NCAA Update: Goose Nation is Soaring!
Fresh off its first-ever Centennial Conference Championship, the Washington College softball team yesterday shocked the second-seeded Utica Pioneers by scoring five runs in the top of the ninth inning to snap a 6-6 tie and roar into the next bracket. The Shorewomen’s victory marked the first time any WC women’s team has won in NCAA tournament play.
Seeded seventh in the Ithaca Regional, the Shorewomen improved to 27-17 for the year and today will take on third-seed Lebanon Valley (33-5-1) in an afternoon winner’s bracket game in Ithaca, N.Y. Washington and Lebanon Valley have played 17 times over the years, but not since 1995 when the Shorewomen swept a doubleheader from the Dutchmen winning 4-3 and 9-7. Lebanon Valley leads the all-time series 13-4.
WC’s softball team is rolling with the momentum of its Centennial Conference championship win last weekend, which earned it an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Softball Tournament. The eight-team double elimination tournament format means that with two losses, you’re out. The winners of the eight regional tournaments will move on to play in the Division III Championship in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, beginning May 17th.
Meantime, the 10th-ranked men’s lacrosse team is headed to Stevenson University tomorrow to play in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. In first round play on Wednesday at Roy Kirby, Jr., Stadium, the Shoremen defeated Colorado College, champion of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, 10-7. The Stevenson Mustangs, who defeated Christopher Newport University 18-6 in the first round, come to the field tomorrow with an 18-2 record, while Washington brings a tally of 13-4.
This is the Shoremen’s 30th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance and second in as many years. Last year, the Shoremen lost to Goucher, 5-4, in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament; they won the NCAA Division III National Championship in 1998.
For more on the games and teams, go to the Washington College Athletics website.