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Field Hockey Falls at New Hampshire In Clash of Top-15 Teams
DURHAM, N.H. -- The #13 University of Maine Field Hockey squad dropped a tough 3-0 decision to #10 New Hampshire in America East action on Friday afternoon. The loss drops Maine back to 14-3 on the season and 2-2 in conference play while the Wildcats improve to 14-3 and 4-0 in America East play. Courtney Glynn (Hampton, N.H.) paced the Black Bear offense with a pair of shots on goal.
The Black Bears would come out of the gate on fire as they put some early pressure on the Wildcats, creating opportunities inside the New Hampshire circle. Maine would draw two early penalty corners but were unable to capitalize as the Wildcats cleared the circle each time. Glynn would keep the pressure on, getting a shot off inside the circle but Wildcat goalkeeper Katherine Nagengast was able to make the save.
Whitney Frates would break the scoreless tie when she tallied her 19th goal of the season, 23:16 into the first half. Frates broke out down the right side of the field, carrying the ball into the circle and blasting a shot, far post into the back of the cage.
The game would remain 1-0 entering the second half when Maine would again come out on fire, immediately putting pressure on the New Hampshire defense as Holly Stewart (North Vancouver, British Columbia) dribbled the ball into the circle where Nagengast kicked the ball a side. However, the save went right to Jocelyn Mitchell (Kanata, Ontario) who blasted a shot at the cage but Nagengast was able to get a blocker on it, keeping the game at 1-0.
The Black Bears would again get a chance when Stewart broke in on a 2-on-1 along side Kelly Newton (Vancouver, British Columbia). The duo would control the ball close to the cage but Stewart's shot would go just wide on the far post.
Glynn would have another opportunity for Maine with 21:45 remaining in the second half. Glynn controlled the ball to the right, just inside the circle. Glynn would fire a shot towards the cage but Nagengast had come out of the cage and made the sliding block.
The Wildcats would build their lead to 2-0 when Frates scored her second unassisted goal of the contest as she broke in on the right side off a turnover and was able to find the back of the cage again, this time 64:00 into the contest.
Hayley Rausch would extend the Wildcat lead to 3-0 just 1:28 later when she tallied her 20th goal of the season off an assist from Emma Erler.
The Black Bears would continue to battle, getting a pair of penalty corner tries late, but were unable to capitalize as the Wildcats took the America East contest, 3-0.
New Hampshire held the edge in shots 14-10 but Maine outshot the Wildcats 8-5 in the second half and really controlled much of the second half of play. The Black Bears had six penalty corners to New Hampshire's four.
Maine goalkeeper Brittany Fleck (Vancouver, British Columbia) made six saves as her record falls to 8-3. Nagengast also made six saves as her record improves to 13-0.
The Black Bears return to action tomorrow with a 3 p.m. netural site contest against Rutgers. The game will be held at UMass.