WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - The University of New Hampshire failed to win for the fourth straight game Sunday, falling to the University of Hartford 5-1. It was Hartford's 23rd consecutive league win.
After starting the season 4-2-0, the Wildcats have lost three and tied once with their record falling to 4-5-1 overall and 0-3-1 in the America East Conference.
The 'Cats lone goal was scored when senior tri-captain Nicole Coupland (Londonderry, N.H.) sent a free kick into the box late in the first half setting up Junior Jess Halas (Danbury, Conn.) who controlled the pass and beat a diving Ingrid Sternhoff.
The Hawks (7-1-2, 4-0-0) took a 3-0 lead in the first half on a pair of goals by Sandra Doreleijers and another by Sonja Fuss. Hartford tacked on two more goals in the second half, increasing the lead to 5-1. The Hawks dominated offensively with more shots (22-4) and corners (10-0) than the UNH.
UNH junior goalkeeper Stephanie Springer (Solana Beach, Calif.) picked up five saves, playing the entire contest.
The Wildcats play on the road against Dartmouth on Wednesday at 3 p.m., and then come home for four straight. The 'Cats will look for their first conference win of the season against Maine on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m.