Buckley records season-high 19 saves for 'Cats
BOSTON -- Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) made a season-high 19 saves but the University of New Hampshire field hockey team was defeated 6-1 Sunday afternoon by 11th-ranked Northeastern University.
UNH fell to 1-7 overall and 0-1 in America East, while NU improved to 8-2 overall and 1-0 in the conference.
Buckley's outstanding individual effort - she recorded 13 first-half saves - kept the game scoreless for over 22 minutes, but Jay Quinn broke the 0-0 tie at 22:46. NU took a 2-0 lead into halftime when Mari Creatini scored the first of her three goals, all of which came off penalty corners, at 34:07.
Creatini scored goals 59 seconds apart (at 49:09 and 50:08) to extend the Huskies' advantage to 4-0.
Caitlin Gillen (New Preston, Conn.) scored her team-leading third goal of the season to trim the deficit to 4-1 at 60:58.
NU's Ashley Webber and Alli Bolster struck 77 seconds apart late in the game to close the scoring.
Buckley's 19 saves matched her 2003 season-high total against the University of Connecticut. In addition to Buckley's save total, Kate Gedney (Westbrook, Conn.) and Anita Anastasi (Watertown, Mass.) were credited with defensive saves for the 'Cats. NU goalie Diana Nelson stopped two shots.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 1 at home vs. sixth-ranked University of Connecticut. Game time at Memorial Field is 7 p.m.