By Abbey Randall, Sports Editor
University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) women’s field hockey team dominated in their final North Atlantic Conference senior game against Lasell College, at Prescott Field on Saturday, ending their regular season with a shut out score of 5-0.
The Lady Beavers worked together as a team with precise passing, communication and teamwork to attack the offensive end of the field in both the first and second half of the game. The field hockey team ended their regular season 7-6 overall and 6-3 in their conference.
“We played as a team today,” said Kashley Weymouth, senior forward. “This game meant a lot to us seniors because now we have at least one more game on this field [Prescott Field].”
The women’s field hockey team worked on individual skills during practice as well as working as a team to create a strong and dominating attitude for their final regular season game against Lasell.
“They are competitive people and they have played in a lot of big games and they understand the importance of the game,” said Coach Cynthia Pratt in a pregame interview.
Kaitlyn Bullen, senior forward at UMF, scored the first goal of the game giving the Lady Beavers confidence to push forward through the rest of the first half.
With the consistent pressure on Lasell’s defensive UMF had many great looks at the net and scored a total of four goals just in the first half. Goals scored by Chelsea Morley, junior midfielder, and two goals scored by number nine, Mara Balboni, sophomore forward.
Early in the second half Kate Storey, senior defender, secured the win with the last and final goal leaving the Beavers out of reach for Lasell to make a comeback.
“It feels great, today was a great end to our regular season and secured our first playoff game to be here [UMF],” said goalie Curran Brierley. Making the game over Lasell her third shut out win for the season.
Being the last regular season game at Prescott the field hockey team honored their senior players with a lot of recognition for their efforts and compassion for the game of field hockey here at UMF.
“I want them [seniors] to look back on their four years that they played here and have terrific memories of not only being successful on the field but having a good experience,” said Coach Pratt. “It has been a really fun team to coach and they are a great group of student athletes.”
UMF women’s field hockey continues practicing throughout the week preparing for a successful playoff season. For more information about playoff games visit, nacathletics.com.