Maine Tops Holy Cross, 4-1

Oct. 10, 2004

Worcester, Mass. - The University of Maine scored two goals in each half to defeat the Holy Cross field hockey team, 4-1 in a non-conference game on Sunday afternoon. Maine came off a 3-2 loss to Boston University yesterday to up their record, 10-4, while Holy Cross dipped to 7-5 after a 3-0 victory over Bucknell yesterday. Senior forward Traci Rainone got the visitors on the board fourteen minutes into the game when she tipped Meagan Connolly's blast past Holy Cross keeper Sony Kuhn. Connolly was set up by Katie Flaherty on a penalty corner and ripped a shot into the crease, which Rainone redirected into the net. The Blackbears took a 2-0 lead into halftime with just 20 seconds remaining in the first, when junior Kasey Spencer was able to get a stick on Rachael Hilgar's initial shot during another penalty corner to beat Kuhn just before the half.

Maine went up 3-0 less than 10 minutes into the second half when junior Shaunessy Saucier slipped a shot past Kuhn at the 26:44 mark. The Blackbears looked to have a comfortable lead, but Crusaders fought their way back into the game, and dominated much of the second half, registering 7 shots and 5 corners. Sophomore Tara Welch cut the lead to two when she rifled a shot towards the goal and saw it deflected in by a Maine defender. Holy Cross then seemed to take control, and had a handful of opportunities to cut into the Blackbear lead again, but the Maine defense made two huge defensive saves to preserve the win.

The Blackbears rounded out the scoring with 5:14 left when Spencer tallied her second goal of the game after maneuvering around a diving Kuhn, and finding the back of the net.

Kuhn made 5 saves on the afternoon, while her Maine counterpart, Jamie Morin recorded 7 saves.

The Crusaders next take the field on Saturday, October 16 when they travel to American University for a 1:00 match-up.