Maine Field Hockey Plays In Tune Up Match Against Holy Cross
WORCESTER, Mass. – With the University of Maine field hockey team's season and home-opener a week away, the squad got a valuable opportunity to play in an exhibition match against Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., on Friday afternoon.
"We were able to get some things in this exhibition that you can't get out of a normal practice, like getting our players in full formations, getting to try people at different positions and working through halftime adjustments," head coach Josette Babineau said. "We also got an opportunity to get our first year players out there and comfortable which is invaluable because they are going to play a key role this season."
The Black Bears saw ample goal production in its first action of 2013. Defending America East Co-Offensive Player of the Year Annabelle Hamilton opened the scoring for the Black Bears scoring on a pass from Becca Paradee off a penalty corner. Defending conference co-rookie of the year Cassidy Svetek picked up where she left off last season, picking up a pair of goals. Her first coming on a penalty corner with the assist credited to senior Fran Rowley, while the second capped the scoring for the Black Bears, also off a penalty corner, with Hamilton registering the assist. Jessica Skillings recorded the only other goal in the game, netting a Marissa Shaw pass.
"I'm really excited from what I'm seeing so far," Babineau said. "I'm excited about all the variations we can put out there because there is such a high level of experience and skill."
Maine will now have one more week to prepare for its season and home-opener against Massachusetts on Friday, Aug. 30, at 1 p.m. It won't get any easier for the Black Bears as the team follows that match with an afternoon date with Michigan on Sunday, Sept. 1. That match is also scheduled for 1 p.m. Both matches will be played at the University of Maine Field Hockey Complex.