First Posted: 11/17/2014
Playoff victories by the women’s and men’s soccer teams on Nov. 16 continued a successful fall for the Misericordia University athletic program.
The women’s soccer team qualified for its third straight NCAA Division III Sweet 16 with a 2-1 victory over visiting Brandeis Sunday night at Mangelsdorf Field.
Earlier in the day, the men’s soccer team won the ECAC South Championship with a 1-0 victory over Penn State-Harrisburg in Reading.
Megan Mahoney continued a big weekend by scoring the winning goal in the 87th minute of the win over Brandeis.
The victory sends Misericordia (19-2-1) on to Saturday’s game against the College of New Jersey in Williamstown, Mass. The winner will face the winner of Roger Williams and host Williams at 1 p.m. today, Nov. 23 for a berth in the Final Four in Kansas City, Mo.
Misericordia is seeking its second Final Four appearance in three years.
Mahoney converted a cross from Kylen Smith to put the Cougars in the Sweet 16.
Misericordia scored twice in the final 20 minutes. Meghan Antrim had the other goal off an Amber Hartranft assist for a 1-0 lead. Brandeis tied the game, but Mahoney hit the winner 10 minutes later.
Maureen Ciccosanti had a season-high nine saves in the win.
The Cougars won home games on consecutive nights to open their fourth straight NCAA Tournament.
Misericordia defeated Cabrini College, 4-0, on Nov. 15 when Antrim scored two goals and Mahoney set a pair of school records.
Mahoney had a goal and an assist, giving her season school records of goals (20) and points (54) that she added to Sunday.
Karen Spehalski had the other goal.
Mahoney was named MAC Freedom Conference Offensive Player of the Year while Erin Roberts was selected Defensive Player of the Year. Antrim, Smith, Ciccosanti and Erin McGreal joined them as first-team, all-stars.
Mark Stauffer, who earned his 200th career win during the regular season, was named Freedom Coach of the Year.
Derek Antonini had game-winning goals on consecutive days to lead Misericordia to the ECAC South championship.
Antonini was named tournament MVP after scoring the only goal of 1-0 wins over Widener, in overtime Saturday, then PSU-Harrisburg on Nov. 16.
Misericordia (15-5-2) shut out all three opponents on the way to its second ECAC title.
Barry Fitzgerald had three saves on Nov. 15 and four on Nov. 16.
Misericordia was seeded third in the eight-team event and opened with a 6-0 shutout of Marywood University behind a hat trick by Nick vonEgypt.
Lake-Lehman graduate Chris Edkins had a goal and an assist in the win.
Edkins, a sophomore midfielder who started all 23 games, shared the team season lead with four assists and was the team’s fifth-leading scorer overall with the help of two goals.
Fitzgerald and junior defender Kevin Matlon were each first-team Freedom all-stars for the second straight year.
Misericordia reached the semifinals of the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Region before have its season end with a 2-1 loss to Arcadia at Stevenson on Nov. 15.
Arcadia scored on a penalty stroke with no time remaining.
Emily Hegner had the only goal for Misericordia, which carried a lead into the final five minutes.
The Cougars entered the tournament as the eighth seed then knocked off top-seeded Alvernia, 1-0, on a Hegner goal off a rebound in the final minute of the first half and an 11-save shutout by Angela Pasquini.
Pasquini, a junior goalkeeper, is the two-time Freedom Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Pasquini was one of several players to receive postseason recognition for the Cougars, who finished 14-9. She was joined by Crestwood graduate Lindsay Hischak on the Longstreth/HFHCA All-South Atlantic Region second team.
Pasquini, Hischak and Colby Eldridge were first-team Freedom choices.
Danika Watto, a two-time, second-time Freedom all-star selection who has started every game for the last three seasons as a defensive midfielder, was scheduled to play in the NFCHA Senior All-Star Game on Nov. 22 at Washington and Lee University.