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2022 America East Champs - Field Hockey - UAlbany headed To the NCAA Tournament

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Shootouts Prove Successful for 2022 America East Champions

The 2022 DI field hockey selection show is Sunday, Nov. 6 at 10 p.m. ET.https://www.ncaa.com/live-updates/fieldhockey/d1/2022-di-field-hockey-championship-scores-updates 

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From the NCAA.com with a link to the bracket:

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Division I Field Hockey Committee announced today the teams that will compete in the 2022 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship. Ten conferences were awarded automatic qualification. The four lowest automatic-qualification teams will compete in two opening round games. The remaining six automatic-qualification teams were placed in the bracket.

The following conferences and their representatives received an automatic qualification:

  • America East Conference: Albany
  • Atlantic Coast Conference: North Carolina
  • Atlantic 10 Conference: Saint Joseph’s
  • Big East Conference: Liberty
  • Big Ten Conference: Michigan
  • The Ivy League: Princeton
  • Colonial Athletic Association: Delaware
  • Mid-American Conference: Miami (OH)
  • Northeast Conference: Rider
  • Patriot League: Lehigh

The remaining eight teams that were selected at-large (listed alphabetically) include: Iowa, Louisville, Maryland, Northwestern, Penn State, Syracuse, Virginia, Wake Forest.


Opening round games will be played on Nov. 9 at two of the first- and second round sites. First- and second-round games will be played on four campus sites Nov. 11 and 13. UConn will host the national semifinals on Friday, Nov. 18 and the championship final on Sunday, November 20 at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs, Connecticut. The semifinals will be available on ESPN+ at Noon and 3 p.m. Eastern time and the championship game will be broadcast at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time on ESPNU. For ticket information visit NCAA.com/tickets.

Northwestern is the defending national champion, claiming its first NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship title with a 2-0 victory over Liberty at Phyllis Ocker Field in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Nov. 21, 2021.

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From today's Times - Union:

UAlbany headed back to NCAAs

Sports staff
America East Athletics

UAlbany field hockey celebrates its victory over Stanford in the America East championship on Sunday in Orono, Maine.

The UAlbany field hockey team, ranked 17th in the nation, is headed back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2018 following a thrilling 2-1 shootout victory over Stanford in the America East championship game on Sunday.

Trailing 1-0 late in the fourth quarter, sophomore Blanca Orsola collected a rebound, dodged the goalie, and lifted the ball into the net with just two and a half minutes remaining in regulation. Stanford earlier grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second quarter as Caroline Guden redirected a shot by Cara Sambeth from the top of the circle.

After two 10-minute overtime periods failed to yield any scores, the Cardinal and the Great Danes headed into a shootout to determine which team would represent the America East in the NCAA Tournament next week.

UAlbany senior goalie Hannah Mangan stood firm, securing two saves against the Cardinal. Meanwhile, UAlbany’s Floor de Ruiter, Alison Smisdom and Charlotte Triggs each scored on their shots. Senior Julie Rodijk then secured the title for the Great Danes with a successful try, giving the Danes a 4-1 edge and no path for Stanford to tie the game.

“It was a fantastic game all around,” UAlbany Coach Phil Sykes, who has now leads the Great Danes back to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in his career. “I thought in the end, of course, you want to win but it’s a shame somebody had to because it was so evenly fought.”

“Both teams played great. We had a long spell where we were down 1-0 and sometimes you can try to force a goal and sort of panic but I was so proud of our girls for staying the course and following the game plan,” said Sykes. “Both teams had great looks; both goalies played amazingly. The shootout was a nice redemption from last year — in a way, we defeated our demons.”

UAlbany advanced to the America East final in 2021 as well but fell to Maine, 2-1 in a shootout. This year’s squad has at least one more game on the season.

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While the UAlbany website does not have any links for watching and live the Michigan website does, please see below for links and the weather forecast: 
Nov 11 (Fri) 12:00 PM
First Round
Ann Arbor, MI
Nov 11 (Fri) Noon
#16 Albany
Ann Arbor, Mich.
TV: B1G+
  • Veterans Day:
A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 60. Light and variable wind becoming northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
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2 minutes ago, Dane96 said:

WOW....big time win.  In the OT, Albany scores. 2-1.  Danes off to the quarterfinals. 

Despite being outshot by a more then 2-1 margin and Michigan controlling the play most of the game ... UAlbany goalie made some incredible saves UAlbany will face the winner of the Penn State and Louisville match on Sunday.

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8 minutes ago, cwdickens said:

Despite being outshot by a more then 2-1 margin and Michigan controlling the play most of the game ... UAlbany goalie made some incredible saves UAlbany will face the winner of the Penn State and Louisville match on Sunday.

Sher made many incredible ones, including one with her face. 

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