ALBANY, N.Y. — Samantha Waggs’ converted a penalty stroke in the 60th minute, and the University of Maine took over the top spot in the East Division with a 1-0 victory over Albany in an America East field hockey game on Sunday.

The win was the fourth straight for the Black Bears (11-4, 5-1), who moved a half-game ahead of the Great Danes (10-6, 5-2) with two games remaining.

After Albany was whistled for a foul on the goal line, Waggs buried the stroke on the right post.

Emma Cochan made seven saves to record the shutout. Albany got two saves from goalie Melissa Nealon as well as two team saves.


MAINE 1, UMASS-LOWELL 0: Emilie Andersen’s successful penalty kick midway through the second half gave the Black Bears (5-10-1, 2-3-3 America East) a season-ending victory over Lowell (5-6-6, 3-5) at Orono, but Maine was shut out of the conference tournament by virtue of Vermont’s 2-0 win over Stony Brook on Sunday.

That left Maine in a tie for seventh place, one point back of the sixth-place Catamounts for the final playoff spot.

Samantha Cobotic finished with five saves for Maine, as did Julia Schneider for Lowell.

UM-FORT KENT 4, ST. JOSEPH’S 2: Sherifatu Sumaila had two goals and two assists as UM-Fort Kent (11-1-3) scored four straight goals at Standish to erase a 2-0 deficit and end a seven-game winning streak for the Monks (12-5-1).

Brenna Smith and Haley DaGraca scored for St. Joseph’s in the first 29 minutes.

Fort Kent keeper Valentina Green recorded seven saves. Monks goalie Brooke Troup had seven.


SMCC 2, UM-PRESQUE ISLE 1: Senai Yenie slotted home a shot 4:08 into the second overtime to give Southern Maine CC (4-7-2) a nonconference victory at South Portland.

The Owls (3-11) took the lead 22 minutes into the game when Chad Bartlett ticked a free kick off goalie Patrick Duddy’s hand. Ryan Forkey tied the game with 8:16 left in regulation.

Duddy finished with five saves; Matt Manter had 17 for UMPI.


MAINE 6, MIAMI (OHIO) 3: Patrick Holway and Brady Keeper each had a goal and two assists, and the Black Bears (2-2) opened a 5-0 first-period lead against Miami (1-3) on Saturday night at Orono.

Eduards Tralmaks, Patrick Shea and Mitchell Fossier added first-period goals for Maine. Tim Doherty had a goal in the second.