NEWMAC Quarterfinal Preview: No. 6 Clark at No. 3 Babson

NEWMAC Quarterfinal Preview: No. 6 Clark at No. 3 Babson

Worcester, Mass.—The Clark University women's soccer team finished the regular season with a 9-6-2 overall record and 4-4-2 record in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) to earn themselves the 6th seed in the tournament. They will play the Beavers of Babson College (No. 3) in the Quarterfinals on Tuesday, October 31st at 7:00 p.m. at Babson Park.

Sophomore goalkeeper Julianna Christy (Plainville, Conn.) is 4th in the league in save percentage posting a .856 percentage. She was named the NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Week once this season and has a total of 77 saves this season with a 5-2 record.

Junior Eliza Meltzer (Framingham, Mass.) leads the Cougars with 10 points this season from four goals and two assists. Sophomore Bailey Glenn (Middleboro, Mass.), first year Inonge Kaloustian (Bowie, Md.) and junior Alex Pariseau (Millbury, Mass.) all have nine points this season from four goals and one assists each.

The Cougars have 35 total goals this season and average 2.06 goals per game. They average 19.9 shots per game and a .104 shot percentage.

The Beavers wrapped up their regular season with a 8-7-3 overall record and a 5-2-3 record in conference play for the No. 3 spot in the tournament.

Kathryn Clark (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) leads Babson with 16 points from six goals and four assists on the season. Junior Emma Dineen (Hinsdale, Ill.) posted seven goals and one assists over the regular season for 15 total points. Starting goalkeeper for Babson, Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) has 122 total saves this season and boasts a .819 save percentage.

The Beavers posted 29 goals over the regular season for a 1.61 goals per game average. They average 12.7 shots per game.

Babson and Clark played to a 1-1 double-overtime draw at Clark on September 23 in Worcester. Katie Barber (East Hampton, Conn.) scored just over three minutes into the second half for the Cougars, who got eight saves from Christy. Junior Meltzer scored twice in four NEWMAC matches, and first-year Taylor Barbieri (Glastonbury, Conn.) leads the team in assists.

The women's soccer championship consists of seven teams that will compete for the crown which will begin on Tuesday, October 31st with the quarterfinal round.

With a 9-0-1 conference record, and #13 national ranking MIT has secured the top seed in the championship and will host the semifinal and championship rounds with a first round bye. Wheaton (8-2) secured the No. 2 seed and a quarterfinal hosting right where they will take on No. 7 WPI (4-4-2).

Also earning a quarterfinal host bid is No. 3 Babson (5-2-3) who will battle with No. 6 Clark (4-4-2) and in the final quarterfinal match, No. 4 Springfield (6-4-0) will host No. 5 Wellesley (5-4-1)

The winner of Wellesley at Springfield will face MIT in the first semifinal with the winners of WPI at Wheaton and Clark at Babson battling in the second semifinal on Saturday, November 4th. The semifinal winners will then compete for the NEWMAC crown on Sunday, November 5th.

2017 NEWMAC Women's Soccer Championship

Quarterfinals: Tuesday (at highest seeds)

No. 7 WPI at No. 2 Wheaton – 2:30 p.m. 

No. 6 Clark at No. 3 Babson – 2:30 p.m.

No. 5 Wellesley at No. 4 Springfield – TBA

Semifinals: Saturday (at MIT)

Winner No. 4/5 vs. No. 1 MIT – 10:30 a.m.

Winner No.3/No. 6 vs. Winner No. 2/7 – 1:30 p.m.

Championship: Sunday (at MIT)

Semifinal Winners – 1:00 p.m.

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