ORONO — The University of Maine field hockey program’s top three career scorers and four other seniors will play their final home game on Saturday when the Black Bears entertain Vermont at 1 p.m.
The Black Bears, 15-3 overall and 2-2 in America East, will play in the America East semifinals next Friday at the University of New Hampshire.
Maine needs a win or a New Hampshire victory at Albany to clinch the third seed for the semifinals and a date with No. 2 Boston University.
A Maine loss and an Albany win would drop the Black Bears to fourth and they would face conference regular-season champ UNH in the semis.
Kelly Newton (57 goals, 47 assists, 161 points) is the school’s all-time leading scorer with Stephanie Gardiner (43-27-113) and Jocelyn Mitchell (46-14-106) occupying the second and third spots. Also playing their last home games will be Lelia Sacre (16-12-44), Courtney Glynn (6-1-13), Jackson’s Molly Arute (3-0-6) and goalkeeper Brittany Fleck (37-25, 306 saves, 1.94 goals-against average, .718 save percentage).
Vermont is 6-10 and 0-4 in conference play.
Maine’s seniors have helped produce a 46-27 record, including a 40-16 mark the past three years and a 28-9 record the last two seasons.