DURHAM, N.H. -- Kim MacDonald scored at 4:52 of overtime to lift the University of Maine field hockey team to Friday afternoon's 3-2 America East victory against the University of New Hampshire at rainy Memorial Field.
UNH is now 5-10 overall and 1-2 in America East. Maine improved to 9-5, 3-0.
With the Wildcats trailing 2-0 in the second half, Katie White (Glens Falls, N.Y.) scored her team leading eighth goal of the season at 48:52 when she redirected Emily Colton's (Milton, Mass.) shot from 10 yards outside the right post past Maine goalkeeper Rebecca Giroux inside the left post.
The Black Bears called time out soon thereafter and UNH called its timeout in the 59th minute. The Wildcats immediately moved the ball into the circle and Colton's shot - from the same spot as her previous one - was stopped by Giroux but the high rebound gave the 'Cats a penalty corner, and they capitalized on their chance to tie the game at 61:07. From the top of the circle, MacKenzie Stuart (Washington Depot, Conn.) fired a low shot that was tipped in the middle of the circle by Shauna Sellenger (Londonderry, N.H.) inside the right post.
UNH had the best opportunities to break the tie in regulation, as the 'Cats generated two penalty corners in the final 90 seconds. Off the first corner, Giroux stopped consecutive shots by Stuart and White. Then on an untimed corner, Stuart's shot from the top of the circle sailed wide left of the cage.
Maine controlled the extra session. The Black Bears immediately generated two corners and UNH goalie Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) denied Gina Legge from the top-left of the circle.
MacDonald scored the game-winning goal when she gathered a loose ball just outside of the offensive-third, poked the ball through a charging Shute at the top of the circle and touched the ball into an open cage at 74:52.
Shute finished with five saves. Giroux stopped six shots, including four in the second half, for Maine.
The Black Bears took a 1-0 lead at 23:51 when Kasey Spencer scored off her own rebound. Shute stopped the initial shot from the right wing, but Spencer snuck behind the defense and hit the ball into an open cage.
Maine took that 1-0 lead into halftime and extended the advantage to 2-0 at 37:08. Off a penalty corner, MacDonald's shot from the left wing was redirected by Spencer.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 16 (3 p.m.) at Providence College. The next Wildcat home game is Oct. 23 vs. Boston College. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.