DURHAM, N.H. - Lizzy Duffy (Oak Park, Ill.) scored 4:23 into the first overtime session to lift the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 1-0 victory against Providence College in the home opener at renovated Memorial Field.
UNH won its third consecutive game to improve to 7-3 overall. Providence, which had won the previous two meetings against the Wildcats, is now 5-6.
Following a scoreless 70 minutes of regulation, Providence controlled the ball early in the overtime session and it resulted in shots by Courtney Dow and Stefanie Suehnholz, but UNH goalkeeper Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) turned aside both attempts.
The Wildcats quickly transitioned to the other end of the field and Brittany Schneider (Middletown, Md.) played the ball inside the circle from the top-right side. Duffy corralled the pass, turned and fired a low shot into the cage to end the game.
The statistics reflect how evenly the game was played. Both teams recorded eight first-half shots and UNH had a slight edge in penalty corners at 7-6. The Friars generated a 5-4 shot advantage in the second half despite New Hampshire's 10-3 edge in penalty corners. The visitors ended the game with a 15-13 shot advantage.
Providence's best chance to score came in the 59th minute, when Jennifer Chin beat the UNH defense in the right corner of the circle and slid a centering pass to Kelly Romanowicz, who was denied from close range by Buckley.
Buckley finished with 10 saves, while PC goalkeeper Meghan Moran was credited with four saves.
This marked the eighth consecutive game in this series that was decided by one goal. The 'Cats lead the all-time series, 16-7.
UNH won over 120 games and had a winning percentage of approximately 75% on the grass surface of Memorial Field, which now features AstroTurf.
New Hampshire returns to action in its America East conference opener, Oct. 5 (1 p.m.) vs. Vermont at Memorial Field.