NCAA women's soccer championship preview

Hamilton College takes on Virginia Wesleyan College at Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Field in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Division III women's soccer championship on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Johns Hopkins' NCAA Championship Central page

The other first round game at Johns Hopkins features the nationally ranked No. 12 Blue Jays and Farmingdale State College at 5 p.m. on Saturday. The winners of the two contests will meet in the second round -- also at Homewood Field -- on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $6 for adults, $3 for students of participating schools and senior citizens and $2 for children ages 3 to 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free.

Hamilton (9-3-3 overall) is making its third appearance in the NCAA championship. The Continentals reached the sectional finals (round of 8) in 2007, and a sectional semifinal (round of 16) in 2004. Hamilton has never played its first round opponent.

Virginia Wesleyan (13-4-4) is in the NCAA tournament for the sixth straight year and seventh time overall. The Marlins advanced to the semifinals in 2006. Virginia Wesleyan has lost once in its last 10 games. The Marlins finished third in the 12-team Old Dominion Athletic Conference in the regular season and made it to the ODAC tournament championship game, where they tied Lynchburg but lost the title on penalty kicks.

Johns Hopkins (16-3-1) is making its ninth NCAA appearance overall and sixth in a row. The Blue Jays made it all the way to the sectional finals (round of 8) in 2009, before they lost to eventual champion Messiah. Hopkins is 5-0-1 in its last six games, including a 3-0 victory at Dickinson College in the Centennial Conference tournament title game.

Farmingdale State (17-4-0) earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament with a victory in the Skyline Conference tournament championship game. The Rams are in the national tournament for the fourth straight year, but still looking for their first victory. Farmingdale has won seven games in a row heading into this weekend.

A capsule look at each team can be found below.

Location: Clinton, N.Y.
Overall Record: 9-3-3
Road/Neutral Record: 3-3-2
Conference: Liberty League
League Record (Finish): 4-2-1 (Tie for 3rd place)
How They Reached the NCAA Championships: Received at-large bid
Head Coach: Colette Gilligan, ninth year at Hamilton, 89-38-16 (119-78-22 overall)
NCAA Tournament Appearances (Last): Third (2007)
NCAA Tournament Record: 3-2-1
Goals: 26
Goals Allowed: 13
Leading Goal Scorers: Alex Rimmer ’13 (11), Anne Graveley ’11 (5)
Assist Leaders: Graveley (5), Laura Wray ’11 (3)
Starting Goalie: Liza Gergenti ’14 (0.82 gaa, .839 save pct, 7-2-3 record, 3 sho)

Location: Norfolk, Va.
Overall Record: 13-4-4
Road/Neutral Record: 8-1-3
Conference: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Conference Record (Finish): 8-2-1 (3rd place)
How They Reached the NCAA Championships: Received at-large bid
Head Coach: Jeff Bowers, 11th year at Virginia Wesleyan, 166-44-27
NCAA Tournament Appearances (Last): Seventh (2009)
NCAA Tournament Record: 6-5-4
Goals: 57
Goals Allowed: 14
Leading Goal Scorers: Christina Fernandes ’13 (8), Jessica Edelman ’13 (7), Danielle Stephens ’14 (7), Kristyn Anselmo ’12 (7)
Assist Leader: Fernandes (7)
Goalies: Rachel Calkins ’13 (0.33 gaa., .846 save pct., 3-1-1 record), Bethany Bayles ‘12 (0.62 gaa., .714 save pct., 6-1-1 record), Erica Keil ’14 (0.68 gaa., .833 save pct., 3-2-1 record)

Location: Baltimore, Md.
Overall Record: 16-3-1
Record at Home: 6-1-1
Conference: Centennial Conference
Conference Record (Finish): 8-2-0 (2nd place)
Ranking in Division III Coaches Poll: 12th
How They Reached the NCAA Championships: Defeated Dickinson 3-0 in conference final
Head Coach: Leo Weil, 19th year at Johns Hopkins, 244-91-29
NCAA Tournament Appearances (Last): Ninth (2009)
NCAA Tournament Record: 6-7-2
Goals: 70
Goals Allowed: 14
Leading Goal Scorers: Erica Suter ‘12 (12), Allie Zazzali ’11 (10), Paulina Goodman ’12 (8)
Assist Leaders: Sara Tankard ’11 (8), Erin Stafford ’11 (7), Pamela Vranis ’14 (7)
Goalies: Kristen Redsun ’12 (0.91 gaa., .719 save pct., 7-2-1 record, 1sho), Meredith Maguire ’13 (0.53 gaa., .895 save pct., 8-1-0, 1 sho)

Location: Farmingdale, N.Y.
Overall Record: 17-4-0
Road/Neutral Record: 5-4-0
Conference: Skyline Conference
Conference Record (Finish): 9-1 (Tie for 1st place)
How They Reached the NCAA Championships: Defeated Mount Saint Mary 1-0 in conference final
Head Coach: Chris Roche, sixth year at Farmingdale, 74-43-7
NCAA Tournament Appearances (Last): Fourth (2009)
NCAA Tournament Record: 0-3
Goals: 78
Goals Allowed: 11
Leading Goal Scorers: Sarah Golden ’14 (9), Corine Magee ’13 (9), Christina Merrill ‘13 (8)
Assist Leaders: Merrill (13), Golden (8), Katrina Cerverizzo ’12 (7)
Goalies: Amanda Maass ’12 (0.55 gaa., .816 save pct., 6 sho), Stacey Rao ’13 (0.46 gaa, .765 save pct., 4 sho)

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