October 20, 2013

Pohlmeyer's Three Points, Including 50th of Career, Leads Field Hockey Past Bucknell, 3-0

DURHAM, N.H.Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) recorded her 50th career point with a goal and an assist to lead the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 3-0 victory against Bucknell University at Memorial Field. 

UNH won its second consecutive game – both by shutout – to improve to 9-6 overall. Bucknell lost its third consecutive game to fall to 7-8.

Pohlmeyer, who entered the game with 48 career points, reached the 50-point milestone when her second-half goal gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead; she increased her career totals to 15 goals and 21 assists with an assist on UNH's third goal. 

UNH goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) extended her shutout streak to 144 minutes, 54 seconds with a five-save effort. Bucknell counterpart Erica Perrine was credited with four saves.

The Wildcats controlled possession early in the game and generated two dangerous scoring changes in the opening five minutes. Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) penetrated the circle deep on the left side and her crossing pass to the far post was redirected wide by Emma Compagna (Canton, Mass.). One minute later on a penalty corner, a direct shot off the stick of Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) rolled toward the left post but was batted away on a diving save by Perrine. 

The Bison earned a penalty corner in the 13th minute, but Liz Wills' direct shot was blocked by a UNH defender. Neither team recorded another shot until the visitors threatened again in the 22nd minute when Leigh Hillman's low blast from the right wing was kicked aside by Tarbell.  One minute later, Kiersten Sydnor almost gave Bucknell the lead when her waist-high shot from the top-right side was swatted out of the air by Tarbell's stick.

New Hampshire responded to take a 1-0 lead at 23:50. Compagna's initital shot from the right side was stopped by Perrine's leg pads, but Melyssa Woods (Glens Falls, N.Y.) corralled the rebound in the middle of the circle and struck a shot into the cage. 

In the 33rd minute, Joyce attacked down the middle in transition and swept a reverse-stick shot from 15 feet that Perrine kicked away with her left leg pad.

Bucknell pressured in the last minute of the half as Abby Watson shot wide right, but the Bison regained possession and Rachel Misko's shot from close range in the closing seconds was knocked aside by Tarbell. 

With those late opportunities, the visitors took a 7-6 shot advantage into halftime.

UNH capitalized on two corners early in the second half to score goals 2:51 apart and quickly extend the advantage to 3-0. From the top-right, Bozek sent a pass to the middle of the circle, where Pohlmeyer settled the ball and struck a low blast into the cage at 37:31. 

The 'Cats struck again at 40:22 when Pohlmeyer, from the top-left, hit a diagonal ball toward the right post that Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) redirected in for her seventh goal of the season and 49th career point.

Neither team recorded a corner or shot until the Bison earned a corner in the 61st minute that produced Estelle Palandjian's shot wide. Bucknell, which pressured near the end of the first half, did so again in the closing minutes of the second half with Sydnor firing a shot from the top of the circle wide of the left post at 68:26 and Watson's shot from the top-left stopped by Tarbell with 19 seconds on the clock. 

The Bison, which held UNH without a shot after yielding the third goal, finished with a 10-8 shot advantage. The Wildcats tallied a 5-3 edge in penalty corners.

New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 25 at home against America East conference newcomer UMass Lowell. Game time at Memorial Field is 6 p.m.

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