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Field Hockey Defeats Bryant 2-1
ORONO, Maine -- Zoe Adkins (Coquitlam, British Columbia) and Annabelle Hamilton (North Vancouver, British Columbia) each tallied their second goals of the weekend as the University of Maine field hockey team defeated Bryant 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. The win, Maine's second in a row, moves the Black Bears to 3-4 overall while Bryant falls to 1-5.
With the game scoreless at the 27-minute mark, Elke Jacobse (Badhoevedorp, The Netherlands) used her speed to streak down the left side of the field, carrying the ball into the Bryant circle before drawing a penalty stroke. Hamilton would take the stroke for Maine, burying the shot into the upper left corner of the cage to put Maine on top 1-0.
The Black Bear lead would stand until Kayleigh Ballantyne knotted things up at 1-1 with 12:30 remaining in the contest. Ballantyne was able to corral a rebound off a previous shot and take advantage of Maine goakeeper Alicia Frisch (Calgary, Alberta) being down on the playing surface as she flicked the ball into the cage for her first goal of the season.
Just over six minutes later, Adkins regained the lead for the Black Bears with her second goal of the season. Maine would set-up on a penalty corner as Adkins inserted the ball to the top of the circle where Hamilton ripped a shot towards the cage that was blocked in front. Adkins, stationed on the left post, gathered the ball and beat Bryant goalkeeper Megan Hancock to put Maine back on top, 2-1.
Frisch and the Black Bear defense would come up big down the stretch as the senior goalkeeper made some key saves to maintain the Black Bear lead and give Maine its second-straight victory.
Frisch moves to 3-1 on the season after making six saves while Hancock falls to 1-5 following a 11 save performance.
The Black Bears outshot Bryant 23-8 and also held the edge in penalty corners, 14-5.
Maine returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 15 when it travels to battle Holy Cross at 1 p.m.