Game Notes: Maine Maritime Academy at University of New England

Game Notes: Maine Maritime Academy at University of New England

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Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (0-0) at University of New England (1-0), 3:00 p.m., UNE Blue Bolt Field, Biddeford, Maine.

Maine Maritime in Season Openers: The Mariners are 1-3 all-time in season openers, with their last season opening victory coming in 2017 against SUNY Maritime.

Series History: This is the first-ever regular season meeting between the Mariners and the Nor'easters.

University of New England's Last Game: The University of New England women's lacrosse team opened the 2019 season with a 10-8 win over the University of Southern Maine on Thursday afternoon at UNE Blue Bolt Field.

The Nor'easters trailed 2-1 with 8:28 to play in the first half, but a five-goal spurt that spanned less than five minutes on either side of the intermission put the hosts ahead for good. Casey Conwell had both of her goals late in the first to give UNE a 3-2 lead at the break.

Southern Maine trailed by four entering the final two minutes when Aliza Jordan upped her goal total to five with scores at 1:54 and 1:18, but the visitors could not get any closer against the Nor'easter defense.

Molly Camelo paced UNE with three goals and an assist, to go with game-highs of six ground balls and six caused turnovers. Keara Dwyer added two goals and an assist. Taylor Hopkins had six saves in goal.

Hala Van Nostrand stopped seven shots for the Huskies.

NAC Preseason Poll: Maine Maritime Academy was selected to finish third, out of six teams, in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Preseason Coaches' Poll.

Maine Maritime Academy (6-6, 4-3 NAC) head coach Amy Blanchard returns for her second season. The Mariners expect to build on the most successful season in program history and return to the NAC Tournament for the third-straight season. The Mariners return four of their leading scorers from last season, including junior Sydney Adams (Trumbull, Conn.), who led the team in draw controls and caused turnovers last year, while also scoring 31 goals. 

CCC Preseason Poll: The University of New England was selected to place third out of nine teams in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Preseason Coaches' Poll.

The University of New England and 11th-year head coach Sue Estabrook return eight starters from 2018 and the group that went 4-4 in CCC action.

Leading scorer and All-CCC Second Team pick Keara Dwyer is back for her sophomore season, after 36 goals and 18 assists as a rookie. Senior defender Kyra Taylor was also an All-CCC Second Team honoree last year, while junior attacker Anna Stowell landed All-CCC Third Team recognition (25 goals, 37 ground balls, 31 draws). Senior attacker Nichole Carvalho and senior midfielder Olivia Carpenter garnered all-league status in previous seasons. 

Sophomore midfielder Molly Camelo was second on the team in goals at 32 (to go with 36 ground balls, 27 draws, and 20 caused turnovers).