BOSTON - Senior goalkeeper Amy Agulay (London, Ontario) stopped Julie Gahman's shot in penalty strokes overtime to lift the top-seeded University of New Hampshire field hockey team to a 3-2 victory Thursday night against Drexel University in the semifinals of the America East Championships at Boston University's Nickerson Field.
With the win, UNH (14-6), 7-1 conference) will play the winner of the Boston university vs. University of Delaware semifinal game for the America East championship at Nickerson Field on Nov. 4 (1 p.m.).
Following a scoreless 30 minutes of overtime, New Hampshire's Kelly Stowe (Topsfield, Mass.) began the penalty strokes with a goal against Drexel goalkeeper Heather Haigh (6 saves). The teams were tied, 1-1, through three strokes and sophomore Halden Forbes (Morristown, N.J.), who had not played during the game, put the 'Cats ahead 2-1 with a low, hard shot to the right side.
Agulay made a diving save to her left to stop Nita Raju's shot and America East Player of the Year Jessica Russell (Harrisville, R.I.) had the opportunity to clinch the victory with a goal. Russell, who scored on a penalty stroke at 22:14 of the first half to give UNH a 1-0 lead, fired a high shot towards the left post, but Haigh made a blocker save. Drexel's last chance from Gahman was denied on a diving effort by Agulay, which gave the Wildcats the victory.
Kristen Weldon (Avon, Conn.) gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead at 11:12 of the first half. Jen Stamp (Tyngsboro, Mass.) set up the goal by advancing the ball down the left sideline and centering a pass to Weldon, who redirected the ball into the cage.
Drexel (13-7, 5-3) tied the game with second-half goals at 9:20 and 7:11.
Agulay finished with 10 saves. Haigh stopped six shots.