Embrace the Championship: Merrimack and Saint Anselm Advance to NE10 Field Hockey Championship

Embrace the Championship: Merrimack and Saint Anselm Advance to NE10 Field Hockey Championship



No. 2 Merrimack edged No. 6 Stonehill, 2-1, while No. 4 Saint Anselm beat No. 8 Assumption, 3-2, in the Northeast 10 Conference Field Hockey Semifinals on Friday, setting up Sunday's championship game to be held in North Andover, Mass. Game time is 1 p.m. and a live stream will be available through Northeast10.tv. 

No. 2 Merrimack 2, No. 6 Stonehill 1 - Box Score

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.  – Sophomore Colleen Ellis and junior Alex Mondini tallied first-half goals, junior goalkeeper Katharina Ohmen picked up four of her game-high five saves in the second half and the No. 5 and second-seeded Merrimack College field hockey program topped No. 9 and sixth-seeded Stonehill College, 2-1, on Friday from Duane Stadium to advance to Sunday's Northeast-10 Conference Championship game. The Warriors will host the contest for the third time in program history, and face either fourth-seeded Saint Anselm or eighth-seeded Assumption at 1 p.m. on campus.

It was a tale of two halves on Friday in semifinals as Merrimack dominated the first stanza to the tune of an 8-1 advantage in shots, and a 2-0 edge on the scoreboard through 35 minutes. Stonehill responded by limiting the Warriors to two shot attempts in the final half, but Merrimack's defense only relented once to keep Merrimack on top. Come Sunday afternoon, the Warriors will have a chance to win their first conference tournament title in program history after a pair of regular season crowns in 2011 and 2012.

No. 4 Saint Anselm 3, No. 8 Assumption 2 - Box Score

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey team will be heading to the Northeast-10 Conference Championship thanks to a 3-2 victory in the NE10 Semifinals over visiting Assumption College on Friday at Grappone Stadium.

The Hawks, ranked 10th in NCAA Division II by the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association, have won nine-straight games to improve to 15-5 on the season after recording a 10-3 mark against NE10 opponents during the regular season. Assumption, the eighth seed in the tournament, falls to 11-8 overall.

Saint Anselm will take on the fifth-ranked Warriors from Merrimack College on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. in North Andover, Mass. The Hawks, making their second-ever trip to the league's championship fixture, were downed by LIU Post in the 2016 championship in overtime. Saint Anselm issued Merrimack a 4-2 loss on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Tuesday, November 13th       

Quarterfinals ­– at Higher Seeds

Game 1:  #8 Assumption 1, #1 Pace 0

Game 2:  #2 Merrimack 3, #7 Bentley 1

Game 3: #6 Stonehill 7, #3 LIU Post 1

Game 4: #4 Saint Anselm 4, #5 SNHU 2

Friday, November 16th       

Semifinals  – at Higher Seeds

Game 5:  #4 Saint Anselm 3, #8 Assumption 2

Game 6:  #2 Merrimack 2, #6 Stonehill 1

Sunday, November 18th      

Championship (at Merrimack) ­

Game 7:  #4 Saint Anselm at #2 Merrimack (1 p.m.)

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