NESCAC women's soccer quarterfinal preview

Hamilton College travels to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, for a 2012 NESCAC Women's Soccer Championship quarterfinal at Bowdoin's Pickard Field on Saturday, Oct. 27.

2012 NESCAC women's soccer quarterfinal preview

Hamilton is the fifth seed and the Polar Bears are No. 4 for the conference championship. Game time is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and admission is free. The winner advances to the semifinals, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the site of the highest remaining seed.

The Continentals (9-4-1 overall, 5-4-1 NESCAC) have played Bowdoin just twice in their history. The Polar Bears edged Hamilton 1-0 in Clinton on Oct. 13, and Bowdoin won 2-0 at home in 2011. Alex Rimmer '13 leads the Continentals with 19 points on eight goals and three assists. Rimmer holds the team record with 37 goals in a career and is tied for second with 81 points.

As for NESCAC championship history, Hamilton owns one tie in its first appearance last year. The fifth seed has gone on to win the conference title just once in 12 years -- Bates College in 2005. The Continentals made the NCAA Division III championship three times while they competed in the Liberty League from 1995 to 2010.

The Polar Bears (10-3-1, 6-3-1) will be one of four teams that have played in the conference championship all 13 years. Bowdoin's best showing in the event was a runner-up finish in 2007, which is also the last year they hosted a game. Molly Popolizio '14 is tied for second in the NESCAC with six assists this year.

Live stats for Hamilton vs. Bowdoin

A capsule look at both teams may be found below.

Overall record: 10-3-1
NESCAC record (finish): 6-3-1 (4th place)
NCAA regional ranking: 5th
Head coach: Brianne Weaver, 1st year at Bowdoin, 10-3-1 (58-48-14 overall)
NESCAC championship appearances: 13th
NESCAC championship record: 6-11-3
Last win vs. Hamilton: Oct. 13, 2012 - 1-0 (away)
Home record: 6-1-0
Goals scored: 26
Goals allowed: 11
Leading goal scorers: Kiersten Turner ‘12 (6), Molly Popolizio ‘14 (5),
Assist leaders: Popolizio (6)
Starting goalie: Bridget McCarthy ’16 (9-3-1 record, 0.83 GAA, .841 save pct., 2 SHO)

Overall record: 9-4-1
NESCAC record (finish): 5-4-1 (5th place)
NCAA regional ranking: 9th
Head coach: Colette Gilligan, 11th year at Hamilton, 105-47-21 (135-87-27 overall)
NESCAC championship appearances: 2nd
NESCAC championship record: 0-0-1
Road/neutral record: 4-3-0
Goals scored: 24
Goals allowed: 15
Leading goal scorers: Alex Rimmer ‘13 (8), Hannah Withiam ‘16 (5)
Assist leaders: Rebecca Rees ‘16 (5), Rimmer (3), Withiam (3)
Starting goalie: Liza Gergenti ‘14 (9-4-1 record, 0.98 GAA, .811 save pct., 5 SHO)

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