DURHAM, N.H. - Marcie Boyer (Dillsburg, Pa.) scored with 26 seconds remaining in the second overtime session to lift the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to a 2-1 America East victory against 15th-ranked Boston University at Memorial Field on Wednesday afternoon.
UNH improved to 8-5 overall and 3-1 in the conference with its 14th consecutive home win. Boston University is now 8-6, 5-2. Boyer, who netted the game-winner against Rhode Island earlier this season, ended the game when her shot from the left side of the circled eluded Terrier goalkeeper Susan Harrington (14 saves) and rolled into the far side of the cage.
BU dominated the first half - the Terriers generated a 13-4 shot advantage - and took a 1-0 lead at 7:03 when Felicia Cappabianca pushed the ball past UNH's charging goalkeeper, Amy Agulay (London, Ontario; 14 saves), from the top of the circle.
New Hampshire turned the tables in the second half and had a 13-2 shot advantage. The Wildcats tied the game at 11:23 on a penalty stroke by Jessica Russell (Harrisville, R.I.), whose shot was just inside the left post. Russell, who leads the team with eight goals, has taken and converted all four of UNH's penalty strokes this season.
Neither team took advantage of its scoring chances in the first overtime, and penalty strokes appeared imminent until Boyer's late heroics.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 14 at home against the University of New Hampshire. Game time at Memorial Field is 3:30 p.m.