Maine Field Hockey Picked Third in America East Preseason Poll
CAMBRIDGE, Mass - The University of Maine field hockey team was picked third, for the third-consecutive year, in America East's field hockey preseason poll, released to day by the conference.
The Black Bears were selected behind Albany, who received 24 points and four first place votes, and rival New Hampshire, who attained 21 points and one first-place vote. Maine received 18 points and one first place selection.
The Black Bears return the core of its roster for the upcoming season, including its top-four scorers from a year ago. Annabelle Hamilton, Cassidy Svetek, Holly Stewart and Hannah Keating, all tallied double-digit point totals for the University of Maine and will attempt to better those numbers for the upcoming campaign.
Maine enjoyed another successful season in 2012 as they went to the America East tournament for the fifth-straight year. In total, Maine placed seven players on the America East All-Conference teams. Hamilton and Zoe Adkins took first-team honors while Zoe Berkey and Stewart earned second-team accolades. Maine was also tied with New Hampshire for the most players on the all-rookie team as Svetek, Elke Jacobse and Nicole Sevey all received the honor. Both Hamilton and Sevey earned All-Championship team honors for their efforts in the tournament but the squad ultimately fell to Albany in the semifinal round.
The Black Bears also had two major conference awards as Hamilton was named America East Co-Offensive Player of the Year and Svetek was named co-rookie of the year.
The Black Bears ended the season ranked #23 nationally according the final 2012 Penn Monto / NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll.
Maine begin its quest for a conference title this coming weekend when the team travels to Worcester, Mass., to play in a exhibition match against Holy Cross. The team will begin the regular season at home a week from Friday when Massachusetts comes to town on Aug. 30. That match is a 1 p.m. start.
2013 Preseason Poll
Rank Team (1st-place votes) Points
1. Albany (4) 24
2. New Hampshire (1) 21
3. Maine (1) 18
4. Fairfield 12
5. UMass Lowell 8
6. Vermont 7