Weekend college roundup, women’s soccer: Stony Brook 2, Maine 1

Posted Oct. 27, 2012, at 3:25 p.m.

ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine women’s soccer team lost a 2-1 decision to Stony Brook on Sunday in the 2012 America East Semifinals.

Maine finished the campaign with a 7-7-3 overall record and a 3-4-2 league mark. Stony Brook (11-6-3) travels to Hartford for the America East Championship next weekend.

The Black Bears got on the board first as Nikki Misener (Burlington, Ontario) quickly dribbled the ball down the endline as she placed a perfect pass to Jordan Pellerin (Waterville, Maine). Pellerin was able to place the ball over the outstretched Stony Brook keeper to find the top of the netting at the 45-second mark of the first half.

Kristin Baker would knot the game at 1-1, bouncing a ball over the Black Bear keeper as she struck the ball from 30 yards out. Baker’s goal came at 22:06 of the first half.

Maine held a 10-2 shot advantage over Stony Brook in the first half.

The second half was held scoreless until the 82nd minute, Sarah Darmanin netting the ball as the Black Bear keeper was caught out of position.

Megan Price-Leibenzeder (Surrey, British Columbia) anchored the Black Bears on defense as she allowed two goals with two saves. Price-Leibenzeder sees her record fall to 1-3-1 on the season.

Ashley Castanio improves to 11-6-3 on the season as she allowed one goal against with eight saves.

The Black Bears held a 16-9 shot advantage over the Seawolves, both teams were equal in corner kicks at five a piece.

Husson 1, Maine Maritime 0 (PKs)

Bangor, ME- Husson Women’s Soccer advanced to the NAC Semifinals Sunday afternoon on penalty kicks against Maine Maritime.

The Eagles entered the match ranked 3rd in North Atlantic Conference play, facing MMA who was ranked 6th. In a regular season match earlier this year Husson defeated MMA 1-0.

Husson had a strong offensive showing getting 37 shots on the match, but were unable to get a ball into net for the first 110 minutes of the game. In the first half, Husson dominated possession and shots on goal 16-2.

Husson defenders came up huge stopping any offensive pressure from the Mariners who were held to just 3 shots.

Mariners sophomore goalkeeper Taylor O’Malley (Middletown, RI) made a number of huge plays including one stop coming in the 23rd minute when Eagles first year Hannah Clough (Mount Vernon, ME) had a one on one opportunity on net. O’Malley came out of the box to stop a ball that then bounced out of her hands, but she quickly pounced on the ball, once again protecting her net.

Another great opportunity for the Eagles came at the end of the first overtime when Husson turned up the pressure and sophomore Desir’ee Hamler (Franklin, NJ) found herself with just O’Malley to beat, O’Malley stopped the ball and sent it into second overtime.

The second overtime saw no scoring, but certainly did not lack excitement keeping everyone on the edge of their seats. The game was to be decided on penalty kicks.

Husson counted on senior captain Meghan O’Neil (Hartford, VT) to take the first penalty kick and she came up huge setting the tempo netting the ball to O’Malley’s left. Maine Maritime senior Kari Jones went next and her shot was just left of the net. Husson sophomore Michaela Bicknell’s (West Addison, VT) attempt went just high of the crossbar keeping it at 1-0 Husson.

Hanna Page went next for the Mariners and snuck the ball into the high left corner tying it up at 1-1. Marcy Francoeur was up next for the Eagles and placed the ball again to O’Malley’s left and in, making it 2-1 Husson.

MMA called on their goalkeeper O’Malley to take the next shot against Husson sophomore goalkeeper Jess Poulin (Albion, ME). In a battle of the keepers Poulin stopped O’Malley’ shot keeping Husson up 2-1.

First year Katie Cyr (Hampden, ME) added another one for Husson making it 3-1. Mariners Ally Fuehrer added another shot for MMA making it 3-2 but junior Becca Jones (Newmarket, NH) sealed the deal for the Eagles sinking her shot and clinching the quarterfinal victory for Husson who advanced on penalty kicks 4-2.

“We got the result we needed today and actually played a good game, though our finishing was a definite problem. MMA deserves credit for playing a tough, physical match against us. We are excited to move into the semis and face Castleton again.” Said Coach Carly Gettler after the victory.

Husson will travel to Castleton, the number 2 seed in the NAC Championship, Wednesday October 31. Game time is to be determined.

UM-Farmington 1, New England College 0

FARMINGTON, Maine – The University of Maine-Farmington advanced to the North Atlantic Conference semifinals on Sunday by virtue of a 1-0 win over New England College at Prescott Field.

The win sends fourth-seeded UMaine-Farmington (11-6-1) into the NAC Tournament semifinals on Wednesday, Oct. 31, against top-seeded Colby-Sawyer College, a 4-1 victor over Lyndon State College in another quarterfinal contest. New England College winds up its season with a 9-9-1 overall record.

The Beavers clearly came out on top on the stat sheet, with UMaine-Farmington outshooting New England College, 21-3, and taking 11 corner kicks to the Pilgrims’ two. Of those 21 shots, 10 were on goal – including four by forward Ava Amador (Farmington, Maine/Mt. Blue) and three by reserve midfielder Alexandra Crocker (Glenburn, Maine/Orono).

“We did what we needed to do to get the win,” said UMF head women’s soccer coach Molly Wilkie. “I thought we played really tough overall, and one of the biggest differences for us was that we got some really great contributions from our reserves today. They gave us a spark, and they played really meaningful minutes.”

But make no mistake about it: this was an intensely physical contest that saw players both sent to the ground in somersaults and upended into back flips – and pretty much everything in between.

Even the game’s lone goal came off a battle for space on a set piece.

Amherst 1, Colby 0

AMHERST, Mass. —- The sixth-seeded Colby College women’s soccer team wanted a low scoring game against third-seeded Amherst College, but the Mules were on the wrong side of a 1-0 New England Small College Athletic Conference quarterfinal game on Saturday.

The Mules, who finish the season at 8-7 overall, had fallen 4-0 at Amherst during the regular season. Meanwhile, the eighth-ranked Jeffs have allowed jus eight goals in 15 games, making a 1-0 game likely the only chance of victory for the Mules.

Amanda Brisco scored off a Hannah Cooper assist in the 54th minute for Amherst.

The Mules gave it their all, nearly finding the equalizer several times late in the contest after Amherst controlled much of the first half and early second. Despite the better of possession time, the Jeffs were unable to find the back of the net before intermission.

USM 2, Rhode Island College 1

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The visiting University of Southern Maine women’s soccer team scored two first-half goals, then held off Rhode Island College in the second half to earn a 2-1 victory in Little East Conference action Saturday afternoon at the RIC Soccer Field.

The win secured the final playoff berth in the upcoming six-team LEC Women’s Soccer Championship tournament for the Huskies. The Huskies snapped a four-game losing skid, and improved to 3-13-0 overall and 2-5-0 in conference play. The Anchorwomen finished the season 3-11-0 overall and 1-6-0 in LEC games.

USM got on the board in the 21st minute when sophomore defender Nicole Bordeau (Sanford, Maine) took a free kick about 25 yards out. Her shot deflected off an Anchorwoman defender and went right to freshman midfielder Brooke Lawrence (Lisbon Falls, Maine/Lisbon) who punched in her first marker of the year.

The Huskies scored one more time before the half expired on what began as a harmless scoring chance. Freshman midfielder Michaela Despins (Gray, Maine/Gray-New Gloucester) took possession of the ball near the top of the 18-yard box and slid a pass to senior Cathy Wise (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cheverus) on her left. Wise fired a shot that seemed to be heading past the far post, but its trajectory carried it over the head of RIC sophomore goalkeeper Audrey Maia (Norton, MA) and into the top right corner. The goal was Wise’s first of the season.

Bowdoin 3, Hamilton 2

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Jamie Hofstetter scored three goals to lead the Bowdoin College women’s soccer team to its first NESCAC playoff win since 2007, 3-2 over Hamilton on Saturday at Pickard Field.

The teams combined for five goals in a furious second half, including three in a span of four minutes early in the second frame. The Polar Bears (11-3-1) advance to the NESCAC Semifinals for the first time since 2008. The Continentals end their year with a mark of 9-5-1.

After a scoreless first half, Hofstetter got Bowdoin on the board less than four minutes into the second period. Molly Popolizio fed Hofstetter ahead on a breakaway, which the first-year deposited into the net at 48:58. She doubled Bowdoin’s lead 2:08 later, as she redirected a strike from Kathleen Smith into the net for a 2-0 Polar Bear advantage at 51:06. Hamilton answered 1:52 later as Victoria Freeman finished off a scramble in front with a tap-in at 52:58, trimming the Polar Bear advantage to a single goal, 2-1.

Hofstetter provided some much-needed insurance in the 66th minute, finishing off the hat trick with 24:38 remaining in regulation to give the hosts a 3-1 edge. The Continentals pushed upfield and got one back, as Hannah Withiam headed home a corner kick with 3:11 remaining. But the Continentals did not register a shot on goal after that as Bowdoin held on to win.

Bridget McCarthy made five saves in goal for Bowdoin, who held an 11-8 edge in shots. Liza Gergenti made four saves for Hamilton.

E. Nazarene 1, UNE 0

QUINCY, Mass.- The Eastern Nazarene women’s soccer team prevailed 1-0 over the University of New England Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Stadium in the quarterfinals of the Commonwealth Coast Conference Playoffs.

The fourth-seeded Lions improve to 9-7-3 overall while the fifth-seeded Nor’easters slip to 7-11-1 on the year.

Eastern Nazarene advances to the semifinal round to face top-seeded Gordon October 30. The Fighting Scots defeated the Lions earlier this season 3-0.

The home team got on the board in the 44th minute as sophomore Jules Speno (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) tallied her team-leading 10th marker of the fall. The All-CCC first team selection rifled a free kick from just outside the penalty area past the visitors’ goalkeeper to give Eastern Nazarene a 1-0 edge before the break.

At halftime, the two squads had each registered four shots in the opening 45 minutes while neither side conceded a corner kick.

U-St. Joseph’s 2, Saint Joseph’s 0

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — Top-seeded University of Saint Joseph (14-2-1, 10-1-1 GNAC) blanked No. 8 Saint Joseph’s College (8-5-4, 4-4-4 GNAC), 2-0, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Women’s Soccer Tournament quarterfinal contest on Sunday afternoon. Junior keeper Jaci Lorenzen (Windham, Maine) made eight saves in the Monks’ season-ending loss.

The Blue Jays netted a goal in each half, as Katie Mirabella (Seymour, Conn.) scored in the first stanza and Tiana Saraceno (Plainville, Conn.) hit pay dirt in the latter half to propel the hosts to a two-goal triumph. University of Saint Joseph netminder Melissa Dodge (Watertown, Conn.) made five saves to notch her eighth shutout of the season as the Blue Jays advanced to the GNAC semifinals for the fifth consecutive year.

Women’s Hockey

Northeastern 3, Maine 0

BOSTON – The University of Maine women’s ice hockey team dropped a 3-0 decision to Northeastern this afternoon at Matthews Arena in Boston, Mass. The Black Bears fall to 1-5-0 and 1-3-0 in Hockey East while Northeastern improves to 5-1-1 and 1-1-0 in Hockey East.

The first period was left scoreless as Northeastern held a 12-2 shot advantage over Maine.

Kendall Coyne scored her eight goal of the season at 4:27 into the second period, as the Huskies were able to capitalize on the power play. Rachel Lianes picked up her fifth assist of the season on the goal.

Kelly Wallace gave Northeastern a 2-0 lead at 15:15 into the second period on an even scoring opportunity. Katie MacSorley picked up her second assist and Claire Santostefano notched her first of the season.

The Huskies held a 13-7 shot advantage over the Black Bears in the second period.

Coyne notched her second goal of the game at 18:21 into the third period on an empty net as Maine attempted to pull the goalie for an extra skater.

Maine held a 14-7 shot advantage over Northeastern in the third period.

Brittany Dougherty (Chesterfield, Michigan) and Brianne Kilgour (Hamilton, Ontario) each notched four shots for Maine.

Meghann Treacy (Lake Peekskill, New York) got the start for the Black Bears between the pipes as she allowed two goals while saving 29 shots. Treacy sees her record fall to 0-3-0 on the season.

Chloe Desjardins started for the Huskies in net as she tallied 23. Desjardins sees her record improve to 5-1-1.

Maine returns to action on November 2 as it hosts Providence for a 2:00 PM game. The Black Bears will also faceoff against Providence on November 3 for a 1:00 PM puck drop.

Men’s Soccer

Husson 2, Lyndon State 1

BANGOR, Maine — Husson defeated Lyndon State College 2-1 Saturday afternoon at Boucher Field in the Quarterfinals of the men’s soccer NAC Championship.

Two early goals for Husson were enough to put them past the 7th seeded Lyndon State Hornets. Husson who entered the match ranked 2nd in the NAC bracket found themselves locked into an extremely physical match with Lyndon, a team they beat earlier in the season at Lyndon 3-0.

Sophomore Stephen Berenyi put the Eagles on top 1-0 in the 5th minute of the game when he took a ball passed up from sophomore Phil Frost (Bangor, ME) and senior captain James Crockford (Watford, England) and placed it perfectly beyond the reach of the Hornets goalkeeper, senior Jason Gray (East Thetford, VT).

Just over ten minutes later in the 17th minute Eagles junior Zach Emeigh (Ellsworth, ME) blasted a ball into net on a free kick, putting Husson up 2-0.

Hornet first year Blake Begnoche (Fairfax, VT) finally got a ball in net, to notch the score to 2-1, after attempting a number of shots on Husson goalkeeper sophomore Brian Potter (Waterville, ME).

The remainder of the game went without seeing a change on the scoreboard but did not lack excitement.

Potter earned the victory in net stopping 5 shots. Husson had numerous opportunities taking 29 shots on the day, Gray had an equally impressive performance in net for Lyndon.

Husson will play New England College on Tuesday at Boucher Field. The time of the game is TBA.

Thomas 4, Green Mountain 0

WATERVILLE, Maine — The Thomas men’s soccer team advanced to the NAC semifinals with a convincing 4-0 victory over eighth-seeded Green Mountain College on Saturday afternoon, setting up a rematch with Maine Maritime Academy, who beat Thomas in last season’s NAC quarterfinals on penalty kicks.

The Terriers used a balanced offensive attack to put the Eagles away as four different players’ netted goals. The first goal came just over six minutes into action, as Kenny Cano (Lowell, Mass.) dribbled past an opponent and put it into the back of the net to give Thomas a 1-0 lead. Five minutes later, Dakota DuPlissie (Hampden, Maine) was able to shake a defender and fire a shot into the net for a 2-0 advantage that would hold up into the half.

In the second half, Khamisi Lightbourne (Sandy’s, Bermuda) would put Thomas up 3-0 when he was able to keep a defender off and score to add more insurance. The Terriers would strike once more as Zachary Ward (Wakefield, R.I.) would put in his first collegiate goal.

Thomas held a 20-7 shot advantage over Green Mountain and controlled the play for most of the match. Terrier goalkeepers Mikkail Crockwell (St. David’s, Bermuda) and Winston Trott (Pembroke, Bermuda) combined for 3 saves. Nate Kishbaugh (Niskayuna, N.Y.) recorded four saves in the effort for the Eagles.

The Terriers will look to advance to the NAC championship game on Tuesday, as they will host fourth-seeded Maine Maritime Academy.

USM 3, Rhode Island College 0

GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Mazen Aljari (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) scored twice in the opening 11 minutes and the University of Southern Maine Huskies went on to defeat the visiting Rhode Island College Anchormen 3-0 in Little East Conference men’s soccer action Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at Hannaford Field.

The win snapped a four-game losing skid for the Huskies who finish the season with a 5-13-0 overall mark, and a 2-5-0 record in LEC play. The Anchormen dropped their fourth straight game to finish the campaign 4-13-1 and 2-5-0 in conference play. Neither team will advance to the four-team LEC championship tournament that begins Wednesday.

Aljari put the Huskies on the board 78 seconds into the match getting around the Anchormen back line and beating sophomore goalkeeper Christopher Duarte (Cumberland, R.I.) for his 10th goal of the season.

Emerson 3, St. Joseph’s 0

STANDISH, Maine – Sixth-seeded Emerson College (10-7-0, 6-4-0 GNAC) upset No. 3 Saint Joseph’s College (10-7-2, 6-3-1 GNAC), 3-0, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Men’s Soccer Tournament quarterfinal contest at Westerlea Way Field on Saturday afternoon. Emerson senior Jacob Lawrence (Clifton, Va.) tallied a goal and two assists in the victory.

The visiting Lions rattled off three goals in a matter of nine minutes midway through the first half, a feat that effectively put the Monks on their heels for the remainder of the tourney tilt. Any momentum typically garnered by the hosts was lost during the visitors’ scoring spree, as Saint Joseph’s – the reigning GNAC Champions – would record just two shots on goal in the season-ending setback.

With the victory, Emerson will face #2 Albertus Magnus College in a GNAC Tournament semifinal match-up in New Haven, Connecticut on Tuesday. The Falcons blanked the Rams of Suffolk University by a 2-0 margin earlier today to remain alive in this year’s conference tourney.

Sophomore back Patrick Lowndes (Granby, Conn.) netted the eventual game-winner with a header off a perfectly-placed corner kick from Lawrence at the 20:56 mark. Taking a corner from the left side, Lawrence delivered high to the right side of the box to find Lowndes, who one-timed a header into the right side of the net for his first goal of the season.

Tufts 3, Bowdoin 0

SOMERVILLE – The Tufts men’s soccer team advanced to the NESCAC semi-finals for the first time since 2001 after eliminating Bowdoin, 3-0, in the quarterfinals on Saturday at Kraft Field. The Jumbos (9-3-3) will play host and No. 1 seed Williams in the semis next Saturday.

Early on Saturday, Tufts tried pressuring the ball on the Polar Bear defense. Unfortunately the Jumbos had some weak ball movement and couldn’t capitalize on chances and momentum. They also had trouble with corner kicks early, sending several too long over the box.

Midway through the first half, both teams found their legs, as well as the rest of their bodies, when the physicality picked up. And it stayed up, as three players received yellow cards, and both teams had a slew of warnings from the referee.

With around 16 minutes remaining in the first, Bowdoin had its biggest chance of the half. Defender Ben Brewster (Cape Elizabeth, ME) caused a crafty turnover at midfield and led a nice counter pass up to Zach Danssaert (Solana Beach, CA) in the Tufts box, who missed a chance to put the Polar Bears up.

About 10 minutes later (40th minute), Tufts’ Monil Patel (Niskayuna, NY) sent a gorgeous free kick from around 40 yards out to the head of junior Scott Blumenthal (Simsbury, CT), who buried the rock in the far side of the cage to put the Jumbos up 1-0. The score stood until halftime.

Field hockey

Husson 5, Lasell 0

BANGOR, Maine – Husson held onto its number one overall seed in the 2012 NAC Field Hockey tournament, downing the Lasell Lasers Saturday at the Winkin Complex, 5-0. Mariah Arno led the Eagles, scoring two key goals in the first half.

Head coach Jen Johnstone’s squad dominated play early, earning six penalty corners and seven shots in the opening minutes. Junior Sabrina Vaillancourt moved the ball up field almost 15 minutes in, passing across the face of the cage to a streaking Arno for Husson’s first goal.

Arno earned another tally with just over a minute left in the first frame putting away a penalty stroke on Laser keeper Cassie Aviles. Husson led at the half, 2-0.

The Eagles looked even more impressive in the second, as Vaillancourt made her signature move down the sideline, cutting in toward cage right at the endline. Aviles took the bait and Sabrina tucked in her second point of the game past the near post.

Husson continued to pressure and control play, scoring a goal ten minutes later off the stick of Chrissy Larrabee unassisted and again over nine minutes later on a own goal by the Lasers. The 5-0 score would prove to be the final, good enough to move the Eagles into the semifinal round of the NAC tournament.

Johnstone said of the win: “We played so well as a team today. Defensively we were smart and disciplined and offensively we generated a lot and executed well. We are playing really pretty field hockey right now.”

Husson will take to the Winkin Complex again this Wednesday in their semifinal matchup with New England College, winner of the 4/5 matchup with St. Joseph’s College.

UNH 2, Maine 1

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine field hockey team dropped its final regular season contest of 2012 to New Hampshire by a score of 2-1. Maine finishes the regular season at 10-9 and 2-3 in America East play while the Wildcats improve to 10-7, 5-0 in league play with one non-conference regular season contest left. Cassidy Svetek (Burlington, Ontario) scored Maine’s lone goal; her second goal in as many games.

New Hampshire jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as Casey Pohlmeyer tallied her fourth goal of the season. The goal developed out of a penalty corner attempt as the Wildcats inserted the ball to the top of the circle. Megan Bozek worked the ball to her left before finding Pohlmeyer who buried a shot into the far side of the cage.

Just over a minute later, the Black Bears would tie the game at one goal each. Annabelle Hamilton (North Vancouver, British Columbia) setup the Maine goal as she dribbled the ball into the Wildcats’ zone. Hamilton tipped a pass from the center of the circle over to the left post where Svetek finished the play with her ninth goal of the season.

Each team would battle hard for the remainder of the first half and deep into the second as Maine goalkeeper Alicia Frisch (Calgary, Alberta) made a couple big key saves to keep the game knotted at one.

However, at the 54:45 mark, Hannah Richard would find the back of the cage, once again giving the Wildcats a one goal advantage. Working off a penalty corner, New Hampshire inserted the ball to the top of the circle and worked a pass around to Pohlmeyer. Pohlmeyer fired a shot towards the Maine defense which was tipped high and into the cage by Richard.

The Black Bears kept battling and finally earned a penalty corner of their own to end the second half. However, the Black Bears were unable to get a shot off as the Wildcats cleared the circle, ending the game at 2-1.

Frisch falls to 8-5 on the season after making eight saves in the contest. New Hampshire goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell improves to 10-7 after making three saves.

The Wildcats outshot Maine 12-9 and also held the edge in penalty corners 12-5.

Prior to the game, Maine honored its three seniors, Zoe Adkins (Coquitlam, British Columbia), Frisch and Sydney Kolysher (White Rock, British Columbia) for their years of dedication to the field hockey program.

The Black Bears have clinched a spot in the America East Championship as they will battle Albany in semifinal action on Nov. 2 at New Hampshire. Game time will be decided soon.

Castleton 5, Thomas 1

CASTLETON, VT — No. 2 seed Castleton defeated seventh seed Thomas on Saturday, beating the Terriers 5-1 at Spartan Stadium in the North Atlantic Conference Quarterfinals. Castleton improves to 15-4 overall, while Thomas concludes its season with a 7-10 mark.

Junior Rachel Preusser (Craryville, N.Y.) opened the scoring for the Spartans 3:17 into the contest, putting home a rebound right in front of the net. In the 11th minute, Blake Wardwell (Bridgewater, Vt.) made it 2-0 off a shot right in front of the mouth of the goal off a nice cross from Maltbie.

Kealy Chipman (Bellows Falls, Vt.) added to the Castleton lead just over two minutes later, scoring off a rebound in front of the cage.

Thomas would strike for their lone goal of the contest as Brittany Premo (Concord, N.H.) would receive a pass from Miranda Tinsman (Belgrade, Maine) and find the back on the net at 25:43 in the first half.

The Spartans earned their final goal of the half off a penalty corner with no time remaining in the half.

Chipman concluded the scoring for the Spartans off a cross from Maltbie in the 46th minute.

Sofia Sourgiadakis (Littleton, N.H.) made 24 saves in the cage for Thomas in the loss.

For Ally Kennedy (Winthrop, Maine) and Bre Girard (Westbrook, Maine) it marks the end of their collegiate field hockey careers. Kennedy ended her final season with five goals and five assists for a total of 15 points, while Girard tallied three goals in her senior season.

USM 3, W. Conn. 1

GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Annabelle Frenette (Old Orchard Beach, Maine) scored her second goal of the season in the 58th minute to break a 1-1 deadlock and lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 3-1 win over the Western Connecticut State University Colonials in a Little East Conference field hockey game Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field in Gorham, Maine.

The win is the fourth straight for the Huskies who improve to 9-11 overall and 5-6 in the Little East Conference. Suffering its fourth consecutive loss, the Colonials fall to 5-12 and 3-8 in the LEC.

The Huskies led Western Connecticut 1-0 in the 20th minute after sophomore Peyton Dostie (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) scored her team-leading 15th goal of the season. Dostie tipped in a redirected ball from junior Cailley Bonti (Bath, Maine/Morse) following a driven centering pass from junior Cristina Mountain(Dexter, Maine). Dostie’s 15 goals this season moves her into a three-way tie for fifth in USM single-season records.

Colonial junior Kim Gigante (Bedford Hills, N.Y./Fox Lane) snagged her team-leading seventh goal of the season with an unassisted goal in the 26th minute to pull the teams even at 1-1. The score remained at one all through the half.

Frenette earned the game-winner for the Huskies’ hustling her way to a loose ball in front of the cage following a penalty corner for the 2-1 USM lead. Freshman Allison Ward (Rockland, Maine/Oceanside) added an insurance goal in the 60th minute for the 3-1 final. Ward tapped in her third goal of the season off a flat ball across the middle of the circle from junior Ariel Kaplan (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood).

Bowdoin 3, Williams 0

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Rachel Kennedy scored a pair of goals as the Bowdoin College Field Hockey team sprinted to an early lead and never looked back in a 3-0 win over Williams College in NESCAC Quarterfinal action on Saturday afternoon at Ryan Field.

The third-seeded Polar Bears head into next weekend with a record of 13-2 and improve to 22-5 all-time in NESCAC Tournament play. The sixth-seeded Ephs conclude their season at 6-9 after the loss.

The Polar Bears look for a measure of revenge against Tufts in the NESCAC Semifinals next weekend, hosted by Middlebury College. The Jumbos defeated the Polar Bears to clinch the second seed in both teams’ regular season finales on October 24. The teams will meet again on Saturday, November 3 at 1:30 p.m. The host Panthers will face off against Amherst in the other semifinal contest at 11:00 a.m.

On Saturday, Kennedy wasted little time getting the Polar Bears on the board. She buried the first shot of the game on a pass from teammate Katie Riley to give the hosts a 1-0 lead at 33:22. Brooke Phinney increased the lead at 9:07 on a penalty corner shot with assists from Kassey Matoin and Katie Riley.

Bowdoin earned several consecutive penalty corners in the second half but the Ephs were able to keep the Polar Bears at bay. Williams defender Jaclyn Porfilio slapped a Phinney shot off the line before it made its way to goal to preserve the two-goal deficit. Shortly thereafter, a shot by Phinney and a rebound attempt by Riley hit both posts on the Williams cage.

Kennedy broke through again at 26:25 to put the game on ice.

UMF 6, Simmons 0

FARMINGTON, Maine – University of Maine at Farmington head coach Cyndi Pratt recorded her 100th win while five different players accounted for the scoring as the Beavers hung a 6-1 loss on visiting Simmons College, in Saturday’s North Atlantic Conference Field Hockey Tournament quarterfinal match at Prescott Field.

Third-seeded UMaine-Farmington improves to 8-7 overall and advances to Wednesday’s NAC semifinals against Castleton State, who were 5-1 victors over Thomas College in another NAC quarterfinal. Sixth-seeded Simmons ends its season with a 5-14 overall mark.

Pratt, a Farmington native and graduate of Mt. Blue High School, took the helm of the UMF field hockey program in 2004 after seven years as the program’s assistant coach. Now in her ninth season as the Beavers’ head field hockey coach, Pratt’s career coaching record stands at 100 wins and 58 losses after Saturday’s victory over Simmons.

The Beavers got on the board early, thanks to an unassisted goal by midfielder Meghan Hughes (Pittsfield, Maine/Maine Central Institute) with 25:27 showing on the first half clock. Hughes found a loose ball to the right of Simmons goalie Renna Smith (Belfast, Maine) and blasted a shot home to give UMF a 1-0 lead.

That slim stood for another 10 minutes, when the Beavers scored three goals over the span of 48 seconds.

UMF’s Kaitlyn Bullen (New Sharon, Maine/Mt. Blue) tipped in a cross from Mara Balboni (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) with 15:21 remaining in the first half, and Bullen earned the assist on the Beavers’ third goal just 18 seconds later – this time scored by Kashley Weymouth (Pittston, Maine/Gardiner Area). Weymouth picked up her second goal of the day 30 seconds later to finish the Farmington scoring flurry, this time an unassisted marker.

New England College 2, St. Joseph’s 1

HENNIKER, N.H.– Fourth-seeded New England College (9-11, 6-3 NAC) tipped No. 5 Saint Joseph’s College (9-8, 5-4 NAC), 2-1, in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Field Hockey Tournament quarterfinal contest on Saturday afternoon.

With the win the Pilgrims advance in the tournament and will square off against top-seeded Husson University in NAC Semifinal action on Wednesday, October 31st. For the Monks, the loss signals the end of the 2012 season.

New England College kicked off the game scoring in the 22nd minute as senior Katherine Rich (Westborough, Mass.) netted her seventh goal of the season, firing in a corner off the stick of senior Rachel Carnaroli (Bellingham, Mass.).

The Monks proceeded to knot the game just over two minutes later when junior Rachelle Messuri (Atkinson, N.H.) converted a penalty stroke attempt for her team-high eighth goal of the season.

The two teams battled through the remainder of the opening half and the majority of the second half before NEC broke the drought at the 59:12 mark when Pilgrims forward Kristen O’Connell (Melrose, Mass.) scored the eventual game-winner off a Jen Adams (Brimfield, Mass.) feed.

NEC finished the game with the slight 13-10 advantage in shots and the 10-7 advantage in corners.

UNE 5, Salve Regina 1

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Seniors Laura Egounis (Boscawen, N.H.), Emily Koehler (Pehlam, N.H.), and Suzy Libby (Danvers, Mass.) combined for four goals and four assists to lead the University of New England field hockey squad to a 5-1 victory over Salve Regina University in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) regular-season finale Saturday (Oct. 27) at the Big Blue Turf.

The win moves the Nor’easters to 10-8 on the year, and 7-3 in CCC games. UNE will now get ready to host Nichols College in the CCC semifinals on Wednesday. A full release of the postseason pairings will come from the conference office later this weekend.

Egounis had two goals and an assists for Big Blue, while Koehler had a hand in all but one of the scores for her side (1 goal, 3 assists).

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/10/27/sports/weekend-college-roundup-field-hockey-unh-2-maine-1/ printed on July 23, 2014