MARSHFIELD, Mass. – The No. 1 seed in the 2018 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Field Hockey Championship goes to newcomer New England College. The Pilgrims finished the regular season undefeated in conference play (6-0) and have earned a first-round bye, as well as the right to host the semifinals and championship on November 3 and 4. The Pilgrims will look to the NECC’s leading goal scorer Brittany Tierney (Ottowa, Ontario) to lead the way offensively, while Christine McNeil (Pawcatuck, Conn.) has been a force in goal for NEC, leading the league in both save percentage (.800) and goals-against average (.097).
As announced prior to the start of the season, the NECC Field Hockey Championship will also include the three field hockey schools from the North Atlantic Conference (NAC), Husson University, the University of Maine- Farmington, and Thomas College, who will compete as associate members of the NECC.
The No. 1 seed from the NAC was awarded to Thomas (4-0 NAC), as they concluded the regular season with a spotless conference record and claimed the 2018 NAC Field Hockey Championship title as the regular season champions. The Terriers, led by Britney Gregoire’s (Kennebunk, Maine) three conference goals, have earned a first-round bye and will await the winner of the game between the NECC No. 2 Becker College and NECC No. 3 Elms College.
The No. 2 seeded Hawks finished conference play with a 4-2 record. The Hawks’ offense is led by Amy Cooper’s (Monument, Calif.) six conference goals, while Victoria Pilpel (Germantown, Md.) has been strong in goal, posting two conference shutouts. The Hawks will host the NECC’s No. 3 seed Elms College (2-4), on Wednesday, October 31. The defending NECC champions are led by Jeszenia McGuire’s (Brimfield, Mass.) seven conference goals.
In NAC regular season play, Husson (2-12) and UMaine-Farmington (2-12) finished with identical records, as Husson was awarded the No. 2 seed by virtue of a tiebreaker. The NAC play-in game, scheduled for Wednesday, October 31, will feature the NAC’s leading scorer in Husson’s Haley Ward (Winslow, Maine), who scored four conference goals, one of which was a game-winner, as they play host to UMaine-Farmington. The Beavers’ Torrie Nightingale hopes to continue her strong play into the postseason, as she led her squad with five conference points. The winner will then move on to the NECC semifinals, hosted by NECC No. 1 New England College.
Winners of the semifinal games will compete for the title on Sunday, November 4th at New England College. The champion will be crowned the NECC Field Hockey Champion.
2018 NECC Field Hockey Championship
Quarterfinals: Wed Oct. 31 (at higher seeds)
Game 1: NECC No. 2 Becker vs. NECC No. 3 Elms - TBD
Game 2: NAC No. 2 Husson vs. NAC No. 3 UMaine-Farmington - TBD
Semifinals: Sat Nov. 3 (at No. 1 NECC seed New England College)*
Game 3: Game 1 Winner vs. NAC No. 1 Thomas – 11:00 a.m.
Game 4: Game 2 Winner vs. NECC No. 1 New England College – 1:30 p.m.
Finals: Sun Nov. 4 (at No. 1 NECC seed New England College)
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4 - 12:00 pm
*While game times are set, the order of the games is yet to be determined