Top Moments of 2015-16: #10 Field Hockey Advances to NAC Championship with Late Goal to Sink Thomas

Top Moments of 2015-16: #10 Field Hockey Advances to NAC Championship with Late Goal to Sink Thomas

"Top Moments of 2015-2016" is a look back at the top ten moments to remember from 2015-16, as selected by the results of a poll voted on by UMF student-athletes, coaches, staff, and fans.

#10 Field Hockey Advances to NAC Championship with Late Goal to Sink Thomas

University of Maine at Farmington field hockey topped Thomas College on October 31, 2015 with a 2-1 victory in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) semifinal after the Beavers scored a game-winning goal in the final five minutes of the contest.

Thomas jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Emily Leighton scored only two minutes into the game. Erica Blake lined a cross to her left where Leighton lined the one-timer into the back of the cage. 

Leighton's goal stood until UMF got on the scoreboard in the 58th minute.  UMF took advantage of a penalty corner when Lee-Anne Greenleaf (Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner) passed to Lindsey Whitney (Lisbon Falls, Maine/Lisbon) at the top of the circle.  Whitney drove forward and passed off to Andrea Stemm (Gorham, Maine/Gorham), who dribbled in for the score.  

Approaching the five-minute mark, Young's game-winning goal came after a scramble in front of the goal. Emmah Spahr (Winthrop, Maine/Winthrop) caused a Thomas turnover near midfield and dribbled forward for the breakaway goal. 

After Spahr's initial shot was saved, Rebecca Young fired a shot, which hit the crossbar and bounced to Whitney on the rebound. Whitney lined a shot but the attempt was saved by the Thomas defense. Spahr was in the right spot at the right time as she gathered the rebound off the save and put enough on a shot attempt to push it over the goal line for the game-winning score. 

UMaine-Farmington advanced to the NAC Championship game for the second straight season but could not knock off top-seeded Husson with a 2-0 loss.