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McDaniel in ECAC field

 2012 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
2012 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel will travel to Alvernia for the first round of the 2012 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Mid-Atlantic field hockey tournament on Wednesday. Game time is 5 p.m.

The Green Terror (9-8) earned the No. 5 seed and will take on the fourth-seeded Crusaders (10-9) in the quarterfinals of the eight-team tournament. McDaniel is making its second straight ECAC appearance.

The winner of Wednesday's game will meet the winner of the matchup between No. 1 Wesley (12-9) and No. 8 FDU-Florham (10-10) in one of Saturday's semifinals. The other semifinal will pit the winners of the No. 2 Lebanon Valley (11-8) and No. 7 Drew (12-7) and No. 3 Stevens (13-7) and No. 6 Swarthmore (9-8). Matchups will take place at the site of the highest remaining seed.

The championship game will take place between the two semifinal winners on Sunday.

Senior Paige Messersmith (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) leads the Green Terror attack this season with single-season records of 16 goals and 40 points. She is also second on the team with eight assists.

Grad Student Katie Corson (Ocean View, N.J./Ocean City) leads the team with 10 assists while ranking second with 22 points. Her six goals are fourth on the team.

Freshmen Jayde Kauffman (Oley, Pa./Oley Valley) and Sara Reynolds (York, Pa./Central York) are tied for second on the team with eight goals.

Junior Vicci Alexander (Annapolis, Md./Archbishop Spalding) is 5-3 in her eight starts in goal with a 1.67 goals-against average and .806 save percentage.

Wednesday's Quarterfinal Schedule:
No. 5 McDaniel (9-8) at No. 4 Alvernia (10-9), 5:00
No. 6 Swarthmore (9-8) at No. 3 Stevens (13-7), 5:00
No. 7 Drew (12-7) at No. 2 Lebanon Valley (11-8), 5:00
No. 8 FDU-Florham (10-10) and No. 1 Wesley (12-9), 2:00