Upsets in Both NECC First Round Contests, No. 6 Newbury & No. 5 Elms Advance

Upsets in Both NECC First Round Contests, No. 6 Newbury & No. 5 Elms Advance

Attleboro, Mass. - Sixth seeded Newbury College upset third seeded Lesley University 4-2 to advance to the NECC Semifinals. The Nighthawks will travel to second seeded Regis College in the Semifinals on Friday evening.

Fifth seeded Elms College also upset the host fourth seeded Mitchell College to advance to the semifinals with a 2-0 victory. The Pride are set to face second seeded Lesley University in the NECC Semifinals

#6 Newbury 4, #3 Lesley 2 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – An explosive three-goal first half propelled sixth-seeded Newbury College past third-seeded Lesley University in a New England Collegiate Conference First Round upset tonight on Edward Field.

The win moves the Nighthawks to 11-8-1 on the year and advances them to the NECC Semifinals where they will meet second-seeded Regis College on the Pride's campus at 6:00p on Friday night. The season comes to an end for the Lynx at 6-11-2.

Nighthawks freshman Alex Strafer ignited the offense for the visitors with his first of two tallies in just the fourth minute of play, staking an early 1-0 lead for Newbury. The rookie forward would strike again late in the half in the 41st for his eighth of the season. 

The Newbury offense would not let up before the end of the first stanza as fellow freshman Nilton  De Andrade scored what would be the game-winner just 20-seconds later to extend the Nighthawks lead to 3-0.

Lesley would quickly climb back into the match after the break as senior Harrison Sidell found the back of the net just 40-seconds into play in the second half to cut the deficit to 3-1. The Lynx continued to pepper the Nighthawks cage but Newbury goalie Jarrod Smith stood tall, turning away three Sidell attempts in a two minute span midway through the half.

Each side would have a flurry of chances to add another marker until Newbury sophomore Ethan Weinstein would put the game out of reach for the Lynx with an unassisted marker in the 86th minute to extend the Nighthawks advantage to 4-1.

Sidell would strike again with just 1:31 left on the clock for his sixth goal of the season to pull within two, but it would be too little, too late as Newbury hung on to complete the upset.


Courtesy of Lesley Athletics Communications.

#5 Elms 2, #4 Mitchell 0 

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Fifth-seeded Elms College picked up a 2-0 victory over fourth-seeded Mitchell College in the first round of the 2016 New England Collegiate Conference Men's Soccer Championship on Tuesday afternoon at Alumni Field.

Scott Labrie netted the game-winning goal in the opening half and Babba Jaden added insurance in the second as the Blazers improved to 5-13-1 on the season. Elms moves on to the semifinals and will play at top-seeded Daniel Webster College on Friday, November 4 at 2 p.m.

The Blazers got on the scoreboard in the 28th minute by converting a corner kick. Anthony Romei served the ball up to the near post and Labrie rushed in to volley it out of midair. His shot hit off the bottom of the crossbar before settling into the side netting for his third marker of the season.

Elms led 1-0 at the break and added the second goal in the 63rd minute. The Mariners had possession after a throw in, but pressure by Jaden forced a turnover to Donald Whittle just past the midfield stripe. Whittle took a few touches to advance the ball before slipping a pass to Jaden down the right side. Jaden took one touch to put the ball in the box before rocketing a shot into the top-right corner of the goal for his second tally of the season.

The two-goal cushion was more than enough as Mitchell failed to put a shot on goal. Elms finished with a 25-9 advantage in shots, with the duo of Whittle and Jaden combining for 13 on their own.

Mitchell goalkeeper Seth Strader finished with five saves in the contest. Elms keeper Tyler Graves picked up his third shutout of the year.

Mitchell ended the season with an overall record of 4-10-3.

Courtesy of Mitchell Athletics Communications.

First Round – Tuesday, November 1st

Game 1: #5 Elms 2, #4 Mitchell 0
Game 2: #6 Newbury 4, #3 Lesley 2

Semifinals – Friday, November 4th

Game 3: #5 Elms @ #1 Daniel Webster - 2:00 p.m.
Game 4: #6 Newbury @ #2 Regis – 6:00 p.m.

Championship – Sunday, November 6th

Game 5: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner – TBA