BURLINGTON, Vt. -- The 20th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team utilized a balanced attack to record Sunday afternoon's 7-0 victory against the University of Vermont at Moulton Winder Field that secured at least a share of the America East regular-season title and conference tournament top seed for the fourth consecutive season.
UNH extended its winning streak to four games – all by shutout and aggregate score of 18-0 – to improve to 11-7 overall and 4-0 in America East; prior to the current streak, the last time New Hampshire shut out four consecutive opponents was September 1990. During the four-year reign as America East regular-season titlist (2010-11-12-13), the Wildcats have an 18-1 conference record.
Vermont, which yielded the advantage in both shots (38-2) and penalty corners (14-4), is now 0-17 overall and 0-4 in America East.
Lynne Lehman (Landisburg, Pa.) recorded career highs in both goals (two) and points (four) to lead nine Wildcats who tallied at least one point. Hannah Richard (Hopkinton, N.H.) equaled her personal best of two goals and Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) matched her career high of two assists.
Chandler Giese (Trappe, Pa.), who scored her first collegiate goal, Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) and Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) scored UNH's other goals. Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), Aggie Sutherland (Dauphin, Pa.) and Melyssa Woods (Glens Falls, N.Y.) were credited with one assist each.
UNH goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.), who entered the 2013 season with one career shutout, extended her shutout streak to 284 minutes, 54 seconds with a one-save effort. UVM starting goalie Stephanie Zygmunt was credited with 17 saves and allowed six goals in 61:18. Emily Snowden played the final 8:42 and stopped two of three shots on goal.
New Hampshire quickly took a 1-0 lead when Richard one-timed Joyce's centering pass into the cage at 2:36. UNH capitalized on a penalty corner to extend the advantage to two goals at 9:29. Bozek's initial shot was stopped by Zygmunt, but Pohlmeyer scored off the rebound.
The Wildcats continued to attack and converted another corner into a goal and 3-0 lead at 16:11. Following the push by Flatley, a series of three quick passes set up Giese's low shot from the top-left of the circle that went into the right side of the cage. Bozek, with the final pass to Giese from the top-right, was credited with an assist.
UNH's relentless offensive pressure resulted in a 4-0 lead at 34:14 when Sutherland's hit from the top of the circle was redirected in by Richard for her 10th goal of the season.
Flatley hit the post for the second time of the game in the 53rd minute, but this time she corralled the rebound and scored her team-leading 12th goal of the season to extend the advantage to 5-0 at 52:45.
Lehman scored 76 seconds later on a redirection of Woods' pass to make the score 6-0 at 54:01. Lehman closed the scoring – this time on a one-timer off Joyce's pass – at 65:44.
Tarbell's only save of the game was off a UVM corner in the seventh minute, when she denied a shot off the stick of Emily Tilton. The Catamounts were awarded two more consecutive corners, the second of which resulted in Kelsey Bonner's shot wide. Vermont did not record a shot the rest of the game – 62 minutes, 23 seconds.
New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 1 (4 p.m.) at home for Senior Day against Fairfield University. The Wildcats conclude the regular season Nov. 3 (2 p.m.) at Dartmouth College.