November 4, 2019

Mid-Atlantic Review, Week 10

By Contributor

“Playoffs? Playoffs? Don’t talk about - playoffs? You kidding me?” Jim Mora’s now-famous words resound to us all (Google him, kids, it’s a funny clip). It’s that time of year. Conference Playoffs! They are all set now, some have even started already. We know who will be playing who, and when, and where, and it’s all VERY exciting! All of the action can be found at’s 2019 Conference Championship Central. Check it out, as it is THE source to follow the 2019 NCAA D3 Women’s Soccer Conference Playoffs.

Let’s see how the top-ranked teams in the region finished out the regular season...

Messiah (16-1-1 / 7-0-1) No. 1 / MA Region No. 1

Messiah had just one game this week, hosting Stevenson (8-8-2 / 5-2-1) Tuesday night for their Senior Night, and their two starting senior forwards each scored two goals in the 5-0 MAC Commonwealth win. Ellie Lengacher and Brooke Firestone scored a pair of goals each in a four minute period to give the Falcons a 4-0 halftime lead and sophomore Kayla Herr added one in the second half to complete the scoring. Messiah outshot the Mustangs 32-3 (12-2 SOG) and held the advantage in corner kicks at 6-1. With the win, the Falcons clinched the number one seed and hosting duties throughout the upcoming MAC Commonwealth playoffs.

The Falcons will play host for the MAC Commonwealth playoffs, welcoming the winner of Tuesday’s matchup between #4 seed Albright (11-7-0 / 5-3-0) and #5 seed Hood (11-7-2 / 3-4-1) Thursday night. The Falcons defeated Albright by a score of 2-1 and Hood 5-0 during the regular season.

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Johns Hopkins (12-2-4 / 6-1-3) No. 7 / MA Region No. 2

Johns Hopkins traveled to Gettysburg (12-3-1 / 6-3-1) Wednesday afternoon and let a Centennial Conference playoff berth slip through their hands, losing in overtime to the Bullets by a final of 2-3. Twice the Blue Jays took the lead, only to see a defensive miscue help the Bullets pull even. Then, after controlling most of the overtime period, literally fell when a long pass out of the back found a Bullet forward and the Blue Jay defender fell, leaving a clear path to the goal and a one-on-one situation with keeper Caitlin Hendricks. Hendricks made a valiant effort, but the ball found the net and the Blue Jays walked away with nothing to show for their effort and still waiting to clinch a conference playoff spot. Emily Maheras scored for Hopkins in the 20th minute after the Blue Jays had spent most of the opening period in their offensive half, and it appeared as if they may pull away. But, an errant pass back to the keeper let a Bullet forward run onto the ball first, touch it past the goalie and into the open net. Rachel Jackson then blasted a bullet past the Bullet keeper in the 52nd minute, but once again a defensive snafu let the Bullets pull back even. With the Bullets coming down the left side, a Hopkins defender stole the ball and passed it toward the middle of the field. Another Blue Jay defender was set to receive the ball when an inadvertent deflection sent the ball back toward the keeper, where a Bullet forward controlled the ball and sent it past Hendricks to even the score at 2-2. Once again, despite controlling play for most of the remaining time of regulation, the Blue Jays could not find the net. The Blue Jays outshot Gettysburg 22-14 (9-8 SOG) and held a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks. With the loss, Hopkins finds itself in a fourth-place tie with McDaniel and needing a tie or win against Franklin and Marshall to get into the playoffs.

The Blue Jays got that win Saturday afternoon when they hosted Franklin and Marshall (10-6-1 / 5-5-0), beating the Diplomats 3-1. The Diplomats put a scare into the Blue Jay faithful when they opened the scoring in the eighth minute, but the Blue Jays responded with three unanswered goals. Familiar names led the way for Hopkins, with Maddy Rocks, Emily Maheras, and Maggie Coulson scoring goals for the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays outshot the Diplomats 20-5 (11-3 SOG) and held a slight edge in corner kicks at 5-4. With the win and a Gettysburg loss to Dickinson, Hopkins earned the #2 seed in the upcoming Centennial Conference playoffs and will face #3 seed Haverford (12-3-2 / 6-2-2) at Dickinson Saturday, a team they tied 1-1 during regular season play.

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Arcadia (14-2-3 / 5-1-2) 19 / MA Region No. 3

Saturday night, Arcadia hosted Stevenson (8-8-2 / 5-2-1) for Senior Night with the #2 seed for the upcoming MAC Commonwealth playoffs on the line. The Knights needed a win or draw to secure the #2 seed and host the first round. Arcadia dominated the stat line, outshooting the Mustangs 38-9 (13-4 SOG) and taking nine corners to Stevenson’s three, but couldn’t manage to find the net for most of regulation. That changed in the 87th minute when Karlie Flowers scored what Knight fans thought would be the game-winner after the Mustang keeper mishandled a free kick, giving the Knights a late 1-0 lead. With one of the best defenses in the country, no one could blame the Arcadia faithful for thinking that the game was in hand. However, the Mustangs had other ideas and scored the equalizer just over a minute later. Neither team could net the game-winner in the overtime periods and the Knights secured the #2 seed with the 1-1 draw. They will now turn around and host the #3 seed Mustangs again Thursday night in a Commonwealth semifinal match.

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Dickinson (13-1-4 / 8-0-2) 13 / MA Region No. 4

Dickinson hosted McDaniel (13-5-0 / 6-4-0) Wednesday night, beating the Green Terror 2-0 on two first-half goals. With the win and Johns Hopkins’ loss, the Red Devils sewed up the top seed in the upcoming Centennial Conference playoffs. The Red Devils scored two goals midway through the first half, opening up a 2-0 halftime lead that they rode through regulation time. Kyra Thomas scored in the 21st minute and Meg Tate scored six minutes later on an impressive individual effort, battling a McDaniel defender to the ball and sending it past the Green Terror keeper. The Red Devils held a 14-8 advantage in shots (6-7 SOG) and 9-2 advantage in corner kicks.

The Red Devils traveled to Gettysburg (12-3-1 / 6-3-1) Saturday night knowing that they had already secured the top seed for the upcoming Centennial Conference playoffs, but also knowing that their opponent had just helped them earn that seed by beating nationally-ranked No. 5 Johns Hopkins. First-year Meg Tate scored two goals - one in each half - to lead the Red Devils to a 2-0 win and drop the Bullets to the #4 seed. The Red Devils actually trailed in shots at 9-13, but each team tallied five shots on goal and each took three corner kicks. Dickinson will now host the Centennial Conference semifinals and final on their homeground of Miller Memorial Field next Saturday and Sunday. The Red Devils will face the winner of #5 McDaniel and #4 Gettysburg, both teams that the Red Devils defeated during the regular season by a 2-0 score.

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Stevens (13-3-1 / 7-0-0) No. 18 / SA Region No. 5

Stevens took a road trip to Western Connecticut (13-5-2 / 7-0-1) Tuesday night for a non-conference matchup and came away with a 2-0 road victory. Julia Panko recorded her 100th career point when she converted a penalty kick in the 21st minute to open the scoring for the Ducks. Taylor Whitlock scored her first goal of the season in the 53rd minute to add some insurance, but the defense made sure it wasn’t needed, holding the Colonials to just five total shots, with only one of those on goal. For their part, the Ducks launched 20 shots with nine of those on goal, and held an edge of 10-2 in corner kicks.

The Ducks finished up their MAC Freedom regular season schedule by thumping Eastern (7-10-1 / 2-4-1) by a final score of 5-0. Ally Wanzor opened the scoring for the Ducks in just the fourth minute, while Taylor Whitlock and Gabby Saade added insurance goals. Julia Panko scored twice for the Ducks to help them celebrate her and her fellow seniors. Stevens outshot the Eagles 42-7 (21-2 SOG) and took ten corner kicks to three for Eastern. The Ducks clinched the Freedom regular season title with the win and grabbed the #1 seed for the upcoming tournament, where they’ll host Wilkes (8-7-1 / 4-3-0) Tuesday night, a team they defeated 2-0 on October 12th.

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Haverford (12-3-2 / 6-2-2) RV / MA Region No. 6

Haverford traveled the extremely short distance to Bryn Mawr (6-10 / 1-9-0) Tuesday afternoon and quickly took care of the Owls en route to a 5-1 Centennial Conference victory that clinched a spot in the upcoming conference playoffs. Celia Page scored twice, while Gabrielle Cipriano, Mia Reyes, and Kendra Griesman added goals for the Fords. The Fords outshot the Owls 19-6 (15-5 SOG) and held a 6-3 advanage in corner kicks.

The Fords hosted rival Swarthmore (12-5-0 / 6-4-0) Saturday afternoon for Senior Day and started off on a good foot, taking a 1-0 lead into halftime on Jaclyn Corbin’s goal in the 39th minute. The second half did not go as well, as the Garnet scored three unanswered second-half goals and handed the Fords a 1-3 conference loss. Haverford trailed in shots at 8-20 (3-10 SOG) and 4-5 in corner kicks. The Fords are the #3 seed in the upcoming Centennial Conference playoffs and will travel to Dickinson to face #2 seed Johns Hopkins (12-2-4 / 6-1-3) Saturday afternoon in the second semifinal. The Fords and Blue Jays played to a 1-1 tie during the regular season.

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Gettysburg (12-3-1 / 6-3-1) RV / MA Region No. 7

Gettysburg hosted Johns Hopkins (12-2-4 / 6-1-3) Wednesday afternoon in an important Centennial Conference matchup and came away with a 3-2 overtime victory. The Bullets were on the defensive much of the night, huddled back, playing tough defense and making counterattacks. Twice the Bullets battled back to tie the score, and held on in overtime long enough to make a counter out of the back on a long pass and beat the Blue Jay keeper on a one v. one breakaway. Erika Muskus got the first Bullet equalizer when she ran onto an errant pass-back to the Blue Jay keeper from a defender, beating the goalie to the ball and making a deft touch around her to put the ball into the back of the net. When the Blue Jays took a 2-1 lead in the second half, Isabel Klatt was able to gather in a deflection and beat the Blue Jay keeper to pull even at 2-2. The Bullets then weathered the, well... weather and the Blue Jay attack, as most of the action for the remainder of regulation and overtime was in their end and in a driving rain. At the 98 minute-mark, midfielder Emma Bedell sent a long pass out of the zone that Charlotte Cenatiempo ran onto with a Hopkins defender. When the two came together battling for the ball, the defender fell, allowing Cenatiempo a clear path to the Blue Jay keeper, who she beat with a screamer to the near post. The Bullets were outshot 14-22 (8-9 SOG) and took only one corner kick to seven for the Blue Jays. With the victory, their second consecutive over a ranked opponent, the Bullets clinch a spot in the upcoming Centennial Conference playoffs.

The Bullets played their third straight nationally-ranked team when they hosted No. 13 Dickinson (13-1-4 / 8-0-2) Saturday night, but couldn’t get their third straight victory over a ranked opponent, falling to the Red Devils by a 0-2 final. The Bullets outshot the Red Devils 13-9, with each team putting five shots on goal and taking three corner kicks. The loss put the Bullets earning the #4 seed for the Centennial Conference playoffs, meaning they’ll host McDaniel (13-5-0 / 6-4-0) Wednesday night to see who advances to the semifinals being held at Dickinson on the weekend. The Bullets defeated the Green Terror 1-0 back on September 25th.

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McDaniel (13-5-0 / 6-4-0) NR / MA Region No. 8

McDaniel visited Centennial Conference leader Dickinson (13-1-4 / 8-0-2) Wednesday afternoon and fell 0-2 to the Red Devils. The Green Terror gave up two first-half goals and couldn’t net any themselves to gain ground on the CC leaders, but with the loss still locked in the fifth seed for the upcoming conference playoffs. The Green Terror put more shots on goal than the Red Devils at 7-6, but were outshot 8-14 and trailed in corner kicks 2-9.

The Green Terror will have to travel to #4 seed Gettysburg (12-3-1 / 6-3-1) Wednesday night for the first round of CC playoffs. The winner of that match will meet #1 seed Dickinson in Carlisle, PA on Saturday for a semifinal match.

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Swarthmore (12-5-0 / 6-4-0) No. RV / MA Region No. 9

Swarthmore hosted Muhlenberg (8-6-2 / 3-5-2) Wednesday afternoon knowing that they had to win and get some help to make the Centennial Conference playoffs and defend their 2018 CC Championship. They did their part, scoring three second-half goals en route to a dominant 3-0 win. Alice Onyango-Opiyo, Megan Ruoff, and Maddy Carens scored for the Garnet and the defense did its part, holding the Mules to just six total shots with four of those on goal. The Garnet put up 25 shots, with 12 of those on goal, and held a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks. Despite the win, the Garnet were eliminated from the conference playoffs when Gettysburg upset Johns Hopkins, so there will be a new CC Champion in 2019.

The Garnet seniors played for pride Saturday when they played Haverford (12-3-2 / 6-2-2), knowing that they had already been eliminated from the Centennial Conference playoffs. The Fords struck first in the 39th minute, but the Garnet came storming back with three unanswered second-half goals by Sophia Stills, Lizzie King, and Brittany Weiderhold. The Garnet outshot the Fords 20-8 (10-3 SOG) and took five corners to four for Haverford. The Garnet must now sit and wait to see if they get awarded one of the coveted Pool C berths to the NCAA tournament. They have a victory over nationally-ranked No. 13 Stevens (13-3-1 / 7-0-0), but have not fared well against the other regionally-ranked opponents they have faced this season. They face an outside shot, at best, to make the tournament. Much will depend on how many favorites get upset during their conference tournaments. If more than a couple ranked teams get upset in their conference playoffs, the Garnet stand a small chance to be awarded a berth. If the favorites win out, there may be a slight chance...

Misericordia (10-5-2 / 6-1-0) NR / MA Region No. 10

Misericordia traveled the short distance to Scranton (9-5-3 / 5-2-0) Wednesday night to take on the Royals in a non-conference contest and fell in overtime by the final score of 1-2. The teams played evenly in the first half, with each team getting off four shots and each team recording two saves. The Cougars took the lead in the 30th minute on Maegan Allspach’s goal, but were unable to maintain the momentum or the 1-0 halftime lead. The Royals took control of the match in the second half, outshooting the Cougars 13-2 down the stretch. Scranton scored the equalizer in the 73rd minute and the game-winner in the 93rd. For the match, Misericordia was outshot 6-17 (3-6 SOG) and trailed 5-9 in corner kicks.

The Cougars hosted DeSales (13-4-1 / 4-2-1) Saturday afternoon and came away with a 3-1 conference victory on Maegan Allspach’s hat trick. Allspach scored goals in the 12th, 53rd, and 81st minutes to clinch the #2 seed in the upcoming MAC Freedom playoffs. The Cougars put up 21 total shots with eight on goal, while the Bulldogs put up nine total shots with seven on goal. The Cougars also took 12 corners to six for the Bulldogs. The #2 seed Cougars now turn around and welcome the Bulldogs back to town Tuesday night for a Freedom semifinal match. The winner will either travel to Stevens (13-3-1 / 7-0-0) for the final or host Wilkes (8-7-1 / 4-3-0), depending upon who wins the other Freedom semifinal game. These two teams must win to keep their NCAA tournament hopes alive, as neither have probably done well enough against regionally-ranked teams to garner a pool C berth.

See “FREEDOM Women” in 2019 Conference Championship Central

It’s that time of the year - Conference Playoffs! Which means, of course, that the Championship Tournament selection is next Monday, November 11th. A very quick turn-around from conference championships to the NCAA Tournament. The third installment of Regional Rankings comes out Wednesday, November 6th, and these will be the important ones. We won’t see the final Regional Rankings until after the tournament field is announced, so as Christian Shirk states in his article “Coming Wednesday: the rankings that matter”, if your team isn’t on this third installment of rankings and don’t get the Automatic Qualifier, they probably will not be “dancing”. Only on rare occasions has a team been awarded a Pool C berth and not been regionally ranked in the third week rankings. For more information on how the tournament field is selected, see Christian’s article “AQ’s, Pool B and Pool C? What does it all mean?”


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The weekly Mid-Atlantic Review will survey the Division III women's soccer landscape throughout the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region consisting of four states but it could be called the Pennsylvania or maybe Quaker region as 43 of the region's 63 schools are located in Pennsylvania. And this excludes the sixteen schools assigned to the Great Lakes region (PAC and AMCC plus Carnegie Mellon and Allegheny). This region features these conferences: Centennial, CSAC, Landmark, MAC Commonwealth, MAC Freedom and the NEAC.

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