EAST LANSING, Mich. – Senior goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) recorded a season-high 14 saves, but the University of New Hampshire field hockey team was upended 6-0 by sixth-ranked Michigan State University at Ralph Young Field Hockey Complex on Sunday afternoon.
UNH, which entered the game on a four-game winning streak, is now 6-4. Michigan State improved to 9-1.
Shute carried a shutout streak of 281 minutes, 19 seconds into Sunday’s action vs. the Spartans and the host team ended that streak at 292:45 with Jantine Steinmetz’s unassisted goal at 11:26.
MSU struck again three more times in the first half with tallies by Michelle Ciliberti (at 16:21), Floor Rijpma (32:23) and Charlotte Van der Laag (34:52).
Jeamie Deacon and Becky Manning scored second-half goals at 45:34 and 57:22, respectively. Deacon finished the game with a goal and two assists, while Rijpma also tallied an assist in addition to her goal.
Sophie Ostroski (Intervale, N.H.) recorded two of UNH’s three shots and the only shot on goal by the Wildcats in the game.
MSU starting goalie Elissa Unger made one save and the victory. Brittany Miller played the second half and was not credited with a save.
The six goals allowed marked the most surrendered by the ‘Cats this season; no other team had scored more than three goals, and the Wildcats had not allowed more than one goal in a game to each of the previous four opponents.
UNH is now 0-2 against nationally-ranked teams this season; earlier this month, then-No. 14 Virginia recorded a 2-0 victory.
New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 28 (3 p.m.) for its America East conference opener at Boston University. The Wildcats’ next home game is Oct. 6 (5 p.m.) against interstate rival University of Maine.