Cole and Tyler Connect Twice as UMF Field Hockey Wins NAC Title

November 4, 2006

Cole and Tyler Connect Twice as UMF Field Hockey Wins NAC Title

Elyse Cole (Winthrop, ME) scored twice off assists from Andrea Tyler (Augusta, ME) as the UMF field hockey team defeated Western New England College, 2-1, to capture the 2006 North Atlantic Conference Field Hockey Championship.  The Beaver (15-2) have earned the NAC's automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Tournament.

In a rematch of last season's championship game, Cole scored the first goal at the 18:14 mark, and Farmington took its 1-0 lead into halftime.  Just over 10 minutes into the second half, at the 45:36 mark, Cori Eggert, the conference's leading scorer, knotted the game at 1-1.  The score remained tied for just over 15 minutes, until Cole scored at the 61:06 mark off another feed from Tyler.

"I have never been so proud of a team as I am today," said UMF head coach Cyndi Pratt.  "Our success comes from the overall balance of our team, which we showed today.  Because of that balance, WNEC was unable to focus on just one player on our team."

The Beavers held a 10-5 advantage in shots, with Kaeleigh Barker (Chicester, NH) making one save.  WNEC's Emilie Donka had five saves.   The seedings for the NCAA Tournament will be announced on Sunday evening.

NAC Field Hockey All Tournament Team

Tournament MVP: Amanda Pullen, UMF
Elyse Cole, UMF
Katie Gorham, UMF
Nicole Lyons, UMF
Andrea Tyler, UMF
Sarah McQuarrie, WNEC
Allison Jameson, WNEC
Cori Eggert, WNEC
Liz Rozenberg, Simmons
Emily Sypher, Simmons
Jackie Motyl, Lasell
Nicle Bryant, Lasell 

NAC Field Hockey Tournament

Quarterfinals - Saturday, October 28 at higher seeds
(8) Elms 0 at (1) Maine-Farmington 6
(6) Simmons 2 at (3) Husson 1
Quarterfinals - Sunday, October 29 at higher seeds
(7) Becker 0 at (2) WNEC 5
Quarterfinals - Monday, October 30 at higher seeds
(4) Castleton State 1 at (5) Lasell 2
         
Semifinals - Tuesday, October 31 at higher seeds
(5) Lasell 2 at (1) Maine-Farmington 4
(6) Simmons 1 at (2) WNEC 2
         
Championship - Saturday, November 4
(2) WNEC 1 at (1) Maine-Farmington 2
 


UMF Rolls Into NAC Championship with 4-2 Win Over Lasell

Katie Gorham (Dexter, ME) scored the game?s first goal and assisted on another to lead the top-seeded UMF field hockey team (14-2) to a 4-2 win over Lasell in semifinal action in the 2006 NAC Field Hockey Tournament.  Lasell entered today's game as the only conference team to score on the Beavers and added two more today, but it was not enough as UMF built a 4-1 lead early in the second half of play.

Gorham put UMF on the board at the 11:31 mark, scoring off a feed from Nicole Lyons (Cape Elizabeth, ME) following a penalty corner.  Lasell tied the game at the 14:37 mark on a goal by Jackie Motyll, but the Beavers responded with three-straight tallies over the next 30 minutes of play to control play.

Kristin Chambers (Gorham, ME) broke the tie with a goal at the 27:57 mark, off an assist from Gorham, and took a 2-1 lead into the half.  Then, just 1:57 into the second half, Amanda Fortin (Jefferson, ME) scored an unassisted goal for a 3-1 lead and Andrea Tyler (Augusta, ME) struck just over a minute later (38:05) for a 4-1 lead.  Motyll finished off the scoring with her second goal of the game in the 65th minute of play.  UMF held a 14-3 advantage in shots on goal.

The Beavers advance to play Western New England College, a 2-1 winner in the other semifinal game, in a rematch of last year?s title game.  The game will be played in Farmington on Saturday, November 4.

WNEC Survives Challenge from Simmons to Advance to NAC Final

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Junior Cori Eggert (Denville, NJ) scored both goals and junior goalie Emilie Donka (White River Junction, VT) came through with another clutch performance as second-seeded Western New England College held off upset-minded sixth seeded Simmons College Tuesday (Oct. 31) in a semifinal round game of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Field Hockey Tournament.

Eggert put the Golden Bears ahead 1-0 with her 17th goal of the season at the 13:17 mark of the opening half. Simmons tied the contest on a goal by freshman Emily Sypher (Orono, ME) just 2:03 into the second stanza.

The winning goal followed a shot by senior Allison Jameson (Brattleboro, VT) that freshman goalie Becky Slatkin (Paxton, MA) stopped with a nice save. The ball bounced out to the left side where Eggert knocked it home with 13:33 remaining in the game. The Sharks mounted an attack late in the game, but Donka made a nice save on a shot by senior Kim Lindsey (Mattapan, MA - Williston Northampton) with 3:31 remaining in the contest. Simmons, who defeated third-seeded Husson (Maine) in a quarterfinal round game, also had a penalty corner attempt a minute later but couldn?t convert. Donka finished with 10 saves, including six in the second half. Slatkin also compiled 10 saves in a strong performance.


Lasell College Field Hockey Advances to NAC Semi-finals wITH 2-1 Victory over Castleton

Lasell College defeated Castleton State College today 2-1 in the final quarterfinal game of the NAC Tournament.  The game today started with Castleton leading 1-0 and 3:15 left in the first half as play was suspended on Saturday due to the weather.  

Lasell started off w/a corner but was unable to convert and the half-time score remained 1-0.  Lasell came out strong in the second half and kept the pressure on the Spartan defense.  Senior Nicole Bryant (Watertown, MA) scored with 19 minutes remaining on an assist from Rachel Johnson (Litchfield, CT).  Less than a minute later, Amanda Wasowski (Pembroke, NH) found the back of the net off of a feed from Katie Bryer (Dresden, ME).  The Lasell defense held up under late pressure from Caselton and the Lasers advance to the semi-finals tomorrow at Maine Farmington. 

UMF Field Hockey Cruises Past Elms, 6-0, in NAC Quarters

For the second time in a week, the UMF field hockey team (13-2) defeated Elms College, this time by a score of 6-0.  The Beavers received goals from six different players, with Andrea Tyler (Augusta, ME) collecting three assists, to advance in NAC tournament play, facing fourth-seeded Castleton State in the semifinals.

Amanda Pullen (Dexter, ME) scored the first goal at the 12:06 mark on a penalty stroke, while Kristin Chambers (Gorham, ME) struck at the 21:43 mark on a feed from Tyler to increase the score to 2-0.  Katie Gorham (Waterboro, ME) finished off the first-half scoring with a goal at the 25:21 mark, assisted by Erika Lucas (Augusta, ME) off a penalty corner. 

Just 2:17 into the second half, Elyse Cole (Winthrop, ME) scored on a penalty corner from Tyler to increase the lead to 4-0, while Amanda Fortin (Jefferson, ME)) scored just over seven minutes later on Tyler's third assist of the afternoon.  The scoring concluded with a goal from Ashley Wentworth (North Berwick, ME) with 1:45 left to play in the game.

UMF out-shot Elms, 38-0, and held a 15-0 edge in penalty corners.  Kaeleigh Barker (Chicester, NH) was untested in goal, recording her 11th shutout of the season and lowering her GAA to 0.48.

Cori Eggert and Sarah McQuarrie pace Western New England College past Becker

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Juniors Cori Eggert (Denville, NJ) and Sarah McQuarrie (Windham, ME) each scored two goals to lead second-seeded Western New England College to an easy 5-0 victory over seventh-seeded Becker College Sunday in a quarterfinal round game of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Field Hockey Tournament.

Senior Allison Jameson (Brattleboro, VT) also had another big game with a goal and three assists as the Golden Bears improved their record to 13-7 with their fourth consecutive win. Senior Stephanie Gildart (Portland, ME) contributed an assist.

Eggert gave Western New England College an early 1-0 lead with her team best 15th goal of the season 8:18 into the contest. McQuarrie then tallied twice in 2:33 span as the Golden Bears took a 3-0 lead at intermission.

Western New England College dominated the entire game holding the Hawks to no shots. Sophomore goalie Ciara Lawrence (Costa Mesa, CA) made 15 saves for Becker (2-16).

SIMMONS SLIPS BY HUSSON 2-1

Bangor, ME - Emily Sypher (Orono, ME) scored the game winning goal with just under 4:00 minutes remaining to help the #6 seed Simmons College upset #3 Husson College 2-1 in NAC quarter final action.  Simmons (8-11) moves on to the semi-finals while Husson finishes their season at 8-7. 

Katie James (Cohasset, MA) set Sypher up in front of the net for the game winning goal with just under 4:00 minutes left.  Simmons had only one shot in the second half but that would be enough to pull out the win. 

Emily Webb (East Falmouth, MA) put Simmons up 1-0 in the first half with an unassisted goal 10 minutes into the game.  The game remained that way until Karole Anne Emery (Parkman, ME) found the net for Husson, tying the game 1-1 just 8 minutes into the second half.  Emery's goal was set up by a pass from Elisha Dorso (Farmingdale, ME). 

Husson took advantage of the driving wind and rain at their backs in the second half and had constant pressure on Simmon?s goal.  They had numerous opportunities to score with 12 corners in the second half.  Husson scored what they thought was the go ahead goal with 6 minutes to play but it was waved off as the ball never cleared the circle. 

Goalie Becky Slatkin (Paxton, MA) had 5 saves for Simmons while Kelly Bocchino (Vassalboro, ME) recorded 3 saves.    


October 26, 2006

Maine-Farmington Enters as Top Seed in NAC Field Hockey Championship

After completing conference play with a perfect 8-0 mark, the University of Maine-Farmington earned the top seed in the North Atlantic Conference Field Hockey Tournament. UMF, who held the NAC title for three seasons before falling in the final seconds of last year's championship, will enter the tournament with a 12-2 overall mark and having allowed just one goal during conference play. The Beavers will host eighth seeded Elms (1-13 overall, 1-7 NAC) when tournament play begins this Saturday, October 28.

Defending champion Western New England (12-7 overall, 7-1 NAC) will enter as the second seed and will host seventh seeded Becker (2-15 overall, 2-6 NAC). Husson (8-6 overall, 6-2 NAC) earned the third seed and will meet Simmons (7-11 overall, 4-4 NAC). The Eagles defeated Simmons 3-2 in overtime in their first contest of the year in early September. Fifth seed Lasell (6-11 overall, 4-4 NAC) will travel to fourth seed Castleton State (6-10 overall, 4-4 NAC). The higher seeded Spartans turned back the Lasers 1-0 last Monday 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 28 at the higher seed. Quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals held at the higher seed on Tuesday, October 31 at 2:00 p.m. Semifinal winners will meet Saturday, November 4 at the highest remaining seed. Game times are subject to change. The NAC Champion receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championship.

NAC Field Hockey Tournament - Bracket

Quarterfinals - Saturday, October 28 at higher seeds
(8) Elms   at (1) Maine-Farmington  
(7) Becker   at (2) WNEC  
(6) Simmons   at (3) Husson  
(5) Lasell   at (4) Castleton State  
         
Semifinals - Tuesday, October 31 at higher seeds
Winner 1/8 vs. Winner 4/5
Winner 2/7 vs. Winner 3/6
         
Championship - Saturday, November 4
Semifinal Winners