DURHAM, N.H. -- Jenna Cook scored a pair of first-half goals and the College of the Holy Cross field hockey team fended off the University of New Hampshire to record a 2-1 non-conference victory Sunday afternoon at Memorial Field.
UNH is now 3-6 this season and Holy Cross is 3-4.
Cook gave the Crusaders a 1-0 lead at 9:54. Laura Cohen's initial shot from the top of the circle off a penalty corner was stopped by UNH goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) but Cook, who initiated the corner from the left side, scored off the rebound at the left post.
The lead increased to 2-0 at 15:45 when Cook, standing in the center of the circle, redirected Cohen's entry pass from 35 yards high inside the right post.
UNH trimmed the deficit to 2-1 late in the first half. Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.) made a centering pass from the right wing and Kaitlyn Skelley (Wolfeboro, N.H.) blasted a high shot from the top of the circle inside the right post at 30:59.
Facing that 2-1 deficit, the Wildcats threatened to tie the game with three penalty corners early in the second half, but they did not generate a shot from those opportunities. The 'Cats continued to pressure, prompting Holy Cross to call time out.
Play evened during the ensuing minutes, then UNH once again pressured the Crusaders and that resulted in a penalty stroke with 5:14 remaining. Michelle Tavener (Winchester, Mass.), who entered the game 2-for-2 on penalty stroke shots this season, fired a low shot to the right post on which HC goalie Sony Kuhn made a diving arm-pad save to preserve the one-goal lead.
The Crusaders, who surrendered seven second-half penalty corners to the 'Cats, kept possession at the offensive end of the field in the final minute to prevent a late Wildcat surge.
Shute finished with seven saves for the Wildcats. Kuhn was credited with three saves.
New Hampshire returns to action at home Sept. 23 against Northeastern University. Game time at Memorial Field is 7 p.m.