2016 NAC East Field Hockey Championship Final Set: No. 2 Husson at No. 1 UMF
Two North Atlantic Conference (NAC) East Division field hockey semifinal games were played on Wednesday, October 26, and the two top seeds held. No. 1 UMaine-Farmington earned a 4-0 win over No. 4 Thomas and No. 2 Husson claimed a 5-3 victory over No. 3 Colby-Sawyer.
The Beavers and Eagles will now advance to the NAC East Championship which will be played on Sunday, October 30, at UMF at 1:00 p.m. (date has been changed due to forecasted weather). This is the third-straight season these two teams have met in the championship, with Husson earning a 1-0 double-overtime win in 2014 and a 2-0 victory last season.
The NAC East champion will take on the NAC West champion, which will be played at Castleton University on Saturday, November 5, at a time to be determined. The NAC Crossover Champion will receive an automatic berth to the 2016 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship.
No. 1 UMaine-Farmington 4, No. 4 Thomas 0 - Boxscore
University of Maine at Farmington field hockey (11-4) had four different players score in beating Thomas College (4-12) in the North Atlantic Conference East Semifinal on Wednesday. UMF will now advance and host Husson on Saturday.
UMF put the offensive pressure on early in the game, sophomore Emma Marineau (Green, Maine/Leavitt) scored at 4:09 in the first half to give the Beavers the early lead. Thomas had its best opportunity to score midway thru the half with three straight penalty corners but were unable to produce a shot on the cage.
Nickyia Lovely (Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner) scored just before the half to give UMF a 2-0 lead at the break. Carly Raymond (Topsham, Maine/Mt.Ararat) broke in on goalie Abbie Charrier who was able to make the initial save on Raymond's shot but the ball deflected to Lovely who fired it home for the goal.
Emmah Spahr (Winthrop, Maine/Winthrop) scored her 19th goal of the year at 36:57. The goal tied the single-season record for goals set in 1995 by Kelly Duffy. Raymond dribbled down the right side of the circle and centered the ball in front of the goal and Spahr was waiting on the opposite post to punch it in for 3-0 UMF lead.
Jenessa Talarico (Lewiston, Maine/Lewiston) scored the final goal at 43:07. Lovely entered the ball into the circle from the top to Talarico who controlled the ball and fired a shot that got past Charrier for the score and final margin of victory.
Patty Smith (Gorham, Maine/Gorham) made one save to pick up her 10th win of the season. Charrier made 10 saves in the loss.
UMF outshot Thomas 21-2 in the game, but Thomas was able to produce more corners at 11-9.
This will mark the third straight year that UMF will be playing in the Championship game, this will be the first time the game will be played at Prescott Field during that time period.
--Courtesy of UMF Sports Information
No. 2 Husson No. 3 Colby-Sawyer - Boxscore
The Husson University field hockey team defeated Colby-Sawyer College 5-3 in a North Atlantic Conference East Semifinal match on Wednesday, October 26 at the John W. Winkin Sports Complex.
Husson (8-6, 4-1) got on the board first when Lauren Russell took it to the corner and blasted it past Colby-Sawyer (11-6, 3-2) goalkeeper Xena Ras. Taylor Shaw would then have two goals of her own to give the Eagles the 3-0 lead at the halftime break.
The Chargers opened up the scoring in the second half when Sierra Schuster knocked a goal past goalkeeper Kaitlin Dolloff in the 38th minute, pulling them within two. Just four minutes later, Russell would score her second of the game with an assist from Erika Brochu for the 4-1 lead.
Colby-Sawyer would keep their offense pushing as Jordan Teixeria scored to make it a close 4-2 match. In the 49th minute Sadie Royer found the back of the goal on a pass from Brochu to take the 5-2 lead. Alie Jones scored her first for the Chargers with five minutes to play, but could not come away with the win as the Eagles move on to the Championship with the 5-3 victory.
For the Eagles, Russell and Shaw lead the team with two goals a piece, while Royer had one off of her two shots on goal. Brochu had three shots, two of which were on goal, and Mikayla Toth contributed two shots as well. For the Chargers Jones had five shots and one goal, while Schuster and Teixeria netted one goal each. Ras had eight saves and five goals against, while Anne-Marie Provencal was credited with the win for Husson with no goals against and one save.
The Eagles move on to the Championship of the NAC East Tournament against No. 1 seeded UMaine-Farmington on Saturday, October 29.
--Courtesy of Husson Sports Information
2016 NAC EAST FIELD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
All start times and dates are subject to change
NAC East Championship • Sunday, October 30
No. 2 Husson at No. 1 UMaine-Farmington - 1:00 p.m. - Video
**Beginning with the 2016 season, the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) has partnered with the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) in the sport of field hockey. Field hockey sponsoring members in the NEAC will compete as associate members of the NAC. Members from each conference will be divided into an East (NAC) and West (NEAC) Division, with each division holding a championship and the two divisional champions then facing off to determine the conference champion. The conference crossover winner will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.