BOSTON - The University of New Hampshire's Samantha Carr (Yorktown Heights, NY) scored 4:25 into overtime to lift the Wildcats over Boston University, 2-1, in America East field hockey action at Harvard's Jordan Field on Wednesday (Oct. 24) night.
It proved to be an even game throughout, and both teams had quality scoring chances in the first half. Neither team would score until 22:23 of the second half, though, when junior forward Jane Rogers (Watertown, MA) broke free front of the UNH goal and scored past the Wildcats' freshman goalkeeper Christine Buckley (Walpole, MA) to give the Terriers a 1-0 lead.
A defensive lapse by the Terriers at 11:25 allowed New Hampshire (7-11, 3-5) to tie the score. Sophomore forward Alyssa Arnold (Rockport, MA), unchecked in front of the B. U. goal, took a pass from senior forward Lizzy Duffy (Oak Park, IL) to make the score 1-1 and send the game into overtime.
The final minutes of regulation saw a flurry of scoring opportunities by both teams. Defensively, both goalkeepers had stellar nights. B. U. junior goalkeeper Susan Harrington (Tuftonboro, NH) made a number of big saves in the first half and down the stretch. She finished the game with 10 saves. UNH's Buckley had 11 stops.
B. U. controlled the tempo in the opening minutes of the overtime, but a defensive error allowed Carr to get an open shot on goal and the senior beat Harrington at 10:35 to seal the victory. Head coach Sally Starr thought her team would come out stronger than it did.
"At this point of the season our players should be 100 percent confident about where they should be and when they should be there," said the coach. "It's just a matter of mental lapses on our part. We're a good team and that makes it very frustrating. I know we have the talent and the ability to play well."
With a victory the Terriers would have wrapped up the No. 2 seed in next week's America East Championship. Depending on the outcome of a number of other games, the team could be seeded anywhere from No. 2 to No. 4 in the tournament, which will be held at Northeastern's Sweeney Field on Nov. 2 and 4.
Both teams took 17 shots in the game. The Wildcats held a slim 11-10 advantage in penalty corners. B. U. recorded two defensive saves. Freshman defender Kara Rossi (North Salem, NY) preventing a sure goal with a stick save after Harrington was forced to make a wide save midway through the first half. Junior defender Casey Holman (Bridgeton, NJ) had a similar save in the second half.
Rogers had a strong second half offensively for the Terriers, taking a game-high five shots and proving to be a thorn in the side of the Wildcats.
Boston University (7-9, 6-3) finishes the regular season with two non-conference games this weekend. The Terriers host Yale on Senior Day on Saturday, Oct. 27 on the campus of Babson College. Game time is 2 p.m. On Sunday, Oct. 28, B. U. returns to Jordan Field, this time as the visiting team, facing Harvard in a 1 p.m. start.