NCAA Women's Soccer Championship-First Round: Connecticut College 3, Swarthmore College 1

NCAA Women's Soccer Championship-First Round: Connecticut College 3, Swarthmore College 1

Camels will Meet Montclair State University Sunday Night at 5:00 p.m.

Connecticut College Will Provide an Audio Teamline Broadcast

Montclair, N.J. – Livi Block (New York, NY) and Michelle Medina (Hartford, CT) each scored inside the final seven minutes as Connecticut College pulled away for a 3-1 win over Swarthmore.

The Camels were outshot 15-6 but had half of those attempts find the back of the net as they moved on to the second round in their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998 when it reached the national quarterfinals.

Rebecca Raymond (Lowell, MA) put the Camels in front in the 15th minute of the game. Following a foul by Swarthmore, Raymond fired a shot from the left side over the wall. Garnet keeper Reba Maiger (Saugus, Calif.) got her hands on the ball however the ball still managed to tuck inside the left post for a 1-0 Connecticut College lead.

Swarthmore (13-7-1) would get the equalizer with 14:22 to play in the first half.  Mele Johnson (San Deigo, Calif.) collected a ball deep on the left side and drove in before flipping a pass to the middle where Hanna Lichtenstein (Venice, Calif.) booted the ball out of midair for her 10th goal of the season as the two were deadlocked at halftime.

In the second half, Swarthmore would get most of the scoring opportunities however each were denied by Connecticut College keeper Bryanna Montalvo (Rocky Hill, Conn.), including a diving save on a shot by Johnson at the 68:34 mark. She also made another three minutes later plucking a header by Caroline Khanna (Chevy Chase, Md.).

The Camels took the lead with 6:56 remaining. Off a corner kick, the ball was sent out to Block on the left side 28 yards out. The freshman ripped a shot toward the middle that glanced off a defender and into the back of the net for the go-ahead goal. Connecticut College added an insurance goal with 1:02 left as Medina stole a pass and drove in on the right side pulling the keeper out before blasting a shot into the open net.

Montalvo finished with seven saves for the Camels.

The loss ended a tremendous season for Swarthmore, which was making its first NCAA Tournament appearance. The Garnet earned their way into the NCAAs by capturing the Centenninal Conference as they upset nationally-ranked Johns Hopkins in penalty kicks.

Connecticut College (16-1-2) will face Montclair State (18-1-2) on Sunday, November 16 at MSU Soccer Park at 5:00 pm with the winner advancing to next week's NCAA Sectional Tournament.

Senior forward Kaila Fasano scored the lone goal as the host Red Hawks moved into the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship with a 1-0 win over Lesley University at MSU Soccer Park on Saturday evening.

Fasano collected her team-leading 14th goal of the season in the 58th minute sending MSU into the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season. Senior Gina Policastro notched her 15th shutout of the year setting a new MSU single-season mark as she broke the previous standard of 14 set by Stephanie Romanko in 2000 in addition to tying Romanko's career mark with her 55th career shutout.

Montclair State nearly got on the board early in the match as Fasano, who moved into a tie for fourth place on the MSU all-time scoring list, fired a shot from the left side that appeared headed in however Lesley defender Emily Johnston (Goldens Bridge, N.Y.) was able to head the ball away at the last moment.

The Red Hawks outshot Lesley 5-2 in the first half and then limited the Lynx (18-4) to just one over the final 45 minutes. 

Despite keeping the lynx out of the back of the net, Montclair too had trouble until the 57:24 mark when Fasano came up with the goal. Off a corner kick, Francesca Gibson served a ball the hit off the near post bouncing out in front where Fasano was able to tap it in for the goal.

Lesley goalkeeper Jackie Berard (Coventry, R.I.) stopped three shots for the Lynx, who reached the NCAA Tournament after capturing the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) last weekend with a 3-0 win over Elms College. The Lynx were making their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.