Husson defeats Spartans in NAC finals

The Field Hockey team’s season ended abruptly on Nov.2 as they lost to Husson University in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) semifinals 1-0 Oct. 2 at Spartan stadium. 

Husson didn’t wait to score the game’s first and only goal as Sabrina Vaillancourt scored 4:44 into the game on an assist from Kara Poirier.

Even though the Spartans lost, they dominated the game for the most part, taking 36 shots to Husson’s 10.They also took 25 penalty corners compared to Husson’s two. Bridget Dusha made seven saves in the loss, and Kristen Capen made 16 saves.

“Very disappointing game. We dominated the play but lost 1-0,” head coach Tammy Landon said. “It was a bad loss.”

The Spartans had their best season in terms of scoring in Landon’s tenure this year, scoring 71 goals in 20 games, which beat out the old record of 70 goals in 22 games.

“We had a great regular season,” Landon said. “Our performance and talent level grew tremendously over the year.”

It definitely showed as the Spartans were well represented on the conference teams with four players (Kealy Chipman, Rachel Preusser, Mercedes Maltbie and Stephanie Bardell) making the first team of the NAC All-Conference teams. Shannon Burns also made the second team of the NAC All-Conference.

Preusser was named the 2011 NAC Field Hockey player of the year. Kristy Pinkham was honored as the top rookie in the NAC, and Landon was named of coach of the year for the fourth time in her eight years.

But even during the best of seasons there are bumps in the road.

“We definitely want some games back,” Landon said. “We have to win every winnable game. We shouldn’t be saying maybe or almost.”

With a record of 12-8 and a good run in the playoffs, it is hard to be upset with any of the season, though.

“This is a very talented team,” Landon said with

a smile. “One of the most talented teams I have ever coached.”


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