HENNIKER, N.H. - University of Maine at Farmington field hockey (9-4-0, 4-1-0) clinched the top seed in the upcoming North Atlantic Conference Championship by topping New England College (4-13-0, 0-5-0) 6-1 on Saturday.
The Beavers (9-4 overall) earned the top seed in the conference tournament after posting a 4-1 record in NAC play. On Wednesday, October 26, UMF will host No. 4 Thomas (4-11 overall, 2-3 NAC).
On Saturday, UMF scored five goals in the first half to take away any hope of an upset bid by New England College. Carly Raymond (Topsham, Maine/Mt.Ararat) scored the first goal just seven minutes into the game. Sarita Crandall (Farmington, Maine/Mt.Blue) scored her first goal of the year assisted by Andrea Stemm (Gorham, Maine/Gorham) to put the Beavers up 2-0. Emmah Spahr (Winthrop, Maine/Winthrop) scored her 17th goal of the season off a pass from Raymond. Raymond scored her second goal of the game at 27:26 from Stemm's second assist of the game. Spahr scored her second goal of the game and 18th of the year (one shy of single-season record) at 33:50 sending the Beavers to the break with a 5-0 lead.
New England College spoiled the shutout in the 44th minute. Abigail Arsenault scored unassisted to give the Pilgrims life. UMF got the goal back under two minutes later as Rylie Turner (Portland, Maine/Deering) notch her first goal of the season assisted by Stemm, her third assist of the game.
Patty Smith (Gorham, Maine/Gorham) saved three shots to notch her eighth win of the season.
UMF outshot New England College 20-4 and won the corner battle 9-7.
UMaine-Farmington will close out their regular season on the road taking on non-conference opponent University of Southern Maine on Sunday.