NEWTON, Mass. – Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.) scored two goals and Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) recorded 12 saves, but the University of New Hampshire field hockey team was defeated 5-2 Sunday afternoon by sixth-ranked Boston College at Newton Campus Field.
UNH is now 1-15 on the season while BC improved to 14-3.
“We played very well and I’m pleased with how we stepped up our game against a strong team,” UNH head coach Robin Balducci said. “They put a little gap at the end but we played tough, especially when you look at the fact that we had an emotional conference loss (Saturday).”
The Eagles took a 2-0 lead on goals by Caitlin Gillen and Kathleen Murphy at 17:06 and 29:54, respectively.
UNH closed within 2-1 before halftime on an untimed penalty corner at 35:00. Michelle Tavener (Winchester, Mass.) put the ball into play with a pass from the left side to the top of the circle, where Kiera Williams (Greenland, N.H.) stopped the ball and Colton scored on a direct shot.
Boston College regained a two-goal advantage on Bob Dirks’ goal from close range at 48:15.
New Hampshire once again trimmed its deficit to one goal, 3-2, at 64:24, when Colton maneuvered through the defense and fired a shot into the cage for her team-leading ninth goal of the season.
The Eagles scored 22 seconds later, however, on Dirks’ second strike of the game and extended the lead to 5-2 at 66:27 on Crystal Frates’ goal off a rebound.
Shute finished with 12 saves and yielded five goals in 68:18. Holly Schurk (Northford, Conn.) played the final 1:42 and was not credited with a save. BC goalie Julia Berkowitz stopped three shots.
New Hampshire concludes the 2006 season with road games this week against UMass (Oct. 25; 3:30 p.m.) and UMBC (Oct. 28; 12 p.m.).