Rams to Face Amherst in NCAA First Round
- Travel to Springfield College (Mass.) -
Rams vs. Amherst - 11:00 a.m.
Union (N.Y.) vs. Springfield - 1:30 p.m.
Farmingdale, N.Y. - Farmingdale State will face Amherst College in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament this weekend. The first round match-up will take place at Springfield College on Saturday, November 15th. Springfield will face Union (N.Y.) at 1:30 p.m., with the winners playing on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Farmingdale State finished with a 12-9 overall record, winning their second straight Skyline Title with a 1-0 win over St. Joseph's on Sunday afternoon to receive the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Last season, the Rams also received the automatic bid and fell to The College of New Jersey in the First Round.
The Rams (12-9) played a tough schedule this season, facing two Top-10 Nationally ranked teams in regular season play. A young squad which features seven starting freshmen, including forward Katrina Cerverizzo (Center Moriches, N.Y.), who has a team-high 14 goals. Freshman midfielder Brittany Williams (Massapequa, N.Y.), the Skyline Tournament MVP, finished second on the team in scoring with seven goals, while freshman forward Rebecca Richman (West Islip, N.Y.) scored six goals this season. Freshman goalkeeper Amanda Maass (Mastic Beach, N.Y.) finished the year 10-4 between the posts, with a 1.18 GAA and a save percentage of 81-percent. Senior captain Kaitlin O'Brien (East Islip, N.Y.) anchors the teams' strong defensive unit which posted nine shutouts and held their opposition to a 1.67 goals against average. Freshman defenders Shannon Kalogeras (Patchogue, N.Y.), Morgan Baust (Manorville, N.Y.) and Shannon Reardon (North Babylon, N.Y.) round out the backfield.
Amherst is ranked #2 in the New England Region by the NCAA Women's Soccer Committee and #9 in the Nation according to the NSCAA/adidas Poll as of Nov. 4th. They advanced to the Tournament with an at-large bid, after posting an 11-2-3 record overall and falling in the NESCAC Championship game in overtime, 3-2, to Williams College. Amherst is led offensively by Meg Murphy with 12 goals, including three game-winners this year. They have two goalies splitting the duties in net, holding opponents to 1.14 goals per game.
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