Top Two Seeds Advance to Setup Championship Final between Merrimack and UMass Lowell

Top Two Seeds Advance to Setup Championship Final between Merrimack and UMass Lowell

 

For Immediate Release

October 28, 2011

North Andover, Mass. - Both higher seeded teams won and advanced to the Northeast-10 Field Hockey Championship final, which will be played Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m.  Top-seeded Merrimack defeated American International College, while second-seeded UMass Lowell knocked off Stonehill Friday night at Merrimack College.

#1 Merrimack 5, #5 American International College 2

Top-seeded and fourth-ranked Merrimack College jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and never looked back on its way to a 5-2 Northeast-10 Championship Tournament semifinal victory over the fifth-seeded American International College field hockey team Friday night.

Junior forward April Daugherty put Merrimack ahead just 3:12 into the match and junior midfielder/back Katie Zubkus made it a 2-0 game just 40 seconds later. Daugherty tallied her second goal of the match in the in the 28th-minute off a feed from junior midfielder Jen Otis to give the Warriors a 3-0 lead.

Junior midfielder Lisa Duckles got American Int'l on the board with 1:57 left in the first half to cut the deficit to 3-1, but sophomore forward/midfielder Jessica Otis scored twice in a span of 10 minutes in the later stage of the second half to put the game away. Amerian Int'l freshman forward Aimie Angeletti scored at 70 minutes for the 5-2 final.

#2 UMass Lowell 3, #6 Stonehill 1

Sophomore goalkeeper Melanie Hopkins stopped four shots in the first 12 minutes and saved a penalty stroke later in the first half to backstop No. 2 UMass Lowell over No. 6 Stonehill Friday afternoon in the Northeast-10 Conference Field Hockey Tournament Semifinal at Warrior Field.

With the victory, UMass Lowell earns its eighth trip in nine years to the NE-10 Championship match Sunday at 12:00 and will play No. 1 Merrimack, a 5-2 winner over No. 5 American International.

UMass Lowell came away from an early onslaught unscathed as Stonehill outshot the River Hawks 7-1 in the first 12 minutes, four of which were saved by Hopkins.

The Northeast-10 will be providing live coverage of the championship final game on Sunday, October 30th at 12 p.m. for free at www.northeast10.org and at www.northeast10.tv. For up-to-the minute updates and scores from all of the field hockey championship games, follow us on Twitter @TheNortheast10

2011 Northeast-10 Field Hockey Championship

Sunday, October 30th
Championship - Final
#1 Merrimack vs. #2 UMass Lowell 12 p.m.

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