ORONO, Maine. – A combined offensive and defensive effort led the Maine Black Bears field hockey team to an impressive 4-0 victory over America East foe Vermont on Sunday afternoon at the UMaine Field Hockey Complex. Maine improves to 8-4 and 2-1 in the America East, while Vermont falls to 4-8 and are 0-3 in America East play in 2017.
The Black Bears recorded 25 shots, with 16 shots on goal, while limiting the Catamount offense to just five shots total. Maine often held possession on their offensive end, and rarely allowed Vermont a scoring opportunity.
Senior Madison Cummings led the Maine offensively, recording two goals while adding an assist for five total points. Junior Libby Riedl and sophomore Brianna Ricker also registered goals to take down Vermont.
The Catamounts were able to had two chances early to score, but redshirt senior Emma Cochran denied the Vermont offense a goal. The shutout marks Cochran’s first of the season.
Of Maine’s 16 shots on goal, Vermont goalkeeper Lena Benwood made 12 stops to keep Vermont in the game until late in the second half.
Maine also led in the penalty corner column, with eight corners while Vermont registered four.
MAINE GAME NOTES AND HIGHLIGHTS
Maine has now won 12 meetings and 24 of the last 26 games against Vermont. The Black Bears now lead the all-time series by a count of 28-9-1.
The Black Bears once again outshot its opponent by a significant margin. Maine is now averaging 19.4 shots per game, while only allowing 6.8 shots per contest.
With four goals in today’s game, Maine has now outscored the opposition by a 41-19 clip.
Today’s shutout performance marks Maine’s first since October 20, 2016 when the Black Bears shutdown UMass Lowell, 3-0.
With 25 shots today, Maine has now reached the 20-shot mark in seven games this season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Libby Rieldl struck first for the Black Bears in the 14thminute as she made a move several moves to pass by the Catamount defense and fired a shot past the Vermont goalkeeper.
Off of a penalty corner, Ella Mosky fired a shot, which was saved, but Madison Cummings eventually put in a shot later in the play in the 20th minute.
Cummings recorded her second goal of the game and her sixth on the season, when Casey Crowley found the Belfast, Maine native in front of an open net as she tipped in the pass in the 63rd minute.
Less than a minute later, Cummings fired a shot on the open net, as Brianna Ricker got a piece of the ball to cap the scoring.
The Black Bears will travel to Durham next Friday for the second time this season to play rival New Hampshire at Memorial Field. Game time is slated for 3:00 p.m.