Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (13-4) vs. Amherst College (14-3-1), 11:00 a.m., Hitchcock Field, Amherst, Mass.
Series History: The matchup will be the first-ever between the Mammoths and Mariners.
Like Opponents: The two teams faced two like opponents during the regular season.
Bates: The Mariners fell to Bates College, 1-0 on September 3. The Mammoths defeated the Bobcats, 4-0 on October 26.
Bowdoin: Maine Maritime fell to Bowdoin, 6-0 on October 19. Amherst defeated Bowdoin 1-0 on September 7.
How They Got Here: Maine Maritime defeated UMaine-Farmington for the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) title by a 1-0 margin on Sunday, earning their automatic bid, after posting a perfect 8-0 record against NAC opponents in the regular season. Amherst earned the automatic bid after taking down top-seed Tufts in the semifinals before defeating No. 2 Middlebury, 1-0 in the NESCAC Championship.
The Mariners: This season the Mariners have tallied 52 goals (3.06 gpg) and have allowed opponents to score 0.96 goals per game. Out of the team's 13 wins, 11 have been shutouts, including shutout wins in the last four games.
Senior Eryn Doiron (Wilton, Maine) leads the Mariners with 21 goals and three assists for 45 points, both Doiron and freshman Laura Blue (Brisbane, Australia) lead the team with four game-winning goals. Freshman Kelsey Bern (Castle Rock, Wash.) has a team-best five assists, while also tallying five goals.
In net, junior Emily Conway (Charleston, S.C.) has a .814 save percentage, boasting a 9-2 record this season and allowing just 1.15 goals per game.
Eryn Doiron ranks 16th among DIII players with 21 goals, and 11th overall with 1.24 goals per game. The Mariners rank 21st in the NCAA D3 in shutout percentage (0.647) and 31st in points per game (8.00).
The Mammoths: Amherst has tallied 45 goals (2.50 gpg) and have allowed opponents to score 0.33 goals per game. Out of the team's 14 wins, 13 have been shutouts, including shutouts in three-straight games.
Sophomore Alexa Juarez leads the Mammoths with 10 goals and two assists for 22 points, both Juarez and junior Natalie Landau have a team-leading three game-winning goals and sophomore Sophia Fikke leads the team with eight assists, and has also contributed four goals.
In net, Erica Sanders has earned the started in the last eight games, and has collected 19 saves for a 0.11 goals against average and a ,950 save percentage.
Amherst will make their 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and have made it to the national tournament in eight of the last nine years.
The Mammoths rank fourth in the NCAA D3 in save percentage (0.917), fifth in shutout percentage (0.778), and eighth in goals-against average (0.329).
The Other Game: Dickinson College (14-2-4) and Farmingdale State College (14-5-3) are the other two teams facing off at the regional. The Red Devils secure the at-large bid after going unblemished in conference play, but falling in the Centennial Conference Championship (CCC) to Johns Hopkins (2-0). The Rams received the automatic entrance to the tournament after winning the Skyline Conference with a 5-0 win against Manhattanville.
Saturday, November 16
11:00 a.m. – Amherst College vs. Maine Maritime Academy
1:30 p.m. – Dickinson College vs. Farmingdale St. College
Sunday, November 17
1:00 p.m. – Winners from Saturday
Ticket prices (Cash Only):
$6 – General Admission/Adults
$3 – Senior citizens and Students
$2 – Children under 12
Tickets will be available for sale one hour prior to the first game of each day.