SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – No. 1 seed Endicott and No. 2 seed University of New England both shutout their Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Semifinal opponents to set up the fourth CCC Championship meeting of the two teams in the past five years. The Gulls will host the Championship match at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.
Both teams dominated play in the semifinals as the Gulls held off No. 4 seed Salve Regina, 9-0, and the Nor'easters defeated No. 3 seed Western New England, 5-0.
Unlike the previous three Endicott-UNE championship meetings, this one will take place in Beverly, Mass. as the Gulls earned the No. 1 seed with a perfect 12-0 CCC (16-4 overall) record. Endicott's last CCC Tournament Championship came in 2012 when it defeated Nichols for the title.
This will be the sixth straight CCC Tournament Championship appearance for the Nor'easters, who are seeking their fifth straight title.
The Gulls swept the regular-season series giving UNE its only two conference losses of the season. In their first meeting in Biddeford, Endicott earned a 4-2 victory. However, when the series moved to the North Shore for the regular-season finale, the Gulls could only muster one score for the 1-0 win.
The winner of Saturday's title match will be named the 2018 CCC Field Hockey Tournament Champion and earn the conference's automatic qualifier into the 2018 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship.
#1 Endicott 9, #4 Salve Regina 0
BEVERLY, Mass. – The first-seeded Endicott field hockey team hosted fourth-seeded Salve Regina for the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Semifinal round on Thursday evening at North Field. The Gulls came out victorious, 9-0, to advance to Saturday's CCC Championship game.
Endicott opened the scoring with a tally from Addi Williams (Pittsfield, Maine) just over three minutes into the contest and never looked back. The Gulls went on to score eight unanswered goals, with Williams finding the back of the net three more times throughout the rest of the contest.
Kristen McCarthy (Danvers, Mass.) scored her 28th and 29th goals of the season, while Blake Braman (Clinton, Conn.), Jaylin Grabau (Lynnfield, Mass.), and Cameron Molinare (Simsbury, Conn.) rounded out the flurry of goals for the Gulls.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Taylor Farrin (Danvers, Mass.) made fives saves and improved to 15-4 with her eighth shutout of the season.
- McCarthy, Sydney Poulin (Watertown, Mass.), and Lauren Whitney (Poway, Calif.) were all credited with assists throughout the game.
- This was Williams' fifth multi-goal contest of the year.
- Ally Daly (Peabody, Mass.) made 21 stops in net for the Seahawks.
- Maggie O'Reilly (Cheshire, Conn.) came up with a big defensive save to keep Salve Regina off the board in the second half.
Game recap courtesy of the Endicott Sports Information Department.
#2 University of New England 5, #3 Western New England 0
BIDDEFORD, Maine – Goals from five different players gave second-seeded University of New England a 5-0 triumph over third-seeded Western New England University in the semifinals of the 2018 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Field Hockey Championship on Thursday evening (Nov. 1) at UNE Blue Bolt Field.
The Nor'easters (12-9) advance to their sixth consecutive title match, and eighth in nine years, with the result. The four-time reigning champions will take on No. 1 Endicott College (a 9-0 winner over No.4 Salve Regina) on Saturday (1 p.m.) at North Field in Beverly, Mass.
Kendra MacDonald (Lebanon, N.H.) (CCC 1st Team) and Kersey Boulay (Liberty, Maine) (CCC Defensive Player of the Year / 1st Team) accounted for the first-half scoring to get UNE out to a 2-0 lead in less than 15 minutes of action.
Grace Grenier (Kennebunkport, Maine), Julia Steeves (Skowhegan, Maine), and Bailey Lynch (Upton, Mass.) supplied the offense following halftime, with assists by Reanna Boulay (Liberty, Maine) and Brooke Lemerise (Bartlett, N.H.) (CCC 1st Team) along the way. For the match, shot attempts (33-6) and penalty corners (13-3) heavily favored the Nor'easters.
Liz Sargent (South Burlington, Vt.) backstopped the shutout with five saves; she now has four clean sheets on the season.
For the Golden Bears, who end the year at 7-12 overall, Dana Dufour (Gloucester, Mass.) posted 10 stops. Leah Kelemen (Bartlett, N.H.) (CCC 1st Team) added a defensive save in the opening period.
Saturday's final against the Gulls will mark the fifth time the teams have squared off for the league crown -- each of the previous four have been won by the home side (UNE 3, EC 1), and three were decided in overtime. During the 2018 regular-season, Endicott secured two decisions against UNE by scores of 4-2 and 1-0.
Game recap courtesy of the University of New England Sports Information Department.
2018 CCC FIELD HOCKEY TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
All matches hosted by higher seed
Quarterfinals – Tuesday, Oct. 30
#4 Salve Regina def. #5 Roger Williams, 2-0 | BOX
Semifinals – Thursday, Nov. 1
Finals – Saturday, Nov. 3
#2 University of New England at #1 Endicott, 1 p.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.