CUA set to host ECAC semifinals on Saturday

CUA set to host ECAC semifinals on Saturday

WASHINGTON – After downing Gwynedd-Mercy 5-0 on Wednesday afternoon in the ECAC quarterfinals, the CUA field hockey team will host the semifinals on Saturday inside Cardinal Stadium.  CUA will welcome fourth-seeded Oneonta State in the opener, while No. 2 Wesley and No. 3 Drew meet in the second game.

With its win over the Griffins, CUA has now won 15 games this season, including seven at home.  The No. 19 Cardinals registered their tenth shutout in that game, which ties the program record from 1986.

Senior Meredith Chandler led the way for CUA as she registered a hat trick, including two goals in the opening 5:21 of play.  The California native also handed out an assist as she raised her season point total to 33. 

In goal for the Cardinals freshman Alison Dillard notched her first win of the season with four saves in 70 minutes of work.  The CUA defense was again at its best, limiting Gwynedd-Mercy to just four shots, including none in the opening half.

Oneonta State arrives in Washington following a 4-1 win over Kean University in the tournament quarterfinals.  The Red Dragons jumped out to a 4-0 lead in that one and never looked back as Ainsley Stoll and Megan Warning netted two scores apiece.

The New York school did not qualify for its conference tournament this season, but did upset nationally ranked Juniata, which defeated CUA in the Landmark Conference championship.  The Red Dragons have won 12 games in 2010, but only one of those came on the road.

CUA and Oneonta State will play the first semifinal contest on Saturday beginning at 5:00.  Wesley and Drew will then take the field for a 7:30 semifinal game.  The two winners will play one another on Sunday afternoon in the championship game, inside Cardinal Stadium, beginning at 2:00.

CUA will provide live stats of all three contests this weekend.

Below are team capsules for the three schools joining CUA for Saturday's ECAC semifinals.

#4 Oneonta State
Oneonta, N.Y.
2010 Record: 12-7
Conference: State University of New York Athletic Conference
2010 Conference Record: 2-4
Head Coach: Kelly Kingsbury
Leading Scorer: Ainsley Stoll (22 goals, 49 points)

#2 Wesley College
Dover, Del.
2010 Record: 14-9
Conference: Capital Athletic Conference
2010 Conference Record: 4-3
Head Coach: Tracey Short
Leading Scorer: Madison Leone (20 goals, 48 points)

#3 Drew
Madison, N.J.
2010 Record: 14-6
Conference: Landmark Conference
2010 Conference Record: 3-3
Head Coach: Felicia Cappabianca
Leading Scorer: Kati Eggert (17 goals, 43 points)