EAST LANSING, Michigan -- The University of Maine field hockey team dropped a heartbreaker in overtime to 16th-ranked Michigan State on Sunday afternoon. The Black Bears move to 1-1 on the season. Michigan State, which opened the season with a loss to fourth-ranked Duke in overtime, improves to 1-1.
The first half featured an offensive barrage. The Spartans struck first with a goal at 5:10 when Megan Fenton found the back of the cage from Abby Baker. MSU added to its lead less than two minutes later when Claire Johnson scored on an assist from Allie Ahern at 6:52.
Cassidy Svetek (Burlington, Ontario) notched her third goal of the season at 17:29 to put the Black Bears on the board, however, the Spartans answered right back when Abby Barker netted a goal at 20:24.
Maine then exploded for three goals in just over 10 minutes to take a 4-3 lead into halftime. Holly Stewart (North Vancouver, British Columbia) got the scoring started with an assist from Jessica Skillings (Skowhegan, Maine). It was the second goal of the season for Stewart. The knotted the score just 46 seconds later when Danielle Avani (Surrey, British Columbia) notched her second goal in as many games. Zoe Berkey (Duncan, British Columbia) assisted on the Avani goal.
Nicole Sevey (Skowhegan, Maine) put the Black Bear ahead when she notched her first goal of the season at 32:30 as Maine took a 4-3 lead at the half.
Megan Fenton scored the lone goal of the second half for the Spartans to tie the score at 4-4. Becky Stiles assisted on the goal.
The two teams went to overtime where Michigan State won it 1:54 in on a penalty corner. Allie Ahern beat Maine goalie Emily Corbet (Listowel, Ontario) to give the Spartans the victory.
Michigan State outshot Maine 28-13 in the game. The Spartans had an 11-5 edge in corners. Maine goalie Corbet made 17 saves in goal and moves to 1-1 on the season. Sierra Patton stopped six shots for MSU.
Maine returns to action on Thursday, Sept. 4 when they face Stanford at 5 PM at the University of New Hampshire.
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@example.com.