BIDDEFORD — After falling behind less than seven minutes into the contest, the University of New England registered the next three goals on the way to a 3-2 Commonwealth Coast Conference field hockey victory over Salve Regina University on Tuesday afternoon at the Big Blue Turf.

The result leaves the Nor’easters (8-4, 5-1 CCC) in second place at the midway point of the league schedule. UNE has taken the last five meetings against the Seahawks, who drop back to 6-4 overall and 4-2 in CCC outings.

Kendra MacDonald tallied two goals for the hosts, with the first tying things up at 1-1 in the 21st minute, off an assist by Olivia Madore (Lyman, Maine). Vonde Saunders then put back a rebound in the 33rd minute to give UNE a 2-1 edge at the break.

The Nor’easters kept the pressure on following halftime, and MacDonald redirected a pass from Hannah Buckley in the 54th minute for what proved to be the difference.

Salve Regina’s goals came from Tori Bickel and Taylor Bulis, with Ashley Cody assisting on both.

Second-period shots (15-4) and penalty corners (8-1) heavily favored UNE, and those categories ended at 21-7 and 12-2, respectively.

Liz Sargent logged three saves for the Nor’easters, while her counterpart from the Seahawks, Jessie Severino, posted a dozen stops.

UNE is slated to visit Roger Williams University on Saturday (1 p.m.), before returning home to entertain No. 11 Bowdoin College on Sunday (3 p.m.).

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