Field Hockey Earns 2-1 Victory At Maine
Aug 30, 2013
ORONO, Maine - The University of Massachusetts field hockey team opened its 2013 schedule with a 2-1 victory over the Maine Black Bears on Friday afternoon. Freshmen Nicole Miller and Izzie Delario provided one goal each to spearhead the offense at the UMaine Field Hockey Complex in Orono, Maine. Senior defender Hannah Prince assisted on Delario's goal to total her 10th collegiate point.
"We did a good job controlling tempo for about 60 minutes of the game," UMass head coach Carla Tagliente said. "Maine has a nice team and credit to them for coming out and being ready to play today. We will get better from here. We have a lot to work on, but it was a good start. I am happy with a lot of individual performances, but we need to come together as a group and play for 70 minutes tomorrow."
Miller recorded the first goal of the day to open scoring. Playing up front for the No. 14 nationally ranked Minutewomen, Miller converted an attempt from the edge of the circle to give UMass the lead at the 14:35 mark of the first half.
The UMass defense locked down following Miller's goal and limited the Black Bears to only one shot during the remainder of the opening half. Maine's Cassidy Svetek put an attempt on-target with 7:29 remaining in the frame; however, Minutewomen goalkeeper Sam Carlino turned it aside for one of the sophomore's six saves in the game.
With 25:02 left to play in the second half, UMass doubled its lead following a penalty corner. After the initial shot was deflected in front, the Minutewomen converged on the cage, with Delario able to knock home a rebound attempt for the 2-0 lead.
Maine earned its goal in the 56th minute to cut the UMass advantage in half, registering a penalty corner tally from Annabelle Hamilton. However, Carlino kept the Black Bears from evening the score with a pair of saves during the remainder of play.
Maine led in shots, 14-12 and penalty corners, 4-2. Natasha Ford played the first half in goal for the Black Bears, totaling four stops against one goal allowed. Sydney Kolysher took over following halftime and gave up the second UMass tally while making one save.
The Minutewomen continue participation in the University of Maine Invitational with a Saturday, Aug. 31, contest against No. 9 Michigan at 1 p.m.