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We’re one day away from the 2022 NCAA Division II field hockey Final Four.
The top two seeded teams – East Stroudsburg and Shippensburg, respectively – are set to play against the three and four seeds – West Chester and Assumption.
Here’s what we know:
5 p.m. EST
No. 1 East Stroudsburg vs. No. 4 Assumption, at Seattle Pacific University’s Renton Memorial Stadium, Renton, Washington
East Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Coach: Sandy Miller
18-2 overall, 7-2 PSAC conference (2022 PSAC Conference Champions)
East Stroudsburg, which had a bye in the first round, ended the season as the No. 1 pick selected by coaches in the Penn Monto and National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll. The Warriors average 3.30 goals per game and 21.1 shots.
East Stroudsburg defeated Assumption 6-0 in early September. The Warriors are on a five-game winning streak with three of their top scorers contributing two goals each in the last five games: Nicole Krozser (Boonton, N.J.), Hanna Lewis (Lebanon, Pa.), and Olivia Breen (Stroudsburg, Pa.). Breen is a defender.
Amy Supey (Lehman, Pa.), in cage, has 14 shutouts out of 22 games on the season.
Assumption, Worcester, Massachusetts
Coach: Annie Lahey
15-5 overall, 11-2 NE10 conference
Assumption bested St. Anselm 2-1 in a down to the wire first-round win.
Callie Beauparlant (Newburyport, Mass.) and Mia Salah (Gloucester, Mass.), who lit the scoreboard up for the Greyhounds throughout the season, both scored against St. Anselm. It was Salah’s goal that lifted the team to victory in the final minute of regulation to send them back to another consecutive Final Four contest.
The Greyhounds were one team below East Stroudsburg in the Penn Monto and NFHCA preseason poll at No. 4. Assumption ended the season in the seventh spot. The team averaged 2.00 goals per game and 14.9 shots.
Kylie Gargiulo (Madison, Conn.), in cage, earned seven shutouts out of 20 games.
8 p.m. EST
No. 2 Shippensburg vs. No. 3 West Chester, at Seattle Pacific University’s Renton Memorial Stadium, Renton, Washington
Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
Coach: Tara Zollinger
15-3 overall, 7-2 in the PSAC Conference
Shippensburg is the reigning NCAA Division II champion. Ship started the season as No. 1 in the preseason Penn Monto and National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll. The Raiders had a bye week in the first round.
Ship and West Chester met last year in the national championship round. While Ship walked away victorious, the Golden Rams will give the Raiders a game until the end. Ship won the regular season October PSAC contest 2-1.
The Raiders average 3.56 goals per game and 23.4 shots. The offense is led by top-scorers Agus Garibaldi (Recoleta, Argentina), Tess Jedeloo (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), and Lilly Cantabene (York, Pa.).
Goalie Lindsay Tripodo (Gibbsboro, N.J.) had six shutouts out of 18 games.
West Chester, West Chester, Pennsylvania
Coach: Amy Cohen
15-4 overall, 6-3 PSAC Conference
West Chester started the season as the No. 2 program in Division II selected by coaches who participate in the Penn Monto and National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll. The Golden Rams were No. 4 in the poll’s final week.
West Chester enters the Final Four with a big confidence boost after defeating Adelphi 10-1 in the first round. West Chester averages 4.53 goals per game and 26 shots.
Its offensive prowess is led by Claudia Jaszczak (Coatesville, Pa.), Jasmine Miller (Millersville, Pa.), and Paige Wolfe (Downingtown, Pa.), as well as Dara Spavlik (Hockessin, Del.), who is a back.
Megan Gula (Lincoln University, Pa.), in cage, has had seven shutouts out of 16 games.