New Hampshire field hockey blanked by Dartmouth, 2-0

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire field hockey team had its four-game winning streak snapped with Wednesday's 2-0 loss to intrastate rival Dartmouth College at Memorial Field.

Dartmouth (5-3) took a 1-0 lead early in the game by scoring on a penalty corner at 5:38. Lauren Welsh initiated the play with a hit to the top of the circle, where the ball was stopped by Kelly Storer. Carolyn Steele played the ball back to Welsh, who was alone at the left side of the cage and redirected the ball past UNH goalie Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) for a goal.

Dartmouth had a 3-2 advantage in shots in the first half and took that one-goal lead into halftime. The Big Green extended their lead to 2-0 at 36:02 when Caitlin Barrett controlled a centering pass from Lisa Thomas, who had worked free in the deep right corner of the circle, and fired a shot into the cage.

UNH (8-4) generated a6-3 shot advantage in the second half but was unable to beat DC goalie Lauren Balukjian, who finished with two saves.

Jen Stamp (Tyngsboro, Mass.) had two of UNH's best scoring chances. With 26 minutes left in the game, she blasted a shot from the top of the circle barely wide right of the cage, then with just over 12 minutes to play Stamp intercepted a back pass and redirected the ball into the circle, but Balukjian charged from the goal line and won the race to the ball. UNH's other dangerous opportunities were by Marcie Boyer (Dillsburg, Pa.) on penalty corners, of which the Wildcats had eight.

Buckley, who entered the game with a shutout streak of 160:34, recorded three saves.

New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 13 against the University at Albany. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.

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