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No. 10 Field Hockey Defeats Wellesley, 2-0, For NEWMAC Title


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SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Nov. 7, 2004 – Springfield College junior forward Amber Paradee (Sheldon, Vt.) scored two goals to lead the No. 10 Pride to a 2-0 win over Wellesley College in the championship game of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Field Hockey Tournament and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship.

In its fifth NEWMAC Tournament Championship game appearance in the last six seasons, the Pride won its third conference title since winning two-consecutive in 1999 and 2000. SC appeared in the 1997, 1999 and 2000 NCAA tournaments, finishing in the semifinals in 1999, and as national runner-up in 2000.

After a scoreless fist half in which both teams had several scoring chances, Paradee tallied off a rebound during a scramble in front of the Wellesley goal to put SC on the board, 1-0, with 31:32 remaining in the game. Paradee found the back of the cage once again, finishing off a penalty corner with 25:49 on the clock. Seniors Lydia Grant (Granby, Conn.) and Erin Bosch (Shoreham, N.Y) were credited with assists on the Pride’s second goal.

Since losing to Williams, 3-2 on October 13th, Springfield has won eight-straight games, outscoring the opposition, 37-3, in that span. SC has also strung together five-straight shutouts.

Junior goalie Caitlin Andrews (Edgecomb, Maine) was credited with 13 saves in the loss for Wellesley (12-5).

Pairings for the NCAA Division III Tournament will be announced later this evening.
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