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#25 Field Hockey Falls to #12 Boston University, 3-1
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- After taking an early 1-0 advantage on a goal from Holly Stewart (North Vancouver, British Columbia) the #25 University of Maine field hockey team was unable to hold on, dropping the contest 3-1 to #12 Boston University on Friday evening. The loss slips Maine back to 9-6 overall and 2-1 in America East play while the Terriers improve to 9-4 and 3-0 in league action.
The Black Bears jumped out to an early advantage when Stewart tallied her third goal of the season, 10:45 into the first half. Elke Jacobse (Badhoevedorp, Netherlands) slid a pass from the lower right side of the circle to the center where Stewart was in perfect position to redirect the pass into the back of the cage.
Maine held on to its 1-0 advantage entering the half thanks in part to goalkeeper Alicia Frisch (Calgary, Alberta) who made five first half saves.
The Terriers tied things up 8:38 into the second half on Ella Gunson's fourth goal of the year. The goal resulted off a penalty corner with Rachel Coll feeding Gunson with the assist.
Boston University took its first lead of the contest just just under five minutes later, again capitalizing off a direct corner play. Kat Spring inserted the ball to the top of the circle where Leslie Zules setup Jacinda McLeod for a blast that found its way through the Black Bear defense and into the back of the cage.
Coll would extend the Terrier lead to 3-1 at the 55:04 mark. Amira Downes' entry pass from the right side would find Coll who was stationed five-yards in front of the cage and was able to slide a shot past Frisch.
The Black Bears continued to battle down the stretch but came up short, dropping their first America East contest of the year by the score of 3-1.
Boston University held the edge in both shots (20-4) and penalty corners (9-1).
Frisch falls to 7-2 on the season after making seven saves in the cage for the Black Bears. Jess Maroney moves to 6-3 for the Terriers after making a pair of second half saves. Valentina Cerda played the opening half in the cage for Boston University and gave up one goal while making no saves.
The Black Bears return to action on Sunday when they travel to meet Northeastern in a neutral site game hosted at the University of New Hampshire. Game time is slated for 2 p.m.