BEVERLY, Mass. - Freshman Anna Giannoni (Granby, Conn.) scored the only goal of the game in the 36th minute Tuesday afternoon to lift top-seeded Endicott College to a 1-0 victory over second-seeded Plymouth State University as the Gulls captured the 2008 ECAC Division III Field Hockey Championship at the Endicott Athletic Stadium.
Granby, the Commonwealth Coast Conference Rookie of the Year, scored off of a pass from fellow freshman Alexandra Parese (Wilton, Conn.) just a minute into the second half. The Gulls went on to capture the ECAC title for the second time in three years, finishing the season at 18-5 overall, while the Panthers complete the campaign at 15-8 overall.
The first half of the contest ended in a scoreless tie. Each team had opportunities but neither could capitalize. The Panthers outshot the Gulls 11-3 in the period including four shots from junior Sarah Smith (Lexington, Mass.). Endicott senior goalkeeper Chelsea DeFeo (York, Maine) made six saves in the period while her counterpart, freshman Elyse Sedgley (Hopkinton, N.H.) had a save on all three shots she faced.
The second half started off well for the Gulls as Giannoni capitalized on the scoring opportunity off the stick of Parese giving the Gulls the 1-0 lead to start the second frame. Plymouth State would not go quietly however as they continued their offensive onslaught and took another 10 shots in the frame. The Panthers controlled possession for most of the half including having complete control in the final 10 minutes. Plymouth State took seven of their 10 shots in the final 10 minutes including an opportunity on a penalty corner with no time remaining. The Panthers' Kristina Conroy (Wakefield, Mass.) took the final shot on goal that sailed just wide, ending the game and crowning the Gulls as the champs.
DeFeo made 11 saves in the contest on facing 21 shots for her 11th shutout of the year. For her efforts, DeFeo was named Most Outstanding Player of the ECAC Tournament by recording two shutouts in the Gulls two victories. Plymouth State's Sedgley had six saves on 10 shots in the loss.
(Courtesy of Endicott Sports Information)
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