September 12, 2009

FIELD HOCKEY PREVAILS 2-0 AGAINST UC DAVIS

KATHERINE NAGENGAST

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Meg Shea (Melrose, Mass.) extended her goal-scoring streak to four games and Katherine Nagengast (Wesborough, Mass.) recorded her first career shutout as the University of New Hampshire field hockey team defeated UC Davis, 2-0, in Saturday afternoon's opening-day action of the Sheraton Catamount Field Hockey Classic at the University of Vermont's Moulton Winder Field.

UNH has alternated wins and losses through four games and is 2-2 this season. UC Davis is 3-3.

Nagengast was credited with one save each half to earn the shutout while Shea now leads the Wildcats in both goals (six) and points (12) this season. Aggies' goalie Lauren Sawvelle stopped seven shots.

The Wildcats, who tallied a 21-6 shot advantage that included a 13-3 margin in the first half, took a 1-0 lead at 7:03 when Cally Cooke (Newburyport, Mass.) scored from the top of the circle on a penalty corner. The battery of Kara Connolly (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.) and Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) set up the goal and each received an assist.

UNH took that one-goal lead into halftime and extended the advantage to 2-0 with 2:31 remaining in the game when Rausch led a fastbreak opportunity that Shea converted into a goal. It marked the first multiple-assist game for Rausch, who has a point in three of four games this season.

"We dominated and controlled play," 19th-year head coach Robin Balducci stated. "I was very happy with that, but somewhat unhappy with the inability to finish more of those opportunities. UC Davis was a scrappy, feisty team that kept coming at us.

"Kylie Damon stepped in and did a good job in her first prolonged action of the season," Balducci added. "And Kendall Deck played very well for us in the backfield, controlling the tempo."

New Hampshire faces Penn on Sept. 13 (2:30 p.m.) to conclude action at the Sheraton Catamount Field Hockey Classic. The Wildcats' next home game is Sept. 19 (1 p.m.) against the College of the Holy Cross.

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