MT. PLEASANT, MICH. – The University of Maine field hockey team opened the 2014 season with four first-half markers on its way to a campaign-opening win against Central Michigan, in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., on Friday afternoon. The Black Bears were sparked by a pair of goals by junior Cassidy Svetek as the squad improved to 3-2 all-time against the Chippewas.
Maine dominated offensively, holding a 10-2 advantage in shots and a 6-1 edge in penalty corners, while only allowing one shot on goal throughout the afternoon.
Newcomer Emily Corbett got the start in net for the Black Bears as she made the only save of the game, while Emma Cochran started the second half and also maintained a clean sheet for Maine. Sadie Reynolds got the start for the Chippewas and allowed four goals on seven shots, making three saves in the process.
Maine opened the scoring just over four minutes into the contest as senior Holly Stewart took an Abbey Gutowski pass and buried it for the 1-0 lead. Nearly 10 minutes later Svetek made it 2-0, scoring the first of her pair, with Zoe Berkey adding an assist.
Svetek gave the Black Bears a 3-0 lead at the 22:43 mark, connecting on an Annabelle Hamilton pass in front of goal, while sophomore Danielle Aviani capped the scoring for the Black Bears less than 30 seconds later cashing in on a Hamilton pass.
Svetek led the team with four points while Hamilton tallied two assists for two points.
The Black Bears will be in action on Sunday, Aug. 31, as the team concludes its opening road trip with a game at Michigan State at 11 a.m.