UMaine Field Hockey Enjoying Hot Start 

The UMaine field hockey team is on a roll. Winners of their last eleven games, the Black Bears are now ranked tenth in the country. It’s the highest the team has ever been ranked. The Black Bears are happy with their success so far but they know there is still work to be done.Kaitlynn Stymiest – UMaine Sophomore“Everything is gelling. Our offense is working great. Everyone’s really comfortable with each other now and I think that’s helped a lot.”The UMaine field hockey team is having the best start in program history. An 11-1 record and top-10 national ranking. Many members of the team are from Canada but for six Mainers, including Kaitlynn Stymiest of Corinth, representing their state is a strong point of pride.“It feels very good. It’s a really special opportunity for me personally. It’s a lot of hard work but I enjoy being here and being part of this because it’s really big.”The Black Bears are rolling in all parts of the game. So far this year, they have outscored opponents 65-18. Both Stephanie Gardiner and Kelly newton have scored at least 10 goals. Newton is the all-time leader in goals scored for UMaine.Kelly Newton – UMaine Senior“It’s always a team effort. I do I guess get the credit at the end because I’m the one tapping the ball in at the end of the play but it starts in the backfield and really should be everyone’s recognition.”Now comes the hardest part of their schedule: Conference play. Right now, there are four teams from America East in the Top 20 nationally. The Black Bears have a long way to go before winning their first conference title.“I truly believe that we’re going to win our conference. Hopefully, win our regular season and host our conference championship. Win that and then I think the sky is the limit.”The tenth ranked Black Bears put their 11 game winning streak on the line when they host 19th ranked Boston University this Sunday in Orono.