Field hockey falls to UNE

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Despite dominating possession time in the second half, the Colby College field hockey team had a slow start in a 3-0 loss at University of New England in non-conference play Monday.


The Mules are 1-2 overall heading into Saturday's 11 a.m. game at Williams College. The Nor'easters improve to 4-1 overall, losing only 3-1 to second-ranked Bowdoin College.
UNE came out strong and had a 6-0 shot advantage in the opening eight minutes. The Nor'easters scored with 29:26 left in the first half on a goal by Vonde Saunders from in front.
The Mules did have a terrific chance to tie the game off a penalty corner with about 23 minutes to halftime. Merrill Read took a high shot, similar to a goal she scored against Tufts on Saturday, but Nor'easter goalkeeper Holly Smith batted the ball down. Read won the battle for the ball and her low shot was kicked away by Smith.
UNE scored with 8:12 remaining to halftime off a penalty corner. Kersey Boulay's shot from up top was deflected in the air by a Colby defender and the ball barely bounced over the line before another Colby defender knocked it out of the cage.
Saunders scored her second unassisted goal of the game with just 1:13 left to halftime to give UNE momentum heading into the break.
Most of the play in the second half was in UNE's zone, but the Mules could not connect for a goal. 
Colby goalkeeper Riley Whitmyer made three saves in the first half and first-year keeper Emily Buckman stopped two shots in the second half.
UNE had an 11-8 shot advantage in the first half, but Colby's shots were on goal. Smith made five of her saves in the opening 35 minutes.


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