Stephanie Kinchla MOP, Field Hockey to NCAAs

Stephanie Kinchla MOP, Field Hockey to NCAAs

Nov. 8, 2010

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-For the second year in a row, a member of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Little East Conference tournament as the Corsairs won the championship and advanced to the NCAA Division III Championships.

Senior forward Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Quinnipiac) was named the Most Outstanding Player as UMD defeated Bridgewater State Sunday afternoon, 3-1. UMass Dartmouth earned the LEC's automatic bid to the NCAAs, and will begin tournament play when they visit Cortland State Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. UMD will take a 15-7 record into the match. The Red Dragons are 15-4, lost to Geneseo State, 1-0, in the championship match of the State University of New York Athletic Conference tournament, and earned a Pool C bid to the NCAAs.

Kinchla led UMass Dartmouth in scoring during the LEC Tournament with three goals for six points. She scored in each of the three playoff matches, and each of her scores was a game-winning goal.

"Stephanie has been a driving force for our attack for the past three seasons," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "She is deadly in front of the net. This season, we asked her to take on a new role in the midfield, and she has truly added to our depth, both on the attack and on the defensive front. Stephanie is a big game player, and we look forward to seeing her step up big in the NCAA Tournament."