Maine Field Hockey Heads Out On Final Regular Season Road Trip This Weekend
The Maine Black Bears head out on their final road trip of the year as the squad has a rare, Sunday and Monday back-to-back slate, against California and Providence on Oct. 27 and 28. The Black Bears play the Cal Bears in Boston, Mass., in a game hosted by Boston University, while they take on Friars in Providence, R.I. Game times are slated for 11 a.m and 4 p.m., respectively.
The Bears enter the contest with a 5-9 overall record and 2-3 conference mark playing in one of the most competitive conferences in the NCAA, the PAC-12.
Cal traveled to Boston, Mass., for a two-game set against Boston University and Maine this weekend. The Terriers downed the Bears, 3-1 on Friday with Sydney Earle scoring the only goal of the contest.
Lara Kruggel paces the Bears in points with 12, having scored six goals through 14 contests. Andrea Earle is second on the team in points with 10 (four goals and two assists).
Courtney Hendrickson has seen a majority of time in the cage this year for Cal as she has a 5-9 record with a 1.84 goals against average and a .789 save percentage. She has also tallied one shutout this season.
The Friars are riding a three game winning streak into the contest against the Black Bears. The squad is 8-7 overall and 3-3 in conference contests.
Providence is coming off a 3-0 shutout of Rutgers on Friday afternoon. Deidra Clymer recorded her fourth shut-out and the Friars got goals from Salen Shaffer, Daniella Bernasconi and Henni Tietze to get the win.
Bernasconi paces Providence with 32 points (15 goals and two assists) meanwhile Kaleigh Fitzpatrick and Shaffer sit second on that list with 10 points each.
Clymer has seen all the time in the cage in 2013-14 as she has started all 15 contests recording a 1.50 goals against average and a .772 save percentage.
Maine was well represented in this week's conference weekly awards. Both Holly Stewart and Danielle Aviani received the America East Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors, respectively. Stewart came off a week where she was the model of consistency tallying a goal and an assist in all three contests she played in. Meanwhile Aviani continued to show she knows how to finish posting a three goal in the contests. Both players helped the Black Bears earn a 2-1 record for the week, including an impressive 5-1 win over conference foe, Fairfield.
Freshman forward Danielle Aviani has been one of the quickest players on the field from day one for the Black Bears, but now speed is beginning to translate to points. Aviani now has 15 points in her freshman campaign, and she's coming off an impressive week, which saw three goals and an America East Rookie of the Week award. Aviani has now recorded a point in six of her last nine contests.
Holly Stewart is on quite a streak for the Black Bears and playing her best field hockey of the season. Its no wonder she recently was named America East player of the week and has scored a goal and tallied an assist in three straight contests. Dating back to Sept. 15, Stewart has tallied at least one point in seven of her last 10 contests, accruing 19 of her 24 points in that span. The Black Bears are 7-3 as a team on that point binge for Stewart.
BLACK BEAR RANKINGS
The University of Maine field hockey team ranks highly in the offensive category when compared to its America East peers. Maine currently ranks in the top-three in every offensive category. Highlighting where the Black Bears feature, is scoring margin, (second place, 1.04), scoring average (third place, 3.06), shots (second-place 217/18.81 spg), and goals scored (second place, 50 goals/3.12 gpg). The Black Bears also sit second in assists with 47.
A LOOK AHEAD
After this final road trip of the regular season the Black Bears come home for one final home game against Vermont on Nov. 2. Maine will take on the winless Vermont Catamounts at the UMaine Field Hockey Complex with the game beginning at noon. The Black Bears will also celebrate the careers of its seniors, Francesca Rowley and Kaitlynn Stymiest.