DURHAM, N.H. -- The 12th-ranked Northeastern University field hockey team stormed past the University of New Hampshire with six second-half goals to record a 7-1 non-conference victory Friday night at Memorial Field.
UNH is now 3-7 overall while NU won its sixth consecutive game -- and seventh straight in the series vs. New Hampshire -- to improve to 7-1.
The Wildcats controlled play in the opening 15 minutes of the game and built a 1-0 lead. Off a penalty corner, MacKenzie Stuart's (Washington Depot, Conn.) hit from the top of the circle was deflected high into the cage by Shauna Sellenger (Londonderry, N.H.), who was stationed in the middle of the circle. The Wildcats also had two near misses with crossing passes to the left post that were just missed by Kara Napolitano (Waltham, Mass.).
Northeastern began to gain control of the game midway through the half with a succession of three penalty corners that generated four shots on goal. UNH goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) preserved the one-goal lead, however, until the Huskies capitalized on their seventh penalty corner to tie the game with 35 seconds remaining in the first half.
Whitney Shean scored the first of three consecutive goals when she redirected Natalie Singelais' pass from the center of the circle inside the left post. The Huskies carried momentum from that late goal into the second half with Shean's goals 53 seconds apart at 38:02 and 38:55.
A UNH timeout did not slow down the Huskies. Ashley Webber scored back-to-back goals 70 seconds apart -- at 44:15 and 45:25 -- with drives to the middle of the circle to extend the visitor's lead to 5-1. Michaela O'Malley gave the Huskies a five-goal cushion when she converted Webber's pass across the goalmouth into an open-net goal at the right post.
The Wildcats then generated a few dangerous scoring chances, including one by Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.) from the middle of the circle on which Colleen Duffy made a leg-pad save.
NU's Jay Quinn capped the scoring at 56:02 off a penalty corner on a give-and-go play with Sarah Eckhoff.
Shute finished with 14 saves for the 'Cats. Duffy earned the win by stopping two of three shots on goal in 61 minutes, 42 seconds. Liz Centofanti played the final 8:18 in goal and was credited with two saves.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 1 (1 p.m.) for its America East conference opener at Boston University. The next Wildcat home game is Oct. 14 vs. Maine. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m.