BOSTON - Amie Dubois scored in the 48th minute to lead the third-seeded University of Maine to Friday afternoon's 2-0 victory against second-seeded University of New Hampshire in a semifinal game of the America East Field Hockey Championships at Northeastern University's Sweeney Field.
UNH ends the 2003 season with a 10-11 overall record that included a 5-1 mark in America East. Maine, which was defeated 3-2 in overtime by UNH in Durham during the regular season, improved to 15-5 (4-2 America East) and will play top-seeded Northeastern University in the Nov. 9 title game.
With UNH pressing to tie the game in the closing minute, Maine's Kasey Spencer scored from a scrum in front of the net to give the Black Bears a 2-0 lead with 14 seconds left and thus secure the victory.
Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) finished with six saves for the Wildcats, while Maine counterpart Jaye Lance recorded her third consecutive shutout with one save.
This is the second time in as many years that UNH defeated Maine late in the regular season but lost to the Black Bears in the conference semifinals.
The loss brings the end of UNH careers for seniors Sam Carr (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), Courtney Goodwin (Lynnfield, Mass.), Julie Munson (Dover, N.H.) and Jen Stamp (Tyngsboro, Mass.). Carr and Stamp were named to the America East All-Conference First Team on Thursday.