DURHAM, N.H. – Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) scored on a penalty shot in the 60th minute, but the 20th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team was edged out by ninth-ranked Boston College, 3-1, in non-conference action on Friday afternoon at Memorial Field.
The Wildcats move to 5-4 overall, while the Eagles improve to 8-2 on the season. New Hampshire sees its four-game winning streak snapped.
Boston College struck early as AshLeigh Sebia scored at 3:32 of the first with an assist from Kelcie Hromisin. Sebia stole a UNH clearing attempt and fed Hromisin for a give-and-go in the circle for the Eagle tally. Just over three minutes later, the Eagles doubled their lead to 2-0 as Emma Plasteras fired a one-timer from the top of the circle at 7:00. While BC controlled play early in the half, but the Wildcats had the better of play turning up the heat on the Eagles in the final minutes of the first half. Bozek put the pressure on net as she was taken down by the BC goalie in the circle setting up a penalty stroke. She fired a one-timer that clanged the right crossbar at 33:25. New Hampshire also ended the half with a strong penalty corner bid, but the Eagles went into the break up 2-0.
UNH carried its first half momentum into the second half and finally broke through on the second penalty stroke of the game for Bozek. This time a hard low shot found the left side of the net at 57:19 for her fifth goal of the season. Exactly three minutes later the Eagles would regain their two-goal advantage as Eryn McCoy scored from the left side of the circle on a penalty corner. Plasteras earned her second assist of the game on the game's final goal. UNH would keep the pressure on as Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) hit the post on a corner shot at 61:50. In addition, Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) had a point-blank bid denied by an outstanding defensive save by BC's Jordyn Hamilton at 68:37. Overall, UNH held a 9-2 shot advantage in the final half, but could not get any closer.
BC's Leah Settipane made four saves, while UNH's Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) made a pair of saves for the Wildcats.
UNH continues non-conference play as it travels to CAA-foe Hofstra on Sunday, Oct. 6 (12 noon). The Wildcats next home game is Sunday, Oct. 20 (2 p.m.) against Bucknell.