KSC M&W Soccer and Field Hockey Earn ECAC Berths

'KEENE, N.H. 11/10/03 - Keene State College has been selected as the third seed in the 2003 ECAC Division III New England Men's Soccer Tournament.

 

Keene State will face sixth seed Worcester Polytechnic Institute in a quarterfinal game (6:30 p.m.) on Wednesday at Owl Athletic Complex. 

 

The Owls (14-6-1), who tied for the regular-season LEC championship, look to regroup after suffering a tough 1-0 overtime loss to Western Conn., in the Conference Championship on Saturday.

 

"We have to get over the shock of that loss and try to get back on track, "said KSC Coach Ron Butcher, who will use the tournament to prepare for next season.  "It's an interesting field and should be a tough tournament."

 

Keene State will be making its ninth overall appearance in the ECAC Tournament. The Owls won the championship twice (1987 and 1990) as a Division II member.  In Division III, KSC participated in the 2000 tournament when they lost to Tufts 1-0 in the semifinals.

 

A member of the NEWMAC Conference, WPI (11-4-1) lost to Babson College 2-1 in a conference first-round match. KSC grad and former Owl assistant Malcolm McPherson coaches the Engineers, who lost 4-1 in last year's ECAC finals to Roger Williams.

 

2003 Division III Men's New England Soccer Championship

Quarterfinal Games - Wednesday, November 12

Game #1 - No. 1 Roger Williams hosts No. 8 Rhode Island College

Game #2 - No. 2 Plymouth State Univ. hosts No. 7 Salve Regina Univ.

Game #3 - No. 3 Keene State hosts No. 6 WPI, 6:30 p.m.

Game #4 - No. 4 Coast Guard hosts No. 5 Brandeis Univ.

Semifinals - Saturday, November 15 (hosted by highest remaining seeds)

Game #5 - Winner of Game #1 plays Winner of Game #4, time TBD

Game #6 - Winner of Game #2 plays Winner of Game #3, time TBD

Championship - Sunday, November 16 (hosted by highest remaining seed)

Semifinal winners - Time TBD

 

Womens Soccer

 

Keene State College has been selected as the second seed in the 2003 ECAC Division III New England Women's Soccer Tournament.

 

Keene State will face seventh seed Nichols College of Dudley, Mass., in a quarterfinal game (4 p.m.) on Wednesday at Owl Athletic Complex.

 

The Owls, who were upset by Eastern Conn., in the Little East Conference Championship that was decided 5-3 on penalty kicks, brings a 13-5-3 mark into the ECAC Tournament. 

 

"We have to refocus our attention and try to win the ECAC Championship," said KSC Coach Denise Lyons.   "The field is very strong with several teams we have never faced.  Hopefully our seniors can play a few more games and finish their careers with a title."

 

Keene State will be making its 12th overall appearance in the ECAC Tournament. The Owls won the championship three times (1986, 1987 and 1993) as a Division II member. 

 

A member of the Commonwealth Coast Conference, Nichols College (11-4-2) lost to New England College in a CCC quarterfinal match that was also decided on penalty kicks. It will be the second straight post-season trip for the Lady Bison, who quailed for the NCAA Tournament last season.

 

2003 Division III Women's New England Soccer Championship

Quarterfinal Games - Wednesday, November 12

Game #1 - No. 1 Brandeis University hosts No. 8 Wentworth Inst. of Tech., 1:30 p.m.

Game #2 - No. 2 Keene State hosts No. 7 Nichols College, 4p.m.

Game #3 - No. 3 Salem State hosts No. 6 Plymouth State, 5 p.m.

Game #4 - No. 4 Western Connecticut State hosts No. 5 Smith College, 2 p.m.

Semifinals - Saturday, November 15 (hosted by highest remaining seeds)

Game #5 - Winner of Game #1 plays Winner of Game #4, time TBD

Game #6 - Winner of Game #2 plays Winner of Game #3, time TBD

Championship - Sunday, November 16 (hosted by highest remaining seed)

Semifinal winners - Time TBD

 

Field Hockey

 

Keene State College has been selected as the top seed in the 2003 ECAC Division III New England Field Hockey Tournament.

 

Keene State will face eighth seed Becker College of Leicester, Mass., in a quarterfinal game (4:30 p.m.) on Wednesday at Owl Athletic Complex. 

 

The Owls, who posted a 16-6 record and a perfect 10-0 mark in the Little East, were upset 3-1 by Southern Maine in the conference championship game on Saturday.

 

"We're obviously disappointed on not making the NCAAs, but that doesn't diminish what this team accomplished this season," said KSC Coach Amy Watson.  "This year's ECAC field is very competitive and being selected as the top seed is an honor. We have seven seniors on the team and they would like to complete their careers as champions."

 

Keene State will be making its sixth appearance in the ECAC Tournament.  Last season, the Owls lost to Clark University 2-0 in the semifinal round.

 

Completing just its fifth-year in NCAA Division III, Becker College will be making its first-ever post-season appearance.  The Hawks (17-3, 9-0 NAC), which have won three North Atlantic Conference titles, were upset 2-1 by Maine-Farmington in the conference semifinals.

 

2003 Division III New England Field Hockey Championship

Quarterfinal Games - Wednesday, November 12 (all other times are TBA)

Game #1 - No. 1 Keene hosts No. 8 Becker, 4:30 p.m.

Game #2 - No. 2 Springfield hosts No. 7 Endicott

Game #3 - No. 3 Babson hosts No. 6 Wellesley

Game #4 - No. 4 Plymouth hosts No. 5 Clark

Semifinals - Saturday, November 15 (hosted by highest remaining seeds)

Game #5 - Winner of Game #1 plays Winner of Game #4

Game #6 - Winner of Game #2 plays Winner of Game #3

Championship - Sunday, November 16 (hosted by highest remaining seed)

Semifinal winners