10th Ranked Amherst Set for NESCAC Final Four
October 24, 2001
AMHERST, MA - Top-seeded Middlebury College will host the semifinals and final of the NESCAC Field Hockey Championship Tournament this weekend at Peter Kohn Field with semifinal play on Saturday and the title game on Sunday. In Saturday's first semifinal at 11 a.m., the top-seeded Panthers (10-4) face fourth-seeded Amherst College (12-3). The teams met at Amherst in early October with Middlebury recording a 1-0 win.
In the second semifinal at 1:30 p.m., second-seeded and defending NESCAC champion Bowdoin College (13-2) meets third-seeded Williams College (10-4). Bowdoin edged the Ephs 2-1 in the first conference game of the season for each team. Both teams finished the regular season with four consecutive conference victories.
Bowdoin advanced to the semifinal round with a 1-0 win over Connecticut College on a first-half goal by Leah McClure. Stephanie Noering scored two goals and assisted on another to lead Williams to a 4-0 first-round win over Wesleyan. Amherst reached the semifinals with a 2-1 victory over Colby, avenging a loss to the White Mules earlier in the season, as Marcy Busch scored the game-winner late in the first half.
All four teams are ranked in the latest STX/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll. Amherst is ranked 10th, Middlebury 11th, Williams 12th, and Bowdoin 14th.
The winner of the two semifinals will meet for the conference championship title Sunday at noon. The champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. Williams advanced to the regional final of the 2000 NCAA Field Hockey Championship tournament. Amherst and Bowdoin each advanced to the second round of the national tournament last year.
2001 NESCAC Field Hockey Tournament
First Round/Sunday, Oct. 21
No. 2 Bowdoin 1, No. 7 Connecticut College 0
No. 3 Williams 4, No. 6 Wesleyan 0
No. 4 Amherst 2, No. 5 Colby 1
Semifinals/Saturday, Oct. 27 @ Middlebury
No. 4 Amherst (12-3) at No. 1 Middlebury (10-4), 11:00 a.m.
No. 3 Williams (10-4) vs. No. 2 Bowdoin (13-2), 1:30 p.m.
Championship/Sunday, Oct. 28 @ Middlebury
Semifinal winners, 12:00 p.m.