MANCHESTER, N.H. – The top-seeded Saint Anselm College field hockey team will host #5-seed Merrimack College in a Northeast-10 Conference Semifinal matchup on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Grappone Stadium.
#3 SAINT ANSELM (15-3, 10-2 NE-10) VS. MERRIMACK (9-7, 8-4 NE-10)
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HOW THEY GOT HERE
Saint Anselm won its first NE-10 Regular Season Championship with a 10-2 conference record during the regular season, giving them the top overall seed in the tournament. The Hawks had their seven game winning-streak snapped on Oct. 29 at the hands of the Warriors, 4-1, in the regular season finale.
Merrimack entered the NE-10 Tournament riding a four game winning-streak that moved to five-straight wins as the Warriors went on the road to defeat #9 Adelphi, 1-0, in the NE-10 First Round. Rylie Hammond scored the lone goal in the game in the 22nd minute, while Katharina Ohmen made nine saves to help Merrimack advance.
SCOUTING THE HAWKS
Saint Anselm has one of the most balanced attacks in the league as 18 players have registered a point this season, with six different players posting 10+ points on the year. The Hawks finished third in the league in total goals (43), while tying for the lead in assists (32). Defensively, Saint Anselm has one of the stingiest defenses in the country as they rank sixth in total goals-against average (1.03), and have allowed the second fewest goals in the league (19).
PLAYERS TO WATCH
#25 Allia Connolly (Jr., F) | 7 goals, 4 assists, 18 points | All-NE-10 Second Team
#23 Hannah Friend (Fr., F) | 7 goals, 2 assists, 16 points | NE-10 All-Rookie Team
#17 Rose Mooney (Sr., M) | 5 goals, 3 assists, 13 points
#4 Elizabeth Alie (Sr., B) | NE-10 Defender of the Year | All-NE-10 First Team
#33 Katherine Sears (Sr., GK) | 15-3, 1.07 GAA, 78 saves, .804 save % | NE-10 Goalkeeper of the Year | All-NE-10 First Team
SCOUTING THE WARRIORS
Merrimack, last year's national runner-up, got off to a slow start to open the 2016 season as they ended the month of September at 2-5 overall, including four-straight losses to start the year. The Warriors rebounded in October, posting a 6-2 record, including four-straight wins to end the regular season. Merrimack scored 39 goals this year and posted 29 assists, ranking sixth in goals and third in helpers. Defensively, Merrimack allowed 1.68 goals per game, ranking 10th in the conference in that category, but led the league in defensive saves (13).
PLAYERS TO WATCH
#23 Rylie Hammond (Jr., F) | 11 goals, 4 assists, 26 points | All-NE-10 Second Team
#27 Taylor Simpson (Jr., F) | 9 goals, 5 assists, 23 points
#20 Mary McNeil (So., M) | 7 goals, 7 assists, 21 points | All-NE-10 First Team
#41 Elizabeth Egan (Sr., B) | 14 games, 6 defensive saves
#88 Katharina Ohmen (Fr., GK) | 8-4, 1.34 GAA, 74 saves, .822 save % | NE-10 All-Rookie Team
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
The Northeast-10 Conference Championship will take place on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. at the highest remaining seed.
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