September 14, 2012

Richard, Pohlmeyer Propel No. 21 Field Hockey to 7-1 Victory vs. Pacific

HANNAH RICHARD
CASEY POHLMEYER

DURHAM, N.H.Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) scored two goals and Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) recorded a goal and two assists to propel the 21st-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Friday night's 7-1 non-conference victory against University of the Pacific at Memorial Field.

UNH, which entered the week ranked fifth nationally in offense at 3.94 goals per game, won its second consecutive game to level its record at 3-3. Pacific, which was a 4-1 victor against Siena College at Memorial Field one day earlier, is now 3-4.

Richard's two goals matched a personal best, while Pohlmeyer established new career highs in both assists and points (four) as a total of eight Wildcats recorded a point.

Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) extended her goal-scoring streak to four games with a tally. UNH's other goals were scored by Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.), Meg Carroll (Mansfield, Mass.) and Cari Posternak (York, Maine). Both Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) and Chandler Giese (Trappe, Pa.) were credited with an assist.

Erler, Joyce and Richard all extended their point-scoring streak to four games, while the goal marked Posternak's first career points.

Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) was credited with the win, two saves and one goal allowed in 66 minutes, 7 seconds of action. Lexy Cole (Belgrade, Maine) made her collegiate debut by playing the final 3:53 of the game; she did not record a save.

Paige Counsman scored the Tigers' goal and recorded all three of the team's shots. Molly Macierz played the first half and stopped four of eight shots on goal; she was charged with the loss. Maggie Corder also had a .500 save percentage on the night with three saves and three goals against.

Pacific took an early 1-0 lead 22 seconds into the game when Maggie Grindatti's entry pass from outside the circle on the left wing rolled across to Counsman, who scored off her own rebound at the right post.

The Wildcats would not yield a shot the rest of the half, however, and responded with three goals in the next 13 minutes to build a 3-1 advantage. Joyce leveled the score, 1-1, at 2:28 when she drove along the right endline and lifted a shot into the upper-left corner of the cage.

UNH took a lead it would not relinquish, 2-1, by converting one of its five first-half penalty corners into a goal – overall, the 'Cats scored three goals off corners. Erler inserted the ball to Pohlmeyer on the top-left side. Pohlmeyer drove a low ball to the middle of the circle, where a lunging Richard redirected the ball into the cage at 8:34. Richard struck again – her team-leading sixth goal of the season – at 13:34.

New Hampshire extended the lead to 4-1 at 24:38 with a player-up goal, as Pacific's Grindatti was serving a yellow card. On a corner, Erler inserted the ball to Giese as the stick-stop, and Pohlmeyer blasted a waist-high shot into the cage.

The 'Cats took that 4-1 lead into halftime with the edge in both shots (8-2) and corners (5-0).

UNH continued to pressure early in the second half and scored goals 46 seconds apart – at 39:14 and 40:00 – to build a 6-1 cushion. The Wildcats converted another corner into their fifth goal of the game when Pohlmeyer, from the top of the circle, drilled a low ball towards the right post that Carroll tipped into the cage. Shortly thereafter, Flatley scored from traffic from five meters on the right side.

Posternak's unassisted goal from close range capped the scoring, 7-1, at 66:20.

The Wildcats finished with the advantage in shots (17-3) and corners (11-0).

New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 16 at home against seventh-ranked Northeastern University. Game time at Memorial Field is 4 p.m. That game will be preceded by a matchup between Pacific and the University of Maine at 12 p.m.

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