Saint Anselm, LIU Post to Square Off for NE-10 Field Hockey Championship

Saint Anselm, LIU Post to Square Off for NE-10 Field Hockey Championship



November 4, 2016


Saint Anselm and LIU Post each registered shutout wins Friday, and the two will meet in Sunday's Northeast-10 Conference Championship Final

#1 Saint Anselm 1, #5 Merrimack 0 | BOXSCORE

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Saint Anselm junior Mia Vecchione scored the game-winning goal in the 49th minute of play to propel the top-seeded Hawks to a 1-0 victory over No. 5 seed Merrimack on Friday afternoon in a Northeast-10 Conference Field Hockey Semifinal game held at Grappone Stadium in Manchester, N.H.

The Hawks improve to 16-3 overall and advance to take on No. 2 seed LIU Post on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Grappone Stadium. 

The game doubles as a top-10 matchup as the Hawks were ranked #3 in the latest NFHCA Coaches Poll, while LIU Post was ranked #5. The two teams met back on Oct. 1, with the then-ranked #1 Pioneers pulling out the 2-1 victory in overtime in Brookville, N.Y.

#2 LIU Post 3, #3 Stonehill 0 | BOXSCORE

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. - Backed by a five-point day from sophomore forward/midfielder Emily Miller, second-seeded LIU Post defeated third-seeded Stonehill, 3-0, in a Northeast-10 Conference Championship semifinal contest Friday at Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium.

The Pioneers (14-3), who scored three goals in a span of 3:56 in the second half, advance to their third NE-10 Championship final in the last four seasons.

Miller put the green and gold ahead in the 53rd minute, when she drove past two defenders and beat Skyhawks' (14-5) sophomore goalie Sara Freedman inside the right post for the game's opening goal.

Then, in the 56th minute, the hosts got behind the Stonehill defense for a 2-on-1 rush. From there, sophomore forward/midfielder Molly Cunha played a cross to Miller, who one-timed a shot past Freedman for a 2-0 advantage.

Less than a minute later, the Pioneers added to their lead yet again. Sophomore forward/midfielder Tarryn Morris settled a pass from Miller and fired a shot into an open cage, making it a 3-0 game.

Between the pipes, senior goaltender Ericka Parks made three saves in the win for LIU Post. Freedman stopped five shots for Stonehill.

2016 NE-10 Field Hockey Championship Schedule

Tuesday, November 1st     
First Round ­
Game 1:  #3 Stonehill 1, #6 Assumption 0 
Game 2:  #5 Merrimack 1, #4 Adelphi 0  

Friday, November 4th     
Semifinals ­
Game 3:  #1 Saint Anselm 1, #5 Merrimack 0
Game 4:  #2 LIU Post 3, #3 Stonehill 0

Sunday, November 6th     
Championship Final (to be held at highest remaining seed) ­
Game 5:  #2 LIU Post at #1 Saint Anselm

*Please note that the championship game time shall be 1:00 PM

Additional reporting for this release provided by the LIU Post and Saint Anselm athletic communication staffs

The Northeast-10 Conference is an association of 15 NCAA Division II colleges and universities located in New England and New York that is committed to supporting balanced academic and athletic opportunities for more than 6,500 student-athletes. 

Each year, 4,500 of those student-athletes compete in conference championships in 24 sports, making the NE-10 the largest DII conference in the country in terms of sport sponsorship. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the Northeast-10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.