White leads Wildcats with four goals, assist
DURHAM, N.H. -- Katie White (Glens Falls, N.Y.) celebrated Senior Day with four goals and an assist to lead the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 7-0 America East victory against the University of Maryland-Baltimore County in the season finale for both teams at Memorial Field.
Despite the victory, UNH will not advance to the America East Championship because of Albany's 2-1 victory against Vermont on Saturday. The Wildcats close out the 2005 season at 7-12 overall and 2-3 in America East. UMBC ends the year at 3-13, 0-5.
New Hampshire controlled play from the opening whistle and generated a 20-4 shot advantage, as well as a 7-2 edge in penalty corners, in the first half to build a 5-0 halftime lead. UNH finished the game ahead 28-8 in shots as well as 10-5 in corners, and the seven goals marked the most by the 'Cats since they scored nine against UMBC in the 2003 season.
The four goals and nine points matched single-game highs for White, who scored goals in the 16th and 25th minutes to give the 'Cats a 3-0 lead and struck again at 32:08 to extend the advantage to five goals. She completed the scoring with five minutes left in the game.
UNH goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) recorded her third shutout of the season with one save. She became the first Wildcat goalie since the 2000 season to play every minute in goal for the entire year.
UMBC starting goalie Ashley Benitez was credited with seven saves and allowed five goals. Kathryn Tag entered the game at the start of the second half and stopped four of six shots on goal the rest of the way.
Shauna Sellenger (Londonderry, N.H.) put the 'Cats ahead 1-0 at 11:13 when she redirected a pass from Kaitlyn Skelley (Wolfeboro, N.H.) into the cage. Michelle Tavener (Winchester, Mass.) set up the next goal as she drove along the right end line and centered the ball to White, whose shot from the middle of the circle went inside the left post. On the next goal, White's initial shot was stopped by Benitez but Jen Mooney (Manchester, N.H.) tipped the rebound to White and she shot the ball into an open cage. It was Mooney's first career point.
A perfectly executed penalty corner put the Wildcats in front 4-0 at 28:44. White initiated the sequence with a hit to Kara Napolitano (Waltham, Mass.) at the top of the circle. MacKenzie Stuart (Washington Depot, Conn.) blasted a shot six inches off the ground into the cage. On UNH's next penalty corner, Stuart's low hit to the left post was redirected into the cage by White.
Liz Edwards (Essex Fells, N.J.) scored her first goal of the season at 50:34 when Samantha Geary (Norwood, Mass.) poked the ball behind the defense to the right post and Edwards dove to redirect the ball across the goal line. White, with the assistance of Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.), extended the advantage to 7-0 at 65:00.
The Retrievers had two quality chances to score. On an untimed penalty corner at the end of the first half, Krisi Troster's shot from the top of the circle was denied by Shute's stacked leg pads. With nine minutes remaining in the second half, Rebekah Krolus redirection from close range caromed off the crossbar. Tiffany Deinzer recorded two defensive saves for UMBC.
The end of the season also marks the end of UNH Wildcat careers for both White and Skelley. In 80 career games, White compiled 45 goals and five assists for 95 points to rank No. 3 on the program's all-time list for both goals and points. Skelley started all 80 matches in four years and finished with 26 points on 11 goals and four assists.