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University of Maine field hockey start season with tough schedule

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The University of Maine field hockey team stacked their early season schedule with ranked opponents.

The Black Bears fell to No. 12 Stanford by a score of 1-0 at Durham, New Hampshire on Thursday evening.

Last Sunday, Maine held a 4-3 halftime lead over No. 16 Michigan State. The Spartans scored the only goal in the second half, and scored just 1:54 into overtime to earn the 5-4 victory.

Maine (1-2) will conclude that early season stretch against ranked opponents when they travel to Amherst, Mass to face the No. 10 University of Massachusetts on Sunday afternoon.

Despite being shutout against high powered Stanford, the Black Bears have recorded eight goals in their first three games.

Danielle Aviani, Cassidy Svetek, and Holly Stewart have scored two goals each. Annabelle Hamilton has one goal and two assists.

Maine was picked third in the America East preseason poll. Albany and UNH were picked to finish ahead of the Black Bears.

This tough early season stretch against some of the best teams in the nation will help prepare coach Josette Babineau's squad for the conference schedule.

Maine will open up that conference schedule on October 3rd when they travel to Vermont.

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