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Worcester State Lands Top Seed in 2018 MASCAC Women's Soccer Tournament

Worcester State Lands Top Seed in 2018 MASCAC Women's Soccer Tournament


Worcester State lands the top seed in the 2018 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Tournament which begins on Tuesday, October 30 with the quarterfinals.

Starting off the tournament Tuesday with the quarterfinal round is three seed Westfield State hosting sixth seed Fitchburg State and fourth seed Framingham State entertaining fifth seed Salem State, both at 7 pm. 

Awaiting the winner of Westfield/Fitchburg in the semifinal round on Friday, November 2 is second seed Bridgewater State at a time to be announced while top seed Worcester State will host the winner of Framingham/Salem at 7 pm.

The winner of both semifinals will face off in the championship game on Sunday, November 4 with the MASCAC Tournament title on the line and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. 

Worcester State earned the number one seed after finishing the MASCAC season 6-0 for the regular season title and a first round bye. Talia Borci led the way for the Lancers with nine goals and three assists for 21 points. Her goals and points are second-best in the league while she had the third-most game-winning goals with two. 

Earning the second bye into the semifinals is Bridgewater State who was 5-1-1 in league action. Emma Sanders finished the regular season first in the MASCAC in both assists (10) and points (22) while also tallying six goals and one game-winner. 

Westfield State is the third seed after finishing the conference slate with a 4-1-2 mark. Between the pipes, Natalia Falcone led the conference in goals against (10), goals against average (0.79), save percentage (.875) and shutouts (5) with 70 total saves on the year.

Landing in fourth is Framingham State who were 4-3 during the MASCAC clip this season. Leading the Rams was the duo of Kayla Almstrom and Olivia Mihalek who both ended the regular season with three goals and two assists for eight points. 

Rounding out the tournament field in fifth and sixth are Salem State and Fitchburg State. The Vikings netted a 3-3-1 mark in conference play. Katie Brown tallied the most goals on the team to close out the season with seven while also going 2-for-2 on penalty kicks and scoring one game-winner. The Falcons finished with two wins during the league season. Elicia Marshall ended the regular season first in the league in goals (10), second in points (21) and third in total shots (62). 

During the 2017 MASCAC Tournament Championship, second seed Westfield State defeated top seed Worcester State, 2-1, to take home the title and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.