Despite the chilly winds and not so cooperative weather, the UMaine field hockey team came out on top against the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Sunday afternoon at Morse Field, 2-1.
The Black Bears improve their record to 5-3 on the season, while UMass falls to 3-5.
Neither team was able to score during the first 15 minutes of the game. UMass almost took an early lead, but UMaine freshman goalie Maygen Cassarino made an excellent save to keep the score tied at 0. Cassarino manned the net in the first half for the Black Bears, making five saves with one goal against.
Rebecca Giroux came on for the second half and shut out the Minutemen to record her fourth win of the season and improve her record to 4-3.
The Minutemen went up 1-0 when Lauren Gillespie scored at 15:15 with an assist from freshman Erin Parker.
The Black Bears weren’t trailing for long as senior forward Shaunesy Saucier tied the game at 31:52 with an assist from Kim MacDonald.
The teams remained deadlocked 1-1 for a large portion of the game. MacDonald notched the game-winning goal at 43:43.
Both teams were fighting for possession in UMass territory, when MacDonald took control and found an opening in the lower corner of the goal cage.
“We had a good week of practice, and we played harder than we have ever played this season. I think we deserve this win,” said Saucier.
Coming off a tough 6-0 loss to nationally ranked Ohio State, the win will help the team build some momentum with conference play on the horizon.
“We just have to hustle to the ball and not let each other down to maintain success the rest of the season,” said MacDonald.
The home win was big for the Black Bears, who have only two more games on Morse Field the rest of the season.
UMaine returns to action next Saturday, September 24 when they travel to Providence College to take on the Friars at 11:00 a.m.