Frates Records 100th Career Point as #12 Field Hockey Surges Past Dartmouth, 5-2

WHITNEY FRATES

HANOVER, N.H.Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) recorded her 100th career point during a three-goal effort to lead the 12th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 5-2 non-conference victory against intrastate rival Dartmouth College at Chase Turf Field.

UNH, which recorded a 2-1 overtime victory at home vs. Rutgers University on Saturday, extended its season-opening win streak to six games to mark the program's best start to a season since the 1984 squad went 10-0 to start the year. Dartmouth is now 2-2.

The three goals and six points are both personal bests for Frates, who became the third Wildcat to reach the 100-point milestone. The senior forward entered the game with 95 career points and tallied points 100 and 101 on her third goal of the game, which gave the 'Cats a 5-2 lead at 65:32.

UNH goalkeeper Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) was credited with five saves, four in the second half. DC counterpart Meagan Vakiener stopped six shots.

Following a scoreless first half, the Wildcats took a 1-0 lead at 38:02 when Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) scored off her own rebound for her team-leading 10th goal of the season.

The Big Green, which was limited to one first-half shot, leveled the score, 1-1, at 43:17 in its third shot of the second half. On a penalty corner, Janine Leger's initial shot was blocked by a UNH defender, but Lisa Masini scored off the rebound.

New Hampshire then scored three goals on three consecutive shots spanning 3 minutes, 40 seconds to quickly build a 4-1 lead. Frates began the barrage on a breakaway in which she maneuvered past Vakiener and shot the ball into an open cage at 48:59.

Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) scored on a low, diving shot 66 seconds later for her first goal of the season and a 3-1 Wildcats' advantage. Another strong individual effort by Frates closed the three-goal spurt at 52:39. She evaded the defense at the top of the circle, then fired a low shot into the right side of the cage.

Dartmouth called time out and Kelly Hood trimmed the deficit to 4-2 when her direct shot on a penalty corner went into the goal at 61:29. Masini and Leger set up that tally.

Frates then eclipsed the 100-point milestone with her third goal of the game at 65:32 when Melyssa Woods (Glens Falls, N.Y.) stuck a pass across the goalmouth that Frates redirected into the cage.

"It was a very, very good second half," UNH head coach Robin Balducci said. "I am pleased with our possession and our game play. Hayley and Whit continue to be the strength behind our attack, but Erler had an important goal that distanced the gap."

UNH dominated play throughout the scoreless first half. In the opening 20 minutes, the 'Cats recorded the edge in both shots (7-0) and penalty corners (5-0). Then in the closing 10 minutes of the first half, UNH generated four more corners and three more shots to enter halftime with sizable advantages in both statistics (10-1 in shots; 9-1 corners).

The Wildcats finished with a 19-11 shot advantage and a 12-10 margin in corners.

New Hampshire returns to action next weekend with a pair of home games against regional rivals. The Wildcats play host to College of the Holy Cross on Sept. 16 (7 p.m.) and then Northeastern University on Sept. 18 (2 p.m.).

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