CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The bracket for next week's 2013 America East Field Hockey Championship is set as the final league games were played on Saturday. University of New Hampshire's Memorial Field will be the site of the tournament for the fourth-straight year as the Wildcats will welcome University at Albany, University of Maine and Fairfield University to Durham for the tournament next week.
The 2013 bracket is exactly the same as last year's as the Wildcats, the top seed for the fourth-straight year, will host the fourth-seeded Stags in the first semifinal on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. while the second-seeded Great Danes will face the third-seeded Black Bears Thursday at 5 p.m. The two winners will meet for the America East title on Saturday, Nov. 9. The league champion will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament's field of 16 teams.
New Hampshire (12-6, 5-0 AE), the 20th-ranked team in the country, wrapped up its second-straight perfect America East schedule with a 4-0 win over Fairfield Friday. The Wildcats, who have won five straight and 11 of 13, got two scores from Meg Flatley and a fifth-straight shutout from Carlie Tarbell to secure the outright America East regular-season crown. UNH is the third team to win four straight regular-season crowns (Boston U. 1990-93, 2004-07). Fairfield (10-6, 2-3 AE) will appear in the tournament for the second-straight year as the No. 4 seed.
Albany (15-4, 4-1 AE) beat UMass Lowell (2-16, 1-4 AE), 5-1, Saturday and will be the No. 2 seed for the tournament. Paula Heuser led the Great Danes with two goals and one assist. It's the seventh time in the last eight years the Great Danes, who are ranked 15th nationally, have been seeded second or better. Melissa Effertz scored for the River Hawks, who wrapped up their first season in Division I.
Maine (11-8, 3-2 AE) picked up a 9-1 win over Vermont (0-18, 0-5 AE) behind three first-half Annabelle Hamilton. The Black Bears will be the No. 3 seed for third-straight year. Jackie Bendick scored for the Catamounts, who wrap up their season at Vermont Sunday.
The entire America East Championship will be streamed for free at AmericaEast.TV.
For complete tournament information, including the bracket, live coverage links, tournament history and more, visit Championship Central. 2013 America East Field Hockey Championship All games at University of New Hampshire's Memorial Field, Durham, N.H.
Semifinals - Thursday, November 7 #1 New Hampshire vs. #4 Fairfield, 2 p.m. #2 Albany vs. #3 Maine, 5 p.m.
Final - Saturday, November 9 Semifinal winners, TBD