– Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.) extended her point-scoring streak to four games with her second goal of the season, but the University of New Hampshire field hockey team fell 3-2 to Harvard University on Wednesday night at Jordan Field.

The Wildcats are now 2-2 on the season and Harvard is 1-1.

Following a scoreless first half, the Crimson scored an early second-half goal (at 37:05) off the stick of Kristin Bannon to take a 1-0 lead. UNH’s Kara Napolitano (Waltham, Mass.), with the assistance of Sam Geary (Norwood, Mass.), scored her first collegiate goal on a redirection to tie the score, 1-1, at 38:50.

Harvard quickly regained the lead when Francine Polet scored off a penalty corner at 41:37, and the Crimson extended the lead to 3-1 on a Leigh McCoy goal at 51:52. UNH called time out at that time.

Craigue, who also has two assists on the season, scored an unassisted goal with a long shot to the top-left corner to pull the ‘Cats within 3-2 at 67:07. The Wildcats did not record a shot in the final 2:53. Their threat in the final seconds was thwarted by HU’s Pilar Curtis, who intercepted a pass that would have left a UNH attacker all alone on goalkeeper Kylie Stone (six saves).

UNH goalie Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) was credited with three of her four saves in the second half. Kiera Williams (Dover, N.H.) was credited with a defensive save for the 'Cats.

Much of the first half was a midfield battle until New Hampshire gained three straight corners with about eight minutes left. On the second of the three, Brooke Bercari’s (Bordentown, N.J.) shot was deflected, and Stone stood her ground against Leah Boody (Amesbury, Mass.) on the doorstep. The best UNH chance came in the final minute of the half, when Stone got her left pad on a shot by Megan Shea (Melrose, Mass.) from right in front.

UNH recorded a 15-12 shot advantage, including a 9-3 edge in the first half. Harvard held a 7-6 edge in penalty corners.

New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 8-9 at the UVM Classic. The Wildcats open tournament play Sept. 8 (2 p.m.) against 14th-ranked Virginia; they also play UMass on Sept. 9 (3:15 p.m.). UNH’s next home game is Sept. 15 against University of the Pacific. Game time at Memorial Field is 12 p.m.
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