No. 24 Field hockey Rolls Past Holy Cross, 8-3

MEG FLATLEY
KELLIE JOYCE

WORCESTER, Mass.Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) and Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) both scored two goals to lead the 24th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 8-3 non-conference victory against College of the Holy Cross at Hart Turf Field.

UNH, which recorded sizable advantages in both shots (30-7) and penalty corners (12-0), improves to 2-3 overall and has won both of its road games this season. Holy Cross is now 1-4.

"We settled in well," UNH's 22nd-year head coach Robin Balducci said. "We had plenty of fire power from all over the place and obviously we're very pleased with that."

Flatley extended her goal-scoring streak to three games with her career-best two-goal effort, and the four points also marked a personal best. Joyce also recorded her first career multiple-goal game and career-high four points to extend her point-scoring streak to three games.

Meg Carroll (Mansfield, Mass.) and Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) both tallied a goal and an assist. Claire Grogan (Canton, Mass.) and Mackenzie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) scored UNH's other goals, while both Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) and Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) finished with an assist.

UNH goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) was credited with three saves and HC counterpart Kat Matchett stopped 16 shots, including 11 in the first half.

Flatley, with the assistance of Erler, gave the Wildcats an early 1-0 lead when she scored on the game's second shot of the game at 1:08 on a shot from the left end line.

The Crusaders responded to tie the game at 3:49 when Carly Grimaudo stole the ball inside the circle and fired a shot inside the lower-left corner of the cage. HC continued to pressure, but Tarbell turned aside a shots by Michelle McNeil (at 4:31) and Grimaudo (at 6:31) to keep the game level at 1-1. The sustained pressure generated a penalty stroke and Megan Bourne converted it into a goal and 2-1 lead for Holy Cross at 7:07.

UNH did not yield a shot the rest of the half, however, and regained momentum and the lead with goals at 8:29 and 10:51. On the tying goal, Matchett stopped Carroll's initial shot but Flatley scored off the rebound. Kellie Joyce, positioned in front of the cage, redirected Richard's centering pass past Matchett for the Wildcats' third goal of the game and a 3-2 lead.

Matchett kept the Crusaders within a goal with three saves in a minute span – from 12:24 to 13:24 -- against Erler, Molly Heaney (East Kingston, N.H.) and Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.).

The Wildcats came close to extending the advantage to two goals at 17:41 on its second penalty corner of the game, but the direct shot off the stick of Bozek from the top of the circle ricocheted off the post. The 'Cats sustained pressure and Richard's shot was turned aside by Matchett.

Three minutes later on another corner, Pohlmeyer's shot was blocked aside by a HC defender. In the 23rd minute, UNH generated its fourth corner of the half and this time Pohlmeyer's shot was wide of the cage. Five minutes later, Pohlmeyer was once again the focus of a corner and her shot beat Matchett but was cleared away from the goal line by a defender.

New Hampshire generated two more corners in the last five minutes of the half. Pohlmeyer sent a shot wide in the 32nd minute, then in the waning seconds Bozek's bid was stopped by Matchett.

The 'Cats held at 3-2 lead with the edge in both shots (18-4) and penalty corners (8-0).

UNH continued to pressure in the second half and quickly built a 5-2 lead with goals 2:33 apart by Kellie Joyce on a shot into the lower right side at 40:42 and Carroll, from Bozek on a corner, at 43:15.

Holy Cross called time out, but the 'Cats continued its onslaught with Richard's shot into the upper-left corner to extend the advantage to 6-2 at 44:07. Carroll was credited with an assist.

The Wildcats went ahead 7-2 at 50:05 when Matchett stopped the initial shot by Pohlmeyer, but Mackenzie Joyce scored off the rebound.

The Crusaders trimmed the deficit to four goals, 7-3, on Molly Feit's goal at 53:56. It was the team's first shot since taking a 2-1 lead on the stroke at 7:07.

Grogan scored her first collegiate goal at 60:20 to close the game scoring.

New Hampshire returns to action next weekend with home games against University of the Pacific (Sept. 14, 7 p.m.) and Northeastern University (Sept. 16, 4 p.m.).

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