MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The No. 20 nationally ranked Endicott field hockey team fell to No. 9 Kean University, 3-1, on Saturday evening in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Kohn Field, hosted by Middlebury College.
Tied 0-0 in the second quarter, Kean broke open the shutout at the 26:00 mark as Peyton Mann (Nazareth, Pa.) buried her 10th goal of the season via a feed from Bethany Garcia (Cherry Hill, N.J.).
From there, Rachel Mills (Dover, Del.) scored one goal in the third (32:00) and another in the fourth (49:28) to provide enough cushion to thwart a late comeback bid from the Gulls, which featured a fourth quarter goal from Kristen McCarthy (Danvers, Mass.) at 50:11.
Endicott goalie Taylor Farrin (Danvers, Mass.) made five saves in the loss (19-5), while Belly Reynoso (Manalapan, N.J.) had six stops in the win (19-3).
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Today's contest was the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
- Kean is 3-3 against nationally ranked opponents this season.
- Endicott's 15 game-winning streak came to an end in today's loss. Based upon available data, it's the longest winning streak in program history.
- The Gulls outshot the Cougars, 13-12. It marks only the second time this season Endicott has compiled more shots against its opponent and lost (Bates, 13-12, L, 4-2).
No. 9 Kean (19-3) will play host No. 2 Middlebury in the NCAA Regional Final tomorrow at 1 PM. No. 20 Endicott sees its historic 2019 season come to a close at 19-5 overall (program record for wins).
(Photo Credit - Nick Grace '20)