Stewart and Aviani Spark Field Hockey to, 2-0 Victory
ORONO, Maine – After being on the road for five-straight contests, the Maine field hockey team took advantage of the home field as the Black Bears defeated Central Michigan, at the Umaine Field Hockey complex on Sunday afternoon. Holly Stewart and Danielle Aviani tallied the games only goals to help earn the Black Bears fourth win of the year as the team is now 4-4 entering conference play.
In what was a rainy affair for most of the afternoon, the Black Bears tallied the first marker of the contest with Annabelle Hamilton feeding Holly Stewart in the middle of the circle, who in turn, one-timed a shot past the Chippewa's goalkeeper, Sadie Reynolds. The goal was Stewart's fourth of the season and came at the 18:28 mark in the first half.
The Black Bears enjoyed the one goal advantage for much of the game but it was Aviani who gave the Black Bears the important insurance goal which was also the freshman's first of her Black Bear career. Aviani received a pass from Marissa Shaw and with her back to the defender fired a reverse stick shot past Reynolds in the 64th minute. The goal gave the Black Bears the momentum late in the contest as Maine closed out the game for their fourth victory of the season.
The victory marks the fourth time this year that they have defeated an unranked opponent, holding an 18-4 scoring edge in four contests against unranked foes.
Stewart and Aviani provided the goals for Maine while both Shaw and Hamilton each tallied a helper.
With the assist, Hamilton improves her team-leading point total to 13 (five goals, three assists). Meanwhile Shaw's assist pulls her into a three-way tie for the second-highest point total on the team as Nicole Sevey, Shaw and Stewart all have 11 points.
While the Chippewas were held off the score sheet, Bailey McKeon led the team in shots with three.
Natasha Ford earned her fourth win, and second shutout of the season, making her second-highest save total of her career, with six stops on the day.
Reynolds got the start for the Chippewas and allowed two goals, making six saves in the loss.
The Black Bears will enter conference play next weekend, as the squad will host America East newcomer, Massachusetts-Lowell on Sept. 28. The match will take place at 1 p.m.