DURHAM, N.H.-Senior Kristin Iarrusso (Southwick, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire field hockey scored the game winning goal to lift the Wildcats over the University of Rhode Island 2-1 Sunday afternoon. With the win, UNH improves to 5-4-0 and Rhode Island falls to 2-4-0 overall.
In the first half, the Rams got on the board first when sophomore Marcie Bourski put one past Wildcat junior goaltender Amy Agulay (London, Ont.) for a 1-0 lead. Senior Quinn Sitterly recorded the assist. UNH tied the game 1-1 four minutes later when junior Jessica Russell (Harrisville, R.I.) scored off a penalty corner. Iarrusso tallied the assist for UNH.
Kelly Stowe (Topsfield, Mass.) had a chance to take the lead for UNH in the second half, but her shot hit the left side of the cage. The two teams battled back and forth until Iarrusso fired a shot past Rhode Island senior netminder Jackie Pizzi on a penalty corner for the 2-1 lead. Stowe recorded the assist.
Agulay recorded eight saves in the win and Pizzi stopped nine shots, seven of which came in the second half.
The Wildcats travel to Drexel University Friday for a 12:00 p.m. start. They take on Hofstra University Sunday Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. in Hempstead, N.Y.