After review, UML team a co-champion

01/31/2006
By From the Lowell Sun

SOUTH EASTON -- Upon further review ... the 2005 UMass Lowell field hockey team is officially the co-champions of the Northeast-10 Conference along with Stonehill.

Stonehill won the championship Oct. 30, but controversy marred the victory.

In overtime, just 29 seconds in, UMass Lowell scored the apparent game winner, setting off a celebration. However, the goal was disallowed after the umpire ruled the visible scoreboard clock was not in operation at the start of overtime. Minutes later, Stonehill converted to win the title, 2-1.

"After careful consideration, I have determined that in the interest of fairness, both Stonehill College and the University of Massachusetts Lowell will be declared co-champions of our 2005 post-season tournament," NE-10 Commissioner David Brunk said. "Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the situation, I feel that both teams have a legitimate claim to the championship. I see this decision as a positive step towards correcting what turned out to be an unfortunate occurrence."