ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine Black Bears field hockey team put on a dominating 4-1 performance over Boston foe Northeastern on Friday afternoon at the UMaine Field Hockey Complex. The Black Bears improve to 6-2 on the season, winning five of their last six games. The Huskies fall to an even 4-4.
Emily Hindle, Lydia Gavner, Casey Crowley, and Brianna Ricker all found the back of the on the day for the Black Bears. Jamie Bartucca tallied the lone Husky goal with just a tad over two minutes left in the second half.
Once again, Maine significantly outshot the opposition by a wide margin. The Black Bears tallied 18 total shots (12 SOG) and limited Northeastern to just five (3 SOG) on the day. Maine also held a small 4-3 advantage in penalty corners.
Emma Cochran added a save in the win, improving her record to 6-2, while Northeastern’s Julia Gluyas falls to 3-3 on the season.
MAINE GAME NOTES AND HIGHLIGHTS
The Black Bears have now won five-straight against Northeastern, dating back to the 2013 season. The Huskies still hold a significant edge in the all-time series by a 24-9-1 margin.
In each of the last two games, Maine had at least four players score a single goal.
As previously mentioned, nearly all season the Black Bears have found a way to register more shots than the opposition. Maine has now combined to outshoot opponents 176 (109 SOG) to just 54 (35 SOG). The shot count averages out to 22.0 Maine shots per game to only 6.8 shots for the opposition per game.
Cochran and the Maine defense allowed just one goal in the game. The Black Bear defense has now allowed one goal or less in six of the eight games this season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Maine got on the scoreboard in the 13th minute on a successful penalty corner attempt. Hindle initated the corner to Libby Riedl, who set up Samantha Wagg with a shot. Wagg’s shot was then topped in by Hindle to give Maine an early lead.
Gavner netted her first goal of the season in the 21st minute, when she intercepted a Husky pass near midfield and made a move past a Northeastern defender and buried a shot in the bottom right of the net.
After halftime, the score remained 2-0 until the 63rd minute, when Casey Crowley fired in a shot a few feet inside the scoring circle to give the Black Bears a 3-0 lead.
Just two and half minutes later, Maine padded it’s lead when a Hana Davis pass was redirected in by Briana Ricker to give the Black Bears a 4-0 advantage late.
Northeastern would tally its lone goal of the game with 2:02 left in the second half when Jamie Bartucca recorded her ninth goal of the season.
The Black Bears will take on their first ranked opponent this season in America East West Division foe No. 12 Stanford on Sunday at noon. The game will be played at UNH’s Memorial field.