FARMINGTON — Andrea Stemm scored off a rebound from the top of the circle to give the University of Maine at Farmington a 1-0 double overtime field hockey win over Husson for the North Atlantic Conference East Championship on Sunday.

The goal came off a penalty corner. In the first half, UMF outshut Husson 11-4 but it was the Eagles that had a great scoring opportunity. Coming off back-to-back penalty corners in the 15th minutes, the Eagles were able to work the ball to Cony graduate Arika Brochu in the circle. Brochu fired a shot but UMF goalie Patty Smith made a great kick save.

In the overtimes, the play of Gardiner graduate Lee-Anne Greenleaf on defense made the difference. With Husson substituting regularly in the seven on seven format, it was Greenleaf that made it difficult for the Eagles to attack the cage, setting the stage for Stemm’s game-winner.

Greenleaf was named the Most Valuable Player and was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Emmah Spahr, a Winthrop graduate, Smith, Torrie Nightingale and Stemm. Also on the team were Nokomis grad Taylor Lovely for Husson along with Kerianne Downing and Anne Marie Provencal (Skowhegan). Thomas’ Katie Taylor and Abby Dunn (Gardiner) and Colby-Sawyer’s Jordan Teixeira and Kaylin Lapham joined them.

UMF advances to the crossover championship against NAC West champion Wells College on Saturday at Castleton University. The winner gets an automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Division III Field Hockey championship.


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