Wildcats are No. 4 seed in conference tourney
DURHAM, N.H. -- Sarah Shute scored with 3:44 remaining in the game to lift the 17th-ranked Boston University field hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 2-1 America East victory against the University of New Hampshire in the regular-season finale at Memorial Field.
Despite the loss, UNH (4-15 overall, 2-4 America East) will be the No. 4 seed in the America East Championships and will play top-seeded BU (12-6, 6-0) Nov. 5 in a two o'clock game at Jack Barry Field.
Neither team generated much offense in the opening minutes, but the Terriers took a 1-0 lead off a penalty corner at 16:20. UNH goalkeeper Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) made the initial save on Ashley Partker's shot from the top of the circle, but Lauren Vendetti controlled the rebound in the middle and shot the ball into the cage.
UNH's Kaitlyn Skelley (Wolfeboro, N.H.) converted a BU turnover into a breakaway opportunity and a tying goal. In a 1v-1 move with goalkeeper Erin Prediger at the top of the circle, Skelley pulled the ball wide right and, with a diving effort, swept the ball into the open cage to tie the score, 1-1, at 25:07.
The score remained tied the rest of the first half and UNH maintained pressure early in the second half. BU regained momentum - and the lead - however, at 66:16 when Sarah Shute drove past a UNH defender and Buckley along the right end line and pushed the ball into the open cage.
UNH regained possession in the final minute and moved the ball into the circle twice, but the 'Cats were unable to record a short or earn a penalty corner before time expired.
Both Buckley and Prediger finished with four saves.
It was the final home game for four Wildcat seniors - co-captains Buckley and Heidi Anderson (Hampton Falls, N.H.) as well as Lauren Bruce (Amherst, N.Y.) and Brittany Schneider (Middletown, Md.).