The Husson University field hockey team’s defenders will have their hands full today when they travel to Wellesley, Mass., to take on high-powered Babson College in an NCAA Division III tournament game. Game time is 4 p.m.
The Eagles are 10-5 and won their second straight North Atlantic Conference championship with a 2-1 victory over rival Saint Joseph’s College in Standish on Saturday.
Babson is 15-5.
The winner will travel to Bowdoin College in Brunswick for a second-round game Saturday at 11 a.m.
Husson has won eight of its last nine games with the only loss being a 5-0 setback to Bowdoin.
The Eagles have exhibited a well-rounded attack and have allowed only five goals in their last eight victories.
Junior midfielder Lorri Hiltz of Norridgewock leads the Eagles in scoring with 20 points on seven goals and six assists. She is one of seven Husson players with at least 12 points.
Belfast senior Helen Berry has 4 & 10 for 18 points; Gardiner’s Courtney Allen, who scored the game-winner against St. Joseph’s with just 2:42 left in regulation, and Manchester senior Jillian Morin each have 6 & 3 for 15 points; Newport freshman Sabrina Vaillancourt has 6 & 1 for 13 and the Eagles have received 12 points apiece from Turner’s Caroline Bochtler (6 & 0) and Kajsa Blindow (5 & 2).
Bochtler had a hat trick in the 5-0 NAC semifinal win over the University of Maine-Farmington.
Sophomore Kristen Capen of Leeds has a 1.57 goals-against average and an .820 save percentage.
Babson is averaging 3.7 goals per game and has four players with at least 31 points in Morgan Lockwood (24-7-55), Sarah Fredlund (17-13-47), Colleen Kelly (13-17-43) and Courtney Weaving (13-5-31).
Goalkeeper Jess Pashos has a 1.75 GAA and a .786 save percentage.
UMaine’s Mitchell sidelined
The University of Maine men’s basketball team will be a bit shorthanded when it opens its season with games Friday at Utah Valley State and Sunday at the University of Maryland.
Senior guard Terrance Mitchell is expected to miss approximately three more weeks of action after suffering a broken left index finger during practice on Oct. 29. Mitchell recently had surgery to repair the injury and will have the stitches removed Monday.
“I was going for the ball and one of my teammates, they swiped for the ball and missed it, and they hit my finger,” Mitchell said of the mishap.
Mitchell, who has been shooting around but won’t be cleared to begin running until next week, is expected to be a key member of coach Ted Woodward’s team.
Last season, the transfer from Faulkner State Community College in Bay Minette, Ala., came off the bench to average 9.9 points and 2.4 rebounds per game for the Bears. He converted a team-best 77 percent of his free throws and handed out 1.9 assists per contest.
Coach Ted Woodward said UMaine will miss Mitchell’s presence at both ends of the court.
“There’s different things we’re going to have to try to make up without him,” Woodward said. “He’s certainly an explosive scorer for us, a great defender, a very good ballhandling-type guy. We have guys with some experience at that position and we’ll just take it a step at a time and see where it goes.”
Woodward was quick to point out how fortunate the Bears were last season from an injury perspective.
“We didn’t have a player miss a game because of an injury,” he explained. “It’s part of the game, everyone has to deal with it. You can’t dwell on it. You’ve just got to move forward with what you’ve got.”