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Relive 2019 Division II Weekend College Games: Conference Tournaments

Nov. 04, 2020, 1 p.m. (ET)

This time last year, all NCAA college programs were gearing up for their respectively conference tournaments. Before the only collegiate conference tournament happening in 2020 starts on Thursday, let’s take a look back at all of Division II’s conference championships from last year.

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Division II Conference Tournaments

INDEPENDENT CHAMPIONSHIP

Bellarmine University | Louisville, Ky. | November 8, 9 & 10, 2019

November 8, 2019 
Bellarmine 2 - 1 Lindenwood
     
November 9, 2019
Frostburg 3 - 4 Lindenwood
     
November 10, 2019 
Bellarmine 3 - 0 Frostburg

Playing in the final game of the Division II Independent Postseason Tournament at Bellarmine's Frazier Stadium, the Knights peppered the Bobcats with 34 shots while yielding just four to the Frostburg State offense. Bobcat goalkeeper Sierra Smizer came up with 14 saves on the day, to keep the score close for the visitors.

The Knights dominated play throughout with Frostburg getting off only one shot on goal, and that was repelled by Bellarmine defender Alexa Rastigue for her seventh defensive save of the year.

Bellarmine got on the board relatively quickly, getting into the circle and scoring with just 1:48 elapsed on the clock. Teresa Schmidt dribble into the circle and centered a pass that Merit collected and redistributed to Cassidy Sweeney who rifled the shot past Smizer for a quick 1-0 lead.

Smizer was successful on turning away nine Bellarmine shots in the opening 30 minutes but couldn't stop Harris in the game's 25th minute. Mandi Isom found Harris through heavy traffic for a shot just in front of the cage and a 2-0 lead going into halftime.

A switch of the field direction didn't slow down the Knights in the second half, outshooting the Bobcats 18 to 1 in the final 30 minutes. Of those 18 shots, only one found the back of the cage, and that came off the stick of Lindsay Reynolds, who redirected a hard smash from Sweeney in the 50th minute.

The Knights finished 2-0 in the Division II Independent Tournament and posted the best record in the event, which was a round-robin featuring the only three Division II teams without conference affiliations. Lindenwood, who the Knights defeated on Friday, finished 1-1 in the tourney with the Bobcats going winless.


November 5, 8 & 10, 2019

November 5, 2019 | Quarterfinals
No. 5 Assumption 1 - 0 No. 4 Stonehill
No. 7 St. Thomas Aquinas 2 - 1
(OT)
No. 2 Adelphi
No. 6 Bentley 1 - 2
(2OT)
No. 3 Southern New Hampshire
No. 8 Franklin Pierce 0 - 2 No. 1 Saint Anselm
     
November 9, 2019 | Semifinals
No. 5 Assumption 0 - 1 No. 1 Saint Anselm
No. 7 St. Thomas Aquinas 0 - 4 No. 3 Southern New Hampshire
     
November 10, 2019 | Final
No. 1 Saint Anselm 2 - 0 No. 3 Southern New Hampshire

For the first time in program history, Saint Anselm College claimed victory in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship final – the Hawks recorded a 2-0 shutout victory over Southern New Hampshire University at Grappone Stadium.

The Penmen came out of the gate strong, creating a solid offensive chance only 71 seconds into regulation time. Southern New Hampshire got behind the Hawks defense and slid a left-to-right cross toward Emily Campbell, but the Third Team All-Conference pick for the Penmen could not get a quality shot off and the ball rolled wide of the net.

In the game's ninth minute, Michelle Lemelin put the Hawks ahead for good. With the ball on its way out of the zone, Kendall Clifford threw a stick down to tip the ball across to Kaeleigh Lord. The senior sent the ball over to Carly LaCasse who one-touched it toward the goal mouth for Lemelin to send home.

Ericka Meissner scored the Hawks' second goal of the game with under a minute left in first half play. Carrying the ball parallel to the goal line, Meissner crossed a ball in front where it kicked off the stick of a Penmen defender and into the back of the net.

The Penmen fired four second half shots and were awarded five penalty corners in the game's final 30 minutes, but the Hawks preserved their team's 19th shutout of 2019. Southern New Hampshire finished the contest with an edge in shots, 10 to 7, but the Hawks came out with the victory.


SF & Final: West Chester, Pa. | November 5, 8 & 10, 2019

November 5, 2019 | Quarterfinals
 No. 6 Millersville 2 - 1
(2OT)
No. 3 Shippensburg
No. 5 Mansfield 0 - 2 No. 4 Kutztown
     
November 8, 2019 | Semifinals
No. 4 Kutztown 3 - 2
(OT)
No. 1 West Chester
No. 6 Millersville 0 - 3 No. 2 East Stroudsburg
     
November 10, 2019 | Final
No. 4 Kutztown 0 - 1 No. 2 East Stroudsburg

Celeste Veenstra scored her 21st goal of the season at the 46:23 mark of the contest as her fourth quarter tally propelled the East Stroudsburg University to their first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Field Hockey Championship since 2015. The Warriors defeated Kutztown 1-0 at Vonnie Gros Field to capture the 2019 crown.

ESU entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed and defeated the No. 4 seed Golden Bears for the second time this season. The Championship is the second in program history for the Warriors, while Kutztown made its first appearance since 1988 in the PSAC Championship.

Veenstra was named the PSAC Field Hockey Championship Most Valuable Player after recording the lone goal of the contest. Both teams notched eight shots in the contest, while ESU held a 5 to 2 advantage in shots on goal.

Kutztown applied the early pressure in the contest as the Golden Bears were awarded a penalty corner at the 3:30 mark of the first quarter followed by a shot from Kyra Wozniak that would be saved by Briana Sassaman. The Golden Bears received a penalty stroke at the 4:18 mark as Alyssa Donato looked to put her team on top. Donato would be unable to convert on the opportunity as ESU goalkeeper Maddie Richie redirected the shot. ESU tallied its lone shot on goal in the first quarter as Karly Conway tried to beat Kutztown goalkeeper Kerri Hanshaw at the 5:30 mark.

The Warriors recorded a pair of shots early in the second quarter as Veenstra had an opportunity blocked by the Kutztown defense, while Hannah Barbush had her attempt blocked by Gabby Hess. After both sides went scoreless in the first half of action, Barbush got another opportunity to try and put the Warriors onto the scoreboard but her shot was stopped by Juliana Borisow at the 34:32 mark.

The Warriors broke the scoreless contest in the fourth quarter as Veenstra took a feed from Grace Martini and beat Hanshaw inside the far post at the 46:23 mark to make it 1-0. Veenstra's score was her team-leading 21st of the season, while Martini tallied her second assist of the season for ESU.



Queens Sports Complex | Charlotte, N.C. | November 8 & 10, 2019

November 8, 2019 
No. 1 Queens 4 - 2 No. 4 Belmont Abbey
No. 2 Newberry 1 - 3 No. 3 Limestone
     
November 10, 2019 | Final
No. 1 Queens 0 - 1 No. Limestone

Limestone came away with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the Queens to win the 2019 South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Carolinas Championship final at Bessant Field. With the win, the Saints claim their second conference title in the last two years.

Despite outshooting the Saints, 11 to 7, today, the Royals found themselves unlucky when it came to putting the ball in the back of the cage. Both teams finished play with four shots on goal apiece as Kelly Diplock led the Saints with three and Hanna Nechay led Queens with two. Additionally, the Royals earned nine penalty corners to Limestone's three.

With the score sitting tied at 0-0 coming out of the halftime break, Limestone's Alyssa Stubbs scored the game-winner off of a rebounded save in the 33rd minute of play. Queens' Nechay immediately responded putting a shot on goal in the 35th, but it would be turned away by Limestone's goalkeeper Daisy Ruhle.

Limestone's Diplock was named MVP of the tournament after scoring a goal with five shots on goal during the tournament.