PORTLAND, Maine – Maine sophomore forward Eve L'Abbe scored the game-winning goal 26 seconds into overtime to lead the Black Bears to a 1-0 victory over Holy Cross at Deering Stadium on Friday afternoon. With the loss, the Crusaders open up the regular season at 0-1-0, while Maine begins the 2013 campaign with a 1-0-0 mark.
Maine controlled the play for the majority of the first half as it outshot the Crusaders by a 7-1 margin. The Black Bears also peppered Holy Cross junior goalkeeper Carly McCabe (Barrington, R.I.) with five shots on goal during the first stanza, but the Crusader captain pushed them all aside.
The Crusaders looked to grab the lead in the second half, as senior forward Alyssa Heiser (Bristol, Conn.) fired a great shot at the net, but Maine goalkeeper Lauren Swant made the clutch save. Both teams traded opportunities as Maine held the 7-3 advantage in shots during the second half.
Twenty-six seconds into the overtime period, Maine defender Maggie Malone launched a pass into the box that found L'Abbe, who put the ball into the net for the game-clinching goal.
McCabe played well in net for the Crusaders, making seven saves on the afternoon, while Swant made two stops in picking up the shutout victory.
Maine held the 15-4 advantage in shots and the 7-2 edge in shots on goal.
Holy Cross will host Southern New Hampshire in an exhibition contest on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 5:00 p.m., before it continues regular season play on the road at Wagner on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 3:00 p.m.