CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Natasha Ford made 13 saves and allowed just four goals this weekend against No. 12 Albany and Bryant as the first-year starter earned the America East field hockey defensive player of the week award for her efforts. Ford helped, what has turned into a very steady Black Bears defense as the team went 1-1 for the weekend.
Ford entered the weekend matchup with No. 12 Albany with a three-game shutout streak intact, going 210 scoreless minutes. Ford made a season high nine saves against the Great Danes on Saturday, keeping Maine within in striking distance of the lead for a majority of the game.
In the following contest, Ford and her defense provided key saves as the Black Bears fended off the Bryant Bulldogs, earning an exciting overtime victory.
This season Ford is tied for first in the conference in shutouts with three and maintains a 1.79 goals against average and a .710 save percentage.
The Black Bears continue their conference slate on Friday when the team travels to Durham, N.H., to play University of New Hampshire. The squad then returns home to play Northeastern at home on Sunday. Match times are slated for 6 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Aaron began his career at WVII in March of 2008. He attended Old Town High School, where he graduated in 2004. From there he moved on to the New England School of Communications, majoring in Sports Broadcasting and Journalism. Originally a sports radio major, Aaron co-hosted a weekly sports radio show on WHSN called This Week in Sports while also doing play by play and color commentary of Husson Eagle sporting events. He also spent a semester as the stations sports director. After his sophomore year he realized he had run out of radio classes to take, so he began taking TV courses while also working at Stephen King’s sports station WZON. Aaron graduated from NESCom in May of 2008 with a degree in communications, and was named the top broadcast journalist of his class. Since joining ABC-7 and Fox Bangor he has won multiple Maine Association of Broadcasting Awards.
In his free time Aaron likes, surprise, to watch sports and play sports. From mountain climbing to basketball, there are very few sports Aaron doesn’t enjoy. He also likes traveling when he gets the chance, and is happy he has been able to pursue his passion for sports while staying close to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @AaronRJackson, and you can catch him weeknights at 6, 10 and 11 on ABC-7 and Fox Bangor. He can also be reached via email at [email protected].