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Field Hockey offense shines in win against Dartmouth

University of Maine (5-2) women’s field hockey rolled to a 5-3 victory over Dartmouth (2-4) Sunday afternoon, lead by an explosive attack from the offense.

Maine outshot Dartmouth 20-6 in the game, including 12-3 in the second half, where three of the team’s goals came from. The game marked the sixth in a row where UMaine has outshot their opponents.

Five different players found the back of the net for Maine, with third-year Samantha Wagg starting the scoring early in the first half. Wagg finished with a goal and two assists on the day.

Second-years Brittany Smith and Brianna Ricker added goals of their own, along with fourth-year Madison Cummings. Cummings notched her fourth goal of the year in the second half, giving the Black Bears some breathing room with a 4-2 lead.

Dartmouth scored a goal three minutes later, but third-year Emily Hindle answered quickly off a penalty corner, giving Maine a 5-3 lead and ultimately putting the game out of reach. Despite only generating three shots on goal for the season, Hindle has managed to score on two of them.

The five goals were the second highest total of the season for the squad, who pounded Bryant with 12 goals earlier in the season. On the year Maine is averaging over four goals per game, while allowing only one and a half.

With the win over Dartmouth, Maine improved to 16-6 all time in head-to-head matchups against the Big Green; the win was also their eighth straight against the team.

Dartmouth is back in action on Saturday, Sept. 23 as they take on Princeton at home. The game is set to begin at noon.

After a three-week road trip, Maine returns home on Friday, Sept. 22 to face Northeastern at 3 p.m. The game will be their last non-conference match of the season.

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