||WILLIAM & MARY
||Goals Per Game
Arthur Bosua (12 goals, 5 assists)
John Denis (6 goals, 3 assists)
Antonio Bustamante (15 goals, 5 assists)
Ryder Bell (6 goals, 10 assists)
Dylan Castanheira | 11-2-3
36 saves // .857 save% // 11 SO
||Phil Breno | 11-4-5
53 saves // .716 save% // 7 SO
A live stream of the match can be seen through TribeAthletics.com, as William & Mary will provide live stats during the match. Additionally, an audio brodcast can be heard through the Ivy League Network.
More Like Two-Ivy
Dartmouth clinched an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship, winning at least a share of the conference crown for the fourth straight season. Columbia finished second in the league, putting together its third straight 10+ win season, which had not been accomplished since 1985 when the Lions posted double-digit wins for the eighth year in a row. The No. 15 seeded Big Green (12-3-1) received a first round bye, and draw the winner of the New Hampshire/Fairfield match. If Dartmouth were to put up a win in its first match, they could be paired with the No. 2 seed, Indiana (15-0-5).
This is the first time since 2012 that the Ivy League has sent multiple teams to the NCAA Soccer Championship, as Cornell and Brown both earned bids during that season. 2012 also marked the eighth straight year the Ancient Eight had multiple bids in the tournament, as the league had four teams receive bids in both 2009 and 2010.
About the Tribe
After going 3-2-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association, William & Mary earned a No. 5 seed in the CAA Tournament, which began on Nov. 4. Chris Norris' squad posted a 4-1 victory against Hofstra, and a 1-0 win over No. 1 seed James Madison, advancing to the Tournament Final against No. 2 UNCW. Although the Seahawks opened the scoring, grabbing a 1-0 halftime lead, four second half scores propelled William & Mary to its first CAA title since 2010.
The NCAA Tourney bid is the fourth under Norris, who last helped the Tribe to an appearance in 2013. In the 2010 season, William & Mary advanced to the Sweet Sixteen, finishing the regular season with a No. 9 ranking.
Unbeaten in its last 10 matches, the Tribe have put together a stout second half of the season, finishing with an 11-4-5 record. In 20 games, Antonio Bustamante, a 5-7 junior, leads the team in scoring with 15 goals and five assists. His classmante, Ryder Bell, tallied six goals and 10 assists, while William Eskay has 12 points on the season (3G, 6A), and Reeves Trott has 11 (5G, 1A). In net, fifth-year senior Phil Breno has started every contest, allowing 21 goals in 20 starts, with seven shutouts and a 0.716 save percentage.
Wake In Waiting
The winner of Thursday's match travels to the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, Wake Forest, for a 5 p.m. showdown on Sunday, Nov. 19. The Demon Deacons won the ACC this season at 17-1-2 overall and 7-0-1 in conference play, taking the conference tourney title on penalty kicks over Virginia, 4-3, after a scoreless draw. That match is scheduled to be broadcast on the ACC Network/Watch ESPN.
Action for the top-16 teams in the 48-team field begins on Sunday, Nov. 19, after the field is trimmed to 32 from the result of Thursday's first round matches. The third round is scheduled for the weekend of Nov. 25-26, with the quarterfinals taking place the following weekend, Dec. 1-2. The Final Four teams qualify for the NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup, which is scheduled for Dec. 8 and Dec. 10 at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia.
Columbia is 8-14 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, and is making its first appearance in the field since 1993. The last time the Lions won a postseason match was in 1990, in an opening round victory against Seton Hall. Columbia has two Final Four appearances, including a 1983 trip where Columbia fell in the National Title game to Indiana, and a 1979 appearance.
This will be the first time Columbia and William & Mary have met on the pitch, although the two colleges are the oldest in the field of play. Founded by King William III and Queen Mary III in 1693, William & Mary is the second oldest college in America, while Columbia ranks 11th on that list, having been founded by the Royal Charter of George II of Great Britain in 1754.
Ending On A High Note
In Columbia's last five outings, the Lions have out-scored the opposition 14-0, including a 6-0 drubbing of Harvard (Nov. 5) and a 2-0 defeat of Cornell (Nov. 11) to close out the season.
The 2017 All-Ivy teams will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
At both ends of the field, the Lions have the Ivy League's statistical leaders.
Arthur Bosua leads the conference in goals with 12 and points with 29. The senior ranks ninth in the NCAA with 0.75 goals per game and is also eighth in points per game at 1.81. Also on the offensive end, John Denis put up a strong second half of the season, scoring at least a point in five straight outings to end the year with 15 points on six goals and three assists.
On the other half of the pitch, Dylan Castanheira has not allowed a goal in five matches, and leads the league in shutouts (11), save percentage (0.857), and goals against average (0.36). Columbia's team goals against average and save percentage ranks second in the NCAA behind only Indiana, as Castanheira holds the second best goals against average in the country.