Men’s Hockey wins opening game against RPI

In their first game of the actual season, the University of Maine(1-0) men’s hockey team dominated over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Engineers (0-1) on Oct. 7 with a final score of 5-1. Maine managed to dominate the game until the third period when RPI managed to net one goal of their own.

Patrick Shea was assisted by Ryan Smith to score the first goal of the game six minutes into the first period. About a minute later, first-year forward Mitchell Fossier found the back of the net assisted by first-year forward Chase Pearson and third-year forward Nolan Vesey, putting Maine ahead with a 2-0 lead. Fossier managed to find the back of the net again in the second period this time assisted by fourth-year captain defender Eric Schurhamer and fourth-year captain forward Blaine Byron.

In the third period, Maine managed to score two minutes into the period. Pearson took the point with an assist from Vesey. RPI managed to return the goal less than a minute later when third-year defender Jared Wilson managed to find the back of the net with an assist from second-year forwards Jesper Ohrvall and Evan Tironese. This brought the score up to 4-1. Maine found the back of the net for the last time in a hat trick when Fossier found the back of the net assisted by Vesey. This brought the score to 5-1 and gave Fossier three goals on the season in his first regular season game as a Black Bear.

Maine goes 2-0 on the weekend versus RPI

In the second game of the series, the Black Bears remained undefeated on Oct. 8 against RPI outscoring the Engineers 4-2. RPI started off strong, but the Black Bears managed to tie up and pass the Engineers in the third period.

Fourth-year forward Riley Bourbonnais started off the scoring for RPI netting an unassisted goal five minutes into the first period. Maine returned the goal 10 minutes later in the period when Byron found the back of the net assisted by fourth-year captain forward Cam Brown. In the second period, RPI once again started off the scoring and netted the only goal of the period five minutes in when third-year forward Drew Melanson found the back of the net off an assist from first-year forward Jacob Hayhurst.

Maine dominated the scoring in the third period managing to find the back of the net three more times before the final whistle. Second-year forward Daniel Perez scored the first goal of the period about six minutes in off an assist from first-year forward Patrick Shea and first-year forward Ryan Smith, knotting the score at 2-2. Three minutes later Fossier managed to net another one, assisted by Vesey, bringing the score to 3-2 and giving Fossier four goals on the weekend series. The last goal of the game was scored seconds before the final whistle by Pearson assisted by Brown and third-year defender Mark Hamilton, ending the score at 4-2.

Black Bear Football wins in Delaware

The University of Maine Football team travelled to Newark, Delaware, Saturday, Oct. 8 to face off against University of Delaware. Maine emerged victorious in what was a 21-21 tie until the third-year linebacker Austin Brown made a 62-yard fumble recovery in the last minute of play, ending the game with a final score of 28-21.

It was a true battle until the end, with Delaware putting the first points on the board, with a 7-0 lead with a score by fourth-year redshirt running back Jalen Randolph. The Black Bears did not manage to make it on the board until the second quarter, when first-year wide receiver Earnest Edwards scored on a 60-yard pass from fourth-year quarterback Dan Collins. Maine missed the extra point, bringing the score to 6-7. Just 10 minutes later, Maine managed to find the end zone again, this time with a 1-yard pass from Collins to third-year defensive end Michael Supp. This time, second-year kicker Patrick Leonard was able to get the extra point bringing the score up to 13-7. Delaware quickly regained the lead in the last minute of the quarter, when third-year redshirt running back Wes Hill ran the ball for a 17-yard touchdown, bringing the score to 13-14.

There was no scoring plays in the third quarter, although the fourth saw significant scoreboard action. Once again Maine led the scoring with an 11-yard pass from Collins to third-year wide receiver Jaleel Reed. This time instead of going for the extra point, Reed once again received the ball to successfully complete the two-point conversion, bringing the score to 21-14. Following the pattern from the second period Delaware managed to knot the score back up when Hill ran for 61 yards to score another touchdown, bringing the score 21-21. In the last minute of play, fourth-year defensive lineman Darius Green led the defense in a play that allowed Brown to get the ball and run the ball for the length of Maine’s sideline to give Maine the 28-21 game-winning lead.

This win will move the Black Bears to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA), while Delaware moves to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the CAA.

Field Hockey beats UNH

The University of Maine(9-4) Field Hockey team defeated the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Wildcats(3-9) in an away game on Oct. 9. With an overtime goal by second-year midfielder Casey Crowley the Black Bears won with a score of 3-2.

Maine started off the scoring in the third minute of the game when fourth-year forward Danielle Aviana scored, scoring her fifth goal of the season, giving the Black Bears a lead in the beginning. Second-year back Samantha Wagg continued the scoring action for the Black Bears with an assist from first-year midfielder Riley Field and second-year midfielder Ella Mosky.

It was another 15 minutes before UNH was able to find the net. Third-year back Jessica Schmidt scored both the goals on the game. Schmidt’s first goal came halfway through the game with an assist from third-year midfielder Gianna Bensaia and third-year redshirt midfielder Aggie Sutherland. Her second goal of the game came two minutes before the final whistle, with an assist from Bensaia and second-year forward Katie Audino. This knotted the score at 2-2, pushing the game into overtime.

Crowley notched the one goal in overtime, giving Maine the victory. Third-year redshirt Emily Corbett played the first half in goal for the Black Bears, with third-year redshirt Emma Cochran played the second half and earning the win. Second-year Kelsey Rudert played the entire game for the Black Bears.

Black Bear Soccer shutout by Hartford

In their home game against Hartford(9-4), The University of Maine(6-5) was unable to find the back of the net, falling 2-0 against the Hawks in a shutout game.

Both of the Hawks goals came within five minutes of each other. First-year midfielder Sierra Stone netted the first goal for the Hawks, sending the ball over the head of Maine’s second-year goaltender Samantha Cobotic.

Five-minutes later, Hartford found the back of the net again, just after the 30-minute mark. First-year forward Kaila Lozanda scored off an assist from first-year forward Bridgette Alexander. Once again the ball went over the head of Cobotic, straight into the goal.

The second half of the game saw five shots on goal from Hartford, while Maine was close behind with four shots on goal.

Hartford fourth-year goaltender Jessica Jurg got the win of the game, getting her fifth shutout of the season, while Cobotic took the loss.

Maine falls in close match-up against Binghamton

On Sunday, Oct. 9 the University of Maine soccer team traveled to Binghamton, N.Y., falling to Binghamton University(5-8-2) 2-1.

It took a while for the scoring to begin, but 37 minutes in, Binghamton started the scoring with a header off the corner kick. First-year midfielder Rachel Parsons was credited with the goal with an assist from third-year redshirt forward Michele Galvin. It took Maine a while to be able to be able to tie up the game, but 77 minutes into the game, Maine found the back of the net. Second-year back Kate Evans was assisted by fourth-year midfielder Theresa Gosch to chip it over the charging keeper. This knotted the score at 1-1, but unfortunately for Maine, this did not end the scoring for the afternoon.

Seconds before the end of the game Galvin netted her second goal of the season off a corner kick that went over second-year goalkeeper Samantha Cobotic to put Binghamton ahead of Maine. Maine was not able to score another goal and the game ended at 2-1.

Women’s Hockey falls in first game of series

The University of Maine women’s hockey team fell in their first of two games at No. 5 Boston College on Saturday, Oct. 8. With a final score of 2-1, Maine(1-2-0) fell to 0-1 in Hockey East while Boston College(1-1-1) moves to 1-0.

Boston College started of the game with a goal, quickly bringing the score to 1-0. Fourth-year forward Kristyn Capizzano scored with an assist from third-year defender Kali Flanagan and second-year defender Grace Bizal, capitalizing on the power play opportunity.

Neither team managed to find the back of the net again until the first minute of the second period. Less that 20 seconds into the second period Maine came back to tie up the score when third-year defender Kristin Gilmour assisted by third-year forward Brooke Stacey and second-year defender Alyson Matteau found the back of the net tying up the score at 1-1. This was Gilmour’s first goal of the season. This tie did not last long, as less than 20 seconds later, Boston College’s first-year forward Caitrin Lonergan assisted by third-year defender Megan Keller, notched one in the net for the Eagles, giving them the 2-1 lead.

Neither team was able to find the net again, giving Boston College the win.

Maine falls in second game of series

In their second game of the weekend on Sun, Oct. 9, Boston College once again managed to outscore the Black Bears, with an ending score of 5-1. Maine started off strong in the first period, notching the first goal of the game, while Boston’s first-year forward Delaney Belinskas had a four-goal game.

First-year forward Tereza Vanisova notched the first and only goal for the Black Bears 14 minutes into the first period. She was assisted by Stacey and Gilmour, This was Vanisova’s third goal of the season. Shortly after this Black Bear goal, Boston College followed with a goal of their own. Belinskas netted her first goal of the game with Bizal taking the assist, knotting the score at 1-1.

Belinskas continued to dominate in the second period, first scoring a goal within the first minute of action. Lonergan and Keller, took the assist on the play. Keller also assisted Belinskas on the next goal a little over a minute later. This was all the scoring that the second period saw.

The third period was uneventful for the first half until Belinskas notched her fourth goal of the game assisted by Lonergan. This was Belinskas fifth goal of the season, which brought the score to 4-1. The last goal of the game came a minute and half from the end, when first-year forward Bridget McCarthy scored an unassisted goal, giving Boston College a four-point lead with a final score of 5-1.