BANGOR, Maine — Husson University of Bangor is among three teams from Maine that have earned their way into the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship tournament.
Coach Sabrina Smith’s Eagles (12-5), who on Saturday beat Keuka College 8-2 to claim the Northeast Athletic Conference/North Atlantic Conference crossover championship, are headed to Massachusetts.
The University of New England of Biddeford and Saint Joseph’s College of Standish are the state’s other postseason representatives. Eighteen teams gained entry via conference automatic qualification and there were six at-large selections.
Husson, which is making its sixth NCAA postseason appearance, plays a first-round game on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Wellesley, Massachusetts, against at-large selection Babson College. The Beavers (17-4) were the runners-up in the New England Women’s and Men’s Conference.
Babson is in the NCAAs for the second year in a row and the fourth time in program history.
Husson is led by first-team All-NAC members Sadie Royer and Mikalya Toth. Royer is tied with Lauren Russell for the team lead with 12 goals. The forward also tallied six assists. Toth (5 goals, 4 assists) anchored a defense that allowed 2.95 goals a game.
Russell leads the Eagles with seven assists and the all-tournament forward has been the team’s most potent offensive weapon. In net, Anne Marie Provencal totaled 159 saves, 12 wins and a .799 save percentage in nearly 1,208 minutes. She was named the NAC Defensive Player of the Year and NAC Tournament MVP.
The Husson-Babson winner takes on the 15th-ranked University of Rochester (17-3) in a second-round match on Saturday at Middlebury College in Vermont.
UNE (17-4), the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament winner, plays host to Saint Joseph’s (15-5) in a first-round game on Wednesday.
It is the fourth straight NCAA tourney appearance for UNE, which claimed the CCC’s automatic qualifier.
The Monks earned the automatic berth from the Great Northeast Athletic Conference by winning the league tournament.
The winner advances to play No. 2-ranked and New England Small College Athletic Conference champion Middlebury on Saturday.
Quarterfinal winners advance to the Nov. 17 semifinals, which will be hosted by Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. The championship game will be played Nov. 19 on the campus of the University of Louisville.