Castleton Wins NAC Field Hockey Title in High-Scoring Affair


Field Hockey Champions - Castleton BANGOR, Maine - Second-seeded Castleton raced out to an early five-goal lead and withstood a furious comeback from number-one Husson en route to an 8-6 win the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Field Hockey Final.

The Spartans seemed to have an answer every time Husson tried to mount a serious comeback, and never let the lead slip below two goals in the second half in earning the program's first NAC Championship since 2008. The win also earns the team an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, which begins next Wednesday.

Junior Rachel Preusser (Craryville, N.Y.) led the offense with a hat trick while Kealy Chipman (Bellows Falls, Vt.) and Blake Wardwell (Bridgewater, Vt.) each contributed two goals and one assist.

The Spartans opened the scoring just 48 seconds into the contest with Blake Wardwell scoring off a pass from Preusser. Chipman made 2-0 at the 10:37 mark with an assist from Wardwell. Preusser scored her first goal just under two minutes later off a pass from Kristy Pinkham (Brandon, Vt.).

Chipman pushed the Castleton advantage to 4-0 at 15:25, ripping a shot that deflected off a defender's stick and went into the upper corner of the net. Wardwell concluded the first-half scoring on a penalty stroke with just over a minute left in the period.

In the second half, Husson mounted a serious comeback attempt, as Sabrina Vaillancourt (Newport, Maine) scored three straight goals over the first 20 minutes of the half to cut the Spartan lead to 5-3.

Preusser ended the run at the 55:58 mark, though the Eagles'Liz Noddin (Skowhegan, Maine) scored with just eight minutes left in regulation to make it a two-goal game once again., 6-4.

Junior Shawna Pinsonault (Brownsville, Vt.) pushed the lead back to three, 7-4, at 63:54, but Vaillancourt countered with a goal at 65:46 to keep Husson's hopes alive.

Just 22 seconds later Preusser netted her hat trick to give Castleton an 8-5 advantage. Vaillancourt responded with just 20 seconds left, but it was too little too late as the Spartans finished with the 8-6 victory.

Vaillancourt scored a game-high five goals for Husson in the loss while Maicee Gustin (Dexter, Maine) made six saves in net for the Eagles.

Sophomore Jessica Galatioto (Queensbury, N.Y.) made nine saves in the cage as the Spartans improve to a program-record 17-4.

Castleton now has to wait until Tuesday, Nov. 6 to find out its opponent in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

All-Tournament Team

Annie Agnew, Farmington
Lily Barry, Farmington
Katherine Rich. NEC
Rachel Carnaroli, NEC
Liz Noddin, Husson
Sabrina Vaillancourt, Husson
Mariah Arno, Husson
Mercedes Maltbie, Castleton
Kealy Chipman, Castleton
Madyson Martin, Castleton
Shannon Burns, Castleton
Stephanie Bardell, Castleton - MVP


October 31, 2012

Quarterfinals – Saturday, October 27 at Higher Seed

 

(8) Lasell

0

(1)    Husson

RECAP

(7) Thomas

1

(2)    Castleton

RECAP 

(6) Simmons

1

(3)    Me.-Farmington

RECAP

(5) St. Joseph's (Me.)

1

(4)    New England College

RECAP 

Semifinals – Wednesday, October 31 at Higher Seed

New England Coll.

3

Husson

4 (OT) RECAP

Me.-Farmington

1

Castleton

7 RECAP 

Finals – Saturday, November 3 at Higher Seed

Castleton

vs

Husson

 

October 27, 2012

Quarterfinals – Saturday, October 27 at Higher Seed

 

(8) Lasell

0

(1)    Husson

5 RECAP

(7) Thomas

1

(2)    Castleton

5 RECAP 

(6) Simmons

1

(3)    Me.-Farmington

6 RECAP

(5) St. Joseph's (Me.)

1

(4)    New England College

2 RECAP 

Semifinals – Wednesday, October 31 at Higher Seed

New England Coll.

vs

Husson

 

Me.-Farmington

vs

Castleton

 

Finals – Saturday, November 3 at Higher Seed

Semifinal Winners

 


October 23, 2012

Three-time defending champion Husson University (10-7, 8-1) has earned the top seed in the upcoming North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Field Hockey Tournament.

The Eagles handed Castleton its first regular season conference loss since 2010, earning the right to host eighth-seeded Lasell on Saturday, October 27.

Castleton (14-3, 8-1) will take the second seed into Saturday's quarterfinal versus number-seven Thomas. Third-seeded University of Maine at Farmington (7-7, 7-2) will host sixth-seeded Simmons, while number-four New England College will welcome the fifth seed, St. Joseph's (Me.).

The top eight teams qualify for the NAC Championship. Predetermined tiebreaking procedures were used to seed teams with identical conference winning percentages.

Quarterfinal round games will be played on Saturday, October 27 at the higher seed. Winners will advance to the semifinal round held at the higher seed on Wednesday, October 31. Semifinal winners will meet Saturday, November 3 at the highest remaining seed.

Game times and dates are subject to change. The NAC Champion receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championship.

Championship Bracket

Quarterfinals – Saturday, October 27 at Higher Seed

 

(8) Lasell

at

(1)    Husson

 

(7) Thomas

at

(2)    Castleton

 

(6) Simmons

at

(3)    Me.-Farmington

 

(5) St. Joseph's (Me.)

at

(4)    New England College

 

Semifinals – Wednesday, October 31 at Higher Seed

New England Coll./St. Joseph's

vs

Lasell/Husson

 

Simmons/Me.-Farmington

vs

Thomas/Castleton

 

Finals – Saturday, November 3 at Higher Seed

Semifinal Winners