Colgate to Host Rutgers in NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Colgate senior goalkeeper Ashley Walsh was presented with the Patriot League Tournament MVP trophy by Executive Director Carolyn Schlie Femovich following Sunday's title match.
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Colgate senior goalkeeper Ashley Walsh was presented with the Patriot League Tournament MVP trophy by Executive Director Carolyn Schlie Femovich following Sunday's title match.
PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG

Nov. 9, 2012

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - 2012 Patriot League Women's Soccer champion Colgate will host Rutgers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, it was announced Monday during the Selection Show on NCAA.com.

The Raiders (11-5-4) will welcome the Scarlet Knights to Hamilton, N.Y., and Van Doren Field Saturday at 7 p.m. The winner will advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament Friday, Nov. 16, where it will battle either Virginia, one of the four national No. 2 seeds in the 64-team field, or La Salle. Third round matches are set for Sunday, Nov. 18.

Colgate earned the Patriot League's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament with Sunday's 1-0 victory at top-seeded Navy in the League tournament. The Raiders were the No. 2 seed. Sophomore Jenna Raepple logged the championship-clinching goal in the 83rd minute to give the Raiders their 11th tournament title and 12th overall League trophy, both League bests.

Colgate is 1-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament as the Patriot League's representative. It also qualified from 1997-99.

Two League teams have advanced beyond the NCAA's first round. Navy went to a scoreless draw with William & Mary in 2006 and moved on 5-4 in penalty kicks.

Rutgers (12-7-1), a member of the BIG EAST conference, earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Scarlet Knights went 5-5-1 in conference play. They were nationally ranked early in the season, and took on another Patriot League member in Bucknell in the season's early days. The Scarlet Knights erased a halftime deficit and rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Bison Aug. 24 in Piscataway, N.J.

Patriot League NCAA Tournament Quick Hits

• Colgate is off to the NCAA Tournament for the League-leading sixth time. The Raiders last qualified in 2009, when they faced Penn State and fell 5-0.

• In their appearance previous to that in 2004, the Raiders advanced to the second round with a 1-0 win over Arizona before falling 4-0 to Connecticut.

• Two League teams have advanced beyond the NCAA's first round. Navy went to a scoreless draw with William & Mary in 2006 and moved on 5-4 in penalty kicks.

• 2012 will mark the third time in which Patriot League teams have hosted an NCAA Tournament contest. Colgate was the first to do it in 1998, when the Raiders welcomed Syracuse to Hamilton. It occurred again two years later, when Holy Cross entertained Boston University in Worcester, Mass.

• Rutgers is making its seventh trip to the NCAA postseason and first since 2009. The Scarlet Knights are 6-1-2 all-time versus Colgate, including a 4-1 win in their last meeting in Aug. 2010.

• Colgate ended the nation's longest unbeaten streak with Sunday's 1-0 win at Navy in the Patriot League championship. The Mids were defeated in 20 straight (19-0-1).

• The Raiders improved to 8-1-0 overall as the No. 2 seed in the Patriot League Tournament last weekend, including 4-0-0 in championship games from that position.

2012 Patriot League NCAA Tournament Preview

FIRST ROUND - SATURDAY - VAN DOREN FIELD, HAMILTON, N.Y.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (12-7-1, 5-5-1 BIG EAST) at Colgate Raiders (11-5-4, 4-1-2 Patriot League), 7 p.m.

LAST MEETING Rutgers, 4-1 (8.27.2010 - Piscataway, N.J.) LAST NCAA TOURNAMENT MEETING First Meeting
ALL-TIME HISTORY Rutgers, 6-1-2 LAST COLGATE WIN 2-0 (1986 - Hamilton, N.Y.) STREAK Rutgers, 5-0-2
COLGATE IN NCAA TOURNAMENT 1-5-0

COLGATE The Raiders are meeting Rutgers for the 10th time in history ... After squaring off every season from 1985-91, the teams met again in 1993 before the series went dormant until 2010 ... Jillian Kinter scored the first goal of her sophomore season in the Raiders' 4-1 loss at Rutgers in their last meeting two seasons ago ... With 37 points, Kinter is two shy of entering the Patriot League's single-season top 10 in the category ... Rookie of the Year Catherine Williams is second in the League to Kinter with 30 points ... The two were recently named to CollegeSoccer360.com's list of Dynamic Duos ... Senior goalkeeper Ashley Walsh was also recognized as a Primetime Performer by CS360.com following her back-to-back shutouts in the Patriot League Tournament which garnered her the MVP honor ... Those were Walsh's first two clean sheets of the season, and while the team now has three ... Colgate lost 3-2 in overtime to Syracuse back in August in the club's only meeting against a BIG EAST member in 2012 ... Rutgers took on Bucknell in August and won 2-1 in Piscataway, N.J., after trailing the Bison 1-0 at halftime ... The Patriot League is 2-6-1 this season against the BIG EAST, with Army accounting for both wins (Seton Hall, Syracuse) ... Colgate accounts for the Patriot League's only win in the NCAA Tournament, a 1-0 decision against Arizona in 2004 first round ... Colgate and Navy are the only two League teams this season with four scorers above 10 points, with the Raiders boasting the only two over 30 ... The Raiders are outscoring opponents 19-9 in the first half and 28-21 in the second 45 minutes.

POTENTIAL SECOND ROUND MATCHUPS The Colgate-Rutgers winner moves on to the second round of the NCAA Tournament to meet the La Salle-Virginia winner ... The Cavaliers are one of the four national No. 2 seeds in the 64-team field, and are hosting the Explorers Friday at 6 p.m. ... Colgate posted a 2-1 victory over La Salle in the programs' only meeting in 2004 in Hamilton, N.Y. ... The Raiders have squared off twice before with Virginia, going 0-2 ... The last meeting came in 2010, coincidentally five days before Colgate's last matchup with Rutgers ... Second and third round matchups in the NCAA Tournament are set for Friday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 18, hosted at the same location.