Taryn Boucher's goal gave Bucknell a win Sunday at Lafayette. The Bison are one point away from returning to the Patriot League Tournament are just missing it in 2011.
Oct. 23, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — After three of the four bids to the Patriot League Women’s Soccer Tournament were secured last weekend, the attention turns to Annapolis, Md., Saturday as Bucknell visits Navy in a match that could flesh out the rest of the postseason picture.
For the second year in a row, the Bison and Mids will meet in the regular-season finale with significant postseason implications at stake. One year ago Navy visited Bucknell with a League tournament ticket waiting for the winner. The Mids secured a 1-0 victory, and rode the ensuing momentum to the championship match before falling to rival Army.
This year’s scenario is a bit different. Navy is already in the postseason, but it’s seeking more. The Mids will host the Patriot League Tournament with at least a tie. Across the field will stand Bucknell, which also needs no more than a draw to clinch the fourth and final tournament bid.
All three teams to punch tournament tickets did so Friday night. Navy won the Star against rival Army and clinched a postseason berth with its 1-0 win at West Point, while Colgate won 4-2 at Lafayette and American was a 1-0 victor at Holy Cross.
Bucknell’s 1-0 triumph at Lafayette Sunday put the Bison in great position to clinch the final bid, but Army and Lehigh resuscitated their playoff hopes with wins over American and Colgate, respectively.
Patriot League Notebook
• Should Navy lose to Bucknell, Colgate would clinch the No. 1 seed and hosting responsibilities for the second straight year with a win at American.
• American is locked in as either the No. 2 or 3 seed regardless of what happens Saturday. Even if Bucknell defeats Navy and American loses to Colgate, the Eagles will be no worse than the third seed because they own the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Bison.
• In order for Lehigh to clinch the No. 4 seed, it needs to defeat Holy Cross and have Navy win over Bucknell. The Mountain Hawks own the head-to-head tiebreaker with Bucknell.
• If Bucknell loses to Navy, Lehigh falls to Holy Cross and Army defeats Lafayette, the Bison still get the No. 4 seed because they own the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Black Knights.
• In the event of a three-way tie between Army, Bucknell and Lehigh at nine points, it will come down to the American-Colgate result. An American win would lift Army into the fourth seed, while a Colgate victory or a tie would send Lehigh to the tournament.
• Navy remains regionally ranked again this week, showing up at No. 8 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Mid-Atlantic rankings released Monday.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DARBY DUSTMAN, LEHIGH So., M, Salt Lake City, Utah
Lehigh scored three times over the weekend, and Dustman provided two of them as the Mountain Hawks posted back-to-back Patriot League victories to rocket back into the League tournament picture. Dustman scored Lehigh’s first goal in Friday’s eventual 2-1 overtime win over visiting Bucknell, as she tied the match in the 12th minute. She scored her second of the weekend just 1:06 into the second half of Sunday’s 1-0 win over first-place Colgate, giving the Raiders their first League loss of the season.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
TARYN BOUCHER, BUCKNELL Sr., M, Cutchogue, N.Y.
Boucher was strong at both ends of the field for Bucknell, including coming up from her normal spot in the defensive midfield late to provide the Bison with the game-winner in Sunday’s 1-0 triumph at Lafayette. She led a defense that held the Leopards to six shots with just one on goal. With the game scoreless late in the second half, Bucknell pressed its defense forward with Boucher scoring on a leaping volley in the 83rd minute. The victory kept the Bison in the driver’s seat for the fourth and final bid to the Patriot League Tournament.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
ANI NAHAPETIAN, LEHIGH Fr., GK, Pleasonton, Calif.
Nahapetian put together the best week of her rookie campaign thus far, picking up a pair of League victories at home over Bucknell and Colgate to give the Mountain Hawks life in the chase for a League tournament bid. She made five stops in Friday’s 2-1 overtime victory over the Bison for her first career win, and added five more in Sunday’s 1-0 clean sheet of Colgate for her first career shutout. After a week with a pair of firsts, Nahapetian picks up her first career weekly award.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
CATHERINE WILLIAMS, COLGATE Fr., M, Buffalo, N.Y.
Williams has been one of the Patriot League’s top rookies all season and it continued last week. The Buffalo, N.Y., native tallied a goal and an assist for three points as Colgate split during its trip to the Lehigh Valley. All three of her points came in Friday’s 4-2 victory at Lafayette, keeping the Raiders in a first-place tie with Navy entering the second half of the weekend. Williams’ 27 points are the fifth-highest for a first-year player in Raider history.
JASMINE MOHANDESI, AMERICAN Sr., F, Vienna, Va.
Mohandesi’s game-winner Friday lifted American to a 1-0 triumph at Holy Cross and a berth in the Patriot League Tournament.
KIM AN, ARMY Jr., F, Oak Ridge, N.J.
An scored twice to lead the Black Knights to a 4-0 win Sunday over visiting American, keeping the defending champions alive in the race for the postseason.
JILLIAN KINTER, COLGATE Sr., F, Newburyport, Mass.
Kinter scored twice and added an assist in Colgate’s 4-2 win Friday at Lafayette. Her 33 points are the most in the League since 2007.
ASHLYNN SOELLNER, NAVY Jr., F, Hollidaysburg, Pa.
Soellner had a hand in both Navy goals in Sunday’s 2-1 win at Holy Cross, lifting the Mids into sole possession of first place with one match to go.