PURCHASE, N.Y. – The Thomas College field hockey team has advanced to their second-consecutive New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship after a 4-1 victory over UMaine-Farmington on Saturday afternoon at Manhattanville College.
The teams were scoreless through a quiet first period where there were no penalty corners and Thomas registered the lone shot.
The Beavers struck first in the third minute of the second period, with Alex Bessey scoring off a feed from Gracie Foss. The Terriers answered just over a minute and a half later, though, when Allie Gregoire (Kennebunk, Maine) found the ball after a scramble in front of the cage and buried the goal to make it 1-1. Thomas picked up the go-ahead goal in the closing minutes of the second when a broken corner play by the Terriers turned into a scoring opportunity for Danita Storey (Cumberland, Maine) when she received a pass from Haley Thebarge (Smithfield, Maine) and took a shot towards goal that deflected off a defender and in for the 2-1 halftime lead.
Thomas kept control of the game in the third corner, registering six corner opportunities, but were unable to get one in as it stayed 2-1 going into the fourth.
Thomas would get two insurance goals in the fourth by Britney Gregoire (Kennebunk, Maine) to seal the win. Her first came in the 52nd minute when a Thebarge stretch pass from midfield found a running Gregoire who deked around the UMF defense and laid it into the open cage.
She later scored on a penalty stroke to give Thomas the 4-1 win.
Leah Kruse earned the win in net for Thomas, allowing just one goal. Katelyn Rouleau took the loss for UMF, making 11 saves.
Thomas advances to the NECC Championship, where they'll take on top-seeded host Manhattanville at 12:00 PM.