Boston U.-UNH Square Off For First Place in Field Hockey Standings Friday
The two remaining unbeaten teams in the America East standings will square off Friday in Durham when 13th-ranked Boston University visits 23rd-ranked New Hampshire. The winner will gain sole possession of first place in the conference standings.
Friday, October 19
#13 Boston U. at #22 New Hampshire, 7 p.m. – Live Stats | Live Video
• UNH (7-7, 3-0 AE) hosts Boston U. (9-5, 3-0 AE) for sole possession of first place in the America East standings under the lights Friday night. The winner will clinch at least a share of the conference's regular-season title.
• With a win and a Maine loss to Albany Saturday, UNH would clinch the top seed for the conference tournament for the third straight year.
• This is a rematch of last year's America East title game, which the Wildcats won, 4-2. UNH has won three straight over Boston U.
• It'll be a top-flight offense vs. one of the best defenses in the league in this matchup. UNH leads the conference and ranks 11th nationally scoring 2.97 goals per game, while Boston U. is second in America East allowing just 1.46 scores per contest.
Saturday, October 20
Maine at #23 Albany, 1 p.m.
• A key America East game takes place in Albany (8-7, 1-2 AE) Saturday when Maine (9-6, 2-1 AE).
• The Great Danes, who beat Lehigh, 9-0, its last time out, has won three straight games by a combined score of 14-1.
• The Black Bears have dropped two straight, but with a win can keep its regular-season title hopes alive and secure no worse than the No. 2 seed for the upcoming America East Championship.
• Four of the league's top six point getters will appear in this game. Albany's Corrine McConville is third (23 points), teammate Daphne Voormolen and Maine's Annabelle Hamilton are tied for fourth (20) and the Great Danes' Jessica Longstreth is sixth (19).
Vermont at Fairfield, 1 p.m. – Live Stats
• Two teams looking for their first America East win will square off Saturday in a game with major America East Championship implications as Fairfield (8-8, 0-3 AE) hosts Vermont (1-14, 0-3 AE).
• The winner will earn a leg up in securing an America East Championship bid and would soldify a spot in the field with an Albany win over Maine Saturday.
• Fairfield has won the last four meetings in the series, all by one goal.
• This game features two players near the top of the national rankings. The Stags' Felicitas Heinen, who has 30 points on 13 goals and four assists, leads America East and is 17th nationally in goals per game, while Vermont's Stephanie Zygmunt ranks second nationally averaging 9.73 saves per game.