Utica 3, Southern Maine 1 – Box Score

Oneonta, N.Y. (9/4/2011) – The Utica College field hockey team tacked on two first half goals and never looked back on its way to a 3-1 victory over Southern Maine at the Oneonta State Invitational Sunday. Senior forward
Mallory Mariano netted the first goal of the game and an insurance goal in the 60th minute to help the Pioneers bounce back from a one goal season-opening loss on Saturday.

The Pioneers, who are now 1-1, will return to action on Wednesday for their home-opener against Oswego State at 4:30 p.m.

The Utica defense was able to hold the Huskies to just one shot and zero penalty corners in the first half as the Pioneers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 27 minutes. Mariano’s first goal came after a cross from the right wing into the circle by Ally Sanders

Mariano collected the cross and beat Southern Maine goalie Kayla Kennedy to put UC on top 1-0 in the 16th minute. Just over ten minutes later freshman Alaina Stojkovski connected with a loose ball at the top of the circle and rifled it into the back of the cage for her first collegiate goal (unassisted).

After a Southern Maine goal in the first three minutes of the second half the Pioneers knew they needed to cage one more tally to ensure a victory. Mariano had the answer for UC in the 60th minute when she snuck a rebound across the goal line to close out the scoring on the day.

UC goalie Monica Storms made five saves on the day to help UC preserve the two goal victory.