UMF Takes Match-up of Young Programs with Wheelock

BOSTON, MA - In a match-up of young programs, the first-year Wheelock College team fell by a 10-4 count to Maine-Farmington's second-year squad on Sunday at Wentworth Institute of Technology's Sweeney Field.

The Wildcats remained winless through four games, while the Beavers improved to 2-1, capping a two-game weekend road swing. For Wheelock, the contest was also its second in as many days and marked the beginning of a five-game homestand.

Junior Kevin Kareckas (South Berwick, ME/Marshwood) tallied twice for the hosts, while sophomore Wayne Peterson (Winchester, MA/Winchester) and freshman Zach Bushway (Bethlehem, NH/Profile) also tallied. Sophomore keeper Michael Manning (Brookfield, NH/Kingswood Regional) made 23 saves between the Wheelock pipes, and classmate Matt Burns (Cheyenne, WY/Cheyenne East) won seven face-offs.

Sophomore Patrick Hurley (Goffstown, NH) provided three goals and two assists for UMaine Farmington, while freshman Tennessee Peters (Scarborough, ME) added a hat trick. Classmate Kyle Mitchell (Baltimore, MD) was victorious on nine draws, and sophomore Ben Altmaier (Farmington, ME) had five stops. The visitors were aided by a 4 of 5 showing with the man advantage.

Hurley netted an early marker 42 seconds after the opening face-off before senior Dustin Webber (Portland, ME) scored the Beavers' next two goals, including during a man-up opportunity that created a 3-0 UMaine Farmington lead at 7:51 of the opening quarter.

Bushway converted a feed from sophomore defender Paul Collins (Hyde Park, MA/Sharon) with 1:18 to go, and a pair of Peters tallies to begin the second period were met by a bad-angle goal from Kareckas at 6:56, keeping Wheelock within 5-2.

However, a Peters man-up marker with 3:27 remaining before halftime sparked a 4-0 run by the Beavers that saw the Wildcats stay off the scoreboard until Peterson's goal at 13:15 of the fourth. Freshman Matt Pennucci (Leominster, MA/Concord-Carlisle Regional) set up the scoring play, sending an accurate pass that was dropped by a teammate but bounced through traffic and to the front of the net, where Peterson grabbed the ball and deked Altmaier.

The Wildcats host Daniel Webster College on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.


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