No. 12 Stanford Stymies Maine Field Hockey, 1-0
DURHAM, N.H. – The University of Maine field hockey team (1-2), which came into week on a scoring tear having notched eight goals in two games, were smothered defensively by No. 12 Stanford (3-0), getting shutout 1-0 in a neutral-site game in Durham, New Hampshire, Thursday night. The Black Bears were held to just four shots through the 70 minutes of regulation after averaging 13.5 shots per game through their first two contests.
Stanford controlled play throughout the match holding the Black Bears to just one shot in the first half and three in the second, while recording 12 total as a team. Maine also was edged in penalty corners to the tune of 7-2.
Sophomore Emma Cochran got her chance to start for the Black Bears and made the most of it registering a career-high six saves on seven shots in the loss. Meanwhile Dulcie Davies was once again flawless registering her second shutout of the season.
The Cardinal broke through late in the half in what was a tightly contested frame, as Clemence Couteau notched the lone marker of the game from 10-yards out, scoring a reverse-stick goal at the 30:09 mark.
The Black Bears are in the midst of a tough non-conference stretch where three of their first four games have been against ranked opponents. In the two games that Maine has played ranked opponents, they have lost by just one goal in both, falling to No. 16 Michigan State in overtime last Sunday (5-4) and to Stanford (1-0) today.
That streak will conclude on Friday as the Black Bears will face No. 10 UMass at 4 p.m. in Amherst, Mass.