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Field Hockey 2015: UMaine - Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:42 am

Field Hockey Slated to Finish Second in NAC Preseason Poll

WHITINGHAM, Vt. – The University of Maine at Farmington field hockey team is slated to finish second in the North Atlantic Conference preseason poll, which was released on Tuesday. The Beavers came in second with 29 total points behind front runner, Husson University, topped with 34 points.

Voting for the preseason poll was conducted among the league's head field hockey coaches.



UMaine-Farmington (8-7, 3-2 NAC) will try to take the league title in 2015 after falling in the North Atlantic Conference Championship only a season ago to Husson in double overtime. Head Field Hockey Coach Cyndi Pratt enters her 12th season at the helm and has a strong core of returning players. This year’s squad includes five seniors -- Delainey Kein (Unity, Maine/Mt. View); Mara Balboni (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee); Susan Newkirk (Bethel, Maine/Telstar); Lindsey Whitney (Lisbon Falls, Maine/Lisbon); Rebecca Young (Plainfield, N.H/Kimball Union Academy).

UMF opens the season on the road at Framingham State on September 5, 2015.
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Re: Field Hockey 2015: UMaine - Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:43 am

Season Preview: Field Hockey

FARMINGTON, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington's field hockey team enters 2015 with an eye for a North Atlantic Conference championship crown after advancing to the championship game last season and falling in double overtime to Husson.

Head coach Cyndi Pratt guides the Beavers for her thirteenth season on the sidelines. The success from last year has already carried over to 2015 as UMF was voted number two in the North Atlantic Conference field hockey preseason poll.

UMF's five seniors are looking to capture a NAC championship as they wrap up their careers. The Beavers group of seniors are -- Lindsey Whitney (Lisbon Falls, Maine/Lisbon); Delainey Kein (Unity, Maine/Mt. View); Rebecca Young (Plainfield, N.H./Kimball Union Academy); Mara Balboni (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee); and Susan Newkirk (Bethel, Maine/Telstar).

A pair of juniors will contribute to the UMF defense – Patty Smith (Gorham, Maine/Gorham) is set for another season in goal; and Emily Lewia (Wells, Maine/Wells) is set to stop any scoring attack.

After a strong first year, the Beavers have a solid core of sophomores coming back with a year's worth of experience under its belt. LeaAnne Greenleaf (Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner) and Alyssa Arsenault (Winthrop, Maine/Winthrop) provide depth to the Beavers defensive force while Braley Leadbetter (Waldo, Maine/Mt. View); Carly Raymond (Topsham, Maine/Mt. Ararat); Emmah Spahr (Winthrop, Maine/Winthrop); Jenessa Talarico (Lewiston, Maine/Lewiston); and Sarita Crandall (Farmington, Maine/Mt. Blue) will lead the scoring attack this season.

The freshmen include – Rylie Turner (Portland, Maine/Deering); Katherine Merrill (Andover, Maine/Telstar); Torrie Nightingale (Bangor, Maine/Bangor); Andrea Stemm (Gorham, Maine/Gorham); Kyla Sturtevant (Poland, Maine/Poland); Emma Martineau (Greene, Maine/Leavitt); Gabriella Winslow (Parsonsfield, Maine/Sacopee Valley); and Chelsea Ballard (Fairfield, Maine/Lawrence).

UMaine-Farmigton opens the season with a three-game, non-conference stretch against Framingham, Wheelock and USM. Other non-conference games scheduled include Colby, Bowdoin, and St. Joseph's College. The Beavers' home opener is Sunday, September 20 against Rivier, and conference play starts on Saturday, September 26 when New England College visits Farmington.

For scores, stats, news, and updates about UMF field hockey, visit http://www.goUMFbeavers.com.
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Re: Field Hockey 2015: UMaine - Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:47 am

Greenleaf Records a Pair of Goals in Season Opening Win

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- University of Maine at Farmington (1-0) sophomore LeeAnne Greenleaf (Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner) recorded her first two career goals on Saturday as the Beavers picked up a 3-0 win over non-conference opponent Framingham State.

The game was scoreless for nearly the entire opening half until Greenleaf found the back of the cage with six minutes remaining. The sophomore hit the one-timer from the left corner with the assist coming from Mara Balboni (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee).

Greenleaf doubled the Beavers' lead with another goal early in the second half. UMF took advantage of a penalty corner as Sarita Crandall (Farmington, Maine/Mt. Blue) passed to her left to Greenleaf, who hit another one-timer for the score.

UMF tallied its final goal of the game three minutes later when Emmah Spahr (Winthrop, Maine/Winthrop) charted her first goal of the season with Crandall getting credited with another assist.

Patty Smith (Gorham, Maine/Gorham) stopped all five shots on goal for her first win of the season. Framingham State's Rosemary Talbot recorded 12 saves on the afternoon.

UMaine-Farmington will stay in Massachusetts and play Wheelock on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.
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Re: Field Hockey 2015: UMaine - Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:48 am

Young and Talarico Team Up for Six Goals in Rout of Wheelock College

BOSTON, Mass. – Jenessa Talarico and Rebecca Young combined for six goals and four assists to lead the University of Maine at Farmington (2-0) to a, 13-1, non-conference victory over Wheelock College on Sunday afternoon.

Farmington's offense was relentless through 70 minutes, scoring just under five minutes into the game when Emmah Spahr tallied her second goal in two days with an assist from Sarita Crandall. After the clocked ticked past the eight minute mark, Crandall scored a goal of her own after the Beavers converted on a penalty corner. Young was credited with her first of three assists on the afternoon.

UMF closed out the half with six more goals as Young added to her offensive contribution with the first of three goals at the 10:40 mark. The Beavers pulled off an impressive feat by scoring two goals in less than 10 seconds. Talarico gave the Beavers a 4-0 lead at 14:30 and then Susan Newkirk added another one eight seconds later with Talarico getting an assist.

Young and Talarico stayed on check with three more goals before the end of the half to give UMF an 8-0 advantage at the break.

Spahr added her second goal of the day eight shortly into the final half with Young dishing another assist.

Wheelock broke UMF's attempt at a shutout with a goal in the 48th minute by Katie Frade.

Talarico and Young teamed up once more with nine minutes left on the clock as Talarico found the back of the cage for her final goal of the afternoon with Young there for the assist.

The final three goals of the afternoon were all milestone goals. Freshmen Emma Martineau, Rylie Turner, and Andrea Stemm all scored their first collegiate goals.

Patty Smith and Alyssa Arsenault split time between the pipes for Farmington, as Smith earned the win with two saves.

UMaine-Farmington will play at the University of Southern Maine on Wednesday in final game of a three-game road trip to open the season.
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Re: Field Hockey 2015: UMaine - Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:49 am

Aguiar and Smith Earn NAC Athlete of the Week Awards

WHITINGHAM, Vt. – University of Maine at Farmington freshman Eric Aguiar (Thornton, N.H./Plymouth Regional) and junior Patty Smith (Gorham, Maine/Gorham) earned North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Athlete of the Week awards, which were released on Monday afternoon.

Aguiar earned the NAC Golf Rookie of the Week after finishing third overall at the UMF Invitational out of 31 golfers and first among NAC golfers. In the one-day tournament the rookie shot an impressive 73 (+1), as the Beavers finished fourth out of six teams.

Smith won the NAC Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week as she recorded her fifth career shutout with a 3-0 win at Framingham State, as the junior made five saves in the contest. In a win over Wheelock, the keeper tallied two saves in 35:00 minutes of action. This marks the first time since the 2003 season that a UMF goalie opened the first three halves of a season without surrendering a goal.

Aguiar and the UMF golf team return to action on Tuesday at the St. Joseph's Queenan Invitational while Smith and the field hockey team will play at the University of Southern Maine on Wednesday.
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Re: Field Hockey 2015: UMaine - Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:52 am

Greenleaf Scores Decisive Goal in Final Minutes at USM

GORHAM, Maine – LeeAnne Greenleaf (Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner) scored the eventual game-winning goal for the University of Maine at Farmington (3-0) in a 1-0 shutout over the University of Southern Maine in non-conference action on Wednesday.

The game looked destined for overtime until nearly 15 minutes remained on the clock. As the Beavers were presented with a penalty corner, Greenleaf tallied the game-winner redirecting a pass through traffic from sophomore Sarita Crandall (Farmington, Maine/Mt. Blue). Greenleaf's goal is her third of the season and her second game-winning goal of 2015.

UMF's defense was dominant down the stretch by surrendering only one shot after Greenleaf's decisive goal.

Patty Smith (Gorham, Maine/Gorham) recorded her second shutout of the season with seven saves against her hometown team, including six in the final half.

The non-conference win marked the first time since 2010 that the Beavers topped the Huskies.

UMaine-Farmington returns to action on Sunday, September 20 against Rivier for the home opener.

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Re: Field Hockey 2015: UMaine - Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:07 am

Senior duo doing what it takes to help Beavers take next step
Messalonskee's Balboni, Mount View's Kein bring leadership to young UMF field hockey team.

FARMINGTON — Try as she might, Delainey Kein can’t forget how the University of Maine-Farmington’s field hockey season ended in 2014.

“I think about it all of the time,” Kein said of the Beavers’ heartbreaking double-overtime loss to Husson in the North Atlantic Conference championship.” I know it’s in the past and I should just let it go, but it was such an exciting game, you just think about it all the time. That definitely fueled the fire for this year, and we’re ready to get back at Husson.”

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Re: Field Hockey 2015: UMaine - Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:26 am

Beavers Roll to Third Shutout of the Season with Win Over Rivier

FARMINGTON, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington (4-0) field hockey team recorded its third shutout victory of the season with Sunday's, 5-0, non-conference win over Rivier University (1-5) at Prescott Field.

Mara Balboni (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) gave UMF an early 1-0 lead only five and half minutes into the game with her second goal of the season. Emmah Spahr (Winthrop, Maine/Winthrop) sent a pass through the Raiders defense and Balboni lined a shot into the back of the cage.

Coming out of halftime with the one-goal lead, Balboni added her second goal of the contest in the 48th minute. Sarita Crandall (Farmington, Maine/Mt. Blue) passed to the left side of the circle where Balboni backhanded a shot that took one bounce and doubled the Beavers' lead.

Less than thirty seconds later, Spahr and Balboni teamed up again but this time the roles were reversed. Spahr scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season with Balboni recording her second assist of the year.

In the 53rd minute, Andrea Stemm (Gorham, Maine/Gorham) helped increase the UMF lead to 4-0 with Delainey Kein (Unity, Maine/Mt. View) assisting the goal. As Kein dribbled into the circle, the senior passed to Stemm standing in the front of the goal. With a quick trap, Stemm knocked her shot into the right side of the cage.

Susan Newkirk (Bethel, Maine/Telstar) charted the final goal of the game with six minutes left to go. Jenessa Talarico (Lewiston, Maine/Lewiston) passed through a wall of Rivier defenders but her pass deflected to Newkirk, who tapped in the score.

Patty Smith (Gorham, Maine/Gorham) and Alyssa Arsenault combined for the shutout, as the UMF defense did not surrender a shot on goal.
UMaine-Farmington hits the road on Wednesday for a non-conference showdown at Colby.

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Re: Field Hockey 2015: UMaine - Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Sep 24, 2015 5:46 am

Colby Hands Field Hockey Its First Loss of the Season

WATERVILLE, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington (4-1) suffered its first loss of the season on Wednesday night with a 4-0 showing at Colby (4-2) in non-conference action.

The Mules muscled a three-goal attack midway through the first half with all three goals coming within a five-minute span. Colby scored in the 13th minute when Misha Strage tallied a goal. Colby took advantage of a penalty corner four minutes later to double the lead. Colby added the final goal of the period in the 19th minute with a goal from Megan Fortier.

The contest stayed 3-0 for much of the second half until Kallie Hutchinson charted the fourth goal of the contest in the 56th minute.

Patty Smith (Gorham, Maine/Gorham) and Alyssa Arsenault (Winthrop, Maine/Winthrop) split time between the pipes as Smith recorded a pair of saves and Arsenault saved six shots. The loss snapped a streak of seven halves for Smith without allowing a goal.

UMaine-Farmington plays its conference opener against New England College on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

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Re: Field Hockey 2015: UMaine - Farmington

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Sep 27, 2015 6:15 pm

Beavers Open Conference Play with Shutout Win Over NEC

FARMINGTON, Maine – A second half scoring attack guided the University of Maine at Farmington field hockey team (5-1, 1-0) to a, 5-0, North Atlantic Conference win over New England College (2-8, 0-1) on Saturday at Prescott Field.

Mara Balboni tallied her first of two goals in the 19th minute after receiving a pass through traffic from Lindsey Whitney.

UMF really took off with four goals in the final period, including three in a five-minute span. LeeAnne Greenleaf doubled the Beavers' lead in the 39th minute when Rebecca Young found a way to send a pass through the Pilgrims defense. About thirty seconds later, Sarita Crandall tacked on another goal for Farmington. In the 44th minute, Balboni added her final goal of the matchup with the assist coming from Delainey Kein. Jenessa Talarico added the fifth goal for the Beavers in the 65th minute to give UMF its final margin of victory.

Patty Smith recorded her fifth win of the season with a shutout and saved two shots.

UMaine-Farmington travels to Husson next Saturday to continue conference play.

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