BOSTON - Rachael Hildar scored at 12:37 of the first overtime to lift the third-seeded University of Maine field hockey team to a 4-3 victory against No. 2 University of New Hampshire in Friday afternoon's semifinal game of the America East Championships at Northeastern University's Sweeney Field.
UNH, which won a share of the America East regular-season title, ends the season at 12-8. Maine (15-3) avenged last week's 2-1 loss to the Wildcats in the regular-season finale and will play top-seeded Northeastern, which recorded a 5-0 win vs. Vermont, in Sunday's title game.
Hildar's game-winning tally was set up by Tara Bedard, who finished the game with three assists. Maine goalie Jaye Lance made three saves, including two in overtime. UNH goalkeeper Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) was credited with five saves.
The Wildcats took a 2-0 lead into halftime. Courtney Goodwin (Lynnfield, Mass.), who scored her first career goal last weekend at Maine, scored the game's first goal at 6:09 with the assistance of Jen Stamp (Tyngsboro, Mass.) and Kristen Weldon (Avon, Conn.). Marcie Boyer (Dillsburg, Pa.), the America East Offensive Player of the Year, set up Katie White (Glens Falls, N.Y.), the America East Rookie of Year, at 11:41 to create a 2-0 advantage.
Jenn Harrison (Hanover, Mass.), with the assistance of Lizzy Duffy (Oak Park, Ill.), scored 32 seconds into the second half to give the 'Cats a three-goal lead.
Amie Dubois forced overtime when she scored the game-tying goal with 35 seconds remaining in regulation. Jana Ouellet started the rally with a goal at 40:13 and Dubois netted her first tally of the game in the 46th minute.
UNH had won all three games in the regular season that were decided in overtime.
This was the final game in a UNH uniform for three seniors - Boyer, Duffy and Weldon. Boyer ends her career with 86 points on 33 goals and 20 assists. Those numbers rank fourth on the career points list as well as fourth in goals and seventh in assists. Duffy, an All-Conference Second Team selection, finished the year with four goals and three assists for 11 points. In her two years as a Wildcat, she compiled totals of 6-7-19. Weldon, also a Second Team honoree, had two goals and eight assists for 12 points. Her four-year totals were 16-14-46.