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No. 17 Field Hockey to play Stanford in NCAA Tournament

<p>Miami will play No. 1 North Carolina in the next round of the NCAA Tournament if they manage to beat Stanford.</p>

Miami will play No. 1 North Carolina in the next round of the NCAA Tournament if they manage to beat Stanford.

Miami field hockey received an automatic bid to 2021’s NCAA tournament after winning the Mid-American Conference (MAC) for the fourth year in a row. The RedHawks will play No. 19 Stanford at noon Friday, April 30, in Chapel Hill, N.C. The winner of that game will go on to play top-seeded North Carolina in the second round. 

After two wins at Ball State this weekend, the ’Hawks finished 13-1 (10-0 MAC) in the regular season. Their only loss came to Louisville (ranked No. 2 at the time) in a shootout on March 22. 

Stanford won its fifth straight America East championship (oddly enough) this weekend. The Cardinal finished the season 10-2 (6-2 America East). 

The RedHawks are four wins away from taking their first ever national championship. That game will be held at 7 p.m. May 9.

Players to Watch

Miami will look for a big performance from star goalie Isabele Parese against Stanford’s explosive offense. Parese, a sophomore, finished the season ranked sixth in Division I with a 0.559 goals against average, and twelfth with a 80.5% save percentage. 

The team will also lean on senior forward Allie Grace Joyner and first-year midfielder Claudia Negrete Garcia. Joyner finished the year with 11 goals, tied for twelfth in Division I, and Garcia led the ’Hawks with 1.83 points per game. 

Corrinne Zavoli, a senior forward, leads the way for Stanford. Zavoli finished the year tied-for-second in the nation with 17 goals, and third in points per game with 3.33.

SCOUTING REPORT

No. 17 Miami RedHawks vs. No 19 Stanford Cardinal

Faceoff: noon Friday, April 30, at Karen Shelton Stadium, Chapel Hill, N.C.

MIAMI REDHAWKS

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Record: 13-1 (10-0 MAC)

Offense: 3.07 gpg (2nd MAC, 8th NCAA)

Defense: 0.559 gpg (1st MAC, 6th NCAA)

PROJECTED LINEUP

Player (position, class, key stats)

Allie Grace Joyner (forward, senior, 14 games played, 11 goals, 1 assist)

Claudia Negrete Garcia (striker, first-year, 10 gp, 8 g, 4 a)

Paula Pena (striker, first-year, 10 gp, 4 g, 3 a)

Leonor Berlie (midfielder, senior, 14 gp, 5 g, 8 a)

Lexi Nugent (midfielder, senior, 14 gp, 6 g,)

Luli Rosso (midfielder, sophomore, 14 gp, 2 g, 4 a)

Jenna Kirby (midfielder, first-year, 14 gp, 1 g, 3 a)

Noor Breedijk (midfielder, junior, 9 gp, 1 g, 1 a)

Madison Workman (midfielder, sophomore, 1 a)

Morgan Sturm (back, senior, 14 gp, 0 g, 0a)

Isabelle Parese (goalkeeper, sophomore, 14 gp, 13-1, .56 gaa, 80.5% save percentage)

STANFORD CARDINALS

Record: 10-2 (6-2 America East)

Offense: 3.25 gpg (1st America East, 6th NCAA)

Defense: 1.42 gpg (t-2nd America East, t-13th NCAA)

PROJECTED LINEUP

Player (position, class, key stats)

Lily Croddick (attacker, rs-sophomore, 12 gp, 3 g, 1 a)

Lynn Vanderstichele (attacker, sophomore, 12 gp, 0 g, 1 a)

Megan Frost (midfielder, sophomore, 12 gp, 0 g, 3 a)

Corinne Zanolli (attacker, senior, 12 gp, 17 g, 6 a)

Fenella Scutt (midfielder, junior, 12 gp, 0 g, 2 a)

Isabelle Pilson (midfielder, junior, 12 gp, 0 g, 0 a)

Kaylie Mings (midfielder, senior, 12 gp, 3 g, 6 a)

Frances Carstens (midfielder, senior, 12 gp, 5 g, 2 a)

Rose Winter (defender, sophomore, 12 gp, 0 g, 0 a)

Sarah Johnson (defender, rs-junior, 12 gp, 4 g, 3 a)

Hannah Santos (goalkeeper, junior, 12 gp, 10-2, 1.38 gaa, 64.6% save percentage)

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