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Hamilton, Adkins Power Field Hockey Past Rutgers
ORONO, Maine -- With 58 seconds remaining in the second half, Annabelle Hamilton (North Vancouver, British Columbia) was able to convert on a penalty shot to give the University of Maine field hockey team a 2-1 over Rutgers; a lead it would not relinquish. Zoe Adkins (Coquitlam, British Columbia) also scored for the Black Bears who improve their record to 2-4 while the Scarlet Knights fall to 2-3.
Rutgers took a 1-0 advantage when Cornelia Duffin tapped in her third goal of the season, 12:20 into the first half. With the Scarlet Knights set-up on the penalty corner attack, Danielle Freshnock flicked a shot towards the Maine cage that went over Maine goalkeeper Alicia Frisch (Calgary, Alberta) and right to Duffin who was able to finish the goal, tipping the ball in on the right post.
Adkins tied the game up when she tallied her first goal of the season with 22:13 left in the second half. Adkins inserted the ball to the top of the circle on a penalty corner to begin the play. The ball worked its way around to Nicole Sevey (Skowhegan, Maine) who put a shot towards the cage which was kicked wide by Rutgers goalkeeper Sarah Stuby. However, the save ended up right on Adkins stick as she was able to hit the back of the cage, tying the contest at 1-1.
Frisch came up big late in the second half and kept the game tied as she made a point blank save on Christie Lonsky with 12:27 to play in the second half. Lonsky, stationed on the left post, received a pass and looked to one-time the ball into the cage. However, Frisch dove and was able to get her right blocker on the shot to keep the contest knotted at 1-1.
The save proved to be big as with 58 seconds remaining Hamilton was able to give the Black Bears a 2-1 lead on a penalty shot. With just over a minute remaining, Maine started its penalty corner opportunity with Adkins inserting the ball to the top of the circle. A shot from the top of the circle was saved by Stuby. Abbey Gutowski (Conway, N.H.) controlled the rebound and backhanded a shot towards the cage that hit the body of Laura Rose. The play was whistled dead, giving Maine a penalty shot try. Hamilton's penalty shot try was good as the sophomore deposited the ball into the top left corner of the cage. Maine was able to hold on for the remaining 58 seconds to take the victory, 2-1.
Frisch moves to 2-1 on the season after making three saves while Stuby takes the loss for Rutgers, falling to 2-3 after making five saves.
The Black Bears held a slight advantage in shots on goal, 9-8, and penalty corners, 6-4.
Maine returns to action on Sunday when it welcomes Bryant to the Maine Field Hockey complex for a 1 p.m. contest.