HAMDEN, Conn. – With five goals coming from five different Black Bears, the No. 19 UMaine Field Hockey team defeated Lafayette 5-1 on Sunday afternoon at Quinnipiac Field Hockey Stadium.
Casey Crowley, Brooke Sulinski, Lydia Gavner, Morgan Anson and Emily Hindle were the goal scorers for Maine. The Black Bears led 5-0 until the Leopards’ Liza Welch tallied Lafayette’s lone score in the 63rd minute.
The Black Bears (5-0) picked up their fifth consecutive win to start the season, and their third win over a Patriot League this season. Maine previously took down Holy Cross and nationally-ranked Boston University.
Mia Borley made one save in the cage for Maine, picking up her fifth win in as many games. Sarah Park and Hailey Abbott combined for 7 saves in net for Lafayette (0-5) in the loss.
MAINE GAME NOTES AND HIGHLIGHTS
Maine led in shot column by a mark of 17-6, only allowing Lafayette three shots each in each half.
On penalty corners, Maine held six while Lafayette was unable to tally one.
Through five games, Samantha Wagg has registered nine points, with four goals and an assist. She picked up her first assist of the season on Maine’s second goal of the game.
The game was the first-ever meeting over between Maine and Lafayette, as the Black Bears pick up the first win of the all-time series.
In five games this season, five players are averaging at least a point per game (Wagg 9 pts., Riedl 8 pts., Crowley 7 pts. Sulinski 6 pts., Hindle 5 pts.).
In three games against Patriot League teams this season, Maine has outscored the competition by a mark of 16-3.
After not scoring a goal last season, Old Town, Maine native Brooke Sulinski currently sits third on the team with three goals in five games this season.
The Black Bears have scored 21 goals and 11 assists for 53 points in five games. Defensively, Maine has only allowed 6 goals in five contests.
HOW IT HAPPENED
4:00 | It only took four minutes to get Maine on the scoreboard, as Crowley scored an unassisted goal.
10:12 | Sulinski tallied her third goal of the campaign six minutes later, as Wagg found her for the score.
12:52 | Less than three minutes later, Gavner fired in her second goal of her career to give Maine a 3-0 lead.
39:48 | Maine extended its lead in the second half, as Morgan Anson’s first career goal gave Maine a 4-0 advantage.
54:34 | A Hindle strike in the 54th minute proved to be Maine’s fifth and final goal of the game.
63:33 | The Leopards got its lone goal of the game with less than seven minutes remaining, when Liza Welch
Maine will head to the Green Mountain State next weekend, to battle Cornell on Friday (1:30 p.m.) and America East West Division foe UC Davis (11:00 a.m.) on Sunday in two neutral-site contests at Moulton-Winder Field.