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Field Hockey 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:54 am

Big Blue listed second in CCC preseason poll

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The University of New England field hockey team has been ranked second out of seven in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Preseason Poll, as it was announced Wednesday morning (Aug. 26).

Endicott College received a trio of 1st-place votes and finished with 45 points, one ahead of the Nor'easters (44), who also garnered three votes for the top spot. Gordon College (31 points) and Salve Regina University (28) came in third and fourth, respectively, with the Seahawks taking the remaining 1st-place nod. Roger Williams University claimed 25 points to round out the top five.

UNE is back from its second CCC Championship title in 2014, when Big Blue posted an 11-1 mark in league action and then defeated Endicott in double overtime of the final. The Nor'easters hosted the University's first-ever NCAA Championship contest and advanced to the second round of the tournament to end with a 17-6 overall ledger. UNE is on a streak of seven seasons in-a-row with a winning record in CCC play.

Big Blue starts towards a repeat on September 16 at home against RWU. The conference championship in scheduled to begin on November 4.

For the complete release of the CCC Field Hockey Preseason Poll, click HERE.


2015 CCC Field Hockey Preseason Poll

Rank Institution Points (1st-place votes)
1 Endicott 45 (3)
2 UNE 44 (3)
3 Gordon 31
4 Salve Regina 28 (1)
5 Roger Williams 25
6 Western New England 13
7 Nichols 10
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Re: Field Hockey 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:55 am

Nor'easters top Husson in opener, 4-1

BANGOR, Maine -- The University of New England scored twice in each half to build a four-goal cushion after 48 minutes, on the way to a 4-1 victory over Husson University in the season-opener for both field hockey teams Wednesday evening (Sep. 2) at Winkin Complex.

Big Blue (1-0) has taken five of the last six meetings with the Eagles (0-1), improving to 6-3 all-time.

After Husson forced UNE goalkeeper Holly Smith into making four saves during the initial moments of the contest, it was the Nor'easters who broke through first, as Vonde Saunders put in an 8th-minute marker.

That margin held until the 31st minute, when Olivia Madore stepped up and slid a penalty stroke into the lower left corner.

Just less than three minutes into the 2nd frame, Nicole Matarozzo got on the board to make it 3-0. Exactly 10 minutes later (48th minute) Matarozzo scored again, this time off a feed from Alyssa Kowal, and the visitors' lead increased despite being out-shot to that point, 16-11.

The Eagles prevented the shutout in the 62nd minute on a goal by Taylor Lovely.

Smith finished off the win with 13 saves, the third-highest total of her career.

Husson, which received six stops from Kaitlin Dolloff, ended on top of a 27-13 edge in shots and 14-3 advantage in penalty corners.

UNE returns to Biddeford to begin its home slate on Saturday (1 p.m.) against Keene State College.
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Re: Field Hockey 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:55 am

Nor'easters post 3-1 decision over Keene State

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Goals from Alyssa Kowal, Nicole Matarozzo, and Haley Pelletier powered the University of New England to a 3-1 victory over Keene State College in field hockey action Saturday afternoon (Sep. 5) at the Big Blue Turf.

The Nor'easters improve to 2-0 on the young season, while the Owls drop to 1-1.

Big Blue wasted little time getting on the board, as a broken penalty corner play left Kowal just outside the arc and the senior weaved through a couple defenders to put a hard shot into the left side with 4:38 gone.

Matarozzo doubled the gap in the 19th minute, tapping in the third of consecutive rebound chances. It was still 2-0 at the break, with UNE holding a 10-4 margin in shots.

Keene State got one back in the 53rd minute, when Sami Smith collected a bouncing ball sent into the circle and pushed a shot that trickled through the goalie's pads.

Pelletier provide some breathing room for the Nor'easters just 2:17 later, though, as the senior inserted a corner to Matarozzo and then tipped home Matarozzo's drive at the near post.

Holly Smith made eight saves for the result in the UNE cage. On the opposite end of the field for the Owls, Gwendolyn Thayer turned in six stops over the closing 51 minutes after relieving Meaghan Dwyer (2 saves).

Last season, in the first-ever meeting between the teams, KSC scored the final minute to edge Big Blue by one.

UNE returns to the Big Blue Turf on Wednesday (7 p.m.) for a date with the nation's top-ranked squad in the preseason poll, Bowdoin College.

Keene State heads home to face Williams College on Tuesday (6:30 p.m.).
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Re: Field Hockey 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:00 am

Bowdoin Field hockey team opens with win over UNE
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Re: Field Hockey 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Sep 12, 2015 9:54 pm

Big Blue rallies for 3-2 victory over MIT

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Nicole Matarozzo collected a pass with her back to the goal and curled around a defender to shoot into the left side of the cage with 6:16 remaining, sending the University of New England on its way to a 3-2 win over Massachusetts Institute of Technology in a field hockey contest Saturday afternoon (Sep. 12) at the Big Blue Turf.

The Nor'easters move to 3-1 on the year with the decision, while the Engineers drop back to 3-2.

Coming out of a tie at the half, MIT struck just 51 seconds into the 2nd period, when a long hit into the circle was touched and Bailey Tregoning was there to tap in the lose ball.

UNE turned play back the other direction and answered with the equalizer (2-2) in the 44th minute, as Vonde Saunders put back a rebound in front.

Quality chances went both ways down the stretch prior to Matarozzo's winner in the 64th minute. Kersey Boulay gathered possession in the midfield and carried it all the way into the circle before setting up the goal.

Big Blue managed to negate any attacking threats by the Engineers in the closing moments to secure the result.

For UNE, which finished with a 29-13 advantage in shots, Holly Smith logged seven saves. Her counterpart from MIT, Evie Kyritsis, was in position to make 16 stops.

The Nor'easters held a 14-3 edge in shots during the 1st half, and got on the board early (4:07) when a long rebound came out to Brooke Marshall and she guided a shot through a crowd into the net.

The Engineers leveled things in the 25th minute, as Tregoning inserted a penalty corner directly to Emily Penn on the right portion of the circle for a blast into the left side. For Penn, it was her ninth marker of the season.

UNE opens up Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action on Wednesday (6 p.m.) with a home match against Roger Williams University.

MIT is off for a week before traveling to Springfield College to begin New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.

http://athletics.une.edu/news/2015/9/12/fh_mit.aspx
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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:09 am

Nor'easters storm past Hawks in CCC opener, 6-0

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Vonde Saunders and Nicole Matarozzo combined for five goals to lead the University of New England in a 6-0 triumph over Roger Williams University as the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) season began Wednesday evening (Sep. 16) at the Big Blue Turf.

The Nor'easters (4-1, 1-0 CCC) have now taken each of the five all-time meetings between the teams by a 26-1 margin. The Hawks slip back to 2-4 overall (0-1 CCC) with the setback.

Shots were even at 3-3 through 12 minutes, with RWU finding the target each time and all of UNE's either wide or blocked. Then in the 14th minute, it was Big Blue's first accurate try that put the hosts on the board, as Matarozzo sent a ball into the middle and Saunders redirected it into the net.

Olivia Madore found Matarozzo for a goal in the 19th minute, and Matarozzo took it some 35 yards on a break through the defense for another marker just 54 seconds later to make it 3-0.

The lead grew to four in the 28th minute, as Saunders set-up Brenna Sicard for her first score of the season. That spread remained at intermission, with the Nor'easters holding a 10-7 edge in shots despite being down 5-2 in penalty corners. For UNE, Holly Smith recorded all of her six saves in the half to keep the shutout intact.

Saunders tacked on two more during the initial 11:04 of the 2nd frame to reach a hat trick; the second tipped in off a shot by Becky Zakorchemny. Saunders and Matarozzo now share the team-lead with six goals on the year.

UNE, which ended with an 18-8 cushion in shots, heads to the University of Southern Maine on Thursday (4 p.m.) for a non-league match.

Melora Lavoie made one stop for the Hawks in the opening 28 minutes of work. Roger Williams next visits CCC foe Endicott College on Saturday (1 p.m.).

UNE release: http://athletics.une.edu/news/2015/9/16 ... liams.aspx
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Re: Field Hockey 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:30 am

Big Blue cruises past Western New England, 4-1

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- The University of New England scored a trio of markers while holding Western New England University shotless in the 1st half, on the way to a 4-1 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) field hockey victory on Saturday (Sep. 19) at the Big Blue Turf.

UNE (5-2, 2-0 CCC) has now defeated the Golden Bears (3-2, 0-1 CCC) in each of the 13 all-time meetings.

It took the Nor'easters a little more than 15 minutes to get on the scoreboard, as Desirae LeBlanc carried possession into the right side of the offensive zone and pushed it towards Vonde Saunders, who tipped it into the corner.

Just 57 seconds later on a penalty corner play, Nicole Matarozzo put one through the five-hole from the left side of the circle off a no-look feed from Brooke Marshall.

The hosts increased the margin to 3-0 with 54 ticks left in the opening period, when Matarozzo slipped a leading pass around the last defender to Abbey Rouillard in the circle for a blistering drive into the left side of the cage for her first collegiate goal.

Matarozzo netted another goal in the 51st minute, making a steal and a 40 yard run past the back line and around the goalie to guide the ball into the net.

With less than seven minutes remaining, Western New England broke up the shutout bid as Emily Antinozzi moved up the right side on a break and drilled a shot just inside the near post from the edge of the circle.

The disparity in shots finished at 20-3, after UNE led 14-0 in the category during the initial 35 minutes. Holly Smith did not record a save to earn the decision for the Nor'easters, while Grace Trupe made seven stops on the other end for the Golden Bears.

Both sides will continue CCC play on Tuesday, as UNE visits Endicott College (7 p.m.) and Western New England entertains Gordon College (4 p.m.).

UNE release: http://athletics.une.edu/news/2015/9/19 ... gland.aspx
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Re: Field Hockey 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:24 am

Boulay's penalty stroke in OT lifts UNE over Gulls

BEVERLY, Mass. -- First-year defender Kersey Boulay notched her first collegiate goal in a penalty stroke in the ninth minute of overtime to give the University of New England a 3-2 victory over Endicott College in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) field hockey action Tuesday evening (Sep. 22) at North Field.

The Nor'easters (6-2, 3-0 CCC) remain as the only unbeaten squad in conference play after knocking back the Gulls (4-4, 2-1 CCC).

Endicott put the first shot on-target in the bonus period before Big Blue got a pair of corners and applied pressure with the next six shots prior to the stroke. EC goalie Rose Bradley made four of her 10 saves in the frame to hold the visitors off as long as she could.

UNE trailed 1-0 at the half, but received goals from Vonde Saunders (42nd minute) and Brooke Marshall (50th minute) to jump in front.

The lead lasted 4:25, though, as Sophia Cogliano redirected a push by Ashleigh Allen into the back of the net to even things up (2-2) for the Gulls.

Big Blue had the edge in offensive possession down the stretch, however could not end it in regulation.

Following a power outage delay of just over an hour at the start of the night, the opening stanza saw only the hosts go up on the scoreboard behind Olivia Larson's 17th-minute tally.

Holly Smith made five saves for the Nor'easters, who are slated to travel to Salve Regina University (1-1 CCC) on Saturday (1 p.m.).

The teams that met for last season's league final have now played to a one-goal difference in five straight outings (4 UNE wins), three of which ended in extra time, including the 2014 title match (2OT).


UNE release: http://athletics.une.edu/news/2015/9/22 ... icott.aspx
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Re: Field Hockey 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Sep 27, 2015 6:19 pm

Tepper tips Salve Regina past Big Blue, 1-0

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. -- Abigail Tepper redirected home a shot off the stick of Marissa Gagnon with eight minutes gone in the 2nd half, and Salve Regina University held on to defeat the University of New England, 1-0, in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) field hockey action Saturday afternoon (Sep. 26) at Gaudet Field.

Winners of five in the last six, the Seahawks (6-2) improve to 2-1 in league outings. The Nor'easters (6-3) take their first CCC setback, dipping to 3-1.

After a scoreless 1st half, in which SRU held a 15-12 advantage in shots and 7-3 in penalty corners, Tepper provided the difference in the moments following the only corner of the closing period for either side. The Seahawks had a 7-6 edge in shots during the final 35 minutes.

Jessie Severino made six stops between the pipes for Salve, while Holly Smith posted seven saves on the other end for UNE.

The Nor'easters visit Colby College on Monday (7 p.m.) for a non-conference match.

UNE release http://athletics.une.edu/news/2015/9/26 ... egina.aspx
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Re: Field Hockey 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Sep 29, 2015 6:26 am

Strage tips Mules past Nor'easters in overtime

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Misha Strage redirected a cross from Megan Fortier with 35 seconds elapsed in overtime to edge Colby College past the University of New England, 2-1, in a field hockey match Monday evening (Sep. 28) at Bill Alfond Field.

The first scoring chance of the extra session came when Fortier moved possession into the left corner of the circle and sent a bouncing ball into the middle, where Strage was first to get a touch on it and poke in the winner.

With the result, the Mules improve to 5-3 on the year and the Nor'easters fall to 6-4 overall.

After near misses left and right on the home net, UNE finally broke into the 1-0 deficit with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation. Following a slip by a Colby player in the defensive zone, Nicole Matarozzo picked up the loose ball and pushed it ahead to Vonde Saunders in the circle, who tapped it back to Matarozzo for the finish.

The Mules managed to get on the board with 3:45 to go before halftime, as McKayla Blanch scored from the top of the circle off a feed from Hannah Hearn.

Shots and penalty corners both narrow favored Colby, which received four stops from Sarah Evan.

The Nor'easters, who return home for a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) date with Gordon College on Wednesday (6 p.m.), got five saves out of Holly Smith.

UNE release: http://athletics.une.edu/news/2015/9/28/fh_colby.aspx
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