Chiara Best

DURHAM, N.H. - Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa./Strath Haven) punctuated Senior Day with two goals in a 12-second span in the second half to lead the UNH Wildcats to a 3-1 victory over the Hartford Hawks Sunday afternoon at Lewis Field.

After hitting the post and nearly scoring on two other shots early in the second half, Best stole the ball from a Hartford player and broke in on goaltender Liz Cook, burying her shot into the bottom of the net. On the ensuing UNH possession, Adriana Gonzalez-Medina (Bainbridge, Wash./Bainbridge) sent a pass into the center of the box, which Best corralled and put past Cook for her 11th goal of the season.

The Wildcats jumped on top in the first half, when junior Julie Wernig (Steamboat Springs, Colo./Steamboat Springs) took advantage of a Hartford turnover and scored on a breakaway. Including Best's flurry of shots, the Wildcats outshot the Hawks 12-7 in the second half, gaining an overall advantage of 18 shots to 11.

Hartford (3-9-2, 2-3-1, America East) ended the shutout chance of UNH starting goalie Lynn Gugliuzza (Kenmore, N.Y./Kenmore West) when Brittny Badger scored off a Hartford corner kick in the 78th minute. Senior goalie Liz MacKay (Scituate, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) replaced Gugliuzza at that point and made two saves in almost 13 minutes of action. All five UNH seniors were on the field for the final eight minutes of the Senior Day match.

New Hampshire (8-6-2, 4-2-0 America East) will finish the 2004 season with three road matches, beginning next Sunday, October 24, at Maine beginning at 2:30 p.m.

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