WSOC: Reader’s Pick – Who is going to Win it ALL?

The NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament is right around the corner. Conference tournaments are in full swing and shortly the field will be set for the annual post-season championship.

We thought it would be fun to get your input and make some predictions. Below is a list of the top teams in the land, and we want to know your pick for who you think will take home the championship hardware in Greensboro come December?

Cast your vote and let’s see if our readers can get it right?

Voting will close 11/7 at 7pm

Chicago, 17-0 (6-0 UAA)

UChicago’s Katie Donovan (Maroon Athletics photo)

The Maroons are undefeated and top-ranked in the latest United Soocer Coaches National Poll.  UChicago’s defense is on an eight-game shutout streak, with keeper Katie Donovan now at 14-0 on the season.

Messiah, 12-1-3 (6-0-1 MAC-Commonwealth)

Messiah’s Lydia Ewing (Messiah College Athletics photo)

Last season the Falcons made their 12th trip to the Final Four during their ninth appearance in the National Championship. After a 1-0 loss to #4 William Smith in early September, the William’s defense has allowed just a single goal in their last 13 games thanks to freshman keeper Lydia Ewing’s D3 leading 0.140 goals-against average.

William Smith, 15-1 (9-0 Liberty League)

William Smith freshman Merilyn Hinrichs has been named Liberty League Rookie of the Week for final two weeks of the regular season (Kevin Colton/William Smith Athletics photo)

The Herons are the top seed in the upcoming Liberty League tournament securing their 11th straight conference regular season title. William Smith is seventh in the nation in goals against average (0.27) and ninth in shutout percentage (.733) and win percentage (.933) and have won 11 straight games – eight straight shutouts.

UW-La Crosse, 16-1-2 (7-0-0 WIAC)

UW-La Crosse junior midfielder Margaret Harings (UW-La Crosse Athletics photo)

UW-La Crosse completed its regular season with a 5-2 victory over UW-Oshkosh to complete their Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule with a perfect seven wins, marking the first time in school history UWL finished undefeated in conference play. The Eagles are on an 11-game win streak and their 16 wins this season sets a new school mark for victories.

TCNJ, 16-0 (9-0 NJAC)

TCNJ goalkeeper Nicole Dipasquale (TCNJ Athletics photo)

One of just five undefeated teams this season, The College of New Jersey completed their New Jersey Athletic Conference regular season surviving their third overtime game of the season defeating Rowan 2-1. The Lions, ranked second in the latest polls, improved their record to 16-0 overall and closed out NJAC play at 9-0, securing the top seed in the conference tournament.

Williams, 14-1-1 (8-1-1 in NESCAC)

Williams midfielder Natasha Albaneze (Williams Athletics photo)

The Williams squad has been dominant on both ends of the field, allowing just five goals and scoring 33 goals on the year. The Ephs lone loss of the season was a 1-0 defeat at Middlebury in the final game of the regular season. The Ephs finished first in New England Small College Athletic Conference regular season play with an 8-1-1 record

Carnegie Mellon, 12-2-2 (4-1-1 UAA)

Carnegie Mellon’s Carolyn Botz (CMU Athletics photo)

The Tartans have only dropped two matches, both to top-25 teams in Messiah and Chicago.  Along with battling to ties with Ohio Northern and Brandeis, CMU has topped both Lynchburg and WashU to boast their 12 wins so far.  Freshman Carolyn Botz ranks in the top-20 in D3 with a .451 goals-against average.

Hope, 16-2-1 (14-1-1 MIAA)

Hope freshman goalkeeper Jordane Ellingboe (Hope Athletics photo)

Hope finished their regular season on a winning note with a 1-0 victory against Trine. The shutout in the regular-season finale was the Flying Dutch’s 14th of the season and 12th in MIAA matches. Freshman goalkeeper Jordanne Ellingboe made one save in the match and her .324 goals-against average ranks in the top-20 of all D3 keepers.

WashU, 14-1-1 (5-1 UAA)

WashU freshman keeper Emma Greenfield (WashU Athletics photo)

The WashU defense posted a pair of shutouts on the road last weekend in University Athletic Association play. The Bears limited Brandeis to three shots on goal in 3-0 win Friday, and then held No. 25 New York to two shots on goal in a 1-0 win Sunday. WashU has posted a shutout in 12 of 16 games played, led by freshman keeper Emma Greenfield who currently sits 3rd in D3 with a .178 goals-against average.

Ohio Northern, 16-1-1 (9-0 OAC)

Ohio Northern ran through the OAC with a perfect 9-0 record (Ohio Northern Athletics photo)

After an opening day loss to Albion, the Polar Bears went unbeaten for 16-straight matches finishing the season with a 5-0 win over Marietta.  Their perfect 9-0-0 record in the Ohio Athletic Conference earned them the first-seed in the conference tournament and a first-round bye.  Sophomore keeper Meagan Grierson posted her league-leading 10th shutout of the season and her .442 goals-against average ranks in the top-20 in all of D3.

Johns Hopkins, 15-2-1 (10-0 Centennial)

Johns Hopkins forward Michelle Santangelo (Johns Hopkins Athletics photo)

For the fifth time the Blue Jays have not lost a conference regular season game after finishing off an undefeated Centennial Conference regular season with a 2-0 victory over Franklin & Marshall.  JHU is led by senior forward Michelle Santangelo. Twice named Centennial Offensive Player of the Week, Santangelo earned the honor for the second time this season with her second hat trick of the year in Hopkins’ 6-0 win over Ursinus on Saturday.

Christopher Newport, 16-0-1 (9-0-0 CAC)

Christopher Newport has a program record 17 unbeaten streak entering the CAC Tournament (Patrick Dubois/CNU Athletics photo)

The Captains posted the first undefeated year in Capital Athletic Conference play since 2010 and only the sixth in program history. CNU also extended it’s program record unbeaten streak to 17 games and matched the all-time mark with 14 straight wins.

Hardin-Simmons, 16-0 (12-0 ASC)

Hardin-Simmons forward Kenne Kessler (HSU Athletics photo)

After finishing the regular season with a perfect run through their regular season schedule, Hardin-Simmons will host the American Southwest Conference tournament. The Cowgirls are led by D3 goals and points leader Kenne Kessler and assist-leader Josey Meyer. Kessler has a program-record 31 goals and 67 points on the season, while Meyer leads all D3 with 21 assists.

MIT, 17-1-1 (9-0-1 NEWMAC)

MIT’s Emily Berzolla (David Silverman/MIT Athletics photo)

MIT wrapped up the regular season by breaking the single season program records for goals (67), assists (58) and points (192) all of which were originally set back during the 2001 season. Additionally the Tartans finished their New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference schedule at 9-0-1 earning the top seed and will host the semifinal and championship matches of the upcoming NEWMAC postseason tournament.


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