ORONO – It’s been a long drought in Orono for Maine field hockey.
“We’re starving,” defender Emily Hindle said.
The Black Bears are licking their chops ahead of the season as they vie for their first America East championship in program history.
“We’ve always been so close and just getting over the line there would be great,” Hindle said.
The blue and white bring back five of their top six scorers from last season, but welcome in a brand new face in the cage.
“Mia’s (Borley) stepped up really well so far from what I’ve seen and I’m really impressed,” midfielder Casey Crowley said.
Borley crossed the pond from England to man the goal for Maine this season and she has big shoes to fill as the Black Bears gave up just over a goal per game in 2017.
“Just watching her techniques the first couple of days and her decision making she already has all the technical skills,” head coach Josette Babineau said.
“She’s very vocal it’s very good to hear her loud direct voice behind us,” Hindle said.
So far, Maine likes what it sees in Borley as the transition’s been seamless.
“Sometimes I feel it can be such a tight knit group with like so many people who played before but they’ve just been so nice and so open that it’s been really easy to transition into the team,” Borley said.
Borley is Maine’s first and last choice in net, which may be unusual to some, but it’s business as usual for the freshman.
“In Europe especially we only have one keeper per team so it’s not really a lot different for me I feel like a lot of the coaches and the other players feel more pressure than I do. But I’m just excited,” Borley said.
Maine faces off against Boston University on Monday in a preseason scrimmage which will be the first taste of game action for it’s promising new keeper.