The Division III Men’s and Women’s Division III soccer tournaments were announced on Monday. Five Rochester area teams qualified.
William Smith (16-1-1)
Ranked third in the Nation, the Herons needed overtime to beat Ithaca and claim their 14th straight Liberty League title and 15th consecutive win. Merilyn Hinrichs scored the golden goal for the Herons in a 3-2 victory. They host John Jay in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday at Cozzens Field with the winner facing the winner of Hamilton and Johnson & Wales on Sunday at 1pm.
The Golden Flyers beat rival St. John Fisher 3-0 in the Empire 8 Finals on Saturday, their first conference title since 2014. The Golden Flyers qualify for their 11th NCAA Tournament and will travel to the University of Scranton to face the host Royals (16-0-1) on Saturday.
The winner of Nazareth and Scranton takes on the winner of Geneseo and Connecticut College on Sunday. The Knights won the SUNYAC title when Mercy grad Nicole Bell knocked in Hannah Sullivan’s free kick in the 86th minute to beat Cortland 1-0 and earn the ninth SUNYAC title for the Knights and third in the last four tries.
Riding a 14-game winning streak, the Golden Flyers beat Houghton 2-0 for their fifth Empire 8 title and fourth NCAA Tournament bid. They travel to fifth-ranked Cortland to face the Red Dragons Saturday evening.
University of Rochester (9-3-4)
Andrew Moglianesi converted two penalty kicks, the second in overtime, to beat 17th ranked Emory and earn an at-large bid. The Yellowjackets begin their 21st NCAA Tournament appearance in Delaware, Ohio against Calvin Friday night. U of R has made five straight NCAA Tournaments, earning a spot in the Final Four in 2018.
Roberts Wesleyan’s women’s team won their last seven games to earn the fourth seed in the East Coast Conference Tournament. The Redhawks (7-7-1) face number one seed Molloy on Long Island Thursday in the ECC semifinals.
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