Hamilton Leads Senior Day Rout as Field Hockey Upends Vermont, 9-1
ORONO, Maine – Senior Annabelle Hamilton tallied three first half goals to help lead the Black Bears offense to a 9-1 victory over America East foe, Vermont, in Orono Maine on Saturday afternoon. The win gives the Black Bears an 11-8 overall record and a 3-2 conference mark heading into the America East tournament next weekend. The Black Bears clinch the third overall seed.
Prior to the contest Maine honored two players who played their final home contests of their Black Bear careers as senior Kaitlynn Stymiest and graduate student Francesca Rowley were celebrated. Stymiest played over 40 games in her Maine career while Rowley, who joined Maine this season started all 19 contests.
Hamilton opened the scoring in the seventh minute, tallying a marker on a penalty stroke to tally the first of her three markers.
Hamilton hit the score sheet again connecting off a penalty corner with Shaw finding the junior midfielder, as she scored her 12th of the season.
Vermont tallied its only goal of the contest in the 14th minute scoring off a penalty corner as Jackie Bendick notched the marker with Sally Snickenberger and Emily Tilton registering assists.
Hamilton responded to the Vermont goal with her third of the game and 13th of the season rifling a shot from 10 yards out to make it 4-1.
Maine went into halftime up 6-1 one after goals from Sydney Veljacic and Danielle Aviani. Veljacic tallied a goal off a penalty stroke while the final marker of the half came from freshman Danielle Aviani who scored on a penalty corner.
Stewart's first came in the 37th minute as she notched her 11th of the year off a rebound from Aviani.
Keating found the score sheet next, taking a pass from Abbey Gutowski and finding the back of the cage to make it 8-1.
Stewart capped the scoring in the game in the 69th minute tipping in a goal from the right post with Rowley and Sevey recording assists.
Hamilton's seven point day is the highest point output she's had all year as she led the Black Bear offense. Holly Stewart was next on the scoring list with two goals while Aviani scored one goal and two assists and Shaw tallied a goal and a helper on the day.
Both senior-day honorees recorded points as Stymiest tallied an assist, scoring her fourth career point while Rowley also tallied an assist.
Maine tallied its highest shot output of the season winging 46 shots the Catamounts way. Meanwhile Vermont managed only seven in the contest.
Natasha Ford got the start in net and records her 10th win of the year. She allowed one goal on shot and didn't record a save. Sydney Kolysher, who was honored at least year's senior day got her final home action as she played the final frame, and made two saves on two shots.
Vermont also had two goalkeepers play, as Stephanie Zygmunt made the start and allowed six goals and recorded seven saves in the loss. Snowden came on in the 31st minute of the game and played the rest of the way making 17 saves and allowing three goals.
With the win the Black Bears are set to take on Albany in the America East tournament in Durham, New Hampshire. The game is slated for Thursday, Nov. 7 with game time yet to be announced. Check back to GoBlackBears.com for announcements