Nysch goals spark Stony Brook win over Maine

Posted Oct. 11, 2012, at 10:03 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 12, 2012, at 12:42 a.m.

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Larissa Nysch scored two quick goals to lead Stony Brook University to a 5-1 women’s soccer victory over Maine on Thursday night.

Raven Edwards, Taryn Schoenbeck and Aley Leonardi scored second-half goals for the Seawolves (8-5-2), and Regan Bosnyak, Schoenbeck and Danielle Fuller registered assists. Ashley Castanio made two saves for Stony Brook.

Alex Abrahams scored her first goal for the Black Bears (6-6-2) on a free kick at 79:02, curling it inside the near post from 25 yards out. Megan Price-Leibenzeder made nine saves for Maine.

Stony brook held a 29-12 shot advantage over the Black Bears.

Field hockey

UMF 3, St. Joseph’s 2

FARMINGTON – University of Maine at Farmington senior Lily Barry (Hermon, Maine/Hermon) scored twice and junior Kaitlyn Bullen (New Sharon, Maine/Mt. Blue) notched the game winner to lead the Beavers to a 3-2 win over Saint Joseph’s College, in North Atlantic Conference field hockey action Thursday afternoon at Prescott Field.

The win vaulted UMaine-Farmington into a tie for second place in the NAC with a 5-1 conference mark, 5-5 overall, with three league games remaining on the schedule. Saint Joseph’s fell to 4-3 in conference play, 8-5 overall.

The Beavers also celebrated their first win over Saint Joseph’s since 2008, ending UMF’s four-match losing streak to the Monks. Prior to Thursday’s win, UMF’s last triumph over Saint Joseph’s was a 2-0 win in Farmington on October 4, 2008.

But to capture the win, UMaine-Farmington had to survive an initial offensive flurry from Saint Joseph’s. The Monks logged six penalty corners over the opening eight minutes and effectively bottled up the Beavers in their own end of the field. UMF’s defense held fast, allowing just one shot by St. Joe’s during that span.

The Beavers finally began to get organized offensively midway through the first half, generating three penalty corners in rapid succession. Barry finally got the Beavers on the board, beating Monks goalie Taylor Allison with a shot from the left side, redirecting a pass from Annie Agnew (Guilford, Maine/Piscataquis Community) with 16:57 remaining in the frame.

UMaine-Farmington held that 1-0 lead into the intermission, but Saint Joseph’s Elizabeth Andersen found the equalizer just under five minutes into the second half. Rachelle Messuri was credited with the assist.

Barry picked up her second of the day and gave the Beavers a 2-1 lead with 23:55 left to play, scoring on a penalty corner off a feed from senior Emma Daniel (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough). Bullen tacked on what would prove to be the game winner just minutes later, beating Allison at close range off a pass from junior Kashley Weymouth (Pittston, Maine/Gardiner Area) with 21:36 remaining in the game.

The Monks’ Theresa Hendrix pulled Saint Joseph’s to within one of UMaine-Farmington with 18:43 showing on the game clock, as she put a long shot past Beavers goalie Felisha Taylor (Chelsea, Maine/Cony) in a sequence following a penalty corner. However the Beavers would hold the Monks shotless over the remainder of the game to hold on for the win.

UMaine-Farmington held an 8-3 advantage in shots taken, while Saint Joseph’s dominated the penalty corner count, 10-6. Allison charted four saves in the Monks’ cage, while Taylor did not have to record a single save on the afternoon.

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