NEWARK, Del. – In a battle for first place in America East, Tami Street (Kingston, N.Y.) and Jessica Russell (Harrisville, R.I.) scored 1:25 apart to lead the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to a 2-0 victory against the University of Delaware at Rullo Stadium on Friday night.
With the win, UNH clinched the No. 1 seed in the upcoming America East Championships by improving to 6-1 in the league. The Wildcats are now 12-6 overall. It is the first time that the ‘Cats will be the top seed in the conference tourney; they were the No. 2 seed each of the last two years.
Delaware is now 8-10 overall with a 5-2 conference mark and will be the third seed in the tourney.
Street’s unassisted goal gave New Hampshire a 1-0 lead at 15:58 of the first half. Russell, who has scored a goal in eight consecutive games, pushed the advantage to 2-0 with an unassisted tally at 14:33.
Russell now has 15 goals and 35 points this year. Those numbers rank her tied for seventh in both single-season records.
Wildcats’ goalkeeper Amy Agulay (London, Ontario) recorded two saves for her second shutout of the season. UD’s Steph Judefind stopped three shots.
New Hampshire wraps up the regular season Oct. 29 at Towson University. The America East Championships will be held Nov. 2 & 4 at Boston University (the highest seed with artificial turf). UNH won the conference title in 1998.