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BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins women’s soccer team will host the 2017 NCAA Division III Regional at Homewood Field for the ninth time in the last 10 years as the Blue Jays are making their 13th straight trip to the tournament and 16th trip overall. JHU will host Staten Island, Connecticut College, and Wilkes on November 11 and 12.
Saturday’s first round matches will be played at 11 am and 1:30 pm with the second round match being played at 1 pm on Sunday. Hopkins and Staten Island will play the 11 am game on Saturday, followed by Conn. College and Wilkes at 1:30 pm. JHU has not faced any of the teams in the NCAA Tournament. Tickets will be $6 for adults; $3 for senior citizens, youth (aged 3-12) and students from participating schools (with student IDs). Children ages two and younger will be admitted free of charge. Gates will open one hour prior to start time on both days.
The Blue Jays earned an at-large bid to the tournament after falling to Swarthmore in the Centennial Conference Tournament Final on penalty kicks. Hopkins finished the regular season with a 10-0 Centennial record and is currently 15-2-3 overall. JHU is ranked tenth in the country and is led by senior Michelle Santangelo (15g, 34 pts.) and freshman Riley O’Toole (13g, 28 pts.). Johns Hopkins leads the Centennial Conference in goals (54) and also boasts the league’s best defense allowing just 0.53 goals per game as both Bess Kitzmiller and Robyn Lipschultz have had great seasons in goal. Hopkins advanced to the third round last season, before falling to Williams College, 2-1.
JHU will play Staten Island in the first game as the Dolphins earned an automatic bid to the tournament after winning the CUNYAC Tournament. The Dolphins enter the match with a 13-5-1 record and are making their third trip to the tournament having lost in the opening round to Messiah the previous two seasons. The Dolphins are led on offense by Nicole Mignone with 20 points (8g, 4a) and Victoria Sanchez with 14 points (4g, 6a). Defensively Kaila DiBenedetto leads the team in net with a goals-against average of 1.08 and a save percentage of 0.705.
Connecticut College (12-3-1) also earned an at-large bid to the tournament as the Camels fell to Amherst, 1-0 in the NESCAC Quarterfinals. Conn. finished a program-best second in the NESCAC and is making its third NCAA appearance in the last four years. Freshman Kat Norton leads the Camels with seven goals and 14 points while senior Michelle Medina and junior Alex Baltazar each have four goals. The Camels defense has registered eight shutouts this season and has allowed one goal or less 14 times in 16 matches. Goalkeeper Bryanna Montalvo has a save percentage of .786 and a goals-against average of 0.63.
Wilkes earned the program’s first at-large bid to the tournament as the Colonels are making their second NCAA Tournament appearance. Wilkes enters the tournament with a 13-3-3 record and lost to Misericordia 1-0 in double overtime in the MAC Freedom Tournament on Saturday. Dianna Conner leads the team with 15 points (7g, 1a) while Nicolette Towlen is second with nine points (4g, 1a). Courtney Stanley has recorded 10 shutouts this season with a 0.807 save percentage and a goals-against average of 0.56.