ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine field hockey team picked up its fourth consecutive win on Friday afternoon when the Black Bears downed UMass Lowell 4-1 at the UMaine Field Hockey Complex. Maine established a 3-0 lead 25 minutes into the contest, allowing just four shots the entire 70 minutes.
Casey Crowley provided the Black Bears (12-2, 3-1 AE) three of its four goals on the day, while Brianna Ricker tallied the other Maine goal on the day. Samantha Wagg, Brooke Sulinski and Riley Fieldall registered assists in the victory. The River Hawks’ Torrie Huk found the back of the net for UMass Lowell’s lone goal.
In her 12th win of the season, Mia Borley recorded two saves. Eva Berkhout made five saves for the River Hawks (7-6, 1-4 AE) in the loss.
MAINE GAME NOTES AND HIGHLIGHTS
- Maine outshot UMass Lowell 23-4 on the day, including 10-3 on shots on goal.
- The Black Bears earned eight penalty corners compared to just one for the River Hawks.
- Crowley’s hat-trick marks the third of her career, the first since Maine defeated UC Davis 6-0 in 2016. She also tallied a hat-trick against Bryant on Sept. 26 2015
- The three scores boosted Crowley to the team-lead in points with 25 through 14 games.
- She is tied with the team lead in goals with Libby Riedl.
- Mia Borley’s scoreless streak ends at 281 minutes and 10 seconds, after allowing the lone goal. The scoreless mark is the longest since 2011.
- Maine has now won 11 straight over UMass Lowell, since the 1987 season. The Black Bears are 13-1-1 all-time over the River Hawks.
- Maine completes the first half of its conference season with a 3-1 record, outscoring the opposition by a 12-5 mark.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- 1:35 | Brittany Smith took a shot that was deflected by a UML defender, as Crowley batted the ball down before shooting a bouncing ball into the cage.
- 14:45 | Hana Davis split a pass between two defenders to find Brooke Sulinski, who fired a pass to Crowley, who one-timed it in the net.
- 24:54 | Off a penalty corner, Samantha Wagg sniped a shot that was deflected in by Brianna Ricker.
- 66:12 | The River Hawks scored their lone goal when Torrie Huk netted a rebound off a high shot.
- 67:15 | Just a tad over a minute later, Riley Fieldcentered a pass to Crowley who recorded her third goal of the game and her ninth of the season.
- The Black Bears host rival New Hampshire this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. to close out the weekend.