2009 NECC WOMEN'S FIELD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Semifinals -Tuesday, November 3
#4 Elms (2-6, 3-13) at #1 Becker (8-0, 11-8), 6:30 p.m., 4-0, BC
#3 Daniel Webster (4-4, 6-8) at #2 Wheelock (6-2, 6-10), 4-3 (OT), WC
Championship Match - Saturday, November
#2 Wheelock (7-10) at #1 Becker (12-8), 3-2 (OT), BC
BECKER COLLEGE CAPTURES 2009 NECC FIELD HOCKEY CROWN
LEICESTER, Mass.-The #1 seed Becker College Hawks rallied from 2-0 down to defeat the #2 seed Wheelock College Wildcats 3-2 in sudden death overtime, capturing their second straight the New England Collegiate Conference field hockey championship.
The Wildcats jumped on the board 20:03 into the game, when Jacquilyn Hull (Braintee, Mass) ripped a shot from ten yards out into the left corner of the net. Wheelock increased their lead to 2-0 when Milbrey Hendrix (Kennett Square, NY) lifted a shot over the head of Becker goalkeeper Nakita Gosselin (Springfield, VT).
The Hawks would come alive in the second half. New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Year Victoria Sirchia (Goshen, Conn) broke through the Wheelock defense, scoring through the five-hole. Becker tied the score in the 67th minute when freshman Morgan Gass (Avon, Conn) put back her own shot, tying the game 2-2.
The two teams went in to sudden death overtime to determine the NECC Championship. With 9:18 remaining in overtime Victoria Sirchia drove a shot from ten yards out, just out of the reach of Meredith Race (Marion, Mass) for the game winner.
Meredith Race made eight saves in the loss. Wheelock finished the season with an overall record of 8-10. Nakita Gosselin made four saves, including three crucial saves in overtime. With the win the Hawks improved their overall record to 13-8.
At the conclusion of the championship game the NECC All-Tournament team was announced. Senior midfielder Danielle Gero (Holyoke, Mass) and freshman goalkeeper Alexandra Bonavita (Agawam, Mass) were the Elms College selections. Freshman midfielder Maeghan Farrelly (Jamestown, RI) and sophomore defender Sarah Steves (North Granville, NY) were selected from Daniel Webster College. Junior forward Milbrey Hendrix, freshman defender Chelsey Ballard (Mansfield, Mass), freshman midfielder Despina Savvoulides (Norwalk, Conn) and junior Michaela Ross (Mansfield, Mass) were chosen from the runner-up Wheelock Wildcats. Junior goalkeeper Nakita Gosselin, junior defender Jessica Provencher (Berwick, ME) and freshman forward Morgan Gass were chosen from the champions. Sophomore Victoria Sirchia was award the Tournament Most Valuable Player.
2009 NECC FIELD HOCKEY ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
#16 Danielle Gero, Elms College, Senior,
Midfielder (Holyoke, Mass.)
#32 Alexandra Bonavita, Elms College, Freshman, Goalkeeper (Agawam, Mass.)
#11 Maeghan Farrelly, Daniel Webster College, Freshman, Midfielder (Jamestown, R.I.)
#12 Sarah Steves, Daniel Webster College, Sophomore, Defender (N. Granville, N.Y.)
#5 Milbrey Hendrix, Wheelock College, Junior, Forward (Kennett Square, Penn.)
#6 Chelsey Ballard, Wheelock College, Freshman, Defender (Mansfield, Mass.)
#11 Despina Savvoulides, Wheelock College, Freshman, Midfielder (Norwalk, Conn.)
#17 Michaela Ross, Wheelock College, Junior, Midfielder (Mansfield, Mass.)
#00 Nakita Gosselin, Becker College, Junior, Goalkeeper (Springfield, Vt.)
#18 Jessica Provencher, Becker College, Junior, Defender (Berwick, Maine)
#24 Morgan Gass, Becker College, Freshman, Forward (Avon, Conn.)
MVP: #11 Victoria Sirchia, Becker College, Sophomore, Midfielder (Goshen, Conn.)
Story Courtesy of Becker Sports Information