DURHAM, N.H. – The 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team is the host of the 2011 America East Field Hockey Championship that will take place Nov. 4 & 6 at Memorial Field.
UNH, the America East regular-season co-champions and tournament top seed (for the second consecutive year), will play 18th-ranked and fourth-seeded University at Albany in a one o'clock semifinal on Nov. 4. The Wildcats ended the regular season with a 15-4 overall record that included 4-1 in America East and 7-1 at home, while Albany enters the conference tourney at 13-6, 3-2.
New Hampshire is in search of its second conference tournament title – the Wildcats' only championship occurred in 1998. Albany is the defending tourney titlist and also captured the 2008 crown.
Fifteenth-ranked Boston University (10-8, 4-1) is the second seed and will battle 13th-ranked University of Maine (16-3, 3-2) in Friday's second semifinal (4 p.m.). BU has won eight America East tournament championships, including four of the last six. Maine is attempting to win its first league title.
The semifinal winners advance to play in the Nov. 6 (1 p.m.) championship game, and the tournament titlist receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament's field of 16 teams.
Admission to all three games of the 2011 America East Field Hockey Championship is free. Live stats (www.unhwildcats.com) and video streaming (America East Championship Central) will be available for all three games. For UNH games, fans can also follow online at Twitter and Follow it Live (blog that includes updates, conversations and polls), which will be accessible via www.unhwildcats.com. For more information, visit the America East Championship Central page.
2011 America East Field Hockey Championship
(All games at UNH's Memorial Field)
Friday, November 4
#4 Albany at #1 New Hampshire, 1 pm
#3 Maine vs. #2 Boston University, 4 pm
Sunday, November 6
Semifinal winners, 1 pm