HAMPTON, Va. - Sophomore Stephan Lewis (Coatesville, Pa.) ran for three touchdowns and 150 yards as the University of New Hampshire football team posted a 31-17 victory over Hampton University here this afternoon. The Wildcats improve to 1-0 on the year while the Pirates fall to 0-1.

Hampton took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter on a 27 yard field goal by Paul Pavlik. In the second quarter junior quarterback Ryan Day (Manchester, N.H.) made a four yard touchdown run and the 'Cats converted the extra point to make it 7-3. Shawn Maclean (Salem, Mass.) kicked a 28-yard field goal with one second remaining in the half to take a 10-3 halftime lead.

The Pirates tied the game at 10 on a Montrell Coley run to tie the game at 10. Lewis made two of his three touchdown runs in the third to go up 24-10. UNH missed the extra point on the first touchdown but converted a two-point conversion to Michael DePalma (Central Bridge, N.Y.). Lewis then ran for his third touchdown with 5:02 remaining in the game to make it 31-10.

Lewis had 29 carries for 150 yards, while Day was 10-of-22 passing for 111 yards. Lewis also caught four passes for 50 yards. For Hampton, Ataveus Cash was 9-of-23 for 106 yards.

On defense for the 'Cats, Erik Mitchell (Atco, N.J.) recorded an interception, while Czar Wiley (North Bergen, N.J.) recorded UNH's lone sack. Senior captain Brett Bashaw (Newburyport, Mass.) recorded 13 tackles.

UNH plays again next Saturday (9/9) when it hosts Rhode Island in the 'Cats 2000 home opener. Game time is 12:00 p.m.

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