BIDDEFORD, Maine — Trailing after an early 2nd-half goal, No.19 University of New England scored twice in the final 14 minutes to overcome Saint Joseph’s College (Maine) for a 2-1 victory in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship on Wednesday evening (Nov. 8) at the Big Blue Turf.
Winners of 11 straight, the nationally-ranked Nor’easters (18-4) move on to the second round of the tournament and will play No.2 Middlebury College at Kohn Field in Vermont on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. Interactive Bracket
For the second time in as many games, Brooke Lemerise provided the difference for UNE. With just 1:35 left in regulation, she batted home a redirected cross from the right wing, putting it into the right side-board. Vonde Saunders registered the assist, after Brenna Sicard sent the dangerous ball into the circle. [Watch]
Saunders accounted for the equalizer in the 57th minute, tracking down a cross from the right side in the heart of the circle and lacing a back-handed shot just inside the left post. Kersey Boulay assisted on the tally.