CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The University of New Hampshire field hockey team utilized a pair of second-half goals to extend its winning streak to three games with a 2-1 victory against the University of Connecticut at Harvard University's Jordan Field on Tuesday night.
UNH (3-2), which had lost four straight to UConn since last defeating the Huskies in 1994, took a 1-0 lead at 42:22 on an unassisted tally by Kristen Weldon (Avon, Conn.). UConn goalkeeper Maureen Butler stopped the initial shot by Marcie Boyer (Dillsburg, Pa.), but Weldon collected the rebound and lifted a shot over the prone Butler from eight yards out.
The Wildcats extended their advantage to 2-0 at 64:20. Off a penalty corner, Jenn Harrison (Hanover, Mass.) swung the ball from the top of the circle to Boyer on the left side. Boyer made a touch pass to Jen Stamp (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and she fired a low shot into the cage.
Minutes earlier, UNH missed an opportunity to score when Boyer's penalty-stroke sailed high and wide of the upper-left corner.
UConn (1-3), which had a 15-8 shot advantage and a 6-1 edge in penalty corners, trimmed the deficit to 2-1 with 2:35 remaining in the game when Kelly Cochrane found Becky Helwig alone at the top of the circle and Helwig capitalized on her scoring opportunity.
The Huskies continued to pressure but lost possession outside the 25-yard line with 15 seconds remaining and saw UNH run out the closing seconds.
New Hampshire goalkeeper Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) finished with seven saves, including five in the first half. Butler was credited with three saves for UConn.
UNH returns to action Sept. 13 at the University of Richmond and plays second-ranked Old Dominion on Sept. 15. The Wildcats' home opener on renovated Memorial Field is scheduled for Sept. 28 (1 p.m.) vs. Providence College.