#5 Stonehill Earns Fourth NCAA Tournament Bid

Skyhawks earn second-straight at large bid, will host third-seeded American International in first round clash Tuesday at 3 p.m.

EASTON, Mass. (November 21, 2010) – Stonehill College, ranked fifth in this week's Kookaburra/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II poll, has earned its fourth trip to the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Tournament after receiving the No. 2 seed in the North Region and will host a first round matchup at W.B. Mason Stadium on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Stonehill (15-6, 9-1 NE-10) will host third-seeded and No. 7-ranked American International College (14-7, 8-2 NE-10) in Tuesday's opening round after the Yellow Jackets earned their first ever NCAA bid. The Skyhawks are making their second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and will host a game for the second-straight year after W.B. Mason Stadium served as host site of the 2009 NCAA Championships.

Admission to Tuesday's game will be $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for senior citizens and children.

No. 2-ranked University of Massachusetts Lowell (22-0, 10-0 NE-10) earned the top seed from the North Region and have earned a bye to the national semifinals which will be played at Trager Stadium on the campus of the University of Louisville on Thursday, December 2, at 1 p.m., as part of the NCAA Division II Fall Festival.

Top-ranked Shippensburg University (20-1, 8-0 PSAC) earned the top-seed in the South Region and awaits the winner of Tuesday's first round matchup between third-seeded and No. 4-ranked East Stroudsburg University (17-5, 6-2 PSAC) and second-seeded and four-time defending national champions Bloomsburg University (18-2, 7-1 PSAC), ranked third nationally, which will be played in Bloomsburg, Pa., at 2 p.m. The National Championship game will be played at Louisville's Trager Stadium on Saturday, December 4, at 1:30 p.m.

Stonehill has also earned NCAA Tournament bids in 2005, 2006 and 2009, reaching the national semifinals in 2005 and 2009.

Tuesday will mark the third meeting of the year between Stonehill and American International. The Skyhawks have won each of the first two meetings, including a dramatic 2-1 overtime triumph in the semifinal round of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship on Friday, scoring both goals after the 70-minutes of regulation had elapsed. Senior Lindsey Pinkham (Skowhegan, Maine/Skowhegan Area) forced overtime with a goal off a corner after time had expired in regulation, before junior Kathryn Nelson (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) netted the winning goal just three minutes into overtime. Stonehill posted a 2-0 win over AIC at W.B. Mason Stadium during the regular season in October.

2010 NCAA Division II|
Field Hockey Championship
First Round
Tuesday, November 23
#4 East Stroudsburg (17-5) at #3 Bloomsburg (18-2), 2 p.m.
#7 American International (14-7) at #2 Stonehill (15-6), 3 p.m.
Thursday, December 2
Trager Stadium, Louisville, Ky. 
AIC/Stonehill winner vs. #2 UMass Lowell (22-0), 1 p.m.
ESU/Bloomsburg winner vs. #1 Shippensburg (20-1), 4 p.m. 
National Championship
Saturday, December 4
Trager Stadium, Louisville, Ky.
Semifinals winners, 1:30 p.m.