LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) extended her goal-scoring streak to eight games with a first-half goal, but the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team was defeated by 19th-ranked University of Louisville, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at Trager Stadium.
UNH, which entered the weekend with an 8-0 record, is now 8-2; the Wildcats lost 5-4 to 15th-ranked Northwestern University (also at Trager Stadium) on Saturday. Louisville improved to 7-3.
The Cardinals took an early 1-0 lead when Katlyn Soucy, positioned in front of the cage, finished a feed from Elizabeth Vance for a goal at 10:53. The Wildcats nearly pulled even when Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) beat U of L goalkeeper Erin Conrad (five saves) at 11:32, but Alyssa Voelmle was in position to turn aside the shot and preserve the home team's one-goal advantage.
New Hampshire leveled the score, 1-1, at 31:19 when Rausch scored her team-leading 15th goal of the season. Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) made the pass from the right post across the goalmouth to Rausch.
The teams entered halftime tied 1-1 with UNH holding a 5-4 shot advantage and Louisville generating the 2-1 edge in penalty corners.
The Cardinals regained the lead at 38:06. UNH goalie Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) made the initial stop against Paige Monsen – it was one of Nagengast's six saves in the game – but Soucy scored off the rebound.
Haley Jurich scored an unassisted goal minutes later to extend the advantage to 3-1, and the 'Cats recorded just three shots – two on goal – the rest of the way as Louisville kept the potent UNH attack at bay.
New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 30 at home for its America East conference opener against Fairfield University. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m.