EAST LANSING, Mich. – Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) recorded a goal and two assists to propel the 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 5-3 victory against Michigan State at Ralph Young Field.
UNH won its second game of the weekend to improve to 10-2. Michigan State falls to 5-8.
Five different Wildcats scored a goal, and Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) was the other 'Cat to factor in more than one goal with a goal and assist. Starting goalkeeper Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) exited the game after surrendering MSU's third goal of the game at 59:58. She was credited with seven saves and the win. Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) played the final 10:02 and did not face a shot on goal.
The Spartans were led offensively by Abby Barker (two goals), while Molly Cassidy made nine saves.
UNH scored the first two goals of the game to take a 2-0 lead. Frates scored on a shot along the baseline at 16:02, and Maegan Grew (Hampton Falls, N.H.) recorded her first career Hampoint with an assist. The Wildcats converted a penalty corner into a goal at 22:00. The battery of Erler and Kendall Deck (Bridgewater, N.J.) set up a direct shot by Kyle Lyons (White River Junction, Vt.) that beat Cassidy.
MSU trimmed the deficit to 2-1 late in the first half with Allie Ahern's direct shot on a penalty corner went into the cage at 33:41.
New Hampshire immediately regained momentum early in the second half when Erler advanced to the center of the circle and fired a shot into the goal at 35:39. Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) extended the advantage to 4-1 off Frates' centering pass at 43:15, then Frates set up a goal by Mary Quill (Portsmouth, N.H.) at 48:41 to give the 'Cats a four-goal lead.
The Spartans quickly pulled within 5-3 on goals 1:52 apart by Barker at 58:06 and 59:58.
UNH called a timeout at that point, inserted Tarbell into the game as goalkeeper, and did not allow a shot on goal the rest of the way to preserve the victory.
The 'Cats recorded a 16-14 shot advantage and a 6-5 edge in penalty corners.
New Hampshire returns to action – and America East play – Oct. 7 (3 p.m.) at the University of Vermont. The Wildcats' next home game is Oct. 9 against sixth-ranked Stanford University. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.