BALTIMORE, Md. – Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.) scored a career-high four goals and also had an assist in her final game as a collegian to propel the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Saturday afternoon’s 9-1 America East victory against University of Maryland-Baltimore County at UMBC Stadium.
UNH ended the season with consecutive wins to finish at 3-15 overall and 1-4 in America East. UMBC ended the year at 1-14, 0-5.
Colton, whose nine points also marked a personal best, opened the game scoring at 6:07. Megan Shea (Melrose, Mass.), who set up Colton’s tally, scored at 14:10 to extend the advantage to 2-0 when she poked in a shot by Colton.
UNH then broke the game open with three tallies in a span of 3:33. Colton opened the flurry on a penalty stroke at 21:22 and struck again at 23:11 when she scored off her own rebound. Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.) tallied a goal at 24:55 to give the visitors a 5-0 lead.
New Hampshire increased the advantage to 6-0 before halftime when Jen Mooney (Manchester, N.H.) scored at 31:28.
Less than five minutes into the second half (at 39:43), Colton scored for the fourth time in the game to give the ‘Cats a seven-goal lead. Goals by Gabby Cafone (Fairfield, N.J.) at 51:35 and Mackenzie Granger (Princeton, Mass.) at 61:55 completed UNH’s scoring.
UMBC spoiled the shutout when Courtney McNamara scored off a penalty corner with 2:50 remaining in the game.
UNH goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) finished with seven saves. UMBC starting goalie Ashley Benitez allowed five goals and stopped six shots before exiting the game at 37:22. Kat Tag was credited with seven saves and surrendered four goals in the final 32:38.
Colton led the 2006 Wildcats in goals (13), assists (five) and points (31). She finished her UNH career with 20 goals and 12 assists for 52 points. Saturday’s game also was the last in a Wildcat uniform for Anita Anastasi (Watertown, Mass.), who led the team three consecutive years in defensive saves, and reserve goalie Holly Schurk (Northfield, Conn.).