EAST LANSING, Michigan -- The University of Maine field hockey team dropped a heartbreaker in overtime to 16th-ranked Michigan State on Sunday afternoon. The Black Bears move to 1-1 on the season. Michigan State, which opened the season with a loss to fourth-ranked Duke in overtime, improves to 1-1.
The first half featured an offensive barrage. The Spartans struck first with a goal at 5:10 when Megan Fenton found the back of the cage from Abby Baker. MSU added to its lead less than two minutes later when Claire Johnson scored on an assist from Allie Ahern at 6:52.
Maine then exploded for three goals in just over 10 minutes to take a 4-3 lead into halftime. Holly Stewart (North Vancouver, British Columbia) got the scoring started with an assist from Jessica Skillings (Skowhegan, Maine). It was the second goal of the season for Stewart. The knotted the score just 46 seconds later when Danielle Avani (Surrey, British Columbia) notched her second goal in as many games. Zoe Berkey (Duncan, British Columbia) assisted on the Avani goal.
Nicole Sevey (Skowhegan, Maine) put the Black Bear ahead when she notched her first goal of the season at 32:30 as Maine took a 4-3 lead at the half.
Megan Fenton scored the lone goal of the second half for the Spartans to tie the score at 4-4. Becky Stiles assisted on the goal.
The two teams went to overtime where Michigan State won it 1:54 in on a penalty corner. Allie Ahern beat Maine goalie Emily Corbet (Listowel, Ontario) to give the Spartans the victory.
Michigan State outshot Maine 28-13 in the game. The Spartans had an 11-5 edge in corners. Maine goalie Corbet made 17 saves in goal and moves to 1-1 on the season. Sierra Patton stopped six shots for MSU.
Maine returns to action on Thursday, Sept. 4 when they face Stanford at 5 PM at the University of New Hampshire.