AE Champs! Field Hockey Wins Program's Sixth Title
Field Hockey Score: UAlbany 2, Maine 0
Location: Stanford, Calif. – Varsity Turf
Records: UAlbany (16-4), Maine (16-5)
Short Story: The top-seeded UAlbany field hockey team captured its third America East Championship in five years with a 2-0 win against second-seeded Maine on Sunday afternoon.
The victory earns the Great Danes an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The field of 18 teams will be unveiled tonight during the NCAA Selection Show beginning at 10 p.m. on NCAA.com.
With their efforts in the tournament, Frederike Helmke, Melissa Nealon, Dana Bozek and Ghislaine Beerkens received All-Tournament honors. Beerkens was tabbed the America East Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
Head Coach Phil Sykes
"The team was resilient after our food poisoning on Thursday. They really showed their character over the last three days. We are looking forward to getting back to the NCAA Tournament."
Assists: Viola Von Der Muhlen (1), Katie MacCallum (1)
- The Great Danes capture their sixth America East Tournament title and are advancing to their sixth NCAA tournament as a program.
- UAlbany outscored their opponents 7-3 in the tournament.
Recap: The top-seeded UAlbany field hockey team captured its third America East Championship in five years with a 2-0 win against second-seeded Maine on Sunday afternoon.
Rocktaeschel took the stop off a penalty corner pass from Von Der Muhlen and broke open the scoring for the Great Danes at 15:48.
Burchell tallied her sixth goal off the season with a one-timer in front of the cage. MaCallum found the stick of an open Burchell who gave her squad the 2-0 edge in the 34rd minute.
The Great Danes would hold onto the lead for the remaining 37 minutes. Maine would threaten late with a corner opportunity in the final minute but UAlbany denied their opponents of a shot until the final buzzer would sound.
Nealon recorded two saves in the outing while her counterpart picked up three. Nealon now owns a personal-best 10 shutouts and 15 wins this season.
The Great Danes held a slight 9-8 advantage in shots but Maine held a 4-3 edge in penalty corners.
Next Up: The victory earns the Great Danes an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The field of 18 teams will unveiled tonight on NCAA Selection shot beginning at 10 p.m. on NCAA.com.