STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Senior Jessica Russell (Harrisville, R.I.) notched the game-winning penalty shot with 4:12 remaining in overtime to lift the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to a 4-3 win over Kent State University at Penn State today. The win improved the Wildcats to 1-0 while Kent State drops to 0-1.
The Golden Flashes led 1-0 at the break on a goal by Meagan Class (Harrisburg, Pa.) midway through the first half. After a goal by senior Kelly Stowe (Topsfield, Mass.) with 26:13 remaining in regulation, the scoring went back and forth between the two teams. Kent State led 3-2 after a goal by sophomore Kristen Johnson (Falls Church, Va.) with 7:12 remaining, but UNH would knot the game on freshman Jennifer Stamp's (Tyngsboro, Mass.) first collegiate goal with 4:21 remaining to force the game into overtime, setting up Russell's heroics.
Russell ended up with a goal and two assists, while senior Allie Lehmann (Granby, Conn.) notched two assists. Sophomore Marcie Boyer (Dillsburg, Pa.) scored UNH's other goal in the second half. Els Brouwer (Utrecht, The Netherlands) had a goal and an assist for the Golden Flashes.
Senior Amy Agulay (London, Ontario) played in net for the Wildcats and made 11 saves. Junior Jodi Lume (DePew, N.Y.) stopped six shots for Kent State.
Both teams return to action tomorrow (8/27). UNH will take on the Monarchs of Old Dominion University at 2:30 p.m. while Kent State battles host Penn State at noon.