Women’s College Roundup: Adelphi and LIU Post Impress in DII

Despite dropping points to Georgetown, Casey Murphy of No. 14 Rutgers has kept seven consecutive clean sheets to open the 2017 season.

NCAA logoIn Division I, Columbia got back on track with back-to-back victories, first defeating Stony Brook, 2-0, on Friday. Goals from Rachel Alexander and Natalie Neshat powered the Lions, while the tandem of Juliet Allen and Emma Anderson earned the shutout in goal. Two days later, the Lions would earn an impressive 5-0 victory against Sacred Heart. Both Anderson (two goals) and Neshat would contribute again for the Lions.

After a 1-0 loss to Hofstra, Fordham earned a result on Sunday, rallying twice to draw UConn, 2-2, in double overtime. Crea Baker-Durante earned her first point in three matches by assisting Milan Bornstein’s 68th minute equalizer. The goal was Bornstein’s first of her college career.

A goal from Gabby Albano of visitors Siena handed LIU Brooklyn its fifth loss of the season on Friday evening. The Blackbirds, however, earned their first victory of the season two days later, defeating Manhattan, 1-0. Jenn Peters’ chip in the 24th minute proved to be the game winner.

Two goals from senior Erica Modena drove Manhattan to a 3-0 victory over non-conference opponent VMI on Friday night at Gaelic Park. Junior Kelly DiGregorio also recorded her first collegiate shutout for the Jaspers in the victory. The Jaspers then fell to LIU Brooklyn, 1-0, on Sunday.

Marist earned a 1-0 victory over Seton Hall on Friday night, staying in the game behind Makala Foley’s seven saves. Despite Seton Hall’s offense dominating most of the game (outshooting Marist by 16-9), Camille Bowen’s 27th minute goal was the only shot to find the back of the net for either team.

Honestly, it was not our best soccer,” Coach Gene Smith said. “I thought Seton Hall did a great job of pressuring and taking us a bit out of our rhythm. We got a goal against the run of play and I thought our defense was the highlight. All the players we used played amazing and the back line held them off especially Alexa Svennson, whose play tonight was brilliant.”

Marist then fell, 2-1, to Maine on Sunday afternoon.

A 3-2 win over Fairfield and 3-1 victory over Rider extended NJIT’s winning streak to four, the program’s longest streak since 2009.

A fifth-minute goal by Madeline Anderson gave Hofstra a 1-0 victory over Fordham on Friday evening. The Pride then followed up that victory by outshooting Monmouth, 27-8, on Sunday afternoon, but both sides failed to find the net in a 0-0 draw.

After a disappointing 2-0 loss to Wagner on Wednesday, Saint Peter’s earned an emphatic 5-1 victory over Hampton on Saturday. Freshman forward Elizabeth Pacillo’s chip 21 seconds into the match got the scoring started, but it was Barbara Paiva’s hat-trick that stole the show for the Peahens.

“I’m very pleased to get the win, particularly for the players as we missed chances in a tie last season against Hampton,” Coach Melissa Sherwood said. “Hampton was much improved this time around and played good football at times, however we capitalized in front of goal. The most pleasing aspect of today was that we took our chances and that I had two freshmen on the score sheet and my center forward with a hat trick. The performance wasn’t perfect but it was important to get the win today. I challenged my players to show a winning mentality today after Wednesday night’s disappointment and they delivered that and now we look ahead to Wednesday.”

Rutgers defeated George Mason, 2-0, on Friday night, with Colby Ciarrocca’s fourth goal of the season sealing the victory in the 79th minute. The No. 14 Scarlet Knights then traveled to No. 15 Georgetown, where they earned a 0-0 draw. Despite being the first game to not result in three points for the Scarlet Knights this season, the draw marks their seventh straight shutout of the season.

In Division II, No .15 Adelphi earned a 2-0 victory at home against Mercy College on Thursday. Two days later, six different scorers lead the Panthers to a 6-1 victory over Merrimack.

Three second-half goals powered Bloomfield College to a 4-0 victory over Lincoln University (Pa). Bloomfield was then defeated by Holy Family, 3-1, on Saturday. Simone McEnough registered a goal in each match.

Two goals from Meghan Grundhauser earned Caldwell their first CACC victory of the season on Saturday, as the Cougars defeated Chestnut Hill College 5-0.

Surging No. 8 LIU Post earned an impressive 7-0 win over Nyack on Thursday, scoring five goals in the second half.

Mercy College rebounded quickly from its loss at Adelphi with a 4-1 victory over Nyack on Saturday. Senior Alexandra Modlinski contributed two goals as the Mavericks outshot Nyack, 23-1.

Freshman Dana Poetzsch scored two goals as Molloy earned their first win of the season, defeating Stonehill 3-0 on Wednesday afternoon.

In Division III, NYU did not impress in the Stevens Engineering Cup. A 68th minute goal by Steph Ho could not save a 2-1 opening defeat to Swarthmore. NYU was then defeated, 1-0, by tournament hosts Stevens. 

Ramapo defeated Lycoming College, 4-1, in the first match of the Drew Fall Fest on Saturday. Ramapo then fell to hosts Drew Univeristy, 2-1.

Rutgers-Newark earned three victories over the past week. On Wednesday, a 97th minute goal by Nicole Gomez gave the Scarlet Raiders a 2-1 overtime victory over St Joseph’s (L.I.). In the Buffalo State Bengals Classic this past weekend, Rutgers-Newark earned a 3-0 victory over hosts Buffalo State and a 2-1 victory over Baldwin Wallace University.

Five goals from Deserae Sequeira powered St. Joseph’s to a staggering 14-0 win over York.

Freshman Lauren Ashby (six goals and four assists) stole the show for Sarah Lawrence College as they defeated Medgar Evers 17-0 on Saturday.

The College of Staten Island Dolphins earned a pair of 1-0 victories over Purchase and Old Westbury to improve to 4-0 on the season.

Stevens hosted its 14th annual Engineering Cup this past weekend, picking up a pair of victories in the process. Gabby Saade‘s long range volley in the 106th minute sealed a 2-1 overtime victory against Babson on Saturday. Saade made the difference again on Sunday, scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over NYU.