ORONO, Maine — Alexa Binnendijk and Holly Stewart each tallied a pair of goals as tenth-ranked Maine topped Holy Cross 5-1 on Monday afternoon. The Black Bears are now 12-2 on the season while Holy Cross falls to 1-12.
The Crusaders jumped out to a 1-0 lead when they worked in the circle and created a penalty stroke. Jamie Caniglia took the stroke for Holy Cross, burying a shot into the right side of the cage.
The Black Bears fought back and tied the game just before the first half came to an end. Maine would setup on the penalty corner as Zoe Adkins inserted a pass to the top of the circle where Kelly Newton corralled the ball. Newton then worked the ball along the circle to the left, setting up Binnendijk who blasted a shot into the back of the cage.
Maine would take the lead 9:41 into the second half when it would again score off a penalty corner on the same set play. Adkins inserted to Newton who slid a pass to Binnendijk who beat Crusader goalkeeper Kelly Sotsky for her second goal of the season.
The Black Bears extended their lead to 3-1, again taking advantage of a penalty corner. Adkins would insert the ball to the top of the circle and immediatly sprint to the near post. After Jocelyn Mitchell sent a shot to the cage that was saved up into the air, Stewart would tip the ball. Sotsky would make the save on the Stewart tip but Adkins was waiting at the near post and able to poke the shot home.
Stewart would push Maine’s lead to 4-1 just 49 seconds later when she tipped the ball into the cage out of a scrum in front of the goal following a rebound.
Stewart would put the game out of reach at the 61:55 mark when she tallied her eighth goal of the season and second of the contest. Annabelle Hamilton would start the play as she hit her high school teammate in stride, leading Stewart with a pass that she carried into the circle. Stewart would then blast a shot from the right side of the circle that slipped in past the far post, putting Maine ahead 5-1, a lead they would not relinquish.
The Black Bears controlled most of the game as they held the edge in total shots 22-3 and had 10 penalty corner attempts to Holy Cross’ three.
Sydney Kolysher played the first half in the cage for Maine before Alicia Frisch replaced her for the final 35 minutes. Frisch made two saves in the second half of play for Maine and picks up the win, moving her record to 3-0. Sotsky made 12 saves for the Crusaders but takes the loss, falling to 0-4.