NCAA Field Hockey Semifinal Field Set
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Messiah College (17-3), which finished the season ranked second in the final National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) poll, is making its 16th appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament since 1984 and second-straight semifinal appearance. Last season, the Falcons defeated The College of New Jersey in overtime, 2-1, before falling to SUNY Cortland, 1-0, in the national championship game.
Messiah defeated Plymouth (N.H.) State, 2-1, and Williams (Mass.) College, 2-0, to make its eighth semifinal appearance, overall. The Falcon attack outscored its opposition, 77-18 this season, led by Middle Athletic Conference (MAC) Player of the Year Danae Chambers
. The sophomore forward has totaled 58 points (20 goals, 18 assists).
MAC Rookie of the Year Aftan Fisher
and classmate Jenna Schwind
, who each scored a goal in the Williams victory, are second and third on the team, respectively, with 44 points (16 goals, 11 assists) and 40 points (15 goals, 10 assists).
Senior Brooke Good
and sophomore Heather Kresge
anchor Messiah’s defense, which has allowed less than a goal per game this fall. Sophomore goalie Erica Nelson
has posted nine shutouts this season and a .835 save percentage.
THE COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY
The College of New Jersey, ranked No. 4 in the final NFHCA Division III poll, is taking part in its 22nd consecutive NCAA Division III Field Hockey Tournament. The Lions have won nine Division III titles, including the inaugural championship in 1981. Since then, New Jersey has won the crown in 1983, ‘85, ‘88, 1990, ‘91, ‘95, ‘96, and ‘99.
With their selection to the 2002 tournament, the Lions have appeared in every single Division III field hockey championship. The Lions have compiled a 59-12 mark in NCAA play .
The Lions (13-2) defeated No. 7 Susquehanna University, 1-0, followed by a 4-3 defeat of No. 5 Skidmore College to advance to the program’s 17th appearance in the semifinals. New Jersey had already posted wins over five ranked opponents throughout the regular season – No. 5 Skidmore, No. 6 SUNY Cortland, No. 7 Susquehanna, No. 9 Ursinus College, and No. 20 Johns Hopkins University.
The Lions hold a 5-3 advantage in eight meetings with semifinal opponent Messiah, despite the Falcons winning the last three meetings. TCNJ suffered a 3-2 road loss on October 22 in the teams’ last meeting. This also marks the second-straight meeting between the two teams in the NCAA semifinals as the Lions fell to Messiah, 2-1 in overtime last fall.
Sophomore forward Colleen Stamler
leads the Lions with 20 points on a team-high 10 goals, including three game-winners. A 2002 New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) All-Star selection, Stamler scored the game-winning goal in the Lions’ 1-0 victory over Susquehanna. Senior forward Abbie Smith
is second with 18 points on five goals and a team-best eight assists.
In 15 starts this season, senior goalie Sara Bouroult
has compiled a 1.08 goals against average, while recording seven solo shutouts for a 13-2 mark She has stopped 77 of 113 shots faced for a .828 save percentage.
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Rowan University was ranked first in the final NFHCA Divison III poll after finishing the regular season undefeated for the first time in school history. The Profs also won its third New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championship with a 4-0 mark.
Rowan’s 19-0 mark is a school record for wins in a season, eclipsing the 18-3 record from 1998. This fall marks the Profs’ third appearance in the NCAA semifinals (2000 and 1998) and 11th trip overall to the tournament.
Rowan dominated post-season honors given out by the NJAC. Junior Becky Peterson
and senior Kelly Rose
were named Co-Attack Players of the Year, while senior Jammie Hicks
was selected the NJAC’s top midfielder and senior Renée Phelps
was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Coach Penny Kempf
, who owns an 85-13 career record in five seasons, was honored as the conference Coach of the Year.
Peterson is the Profs’ leading scorer with 59 points (27 goals, 5 assists), while Rose is second with 45 points, including a team-high 13 assists (16 goals). Junior forward Beth Raleigh
stands third for Rowan with 31 points (15 goals, 1 asssits) while junior midfielder Julie Thornton
is fourth with 22 points (7 goals, 8 assists).
Junior goalie Christine Buteas
has started every game and played 1,206 minutes. She has stopped 94 shots for an 89.5 save percentage while compiling a 0.64 goals against average and nine shutouts.
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Salisbury University (17-2), ranked third in the final NFHCA Division III poll, is making its second semifinal appearance in the last three years and sixth in program history. The Sea Gulls defeated New England College (6-1) and defending national champion SUNY Cortland (3-1) in their 17th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the second most by any school since the first championship in 1981.
Junior forward Lindsey Elliott
, who leads Salisbury with 46 points (20 goals, 6 assists), netted two goals against New England and a goal versus Cortland. Sister Brittany Elliott
, a freshman forward, is fourth on the team with 23 points (8 goals, 7 assists), including a goal in the win over Cortland.
Senior forward Jill Cressor
(16 goals, 8 assists, 40 points) and senior forward Jessica Manzone
(13 goals, 2 assists, 28 points), are second and third in scoring, respectively. Sophomore midfielder Erin Budd
, the Sea Gulls’ fifth-leading scorer (6 goals, 11 assists), tied an NCAA Division III Tournament record with three assists versus Cortland.
“Its always a thrill and honor to get to the final four,” said Head Coach Dawn Chamberlin
, now in her 16th season at Salisbury. “This team has worked very hard all season long and has played some excellent hockey, especially in the last couple of weeks.
The Sea Gulls carry a seven-game winning streak into Friday’s national semifinal and have outscored their opponents 31-6 during that span. Their last loss came at Rowan in mid-October, losing 2-0 to the top-ranked Profs. SU’s other loss this season was a 2-1 overtime loss at Messiah.
Salisbury has a 23-17 all-time record in NCAA Tournament competition, and won the national championship with a perfect 21-0 record in 1986.
“We are very proud and excited to be returning to the championship weekend,” said Chamberlin. “We set a number of goals before the season started and we’ve met all of those goals up to this point. The final goal is to win the national championship.”