FIELD HOCKEY UPENDS UMASS, 1-0, IN OT
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BURLINGTON, Vt.
  – Shauna Sellenger (Londonderry, N.H.) scored the game’s only goal at 4:55 of overtime to lead the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 1-0 victory against the University of Massachusetts in second-day action of the Sheraton Field Hockey Classic at the University of Vermont’s Moulton Winder Field.

UNH, which recorded a 4-1 road victory against UMass last season, improved to 3-3 overall in 2007. The Minutewomen are also now 3-3.

“This was not a pretty game,” UNH head coach Robin Balducci said. “It was rainy and (Saturday) was a tough game against nationally-ranked Virginia. But in the second half we settled in and generated good scoring chances, then we played OT very well.

“This was a good finish to the weekend,” Balducci added. “We moved in a positive direction with the way we battled Virginia tough and finished to win against UMass.”

Sellenger’s second goal of the season, an unassisted tally off a 3-on-1 breakaway with Brooke Bercari (Bordentown, N.J.) and Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.), ended the game at 74:55. Bercari’s initial shot was stopped by UMass goakeeper Sarah Williams, but Sellenger scored off the rebound.

UNH goalie Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) recorded her first shutout of the season and fourth of her career with a seven-save performance. She turned aside two shots in the extra session as well as five in the first half.

Williams was credited with five saves overall, including one in OT.

Shute, Bercari and Sam Geary (Norwood, Mass.) were UNH’s representatives on the All-Tournament Team.

The Minutewomen dominated the first half statistically with an 11-1 shot advantage as well as a 4-0 edge in penalty corners. Momentum swung to the other side in the second half, however, as New Hampshire tallied the advantage in both shots (5-1) and corners (1-0). Each team recorded two shots in the extra session.

The game marked the first decided in overtime this season for the ‘Cats, who were 1-3 last year in games decided beyond the 70 minutes of regulation.

Sellenger is tied for the team lead in goals and has already surpassed last year’s point total with a team-high eight this season.

New Hampshire returns to action next weekend for home games at Memorial Field against University of the Pacific (Sept. 15; 12 p.m.) and College of the Holy Cross (Sept. 16; 1 p.m.).
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