Weekend college field hockey roundup: Maine 4, UMass 2

Posted Sept. 29, 2012, at 4:24 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 30, 2012, at 6:27 p.m.

AMHERST, Mass. — The University of Maine field hockey team had its winning streak snapped at six-straight as it was defeated by a score of 4-2 on Sunday afternoon at UMass. The loss slips Maine back to 7-5 while the Minutewomen improve to 5-6. Nicole Sevey (Skowhegan, Maine) tallied a goal and an assist while Holly Stewart (North Vancouver, British Columbia) also scored for the Black Bears.

The Minutewomen were able to grab a 1-0 lead as Kim Young tallied her seventh goal of the season with just 1:58 left in the opening half. Molly MacDonnell fed Young with a pass from the right side of the circle before Young snuck a shot to the left side for the first score of the contest.

UMass added to its lead early in the second half when Nicole Cordero fonud the back of the cage. Brooke Sabia carried the ball into the Maine zone before sliding a pass to Cordero. Cordero then spun and fired a shot past Maine goalkeeper Sydner Kolysher (White Rock, British Columbia).

Noralie Weusthuis gave UMass a 3-0 edge at the 46:01 mark when she capitalized off a pass from Alyssa Ineson. Weusthuis would receive the pass right in front of the cage and was able to tap a shot into the back of the cage.

The Black Bears looked to cut into the UMass lead when Sevey scored the first goal of the day for Maine. Working off a penalty corner, Annabelle Hamilton (North Vancouver, British Columbia) was able to create some offense as she assisted on Sevey’s score.

UMass would answer just under four-minutes later when Lindsay Bowman lifted a shot up and over a diving Kolysher, once again giving the Minutewomen a three-goal advantage.

Maine would keep charging as Stewart recorded the second goal for Maine with just 1:45 left in the second half. Sevey was again in on the action as helped set-up Stewart who was able to slide a shot past UMass goalkeeper Sam Carlino.

However, the Black Bears would run out of time on their come back, falling to the Minutewomen by a score of 4-2.

UMass outshot Maine 12-5 but it was the Black Bears holding the slight edge in penalty corners, 5-3.

Kolysher falls to 1-4 on the season after making four saves in the cage for Maine while Carlino improves to 5-6 after making a pair of saves.

Thomas 3, Anna Maria 1

PAXTON, Mass. — The Anna Maria AMCATS and the Thomas Terriers clashed in a non-conference field hockey matchup Sunday afternoon as the Terriers defeated the AMCATS 3-1.

The AMCATS (5-6) struck first, capitalizing on a penalty shot opportunity. At the 18:58 of the first half, sophomore forward Nichole Lowe (Saugus, MA) took the seven meter shot for the AMCATS and found the left side of the goal.

About eleven minutes later the Terriers’ junior defender Miranda Tinsman (Belgrade, ME) struck back, hitting the back of the net following a rebound. A second score was tallied on late in the first half when freshman midfielder Crystal Cunningham (Dexter, ME) found freshman midfielder Hillary Seekins (Winterport, ME) in front of the net.

The second half saw great defensive play from both teams. Junior goalkeeper Sofia Sourgiadakis (Littleton, MA) stopped two shots for the Terriers. AMCATS freshman goalkeeper Mary Kate Breen (Londonderry, NH) made three saves, and freshman defender Amanda Hebert (South Deerfield, MA) picked up a defensive save..

Sophomore forward Brittany Premo (Concord, NH) scored off of a rebound for the Terriers’ third goal of the game to secure the victory.

Thomas (3-7) outshot Anna Maria 14-10 in the battle, and held a 13-11 advantage in penalty corners.

Colby 7, Husson 1

WATERVILLE —- Erin Maguire (Wolfeboro, N.H.) scored the first three goals of the game and leading scorer Megan Fortier (Falmouth, Maine) added two goals as the Colby College field hockey team took a 7-1 non-conference victory over Husson University on Sunday in the rain at Bill Alfond Field.

Maguire scored all three goals in a span of about 14 minutes in the opening half. She took the short pass off a penalty corner from tri-captain Lucy Gerrity (Cumberland, Maine) and ripped a shot for a 1-0 lead at 11:44. Maguire made it 2-0 just 1:15 later when she took a pass from Caroline Keaveney (Greenwich, Conn.) and had her shot delect high and into the upper left corner of the net. Erika Johnson (South Pomfret, Vt.) pushed a pass over to Maguire in front for her third goal with 9:30 to play.

Fortier made it 4-0 at 28:56 when she found some space and scored unassisted.

Melissa Souza (East Bridgewater, Mass.) smacked in a shot off a penalty corner pass from Sabrina Vaillancourt (Newport, Maine) to give Husson its lone goal with 3:35 to halftime.

Fortier, who leads Colby in scoring with five goals and six assists for 16 points, had her second unassisted goal when her shot from the left side clanked off the right post and into the back of the cage just 4:21 into the second half.

Senior tri-captain Lauren Zion (Beverly, Mass.) made it 6-1 at 45:10 when she got open and fired in a shot from about 10 yards. Caitlin Guiney (Concord, Mass.) scored the final goal at 6:35 from Caroline Chessare (Hopkinton, Mass.)

Colby (4-4), which had a 24-5 shot advantage, received three saves from Michelle Burt (Woodbridge, Conn.). Maicee Gustin (Dexter, Maine) stopped five shots for Husson (6-6).

Husson 3, Thomas 2

WATERVILLE, Maine — Thomas (2-7. 1-3 NAC) was defeated by Husson (6-5, 4-0 NAC) 3-2 in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) field hockey contest Saturday afternoon. Brittany Premo (Concord, N.H.) scored both goals for the Terriers in the loss.

Thomas got on the board first with an unassisted goal at the 25:28 mark by Premo. With just one second left in the first half, Husson got on the scoreboard by an own goal for Thomas to bring the game to a 1-1 stand still at halftime.

The Eagles would get two unanswered tallies at the beginning of the second half with goals from Sabrina Vaillancourt and Kayla Grindle at 42:37 and 47:41 respectively. The Terriers would battle back and cut the deficit to one in the 50th minute as Premo would pick up her second score of the game with an assist from Lauren Hachey (Oakland, Maine).

Jasmine Bishop (Waterville, Maine) registered 14 saves for the Terriers in the defeat.

The Eagles outshot Thomas 24-13 and held a 13-6 advantage in penalty corners.

Westfield State 2, USM 1

GORHAM, Maine – Freshman Taylor Chase (Holden, Mass.) and senior Liz Hall (Southwick, Mass.) each scored a goal to lead the Westfield State University Owls to a 2-1 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference field hockey game Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field in Gorham, Maine.

Westfield State improves to 5-4 overall and 2-3 in the conference with the win. The Huskies fall to 4-7 and 1-4 in the Little East with their sixth consecutive loss.

Behind an unassisted goal in the ninth minute from sophomore Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) the Huskies jumped out to a 1-0 lead over the Owls. However, Westfield State did not have to wait long to score the equalizer as Chase redirected a well-struck centering pass from senior Lauren Tavares (Tiverton, RI) in the 12th minute. The assist was the first of two for Tavares.

Westfield grabbed the lead in the 16th minute as Tavares set a neatly timed pass across the circle to a streaking Hall for the 2-1 lead. Leading 2-1 at the half, the Owls held strong for the win despite the Huskies holding a 10-5 advantage in shots in the second stanza.

Senior goalkeeper Khrystyna Mitchell (Shelburne Falls, Mass.) played well for the Owls making eight saves, including six in the second half. USM junior Kayla Kennedy (Windham, Maine) made six saves in the loss.

Maine 3, Vermont 1

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Cassidy Svetek (Burlington, Ontario) tallied a pair of second half goals to break a 1-1 tie and propel the No. 24 University of Maine field hockey team to its first conference win as it downed Vermont 3-1 on Saturday afternoon. Annabelle Hamilton (North Vancouver, British Columbia) also scored for the 7-4 Black Bears.

The Catamounts jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 11:18 mark when Alana Izzo tallied her third goal of the season. Izzo carried the ball into the Maine zone and spun, burying a hard shot just inside the left post.

Hamilton tied things at 1-1 with her eighth goal of the season and her fourth goal in her last two games. Holly Stewart (North Vancouver, British Columbia) started the play as she dribbled the ball into the circle and sent a crossing pass over to Hamilton who tipped the ball home.

Svetek gave Maine the lead at the 48:29 with her sixth tally of the year. Nicole Sevey (Skowhegan, Maine) began the action as she redirected a pass over to Svetek who finished the play by beating Vermont goalkeeper Stephanie Zygmunt.

Svetek added an insurance goal for Maine with just under 10-minutes remaining in regulation. The freshman forward was able to gather a loose ball in front of the cage off a corner and slide the ball into the back of the cage, giving the Black Bears a 3-1 advantage that they would not relinquish.

Alicia Frisch (Calgary, Alberta) moves to 6-1 on the season after making one save in the cage for Maine. Zygmunt falls to 1-9 on the year after making 10 saves for the Catamounts.

The Black Bears outshot Vermont 22-8 and held the edge in penalty corners 9-2.

Trinity 3, Colby 2

WATERVILLE, Maine —- Olivia Tapsall (Old Greenwich, Conn.) made the steal and the pass and Hadley Duncan (Rye, N.Y.) smacked in the goal with 13.7 seconds left to lift 17th-ranked Trinity College to a 3-2 win over Colby College in NESCAC field hockey Saturday at Bill Alfond Field.

The Bantams move to 6-1 overall and 5-1 in conference play, while Colby falls to 3-4 overall and 0-4 in the league.

After Colby had battled back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the contest at 2-2, time was running out and overtime appeared to be a certainty. Tapsall, though, made a steal along the right sideline and ripped a pass to Duncan, who one-timed a shot for the game-winning goal.

The Bantams dominated the opening half with a 13-0 shot advantage and an 8-0 margin in penalty corners. The Mules hung tough and the game was scoreless until the final six minutes to intermission.

Duncan scored her first goal of the game off a penalty corner, with assists from Haley Thompson (Ipswich, Mass.) and Sarah Duncan (Dedham, Mass.). Duncan tipped in a shot from Thompson with 5:51 to halftime.

The Bantams went up 2-0 when Shannon Ryan (Freedom, N.H.) took advantage of an errant pass and rifled in a shot from in front just 1:59 after the first goal.

The Mules made a game of it quickly in the second half when Caitlin Murray (Chatham, N.J.) took a centering pass from Megan Fortier (Falmouth, Maine) and blasted in a shot after she had fallen down.

Murray tied the game at 62:19 on another hard shot on a well-executed penalty corner. Murray, playing up top, received the ball and immediately passed it to Ellie Donohue (Andover, Mass.) on the right side. Murray stepped up and took a return pass from Donohue and tied the contest.

Michelle Burt (Woodbridge, Conn.) stopped nine shots in goal for the Mules, while Anne Marie Scalambrino (Chicago, Ill.) made two saves in the second half.

Bates 3, Hamilton 2

CLINTON, N.Y. — The Bates College field hockey team scored three straight goals, two of them by sophomore Caroline Falcone, and went on to win 3-2 in a NESCAC contest at Hamilton College on Saturday.

Falcone (New Canaan, Conn.), who scored three of her first four career goals earlier this week in an 8-0 win over Husson, tied the game in the 13th minute, as a response four minutes after Hamilton’s game-opening score by Lauren King. Junior Polly Merck(Beverly Farms, Mass.) collected her fourth assist of the season on the play.

Merck followed with her fourth goal of the season 10 minutes into the second period, giving the Bobcats their first lead at 2-1. Falcone regained the team lead in goals with her fifth with 20:50 left in the game, an unassisted insurance score. It would be needed, as it turned out, with the Continentals (0-7, 0-5 NESCAC) cutting the deficit to 3-2 with 3:37 remaining in the game, a Madison Molho goal.

Junior goalkeeper Becca Otley (Cumberland, Maine) made seven saves in earning the win for Bates.

The Continentals (0-7 overall, 0-5 NESCAC) grabbed a 1-0 lead with 26:18 left in the first half. Clarke carried the ball into the left side of the circle and pulled Otley off her line. Clarke passed left to a wide open King, who swept the ball into the back of the cage.

The Bobcats (3-4, 1-3) seized control by scoring the next three goals. Falcone tallied her first of the day on a pass from Merck just four minutes after Hamilton’s goal. Merck leads Bates with four assists. The score was knotted at 1-1 at the break.

Merck put the Bobcats ahead for good with 25:01 remaining in the second half. Her goal immediately followed two straight Bates penalty corners. The Bobcats held a 12-10 edge in corners. Falcone made it 3-1 with 20:50 left. Her initial shot deflected off Trentini and the ball trickled past the goalie to the left edge of the goal. Falcone followed the rebound and stuffed it into the cage.

Molho provided some anxious moments late thanks to her goal with 3:37 remaining. Charlotte Lescroart put a shot on Otley that was deflected away. The long rebound came out to Molho, who fired a one-timer past the goalie.

The Continentals didn’t get another shot off in the final minutes. Bates owned an 18-15 shot advantage.

Bowdoin 7, Conn. College 0

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Senior Brooke Phinney recorded nine points to lead the Bowdoin field hockey team over Connecticut College Camels 7-0 on Saturday afternoon.

The sixth-ranked Polar Bears improve to 6-1 (2-1 NESCAC) while the Camels fall to 4-3 (2-3 NESCAC).

Bowdoin opened the scoring less than four minutes into the game with Phinney blasting home a corner shot inserted by Katie Riley and stopped by Kassey Matoin at 31:39. Rachel Kennedy increased the lead at 14:44 on a pass from Olivia King. King fed the ball to Kennedy in the center of the circle who spun and fired a shot into the back of the net. Emily Simonton tipped in the third goal of the game off a Phinney corner shot at 11:51. Lauren Schroeder tacked on a fourth goal before the half on a shot from close range.

Phinney accounted for all three goals in the second half. Kennedy assisted on her first tally of the half at 22:12. Matoin and Riley earned the assists for the second goal off a penalty corner at 19:29. Phinney scored her last goal after recovering her own blocked shot and driving it into the back of the net with 10:40 remaining in the game.

Connecticut College finished the game with a strong push down the Bowdoin end of the field that resulted in two penalty corners. Bowdoin held the upper hand in penalty corners (16-2) and shots (23-3)

Connecticut College goalie Jeannette Hoets (6 goals against) stopped 12 shots in 54:16 minutes of action before being relieved by Becca Napolitano (1 goals against, 0 saves) for the remaining 16:44 of the game. Kayla Lessard (54:16) was not forced to make a save for Bowdoin before giving way to Hannah Gartner (16:44, two saves), who preserved the shutout.

Phinney’s nine points are one shy of the program’s single-game mark of 10, jointly held by Lindsay McNamara ’09, Sheila Carroll ’90 and Margaret Burns ’76.

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