Owls Selected to Host Endicott College in NCAA's on Wednesday

(Photo Courtesy Marcia Cassidy)
(Photo Courtesy Marcia Cassidy)

INDIANAPOLIS  - The NCAA Division III Field Hockey Committee has announced the field of 24 teams that will compete in the 2011 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship. The Keene State College Owls will host the Endicott College Gulls on Wednesday, at Owl Athletic Complex.

The time of the game on Wednesday is yet to be determined.

No stranger to championship play, the Owls led by head coach Amy Watson will be making their sixth trip into the NCAA Tournament and first since 2008. Keene State defeated in-state rival Plymouth State earlier on Sunday to claim the program's eighth Little East Conference crown.

The Gulls, led by fifth year head coach Jodi Cipolla, earned their first trip to the NCAA Tourney with their program's first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) field hockey championship on Saturday with a 2-1 overtime victory over the University of New England.

Keene State and Endicott have not played in field hockey since October 30th, 2002. The Gulls defeated the Owls in Beverly, Mass. on a goal by Jennifer McCormack goal for the 1-0 final.

Endicott has faced four Little East Conference teams this season, dropping all four games. The Gulls had early season losses to Plymouth State (4-2 on September 3rd) and UMass Dartmouth (3-1 on September 14th.) Salem State defeated Endicott 4-3 on September 21st, while Bridgewater State also came away with a win by a score of 5-3 on October 13th.

Offensively, junior forwards Melissa Enright (York Beach, Maine) and Hannah Thornberg (Oakland, Maine) each have 15 goals apiece for the Gulls this season. Junior midfielder Taylor Matties (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) leads the way with 13 assists.

Defensively, sophomore Robin Hunt (Hampton, N.H.) and Courtney Dronsfield (Penfield, N.Y.) each have four defensive saves on the campaign in front of junior goaltender Taylor Teixeira (Exeter, N.H.). Teixeira finished the regular season with a 12-7 record and a 1.75 goals against average with 126 saves and a .788 save percentage.  

Keene State (19-4) is lead by senior forward Elizabeth Coffin (Sugar Hill, N.H.) and her 53 points on 22 goals and nine assists. Junior Kalin Billert (Center Conway, N.H.) is second on the team in goals (11) and points (24). Senior midfielder Alyce Ferenc (Rumney, N.H.) has nine goals and four assists for 22 points in the campaign.

Defensively, Little East Conference tournament most outstanding player Kerry Howe (Atlantic highlands, N.J.) leads the squad with eight defensive saves on the year, while also chipping in with two goals and six assists for 10 points.

Freshman netminder Caitlin Davino-Draper (Hanover, Mass.) has compiled an 18-4 record with a 1.36 goals against average and 72 saves on the season.

For the NCAA Division III Tournament bracket click on the link below.