DURHAM, N.H. – Sophomore forward Lynne Lehman (Landisburg, Pa.) recorded a goal and an assist to fuel the 20th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team to a 5-0 victory against UMass Lowell at Memorial Field on Friday evening.
UNH registered its third consecutive shutout to improve to 10-6 overall and 3-0 in America East. UMass Lowell falls to 2-15, 1-3. The Wildcats, who scored a season-high five goals, outshot the River Hawks by a margin of 13, tallying 18 shots overall as opposed to UML's five.
New Hampshire posts its fifth consecutive double-digit win season, accomplishing the feat for the second time in its 39-year history; it was previously accomplished spanning the 1983-87 seasons. Furthermore, the last time the 'Cats shut out three consecutive opponents was September 2007.
Wildcat goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.), the reigning America East Defensive Player of the Week, extended her shutout streak to a career-best 214 minutes, 54 seconds with a four-save performance. She improved her record to 10-6 on the year. River Hawks netminder Melanie Hopkins registered five saves.
Lehman finished with a personal-best three points with the goal and assist. Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) recorded her 50th career point on her eighth goal of the season; she now has 51 career points on 23 goals and five assists. UNH's other goal scorers were Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.), Emma Compagna (Canton, Mass.) and Molly Heaney (East Kingston, N.H.).
The 'Cats controlled possession early in the game, making it difficult for the River Hawks to generate any scoring chances. UNH was able to take advantage of an early scoring chance in the ninth minute. Lehman passed the ball from the right side of the goal line and found Joyce for the game's first goal at 9:57.
UNH doubled its lead in the 14th minute. Lehman handled the ball in the middle of the circle and fired a waist-high shot on Hopkins. The goalkeeper made the initial save but could not stop the follow-up, giving Lehman her third goal of the season at 13:28.
Keeping the River Hawks on the defensive, Taylor Rideout (Barrington, R.I.) and Casey Pohlmeyer(Millersville, Md.) were seeking a third goal for the 'Cats. Despite their efforts, Hopkins made both stops, keeping UML's deficit at two goals.
The Wildcats eventually came through and extended their lead to three on Richard's goal. Aggie Sutherland (Dauphin, Pa.) corralled the ball near the end line, then dished it out to Richard in front of the cage for the one-time goal at 28:22.
UML did not record a shot or penalty corner in the first half.
Entering the second half, New Hampshire took just 16 seconds to score its fourth goal. The Wildcats marched down the field as Compagna powered it by the left side of Hopkins to register her third goal of the season.
UMass Lowell tried to rally and generated its first scoring chance in the 40th minute. Coming off a penalty corner, Melissa Effertz rifled her shot from the left side of the arc. Tarbell preserved the shutout, making the blocker save on the low blast.
New Hampshire tacked on a fifth goal at 53:17 when Heaney scored her first goal of the season. Heaney blasted the shot in the middle of the offensive zone. Hopkins thwarted the low shot initially, but Heaney corralled the rebound and directed the shot over the blocker to increase the lead.
The River Hawks earned a late penalty corner in the 63rd minute to try and break the shutout. Jenna Freitas attempted a shot from the left wing. Tarbell, however, blocked the low near side shot with a kick save. Tarbell thwarted an ensuing shot from Effertz to keep the River Hawks off the scoreboard and secure the win.
New Hampshire continues America East action on the road, facing off against the University of Vermont on Sunday, Oct. 27 (1 p.m.). UNH's next home game is Senior Day against Fairfield University on Nov. 1 (4 pm.).