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Field Hockey Blanks Vermont on Senior Day, 4-0
ORONO, Maine -- The combination of Lelia Sacré's (North Delta, British Columbia) first career hat trick and a shutout by fellow senior Brittany Fleck (Vancouver, British Columbia) propelled the Black Bears to a 4-0 victory over visiting Vermont on Saturday afternoon. The win moves Maine to 16-3 and 3-2 in America East play while Vermont falls to 6-11 and 0-5 in conference play.
After a scoreless first half, the Black Bears would tally their first three goals in a 3:25 span early on in the second half. Sacré gave Maine a 1-0 advantage with her first goal of the afternoon. The play was set up off a penalty corner where Zoe Adkins (Coquitlam, British Columbia) inserted the ball to Kelly Newton (Vancouver, British Columbia) who made the stop, setting up Sacré to slide a shot in on the right post.
The Black Bears would continue to battle down low in the circle until they drew a penalty stroke. Sacré would bury the stroke into the left side of the cage, extending Maine's lead to 2-0.
Maine would again come on the attack just over a minute later as senior Jocelyn Mitchell (Kanata, Ontario) carried the ball into the circle on the right side. Mitchell would slide a pass through the center of the circle, finding Holly Stewart (North Vancouver, British Columbia) who was positioned well on the far post and able to tap the shot past Catamounts goalkeeper Stephanie Zygmunt.
Sacré would complete her senior day hat trick when she tallied her third goal of the day at the 52:26 mark. The goal would again come off a corner where Adkins inserted to Newton. Newton made the stop and fed Sacré with a short slide pass. Sacré would carry the ball a couple feet into the circle before sliding another goal in on the left post, giving Maine a 4-0 lead it would not release.
Fleck made four saves in the cage for Maine as she picks up her second-straight shutout, and the fourth of her season, improving her record to 10-3. Zygmunt made nine stops for the Catamounts as her record falls to 6-11.
The Black Bears outshot Vermont 19-7 and held an 11-4 edge in corners.
The win secures the Black Bears as the number three seed in this year's America East Tournament. Maine will battle the number two seeded Boston University Terriers on Friday, Nov. 4 at the University of New Hampshire. Game time is still to be determined.
Prior to the game, Maine honored its seven seniors, Sacré, Newton, Fleck, Mitchell, Stephanie Gardiner (Vancouver, British Columbia), Molly Arute (Jackson, Maine) and Courtney Glynn (Hampton, N.H.), for all of their hard work and dedication over the past four years.