NAC Quarterfinals: #4 Maine Maritime Academy vs. #5 Castleton University

NAC Quarterfinals: #4 Maine Maritime Academy vs. #5 Castleton University

Sunday's Game: #4 Maine Maritime Academy (9-6-1, 6-3 NAC) vs. #5 Castleton University (7-7-5, 5-2-2 NAC), 1:30 p.m., Ritchie Field, Castine, Maine.


Series History: The Spartans hold a 15-2-2 advantage over the Mariners. At home, Maine Maritime is 1-5-2 against the Spartans.

Last Meeting: Makayla Lewis (Purcellville, Va.) scored in the 91st minute to lift Maine Maritime Academy women's soccer to a 1-0 win over Castleton University last Sunday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference action.

In the team's first win over Castleton since September 25, 2005, the Mariners dominated possession of the ball and outshot the Spartans 13-4.

Maine Maritime had their best chance of the game late in regulation, on a breakaway opportunity by Susana DeFrank (Temecula, Calif.), but DeFrank was called offsides and the game remained scoreless.

With just 50 seconds elapsed into the first overtime, DeFrank played a ball in front of the net, setting up Lewis who beat an outstretched Jessica Binkowsk, sending the Mariners to victory.

Behind a strong back line, Maggie McConkey (Fryeburg, Maine) earned the win in net for the Mariners, the team's seventh shutout of the season. Binkowski ended the afternoon with seven saves.

Last Playoff Meeting: Maine Maritime and Castleton last met in the playoffs in 2013. The Mariners were the No. 7 seed and traveled to No. 3 Castleton in the quarterfinals. The Spartans picked up a 4-0 win at Castleton, and went on to win the NAC Championship.

Maine Maritime Academy This Season: The Mariners went undefeated in their season-opening tournament, picking up a tie against Smith College and a shutout against Wheelock College in the Old Town Canoe Classic. The Mariners went 6-2 to wrap up the season, including a 3-0 week to close out the regular season and claim the No. 4 seed.

At home, the Mariners went 4-1-1 this season.

Castleton University This Season: The Spartans did not record a win in the first five games of their season, and went 0-1-2 to close out the regular season. On the road, the Spartans went 3-5-3 overall.

The Mariners: Maine Maritime scored 48 goals in 16 games this season, averaging three goals per game. The team averages 20.1 shots per game, and are allowing opponents to score a conference-low 0.92 goals per game. The Mariners tallied seven shutouts this season, including five against conference opponents.

Makayla Lewis leads the Mariners and the NAC with 12 goals, and 29 points this season. Lewis also has five assists. Against NAC teams, Lewis has scored six goals, including the game-winner over Castleton, and tallied two assists.

Maggie McConkey has been impressive in net for the Mariners, leading the team and the conference with a .813 save percentage. In 15 games, McConkey has only allowed 15 goals, while tallying 65 saves.

The Spartans: The Spartans scored 48 goals in 19 games, averaging 2.47 goals per game. The team averages 16.4 shots per game and are allowing opponents to score 1.49 goals per game. The Spartans are 2-for-2 in penalty kick opportunities, and have tallied four shutouts this season, all against non-conference opponents.

Shelby McLenithan leads the Spartans with eight goals and six assists this season, while teammate Makenzi Bellando also has eight goals. Both McLenithan and Bronwen Hopwood have two game-winning goals for Castleton.

Jessica Binkowski has started all 19 games for the Spartans in net, allowing 30 goals for a 1.63 goals against average, and stopping 89 shots for a .748 save percentage.

Scoring Threat: Briana Obshatkin (Dedham, Mass.) and Makayla Lewis are the only active players for the Mariners to tally goals against the Spartans. Castleton's seniors Nicole Wershoven and Dominique Valancius have tallied three goals against the Mariners, with only one goal from Wershoven coming against Maine Maritime's current goalie Maggie McConkey.

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All start times and dates are subject to change

Quarterfinals • Sunday, October 30
No. 6 UMaine-Farmington (7-10, 5-4) at No. 3 Colby-Sawyer (7-8-1, 6-2-1) - 12:00 p.m.
No. 5 Castleton (7-7-4 Overall, 5-2-2 NAC) at No. 4 Maine Maritime (9-6-1, 6-3) - 1:30 p.m.

Semifinals • Wednesday, November 2
4/5 winner at No. 1 New England College (12-5-1, 8-0-1) - TBD
3/6 winner at No. 2 Husson (7-7-2, 6-1-2)  - 4:00 p.m.

Championship • Saturday, November 5
Semifinal Winners (at higher seed) - TBD - Video