UMass Scores 2-0 Win Over Lock Haven in Field Hockey Semifinals
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Top-seeded Massachusetts defeated fourth-seeded Lock Haven 2-0 in the semifinals of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Conference Field Hockey Championship taking place at Crenshaw Field on the campus of the University of Richmond.
The two-time defending champion Minutewomen will face the host Spiders at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday with the winner earning the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
UMass (11) and UR (7) have combined to win every A-10 Championship since 1996. Saturday will mark the third consecutive year the two teams have faced each other with A-10 Championship on the line.
UMass (11-9) got on the board first when Izzie Delario and Cliodhna Loughlin set up A-10 Rookie of the Year Melanie Kreusch for her 10th goal of the season that put UMass up 1-0, 26 minutes into the game.
The score remained that way until the 61:36 mark when UMass’ Brooke Sabia collected a deflection off the stick of Kreusch and beat LHU keeper Elaina White to make the score 2-0.
UMass outshot LHU (12-8) 15-3 and held a 9-4 edge in penalty corners.
White made nine saves for the Lady Eagles, while Sam Carlino turned away three shots for UMass.