UNH field hockey edged by No. 17 Boston University, 2-1

Wildcats are No. 4 seed in conference tourney

Christine Buckley

BOSTON -- The top-seeded and 19th-ranked Boston University field hockey team scored an early goal and went on to defeat fourth-seeded University of New Hampshire in Friday afternoon's semifinal game of the America East Championships at Jack Barry Field.

UNH, which was ousted in the semifinals for the third consecutive year, ends the season at 4-16. BU, which defeated UNH 2-1 in last weekend's regular-season finale, is now 13-6 and advances to play second-seeded Northeastern University in Sunday's championship game.

BU took a 1-0 lead when Lauren Vendetti scored off one of four first-half penalty corners at 5:13. Hadley Adams extended the advantage to 2-0 at 29:22 and the Terriers took that two-goal lead into halftime. Pam Spuehler's unassisted tally off a rebound at 45:28 gave the Terriers a 3-0 lead.

Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) was credited with 10 saves, including seven in the second half. BU's Erin Prediger stopped five shots.

It was the last game for UNH seniors Heidi Anderson (Hampton Falls, N.H.), Lauren Bruce (Amherst, N.Y.), Buckley and Brittany Schneider (Middletown, Md.). Buckley finishes her career ranked No. 2 in minutes (5156:51), saves (570) as well as third in wins (31).

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