Jen Mooney

– Senior forwards Shauna Sellenger (Londonderry, N.H.) and Jen Mooney (Manchester, N.H.) scored first-half goals to pull the University of New Hampshire field hockey team into a 2-2 halftime tie with 12th-ranked Boston College, but the visiting Eagles scored the only three second-half goals to record a 5-2 victory Sunday afternoon in UNH’s Senior Day at Memorial Field.

The Wildcats, now 0-4 this season against nationally-ranked teams, is 9-9 overall. BC improved to 12-5.

The Eagles controlled play early in the game and generated a number of dangerous scoring opportunities – both in the flow of the game and off penalty corners – but UNH senior goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) withstood the flurry in the opening five minutes.

BC finally broke into the scoring column on its third corner when Bob Dirks swung the ball from the top of the circle to the top left, where Chesley Feole swept a low shot into the left side of the cage at 6:45.

The visitors continued to control possession and built a 2-0 lead at 19:55 on a Caitlyn Young shot deep along the left side that rolled inside the far post.

UNH scored on its first shot of the game to pull within 2-1 at 22:18. In a scramble in the middle of the circle, Sellenger pushed the ball into the cage for her team-leading sixth goal of the season. Leah Boody (Amesbury, Mass.) was credited with her first career assist on the play.

The Wildcats were awarded a penalty corner in the waning seconds of the first half. The shot by Sam Geary (Norwood, Mass.) was blocked by a BC defender’s  leg, so the ‘Cats were awarded a second corner. BC goalie Julia Berkowitz stopped Brooke Bercari’s (Bordentown, N.J.) initial direct shot from the top of the circle, but Mooney gathered the ball just outside the goalmouth, pulled the ball right and shot into an open cage to tie the score, 2-2.

The Eagles regained control early in the second half when Crystal Frates scored the first of her two second-half goals at 36:01. Jenny Raftery drove along the end line on the right wing and pushed the ball to the right post, where Frates redirected a shot into the upper-left corner.

With Sellenger sitting on the sideline due to a yellow card at 55:08, BC extended its lead to 4-2 at 59:54 when a loose ball rolled to Dirks, who was positioned just left-of-center in the circle and swept a low shot into the near side of the cage.

The duo of Raftery and Frates produced a carbon copy goal of the team’s third tally at 63:48 to make it a three-goal differential.

Shute finished the game with eight saves, seven of which came in the first half. Berkowitz was credited with one save.

This marked the last home game for the six-member senior class of Sam Geary (Norwood, Mass.), Nicole Lee (Trinidad and Tobago), Jen Mooney (Manchester, N.H.), Shauna Sellenger (Londonderry, N.H.), Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) and Stefanie Simeone (Stratham, N.H.).

New Hampshire concludes the regular season next weekend on the road against Albany (Oct. 27; 1 p.m.) and Sacred Heart (Oct. 28; 3 p.m.). The Wildcats will then advance to play in the Americe East Championship tournament, which begins Nov. 2 at the site of the highest seed.
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