#5 American International and #6 Stonehill Advance in a Night of Upsets in the NE-10 Field Hockey Championship
For Immediate Release
October 26, 2011
2011 Northeast-10 Field Hockey Championship
Both lower seeds won and advanced to the semifinals of the 2011 Northeast-10 Field Hockey Championship Wednesday night, as fifth-seeded American International College and sixth-seeded Stonehill College registered victories.
#6 Stonehill 3, #3 Franklin Pierce 0
Rindge, N.H. – The third-seeded Franklin Pierce University field hockey team saw its season draw to a close on Wednesday night, as the Ravens fell, 3-0, to sixth-seeded Stonehill in the first round of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship at Sodexo Field.
Sophomore midfielder Kelsey Davis tallied a goal and an assist in the win for Stonehill.
With the win, Stonehill improves to 10-9 and will face second-seeded Massachusetts Lowell in the semifinal round. With the loss, Franklin Pierce concludes its season at 10-9, finishing above .500 for the second time in program history, and the first since 2000.
Junior forward Chelsea Fizell put home the only goal Stonehill would need with 12:52 to play in the first half. Senior forward Kathryn Nelson took a shot from the top of the circle, that Fizell redirected from near the penalty spot to put home her fourth goal of the season.
Sophomore midfielder Devin Ingersoll made it 2-0 Skyhawks just 9:11 into the second half, when she took a feed from Davis off a penalty corner and scored her third goal of the season from the left side. Davis capped the scoring herself with 7:17 to play in the contest, as Nelson found her amidst a scramble in front of the cage, and Davis notched her second goal of the season.
#5 American International 3, #4 Bentley 2, OT
Waltham, Mass. – Eighteen days after Bentley University posted a 3-2 overtime decision over American International College, the fifth-seeded Yellow Jackets did the exact same to the Falcons Wednesday, ousting Bentley from the Northeast-10 Conference Field Hockey Playoffs with a goal 1:33 into the first extra session.
Senior Amanda McLean scored the game-winner on the only shot of OT to elevate the fifth-seeded and ninth-ranked (Division II) Yellow Jackets into Friday's semifinals at Merrimack College.
Bentley, the tournament's fourth seed by virtue of the win over AIC earlier in the month, saw its season end at 10-9. The Falcons were ranked tenth in Division II this week.
Freshman Jenna Masionis provided the assist (her second of the game) on McLean's goal. She sent it in close from out near the circle, and McLean knocked it in for the game-ender just 1:27 into extra time.
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2011 Northeast-10 Field Hockey Championships
Friday, October 28th
#2 UMass Lowell vs. #6 Stonehill 4 p.m.
#1 Merrimack vs. #5 American Int'l 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 30th
Winner of Two Semifinal Games 12 p.m.