MAU scores first win of the season

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BENNINGTON >> After slow starts to the new season, both the Mount Anthony and Brattleboro field hockey teams came in to Tuesday's matchup at MAU searching for its first win.

The Patriots are now 1-2-1 after walking away with a 2-0 victory, while the 0-4 Colonels continue to look for answers.

"We were a lot more aggressive in the circle, and recovered back a lot more, they saw how it affected the play [by] not doing it," said MAU coach Amber Cottrell. "We worked on that in practice and our spacing on the field, both wings needed to get on the post, not every goal is going to be pretty. Both our wings scored today, they took [what they learned] from practice and we had a really nice outcome."

Mount Anthony dominated the stat sheet, recording 22 penalty corners to Brattleboro's three.

Mount Anthony jumped out of the gate quickly and capitalized in the first two minutes. Off a corner, Alex Cross got the ball to freshman Chloe Rogers, who poked the ball past Forkin for a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

"A lot of our team is not necessarily young in age, but young in experience," Cottrell said. "I've been trying to get them not to play with the ball as much, work on distribution and getting to the circle. We want to get rebounds and deflections, some of the best goals are scrappy and fighting for every ball until it's either a 16 [yard hit], a corner or a goal."

Brattleboro nearly tied the game a few minutes later, but Rogers came out for the kick save, keeping the ball away from the cage.

In the final few minutes of the first half, Mount Anthony almost scored again, but Forkin made a save and MAU couldn't convert on three corners on straight possessions.

In the second half, MAU had two shots that went wide and then a Brattleboro player got a green card — a two-minute penalty — for being too close, less than five yards away, on a restart after a foul.

After she went out, MAU doubled the lead with their senior captain Whitten Coyne with 22 minutes left in the game.

MAU keeper Savannah Rogers only had to make a single save for the shutout, while Brattleboro goalie Natayla Forkin, made eight stops.

"After a year under her belt, people don't realize she's only a sophomore," Cottrell said of Rogers. "We've been working with her through the preseason to be loud in the circle and take control back there. Ashlee [Billert] and Taylor [Hayes] are a strong defensive presence back there and that helps Savannah feel more comfortable in goal."

MAU continues the season against Woodstock on Saturday at 11 a.m.


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