Updated BIG EAST Field Hockey Notes and Statistics
NCAA Championship Bracket
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - BIG EAST Regular Season champion Syracuse (19-3) defeated Penn State (18-4) 5-2 in State College, Pa., on Nov. 11 in the second round of the NCAA Championship. The Orange beat UMass 4-2 on Nov. 10 in the First Round. Connecticut won 2-1 in double-overtime against Northeastern on Nov. 10, but lost to Maryland 2-1 on Nov. 11 and was eliminated.
Sophomore Jordan Page led the Orange with two goals against the Nittany Lions. Senior Iona Holloway, freshman Gillian Pinder and graduate student Liz McInerney also notched goals for Syracuse.
Syracuse avenged its only regular season loss of the season against UMass in the First Round with the 4-2 win. The Minutewomen beat the Orange 2-1 on Oct. 11 in Amherst, Mass. The Orange got out to an early 4-0 lead with goals from Page, sophomore Lauren Brooks, senior Kelsey Millman and sophomore Stephanie Hussey.
Connecticut met Northeastern in the First Round for the fourth time all-time and won 2-1 at Sherman Family Complex in Storrs, Conn. The Huskies came back from a 1-0 deficit with a penalty corner by graduate student Louisa Boddy to tie the game. Senior Vicky Arthur scored the gamewinner off a rebound in front of the cage in the second overtime.
The Huskies struck first against Maryland. Sophomore Chloe Hunnable got a pass from Boddy at the top of the circle to score in the 10th minute. Maryland, the defending national champion, evened the score at 1-1 in the 23rd minute. The game remained locked at 1-1 until Maryland scored the gamewinner with less than three minutes left in regulation.
Syracuse makes its first trip to the NCAA semifinal round since 2008. The Orange will face the overall No. 1 seed North Carolina (22-1) at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., on Friday, Nov. 16 at 2:00 p.m. ET. The Orange handed the Tar Heels their only loss of the season by a score of 1-0 in overtime on Sept. 1 in Syracuse, N.Y.