourth-ranked Carnegie Mellon (4-0-0) to a lopsided 6-2 win over Washington and Jefferson (0-3-0) Friday night. The Tartans scored five goals before the Presidents could put one on the board in the 59th minute of play. However, the pair of goals scored by the visitors were more than the undefeated Tartans had conceded to their previous two opponents combined.

Tenth-ranked Thomas More (5-0-0) took on DePauw (1-4-0) in Indiana and came away with a 2-0 shutout. Freshman forward Julia Flagg-Echols led the way for the Saints by putting 5 shots on frame and scoring once. Thomas More put ten shots on goal compared to only one for the Tigers.

The Texas-Tyler Patriots (1-1-0) put up a stout effort against No. 6 Trinity (Texas) (3-0-1) but came up short, falling 2 to 1.

Capital (4-1-0) struggled to beat Waynesburg (3-1-1), scoring the winning goal in the 87th minute of play. The Yellow Jackets scored in the 27th minute, a lead they would hold until Becca Catmill scored at 79:11 for the Crusaders. After the match, Capital coach Chris Kouns was openly critical of the intensity of his team stating, "On the flip side I was not pleased with the focus and effort of our team as a whole. We are talented but at times we are still soft and lacking in our overall competitiveness. If we want to really move towards achieving our potential we must have a consistent group of nine or 10 players doing what they do best every game and every training session." The Crusaders will need to improve their intensity quickly because their next opponent is Carnegie-Mellon.

Saturday, September 13

UPSET OF THE WEEK - Unranked Rochester (3-1-1) stunned No. 5 Ithaca (3-1-0) with a 2-nil win on Saturday. Laura Cowie-Haskell had a highlight reel goal lofting a 40-yard strike over the head of Ithaca keeper Beth Coppolecchia who had been perfect up until this matchup. Rochester advanced to the final of the Upstate Collegiate Cup against William Smith on Sunday.

No. 16 Johns Hopkins (5-2-0) beat No. 8 TCNJ (3-1-0) Saturday in a battle of ranked teams. Hannah Kronick scored twice to lead the Blue Jays to their third straight win and even their record at 2-2-0 versus ranked opponents.

In the NESCAC, Connecticut College (3-0-0) upset No. 22 Middlebury (2-2-0) 3 to 1. Astrid Kempainen had two goals and an assist to lead the Camels over the defending conference champions who drop to 0-2-0 in conference play.

In the Midwest, the sister duo of Robyn and Rachel Elliott scored for UW-Oshkosh (3-2-0) to lead the Titans past nationally ranked Dubuque (6-1-0). The Titans' 2-0 shutout handed the 24th-ranked Spartans their first loss.

Sunday, September 14

The Capita Crusaders (4-2-0) took on No. 4 Carnegie Mellon (5-0-0) who came away with a 1-0 victory on a goal by Tori Iatrola. The Tartans had 24 shots with 12 of them on frame, but the Crusaders kept it close despite the disparity in shots. The game remained scoreless until Iatrola put one in the top corner in the 80th minute of play.

To say No. 5 Ithaca (4-1-0) has a strong defense is an understatement. Other than a shocking loss to Rochester on Saturday, the Bombers have held their opponents scoreless. Today Cortland State was the latest victim, as the Red Dragons fell short, 1-0. Ithaca’s Beth Coppolecchia earned her fourth shutout after facing only a single shot on goal.

Trying to replicate what their men accomplished a week earlier, Texas-Dallas (4-1-0) dragged No. 6 Trinity (Texas) (4-0-1) into overtime Sunday only to fall short with only three minutes left in the second extra period. Trinity's two goals in the 2-1 win were the first the Comets conceded this season.

GAME OF THE WEEK - No. 13 Williams (4-0-0) met a tenacious opponent in No. 14 MIT (4-3-0) on Sunday afternoon. The Ephs finally won in overtime on the goal of Audrey Thomas who received a chipped pass by Mai Mitsuyama. Thomas scored two goals in the 3-2 victory. Thomas observed, "I'd had a few run-ins with the keeper over the course of the game. I guess I had to get one right eventually. We were playing well in the last fifteen minutes, and we pride ourselves on not losing at home. So that's what got us through it."

Lightning would not strike twice for Rochester (3-2-1) as they fell to No. 19 William Smith (3-2-0) in the Upstate Collegiate Classic final on Sunday.

Other ranked Sunday winners include No. 21 Illinois Wesleyan (5-1-0) and still-perfect No. 10 Thomas More (6-0-0).

Mascot of the Week

Gladys, Mary Baldwin's Flying Squirrel

Following their 8-0 thumping of Hollins (0-5-0), Women’s Watch nominates the Fighting Squirrel of Mary Baldwin College (2-2-0). Her name is Gladys and she proudly represents her teams. While a squirrel might not immediately come to mind as a fearsome animal, the college explains that its other traits are worthy of emulation. As reported on the Mary Baldwin athletics page, "In heraldry the squirrel is a symbol of industriousness, trustworthiness, and preparation for the future. It also has been used to represent those with a love of the woods. In Nordic mythology, the squirrel is a symbol of the soul. These ancient meanings apply to Baldwin athletes who know that diligent work will pay off at game time and that their teammates depend on them."

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