Albany Captures Third Field Hockey Crown With 3-1 Win Over UNH
DURHAM, N.H. -- For the third time in five years, University at Albany
is the America East field hockey champion and will be play in the NCAA
tournament. The second-seeded Great Danes scored a pair of first-half
goals and added another in the second to beat top top-seeded University of New
Hampshire, 3-1, in the conference title game Sunday afternoon at UNH's
First-team all-conference standout Corrine McConville scored twice and Daphne Voormolen also found the back of the cage to pace the Great Danes, who will learn their NCAA draw Tuesday at 8 p.m. during the selection show, which will be broadcast live at AmericaEast.com.
Voormolen racked up four scores in the tournament to earn Most Outstanding Player honors. Her four goals and eight points tied the America East Championship record that was set twice previously.
Albany (13-7), which has defeated New Hampshire each time it has won the America East crown, dominated the first half, outshooting their opponent 9-1. The Great Danes got on the board in the 10th minute as McConville, an All-Championship team selection, converted a penalty stroke to give her team a 1-0 advantage. Voormolen added to Albany's lead in the 22nd minute as Amy Nicklin fed the league's Co-Offensive Player of the Year, who streaked down the right side and beat UNH's Carlie Tarbell on a breakaway to put Albany up 2-0 with 13:45 left in the first half.
Tarbell kept UNH (12-8) within striking distance as she made five first-half stops and 11 in the game. The Wildcats took advantage and drew within one 10 minute into the second half as Casey Pohlmeyer, an All-Championship choice, took a feed from Megan Bozek, the league's Defensive Player of the Year, off a penalty corner at the 45-minute mark for her fifth goal of the year.
But, Albany, winner of eight in a row by a combined score of 29-4, responded with a goal just 3:15 later, McConville's second of the day and 13th of the season. The Great Danes, who outshot the Wildcats 19-4, held the Wildcats at bay the rest of the way, allowing just two shots on goal the entire game and four total, UNH's lowest amounts of the year.
Voormolen, McConville and Pohlmeyer were joined on the All-Championship squad by Albany's Jessica Longstreth and Nina Walters, UNH's Bozek and Emma Erler, Fairfield University's Michelle Loor and Maggie Sposito and University of Maine's Annabelle Hamilton and Nicole Sevey.
Jessica Longstreth, Albany
Corrine McConville, Albany
Daphne Voormolen, Albany (MOP)
Nina Walters, Albany
Megan Bozek, UNH
Emma Erler, UNH
Casey Pohlmeyer, UNH
Michelle Loor, Fairfield
Maggie Spositio, Fairfield
Annabelle Hamilton, Maine
Nicole Sevey, Maine