By Haley Lynch, Staff Writer

UMF Field Hockey Players on the Field (photo courtesy of UMF Athletics)

UMF Field Hockey Players on the Field (photo courtesy of UMF Athletics)

The University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) Field Hockey Team is celebrating a successful season after they recently won their semi-final game and played against Husson College in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship. The Team defeated Thomas College 2-1 in their semi-final game.

Junior Andrea Beaulieu has played for the UMF field hockey team for three years now and was very excited about UMF’s winning the semi-final game. “It was really exciting to win playoffs my junior year,” she said. “It was even more exciting to see the seniors win.”

Meghan Hughes, a senior who has been playing field hockey at UMF for three years, shared Beaulieu’s sentiments. “I was pretty pumped because it’s my senior year,” said Hughes. “And we’re going to the NAC Championship which hasn’t happened for UMF since 2009.”

According to Head Field Hockey Coach Cynthia Pratt UMF hadn’t played in the NAC Championship since 2009 and had not won the NAC Championship since 2007.

The NAC championship game took place on November 8 against Husson the. The team gave it their all but unfortunately were defeated. “The championship game was one of the most exciting games I have ever been involved in,” said Pratt. “Unfortunately we lost to Husson in double overtime.”

Although the championship game did not end in UMF’s favor, the team and coach were incredibly proud of themselves for their hard work. “We played our hardest,” said Beaulieu. “We left it all on the field and that’s all we could really ask for. I’m proud of us for that.”

“The team played hard the entire game,” said Pratt. “They proved on the field that they were a championship caliber team.”