Maine Field Hockey To Face #5 Virginia and Brown at the Catamount Field Hockey Classic
Following a busy 2-1 week for the Maine field hockey team, the Black Bears will once again take to the road to participate in the Catamount Field Hockey Classic on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14-15. Maine will face yet another ranked opponent in No. 5 Virginia on Saturday and then take on Ivy League foe, Brown on Sunday. Match times are slated for 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively.
The No. 5 Cavaliers enter the contest having already played once this week as the squad hosted Richmond, defeating the Spiders, 2-1 in a shootout victory. With the win over its regional foe, Virginia moves to 5-0 on the year.
Elly Buckley leads the team in points with seven goals and two assists for 16 points; meanwhile, Caleigh Foust is close behind with 14 (seven goals).
Jenny Johnstone has seen all the time in the cage this season starting all five contests, allowing just nine goals total, with a sparkling 1.66 goals against average. The Cavalier net minder has made 28 saves in 2013, accumulating a .757 save percentage.
The last time that Virginia and Maine played was back in 1986. The Cavaliers edged the Black Bears, 2-1 in Charlottesville, Va.
Brown comes into the weekend bringing a 1-1 record to Burlington, Vt. The Bears opened the season with a 4-3 loss to Bryant on Sept. 6, but notched their first win of the year two days later, defeating Rider, 3-2, in Providence R.I.
So far Meghan O'Donnell paces the Bears in points with seven (three goals, one assist) while Hannah Rogers follows close behind with four points (two goals).
In the cage for Brown is Shannon McSweeney. In two contests the junior goalkeeper has allowed six goals with a 3.00 goals against average. She has tallied 19 saves through those two games, amassing a .760 save percentage.
Maine has had its way with Brown in the recent series history. The squad holds a 4-2 overall record against the Bears and has won three of the last four meetings. Starting with a road contest in 2009, in which the Black Bears trounced Brown, 8-2, Maine has rattled off three-straight victories. The last one coming last season with Maine edging Brown, 3-2 in Orono, Maine.
To illustrate Maine's dominance in the series as of late, the Black Bears hold a distinct scoring advantage over its Ivy League nemesis. Maine has outscored Brown 14-5 through the last three contests.
ONE FINE WEEK
Sophomore Nicole Sevey is coming off one of the most productive weeks in her short Maine career. She started by registering an assist against Boston College last Tuesday, and followed it up with a monster weekend as she tallied four goals and two assists against both Hofstra and Quinnipiac. Her most productive contest came against the Bobcats, where she finished two points shy of the program record for most points in a contest. Sevey registered a hat trick in the first half and closed the game out with two assists. She'll look to continue her torrid pace this weekend.
Sophomore Marissa Shaw has had a fast start to her second-year at Maine. She sits fourth on the team in points and has recorded points in three of five matches for the Black Bears. Shaw has turned into one of the Black Bears' many scoring threats after a year where she played in 18 games but didn't find the score sheet.
After a spirited goalkeeping battle between senior Sydney Kolysher and sophomore Natasha Ford it appears Ford has earned the starting goalkeeping duties. Ford has started every matchup for the Black Bears and other than the opening weekend against ranked opponents, Massachusetts and Michigan, she has played every minute for Maine. Ford earned her first two wins against Hofstra and Quinnipiac last weekend and allowed just four goals in the process. She maintains a 3.01 goals against average and .600 save percentage in her first year of action.
One could make the case that in order for Maine to challenge for the America East championship this season, they need the 2012 conference co-offensive player of the year and co-rookie of the year, Annabelle Hamilton and Cassidy Svetek to continue to be offensive leaders. So far, so good, for the Black Bears. Both Hamilton and Svetek are tied for second on the team in with eight points. Hamilton tallied her second and third markers against Quinnipiac last match while Svetek tallied two markers against Hofstra.
A LOOK AHEAD
Following this weekend, the Black Bears head home for a extended home stand. Starting Sept. 22 Maine will host Central Michigan (sept. 22) followed by conference opponents UMass-Lowell on Sept. 28 and #13 Albany on Oct. 5, and finish up with Bryant on Oct. 6.