Women’s College Roundup: Playoff Pictures Are Clearer

Farleigh Dickinson University huddles together before their 2-1 overtime loss against Robert Morris University.

NCAA logoIn Division I, Columbia set a school record by improving its Ivy League record to 5-0 with a 3-0 victory over Dartmouth. The Lions, who have reached the 10-win mark for the first time since 2010, are in control of the Ivy League title race with two home matches remaining.

Despite Carlie Wagner forcing overtime with mere seconds left on the clock, Fordham lost, 2-1, to St. Joseph‘s on Friday. The Rams then held Senior Day on Sunday, where they shutout St. Louis en route to a 2-0 victory. In the victory, senior Natalie Sims tied Alexis Ribadeneyra for the career lead at Fordham in games played with 79. Sunday was also Sims’ 70th consecutive game for the Rams.

Despite Elma Kolenovic‘s seventh goal of the season sending the match to overtime, Fairleigh Dickinson fell to Robert Morris, 2-1, on Friday. Postgame, Coach Eric Teepe was not pleased with his teams performance.

“We did not come prepared to play today,” he said. “We just felt [RMU] was not going to compete today. We turned over the ball recklessly and we not committed to going to goal. We spoke about capitalizing on opportunities all week, and we still let it happen in not taking advantage of those chances to take control of the conference race.”

FDU finds itself in an overtime matchup again just two days later, but this time the Knights found a result, drawing, 1-1, with St. Francis.

Rachel Cardinal slotted home a deflected header in the dying seconds to lift Hofstra to 2-1 victory over the College of Charleston. The victory is the Pride’s ninth in CAA play, giving them a perfect record in league play for the first time since 2010. Hofstra has the week off before returning to play in the CAA semifinals on Nov. 3.

Amelia Sapirman earned her fourth shutout of the season and Neema Liverpool added her first goal of the season as NJIT earned a 1-0 on Senior Day against Delaware State. NJIT then defeated USC Upstate, 1-0, setting a program record for wins in a season with nine.

Sophmore Brittany LaPlant‘s goal in the 96th minute gave No. 24 Rutgers a 1-0 victory over Indiana on Saturday.

“[Scoring the game winner] is something you never get used to,” LaPlant told scarletknights.com. “Having the opportunity to play for something so much greater than yourself and getting that result is just amazing.”

St. John‘s earned a 2-1 victory over Villanova on Thursday night. Despite a 66th minute goal from the Wildcats seemingly signaling a comeback, Bri Austin quickly helped the Red Storm pull away with a goal just one minute later. Two days later, on the program’s Senior Day, an own goal from Xavier in the 106th minute gave St. John’s their second impressive Big East victory of the week.

“Xavier is a very good team,” Coach Ian Stone said after the game. “It’s no coincidence they have the record they have so far this season. I thought, in the first half, they took it to us a little so we had to change some things up at halftime. Then it was just a matter of fighting, digging deep on our home field on Senior Day to get the result. We had some pretty good chances and didn’t capitalize on them but we just kept pushing forward and believing and eventually found a way.”

In Division II, No. 6 Adelphi was upset in consecutive 1-0 defeats by Wilmington (Del.) and Franklin Pierce. This pair of losses stopped the Panthers season-opening winning streak at 13.

Caldwell earned an impressive 5-0 victory over Concordia on Wednesday, with the Cougars outshooting Concordia, 17-7. Caldwell then drew Goldey-Beacom, 1-1, on the program’s Senior Day.

In a meeting of the ECC’s top two teams, No. 12 LIU-Post was up to the task. The Pioneers earned a 2-0 victory over No. 23 Mercy, with Julia Duffy scoring both of the goals. The Pioneers then defeated St. Thomas Aquinas, 1-0, on Alice Schonfeldt‘s seventh goal of the season.

Three days after a 3-1 defeat at the hands of PostFelician earned a 2-0 Senior Night victory against Chestnut Hill. The win keeps the Golden Eagles in the hunt for the CACC’s eight and final playoff tournament spot. Any result over Caldwell on Wednesday or any points dropped by Bloomfield College at Post University on Tuesday would allow the Golden Falcons to earn their fourth consecutive postseason trip.

After a 2-0 defeat at the hands of LIU-Post, Mercy rode three goals from Ally Boots to a 4-1 victory over Roberts Wesleyan College on Saturday afternoon. The win solidifies Mercy’s spot in the ECC tournament, with the Maverick’s being guaranteed a home semi-final as either a 1 or 2 seed.

Lauren Marinelo‘s sixth minute goal gave Molloy a 1-0 win over St. Thomas Aquinas on Wednesday. Three days later, Dana Poetzsch‘s 94th minute penalty kick gave Molloy a 2-1 overtime win over Bridgeport. The penalty marked Poetzsch’s 12th goal of the season.

In Division III, Farmingdale State handed No. 24 Western Connecticut its first loss of the season, with Taylor Howard scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 result. The Rams then held Sarah Lawrence without a shot in a 6-0 victory before falling, 1-0, to No. 4 William Smith.

NYU extended its unbeaten streak to five with a 2-0 win over Stockton University on Thursday afternoon.

St. Joseph’s (Brooklyn) earned a wild 12-0 victory over Yeshiva on Tuesday that saw Anisah Molic (seven goals) and Deserae Sequeira (five goals) steal the show. The Bears then failed to clinch their playoff spot in a 2-1 loss against Purchase. However, the Bears can still clinch a spot on Wednesday against Sarah Lawrence.

Three impressive wins for Staten Island (7-0 over Brooklyn, 9-0 over York College (N.Y.), and 3-0 over John Jay College) helped the Dolphins claim the CUNYAC Regular Season Championship. Staten Island will host CCNY in the CUNYAC Semifinals on Nov. 1 at the CSI Soccer Complex.

No. 16 Stevens Tech was unable to upset No. 2 TCNJ in a 1-0 loss on Wednesday. The Ducks, however were able to rebound quickly, earning a 2-1 victory over Utica College on Saturday,