SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Shannon Taylor and Martina Loncarica both recorded three goals and two assists to propel the third-ranked Syracuse University field hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 10-0 non-conference victory against the University of New Hampshire at J.S. Coyne Stadium.
UNH lost for the second time in as many days to a nationally-ranked team to fall to 4-4; all four of the Wildcats’ losses this season have been against nationally-ranked teams. Syracuse is now 8-0.
UNH starting goalkeeper Jenna Lehman (Kingston, Pa.) made six first-half saves and also yielded six first-half goals. Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) played the entire second half and was credited with five saves; she yielded four goals, including one on a penalty stroke. Kiera Williams (Dover, N.H.) made a second-half defensive save, her third of the season.
SU goalies Heather Hess and Christina Puggi combined for the shutout. Hess made two saves in 46:21 and Puggi was not credited with a save in her 23:39 of relief action.
“They’re obviously a very good team that takes advantage of their opportunities,” UNH head coach Robin Balducci stated.
Lena Voelmle gave the Orangewomen a 1-0 lead at 10:03, then Loncarica (two goals, two assists) struck at 12:40 and made it a 3-0 game at 17:09. Taylor scored on one of SU’s seven penalty corners in the game to extend the difference to four goals at 20:48 and scored at 25:11 to push the advantage to 5-0. Tracy Deitrick capped the first-half scoring at 34:04.
Loncarica scored on a penalty stroke at 47:50. Mariana Vernet, Brittany Shannon and Taylor – on another penalty corner – also had second-half tallies.
Meg Shea (Melrose, Mass.) had a team-high three shots for the Wildcats to increase her team-leading season total to 30.
New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 26 (7 p.m.) at Lafayette. The Wildcats’ next home game is Oct. 3 (4 p.m.) when they open America East conference play against Boston University.