Maine Field Hockey Hosts Central Michigan For Sunday Matinee
After playing away from the friendly confines of the Umaine Field Hockey Complex for five-straight contests, the Black Bears field hockey team settles in for an extended homestand. The Central Michigan Chippewas kick off that stretch on Sept. 22, with the game scheduled for 1 p.m. Black Bear rival, University of New Hampshire will also play the Chippewas, slated for a match one day prior to Maine, playing on Saturday, Sept. 21, also at 1 p.m.
SCOUTING CENTRAL MICHIGAN
Central Michigan enters the weekend looking to snap a four-game losing streak. The Chippewas opened up the season with two wins against Robert Morris and St. Louis, 2-0 and 6-1, respectively. Since that opening weekend Central Michgan has dropped four-straight, losing to, Delaware, Lafayette, Iowa and Stanford. In those four-contests, Central Michigan was outscored 14-5.
Mary Alice Moore leads the squad in points with four goals (eight points) while a trio of Chippewa players have five apiece. Bailey McKeon (two goals, one assist), Jordyn Brengosz (two goals, one assist) and Kaysie Gregory (one goal, three assists), all sit second on the team in points.
Sadie Reynolds has seen the majority of time in the cage this season. She holds a 2-4 record having played 405 minutes with a 2.59 goals against average and a .741 save percentage.
The Chippewas and Black Bears have matched up before as Central Michigan holds a 2-1 edge over Maine.
While the Black Bears have played a number of ranked opponents and played those foes close, they have had their way with unranked opponents in 2013. The Black Bears have outscored their unranked opposition, 16-4 (three contests). They defeated both Hofstra and Quinnipiac, 5-2 while they rolled Brown, 6-0. The Black Bears have only been held scoreless once this season, and are averaging 3.28 goals per contest.
SPREADING THE LOVE
The Black Bears have been buoyed offensively by the team's tremendous offensive depth. While Annabelle Hamilton currently leads the team in points (five goals, two assists), Maine has three players with double-digit point totals while a total of 10 Black Bears have recorded at least one point in this latest campaign. Nicole Sevey sits second on the team in points with four goals and three assists (11 points), while Marissa Shaw is having a breakout campaign as she has reached double-digit points with five goals in her sophomore season. Cassidey Svetek and Holly Stewart are also having nice seasons to this point as they are both tied with nine points.
Sophomore Marissa Shaw has had a fast start to her second-year at Maine. She sits third on the team in points and has recorded points in four of seven 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. She currently has five goals this season.
The University of Maine field hockey team ranks highly in the offensive category when compared to its America East peers. Maine currently ranks second or first in every offensive category. Highlighting where the Black Bears feature high, is scoring average (second-place 3.00 gpg), shots (first-place 110/18.33 spg), and goals scored (18 goals/300 gpg). The Black Bears also sit second in the assists category with 13.
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 three wins against Hofstra, Quinnipiac and last weekend against Brown. She maintains a 2.41 goals against average and .636 save percentage in her first year of action.
A LOOK AHEAD
The Black Bears now head into an extended homestand and after their match against Central Michigan, Maine will play its first America East contest against UMass-Lowell on Sept. 28, followed by No. 11 Albany on Oct. 5 and finish up with Bryant on Oct. 6.