2015 NCAA Tournament First Round
Women's Soccer vs. No. 11/12 Lynchburg
Saturday, November 14—7:30 p.m.
Rowan Soccer Field—Glassboro, N.J.
Babson and Lynchburg will meet for the first time on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
BABSON IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Beavers are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance.
LYNCHBURG IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Hornets are making their ninth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and 16th overall after winning the 2014 Division III national championship in penalty kicks over Williams. Lynchburg has won its opening round game in each of the last three national tournaments.
SCOUTING THE HORNETS
No. 11 D3soccer.com/No. 12 NSCAA Lynchburg (19-2-2) claimed its sixth consecutive ODAC Tournament championship on Sunday, defeating Roanoke 5-3 in penalties after a 1-1 double-overtime draw. Senior Jade Woll tied the game in the eighth minute and classmate Sarah Schrader buried the final penalty kick for the Hornets, who are unbeaten over their last six matches. Senior Morgan Singer (18-9-45) and sophomore Hannah Olds (14-7-35) have combined to score 10 game-winning goals, while Woll (6-14-26) is fifth in the nation in assists. Senior goalkeeper Tess Frelick ranks 17th in Division III with a 0.39 goals against average to go along with a .822 save percentage and seven clean sheets in 23 starts.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (14-3-5) earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after falling to Springfield 5-4 on penalty kicks following a 1-1 double-overtime draw in the NEWMAC title game on Sunday. First-year Jessica Fernandes tied the game in the 84th minute for the Beavers, who were making their first conference final appearance since 2010. Fernandes (9-3-21) has the most goals by a Babson first-year since 2009, junior Olivia Kerester has contributed career highs of seven goals and four assists for 18 points and sophomore Kelsey Ford (4-5-13) leads the team in assists. First-year goalkeeper Elizabeth Mycock ranks 30th nationally in goals against average (0.57) and has a .853 save percentage and eight shutouts in 18 starts on the year.
Kerester, Ford and junior Jennifer Narlee were all named to the NEWMAC All-Conference teams on Tuesday. Kerester was the Beavers' lone first-team selection, while Ford and Narlee both garnered second-team honors.
WINNING WITH DEFENSE
The Beavers have set a single-season program record with 14 clean sheets in 22 matches this fall, ranking them 24th among Division III teams in shutout percentage.
WELCOME TO THE PARTY
The Green and White is one of eight squads in the 64-team field making its NCAA Tournament debut in 2015. Babson is joined as first timers by Staten Island, DeSales, Milwaukee School of Engineering, St. Joseph's (LI), Westminster (Mo.), McDaniel and Wisconsin-LaCrosse.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Saturday's match will be the first for the Beavers in the state of New Jersey and the first against an opponent from the ODAC.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Green and White is 12-0-4 this season when holding its foes to one goal or less.
The winner of Saturday's match will face either Rowan or Lasell in the second round at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The cost of admission is $6 for adults, $3 for seniors and students and $2 for children ages 3-12.