Richard's Late Goal Lifts No. 20 Field Hockey Past Hofstra, 3-2

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) broke a 2-2 tie with 96 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the 20th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 3-2 victory against Hofstra University at Hofstra Field Hockey Stadium. 

UNH, which recorded the decisive edge in both shots (35-12) and penalty corners (16-5), improved to 6-5 overall while Hofstra fell to 5-8.

For Richard, it was her sixth goal and third game-winning goal of the season. Lynne Lehman (Landisburg, Pa.) and Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) were UNH's other goal scorers, and both Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) and Chandler Giese (Trappe, Pa.) had an assist. Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.), the reigning America East Defensive Player of the Week, was credited with seven saves.

Hofstra goalkeeper Kaitlyn De Turo made 12 saves and Gillian Kirkpatrick had two defensive saves. 

"I was very, very happy with generating 35 shots -- 17 on goal – and 16 corners," 23rd year head coach Robin Balducci said. "From our goal line to the attacking 25, we did a lot of things well to generate those opportunities."

Despite the lopsided statistics overall, it was the Pride who generated scoring chances in the opening four minutes of the game.  Tarbell denied Jonel Boileau just 16 seconds into the game and denied her again in the fourth minute. Moments later, Tarbell stopped a shot off the stick of Claudia Samper. 

The Wildcats generated their first shot in the eighth minute, but Richard's shot was wide of the cage. Thirty seconds later, she struck another shot off target.

Hofstra advanced the ball to the other end of the field, where Boileau was once again stymied by Tarbell, who also turned aside Stella Schoen off the rebound. The Pride earned a penalty corner in the 10th minute and Schoen's initial shot was stopped by Tarbell but Carissa Witmer scored off the rebound to give the home team a 1-0 lead at 9:20.

Lehman scored her second goal of the season to level the score, 1-1, at 14:58. Hofstra regained the lead, 2-1, on another rebound opportunity. Tarbell made a save on Lauren Del Valle but Boileau corralled the ball and shot it into the cage at 17:36. 

That, however, is when UNH began to seize control. Within a minute, the 'Cats recorded a shot and penalty corner that produced two more shots and a second corner in which Kirkpatrick made one of her two defensive saves to deny Pohlmeyer a goal.

New Hampshire earned another corner at 20:09 and Bozek fired a shot wide. Two minutes later, Richard also struck a shot off target and Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) had a shot blocked. The shooting barrage continued but De Turo made a save against Joyce  at 23:09 to preserve Hofstra's 2-1 lead. 

In the next minute, De Turo denied Aggie Sutherland (Dauphin, Pa.) and Pohlmeyer's bid was blocked by a defender. In the 26th minute, UNH generated another corner and this time Pohlmeyer's shot was saved by De Turo.

In the 31st minute on another corner, Pohlmeyer was once again denied by De Turo. The 'Cats recorded another corner at 32:50 and this time Kirkpatrick's second defensive save of the game kept the Pride in front by denying Melyssa Woods (Glens Falls, N.Y.). 

New Hampshire registered its eighth penalty corner of the first half with 17 seconds on the clock. Giese's shot was blocked, but UNH was awarded an untimed corner to end the half. Giese's initial shot was stopped by De Turo and Lehman's shot off the rebound went wide to end the half.

Hofstra had another strong start to a half when the Pride earned consecutive corners in the 39th minute, but Holly Andrews' shot was blocked by a Wildcat defender. UNH then generated three shots in a two-minute span, but only Bozek's shot at 43:27 forced De Turo to make a save. 

In the 55th minute, another UNH corner produced a shot on goal by Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) and then Woods' shot wide.

The Wildcats continued to pressure and scored on another corner to tie the score, 2-2, at 58:19 when Pohlmeyer scored her first goal of the season off Bozek's pass. 

Schoen hit a shot wide at 58:40 and that proved to be Hofstra's last shot of the game.

A UNH corner in the 60th minute led to Bozek's blocked shot. The 'Cats sustained pressure with De Turo stopping Woods at 60:20 and Sutherland's blocked shot 36 seconds later. That led to another penalty corner and this time Pohlmeyer was denied by De Turo. 

The Wildcats converted their 16th corner of the game into their 35th shot and game-winning goal at 68:24. Flatley initiated the sequence with the push and Richard, with the assistance of Giese, scored to give UNH its first lead of the game.

New Hampshire returns to action Homecoming Weekend on Oct. 11 against interstate rival University of Maine. Game time at Memorial Field is 6 p.m.

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