LEICESTER, Mass. – A 2-1 win in the New England Collegiate First Round has sent the Becker Hawks into the semifinals of the NECC Tournament. Waiting for them is the seven-time NECC Champion, No. 1 seeded Lesley Lynx, for a spot in the Championship Game.
First half goals by sophomores Mariposa Nash-Gibney (Burlington, Vt.) and Hannah Trottier (Douglas, Mass.) lifted the No. 4 seeded Hawks over the No. 5 seeded Eastern Nazarene Lions on Saturday evening in a 2-1 win.
It's the third consecutive appearance in the NECC Semifinals for Becker, who sit at 12-7-2 entering Wednesday's match, the most wins the team has put together since 2015.
The Hawks offense is still led by senior Kyra Teixeira (Old Lyme, Conn.) who finished with an assist in Saturday's win over Eastern Nazarene. In 20 games played for the Hawks, Teixeira has 18 goals and eight assists.
Sophomore Kristen Beidleman (Holliston, Mass.) assisted on both of Becker's goals on Saturday night and is up to a team-high nine assists.
The Lynx, who are back-to-back champions and have claimed the NECC Championship in six of the last seven seasons, earned the top seed in the NECC Playoffs with a 13-3-1 (6-1 NECC) record.
The one NECC loss this season, which came to Elms in mid-October, broke a 25-game winning streak for the Lynx over NECC opponents, including playoffs.
Despite scoring 52 goals in the regular season, it's an incredibly spread out effort from the Lynx offense, with nine players having at least three goals for Lesley this season.
Junior Alexandria Torres (Dixon, Calif.) and sophomore Claire Hounslow (Westborough, Mass.) shared the team-high in goals, having each finished the season with seven. Both Torres and Hounslow found spots on the All-Conference Teams, as Lesley led all schools with seven players between the All-Conference First and Second Teams.
In the regular season meeting between Becker and Lesley, the Lynx posted one of their biggest victories of the season, shutting out the Hawks in a 6-0 win. Hounslow scored twice for the Lynx in the victory.
It was the first NECC game on the schedule for both teams, but the 6-0 loss may have motivated Becker from that point to now.
Wednesday's match pits arguably the conference's two hottest teams battling for a spot in the Championship Game. Becker enters the match 9-2-1 in the 12 matches since that loss while the Lynx are 8-2-1 since that win.
On the other side of the bracket, the No. 2 Elms College Blazers host the No. 3 New England College Pilgrims on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.
The Pilgrims earned their spot in the NECC Semifinals with a 3-1 win over No. 6 Bay Path last Saturday evening.
In their regular season match at Elms, the Blazers and Pilgrims played to a 1-1 draw on Oct. 5.
Winners of Wednesday's game advance to the NECC Championship Game on Sunday, November 9, hosted by the highest seed remaining. The time of the Championship Match is to be determined.