Wildcats Sink Maine Field Hockey in OT, 3-2
DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire field hockey team scored nearly 11 minutes into an overtime frame to defeat the Maine field hockey squad, 3-2. The Black Bears held a 2-1 advantage until the five minute mark of the second half but were unable to close out the victory. The loss drops the Black Bears to 6-6 overall and 1-2 in America East play.
The Black Bears drew first blood in the contest as Annabelle Hamilton scored her seventh of the season, 15:10 into the first half. The Black Bears scored off a penalty corner with Francesca Rowley feeding Hamilton at the top of the circle, as she fired it past Carlie Tarbell.
It appeared that Maine was going to take a 1-0 lead to halftime but Megan Bozek knotted the game up at 1-1, scoring her sixth of the year with three minutes remaining. Bozek cashed in on a pass from Melyssa Woods to beat Natasha Ford, for the Wildcats first goal of the game.
Maine opened up scoring in the second half as Danielle Aviani scored her third of the season, building on her already stellar first year as she took a pass from Hamilton, scoring from mid-circle to make it 2-1, Black Bears.
The Wildcats answered back later in the half as Emma Compagna tallied her first of the season, scoring form the top of the circle as Casey Pohlmeyer registered the assist.
For the second-straight game Maine headed to an extra frame, after taking down Bryant in OT, last weekend. This time the Black Bears came up short as, leading point scorer for UNH, Meg Flatley punched in a rebound off a blocked shot, to end the game, 3-2.
Maine was outshot by the Wildcats, 24-11 in the contest while it was edged in penalty corners as well,13-9.
Ford made six saves on nine shots on goal in the losing effort, while Tarbell made three saves on five shots on goal to secure the victory.
The Black Bears will now head back to Orono, Maine and look to salvage the weekend as the team will take on Northeastern on Sunday afternoon. The game is slated for 3 p.m. at the UMaine field hockey complex.