New Hampshire field hockey falls to Michigan in opener, 8-1
Caitlin Gillen

DURHAM, N.H. -- Mary Fox recorded a goal and two assists to lead the University of Michigan field hockey team to Thursday afternoon's 8-1 non-conference victory against the University of New Hampshire at Memorial Field.

The game marked the season opener for UNH, which had won seven consecutive home openers dating back to 1996. Michigan improved to 2-2 with its second straight win.

Fox quickly gave the Wolverines a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal from pressure off a penalty corner at 3:14. Jessica Blake pushed the ball into an open cage at 8:37 and Katie Morris scored the first of her two goals at 14:55 to generate a 3-0 lead.

Caitlin Gillen (New Preston, Conn.) trimmed the Wildcats' deficit to 3-1 at 17:16 when MacKenzie Stuart (Washington Depot, Conn.) slipped a pass behind the defense and Gillen shot the ball into the open cage.

Jill Civic and Lori Hillman scored 1:21 apart - at 23:41 and 25:02, respectively - to extend the visitor's advantage to 5-1 and Nicole Lonsway struck with 33 seconds remaining in the first half to give UM a 6-1 halftime lead.

Lauren MacMillan (at 50:05) and Morris (52:25) netted second-half goals to close the scoring.

UNH goalkeeper Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) was credited with 16 saves, including 11 in the first half. UM starting goalie Beth Riley surrendered the lone Wildcat goal and made one save to earn the win. Molly Maloney played in goal for the second half and stopped all three shots she faced.

New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 4 (1 p.m.) at Duke. The next Wildcats' home game is Sept. 9 vs. Harvard. Game time at Memorial Field is 3:30 p.m.

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