November 5, 2005

WNEC Defeats UMF With Seconds Remaining to Claim NAC Field Hockey Crown

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Junior Most Valuable Player Allison Jameson scored the game-winner with eight seconds remaining as top-seeded Western New England College defeated third-seeded and defending champion Maine-Farmington in the championship game of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Tournament 2-1.

WNEC (19-4) now advances to its first NCAA Division III Championship next week. Last year Maine-Farmington defeated Western New England College by the same score at Golden Bear Stadium.

Jameson’s shot came off a penalty corner with senior Alyssa Katz and sophomore Cori Eggert earning the assists.

Maine-Farmington tied the contest with 2:10 left in the game when senior Kristi Cochin tallied on a penalty corner with assists from classmates Mary Berry and Kristen Allen.

After a scoreless first half, the Golden Bears went ahead 1-0 on a goal by Eggert (assisted by Jameson) at the 8:02 mark.

Senior Jillian Brown had eight saves for WNEC while freshman Kaeleigh Barker made 13 stops for the Beavers (11-6).

North Atlantic Conference Championship All-Tournament Team 

Tournament MVP: Allison Jameson, WNEC (Jr. Forward - Brattleboro, VT)
Jillian Brown, WNEC (Sr. Goalkeeper - Plymouth, MA)
Alyssa Katz, WNEC (Sr. Forward - Cortlandt Manor, NY)
Megan Cloutier, WNEC (Sr. Defender - Greenfield, MA)
Stephanie Gildart, WNEC (Sr. Midfielder - Portland, ME)
Kristen Allen, Maine-Farmington (Sr. Midfielder – Mexico, ME)
Mary Berry, Maine-Farmington (Sr. Defender - Norridgewock, ME)
Kristi Cochin, Maine-Farmington (Sr. Defender – Sanford, ME)
Kim Lindsey, Simmons (Jr. Forward - Franklin, MA)
Tanya Rego, Simmons (Sr. Midfielder - New London, NH)
Jen Mason, Castleton State (Jr. Midfielder - Leicester, VT)
Carrie Black, Castleton State (Jr. Forward - Warrensburg, NY)

NAC Field Hockey Tournament - Bracket

Quarterfinals - Saturday, October 29 at higher seeds
(8) Lasell 0 at (1) WNEC 1
(7) Thomas 1 at (2) Simmons 4
(6) Becker 0 at (3) Me.-Farmington 2
(5) Husson 2 at (4) Castleton State 4
Semifinals - Tuesday, November 1 at higher seeds
(4) Castleton State 1 at (1) WNEC 6
(3) Me.-Farmington 3 at (2) Simmons 2 (OT)
Championship - Saturday, November 5 at WNEC
(3) Me.-Farmington 1 at (1) WNEC 2

November 1, 2005

Jameson, Katz lead WNEC to 6-1 Victory over Castleton State in NAC Semifinals

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Junior Allison Jameson scored three goals and senior Alyssa Katz tallied twice as top-seeded Western New England College defeated fourth-seeded Castleton State 6-1 in a semifinal round game of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Tournament.

WNEC will host third-seeded and defending champion Maine-Farmington (a 3-2 overtime winner over second-seeded Simmons) in a rematch of last year’s title game (won by UMF 2-1) on Saturday, November 5.

Katz gave the Golden Bears (18-4) an early 1-0 lead just 2:59 into the contest. It was the 100th career point for Katz who joined Jameson as the only players in the program’s 25-year history to reach the milestone. Jameson now has 108 career points while Katz has 102.

Castleton (8-9) tied the contest on a goal by freshman Carolyn Griggs at the 12:35 mark before Western New England College took the lead for good on Jameson’s first goal with 6:07 remaining in the half.

The Spartans almost tied the game with approximately 15 minutes left, but senior goalie Jillian Brown made a great save off a penalty corner shot. Junior Stephanie Gildart then added an insurance goal less than two minutes later before Katz scored again with 11:20 left in the contest. Jameson then fired home her last two shots in a 33-second span with a little less than 10 minutes remaining to complete the scoring.

Brown finished with 10 saves while freshman Trisha Clark made 15 stops for the Spartans

Maine-Farmington Upends Simmons 3-2 in Overtime to advance to Conference Final

Wellesley, MA – In a rematch of the 2004 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) semi-final, Maine-Farmington pulled out a 3-2 overtime victory over Simmons College this afternoon to clinch a berth into the conference finals on Saturday.

Maine-Farmington took a lead into halftime with a goal by senior Kristen Allen, and senior Lauren Stevens quickly doubled their score five minutes into the second half.  Simmons junior Kim Lindsey quickly answered and cut Maine’s lead in half with an unassisted goal.

Simmons junior Natasha Cote connected on a cross pass from senior co-captain Tanya Rego to tie the game with only 43 seconds remaining in regulation. After an intense, hard-fought battle in overtime, Allen scored her second goal and sudden-victory game winner, assisted by Mary Sinclair, with just 1:12 left to play.

UMF’s freshman goalkeeper, Kaeleigh Barker, tallied 13 saves, including a penalty stroke in overtime, while Simmons goalie, Meredith Susi, recorded five saves of her own. 

October 29, 2005

WNEC Slips Past Lasell 1-0 in NAC Quarterfinals

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Junior Audrey Kelton (Wilder, VT) scored the game-winner 2:05 into the second half and top-seeded Western New England College used strong defense for a 1-0 victory over eight-seeded Lasell in a quarterfinal round game of the 2005 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Tournament. It was only the third goal of the season for Kelton who plays a defensive position.

Junior Allison Jameson (Brattleboro, VT) had the assist on the winning shot as the Golden Bears improved their record to 17-4. Western New England College out-shot Lasell by a 36-4 margin in compiling its 13th shutout of the season. Senior goalie Linda Williams (Neptune, NJ) made 10 saves for the Lasers who end their season with a 6-12 record.

Simmons Sharks defeats Thomas 4-1 in NAC Conference Playoffs

The Simons Shark field hockey team advanced to the NAC Semifinals with a win over Thomas College.  Freshman Elizabeth Hennigan scored one of her two goals on the day, early within the first 5 minutes of play. Senior Tanya Rego scored the next two goals for the Sharks to bring the first half score to 4-0. The second half begun with great pressure by the Terriers , Senior Goal Meredith Susi stopped 3 shots in goal but with 3:31 to go the Terriers scored a goal by Senior Forward Molly Tibbetts to prevent the shut out.

Simmons now advances to the NAC semifinals – The Sharks host #3 Maine-Farmington at Wellesley University on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 2 pm.

Maine-Farmington Field Hockey Downs Becker, 2-0, in NAC Quarterfinals

The Maine-Farmington field hockey team won its 10th game of the season and began its quest for a fourth-straight conference championship with a 2-0 win over Becker this afternoon in Farmington.  Kristy Veazie and Kristen Allen both scored during an eight-minute span midway through the opening half and the Beaver defense did the rest, limiting Becker to just seven shots in the entire game.  Veazie’s unassisted goal, her 16th of the season, came at the 22:34 mark, while Chambers finished off a feed from Katie Gorham at 29:01 for the insurance tally.  Kaeleigh Barker stopped five shots in goal for UMF, which now advances to the NAC semifinals against Simmons on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Black Propels Spartans into NAC Semifinals

Castleton, VT - Carrie Black was responsible for all 4 goals the fourth seed Castleton State College Spartans netted in Saturday’s North Atlantic Conference field hockey quarterfinal game versus the fifth seeded Husson College Eagles.

Just five minutes into the game Black assisted on Carolyn Griggs’ goal. Not 15 minutes later, Black received the ball at midfield and carried it all the way into the circle for an unassisted tally. The Eagles would not go away quietly, however, as KaroleAnne Emery put back her own rebound for Husson’s first goal. Jen Mason converted on Black’s second assist of the half to push the score to 3-1 before halftime. Emery would bring the Eagles to within 1 once again with 18 minutes left to play in the second half. Black would put the game on ice when she converted a Carolyn Griggs assist with 13 minutes left.

Trisha Clark recorded 7 saves to earn the win. Her counterpart, Kelly Bocchino also stopped 7 shots in the game. Husson ends their season with a 7-9 (4-6 NAC) record. The Spartans advance to the semi-finals with a record of 8-8 (5-3 NAC). Waiting for Castleton in the semifinals is number one seed, Western New England College, who earned their way by defeating Lasell College 1-0. The semi-final game will take place at Western New England on Tuesday, November 1.

October 27, 2005

Western New England Enters as Top Seed in NAC Field Hockey Championship

After completing conference play with a perfect 9-0 mark, Western New England College earned the top seed in the North Atlantic Conference Field Hockey Tournament. WNEC (16-4 overall) will host eighth seeded Lasell (6-10 overall, 3-6 NAC) when tournament play begins this Saturday, October 29.

Simmons (11-5 overall, 7-1 NAC) will enter as the second seed and will host seventh seeded Thomas (5-7 overall, 3-6 NAC) in the quarterfinal round for the second consecutive season. Simmons narrowly defeated the Terriers in overtime 2-1 during regular season play this year.

Two-time defending NAC champion Maine-Farmington will enter as the third seed. UMF (9-5 overall, 6-1 NAC) will host sixth seed Becker (7-8 overall, 3-5 NAC). The Beavers defeated the Hawks 3-2 when the two teams met earlier this month.

Fifth seed Husson (7-8 overall, 4-5 NAC) will travel to fourth seed Castleton State (7-8 overall, 4-3 NAC). The higher seeded Spartans turned back the Braves 6-2 two weeks ago in Castleton, Vermont.

The top eight teams qualify for the NAC Championship. Predetermined tiebreaking procedures were used to seed teams with identical conference winning percentages. Quarterfinal games will be played on Saturday, October 29 at 1:00 p.m. at the higher seed. Quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals held at the higher seed on Tuesday, November 1 at 2:00 p.m. Semifinal winners will meet Saturday, November 5 at the highest remaining seed. Game times are subject to change. The NAC Champion receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championship.

2004 Field Hockey Championship
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