This Saturday, both the Hobart and William Smith soccer teams will take on St. Lawrence University in semifinal play for their respective Liberty League Tournaments.
The William Smith College soccer team will host the Liberty League Women’s Soccer Tournament semifinals and championship on Boswell Field at David J Urick Stadium this weekend. The Herons earned the right to host by clinching their 12th consecutive Liberty League regular season championship.
Saturday’s semifinals will feature the top-seeded Herons (12-3-0) hosting fourth-seeded St. Lawrence (10-2-4) at 4:30 p.m. The second semifinal is slated to start at 7 p.m. and will be between second-seeded Ithaca (13-2-2) and third seeded RIT (11-4-2). The advancing teams will meet at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4 on Boswell Field in the championship match.
The Heron lineup features a trio of players with 12 or more points this season. Megan Barwick ‘19 leads the way with seven goals and five assists for 19 points. Sheila McQuillen ’21 and Julia Keogh ’21 have both contributed five goals and two assists for 12 points. Defensively, William Smith has allowed a league-low six goals this season. Senior goalie Veronica Romines ’19 is 8-1 in nine starts with a 0.24 goals against average and a .909 save percentage.
The Saints and Herons wrapped up the regular season on Boswell Field on Saturday, Oct. 27 with William Smith netting a pair of first half goals on the way to a 2-0 victory. Saturday’s match will be the 46th meeting between the sides in a series that started in 1980. The Herons lead the series 35-7-3, including a 20-2-1 record when playing in Geneva.
Meanwhile, the Hobart College soccer team looks to defend its 2017 Liberty League Tournament title this weekend when it heads north to Canton, N.Y., for the Liberty League semifinals. The Statesmen will take on 2018 regular season champion St. Lawrence at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, on Sandy MacAllaster Field.
Hobart, the No. 4 seed, advanced to the semifinals with a 4-2 victory over Vassar on Tuesday on Boswell Field at David J Urick Stadium. The Statesmen got goals from four different players as they scored twice in the first half and added two more in the second. August Martini ‘20 scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal off a low line drive free kick from 25-yards out. Senior Alec Kaminer ’19 played all 90 minutes in goal for Hobart making four saves.
Hobart is 8-7-2 overall this season. The Statesmen are led offensively by Pete Critchlow ’21 and Kyle Mangold ‘21. Both players have recorded eight points with Mangold scoring a team-high four goals and Critchlow handing out a team-best four assists. Kaminer has played a majority of the minutes in goal for Hobart. He is 7-7-2 in his 16 appearances with a 0.92 goals against average and a .815 save percentage.
The two teams met on Sandy MacAllaster Field to conclude the regular season on Oct. 27. St. Lawrence eked out a 2-1 win to claim the regular season crown. Robert Reynolds and Ryan Crouse scored for the Saints while Kyle Patrick ’20 got the Hobart goal. Kaminer made four saves in net for the Statesmen while Mike Smith made three saves in goal for St. Lawrence.
Saturday’s match will be the 63rd meeting between Hobart and St. Lawrence in a series that dates back to 1963. The Saints are 45-15-2 all-time against the Statesmen. Hobart has won three of the last four meetings between the two teams.
The winner of Saturday’s game will meet the winner of the Ithaca vs. RPI match on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the championship match.