Wake Forest 4, Northeastern 2



CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Tamar Maijer had had a pair of goals, including the gamewinner, to lift two-time defending NCAA Champion Wake Forest to a 4-2 win over Northeastern Sunday in the second round of the 2004 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championships at Harvard's Jordan Field. It was the first meeting in the history of these two programs and enables the Deacons to advance to their fifth consecutive NCAA semifinal appearance. Wake Forest improves to 18-3. Northeastern closes it season at 18-4.

Kelly Dostal scored at the 1:45 mark off of a pass from Maeke Boreel. It marked Dostal's 29th goal of the season, tying her own single season goals record set in 2003. She is now in sole possession of third place in the nation for goals this season. Boreel's assist was her 18th of the year, just one shy of her own single season record in assists, also set in 2003.

It was the 44th assist of her career, she stands in second place in the Deacon record books in that category.

The Huskies answered less than a minute later with a goal by Whitney Shean. Alli Bolster assisted on the game-tying goal. Shean collected a loose ball outside the left post and tucked it past an outstretched Wake Forest netminder to knot the game at 1-1.

Wake took a 2-1 lead on a penalty corner goal from Ariel Myers off of an assist from Lauren Crandall. Claire Laubach injected to stopper Maeke Boreel. Boreel stopped the injection, Lauren Crandall stepped up and fired to a diving Ariel Meyers who slid the ball through Northeastern goalkeeper Diana Nelson's legs.

Haley Scott found Tamar Meijer at 25:04 to send the Deacons into the intermission with a 3-1 lead.

Maijer deflected a Crandall free hit at 38:53 to extend the Deacons lead to 4-1.

In second half action, Crandall took a free hit and connected with Meijer who tallied her second goal of the afternoon.

Shean notched her second goal of the game for Northeastern at 58:23 to cut the lead to 4-2. Lauren Edelmeier was credited with the assist.

The Deacons outshot the Huskies 26-5 and took 10 corners to Northeastern's five. Kristina Gagliardi posted two saves and played all 70 minutes in an NCAA tournament game for the first time in her career. Diana Nelson posted 10 saves in the loss for the Huskies.

The win marked the 18th of the season, the 300th of the Deacon field hockey program, the 10th straight in the NCAA Tournament, and the 39th straight against a non-conference opponent. The Deacons are now 15-3 in NCAA Tournament history, a winning percentage of .83, the best in Division I NCAA Field Hockey history.

Wake Forest returns to Kentner Stadium in Winston-Salem, the site of the 2004 NCAA Field Hockey Championship.

-- Courtesy Harvard