SUNY Canton Ends Historic Season in First Round of the NCAA Championship

SUNY Canton concludes a historic season with a 14-6 record as the first team in Canton history to earn an NCAA Division III Championship playoff berth in any sport. After an undefeated season in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC), the Roos earned automatic qualification into the national championship with a 19-4 conference championship victory over UMaine-Farmington.

SUNY Brockport (16-4) got out to a hot start, with five different players scoring in the first nine minutes. Jessica Pele got the Roos on the board with a free possession goal with just under 20 minutes remaining in the first half. Brockport fired right back, and headed into halftime with a 12-1 lead.

Canton came out of halftime and closed the gap with back-to-back goals from Logan Bush and Pele. Brockport tacked on four more goals and didn't allow the Canton offense any more chances. The final score was Brockport 16, Canton 3.

Pele led the Roos with two goals on four shots, and two ground balls. Molly Denny picked up a game-high five ground balls, and Nicole Piskorowski had 12 saves in the loss.

Jade Williams led Brockport with four goals. Sara Grapevine had four assists, a goal, and three ground balls. Morgan Elmer made seven saves in the win. 

SUNY Brockport advances to the second round on Sunday with host St. John Fisher (17-1). The Cardinals are ranked No. 12 in the nation and won their eight-consecutive Empire 8 conference championship last weekend.

The team that emerges from the second round will advance to the regional round next weekend, against the winner of another three-team pod with Endicott (14-5), Misercordia (14-5), and York College (15-5). The semifinals and national championship game will be played May 25 and 26 at Day Field in Richmond, Virginia.