DURHAM, N.H. - Senior co-captain Jessica Russell (Harrisville, R.I.) recorded a goal and an assist to lead the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to a 2-1 America East victory against Hofstra University at Memorial Field on Sunday afternoon.
After surrendering an early goal, the Wildcats tied the game, 1-1, on Russell's fourth goal of the season and second in as many games. Cameron Schmitz (Cos Cob, Conn.) initiated the penalty corner to Tami Street (Kingston, N.Y.) at the top of the circle. Russell then fired a low, hard shot to tie the game at 27:17 of the first half.
The game remained tied until New Hampshire, which improved to 5-4 overall and 2-0 in the conference with its third consecutive win, scored on a penalty corner with 6:55 remaining in the game. It was a carbon copy of the first Wildcat goal with the exception of Kristen Weldon (Avon, Conn.) deflecting the ball into the cage to notch her second goal of the year.
Hofstra (3-7, 0-2) took a 1-0 lead 1:42 into the game when Jennifer Swett pushed the ball into the cage from the right wing. The Pride regained momentum in the latter part of the opening half but sputtered offensively in the second half, in which the Wildcat defense limited them to two shots.
UNH goalkeeper Amy Agulay (London, Ontario) recorded five saves. Hofstra's Kellie Moritz stopped 19 shots.
New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 29 (5:30 p.m.) at Northeastern University. The next Wildcat home game is Oct. 1 against Harvard. Game time is 1 p.m.