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COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY: SUNY New Paltz edges Simmons to advance in NCAA Tournament (w/press conference video)

NEW PALTZ – The State University of New York at New Paltz field hockey team scored just 3:46 into an NCAA Division III Tournament first-round game against Simmons College on Wednesday at the North Turf Field, and held on to edge the Sharks, 1-0.

The Hawks have now prevailed in each of their past three first-round contests at the NCAA Tournament.

New Paltz, which tied its program record for single-season wins with the victory, rises to 16-5 overall and faces No. 9 Messiah College in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. Simmons ends its season at 14-5.

The Hawks, who hosted an NCAA Tournament game for the first time in the history of the College in any sport, came out hot out of the gates, earning four penalty corners and taking two shots before cashing in during the fourth minute of play. Sophomore midfielder Hayley Kim, an Onteora High School graduate, inserted the ball off a penalty corner to senior back Jessica Caruana, who blasted a shot from the top of the circle that was saved by junior midfielder Amy Wilson. Kim then collected the rebound and tipped it into the goal to give New Paltz a 1-0 lead.

That goal broke a streak of 323:38 scoreless minutes of defense from Simmons, as the Sharks had not allowed a goal since Oct. 17.

New Paltz dominated the first half of play, finishing with a 10-0 margin in shots and a 10-0 advantage in penalty corners.

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