MANCHESTER, N.H. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey team has earned a bid to the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship for the third-straight season.
Saint Anselm (15-6), ranked 10th in NCAA Division II by the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association, will travel to Pleasantville, N.Y. take on the host Setters from Pace University (17-2), who are ranked second in NCAA Division II, on Sunday, Nov. 25 at high noon on Finnerty Field.
The winner of Sunday's First Round fixture will take on East Stroudsburg on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. in Pittsburgh, Pa. at the Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field.
The Hawks, winners of nine out of their last 10 games played, made it all the way to the Northeast-10 Conference Championship game this past Sunday, falling to fifth-ranked Merrimack by a 2-1 margin. Along the way, Saint Anselm picked up key postseason victories against Southern New Hampshire in the league quarterfinals and Assumption in the NE10 Semifinals.
Saint Anselm will make its third NCAA Division II Championship appearance, having hosted First Round fixtures in each of the last two seasons. In 2018, the Hawks rank eighth in NCAA Division II in goals-against average (1.21) and ninth in goals per game (2.90), scoring average (2.84) and shot percentage (0.189).
Pace, winners of 17 out of their 19 games, was ousted in the first round of the NE10 postseason by Assumption, who accounted for each of the Setters' two losses in 2018. Prior to the team's 1-0 loss to the Greyhounds, Pace had rattled off 14-straight victories. The Setters lead the nation with an .895 winning percentage and rank second in goals-against average (0.83).
A comprehensive game preview will be posted in the coming days.