New Hampshire field hockey outlasts Yale, 2-1 in OT

DURHAM, N.H. - Marcie Boyer (Dillsburg, Pa.) scored at 6:09 of the first overtime session to lift the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Friday afternoon's 2-1 victory against Yale University at Memorial Field.

UNH won its fifth straight home opener to improve to 2-3 on the season. Yale is now 0-1.

The Wildcats, who had a 21-11 shot advantage through regulation, controlled play in the extra session. Boyer scored the game-winning goal when she eluded a Bulldog defender at the top-left of the circle and fired a shot past goalkeeper Krissy Nesburg into the cage.

New Hampshire, which finished with a 28-12 advantage in shots and a 20-4 margin in penalty corners, took a 1-0 lead at 3:46 of the first half on a penalty corner. Tami Street (Kingston, N.Y.) stopped Brittany Schneider's (Middletown, Md.) push at the top of the circle and pulled the ball around a charging Bulldog before passing forward. Kristen Weldon (Avon, Conn.) gathered the pass in a crowd and shot the ball into the cage.

Yale took advantage of its few second-half opportunities to tie the game, 1-1, on a penalty stroke at 20:22 when Suzanne Anthony took aim into the right side of the cage. The Bulldogs had an excellent opportunity to win the game at the end of regulation when they were awarded a penalty corner just before time expired. They pulled everyone inside the 25 but did not produce a shot, thus sending the game into overtime.

UNH goalkeeper Julie Munson (Dover, N.H.) recorded her first career victory by stopping seven shots in 78 minutes, 51 seconds. Yale's Nesburg was credited with 11 saves.

New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 9 (1 p.m.) at Harvard University. The next game at Memorial Field is Sept. 16 (1 p.m.) vs. Rhode Island.

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