GORHAM, Maine - The University of Southern Maine Huskies field hockey team has been seeded eighth in the upcoming Little East Conference Tournament Championship. The Huskies will travel to the top-seeded Keene State College Owls on Wednesday (6:00 p.m.) for a quarterfinal game.
The Huskies finished their regular season with a record of 8-11 overall and 5-5 in the Little East Conference. The Owls sit atop the Little East with a perfect 11-0 record against conference opponents and a 16-4 regular season record.
Southern Maine played Keene State closely during the regular season with the Owls edging out the Huskies 1-0 in Gorham, Maine. Familiar opponents in post-season play, the Huskies have previously faced the Owls in the LEC tournament seven times. Keene State leads the post-season series record over the Huskies 5-2 and all seven games have been played at either Keene State College or at Plymouth State College. Southern Maine last faced Keene State in the LEC tournament in 2008 falling in overtime 2-1. The Huskies last defeated Keene State in 2003 upsetting the Owls in the championship game 3-1.
The Huskies are led by a trio of senior captains in Bethany Bougie (Sanford, Maine), Haley Carter (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) and Joanna Gaube (Woodstock, Conn./Pomfret School). Playing a variety of roles for the Huskies this season, Carter has two goals. Bougie has led the Huskies from the midfield with two goals and a team-leading four assists. Gaube has anchored the Southern Maine defense and has contributed one goals and one assist. Her lone goal of the season of the season was the game-winner in a 3-1 victory over Framingham State.
The winner of the 2011 Little East Conference Field Hockey Championship tournament will earn the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament.
2011 Little East Conference Tournament Championship
Games played at higher seed
Quarterfinal Round – Wednesday, November 2
No. 5 Westfield State at No. 4Bridgewater State, 2 p.m.
No. 7 Western Connecticut at No. 2 Plymouth State, 2 p.m.
No. 8 Southern Maine at No. 1 Keene State, 6 p.m.
No. 6 Worcester State at No. 3 UMass Dartmouth, 6:30 p.m.
Semifinals – Friday, November 4
Semifinal 1: No. 4/5 winner at No. 1/8 winner, 2 p.m.
Semifinal 2: No. 3/6 winner at No. 2/7 winner, 2 p.m.
Championship – Sunday, November 6
Semifinal 1 winner vs. Semifinal 2 winner, 1 p.m.