NEWTON, Mass. – Jordyn Hamilton scored three goals to lead the 24th-ranked Boston College field hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 6-2 non-conference victory against 20th-ranked University of New Hampshire at Newton Campus Field.
UNH has alternated wins and losses the past eight games to move to 7-7. BC improved to 9-6.
New Hampshire goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) recorded double digits in saves for the second time in her career with 10 stops, including six in the first half. Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) recorded a goal and her team-leading fourth defensive save of the season. Meg Carroll (Mansfield, Mass.) tallied the other UNH goal and Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) was credited with two assists.
For BC, AshLeigh Sebia (one goal, one assist) and Kelcie Hromisin (two assists) also factored in multiple goals while goalie Leah Settipane made one save.
The Eagles generated pressure in the opening minutes and was awarded a penalty stroke at 3:36, but Tarbell stopped Sarah Hospodar's shot to keep the home team scoreless. The Wildcats' defense helped keep BC out of the scoring column in the eighth minute whey it blocked aside shots by Sebia and Hromisin.
Boston College took a 1-0 lead at 11:21 on a goal from an unexpected source -- Hamilton, who scored her first goal of the season on just her second shot in 14 games.
UNH penetrated the circle in the 17th minute and was awarded three consecutive penalty corners, all with Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) as the insert. On the initial corner, Bozek's shot was stopped by Settipane. On the ensuing corner, the Eagles defense blocked a shot off Pohlmeyer's stick.
The Wildcats would not be denied on the third corner, however, as Pohlmeyer, with an insert pass from the top-left to the center of the circle, set up Bozek for her seventh goal of the season and game-tying goal, 1-1, at 18:27.
Less than three minutes later, the 'Cats threatened again but Bozek's shot went wide of the cage. New Hampshire, which hadn't yielded a shot since falling behind 1-0 in the 12th minute, surrendered a shot by Emma Plasteras in the 26th minute, but Tarbell was in position for the save.
BC continued its offensive pressure, but Tarbell turned aside Jacqui Moorfield in the 28th minute and then the UNH goalie denied Hamilton on both her initial shot (29:08) and chance off the rebound (29:12).
UNH responded at the other end of the field, but Lynne Lehman (Landisburg, Pa.) had a shot blocked. Minutes later, Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) beat Settipane but Hospodar cleared the ball away from the cage for the defensive save at 33:50.
BC regained the lead, 2-1, on a Katlyn Soucy goal with eight seconds remaining in the first half. The Eagles took that one-goal advantage into halftime with a 10-6 edge in shots.
Early in the second half, Tarbell recorded saves against Sebia and Romee Stiekema to keep the 'Cats within one goal, but Hamilton extended the advantage to 3-1 at 45:19.
The Wildcats called time out at that point and Tarbell made two more saves before the 'Cats generated a corner at 56:40. Erler inserted the ball to stick-stop Chandler Giese (Trappe, Pa.), who swung the ball left for Pohlmeyer and Carroll redirected that hit into the cage for the goal at 57:12.
Boston College responded with a goal 36 seconds later to quickly reestablish a two-goal lead of 4-2, and the Eagles did not allow a UNH shot the rest of the way. Sebia, with the assistance of Hromisin, scored that goal. Hromisin also set up Chapin Duke's tally that extended the advantage to 5-2 at 60:13. Hamilton closed the scoring at 64:35.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 19 at home against Boston University in a battle among America East conference unbeaten teams; the Wildcats and Terriers are tied atop the conference standings at 3-0. Game time at Memorial Field is 7 p.m.