New Hampshire field hockey ousted in first round of NCAAs

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The second-ranked and defending champion University of Maryland field hockey team recorded a 9-1 victory against No. 20 University of New Hampshire in Saturday’s first-round game of the NCAA Field Hockey Championships at Artificial Turf Facility.

UNH finishes the season with an overall record of 14-8. The Wildcats, the America East regular-season champions with a 7-1 record, earned an NCAA at-large berth by winning nine of their last 11 games. UM is now 18-3 overall and has won nine consecutive postseason games.

The Terrapins jumped out to a 5-0 lead before UNH senior Allie Lehmann (Granby, Conn.) scored at 11:47 with the help of classmate and America East Player of the Year, Jessica Russell (Harrisville, R.I.). The host team built on its 5-1 halftime advantage with a pair of early second-half goals and the Terps netted two more goals to cap the scoring.

UNH senior goalkeeper Amy Agulay (London, Ontario) finished with 10 saves. Maryland’s Ashley Hohnstine did not record a save in 49:03 of action. Erica Bicksler played 20:57 in relief and was not credited with a save.

Maryland’s offense, which entered the game averaging 5.1 goals per game, was led by Keli Smith, Dina Rizzo and Carissa Messimer, each of whom scored two goals.

In addition to Lehmann, Russell and Agulay, seniors Jaime Ehret (Old Greenwich, Conn.), Melissa Richards (Reading, Mass.) and Kelly Stowe (Topsfield, Mass.) played their final game in a UNH Wildcat unifiorm.

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