UAlbany Defeats New Hampshire, 3-1, to Win 2012 America East Conference Championship
DURHAM, N.H. -- Daphne Voormolen scored her fourth goal of the weekend, en route to being named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, leading UAlbany to a 3-1 win over New Hampshire to claim the 2012 America East Conference Field Hockey Championship on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Field.
Junior Corinne McConville got the Great Danes on the board just 9:55 into the game, connecting on a penalty stroke on the low right side of the cage. UAlbany held onto the 1-0 lead until 21:15, when Voormolen took an assist from Jessica Longstreth, getting a hard shot into the far post behind New Hampshire goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell. Voormolen's goal gave her eight points for the tournament, tying the record for most goals and points scored in the conference tourney.
New Hampshire's Casey Pohlmeyer attempted to start a rally for the Wildcats at the 45 minute mark, getting an assist from Megan Bozek. However, 3:15 later, McConville scored an unassisted goal to put the Great Danes back on top by two scores. The 3-1 decision held for the remainder of regulaion, giving UAlbany its third conference title.
UAlbany, ranked 21st in the most recent national poll, outshot New Hampshire, 19-4, and held a 6-3 advantage in penalty corners. Goalkeeper Kristi Troch made one save in the cage for the Great Danes, while Tarbell stopped 11 shots for 20th-ranked New Hampshire. The Wildcats finished out the season with a 12-8 record.
Along with Voormolen, McConville, Longstreth and senior Nina Walters were named to the All-Tournament Team.
"It was a total team effort today," said UAlbany head coach Phil Sykes. "We have played our best at the right time, and I couldn't be prouder of our team and coaching staff."
UAlbany (13-7) will find out its opponent for the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. The Great Danes will hold a selection show viewing in the SEFCU Arena Hall of Fame room on Tuesday evening.