SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – For the fifth time in six years, No. 1 seed Endicott and No. 2 seed University of New England will meet in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Field Hockey Championship. The Gulls will host the championship match on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m.
Both teams picked up wins in the CCC Semifinals to earn their championship berths. The top-seeded Gulls took down No. 4 seed Roger Williams, 4-0, while the Nor'easters defeated No. 3 seed Salve Regina, 5-2.
The Gulls won both meetings between the two teams this season starting with a 2-1 overtime victory in Biddeford. At home, Endicott picked up the 2-0 win over the Nor'easters.
UNE hold a 3-1 edge in the past four championship matchups, but the Gulls come into the title match as the reining CCC Tournament Champions.
The winner of Saturday's championship will be named the 2019 CCC Tournament Champion and earn the league's automatic qualifier into the 2019 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship.
#1 Endicott 4, #4 Roger Williams 0
Match recap courtesy of the Endicott Sports Information Department.
BEVERLY, Mass. – The Endicott field hockey team blanked Roger Williams, 4-0, in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament semifinals on a rain-filled Thursday night at North Field.
Endicott scored one goal in each quarter to come away with the victory. Addi Williams (Pittsfield, Maine) buried tallies in the first and second quarters, while Kristen McCarthy (Danvers, Mass.) found the back of the cage in the third and fourth to account for the scoring.
Meanwhile, Taylor Farrin (Danvers, Mass.) stopped four shots to bump her record to 17-4 overall on the season and record her eighth shutout of the season (third in a row).
As a team, the Gulls outshot Roger Williams 27-6 and also held a 12-1 advantage in corners.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Endicott is now 14-1 in the all-time series against Roger Williams.
- The Gulls are 8-2 at home this season.
- In her two-year career at The Nest, Williams has compiled six goals in the CCC Semifinals (four vs. Salve Regina in 2018).
- McCarthy has scored four goals in the CCC Semifinals in her career with Endicott.
#2 University of New England 5, #3 Salve Regina 2
Match recap courtesy of the University of New England Sports Information Department.
BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Jillian Lachapelle (Gilford, N.H.) struck three times and Julia Steeves (Skowhegan, Maine) (CCC 1st Team) notched the other two as No.2 seed University of New England breezed by third-seeded Salve Regina University, 5-2, in the semifinals of the 2019 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Field Hockey Championship on Thursday evening (Nov. 7) at a rain-soaked UNE Blue Bolt Field.
The Nor'easters (12-9) advance into their seventh straight league final and will travel to No.1 Endicott College (a 4-0 winner over Roger Williams University) on Saturday at 1 p.m. It will be the sixth time in the last nine years that the teams are meeting to decide the tournament crown.
UNE controlled play from the opening whistle and got a lead just 1:33 into the match, when Kendra MacDonald (Lebanon, N.H.) (CCC 1st Team) found Steeves for a tally. Lachapelle began her big night in the 20th minute, sweeping home a rebound, and then finished a 39th-minute penalty stroke to make it 3-0 after three quarters. The Nor'easters had registered all of the game's 21 shots and 11 corners through 45 minutes.
Lachapelle extended the cushion to 4-0 in the 49th minute with another put-back. It was the team-leading 14th marker of the season for the sophomore, and completed a second hat trick.
Vanessa Frost (North Attleboro, Mass.) (CCC 2nd Team) scored off a pass from Kristen Wales (Southport, Conn.) (CCC 2nd Team) in the 51st minute to get the Seahawks (12-7) on the board, and, after Steeves tapped in a rebound in the 53rd minute, Tori Bickel (Harleysville, Pa.) found Eliza Timms (Agawam, Mass.) (CCC 2nd Team) on the doorstep to post Salve's last goal in the 55th minute.
Liz Sargent (South Burlington, Vt.) (CCC 1st Team) ended with four saves for the Nor'easters, who amassed a 33-7 margin in shot attempts. On the opposite side for the Seahawks, Casey Febus (Souderton, Pa.) recorded 22 stops, while both Kate Foley (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Kailyn McCue (Spencer, Mass.) contributed defensive saves.
Saturday's championship game against Endicott will be the third contest this season. The Gulls claimed both regular-season outings over UNE -- 2-1 in overtime on Oct. 2, and 2-0 on Oct. 22.
2019 CCC FIELD HOCKEY TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
All games hosted by the higher seed
Quarterfinals – Tuesday, Nov. 5
#4 Roger Williams def. #5 Western New England, 3-1 | BOX
Semifinals – Thursday, Nov. 7
Finals – Saturday, Nov. 9
# 2 University of New England at #1 Endicott, 1 p.m.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of nine full member and two associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports. In 2020, the conference will expand to 10 full members and 19 championship sports with the addition of Suffolk University and women's ice hockey, respectively.