The goal was simple entering the day for both teams, a single win for the Lesley Lynx would give them the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. For the Newbury Nighthawks, they were in need of two victories to clinch the New England Collegiate Conference Crown. Following a third straight comeback win for the Nighthawks, the season came down to a final, winner-take-all, game.
BOSTON, Mass. - The Newbury Nighthawks needed a pair of comebacks to stay alive in the New England Collegiate Conference Championships, while the Lesley University Lynx rolled to the final's in the winner's bracket on Saturday afternoon at Sweeney Field at Wentworth.
A three-run sixth inning but the Wildcats brought them back from two runs down as Bay Path advances in the winner's bracket with a 5-4 victory over the top-seed, Newbury Nighthawks, on Thursday night at Sweeney Field.
A seven-run opening inning, all with two outs, was the catalyst for the Nighthawks offense as the top-seeded Nighthawks are moving on to the NECC Semifinal, Double Elimination Bracket via a 13-3 victory over the No. 8 seed Southern Vermont Mountaineers on Tuesday afternoon at Grant Field.
Following a 16-2 conference season, the Newbury Nighthawks have earned their first Regular Season Championship in program history, resulting in the No. 1 seed in the New England Collegiate Conference Tournament.
The goal was clear heading into Sunday afternoon's doubleheader at Elms College, a pair of wins would clinch the New England Collegiate Conference Regular Season Championship for the first time in program history.
Saturday's doubleheader between the Nighthawks and Southern Vermont Mountaineers featured the highest producing offensive output in Nighthawks program history as the offense was on fire for a sweep of Southern Vermont.