DURHAM, N.H. - Jenn Harrison (Hanover, Mass.) recorded a career-high seven points with three goals and an assist to propel the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Friday afternoon's 4-2 non-conference victory against Syracuse University at Memorial Field.
UNH (2-1) built a 4-0 lead by scoring on four of its eight penalty corners in the game. Syracuse (0-2) stormed back with goals 3:34 apart midway through the second half to close within 4-2, but the 'Cats fended off the Orangewomen in the final minutes to secure the win.
Harrison gave New Hampshire a 1-0 lead 79 seconds into the game. Jen Stamp (Tyngsboro, Mass.) initiated the penalty corner with a hit from the left side and Lauren Bruce (Amherst, N.Y.), at the top of the circle, stopped the ball for Harrison's low shot that went to the left of SU goalkeeper Betsy Wagner.
UNH carried that one-goal advantage into the second half until that Wildcat trio produced a carbon copy goal at 37:00 to give the 'Cats a 2-0 lead. Katie White (Glens Falls, N.Y.) increased the cushion to 3-0 at 43:32 when, on a penalty corner, she redirected Harrison's shot from the top of the circle into the cage. White had been denied a goal midway through the first half when SU's Jackie Sheaffer made a defensive save.
Just 1:47 later, the Wildcats took what appeared to be a commanding 4-0 lead when Harrison scored with the assistance of Brittany Schneider (Middletown, Md.) and Stamp, who became the first Wildcat since the 2000 season to record three assists in a game.
Syracuse battled back to trim the deficit to 4-1 at 52:27 when Lindsay Peirson's push from just outside the circle was redirected into the cage by Ann-Marie Guglieri. The Orangewomen continued to pressure and closed to within 4-2 at 56:01. Sheaffer began the penalty corner from the left side, then Joanne Lombard stopped the ball and fired a low blast through a crowd for the score.
UNH controlled the ball in the closing minutes to fend off the comeback bid.
UNH starting goalie Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) made five saves and surrendered one goal before leaving the game with 17 minutes remaining. Julie Munson (Dover, N.H.) went the rest of the way and stopped one of the two shots on goal. SU's Wagner was credited with five saves.
New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 7 vs. the University of Iowa. The game begins at 1 p.m. and will be followed by the Bigglestone Plaza dedication ceremony.