New Hampshire field hockey edged by UMass in OT, 3-2

DURHAM, N.H. -- Mary Shea scored 1:54 into overtime to lift the University of Massachusetts field hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 3-2 non-conference victory against the University of Massachusetts at Memorial Field.

UNH lost its second consecutive game to fall to 3-5 overall and UMass won its third straight game to improve to 3-4.

With the scored tied 2-2 through 70 minutes of regulation, the Minutewomen immediately generated a penalty corner and Jaime Bawden fired a shot from the top of the circle that was stopped by UNH goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine).

Moments later, Patricia Borneo's shot from the top-right of the circle was blocked by a UNH defender but the ball trickled across to Shea, who slammed the ball into the cage to end the game at 71:54.

Shute recorded nine saves, including six in the second half. UMass goalie Becky Letourneau stopped six shots.

Massachusetts opened strong in the first half and took a 1-0 lead at 3:07 when Katelyn Orlando redirected the ball deep to the left side and Gina Sanders placed a shot to the open near side for the goal.

UNH began to take control of the game and tied the score, 1-1, at 9:07. The scoring sequence began with a pass by Kaitlyn Skelley (Wolfeboro, N.H.) from the right wing down to Katie White (Glens Falls, N.Y.) at the top-right of the circle. White's centering pass was gathered by MacKenzie Stuart (Washington Depot, Conn.) and she fired a low backhander into the cage.

The Wildcats continued to control play the rest of the half. They generated statistical advantages in both shots (10-4) and penalty corners (5-0) but the score was even, 1-1, at halftime.

UMass regained the lead, 2-1, on a penalty-corner goal at 42:11. Borneo hit the ball to the top of the circle, where Kara Murphy made the push to Katelyn Woolfrey. Her low blast found the center of the cage.

New Hampshire once again responded strongly and tied the game, 2-2, off a penalty corner at 49:43 when Brooke Bercari's (Bordentown, N.J.) entry from the top-left corner was redirected in by Brittany Jacobs (Frederick, Md.).

The Minutewomen created a number of dangerous scoring chances the rest of the second half, most from the seven penalty corners they generated, but could not break the tie in regulation.

New Hampshire returns to action at home Sept. 18 vs. Holy Cross. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.

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