Courtesy of the Endicott Sports Information Department.
BEVERLY, Mass. – The Endicott field hockey team hosted Saint Joseph's College of Maine on Wednesday night for the first round of the NCAA Tournament and the Gulls came away with a 3-1 victory.
Just 47 seconds into the contest, Endicott took the early 1-0 lead when Blake Braman (Clinton, Conn.) sent a cross to Jaylin Grabau (Lynnfield, Mass.) who tipped the ball in at the left post.
The Gulls continued to pressure offensively through the remainder of the first half and were rewarded with two goals from Addi Williams (Pittsfield, Maine) to extend the lead to 3-0.
Saint Joseph's came out of halftime looking to break the shutout and did just that less than four minutes into the frame. Emma Rutledge (Alfred, Maine) deflected a hard pass from Kylee Veilleux (Sabattus, Maine) to cut the deficit to 3-1.
With time winding down, the Gulls almost saw another tally but Megan Baker (Gorham, Maine) made an impressive split save to stop the Endicott offense.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- This is the first NCAA Tournament win in program history for Endicott.
- The Gulls are now 12-3 all-time against the Monks.
- Endicott held a 22-10 shot advantage throughout the contest.
- Taylor Farrin (Danvers, Mass.) improved to 17-4 on the season with three saves.
- Baker dropped to 19-2 and recorded eight saves.
- Meghan Burke (Falmouth, Mass.) was credited with a defensive save.
Endicott (18-4) advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and will travel to Messiah on Saturday, Nov. 10. Saint Joseph's (19-2) sees the 2018 season come to an end with the loss.
2018 NCAA DIVISION III FIELD HOCKEY TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
All matches hosted by higher seed
First Round – Wednesday, Nov. 7
Endicott def. Saint Joseph's (Maine), 3-1 | BOX
Second Round – Saturday, Nov. 10
Endicott at No. 1 Messiah, 11 a.m.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of nine full member and one associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.