ORONO, Maine – The Maine field hockey team (1-1) continues it's challenging non-conference slate this week as it faces No. 12 Stanford on Thursday and No. 10 UMass on Friday. Both games are on the road as the contest against the Cardinal will be a neutral site match played in Durham, N.H., while Saturday's contest against the Minutewomen will be a true road contest, played in Amherst, Mass.
Maine is coming off a split weekend where it opened with a decisive 4-0 win over Central Michigan last Friday and fell in a heartbreaking loss to No. 16 Michigan State, 5-4 in overtime.
Cassidy Svetek opened the season with an impressive five points through two games as she tallied a pair of goals against the Chippewas and recorded an assist against Michigan State.
Maine also enjoyed balanced scoring through the weekend as three players are tied for second on the team in points with four. Danielle Aviani and Holly Stewart both recorded a pair of goals, while Annabelle Hamilton found the back of the net once and notched two assists.
In net Emily Corbett saw 106 minutes of action and made 12 saves while allowing five goals (.706 GAA). Emma Cochran also saw playing time in the second half of the Central Michigan game as she made one save and allowed no goals.
This is the first time in the tenure of head coach Josette Babineau that the Black Bears have played Stanford. The Cardinal (2-0) enters this week's contest as the No. 12 ranked team and opened the season 2-0 defeating both Delaware (4-0) and Liberty (4-1) in the team's own tournament.
Lauren Becker leads the team in points with six (three goals) while Alex McCawley (five points) and Maddie Sacco (four points) are second and third. Dulcie Davies has seen all the action in net for the Cardinal playing in all 140 minutes and allowing only one goal. She has made 11 saves.
UMass (0-2) comes into the weekend as the No. 10 team in the country and is a familiar opponent for the Black Bears. The Minutewomen opened up with Maine last year in Orono, Maine and handed the Black Bears a 2-1 loss.
The Minutewomen will attempt to get back on track this week after dropping the first two games of the year. UMass played the No. 1 ranked Maryland Terrapins and fell short of a comeback to the tune of 3-2 and also lost to Temple, 2-0. The Black Bears have only defeated UMass once in the series history, which dates back to 1975.