Freedman made four of her five saves in the opening half (PHOTO BY Jan Volk/SportsPix)
Miller leads Pioneers back to championship game with two goals and assist
BROOKVILLE, N.Y. (November 4, 2016) – Second-seeded LIU Post, ranked No. 5 in this week's Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II poll, eliminated third-seeded and No. 6-ranked Stonehill College, the two-time defending champions, from the Northeast-10 Conference Field Hockey Tournament with a 3-0 victory in semifinal round action at Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium this afternoon.
LIU Post (14-3, 9-3 NE-10) advances to Sunday's NE-10 Championship match at top-seeded and No. 3-ranked Saint Anselm College (16-3, 10-2 NE-10) at 1 p.m. The Hawks advanced with a 1-0 triumph over fifth-seeded Merrimack College (9-8, 8-4 NE-10) in today's other semifinal. Stonehill (14-5, 9-3 NE-10) will await word on whether it will earn the eighth NCAA Tournament bid in program history when the two, three team regional fields are announced on Monday at 3 p.m.
As she did during LIU Post's 3-0 win over Stonehill in the regular season meeting back on September 24, sophomore Emily Miller (Bridgewater, New Jersey/Bridgewater-Raritan) had a hand in all three Pioneers goals with two goals and an assist. Sophomore Tarryn Morris (New Cumberland, Pennsylvania/Cedar Cliff) also netted a goal for LIU Post, while classmate Molly Cunha (North Easton, Massachusetts/Oliver Ames) chipped in with an assist.
Senior goalkeeper Ericka Parks (Nesconset, New York/Smithtown East) recorded her second straight shutout against Stonehill as she posted two of her three saves in the second half. LIU Post finished with an 11-8 edge in shots, while posting a 10-5 advantage for penalty corners. Sophomore Sara Freedman (Hopkinton, Massachusetts/Hopkinton) registered five saves in the Stonehill goal, including four in the first half.
After a back and forth first half in which neither team could get on the scoreboard, LIU Post broke through with all three of its goals within a four-minute span midway through the second. Miller opened the scoring at 52:04 when she worked her way around two Stonehill defenders and deposited a shot inside the right post. She doubled the Pioneers lead just three minutes later, when a counter attack produced a two on one attack and she tapped in a cross from Cunha for her 18th goal of the season at 55:03. Miller was in on another odd-man rush and connected with Morris for her second goal of the year just 57-seconds later into an open net with Freedman committing to Miller at 56:00.
Stonehill's best scoring chance came just before halftime when junior Alexandria Sylvia (Brockton, Massachusetts/Brockton) had a pair of quick shots saved first by Parks and then cleared by junior Grace Ilias (Oakville, Ontario/Saltfleet District) in the final minute of the half.
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