Women’s College Roundup: Titles and Tournaments

Hofstra is set to host the CAA Semifinals this Saturday, facing William and Mary.

NCAA logoIn Division I, Columbia is tied atop the Ivy League standings with No. 8 Princeton, each with 15 points. The Lions host Harvard in their season finale Saturday night, while Princeton travels to Penn.

Fairleigh Dickinson has clinched the second spot in the Northeast Conference tournament and is set to face Bryant on Friday morning. Should they win, the Knights would face the winner of top seed St. Francis‘ matchup with third seed Central Connecticut in the final. In their last meeting on Oct. 15, the Knights defeated Bryant, 2-0.

Hofstra, whose 10-game winning streak gave it the Colonia; Athletic Association regular-season title, will host William & Mary in the conference semifinals on Friday night. The Pride previously defeated William & Mary, 3-1, on Oct. 1. If they repeat that result, Hofstra will face the winner of Northeastern and Drexel on Sunday.

No. 25 Rutgers fell in penalty kicks to No. 11 Penn State in the Big Ten quarterfinals on Sunday night. The Scarlet Knights now await the draw for NCAA Division I tournament, which will be held on Monday afternoon, Nov. 6.

“I knew it was going to be a hard game,” Coach Mike O’Neill said. “We have a really good rivalry with Penn State and all the games are very, very close. We expected it to be a tough match and close match.”

In Division II, No. 6 Adelphi earned the top seed in the Northeast-10 championship but was upset by eighth-seeded Merrimack, 2-1, on Halloween. The Panthers, who were going for their second championship in the past three seasons, defeated the Warriors, 6-1, on Sept. 9.

Sixth-seeded Caldwell was defeated, 1-0, by third-seeded Holy Family in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference quarterfinals. Felician were also dismissed in the CACC Quarterfinals, losing by 2-0 to Georgian Court.

LIU Post earned its first East Coast Conference regular-season title since 2014 and is set to face Bridgeport in the ECC semifinals on Wednesday. Bridgeport defeated the Pioneers, 1-0, in both schools regula- season finale on Sunday. Also in the ECC, No. 23 Mercy College was set to host host Molloy in Wednesday’s other semifinal.

In Division III, the Skyline Conference Championship is being contested with heavy involvement from New York area schools. The seeding for the tournament is as follows, with the first two seeds earning first-round byes:

1. Mount St. Mary
2. Farmingdale State
3. Mount St. Vincent
4. St. Joseph’s-Long Island
5. Purchase
6. St. Joseph’s-Brooklyn

On Saturday, Mount Saint Vincent defeated St. Joseph’s (Brooklyn), 8-0, and St. Joseph’s (L.I.) squeaked past Purchase, 1-0. St. Joseph’s (L.I.) will face Mount Saint Mary and Mount Saint Vincent will take on Farmingdale, with both semifinals on Wednesday. The Skyline Conference final is scheduled for Saturday.

Staten Island earned the CUNYAC regular-season title and was set to face CCNY in the conference semifinals on Wednesday night. The winner will move on to the CUNYAC final on Saturday morning.

No. 15 Stevens Tech look to avenge its only conference loss of the season when it faces Nazareth College in the Empire 8 semifinals on Saturday night.