Field Hockey Looking to Continue its Historic Run at the NCAA Tournament

On Thursday, the Setters will play its biggest game in program history at the NCAA D-II semifinals.

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On Thursday, the Setters will play its biggest game in program history at the NCAA D-II semifinals.

Justis Nieves, Contributing Writer

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Though the team fell to Assumption College two weeks ago, Field Hockey’s season is far from over. The team earned a berth into the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship Tournament as the third seed last week, and kicked off the tournament with a dominating 6-1 victory over No. 6 Saint Anselm on Sunday.

The win, which improved the team to 18-2, was the first postseason victory in the team’s history after being upset by Assumption two consecutive seasons in the NE-10 Championship tournament.

“To be given another opportunity was awesome, and we just wanted to win that game,” senior midfielder Jane Kasparian said. “It really was a big win.”

Miktish described the sweet taste of a playoff win.

“Amazing,” she said. “We were able to come through with a win after [the Assumption loss] and it felt amazing.

The Setters will face off against No. 2 East Stroudsburg in the the semifinals Thursday at 5 p.m. in Pittsburgh. The team is just one victory away from competing for the national title in only its fourth season. Miktish highlighted the team’s morale going into the game.

“I think we feel pretty confident in ourselves,” she said. “It’s really gonna be how hard we work that day. I think we’re really prepared for the game so that’s definitely helpful, but we’re pretty excited.”

Kasparian shared a similar sentiment and the Setters’ drive for proving they belong on the big stage. 

“We have a lot to prove, not only to our conference, but to the other conference that we deserve to be in the Final Four as just a four-year program,” she said.   

A viewing party for the game will take place in the Ianniello Field House VIP Room at 5 p.m.

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