Lions end season in NCAA Sectionals loss

By Christine Houghton 
Staff Writer

Traveling to Geneva, New York, the women’s soccer team went up against Williams College in the sectional round of the NCAA Division III Championships. Despite losing the game in penalty kicks, the team put forth a strong effort and was able to finish the season 15-1-2.

From early on in the game, it was clear the two teams were evenly matched in terms of scoring, but the Lions still maintained their usual defensive stronghold.

Junior goalkeeper Nicole DiPasquale recorded her 26th career shut out and the defensive front held Williams to only seven shots.

The game remained scoreless until the very end, when it eventually resorted to penalty kicks. Junior defenseman Ally DiRiggi, senior midfielder Arielle Curtis and sophomore midfielder Kelly Carolan were all able to convert their penalty kicks, but Williams was able to edge by with four kicks made to secure the win.

Burdge battles William’s Kristina Alvarado for control of the ball. (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)

This game marks the 28th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. Sophomore and junior midfielders Faith Eichenour and Taylor Nolan were both named First Team All-NJAC.

Four players were named Second Team All-NJAC including junior defenseman Jen McGrogan, freshman midfielder/forward Nikki Butler, Curtis and DiRiggi. DiPasquale received an honorable mention.

The team returns to play next season, losing Curtis, the team’s only senior, in the off season.

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