Rausch Propels No. 12 Field Hockey to 2-1 Overtime Win with Late Goal

DURHAH, N.H. – Senior forward Hayley Rausch (Severna, Md.) scored her second of two goals on the day just two minutes into overtime, leading the 12th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Rutgers University Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field.












The Wildcats improve to 5-0 on the season, marking the squad's best start since 1984 when they kicked off the year a perfect 10-0. As for Rutgers, they drop their fourth straight game, falling to 1-4.

Kyle Lyons (White River Junction, Vt.) ignited the game-winning goal for UNH, tracking down a ball in the circle and firing it toward the goal but was turned away by Sarah Stuby. Rausch quickly picked up the rebound and finished the play, slapping the ball into the left side of the goal at 72:16.

 The Wildcats drew first blood in the contest when Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) drove the ball up the right side of the field and brought it into the circle, shifting a quick pass to Rausch who fired a one-timer into the left side of the goal at 25:11 of the first half.

Despite putting limited shots on goal in the first frame, Rutgers tallied the equalizer at the end of the half, scoring on a penalty corner with time expired. Mackenzie Noda got the play in motion, darting a pass to Kat Rodziewicz, stopping the ball and sending it across the circle to the right side to Gia Nappi, whose shot was redirected into the cage by Kat Rodziewicz to even the score at 1-1 at the break.

Neither team could generate many scoring chances early in the second frame, until Nappi drove a ball into the circle and with UNH goalkeeper Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) out of position, she fired a shot that nearly found its way into the goal, but Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) made a fantastic defensive save, swatting the ball out of bounds to preserve the 1-1 tie in the 44th minute.

The 'Cats nearly broke the deadlocked tie with 4:40 remaining in regulation when Mary Quill (Portsmouth, N.H.) set up Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) with a clear shot at the goal from the top of the circle, but Stuby was able to turn it away.

Nagengast finished with three saves, while Stuby registered a game-high four for the visitors.

UNH outshot Rutgers 15-6 in the contest, including a 9-3 edge in the first frame. The Wildcats also held a 9-7 advantage over the Scarlet Knights in penalty corners.

The Wildcats return to action Sunday, Sept. 11 when they travel to Dartmouth College (3 p.m.) to take on the Big Green at Chase AstroTurf Field.
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