ECAC TOURNAMENT: Framingham State Defeats Wheaton, 2-0

ECAC TOURNAMENT: Framingham State Defeats Wheaton, 2-0

Lyons finish with 15-8-2 record in 2014

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – First-seeded Wheaton College fell to fourth-seeded Framingham State University by a 2-0 score on Friday night in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Women's Soccer Tournament semifinal round at Maple Street Field.

Framingham State scored twice less than six minutes into the contest and junior goalkeeper Sara Sullivan (Quincy, Mass./Quincy) stopped all three shots she faced throughout the remainder of the matchup to help the hosts pick up the victory and advance to the ECAC Tournament finals. The Rams (14-7) will play the University of New England (13-4-2), who defeated Westfield State, 1-0, earlier today, at a time and place to be determined later for the ECAC title.

Wheaton concludes its 2014 season at 15-8-2 overall. The Lyons have won 15 or more games in 16-straight seasons, which dates back to 1999, and reached the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament championship game this fall for the 14th time in program history.

Framingham State junior Brini Varetimos (North Attleboro, Mass./North Attleboro) opened the scoring at the 1:27 mark on a feed by senior Isabela DeSouza (Framingham, Mass./Framingham). Senior Marisa Parent (Revere, Mass./Revere) initiated the tally with a cross into the box that DeSouza redirected towards goal. After the ball deflected off a defender, Varetimos collected the loose ball and fired a shot into the back of net for her fifth of the season.

Junior Marissa Miele (Hudson, Mass./Hudson) doubled the Rams' advantage four minutes and two seconds later (5:29) with her fifth marker of the season when she redirected Angela Pallotta's (Sterling, Mass./Clinton) direct kick past Wheaton junior goalkeeper Taylor Wilson (Bellingham, Mass./Bellingham).

The Rams held a 16-9 advantage in shots and produced a 4-1 differential in corner kicks. Wilson finished with three saves, while classmate Ali Hinton (Lafayette, Colo./Alexander Dawson School) stopped three shots in the second stanza.

Sullivan made four saves total in the contest stopping a scoring bid from Lyons' junior midfielder Julia Cipriano (Middlebury, Conn./Pomperaug) only 17 seconds into the match along with her three saves in the final 45 minutes of action.

Wheaton had a pair of quality scoring chances in the second half to cut into the Rams lead, but both times Sullivan came up with a key stop.  With 33 minutes remaining in the game, senior midfielder Lauren Corigliano (Roselle Park, N.J./Roselle Park) took a through ball behind the Rams defense and had a clean look at the net, but Sullivan made the diving save.  With just over ten minutes remaining, Cipriano took a quick throw in while the Rams were retreating and found a streaking Corigliano, but her bid again was stopped by Sullivan to help preserve her eighth clean sheet of the year in 17 games played (all starts).

Tonight's playoff matchup is only the second between Wheaton and Framingham State in the all-time series that started in 1979. In their only other postseason matchup, the Lyons defeated the Rams by a 1-0 score in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at home on November 1, 2000.

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