ORONO, Maine — Former Miss Maine Field Hockey Nicole Sevey of Skowhegan had a memorable game for the University of Maine against Quinnipiac (Conn.) on Sunday, figuring in all five goals in Maine’s 5-2 win over Quinnipiac. She had three goals and two assists, and the eight points is just two shy of Kelly Newton’s single-game record.
“It was exciting,” said Sevey, a sophomore outside back. “Last year, Cassidy [Svetek] got a hat trick, and I was so happy for her. I never thought I’d get one. It was cool.”
That capped a week in which she registered four goals and three assists. She had an assist in a 5-4 loss to No. 19 Boston College on Tuesday and scored the game-winner in a 5-2 victory over Hofstra on Saturday.
She was named the America East Player of the Week.
Sevey said she would rather have a good overall game than be the game’s leading goal-scorer or point-getter.
“She had an incredible game,” said Maine coach Josette Babineau. “She had incredible games against Hofstra and Boston College as well.”
Sevey has registered most of her points on penalty corners.
“She makes the pass out (from the end line) on penalty corners. She gets assists for that and she has a real good stick down low for deflections and rebounds,” said Babineau.
Babineau pointed out that Sevey gets some of her goals on the backhand side “and that is a very advanced skill. She inserts the ball on her strong side but then has to put the stick in her left hand and turn it over to the flat [legal] side of the stick [for deflections].”
After inserting the ball to the top of the penalty circle, Sevey’s job is to head to the net front looking for tips and rebounds.
“She is also a good, solid defender,” said Babineau.
Sevey had three goals and three assists in 20 games a year ago but already has 4 & 3 in five games to lead the team.
“I have more confidence this year,” said Sevey who is pleased that the Bears got their first two wins after losses to nationally ranked UMass (2-1), Michigan (4-2) and Boston College.
“It’s good to start winning games, although I thought we played well against those three nationally ranked teams, and we learned a lot from playing them,” said Sevey.
Svetek (3 goals, 2 assists), Annabelle Hamilton (3 & 2) and Plymouth sophomore Marissa Shaw (3 & 0) are the other leading point-getters for Maine.