Field Hockey 2015: University of New England

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Oct 02, 2015 7:15 am

Balanced offense powers UNE past Gordon, 4-0

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Four different players scored as the University of New England cruised to a 4-0 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) victory over Gordon College in field hockey action Thursday evening (Oct. 1) at the Big Blue Turf.

The result ends a two-game skid for the Nor'easters, who move to 7-4 overall and 4-1 in CCC play. The Fighting Scots fall for the fifth consecutive outing, back to 2-7 on the year (1-3 CCC). UNE is now 12-1 in the last 13 meetings between the teams, and 14-6 all-time.

Nicole Matarozzo slapped home a feed from Desirae LeBlanc in the 11th minute to get things started for Big Blue, and Becky Zakorchemny punched in a rebound for her first marker of the season 2:30 later (13th minute) to quickly double the margin.

UNE went up 3-0 less than one minute into the 2nd half, as Hannah Buckley sent a dangerous ball into the middle from the left wing and Vonde Saunders chased it down for a slight redirection between the goalie's pads.

Kersey Boulay capped the scoring output in the 54th minute, pushing a penalty stroke into the left side of the cage.

The Nor'easters, who finished on top of sizable advantages in both shots (22-5) and penalty corners (12-3), received four saves from Holly Smith to preserve the shutout.

For Gordon, which is slated to entertain Endicott College (4-1 CCC) on Saturday (11 a.m.), Shannon Hicks turned in 10 stops.

UNE will host Trinity College (Conn.) on Sunday (12 p.m.) in a non-league match.

UNE release : http://athletics.une.edu/news/2015/10/1/fh_gordon.aspx
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Re: Field Hockey 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Oct 05, 2015 3:48 am

Solimine leads 2nd-half surge in Trinity win

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Chandler Solimine scored three times and assisted on another as Trinity College (Conn.) broke away from a scoreless game at halftime to a 4-0 field hockey victory over the University of New England on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 4) at the Big Blue Turf.

The Bantams move back above the .500 mark to 5-4 on the year, while the Nor'easters slip to 7-5.

UNE had slim advantages during the opening 35 minutes in both shots (7-4) and penalty corners (1-0), but neither team was able to get on the board. Big Blue goalie Holly Smith kept it that way in the middle of the period, denying a breakaway blast with a quick-reflex stab of her left hand pad.

Trinity increased the pressure right from the restart, and Solimine put the visitors ahead after just 49 seconds (36th minute), pushing one from in close that popped up over the goalie's pad and spun into the cage. Six minutes later (42nd minute), Solimine sent a ball down towards the middle and Clare Lyne hit it into the left side.

It was another 7:29 (50th minute) before Solimine extended the gap to 3-0, redirecting a drive from the right side by Olivia Tapsall into the upper left corner. Solimine capped her seven-point afternoon just three minutes later (53rd minute) with an uncontested finish right in front after Kelcie Finn delivered a hard pass on the run from the right endline.

The Bantams closed the contest with a 22-14 edge in shots and 8-4 in corners following the strong 2nd half.

Sophie Fitzpatrick preserved the shutout with 10 stops, aided by a Molly Reilly defensive save in the 64th minute. On the opposite end, Smith turned away 11 shots for UNE and got support from Alyssa Kowal with a defensive save in the 69th minute.

Trinity resumes its New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) schedule next Saturday with a visit from No. 2 Bowdoin College.

The Nor'easters get back to Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action on Tuesday (6 p.m.) with a home date against Nichols College (0-5 CCC).

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Re: Field Hockey 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Oct 07, 2015 6:01 am

Nor'easters blow by Nichols for CCC victory

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Nicole Matarozzo netted a hat trick and four others found the back of the cage as the University of New England field hockey team rolled to an 8-0 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) win over Nichols College on Tuesday evening (Oct. 6) at the Big Blue Turf.

The Nor'easters (8-5), who have now defeated the Bison (1-9, 0-6 CCC) in six straight meetings, improve to 5-1 at the midway point of the league slate. Big Blue shares the top spot with both Salve Regina University and Endicott College.

UNE started the rout just 2:59 into the contest, when Matarozzo converted a feed from Vonde Saunders. Becky Zakorchemny put a slight redirection on a lengthy hit into the circle by Brooke Marshall in the 11th minute to make it 2-0, before Saunders setup Matarozzo again in the 34th minute to set the lead at 3-0 heading into the break. Shots (18-1) and penalty corners (6-0) largely favored the hosts in the opening frame.

Matarozzo tapped in her team-leading 13th goal of the season just 40 seconds into the 2nd half to increase the spread to four, before Saunders recorded her third assist of the night as she found Hannah Buckley for a goal in the 39th minute. Zakorchemny in the 43rd minute, Kersey Boulay from Kyla Bartnicki in the 62nd, and Morgan Kelley in the 67th capped the scoring output down the stretch for the Nor'easters.

UNE received a combined shutout from starting goalie Holly Smith and Nicole Schena, who registered two and three saves, respectively (42:08 / 27:52).

The Nor'easters finished with a 39-5 cushion in shots, forcing Nichols keeper Katherine Cotton into 11 stops during the initial 42:08. Ariana Beauregard played the remainder, turning aside four shots in that time.

Big Blue will head for Roger Williams University (2-4 CCC) in Saturday for a 1 p.m. match. The Bison are scheduled to host Anna Maria College for a non-league date on Thursday (4 p.m.).

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Re: Field Hockey 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Oct 11, 2015 7:01 am

Nor'easters drop Roger Williams to go 6-1 in CCC

BRISTOL, R.I. -- The University of New England scored three times and limited Roger Williams University to as many shots in a 3-0 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) field hockey victory on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 10) at Bayside Field.

Keeping pace with Salve Regina University atop the CCC standings, the Nor'easters (9-5) now stand at 6-1 in league outings. Big Blue has won each of the six all-time meetings against the Hawks (5-9, 2-5 CCC) by a combined margin of 29-1.

Becky Zakorchemny notched the only marker of the 1st half, just over 10 minutes into the contest. Scoring chance were limited both ways, as a total of seven shots (5-2 UNE) were attempted during the opening period.

Nicole Matarozzo padded the cushion with 10 minutes gone in the 2nd frame, and then Matarozzo found Vonde Saunders in the 65th minute to conclude the day.

Holly Smith stopped the two RWU shots in the initial stanza and that was all, posting her second shutout of the season.

For the Hawks, Mya Lunn made six saves against the UNE attack that fired off a total of 14 shots.

The Nor'easters return to action on Wednesday (6 p.m.) hosting Endicott College (5-2 CCC).

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Re: Field Hockey 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Oct 15, 2015 6:18 am

Two goals enough for Nor'easters to top Gulls

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BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Goals by first-year defenders Kersey Boulay and Marge Gardiner proved to be enough offense for the University of New England to secure a 2-1 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) field hockey victory over Endicott College on Wednesday evening (Oct. 14) at the Big Blue Turf.

With their third straight win, the Nor'easters (10-5, 7-1 CCC) sweep the season series with the Gulls (7-8, 5-3 CCC) and move a half game in front of Salve Regina University atop of the league standings. UNE has taken seven of the last eight meetings between the teams.

It didn't take long for the hosts to establish an edge, as Boulay stepped up and buried a penalty stroke attempt into the left side after just 4:02 of action.

That margin held through halftime, until Gardiner doubled it (2-0) in the 42nd minute. A penalty corner play had numbers forward for UNE, and when the initial shot was kicked back up the middle by the goalie, Gardiner pounced on the rebound and guided her first marker of the season inside the left post.

The Gulls pressed to cut into the deficit and a sequence of multiple chances almost split the difference in the 56th minute, but Big Blue senior defender Alyssa Kowal denied a try destined for the right corner of the cage to maintain the two-goal cushion.

Endicott pulled closer in the 67th minute, though, as Morgan Bresnahan collected a loose ball on the left side and slipped a shot through a crowd into the net.

Bresnahan got off one more attempt from the top of the circle in the final moments, but Nor'easters netminder Holly Smith calmly booted her sixth save away from danger.

Rose Bradley made eight stops for the Gulls, who were out-shot by a 14-10 margin and out-cornered 7-4.

UNE starts a four-game road swing on Saturday (1 p.m.) with a visit to Western New England University (3-4 CCC). Endicott will be at Roger Williams University (3-5 CCC) the same afternoon (4 p.m.).

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Re: Field Hockey 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Oct 19, 2015 7:00 am

Nor'easters edge Golden Bears in shootout

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The University of New England converted two of its shootout tries through four rounds and Holly Smith denied three attempts while forcing another wide, as the Nor'easters notched a 2-1 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) field hockey victory over Western New England University on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 17) at Golden Bear Stadium.

Deadlocked at 1-1 through 100 minutes of action, the teams entered a best-of-five shootout series with alternating turns. Marge Gardiner struck first for UNE and Smith followed with a save to give the visitors an early cushion. After neither side found success in the second wave, Vonde Saunders doubled the margin (2-0) for Big Blue and Smith backed it up with another stop. Both goalies made multiple saves to keep the fourth round clean, and seal the result for the Nor'easters.

UNE (11-5) stays on top of the CCC standings at 8-1 with the decision, while Western New England (6-7) drops to 3-5 in league games. The Nor'easters have now taken each of the 14 all-time meetings between the programs.

There were minimal scoring chances in the first overtime period, although Brittany DeLima had a point-blank look for the Golden Bears with a few minutes left that Smith safely blocked away.

In the second extra session, UNE had the majority of play (5-0 in shots, 9-0 in penalty corners) but could not break through. WNE netminder Grape Trupe posted a pair of stops in the stanza and received a defensive save from Kaitlyn Labbe to help keep things even.

Labbe and Katherine Ferrari both aided Trupe in 1st-half action with goal-saving efforts to maintain a 0-0 scoreline after 35 minutes. The Nor'easters led 6-0 in shots and 9-1 in corners during the frame.

The live-action scoring came in the 2nd half -- first by WNE (52nd minute) and then knotted up by UNE (61st minute). The Golden Bears found the back of the cage off a penalty corner, as Allison Jackson scored with an assist from Michelle Carlson. Big Blue's first shot following the deficit was the equalizer, as Kersey Boulay netted a feed from Nicole Matarozzo, also off a corner.

For the game, UNE finished with a 17-6 advantage in shots and 23-5 in corners. Smith recorded three saves protecting the Nor'easters' end, while Trupe logged nine stops for WNE.

It was the first time since 2007 that Big Blue had competed in a game that went beyond double overtime.

UNE will continue its CCC schedule next Friday (6 p.m.) at Nichols College.

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Re: Field Hockey 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Oct 29, 2015 5:58 am

LeBlanc lifts Nor'easters past Scots in OT, 2-1


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WENHAM, Mass. -- Desirae LeBlanc scored an unassisted marker 42 seconds into overtime, giving the University of New England field hockey team a 2-1 victory over Gordon College in a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) match Wednesday evening (Oct. 28) in the rain at the Brigham Athletic Complex.

After the Fighting Scots started the extra session an advanced halfway into UNE's territory, the Nor'easters gained possession and turned in the opposite direction. LeBlanc moved with the ball from the midfield, looking multiple times to swing the attack to the right side, but had to settle for a reverse hit slotted just inside the left post for her second goal of the season.

Big Blue moves to 13-6 overall and 10-1 in the CCC, with one game remaining in the regular-season on Saturday (4 p.m.) against Salve Regina University (10-1 CCC). Gordon closes out the year at 5-14 and 3-9 in league play.

UNE had an 11-4 advantage in shots during the opening frame, but could not get one past Fighting Scots goalie Shannon Hicks, who made eight of her 15 saves on the night in the period.

Vonde Saunders put the visitors on the board early in the 2nd stanza (39th minute), receiving a pass from Hannah Buckley in the middle and notching her 12th tally of the season.

The Nor'easters continued to press forward, towards what would be a 12-3 cushion in shots in the half, but it was Gordon that knotted the score in the 62nd minute. Collette Newcombe inserted a penalty corner and got the pass right back from Marirose Brown to then find the back of the cage.

For Big Blue, Holly Smith made four saves.

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Re: Field Hockey 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Nov 01, 2015 8:18 am

Big Blue clinches CCC's top seed with late stroke

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BIDDEFORD, Maine -- First-year defender Kersey Boulay netted a penalty stroke with 37 seconds remaining to give the University of New England a 3-2 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) triumph over Salve Regina University in the field hockey regular-season finale on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 31) at the Big Blue Turf.

With the result, the Nor'easters (14-6) secure the top seed for the upcoming CCC Championship with an 11-1 league record. The Seahawks (16-3), who edged UNE 1-0 back on September 26, lose for the first time in 14 outings and fall to 10-2 in the CCC.

It is the third straight regular-season conference title for Big Blue (fifth in program history) and third-year head coach Danielle Collins, whose squad has registered a 34-2 CCC ledger during her tenure.

The teams had played nearly 20 minutes even at two goals apiece before Boulay's winner -- her sixth marker of the year and fourth stroke in as many tries.

UNE never trailed during the contest, as Nicole Matarozzo opened the scoring with a rebound put-back in the 16th minute. Salve knotted things up in the 32nd minute, when Erin Gendreau sent a ball into the circle that bounced off a defender and directly to Alexisse Clinger on the left, who slipped a shot inside the near post.

Vonde Saunders made it 2-1 in favor of the hosts in the 39th minute, tipping one around the goalie after Matarozzo pushed a ball into middle towards the far post. The Seahawks pulled back level in the 50th minute, as Marissa Gagnon stuffed home a rebound at the left post.

Holly Smith logged five stops for the Nor'easters, who led in shots (18-13) and corners (8-4).

Jessie Severino also posted five saves on the opposite end for the Seahawks, who are the second seed in the conference tournament and will host third-seeded Endicott College (8-4 CCC) on Wednesday (7 p.m.).

UNE will entertain fourth-seeded Roger Williams University (5-7 CCC) at 4 p.m. the same afternoon. Click HERE to view the CCC Championship bracket.

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Re: Field Hockey 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Nov 05, 2015 7:14 am

UNE books spot in CCC final with 2-0 win over RWU

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BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Top-seeded University of New England scored a goal in each half to defeat fourth-seeded Roger Williams University, 2-0, in the semifinals of the 2015 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Field Hockey Championship on Wednesday (Nov. 4) at the Big Blue Turf.

Big Blue (15-6) advances into Saturday's league championship match and will take on No. 3 Endicott College (with a 4-1 decision at second-seeded Salve Regina University). The reigning conference winner is into its third straight final, and the match-up with the Gulls will be a repeat of last year's, which UNE captured 4-3 in double overtime.

Hannah Buckley put the Nor'easters on the board in 22nd minute, tucking a rebound on the right side of the cage. The slim UNE cushion remained at intermission, in spite of a 9-1 advantage in shots for the home team in the frame.

The Hawks had their best scoring chance on a mini break down the right wing in the 45th minute, but Holly Smith (CCC 1st Team) came out to make a sliding save for Big Blue and maintain the edge. It was the last shot attempt RWU could manage in the contest.

Vonde Saunders (CCC 1st Team) netted a lengthy shot from the right side of the circle for some insurance in the 60th minute for UNE, which finished on top of sizable margins in shots (20-3) and penalty corners (15-3).

Smith's stop was the only one she needed to make to preserve the shutout for the Nor'easters, while Mya Lunn posted 11 saves for Roger Williams.

The Hawks close out the year with a record of 8-13.

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Re: Field Hockey 2015: University of New England

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Nov 08, 2015 8:46 am

CCC Champs! Buckley lifts UNE past Endicott in OT

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BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Hannah Buckley knocked a rebound out of mid-air with just over 10 minutes gone in overtime to give top-seeded University of New England to a 1-0 victory over third-seeded Endicott College in the title match of the 2015 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Field Hockey Championship on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 7) at the Big Blue Turf.

With the result, the Nor'easters (16-6) secure the automatic from the CCC into the NCAA Division III Championship, which will begin on Wednesday. The bracket will be released on NCAA.com on Sunday evening.

UNE's second straight league crown and third in program history came in its fifth appearance in the final. Last season, Big Blue edged the Gulls in double overtime (4-3) and went on to win an NCAA game and reach the second round of the national tournament.

The deciding play started with Brooke Marshall reaching out to stop an Endicott move out of the defensive zone, and then eventually finding Nicole Matarozzo (CCC 1st Team) down the left side. Matarozzo stepped into the circle unopposed and fired a shot that Endicott goalie Cheka Ventura calmly blocked but couldn't clear the rebound. Marshall collected the loose ball and flipped one into the chest of Ventura, and as it bounced off the turf, Buckley raced in to touch her third marker of the year into the upper portion of the cage before toppling over Ventura in the crease.

For Buckley, it was her second game-winning goal in as many outings, following the opening score of Wednesday's 2-0 semifinal triumph.

Both keepers were busy down the stretch and during the extra session as fatigue set in and play opened up. UNE netminder Holly Smith (CCC 1st Team) stopped all three of Endicott's shots in the period to finished with eight saves and preserve her fifth shutout.

Ventura turned aside four in OT to end with 10 saves for the Gulls (11-10), who were out-shot 17-12 in the game, while penalty corners were six apiece.

"I knew it was going to be a one-goal game," commented UNE head coach Danielle Collins following the match. "It's Endicott -- every time we play them, it's always a close game. It was a very well-fought game down to the last minute, and I'm proud of how our ladies battled right to the finish."

It was UNE's sixth overtime match of the season and the second against EC, with which the all-time series now stands level at 11-all as the Nor'easters have taken 8-of-9 recently.

"This was our goal from the beginning," Collins added. "It'll be fun to continue into next week."

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