First-Half Offense Explodes in Maine Field Hockey Win at Fairfield
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Maine field hockey offense exploded for five goals in the first half, as the team recorded an important 5-1 win over conference foe Fairfield, in Fairfield, Conn., Saturday afternoon. Freshman Danielle Aviani led the team in points tallying two goals as the team improved to 9-6 overall and 2-2 in conference.
The Black Bears recorded five goals in the first half minutes of the game, jumping out to a commanding lead.
Aviani continued her torrid pace scoring the next two Black Bear markers. On the first goal she cashed in on a pass from Holly Stewart on a cross from the right to left to make it 2-0. She scored her second on another cross, this time, with the pass coming from Shaw.
Abbey Gutowski tallied her first of the season at the 27:44 mark, scoring Maine's fourth goal of the contest. Shaw tallied her third assist of the day on that goal.
Stewart broke through at the tail end of the first half, scoring from 15 yards out at the top of the circle. The goal was her eighth of the season.
The Stags notched an early goal in the second half as Felicitas Heinen scored on a penalty corner at the 51:23 mark, with assists credited to Shealyn Testa and Val Buurma, but Maine was able to close out the cotest without further damage to record their second conference win of the season, 5-1.
Natasha Ford made six saves on seven shots on goal to record her eighth win of the year. Meanwhile Caitlin Bennett made three saves on eight shots on goal in the losing effort.
Maine displayed strong defense throughout the contest fending off 15 penalty corners and shots to preserve the win. Maine tallied 10 shots and only registered one penalty corner on the afternoon.
Maine will play one final game this weekend as the Black Bears travel to New Haven, Conn., to face Ivy League foe, Yale at 2 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.