#24 Pacific Downs #25 Maine, 3-2

Kriekie van Wyk gets her 100th career point in the win over Maine
Kriekie van Wyk gets her 100th career point in the win over Maine

LOWELL, Mass. - The No. 24 Pacific field hockey team advances to the semifinal match of the America East Conference tournament after defeating the No. 25 Maine Black Bears, 3-2 Friday afternoon. America East Offensive Player of the Year, Kriekie van Wyk tallied two goals and an assist in the win, while Rylee Comeau added a goal and Savannah Burns registered two assists.

With the win, the Tigers will face-off against Stanford on Saturday, November 4 at 11:30 a.m.

In the first half, the Tigers struck first as Savannah Burns did what she does best and dribbled around the Maine defenders and sent the ball in to Kriekie van Wyk who got her stick on the ball to tap it to the back of the net.

Maine was awarded a penalty corner for their first threat of the game after the Pacific goal, but Marlise van Tonder swatted the ball away to keep the Tigers ahead 1-0.

Pacific widened the lead when they sprinted down the field and into the Black Bear zone with van Wyk handling the ball. van Wyk found Comeau in front of the net and dished the ball in and Comeau put one past the 'keeper to make it 2-0.

At the end of the first 35, the Tigers converted their only shots on goal and held the Back Bears to just one shot.

In the second, Maine knotted the match with a pair of goals to tie the game with 10 minutes left to play. In the 67th minute, the combo of Burns and van Wyk struck again as Burns found van Wyk in the Black Bear zone and the junior ripped a shot between the legs of the defenders and notched her second goal of the game and her 100th career point.

The pair of goals and the assist for van Wyk makes her only the third player in Pacific field hockey history to reach 100 points, an accomplishment Burns recently reached against Colgate on October 29.

The Orange and Black rifled 10 shots on the afternoon with van Wyk pacing the Tigers with four, while Burns and Axelle Steffen each added a pair. Marlise van Tonder had two saves to help the Tigers move on.

This will be the third time the Tigers face the Cardinal this year, with the series tied 1-1. In the last meeting, the Tigers edged Stanford, 2-1 with Alicia Muiños and Hayley Kilfoil each netting the Pacific goals.

The semifinal match will be streamed live free of charge via AE.TV and can be available on PacificTigers.com.