The three-time defending Landmark champion University of Scranton women's soccer team (16-2-1) is set to host the Bowdoin Polar Bears (10-4-2) in NCAA Tournament First Round action on Saturday afternoon at Weiss Field in Scranton with action slated to get underway at 3:30 p.m.
Emerson (12-3-5) and Westfield State (15-3-1) in Saturday's other first round game and the two winners will meet in Sunday's second round game at 3 p.m. with a berth in the Sweet 16 on the line.
Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for seniors/students and $2 for children ages 3-12. Children two and under will be admitted free of charge and tickets for the weekend are cash only.
The first 100 University of Scranton students with a Royal ID will receive free admission to Saturday's game courtesy of Student Government. The first 50 students at Saturday's game will also receive a cowbell.
Scranton captured a third straight Landmark title with a 1-0 win over Drew last Saturday as junior Emily Tantala (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy) scored the game-winner with just 0:13 left in regulation following a feed from senior Teresa Hegarty (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) who fought off a trio of Drew defenders to keep the play alive.
Head coach Colleen Pivirotto notched her sixth career Landmark Coach of the Year award after previously receiving the honor in 2010, 2013, 2016, 2018 and 2021.
For the Royals, junior Niamh Healy (Orangeburg, N.Y./Tappan Zee) garnered Offensive Player of the Year and All-Landmark First Team honors, while Hegarty, junior Mary Haggerty (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), sophomore goalie Nicole Olson (Stoughton, Mass./Ursuline Academy) and senior Claire Sites (Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford Area) also received First Team accolades. Sophomore Emily Bannon (Middletown, N.Y./Minisink Valley) and junior Sam Lowe (Parsipanny, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's) earned Second Team honors.
Healy ranks second in the conference in goals with 10 and is also tied for the conference lead with seven game-winning goals, while Hegarty sits third in the Landmark with seven helpers.
As a whole, the Royals have six players that have tallied three goals or more on the season led by Healy's 10, six from Haggerty and five from Bannon.
Olson leads the conference in both goals against average (0.19) and save percentage (.936), totals that both rank in the Top 10 nationally. As a whole, the Royals have posted 14 shutouts which is tied for fourth in the country.
Bowdoin earned an at-large bid out of the NESCAC and is making its 12th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since advancing to the second round in 2015. Saturday will mark the Polar Bears' first game since Oct. 29 when they drew Wesleyan (Conn.) in the NESCAC quarterfinals before falling in penalty kicks.
A total of four Polar Bears earned All-NESCAC honors in Greta Farkas (First Team) and Alex Arndt, Jess Klein and Samaya Bernardo (Second Team). Bernardo leads the team in both goals (10) and points (23), while Morgan Smiley has nine goals on the year and Kyra Hacker leads the team with five assists.
Arndt has started all 16 games in goal for Bowdoin and has posted a 0.60 goals against average and six shutouts.
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