Three teams have qualified for their conference tournament, while another plays and hopes, two more look toward next season.
The La Salle Explorers and the Saint Joseph’s Hawks are in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Fourth seeded La Salle hosts Dayton, who they just defeated in their regular season finale, and Saint Joe’s captured the #7 Seed and will open at George Washington, both games on Saturday. Villanova is in the Big East post-season for the first time since 2014. They still have a game to play before seeds are assigned. Temple still has a chance to get into the American tournament, but needs to win and get some help. The University of Pennsylvania is in fifth place in the Ivy League and will play out its league schedule. The season is over for Drexel. They look toward a brighter future.
La Salle lost to UMass 4 – 2, but still could get a playoff game on home turf with a win over Dayton. The Explorers got it scoring three straight goals ending the game. Maci Bower hit the game-winner in the 75th minute, her second of the game. Bower also found the back of the net at Amherst. She has a team-best 10 goals and 21 points for the season. Saint Joe’s also split the week winning at Rhode Island, but ended the regular season being shutout 3 – 0 at Richmond. Dakota Mills put the ball in the net and had a team-leading 5 goals and 9 points over the year.
Villanova secured a spot on the Big East Tournament. The Cats lost in overtime to St. John’s 4 – 3, but bounced back to defeat Providence 1 – 0. Brice McInroy had two goals against the Red Storm, then got the golden goal in New England. McInroy leads the team in goals and points as she has found the back of the net 8 times and scored 17 points. The opponent and seed still are to be determined, but the Cats will be there.
Temple is still in contention for a playoff berth, but will need a road win over UConn and some assistance to capture a spot. The Owls played an out of conference game defeating Delaware State in their home finale. The four goals scored represented their highest offensive output this season as Hailey Gutkowski and Madison Bee both scored two times. Gutkowski leads the team in goals (6) and points (14).
Penn lost to Yale 1 – 0 for the first time since 2009. The Quakers occupy fifth place in the Ancient Eight who does not have a post-season tournament. Drexel ended the year with consecutive CAA losses getting blanked in both games.
Week of October 22 – 27, 2019
DREXEL 5 – 10 – 3 Overall, 1 – 7 – 1 CAA
Results – Lost 5 – 0 vs. Northeastern, Lost 3 – 0 at James Madison
Summary – The Dragons gave up a goal to the Huskies in less than 5 minutes and were behind 3 – 0 at halftime. Five different players scored for Northeastern in the final regular season game this year at Vidas. Melissa Lyon had 2 shots at JMU. Lyon had 3 goals and 8 points. Lauren Currey posted a team-best in goals with 4 and points getting 11.
Next Game – 2020 Season Opener
LA SALLE 10 – 7 – 1 Overall, 6 – 4 – 0 Atlantic 10
Results – Lost 4 – 2 at UMass, Won 3 – 2 vs. Dayton
Summary – The Explorers were outscored 4 – 1 in the second half at Massachusetts. In addition to Bower, Ansley Frazier scored a goal. Claudia Jenkins made 9 saves facing 28 shots in that game.
Next Game – 11/2 vs. #5 Dayton at McCarthy Stadium
PENN – 8 – 5 – 1 Overall, 2 – 3 – 0 Ivy League
Results– Lost 1 – 0 at Yale
Summary – The Eli got the game-winner in the 73rd minute. Emily Sands led Penn with 4 shots. Sands scored 13 points to now leading the team. Bruekelen Woodard has a team-high 5 goals.
Next Game – 11/2 at Brown
SAINT JOSEPH’S 7 – 9 – 2 Overall, 4 – 5 – 1 Atlantic 10
Results – Won 4 – 1 at Rhode Island, Lost 3 – 0 at Richmond
Summary – The Hawks had four goals by four different players; Gabrielle Vagnozzi, Bridget Gale, Mills, and Morgan Bower in Kingston.
Next Game – 11/2 at #2 Seed George Washington
TEMPLE 5 – 9 – 4 Overall, 2 – 5 – 1 AAC
Results – Won 4 – 0 vs. Delaware State
Summary – Three of the four Temple goals were scored in the second half. The Owls had 19 shots, 10 of which were on goal.
Next Game – 10/31 at UConn
VILLANOVA 8 – 6 – 3 Overall, 4 – 3 – 1
Results – Lost 4 – 3 (OT) vs. St. John’s, Won 1 – 0 at Providence
Summary – Chloe O’Neill registered her fourth goal of the season in the St. John’s game. The Wildcats were close to beating the Red Storm, but gave up the tying goal in the 73rd minute. McInroy netted three goals over the week.
Next Game – 10/31 at Creighton