ROCKFORD, Ill. – The Herkimer College Generals’ season ended with a win Friday when they shut out Holyoke Community College 6-0 in consolation play at the NJCAA’s Division III women’s national tournament.
Sarah George added two more goals to her total and the Generals (14-4-1) scored three times in the final five minutes of the first half to open a 5-0 lead.
The second day of national tournament matches was moved inside from Wedgbury Stadium at the Mercyhealth Sportscore Two complex outside Rockford. Herkimer was beaten 4-3 in quarterfinal play by Brookdale Community College following Holyoke’s 9-0 loss to top-ranked Richland College.
George, a sophomore from Dolgeville, opened Friday’s scoring with an unassisted goal 6:24 into the contest. Amber Douglas from Fort Plain followed with a goal assisted by Stockbridge Valley High School graduate Haley Harrington.
The Herkimer lead remained 2-0 for 32 minutes before Ashley Capron, a freshman from Burnt Hills, stated the late first-half scoring flurry with her unassisted goal. Harrington scored 44 seconds later with an assist from Kristen Purcell, a freshman from Sauquoit Valley, and George netted her 25th goal of the season and the 44th of her career with 11 seconds left before halftime.
Rachel Todd, the Generals’ starting goalkeeper from McGraw, was credited with the final goal in the second half. Todd was credited with five saves in the 12th shutout of the season for Herkimer.
Herkimer, ranked seventh in the nation and seeded fifth in the tournament, outshot Holyoke 17-5. Holyoke was seeded eighth and ranked 10th.
Later in the day, Richland and Delta College, the top two seeds, won their semifinals and set the match-up for Sunday's championship. Richland was a 6-1 winner over Brookdale, and Delta defeated Union County College 2-0.
At the men's tournament in Herkimer, Richland and Nassau Community College both beatg Region III semifinalist and will play for the championship Sunday. Richland was a 7-3 winner against Genesee Community College, and Nassau defeated Cayuga Community College 1-0.