LEICESTER, Mass. – The University of Maine at Farmington Beavers exploded for six goals, including a two-goal, two-assist performance by junior Kasey Talarico (Lewiston, Maine) as the Beavers remain undefeated in the New England Collegiate Conference with a 6-3 win over the Becker Hawks on Senior Day Saturday at Alumni Field.
October 12, 2019
Score: UMaine-Farmington 6 – Becker 3
Records: The Becker College Hawks 5-7 (0-2 NECC) | The UMaine Farmington Beavers 2-9 (2-0 NECC)
Prior to the match, the Hawks honored seniors Jocelyn Lebel (North Grafton, Mass.), Katherine Bernier (Dudley, Mass.), Lauren Niemann (Bay Shore, N.Y.), and Samantha Carter (Boothbay Harbor, Maine) for Senior Day.
Becker took a 1-0 lead early in the second quarter on Cooper's fourth goal of the season but a string of four straight goals over the span of 9:13 between the second and third quarters started the rout for Farmington.
At 22:56, Talarico notched the first of her two goals of the afternoon, tying the match at 1-1.
A scrum in front of the Hawks goal bounced to Talarico and she deposited the ball in the empty net to tie the game.
Just 1:40 later, Talarico put the Beavers in front with her second of the game. Talarico found room alone and behind the defense of Becker and made no mistake in giving Farmington a 2-1 lead.
It would stay 2-1 until 50 seconds into the third quarter with sophomore Gracie Foss (Farmington, Maine) giving the Beavers a 3-1 lead.
Just after a Hawks foul, Foss received a pass at the top of the arc and fired a shot past the stick side of Hawks sophomore Baileigh Griese (Woodstock, N.Y.) for her second goal of the season.
Sophomore Abby Pomerleau (Saco, Maine) would put Farmington ahead 4-1 at 32:09. Off a penalty corner, Pomerleau fired a shot into the net for her second of the season.
Hawks sophomore Kylian Kelly (Shrewsbury, Mass.) pulled one back just 51 seconds later, scoring on a penalty shot, the first penalty goal of the season and fourth overall for Kelly, cutting the deficit to 4-2.
But the Beavers closed the door on any thoughts of a comeback with goals by junior Alex Bessey (Jay, Maine) and freshman Olivia Kunesh (China, Maine), both assisted by Talarico, as the Beavers pulled ahead 6-2.
The Hawks managed one more goal early in the fourth quarter on a tally by sophomore Emily Iacovelli (Northbridge, Mass.). Kelly triggered a pass off a penalty corner that was settled by Niemann for Iacovelli, who fired her team-leading ninth goal of the season to finish the scoring at 6-3.
FOR THE HAWKS
- Kelly led the Hawks with three points on one goal and one assist.
- The Hawks finished with 16 shots, eight of which were on goal.
- Griese made four saves but falls to 5-7 on the season.
FOR THE BEAVERS
- Talarico's two-goal game and six-point performance are both career-bests.
- The four-goal third quarter for the Beavers is the second time this season they have scored at least four goals in a quarter.
- Freshman Katelyn Rouleau (Freeport, Maine) grabbed her second win of the season, making five saves on the afternoon.
The Hawks hit the road for three-in-a-row starting Tuesday with a NECC match at Dean at 3:00 p.m. Farmington stays in town and faces Manhattanville in a neutral site NECC game on Alumni Field tomorrow morning starting at 11:30 a.m.