NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (11/11/17)- For the first time in program history, the #8 Kean University Field Hockey team will play in the NCAA quarterfinals with a chance to go to the NCAA Final Four in Louisville, Kentucky next weekend.
The Cougars will take on the #10 Diplomats of Franklin & Marshall College on Sunday, Nov. 12th at 1:00 p.m.
How We Got Here
Kean earned an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament after reaching the NJAC title game. The Cougars defeated Juniata College in the first round, 2-1 on Wednesday and knocked off #4 Christopher Newport University, 2-1 on Saturday.
F&M won the Centennial Conference title and earned the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Diplomats shut out Misericordia University, 2-0 in the first round on Wednesday before knocking off NJAC rival #9 Montclair State, 2-1 in the second round on Saturday.
The Cougars come into Sunday's contest with a program record 21 wins, including 12 shutouts this season. Kean remains undefeated on the road at 11-0 and 2-0 in neutral site contests. In fact, Kean will be looking to remain perfect in the state of Virginia, as the Cougars are currently 3-0 in games played in the Commonwealth State. The Cougars have only allowed 18 goals while scoring 85 times this season.
Krista LaMaina leads the Cougars in goals (24), points (54) and game-winners (5) while her sister Shauna LaMaina leads Kean in assists at 15. Teresa Carr ranks second on the team in goals (20) and points (47). The LaMaina sisters and Carr were selected to the All-NJAC first team with Jenna Patrone (9 g, 10a, 28 pts) and Kayla Molnar (7 g, 4a, 18 pts). Carr was also named the NJAC Midfielder of the Year, while S. LaMaina was named the NJAC Defensive Player of Year. Megan Houser has made 44 saves for a .786 save percentage, a 1.08 goals against average and a 12-2 record.
Scouting Franklin & Marshall
The Diplomats come into Sunday's contest with a 17-3 record, including winning the last 11 out of 12 contests dating back to late September. F&M has tallied nine shutouts while scoring 62 goals and posting 0.88 goals against average.
Erin Coverdale leads Franklin & Marshall in points (38), goals (16) and assists (5), while Emily Nagle ranks second on the team in points (27) and goals (11). Coverdale was an All-CC first team selection and the conference's Offensive Player of the Year. Coverdale was joined by Annie Horsley (10 g, 3a, 23pts) on the first team, while Sarah Schannauer (2 g, 5a, 9pts), Sydney Cole (8g, 5a 21pts), and Illana Santangelo were named to the All-CC second team. Santangelo made 70 saves for a .814 save percentage, a 0.86 goals against average and a 17-3 record in goal.
Head Coach Leslie LaFronz and the Cougars will return to action in Newport News, Va. on Sunday, Nov. 12th against the #10 Diplomats of Franklin & Marshall College in NCAA Quarterfinals at 1:00 p.m.