UNH field hockey upended by Harvard, 3-0

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The University of New Hampshire field hockey team controlled play for a majority of Thursday night's game at Harvard University, but the Wildcats were defeated 3-0 by the Crimson in non-conference action.

UNH, which has alternated losses and wins through the first five games of the season, is now 2-3 overall. Harvard improved to 2-0.

Beverlie Ting scored goals at 14:08 and 15:48 to suddenly give Harvard a 2-0 lead. Devon Shapiro scored a penalty-corner goal at 24:47 to increase the advantage to three goals.

The Wildcats began to build momentum before heading into the locker room for halftime and carried it through the second half as the 'Cats recorded a 7-3 shot advantage and a 3-1 edge in penalty corners in the final 35 minutes of regulation.

Harvard goalkeeper Kelly Knoche finished with three saves to record the shutout. UNH's Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) was credited with two saves, both in the second half.

"After we gave up that third goal we really pressed them in the end of the first half," UNH head coach Robin Balducci said. "We continued to press them throughout the entire second half, really, but we just couldn't get one to drop and break the ice."

New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 11 at home against Rider. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.

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