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UMBC FIELD HOCKEY DOWNED BY MAINE, 3-1
Baltimore, Md. –UMBC (1-8, 0-2) lost to America East Conference foe Maine (9-2, 1-0) in field hockey action on Sunday afternoon at UMBC Stadium by a final score of 3-1. After falling behind 2-0 in the first stanza, the Retrievers made a bid in the second half to tie the game as Kristin Ramsay (Rockville, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) pulled UMBC within one. The Retrievers, however, would be denied as a late goal by the Black Bears sealed the victory for Maine.
The Black Bears got things going initially in the first half when Amie Dubois (1g, 2a) began her big day. Earning a penalty corner just over 12 minutes into the game, the Black Bears let loose a hard shot at the UMBC net. Retriever goalkeeper Meghan Polek (Hanover, Md./Seton Keough) made an outstanding diving save but Dubois was there to pick up the rebound and tally the first point of the game.
The game stayed at 1-0 up until the final two minutes of the half as another penalty corner set up a scoring opportunity for the Black Bears. Dubois took the pass from the corner and set up teammate Karyn Magno just inside the circle. Magno let a shot rip past Polek to make it a 2-0 lead at the break.
Down by two in the second half, the Retrievers put the pressure on Maine, stringing together eight shots in the period, including Ramsay who deflected a pass from teammate Kristi Troster (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) into the bottom right corner of the net at the 57:33 mark. The goal was Ramsay’s second on the season and Troster’s first assist on the year.
After pulling within one, the Retrievers bid to score the equalizer was ended by the combination of Dubois and Magno, as the duo scored on a penalty corner with just under eight minutes remaining in the game, leading Maine to the 3-1 win.
Polek made seven saves in the game as Maine recorded 12 shots. UMBC took 14 shots on the Black Bears net as Maine goalkeeper Jaye Lance allowed just one goal and made six saves.
The Retrievers return to action on Oct. 12 at UMBC Stadium when they play host to Lehigh at 1 p.m.