NAC Quarterfinal: No. 5 Maine Maritime Academy at No. 4 Husson University

NAC Quarterfinal: No. 5 Maine Maritime Academy at No. 4 Husson University

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Saturday's Game: #5 Maine Maritime Academy (7-10) at #4 Husson University (7-6-1), 12:00 p.m., Boucher Field, Bangor, Maine. 

Series History: The Eagles hold a 19-3-4 all-time record over the Mariners. The two teams have split victories in the last four meetings. In the playoffs, Husson holds a narrow 3-2 advantage over the Mariners.

Last Meeting: Husson University came away with 1-0 victory earlier this season on October 7. 

Maine Maritime's Emily Conway (Charleston, S.C.) came up huge for the Mariners with 14 minutes left in the first half when she came out of net to challenge Husson's Leah Hibbad and broke up the scoring opportunity.

The two teams battled to scoreless draw in the first half, with the Mariners holding a narrow 4-3 edge in shots.

The Eagles broke the stalemate in the 64th minute when Taylor Fortin played a ball at midfield to Hibbad, who beat a charging Conway for her 16th goal of the season.

The Mariners continued to fight but could not find the back of the net and the Eagles hung on for the victory.

Conway ended the afternoon with three saves in the loss, while Sami Ireland earned the win in net for Husson.

Last Playoff Meeting: The two teams last met in the playoffs on October 31, 2015 for a NAC Quarterfinal matchup, that season the Mariner entered the postseason as the No. 3 seed, while the Eagles seeded sixth.

Susana DeFrank (Temecula, Calif.) scored in the 67th minute to lead the Mariners to the 1-0 North Atlantic Conference Quarterfinal victory at Ritchie Field.

The Mariners outshot the Eagles 18-11, and landed seven shots on net to the Husson's two.

DeFrank, Makayla Lewis (Purcellville, Va.) and Emily Wyman (Brockton, Mass.) led the Mariners with two shots on goal each while Leah Hibbad recorded both of Husson's shots on net. 

Maggie McConkey recorded two saves, in her program-record ninth shutout of the season, while Husson's keeper Kayla Gordon tallied six stops in net.

Maine Maritime Academy This Season: The Mariners opened up their 2017 campaign with a 5-0 victory over Unity College, but fell in the next five matchups. The Mariners finished out the season winning five of their last seven games to claim the number five seed in the NAC Playoffs.

On the road, the Mariners went 2-5 this season.

Husson University This Season: The Eagles dropped their season opener, but finished the season with four wins and tie in the last seven games of their season to take the fourth seed in the NAC Playoffs.

When hosting, the Eagles went 3-1-1 this season.

The Mariners: Maine Maritime scored 39 goals in 17 games this season, averaging 2.29 goals per game. The team averages 16.6 shots per game, and are allowing opponents to score 1.88 goals per game. The Mariners tallied five shutouts this season, including three against conference opponents.

Makayla Lewis and Eryn Doiron (Wilton, Maine) lead the Mariners with 10 goals each this season. Lewis also has a team-leading five assists. Against NAC teams, Doiron has scored seven goals, including the game-winner over Johnson State.

The Eagles: The Eagles scored 48 goals in 14 games, averaging 3.43 goals per game. The team averages 20.4 shots per game and are allowing opponents to score 1.47 goals per game. 

Leah Hibbad leads the NAC and the Eagles with 20 goals this season, and eight assists for 48 points. Hibbad has scored the game-winner in the Eagles' victories over the Mariners, UMaine-Farmington and Green Mountain.

Scoring Threat: In head-to-head action Emily Wyman has tallied two goals against the Eagles, while both Makayla Lewis and Susana DeFrank have also tallied scores against Husson.

Leah Hibbad has tallied three goals in her career against the Mariners, including the game-winner this season in the Eagles' 1-0 victory. Taylor Fortin is the only other active Husson player who has scored against Maine Maritime.

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All start times and dates are subject to change

Quarterfinals • Saturday, October 28
No. 5 Maine Maritime (7-10, 5-4) at No. 4 Husson (7-6-1, 6-2-1) - 12:00 p.m.
No. 6 UMaine-Farmington (7-10, 4-5) at No. 3 New England College (7-8-2, 6-2-1) - 1:30 p.m.

Semifinals • Tuesday, October 31
4/5 winner at No. 1 Colby-Sawyer (12-2-1, 9-0) - 2:00 p.m.
3/6 winner at No. 2 Castleton (9-7-1, 8-1) - TBA

Championship • Saturday, November 4
Semifinal Winners (at higher seed) - TBA