ORONO, Maine — It was a Maine Majestix field hockey club reunion of sorts on Sunday when the University of North Carolina played the University of Maine.
Kristy Bernatchez of Belgrade is the starting left back for the third-ranked Tar Heels, who beat the Black Bears 3-1. In her only collegiate game in Maine, the former Messalonskee High School star played against former Majestix teammates Adriana Martineau from Norridgewock, Maddy Cummings from Belfast, Riley Field of Sidney and Clinton’s Lilla Tilton-Flood.
The Waterville-based Majestix, a club program, was founded by Bernatchez’s parents, Brian and Amy, in 2007.
Field and Bernatchez were also teammates at Messalonskee.
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“It was really cool,” said midfielder Field, who was a freshman at Messalonskee when Bernatchez was a senior. “It was kind of a taste of home away from home. She was on my side of the field so I got to face her a few times.
“She was the kind of player I always looked up to. Being able to play against her and at her level was kind of an eye-opening experience,” said Field.
“It was an incredible experience. It was good. It was fun,” said junior forward Cummings, who scored UMaine’s goal. “I haven’t played with or against Kristy in years now.”
“It was really fun,” said Bernatchez. “It was weird to mark Maddy and stuff but it was cool.”
A grinning Bernatchez said Cummings’ goal “wasn’t on my watch.”
Tilton-Flood, a freshman midfielder-back, didn’t play in the contest.
The Bernatchez family hosted the Tar Heels’ contingent on Saturday in Belgrade for a lobster and steak feed. It turned out to be a memorable trip for them.
UNC senior Lauren Moyer from York, Pennsylvania, who scored two goals, called her first time in Maine “awesome.”
“We had a lobster bake and we enjoyed the weather. It was at least 20 degrees cooler here on game day, so it was a nice change,” said Moyer.
She also liked the fact there were over 600 fans at the game, which gave it a special atmosphere.
“It’s such a close-knit community. It was a good environment to play in,” added Moyer.
“I’ve been here a few times in the summer but we had a lot of fun going to the Bernatchezes’ and stuff and I had never been to UMaine,” said UNC redshirt freshman Catherine Hayden of Greenwich, Connecticut.
Senior Julia Young of Yorktown, Virginia said she was surprised by the turnout.
“I wasn’t expecting this many fans. It was great,” said Young.
“We’ve had a wonderful trip, other than Boston. Once we got up to Maine, everything was fine,” said 36th-year UNC coach Karen Shelton, whose team lost 2-1 Friday at Boston College.
Shelton renewed acquaintances with former coaching rival and UMaine athletic director Sue Tyler after the game. Tyler led the University of Maryland to its first NCAA championship in 1987 in her last game as the head coach when her Terrapins beat Shelton’s Tar Heels 2-1 in overtime.