ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Alicia Balanesi and Alisa Folk both scored two goals to lead the Central Michigan University field hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 5-2 non-conference victory against the University of New Hampshire at St. Louis University.
UNH is now 1-2 overall while CMU is 1-1.
The Wildcats took an early 1-0 lead at 3:07 on a transition goal in which Katie White (Glens Falls, N.Y.) deflected a long entry pass by Samantha Geary (Norwood, Mass.) over CMU goalkeeper Danielle Frank into the cage.
Central Michigan rallied to take a 2-1 lead into halftime on tallies by Folk (at 13:13) and Balanesi (21:08), then Samantha Sandham's goal extended the lead to 3-1 at 36:26.
New Hampshire pulled within 3-2 at 42:54 on another entry pass from outside the circle. MacKenzie Stuart (Washington Depot, Conn.) made the pass from outside the top of the circle and Sarah Craigue (Concord, Mass.) redirected the ball into the left corner.
CMU regained control then pulled away when Balanesi and Folk scored goals four minutes apart, at 55:00 and 59:05, respectively. The Wildcats generated some counterattacks late in the game but could not cut into the three-goal deficit.
UNH goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) recorded five saves. Frank, her counterpart, stopped two shots.
UNH returns to action Sept. 4 (1 p.m.) at St. Louis University. The next Wildcat home game is Sept. 11 (1 p.m.) vs. Rider.