BOSTON - In a battle for first place in the America East conference standings, seventh-ranked Northeastern University controlled play under adverse conditions at Sweeney Field and defeated the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, 2-1, Saturday afternoon.
UNH is now 11-6 overall and tied with the Huskies atop the conference standings at 3-1. Northeastern weathered the wind-driven rain to improve to 14-3 overall.
Wildcat goalkeeper Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) played well to keep the game close and she finished with six saves. Despite Buckley's best efforts, Northeastern took a 1-0 lead into halftime when Sara Webber scored with 4:24 remaining in the first half. The Huskies extended their advantage to 2-0 when Liane Dixon scored 6:28 into the second half.
UNH trimmed the deficit to 2-1 when senior captain Marcie Boyer (Dillsburg, Pa.), with the assistance of Jen Stamp (Tyngsboro, Mass.) and Kristen Weldon (Avon, Conn.), scored with 1:22 remaining in regulation. Northeastern controlled possession the rest of the way to preserve the victory.
NU goalie Emily Roy was not credited with a save.
With the goal, Boyer now ranks fourth, along with Pauline Collins (1983-86), on UNH's career leaderboard with 33 goals. Boyer also moved past Kathy Cortez (1991-94) into fourth place on the program's all-time points list with 84.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 30 (7 p.m.) at Boston College. The regular-season finale is Nov. 2 (1 p.m.) at Maine.