NU FH Downs Drexel, Heads To Title Game
Newark, Del. (Nov. 8, 2013) - Third-seeded Northeastern scored twice the second half to defeat second-seeded Drexel, 2-0, in Friday's second semifinal contest of the 2013 CAA Field Hockey Championship at Rullo Stadium in Newark, Del.
Northeastern improved to 8-12 on the year and will face the championship hosts, top-seeded Delaware, on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in the title game. The Dragons finished the season with a 13-7 overall mark.
NU's Kelly Dunn and Emmy Zweserijn scored the lone goals of the contest, helping the Huskies make their third straight trip to the CAA title game in as many years.
"We've had a history with Drexel and we certainly respect them," NU coach Cheryl Murtagh said. "Second half, our team just kept plugging along. This is the time of the year you want to play well and I'm just proud that they played that well."
The first half carried out like a stalemate, with both teams failing to find much rhythm on either side of the ball. Each squad managed just three shots on goal, with NU goalie Becky Garner notching three saves and Drexel goalkeeper Jantien Gunter making two.
Garner and Gunter made fantastic saves minutes apart towards the end of the first half on penalty corner attempts that allowed the score to remain 0-0 at the break.
"I trust all my defense, I trust everybody on the pitch," Garner said. "We had a great game."
In the 48th minute of the second half, however, the Huskies jumped on the board as Natalie Stewart dished a nice pass to Dunn, who tipped home the ball for her third goal of the season and 1-0 NU lead.
"Our defense was awesome," Dunn added. "Obviously, Becky was phenomenal. Corners were nine against four, so it was a huge advantage for Drexel."
Three-plus minutes later, the Huskies added some insurance on a penalty corner. Zweserijn received a pass from Caroline Judge and slammed it home from the point to make it 2-0. The Dragons, who entered the game having been shutout four times this season, continued to battle, but ultimately ran out of gas.
NU, which lost to UD 3-0 in Boston on Oct. 27, gets a chance at redemption on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Delaware’s win over William & Mary allowed the Blue Hens to advance to the title game for the first time since 2009, which was also the last time they won their last CAA championship.