DURHAM, N.H. - Senior co-captain Jessica Russell (Harrisville, R.I.) recorded a goal and an assist to propel the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to a 2-1 victory against 15th-ranked Boston College at Memorial Field on Tuesday afternoon.
UNH, which sits atop America East at 5-1, is now 11-6 on the season. BC is 10-7.
Senior Jaime Ehret (Old Greenwich, Conn.) gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 25:46 of the first half when she tipped Russell's hit over BC goalkeeper Jill Dedman.
The 'Cats took that one-goal lead into the second half and extended it to 2-0 at 25:49. On a corner, Russell's first shot attempt was blocked but she maintained possession, dribbled to the middle of the circle and lifted the ball into the cage.
Boston College gained momentum, however, and outshot the Wildcats 8-1 the rest of the way. The Eagles pulled within 2-1 at 8:21 on Margaret O'Neill's first career goal. O'Neill lifted the ball over UNH charging goalkeeper Amy Agulay (London, Ontario). BC's best chances to tie the game thereafter were produced by Amelie Wulff on penalty corners.
Agulay finished with five saves and Dedman stopped three shots.
New Hampshire wraps up the regular season with a road trip this weekend. In a battle for the top seed in America East, the Wildcats play Delaware on Oct. 27 (7 pm). The regular-season finale is Oct. 29 against Towson.