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Top-Four Field Hockey Seeds Advance to LEC Semifinals, No. 1 Castleton to Host Final Four

field hockey 2018 quarterfinals

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No. 1 Castleton 7, No. 8 Eastern Connecticut 0 – Box Score

FOR THE RECORD: The Spartans improved to 14-4 with their first-ever LEC tournament victory, and will host this weekend's Final Four November 2-3. The Warriors' ended the season at 5-10.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Sophomore Loretta Blakeney (Barnard, Vt.) scored the only goals Castleton would need in the opening 10 minutes of the match, putting the Spartans on the board when she poked home a rebound just 1:39 into the game and then scoring off a pass through traffic from senior Sarah Wells (Bellows Falls, Vt.) 9:11 in. Wells would add a goal of her own in the 30th-minutes, while sophomore Gabriella Hunt (Granville, N.Y.) scored a game-high four goals.

Junior Tashia Pashby-Rockwood (Williston, Vt.) needed to make just one save to earn the decision in goal for Castleton. Sophomore Keira Integlia (Branford, Conn.) had seven stops in cage for Eastern.

No. 2 Keene State 4, No. 7 Bridgewater State 0 – Box Score

FOR THE RECORD: The Owls improved to 15-6 overall with the victory, while the Bears saw their season end at 9-9.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Keene State scored a pair of goals in each half while sophomore Rachel Loseby (Hartford, Vt.) stopped each of the six shots on goal she faced to record the shutout victory. Junior Kelsey Roberts (Greenfield, Mass.) got the Owls in the board 12:12 into the contest before sophomore Nina Bruno (Agawam, Mass.) scored the first of her two goals in the 21st-minute. Senior Julia Babbitt (Haddam, Conn.) set up both first half tallies, while classmate Erica Stauffer (Cheshire, Conn.) accounted for Keene State's fourth goal in the 48th-minute.

Senior Allison Chappell (Raynham, Mass.) had a strong game in the cage despite taking the loss for Bridgewater State, totaling 15 saves in the match.

No. 3 Southern Maine 2, No. 6 Fitchburg State 1 (2OT) – Box Score

FOR THE RECORD: The Huskies saw their record improve to 13-7 with the victory, while the Falcons finished the season at 10-10 overall.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Freshman Samantha Ellis (New Vineyard, Maine) scored the game-winning goal just 27 seconds into the second overtime period to lift the Huskies to the dramatic victory, putting the ball into the back of the cage of a deflected centering pass from senior Dorina Sirois (Saco, Maine). Junior Abbie Staples (Alfred, Maine) gave Southern Maine a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute, and that led held until 46th minute when the Falcons rushed the USM goal for the equalizer. Junior Aislinn DeHorsey (Leominster, Mass.) sent a well-time lead pass into the circle and onto the stick of sophomore Nicole Tocco (Gloucester, Mass.).

Southern Maine sophomore McKenzie Cormier (Hiram, Maine), who entered the game in the second half and played through overtime earned the win, while freshman Lindsay Pych (West Milford, N.J.) made three saves in the first half. Fitchburg State freshman goalkeeper Abby Bryant (Ware, Mass.) finished the game making six saves. The save of the game was a diving defensive stop by DeHorsey after time had expired on a penalty corner to end the first overtime period.

No. 4 Worcester State 3, No. 5 Western Connecticut 2 – Box Score

FOR THE RECORD: The Lancers record moved to 14-6 with the comeback win, while the Colonials dropped to 11-8 for the season.

HOW IT HAPPENED: The Colonials appeared to be in control of the match through the opening 35 minutes of play, taking a 2-0 lead into the half on goals from junior Melissa Krim (South Easton, Mass.) and sophomore Amanda Spano (Mahopac, N.Y.), only to see host Worcester State rally with three unanswered second half tallies to record the come-from-behind victory.

Senior Michaila Parent (Westborough, Mass.) put the Lancers on the board just 2:12 into the second half before setting up the game-tying and game-winning tallies. Junior Sophia Monopoli (Worcester, Mass.) knotted the score at 2-2 in the 45th minute and classmate Olivia Antonelli (Westford, Mass.) potted the game-winner with six minutes remaining.

Freshman Jess Hopkins (Chelmsford, Mass.), the reigning LEC Goalkeeper and Rookie of the Week, has seven saves in goal for Worcester State. Junior Neve Manion (Newington, Conn.) also finished with seven saves in goal for WestConn.