Two First Half Goals Lift Great Danes Over Black Bears Field Hockey, 2-1
ORONO, Maine – Two first half markers was just enough as the No. 12 Albany Great Danes earned their first conference victory over Maine field hockey, 2-1. Skowhegan, Maine native, Nicole Sevey, brought the Black Bears within one but Maine couldn't close the gap as the squad fell to 5-5 and 1-1 in America East Play.
The No. 12 Great Danes came into the contest with a prolific attack, holding the top-scoring offense in the conference, and Albany struck early in the contest.
Fiori Van Rijswijk found a loose ball off a scramble following a penalty corner insert in the 13th minute, making it 1-0, Albany.
Paula Heuser cashed in on a pass across the goal mouth in the 30 minute mark to make it 2-0, Albany. The goal was Heuser's ninth of the year.
The Black Bears fought back just over a minute later creating a penalty corner and then making it count. After an initial shot by Annabelle Hamilton, Marissa Shaw corralled the ball in the circle and found Sevey for the goal. The marker pulled the Black Bears within one of the lead.
The teams traded chances throughout the contest, and Maine pulled starting goalkeeper Natasha Ford with a little over two minutes remaining but the Great Danes closed out the contest for their first victory of conference play.
Hamilton led the way in shots with three for the Black Bears while Heuser stole the show for Albany, taking six shots and cashing in on one for a goal.
Ford and the Black Bears defense had gone three straight contests without allowing a goal but had it snapped in the 13th minute. With that marker the Black Bears' streak ended at 222 scoreless minutes. Ford looked impressive in the cage as she had to fend off seven Albany penalty corners, making a season-high, nine saves in the process. Maxi Primus, the Great Danes starting goalkeeper, made four saves on five shots in the winning effort.
The Black Bears will face Bryant tomorrow afternoon looking to salvage the weekend slate. That match will start at 1 p.m. at the UMaine field hockey complex.