ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine’s field hockey team placed seven players on America East all-conference teams and the Black Bears will look to win their first America East championship when they play in the four-team tournament in Durham, N.H., beginning on Friday.
Third seed Maine, 10-9 overall and 2-3 in the conference, will play second seed Albany (11-7, 3-2) at 5 p.m. Friday after top seed New Hampshire (10-7, 5-0) takes on No. 4 Fairfield (10-9, 1-4) in the 2 p.m. opener. The title game will be Sunday.
Maine sophomore midfielder Annabelle Hamilton (9 goals, 5 assists) was named the league’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year and freshman forward Cassidy Svetek (9 & 0) was the Co-Rookie of the Year.
“Annabelle is dominant out there and creates a lot of our offense,” said Maine coach Josette Babineau. “Cassidy has good size, speed and hands.”
Senior back Zoe Adkins (4 & 1) joined Hamilton on the All-AE first team. Sophomore midfielder Holly Stewart (5 & 4) and center midfielder Zoe Berkey (2 & 3) were second-team picks. Skowhegan right back Nicole Sevey (2 & 3), Svetek and forward Elke Jacobse (1 & 3) were All-Rookie team selections.
Sevey is one of four Maine natives in the starting lineup, along with Gardiner sophomore left midfielder Becca Paradee (1 & 0), Skowhegan freshman right midfielder Jessica Skillings (2 & 0) and Corinth junior left back Kaitlynn Stymiest.
York sophomore forward Hannah Keating (5 & 0) and Plymouth freshman midfielder Marissa Shaw see significant minutes off the bench. The other Maine native, John Bapst of Bangor midfielder Bri Robertson from Bradley, has played in five games.
“The Maine girls have played very well for us,” said Babineau, whose team is entering the tournament off some strong performances, including Saturday’s 2-1 loss to New Hampshire.