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Men’s Soccer Begins Quest for First NESCAC Title This Weekend

Men's Soccer NESCAC Tournament Preview

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Connecticut College will be among eight schools competing in the NESCAC Men's Soccer Championship Tournament beginning this weekend.

The Camels, who are off to a historic start, will look to capture their first league title in program history and are also positioned to clinch an NCAA Tournament berth in consecutive years for the first time in program history. The team earned the second seed, its highest ever, and will host seventh-seeded Hamilton on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 12 p.m. for the right to advance to the semifinal round at the site of the highest remaining seed the following weekend. The winner of the NESCAC championship match on Sunday, Nov. 4 will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament.

Connecticut College (12-1-2, NESCAC 7-1-2) has most notably relied on one of the top defenses in the country. The back line led by senior Tyler Hoadley (South Kent, Conn.), junior Freddy Stokes (Westhampton, Mass.), sophomore Liam Donelan (Milton, Mass.) and freshman Luke Stoneback (Commerce, Mich.) has only surrendered three goals, which ranks second nationally, and registered 12 shutouts to date. Sophomore netminder AJ Marcucci (West Chester, Pa.), who was recognized as the 2017 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, ranks among the top five goalkeepers in the country with a .947 save percentage and an 0.20 goals against average.

On the offensive end, the Camels have been led by seniors Christian Murphy (Newport News, Va.) and Uzii Dieng (Brooklyn, N.Y.). Murphy has 14 points on three goals and a team-leading eight assists, while Dieng has found the back of the net four times and added five helpers.

Hamilton (8-6-1, NESCAC 4-5-1) has won back-to-back quarterfinal matches in the last two years and advanced to the championship match in 2016, which began with a 2-1 overtime win in the quarterfinal round over the Camels. The team has been involved in low-scoring matches all season, as seven different players have accounted for seven goals in league matches while the defense has surrendered seven markers against 10 NESCAC opponents. Senior Bobby Chapman leads the offense with three goals, while freshman goalkeeper Thomas Benson boasts a .914 save percentage to go along with an 0.62 goals against average.

Anyone who is unable to make any of the trips can look at the tournament schedule below for following the quarterfinal matches online.

Matchup

Location

Time

Links

#3 Middlebury vs. #6 Williams

Middlebury, Vt.

Sat, 1 p.m.

Live Stats | Live Video

#2 Conn. College vs. #7 Hamilton

New London, Conn.

Sun, 12 p.m.

Live Stats | Live Video

#1 Tufts vs. #8 Colby

Medford, Mass.

2:30 p.m.

Live Stats | Live Video

#4 Amherst vs. #5 Bowdoin

Amherst, Mass.

2:30 p.m.

Live Stats | Live Video