New Hampshire field hockey holds off UMass, 2-1

AMHERST, Mass. - Katie White (Glens Falls, N.Y.), the reigning America East Rookie of the Week, broke a 1-1 tie in the 26th minute to lead the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Wednesday night's 2-1 non-conference victory against the University of Massaschusetts in a wind-swept rain at Garber Field.

UNH, which has won six of its last seven games, is now 10-4 overall. This marks the eighth time in head coach Robin Balducci's 12-year career that she has guided the Wildcats to double figures in victories. The Minutewomen are 0-14.

White, who scored a career-high two goals Sunday vs. the University at Albany, gave the Wildcats a 2-1 lead at 25:08 when she redirected a shot by Kristen Weldon (Avon, Conn.) past UMass goalkeeper Christine Tocco into the cage.

UNH took an early 1-0 lead when Jen Stamp (Tyngsboro, Mass.) scored her 11th goal of the season at 3:50. Marcie Boyer (Dillsburg, Pa.) recorded her team-best sixth assist on the tally. She also leads the team in both goals (12) and points (30) while Stamp is second in all three statistics with five assists and 27 points.

UMass tied the score, 1-1, on an unassisted goal by Ashley Gilbert at 10:20.

A strong effort by White led to her game-winning goal and equally strong effort from midfielder Lizzy Duffy (Oak Park, Ill.) helped UNH preserve its one-goal lead over the final 44:52 of play.

Wildcat goalkeeper Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) made two saves while Tocco stopped four shots defending the Minutewomen's goal.

New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 18 at home against America East rival Boston University. Game time at Memorial Field is 3:30 p.m. The Wildcats will celebrate Senior Day on Oct. 20 vs. Harvard University. The game begins at 1 p.m.

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