HENNIKER, N.H. - The best season in the short history of Daniel Webster College field hockey came to an end Wednesday afternoon as New England Collegeadvanced to the semifinals of the ECAC New England Field Hockey Tournament with a 5-0 shutout the of the Eagles.
With the win the Pilgrims improve to 12-10 overall and advance to face the top-seeded Bridgewater State University Bears Saturday in ECAC New England Semifinal action. With the loss the Eagles finish their season with an impressive overall record of 12-5 in just their third season as a varsity sport as they made their first appearance in the ECAC tournament.
The Pilgrims would get on the board early as NEC's leading scorer Marisa Ayotte (Feeding Hills, Mass.) would flip in a shot over the head of Eagle keeper Amy Prince (Hope Valley, R.I.) just six minutes into the contest.
NEC would then tack on two quick goals, including an unassisted goal by Katie Roberge (Essex, Vt.) and a goal by Brianna Gerrior (Gloucester, Mass.) off a corner from Ayotte.
The Pilgrims would extend their lead to 4-0 just before halftime as Chelsea Fournier (Stamford, Conn.) would put in an Ayotte cross in the 29th minute of play.
Daniel Webster would open the second half with a nice shot from Sierra Ackerman (Saratoga, Calif.) but NEC keeper Melissa Mower (Bangor, Maine) would turn away the Eagle opportunity.
NEC would net a lone goal in the second half as Emily Kuchta (Norwalk, Conn.) would one-time in a pass from Ayotte at the 48:08 mark.
The Pilgrims finished the game out shooting the Eagles 16-7.
Picking up the shutout win in goal for NEC was Melissa Mower who finished with three saves. Seeing the bulk of the time in net for Daniel Webster was Teresa Moscati (Buffalo, N.Y.) who recorded seven saves on the afternoon.