WATERVILLE, Maine — The top-seeded Thomas (15-2-2) men’s soccer team claimed the North Atlantic Conference championship with a 3-0 victory over second-seeded Husson University (15-5) on Saturday evening. It is Thomas’s second NAC title in the last three years.
Husson had a couple of early chances to strike first, but were unable to connect. Senior James Crockford put a header on goal but was just high and struck the crossbar.
Thomas was able to swing things in their favor and would find the net for the game’s first goal in the 38th minute when sophomore Kenny Cano put a through ball to junior Michael Hand who bent it to the right side of the net for the 1-0 lead.
In the second half, Hand would return the favor for Cano, setting him up with a through ball that Cano would bury past the keeper to the right for the 2-0 Terrier lead.
After the sluggish start to the match, the Terrier defense was strong and only allowed two shots on goal, both of which were saved by junior keeper Mikkail Crockwell. They shut down NAC Player of the Year sophomore Phil Frost, who didn’t have a shot.
Thomas held the edge in shots 16-8 and shots on goal at 6-2. Overall for the NAC tournament, Thomas outscored their opponents 11-0.
With the victory, Thomas collects an automatic qualifier into the NCAA Division III tourney, which begins late next week.
The NAC All-Tournament Team was announced following the Terriers’ on-field celebration and five players from Thomas were represented as Crockwell was named MVP, while Hand, Rechichi, Lightbourne, and Josh Phelps also received honors.
Frost, Crockford, Chris DelGiudic and Stephen Berenyi collected all-tourney honors for Husson.
Daemen 1, UMFK 0
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Daemen College (Amherst, NY) scored in the 95th minute during the first overtime to beat the University of Maine-Fort Kent women’s soccer team 1-0 Saturday afternoon in the USCAA national championship game.
Kim Obermeier scored on an unassisted goal to give Daemen (11-9) its first win over UMFK in four tries this season. Each game was decided by a goal and two of the four went into overtime.
In Saturday’s final, the teams were played very evenly once again. Overall shots were 16-15 in UMFK’s favor and the Lady Bengals also had a 7-6 in edge in shots on goal. UMFK finishes the year 16-1.
Williams 2, Bowdoin 1 (PKs)
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College outscored Bowdoin College of Brunswick 3-0 in penalty kicks to earn the NESCAC title on Sunday afternoon.
Chloe Kuh had given the Ephs (12-3-2) a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal at 17:45 of the first half, but the Polar Bears (11-3-3) equalized on Jamie Hofstetter’s unassisted tally 3:03 later.
That was the end of the scoring as Bridget McCarthy made eight saves for Bowdoin while Hanna Van Wetter and Laura Wann combined to make two saves for Williams.
Bowdoin 4, Amherst 3
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Bowdoin College women’s soccer team rallied from a two-goal deficit with 24 minutes to play to take an eventual penalty-kick victory in the NESCAC Semifinals against Amherst on Saturday.
The game came down to seven rounds of penalty kicks. In the seventh round, Bowdoin goaltender Bridget McCarthy came up big, stopping an Alex Hart shot and setting the stage for senior Toni DaCampo. DaCampo capitalized by sending her free kick to the right of the Amherst goalie Holly Burwick, skimming the post into the net.
The Polar Bears (11-3-2) will face Williams (12-3-1) in the championship game Sunday at noon. It is Bowdoin first NESCAC title game since 2007. Amherst moved to 13-1-2 with the 3-3 tie.
The Lord Jeffs took a 3-1 lead early in the second half, snapping a 1-1 tie when Sandy Shepard rocketed a shot into the top right corner of the goal after receiving a pass from Kathryn Nathan. Amherst went up 3-1 with 24:19 to go on an Amanda Briscoe tally.
Bowdoin’s comeback began less than a minute later when Jamie Hofstetter converted a penalty kick chance. Then with 20 minutes left Bowdoin’s goal keeper Bridget McCarthy made a crucial save against Amanda Brisco’s hard shot on goal, preserving the one-goal deficit.
Bowdoin finally cashed in with a counter-attack against Amherst when Morgan Woodhouse fed Abby Einwag, who sent the ball over goalie Holly Burwick’s head to tie the game and force the extra session.
Audrey Phillips scored in the first half for Bowdoin while Brisco also netted a tally in the opening period.
McCarthy finished with seven saves while Burwick made four stops. Amherst held a 19-16 lead in shots and held a 6-5 edge in corners.
Women’s ice hockey
Providence 5, Maine 1
ORONO, Maine – The Black Bears fell to the Providence Friars in game two by a score of 5-1. With the loss, the Black Bears fall to 1-7-0 (1-5-0) while the Friars improve to 6-3-1 (4-0-0) in Hockey East.
Beth Hanrahan got Providence on the board first as she scored on an even opportunity at 14:45 into the first period. Hanrahan was assisted by Maggie Pendleton on the goal.
The first period would end with a 1-0 lead by Providence.
The Friars added to their lead at 12:53 of the second period, as Molly Illikainen took advantage of the power play opportunity. Corinne Buie and Courtney Kukowski assisted Illikainen. The Friars would once again capitalize on the power play as Haley Frade found the net at 14:12 of the second period. Kukowski picked up her second assist of the game.
Katy Massey (Waterville, Maine) scored the goal for the Black Bears at 15:40 into the second period. Chloe Tinkler (Wabush, Newfoundland) and Megan Menotti (Vernon Hills, Illinois) passed the puck around, finding the open Massey, Massey taking a one-timer as she fell to the ice.
Sarah Bryant picked up her fifth win of the season as she improves to 5-1-1. Bryant allowed one goal while notching 18 saves.
The Friars held a 33-19 shots on goal advantage over the Black Bears.
Castleton 6, Husson 4
BANGOR — Husson Field Hockey fell to the Spartans of Castleton Saturday evening in the North Atlantic Conference Championship. Husson allowed five first half goals, trailing 5-0 at halftime. The Eagles stormed back in the second half on the back of Sabrina Vallaincourt, but came up just short.
Blake Wardwell both started and finished the Spartan scoring in the first frame, scoring less than a minute into the game and then again with just over a minute to go in the half. Newly named player of the year Kealy Chipman added two first half goals of her own, one in the 11th minute and again in the 16th. Rachel Preusser also added the first of her three goals on the evening in the 13th minute to round out the 5-0 Spartan lead at the half.
The Eagles came out of the break on fire, scoring three unassisted, unanswered goals off the stick of Vaillancourt to cut the lead to 5-3.
From there on out the teams traded goals, first from Preusser once again who received the helper from Chipman and tallied at 55:58.
The pace of the contest in the latter of the second half was ferocious. Castleton added another score less than two minutes later as Shawna Pinsonault was in the right place at the right
time to put away the seventh Spartan goal. Husson added another goal two-plus minutes and Preusser would seal the deal in the 67th for the eighth and final Spartan goal.
Vaillancourt had the last two tallies for Husson scoring in the 66th and 70th minutes, but the effort just wasn’t enough.
Husson led the shot category 21-19, with both teams shooting on cage 14 times. Husson keeper Maicee Gustin made six saves on the night while Galatioto had eight.
Husson finishes the season with a 12-8 overall record while going 8-1 in conference play.
Middlebury 3, Bowdoin 2 (PS)
MIDDLEBURY, Vermont – The Middlebury College field hockey team won its second NESCAC Championship with a 3-2 shootout victory over Bowdoin Saturday on Kohn Field.
The top-ranked Panthers remain perfect on the season at 17-0 and will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Sixth-ranked Bowdoin falls to 14-3 on the year and is expected to get an at-large selection to the tournament when they are announced on Sunday evening.
Bowdoin had won each of the last six NESCAC Championship games they took part in, with seven overall titles and nine championship game appearances. Middlebury was making its sixth appearance in the title game, earning its previous crown in ’03. The game was the second NESCAC Championship contest to go into a shootout, with Bowdoin taking the title over Williams in ’05. Bowdoin suffers just its second loss in NESCAC Tournament play since ’05, with Middlebury avenging a 2-1 loss in the title game a year ago.
Bowdoin took a 1-0 lead just 2:01 into the game when Kassey Matoin scored her second goal of the season with a shot to the bottom left side of the cage on a penalty stroke. Middlebury answered 1:23 later when Anna Kenyon sent a centering pass from the right side towards the goal. Alyssa DiMaio was there to knock it in for her seventh of the year to tie the game at 1-1.
The Polar Bears took a 2-1 lead late in the first half, when Rachel Kennedy scored her team-leading 14th goal of the season. Molly Paduda sent a pass towards the middle where Kennedy was there to sweep it in. Middlebury threatened with two late penalty corners and a pair of shots on net, but entered halftime with a 2-1 deficit.
Middlebury though they had tied the game at the 48:54 mark of the second half, but a goal was waved off due to a high stick. Following a Bowdoin timeout, the Polar Bears came back strong, with Kennedy being denied in the 50th minute on a nice save by Middlebury keeper Madeline Brooks, who came out to challenge the play. Brooks again denied Kennedy in the 57th minute, with an unsuccessful penalty corner to follow.
Middlebury tied the game with just 6:30 remaining, with Lauren Greer netting her NESCAC-best 34th of the year. Katherine Theiss sent a pass to Greer, whose hard shot deflected off a defender and into the goal to tie the game at 2-2.
The first overtime saw no great scoring chances, with each team earning two shots with a pair of penalty corner opportunities for Bowdoin. The Polar Bears had a good look 2:30 into the second overtime session, but a high shot by Cathleen Smith on a penalty corner was turned away by Brooks.
Middlebury had the best chance to take home the title with 3:20 left, but Greer’s penalty stroke high to the right was stopped by Kayla Lessard to preserve the 2-2 tie. Katie Riley of Bowdoin drove 40 yards down the field late in the game, ending in a pair of unsuccessful penalty corners for the Polar Bears as time had expired.
After 100 minutes of play, the game entered a five-round shootout. Cathleen Smith and Kennedy scored early for Bowdoin, with Greer converting for the Panthers. Middlebury’s Elinore O’Brien was stopped by Lessard to give the Polar Bears a 2-1 lead after two rounds.
Brooks made a nice poke save to deny Riley, before Lessard stopped two shot from Middlebury’s Anna Kenyon to keep it 2-1. A flip shot went wide left for Matoin, before Panther Charlotte Gardiner tied the shootout at 2-2 with a shot to the right side.
Bowdoin looked to take the lead in the final round, but Adrienne O’Donnell missed wide after a deke move on Brooks. After faking a shot and a nice spin move, Middlebury’s Catherine Fowler found the right side of the net to give the Panthers the title.
Bowdoin held a slight 15-13 shots advantage in the game, with a 13-5 edge in penalty corners. Brooks and Lessard each finished with nine saves apiece.
Bowdoin 4, Tufts 1
MIDDLEBURY, Vermont – The Bowdoin College field hockey team scored four first-half goals and advanced to the NESCAC Championship game with a 4-1 win over Tufts (14-2) on Middlebury College’s Kohn Field.
The Polar Bears (14-2) avenge a 3-1 loss to the Jumbos on Oct. 24th, snapping the team’s 14-game winning streak. Bowdoin will take on Middlebury, a 3-2 overtime winner over Amherst, in the title game at noon on Sunday.
Tufts took a 1-0 lead 4:18 into the game, with a blast from just inside the circle from Kelsey Perkins, her ninth of the season. Bowdoin answered just 1:24 later when Katie Riley scored her 13th of the year after a flurry of shots. Kim Kahnweiler saw her original shot stopped by Brianne Keenan, before Rachel Gerhardt made a defensive save on a shot from Rachel Kennedy. Riley was there to quickly pounce on the rebound to tie the game at 1-1.
The Polar Bears then scored twice in a 1:52 span to take a 3-1 lead. Following a penalty corner, Molly Paduda sent a pass to Lauren Schroeder, who scored her second of the season with a sweeping shot. Riley was later denied on another defensive save from Gerhadt, before Kennedy scored on the rebound for the two-goal advantage.
Bowdoin struck again at the 24:14 mark, with Kennedy tying Riley for the team-lead with her 13th of the season. Smith’s original shot was saved by Keenan, before Riley captalized on the rebound.
The Polar Bears will be looking for their seventh NESCAC crown in the last eight years on Sunday. Bowdoin defeated Middlebury on three of those occasions for the title. The Polar Bears are 23-5 all-time in NESCAC Tournament play.