Nov. 6, 2009

Courtesy of The America East

ALBANY, N.Y.-- The top-seeded Albany Great Danes and second-seeded Boston U. Terriers each won their semifinal games Friday afternoon to advance to the 2009 America East Field Hockey Championship title game Saturday at 4 p.m. on Albany's Alumni Turf Field.

Saturday's contest will be a rematch of the 2007 America East Championship, which the Terriers won to advance to the NCAA Championship. Albany won this year's regular season game at Boston U., 2-0. The winner of the title will host the NorPac Champion Tuesday in an NCAA Play-In Game.

The Great Danes defeated the four seed University of New Hampshire, 3-0, in the first semifinal, a rematch of the 2008 title tilt. With a bitterly cold wind cutting through the field, both teams played to a scoreless first half. All of Albany's offense came in the second half, as the Great Danes started the scoring less than three minutes into the second stanza. Rookie Inge Baijens maneuvered the ball into the circle with stick work and then launched a shot into the back of the net at 37:38. The second Albany goal resulted from a penalty corner at 52:09. Jess Lindsey inserted the ball to Nicole Savage who stick-stopped it for freshman Tegan Brown to put away. Seven minutes later, Savage picked up her second assist of the game on Christina Patrick's goal.

In the second semifinal, Boston U. defeated third-seeded Maine, 5-2. Two individual award-winners shined for the Terriers, as America East Midfielder of the Year Allie Dolce scored two goals, the first and last, and tallied two assists, while the Rookie of the Year Jacinda McLeod scored a goal. Freshman Nicole van Oosterom and sophomore Giovanna Monaco rounded out the scoring.

Maine's first goal came on a penalty stroke by junior Courtney Veinotte early in the second half at 38:25, lifting the ball into the top right corner of the cage. Veinotte also scored the second goal for the Black Bear with just 10 seconds left on the clock. Sophomore Kelly Newton picked up the assist on the game's final goal.