No. 5 Virginia Blanks Maine Field Hockey, 2-0
BURLINGTON, Vt. - The No. 5 Virginia Cavaliers held Maine to just 10 shots through 70 minutes to stay undefeated in Burlington, Vt., Saturday morning. The contest marks the first time that the Black Bears (2-4) have been held scoreless all season, and breaks a current scoring hot streak that saw Maine score 14 goals in three games.
Maine was on the wrong end of quick start as the Cavaliers scored off an own goal, 1:44 into the game. Virginia fired a shot from the top of the circle which deflected off a Maine defender and past starting goalkeeper, Natasha Ford.
Virginia made it 2-0 late in the contest as Lucy Hayams recorded her second of the season at the 69:22 mark to seal the victory for the Cavaliers.
Francesca Rowley paced the Black Bears in shots as she recorded four during the contest, meanwhile Hadley Bell led the Cavaliers in scoring-chances as she took five shots in the game.
Ford got her sixth-straight start in the cage and recorded four saves in the loss. Jenny Johnstone started for the Cavaliers and made four saves on four shots on goal to register the shutout.
Virginia statistically controlled play outshooting the Black Bears 17-10 and holding the advantage in penalty corners, 9-5.
The Black Bears have one more contest left in the Catamount Field Hockey Classic as the squad takes on Brown tomorrow at 2:30 p.m., in Burlington, Vt. Following that match, Maine will have an extended stay at home starting next weekend.