DURHAM, N.H. -- Albany and UNH, the top two seeds in the America East Field Hockey Championship, will meet for the conference crown Saturday at UNH's Memorial Field at 2 p.m. Admission is free and the game can be watched for free at AmericaEast.TV. Chris Villani (play-by-play) and Shannon Hlebichuk (analyst) will have the call for the Pack Network production starting at 1:55 p.m.
Championship Primer • #16 Albany and UNH will meet for the America East field hockey title for the third time in four years and fourth in the last six. The Great Danes won the previous three meetings (3-1 in 2012; 3-2 in OT in 2010; 2-1 in 2008).
• New Hampshire, the tournament’s top seed, scored four second-half goals to beat fourth-seeded Fairfield, 4-0, in the day’s first semifinal while second-seeded Albany beat third-seeded Maine, 1-0, on Molly Mariano’s second-half score in the second semi.
• This will be the sixth-straight year and sixth time overall Albany and UNH will meet in the America East tournament. The Great Danes are 4-1 in the previous five meetings and won the first three matchups before UNH ended the streak in the 2011 semifinals, winning 2-1. Albany then beat the Wildcats, 3-1, in last year’s title game.
• The Wildcats are 11-16 all-time in championship play with five of those wins coming in the last three years. UNH is going for its third league title overall and second in the last three years.
• The Great Danes are 9-5 all-time in America East tournament play and have reached the conference final in six of the last seven years. Albany is trying to beome the first repeat champion since 2007 and aiming for its second-straight title and fourth in the last six years.
• The all-time series is knotted 9-9 with UNH having won three of the last four games, including a 3-0 decision on Oct. 18. Albany sole win in that span was crucial though, as it came in the 2012 title game.
• UNH comes into the day having won seven straight and 11 of its last 13 games. Sixteenth-ranked Albany has been hot all season, winning 16 of its 20 games.