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#25 Field Hockey Drops Senior Game to #19 New Hampshire, 2-1
ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine field hockey team dropped its final regular season contest of 2012 to New Hampshire by a score of 2-1. Maine finishes the regular season at 10-9 and 2-3 in America East play while the Wildcats improve to 10-7, 5-0 in league play with one non-conference regular season contest left. Cassidy Svetek (Burlington, Ontario) scored Maine's lone goal; her second goal in as many games.
New Hampshire jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as Casey Pohlmeyer tallied her fourth goal of the season. The goal developed out of a penalty corner attempt as the Wildcats inserted the ball to the top of the circle. Megan Bozek worked the ball to her left before finding Pohlmeyer who buried a shot into the far side of the cage.
Just over a minute later, the Black Bears would tie the game at one goal each. Annabelle Hamilton (North Vancouver, British Columbia) setup the Maine goal as she dribbled the ball into the Wildcats' zone. Hamilton tipped a pass from the center of the circle over to the left post where Svetek finished the play with her ninth goal of the season.
Each team would battle hard for the remainder of the first half and deep into the second as Maine goalkeeper Alicia Frisch (Calgary, Alberta) made a couple big key saves to keep the game knotted at one.
However, at the 54:45 mark, Hannah Richard would find the back of the cage, once again giving the Wildcats a one goal advantage. Working off a penalty corner, New Hampshire inserted the ball to the top of the circle and worked a pass around to Pohlmeyer. Pohlmeyer fired a shot towards the Maine defense which was tipped high and into the cage by Richard.
The Black Bears kept battling and finally earned a penalty corner of their own to end the second half. However, the Black Bears were unable to get a shot off as the Wildcats cleared the circle, ending the game at 2-1.
Frisch falls to 8-5 on the season after making eight saves in the contest. New Hampshire goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell improves to 10-7 after making three saves.
The Wildcats outshot Maine 12-9 and also held the edge in penalty corners 12-5.
Prior to the game, Maine honored its three seniors, Zoe Adkins (Coquitlam, British Columbia), Frisch and Sydney Kolysher (White Rock, British Columbia) for their years of dedication to the field hockey program.
The Black Bears have clinched a spot in the America East Championship as they will battle Albany in semifinal action on Nov. 2 at New Hampshire. Game time will be decided soon. Keep an eye on GoBlackBears.com for all your postseason information.