FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart University field hockey team scored a pair of first-half goals en route to a three-goal lead and a 3-1 non-conference victory Sunday afternoon against the University of New Hampshire at Campus Field.
UNH ends the regular season at 9-11 overall. The Wildcats begin postseason play with a Nov. 2 semifinal game in the 2007 America East Field Hockey Championship. The fourth-seeded Wildcats, who finished league play at 2-3, will play top-seeded Boston University (15-5, 5-0) at MIT’s Jack Barry Field; game time will be 12 p.m.
Sacred Heart (8-10) took a 1-0 lead at 22:02 on Danielle Vasely’s goal, then struck again at 30:20 on a tally by Melissa Mazin. Amy Hendricks extended the Pioneers’ advantage to 3-0 with an unassisted goal at 46:21.
UNH scored 35 seconds later to pull within 3-1. Megan Shea (Melrose, Mass.) scored her third goal of the season with the assistance of Devan Weed (East Hampstead, N.H.), who recorded her first career point with the assist.
UNH goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) made three of her four saves in the first half. SHU starting goalie Kristen McIntire was credited with one save in the first half and earned the win. Whitney Mills played the second half and stopped seven shots.
The ‘Cats generated a 9-6 shot advantage as well as a 3-2 edge in penalty corners in the second half, but the Pioneers finished with the overall edge in both statistics at 18-12 in shots and 6-5 in corners.
“We were able to get some things going in the second half, but it wasn’t enough,” UNH head coach Robin Balducci stated.