November 8, 2011

Grove City men, women earn ECAC berths

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's and women's soccer teams both earned invitations to their respective Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Southern Championship Tournaments Monday night.

The men's team (12-5-1 overall) earned the No. 7 seed in the eight-team tournament and will visit No. 2 seed Medaille (17-3-1) Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at All High Stadium in Buffalo, N.Y.

Meanwhile, the Grove City women's squad (10-7-2) received the No. 8 seed in the eight-team draw and will visit top-seeded Frostburg State (14-2-2) at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Grove City's men's team finished tied for second in the Presidents' Athletic Conference with a 6-1-1 league record this fall. The Wolverines qualified for the PAC Championship Tournament but dropped a 1-0 decision to Geneva in the semifinal round. The 2011 Wolverines have featured a balanced mix of veterans and youngsters as 21 different players have started multiple matches.

Junior forward Andrew Quinn (Damascus, Md./Damascus) leads Grove City with 10 goals, including five game-winning goals this year. Freshman midfielder Eric Fitchwell (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) and senior midfielder Adam Brewer (Beaver, Pa./Beaver) both have six goals this year, tying for second on the team.

Sophomore midfielder Richie Kocur (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley), sophomore defender Daniel Adams (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands) and freshman defender George DeAugustino (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) share the team lead with four assists this year. DeAugustino and Fitchwell are two of the seven first-year players who have started this year for Grove City.

In goal, junior Caleb Koch (Gaithersburg, Md./Col. Zadok Magruder) has anchored a defense that owns six shutouts and a 1.25 total goals-against average this year. Koch has an 11-4-1 record in 16 total appearances, along with a 1.16 GAA.

Medaille went 9-0 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference this season but fell to Penn State Behrend in the AMCC title match Saturday, 1-0. The Mavericks have outscored their opponents this year 81-11.

Senior forward Alexander Rouse leads the team with 28 goals and six assists while junior forward George Tor has 14 goals and 14 assists. Defensively, Medaille owns a dozen shutouts this year.

The winner of the Grove City-Medaille quarterfinal will play either No. 3 Marywood (13-5) or No. 6 Lebanon Valley (12-8) in Saturday's semifinals. The other half of the draw features No. 8 Wesley (8-6-5) at No. 1 Alvernia (15-4-1) and fifth-seeded Frostburg State (11-3-4) visiting No. 4 Swarthmore (11-6).

The highest remaining seed after Wednesday's quarterfinals will host the semifinal round Saturday and the championship match Sunday.

Grove City advanced to the finals of the ECAC Southern Tournament last year after entering as the No. 7 seed. The Wolverines won the ECAC title in 1996 and reached the tournament finals in 2005. The 2006 team reached the ECAC semifinals.

The women's team earned its fourth ECAC berth in the last five seasons. Grove City went 7-2 in conference play this year, earning third place in the league. Like the men's team, Grove City's women's squad features balance along with a strong blend of veterans and youngsters.

Twenty-one different players started at least once this year for the Wolverines. Ten players scored at least twice this year with junior midfielder Grace Rieman (Arlington, Va./Homeschooled) and sophomore forward Sam Weber (Freeport, Pa./Freeport) sharing the team lead with six goals each.

Rieman also leads the team with four assists. Sophomore midfielder Michelle Stevens (Phoenixville, Pa./Great Valley) and sophomore forward Chelsea Tarolli (Syracuse, N.Y./Marcellus) both have three assists, as does freshman defender Sarah Flenniken (Hudson, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian).

Sophomore goalkeeper Tiffany Yost (Christiana, Pa./Living Word) has started 17 of 19 matches in goal and has posted a 1.10 goals-against average. The Wolverine defense has six total shutouts and has allowed just 20 goals in those 19 matches.

Frostburg State went 6-1-1 in Capital Athletic Conference action this year. St. Mary's eliminated Frostburg State from the CAC Tournament in the semifinals by winning a shootout, 7-6, after the teams played to a 0-0 double-overtime draw.

Adria Graham leads the Bobcats with 14 goals this year. Frostburg State has allowed just nine goals in 18 matches this year, including 11 shutouts.

The winner of the Grove City-Frostburg State quarterfinal will play either No. 4 Penn State Altoona (13-4-3) or No. 5 Penn State Abington (16-1-1) in Saturday's semifinals. The other half of the draw features quarterfinal matches between No. 3 Swarthmore (12-6) and No. 6 Albright (8-4-5) and No. 7 Neumann (12-6-1) at No. 2 Stevenson (12-5-3).

The highest remaining seed after Wednesday's quarterfinals will host the semifinal round Saturday and the championship match Sunday.

Grove City reached the ECAC semifinals in 2007 and 2010.

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