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Field Hockey: USM vs. Saint Joseph’s College

Katelyn Wiggins

Posted on September 29, 2015 in Community, Sports
By USM Free Press

By Brooks Law

Gorham, Maine– On Tuesday, September 22, the USM Field Hockey team took on Saint Joseph’s College in a battle to the finish at Hannaford Field. Although Coach Denico’s Huskies were absent three of their original starting players, their strong depth proved to step up with great determination. After losing those three starters to grades and injuries, Coach Denico said, “I am not leery of that, because we have some really solid bench players that have been putting in a lot of time.” This comment shows the unity and faith that the coaches and players have in their program—knowing that if one player is out, there will be plenty of others that can play just as well.

Going into this game, the Huskies were .500 on the season at 4-4, while the Monks were on a three-game winning streak at 3-1—with all three of their wins being shutouts.

As the first half progressed, neither team had scored a goal yet, however, with 13 minutes left in the first period, Kelsey Dumond (Lewiston, ME) of St. Joe’s made the first strike. The junior midfielder scored off of an assist from senior defender, Meghan Williams (Greenland, NH). Less than three minutes later, USM’s senior captain and midfielder Allison Ward (Rockland, ME) fired right back with a goal, after receiving a pass from sophomore Kaitlin Hilton (Saco, ME) on a penalty corner. This goal took the two teams into the half at a 1-1 deadlock. It wasn’t until less than five minutes until the game’s conclusion that the St. Joe’s Monks scored their second goal to put them on top 2-1. This goal also came from the unassisted Kelsey Dumond as she executed her second goal of the game off of a rebound. Unable to record another game-tying goal, the Huskies fell just short to the Monks—stunting their hopes of surmounting .500 on the season.

Despite having lost their second straight game, the Huskies held their own as Southern Maine’s junior goalie, Amanda Kasbohm (York, Maine), recorded eight saves from 10 shots on goal.  Kasbohm out-saved Megan Baker of St. Joe’s 8-4. Coach Denico thinks Kasbohm is “a unique goalkeeper as she is another coach on the field. She sees everything and is wise beyond her playing years.”

St. Joe’s narrowly outshot USM 11-10, as well as recorded 11 penalty corners, where USM had nine.

USM has their third conference game on Saturday, September 26, as they travel to Westfield, Mass. to play Westfield State University. A win on Saturday would resurface the Huskies to .500 on the season.

 

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