Playoff Fates to be Determined Friday at Trinity
The Amherst College men’s soccer, women’s soccer and field hockey teams are a combined 17-0-1 since Oct. 3. With all three Lord Jeff squads heading to Trinity College this Friday to wrap up the regular season, only one is guaranteed a home game in Sunday’s NESCAC Championship quarterfinals. Take a look at which of Friday's games will feature live coverage, as well as where each Lord Jeff team can finish in the NESCAC standings.
Kyla Woodhouse '11 had two assists in a win at Trinity last year.
#11 Amherst (11-2, 7-1) @ Trinity (5-4-3, 3-3-2)
Friday, Oct. 30 * 3 p.m.
Live coverage: Audio
Playoff Scenarios: The Lord Jeffs are guaranteed a home game in this Sunday’s conference quarterfinal round, marking the 10th consecutive year Amherst has finished among the top four teams in the NESCAC. Williams can clinch the top spot in the conference standings with a win or a tie, while Amherst can finish no lower than No. 3. Middlebury also boasts a 7-1 NESCAC record and, like the Jeffs, can finish no lower than No. 3. Should Middlebury defeat Williams this Friday to create a three-way tie for first place among the Jeffs, Panthers and Ephs, the top seed will be up for grabs. The three teams' names would be placed in a hat, and the first name drawn would earn the No. 1 seed (read more). Amherst won the 2001 NESCAC title as the No. 3 seed before claiming the 2003 crown as the No. 2 seed.
Trinity Preview: Amherst has outscored opponents 18-2 during its six-game winning streak to jump to No. 11 in the NSCAA national rankings. Amherst is riding a five-game winning streak and seven-game unbeaten streak against Trinity, with its last loss to the Bantams coming in 2001. In last year’s 3-0 win at Trinity, Kyla Woodhouse ’11 recorded a pair of assists, Livia Rizzo ’12 scored a goal and Jackie Hirsch ’11 added an assist. Goalkeeper Allie Horwitz '12 will be looking to add to her shutout streak of 386 minutes, as she has not surrendered a goal since Oct. 3.
James Mooney '12 scored two goals against Trinity in 2008.
Amherst (10-2-1, 5-2-1) @ #21 Trinity (10-2-1, 5-2-1)
Friday, Oct. 30 * 3 p.m.
Live coverage: None
Playoff Scenarios: Currently tied with Trinity for third place at 5-2-1 in the NESCAC, Amherst can finish as high as No. 2 in the conference standings and as low as No. 5. The last time the Lord Jeffs did not finish the regular season among the top four teams in the conference was 2004, when they were defeated by Bowdoin College in the NESCAC quarterfinals as the sixth seed. A win over Trinity this Friday would guarantee Amherst at least the No. 3 seed, while a tie or a loss could drop Amherst to No. 5 depending on how Connecticut College fares against Wesleyan.
Trinity Preview: The Amherst men’s soccer team has not allowed a goal since Oct. 3, posting a 6-0-1 record while outscoring opponents 18-0 since a 2-1 loss to Williams. Although the Jeffs have not climbed back into the national rankings, they have jumped to No. 5 in the NSCAA regional poll. Trinity—No. 21 in the NSCAA national rankings—has not defeated Amherst since a 3-2 overtime result in the 1999 ECAC semifinals, as the Jeffs are 10-0 against the Bantams since 2000. Each of the past six meetings between Amherst and Trinity has been decided by one goal, with three of those games requiring overtime. Carrying a shutout streak of nearly 580 minutes into Friday's game is Lennard Kovacs '12, who leads all NESCAC goalkeepers with eight shutouts this season.
Molly Malloy '10 scored in overtime to beat Trinity last year, 1-0.
#15 Amherst (10-3, 5-3) @ #4 Trinity (13-0, 8-0)
Friday, Oct. 30 * 4 p.m.
Live coverage: Webcast
Playoff Scenarios: The 15th-ranked Amherst field hockey team has a chance to host a NESCAC quarterfinal game for a second consecutive year, but the Jeffs will either need to upset the fourth-ranked team in Division III or get some help from archrival Williams. Currently in a three-way tie for second place with a 5-3 NESCAC record, Amherst can secure the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament with a win over undefeated Trinity and a Williams loss to Middlebury. The Jeffs will get the No. 4 seed if a win over Trinity is coupled with a Williams win at Middlebury, and they will fall to No. 5 if they and Williams both lose this Friday.
Trinity Preview: Amherst earned a 1-0 overtime win at Trinity in last year’s regular season finale, but the Bantams avenged their loss with a 1-0 victory in the NESCAC quarterfinals two days later. Scoring the game winner in overtime last year was Molly Malloy ’10, with Sarah McCarrick ’12 picking up the assist. The Lord Jeffs and Bantams are an even 3-3 against each other in the past six meetings, with Amherst holding a 7-3 edge this decade. Amherst will look to continue its outstanding offensive production, as the Jeffs have scored at least three goals in each of their past five games and are outscoring opponents 22-6 during that stretch.