CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) recorded a career-high 12 saves, but the 19th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team was defeated 7-0 Sunday afternoon by fifth-ranked University of Virginia at Turf Field.
UNH, in its seventh game of the season against a nationally-ranked team and third versus a top-5 opponent, is now 6-6 overall; in those previous top-5 matchups, the Wildcats lost 3-2 to both Syracuse University and University of Connecticut. UVA improved to 13-2.
Tarbell, whose previous personal best was nine saves, made nine stops in the second half. Cavaliers' starting goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone was credited with three saves in 57:45. She was followed in goal by Rebecca Holden (10:55) and Amanda Crider (1:20, neither of whom faced a shot on goal for the combined shutout.
The UVA offense was led by Rachel Sumfest (two goals), Michelle Vittese (1g, two assists) and Elly Buckley (1g, 1a). Paige Selenski, Elizabeth Hanks and Jess Orrett were the other goal scorers.
The home team controlled play early but fired two shots off target and then Selenski was denied by Tarbell in the sixth and nine minutes. Vittese's centering pass set up Buckley's goal that gave UVA a 1-0 lead at 8:56.
One minute later, Tarbell once again turned away a shot by Selenski. Then neither team recorded a shot until once again it was Selenski with a shot that was stopped by Tarbell in the 23rd minute. One minute later, UNH recorded its first shot when Emma Compagna (Canton, Mass.) tested Johnstone, who made her second save at 27:45 on a shot by Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.).
Sumfest extended the advantage to 2-0 at 29:43 when she tipped in a pass from Phoebe Willis.
UNH generated a penalty corner at 32:30, but the Cavailiers' defense blocked the direct shot by Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.). The Wildcats earned another corner less than a minute later, and this time the shot by Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) was blocked.
Virginia was awarded an untimed corner at the end of the first half and Buckley's shot towards the left post was redirected into the cage by Selenski to give the home squad a 3-0 lead on the strength of a 10-4 shot advantage.
The Wildcats generated the first attack of the second half, but Pohlmeyer's shot – off a penalty corner – went wide of the target.
UVA took a 4-0 lead at 42:08 on Sumfest's second goal of the game and Vittese scored nearly five minutes later at 47:43 to push the margin to five goals. In between, with Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) once again as the corner insert, Lynne Lehman (Landisburg, Pa.) was denied by Johnstone.
The 'Cats called time out at 49:10, and four minutes later their pressure produced shots wide by Mackenzie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) and Erler. UNH generated another corner in the 61st minute, but Pohlmeyer's shot once again went wide of the cage.
Virginia extended the advantage to 6-0 at 62:41 when Hanks scored from a scramble in front of the cage and Orrett scored off a rebound to close the scoring at 66:27.
UVA finished with a 25-9 shot advantage, but UNH had a 6-4 edge in corners.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 12 at home against America East foe University of Vermont. Game time at Memorial Field is 2 p.m.