MAINE vs. NEW HAMPSHIRE
Time, site: Saturday, 2 p.m., Lewis Field, Durham, N.H.
Records: Maine, 11-3 (2-2 NAC); New Hampshire, 4-14 (1-3)
Key players: Maine – striker John Mello (10 goals, 5 assists), sweeper Peter Gardula (5 & 3), striker Todd Sniper (1 & 7), midfielder Jason Charles (2 & 1), stopper Gary Crompton (2 & 1), G Marshall White (0.81 goals-against average, .827 save percentage); UNH – striker Frank Truscott (5 & 0), MF Joe Calder (3 & 0), MF Brian O’Connor (2 & 1), FB Cleveland Howard (1 & 1), G Eric Stinson (1.86, .750)
Outlook: This game could decide a NAC Tournament spot. Maine needs at least a tie to qualify; UNH must beat Maine to keep its chances alive. UNH has been shut out 10 times, one shy of the New England record. There will be plenty of incentive for Maine because UNH stunned Maine 4-1 in Orono a year ago and that cost the Bears a NAC tourney spot. UNH may not have a good record but the Wildcats have lost some close games to some good teams and own a 2-1 win over Hartford. UNH has a small field which could pose a problem for the Bears.