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#22 Field Hockey Falls in Double Overtime Thriller to #18 Maine, 2-1

UAlbany Sports Information   09-30-2018

Field Hockey Score: No. 18 Maine, 2 | No 22 UALbany 1

Location: Orono, Maine

Records: UAlbany (7-3, 1-1 AE), Maine (9-2, 1-1 AE)

Short Story: Despite taking a one-goal lead into halftime, the No. 22 UAlbany field hockey team fell, 2-1, in double overtime at America East foe No. 18 Maine on Sunday afternoon in Orono, Maine.

Head Coach Phill Sykes

"It was a touch battle today. I am very proud of our team and how they competed. Maine played well today."

Key Stats:

  • Maine’s Brianna Ricker notched the game-winning goal in double-over time, her second of the season.
  • Dana Bozek tallied the only goal for UAlbany, marking her fifth goal in three games. The forward leads the team with eight goals this season.
  • Libby Reidle knotted the game 1-1 in the 56th minute.
  • Melissa Nealon made a season-high eight saves for the Great Danes in the cage.
  • Maine had a penalty stroke with just 1:10 remaining in the second half, but Nealon denied the shot to force overtime.

Game Notes

  • Shots on goal were even at 10 apiece.
  • The Black Bears held the heard in penalty corners, 10-6.
  • UAlbany leads the all-time series, 16-11.
  • The Great Danes own a 31-3 mark against ranked teams this fall.

Recap: Despite taking a one-goal lead into halftime, the No. 22 UAlbany field hockey team fell, 2-1, in double overtime at American East for No. 18 Maine on Sunday afternoon in Orono, Maine.

In the sixth minute of overtime, Brianna Ricker made a move past a diving Melissa Nolan before sending a shot into the back of the came to solidify the come-from-behind win.

The loss snapped the Great Dane’s five-game win streak and pushed them to 1-1 in American East play.

"It was a touch battle today," said Head Coach Phil Sykes. "I am very proud of our team and how they competed. Maine played well today."

Dana Bozek’s goal in the 18th minute provided the visitors with a lead they would hold for the next 47 minutes. Bozek received a pass off a penalty corner insert from Viola Von der Viola Von der Mühlen before picking up her team-leading eighth goal of the season.

Libby Riedle tied the game at 1-1 for the Black Bears in the 55th minute. After 21 minutes of scoreless action, Ricker ended a thrilling back-and-forth defensive battle that featured 20 shots on goals and just three total goals scored.

Mia Borley made eight saves in the cage for the Black Bears who ended a two-game skid with the win. Both goalkeepers extended the game with several crucial saves down the stretch.

Next Up: UAlbany returns home on Friday, Oct. 5 to host UMass Lowell (3:00 p.m.). The Great Danes snubbed the River Hawks, 1-0, earlier this season behind Carli Pelletier’s first career goal.

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