ORONO, ME – Maine's Hannah Keating scored with just 57 seconds remaining in regulation to snap a 2-2 tie and lift the Black Bears (9-5) to a 3-2 win over the Brown field hockey team (3-7) on Monday afternoon.
Brown sophomore Meghan O'Donnell (Winchester, MA) scored the only goal of the first half to give the Bears a 1-0 lead 20:48 into the game. O'Donnell tallied her fifth goal of the season and fourth in Brown's last two games, as she took advantage of a Maine turnover inside the circle and flipped her shot up and over Maine goalie Sydney Kolysher.
Maine battled back midway through the second half with a pair of scores separated by just 1:44. On a Black Bears corner, Annabelle Hamilton blasted a shot from the top of the circle. Nicole Sevey was on the left side of the cage and tipped the ball past sophomore Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, MA) to tie the score at 1-1 at 52:07.
The Black Bears then grabbed a 2-1 lead at 53:51 when Elke Jacobse took control of a loose ball in front of the cage and lifted the ball over McSweeney for her first of the year.
However, Brown would answer just over 13 minutes later to tie the score at 2-2. After Kolysher made a save on an initial attempt by the Bears, freshman Hannah Rogers (Los Altos, CA) was there to knock the rebound into the cage with 3:31 left in the game.
Maine would go ahead for good with just 57 seconds remaining in regulation. Jacobse dribbled the ball through a pair of Brown defenders before sliding a pass from the right post over to Keating in the center of the cage. Keating would tip the shot towards the far post, putting a perfect touch on the ball, which crossed the goal line to give Maine a 3-2 advantage that it would not relinquish.
For the game, Brown was outshot, 13-5, while both teams earned 10 corners. McSweeney finished the afternoon with seven saves.
The Bears return to action on Saturday, October 13, when they travel to Princeton, New Jersey, to face the 4th-ranked Tigers at 12:00 noon.
Pictured: Hannah Rogers '16. Photo by DSPics.net.