BOSTON - Second-seeded Boston University scored two second-half goals to defeat top-seeded University of New Hampshire 2-1 in Saturday afternoon's America East championship field hockey game at BU's Nickerson Field.
UNH, which had a five-game winning streak snapped, ends the season at 14-7. BU, ranked 14th in the nation, is now 15-7 and advances to play Rider University in an NCAA play-in game.
BU controlled the majority of play in the first half and outshot UNH 10-4, but the Wildcats took advantage of its limited opportunities. On its second penalty corner of the game, Allie Lehmann (Granby, Conn.) pushed the ball to the top of the circle, where Tami Street (Kingston, N.Y.) stopped the ball for Jessica Russell (Harrisville, R.I.). The conference's Player of the Year fired a low, hard shot that eluded BU goalkeeper Susan Harrington (three saves).
The Terriers tied the game on a goal by Kate Cusick at 15:13 of the second half. They went in front 2-1 with 3:18 remaining in regulation. UNH goalkeeper Amy Agulay (London, Ontario;12 saves) made the initial stop on Robyn Kenney's shot, but Christina Strauss collected the loose ball in the middle of the circle and fired a shot into the open cage.
New Hampshire pressured the ball inside the 25 over the final two minutes, but BU kept the Wildcats out of the circle and prevented any game-tying shots.
The loss brings to a close the careers of six Wildcat seniors: Agulay, Jamie Ehret (Old Greenwich, Conn.), Lehmann, Melissa Richards (Reading, Mass.), Russell, and Kelly Stowe (Topsfield, Mass.).
Russell, who finished the season with 17 goals and 39 points, and Stowe were named to the All-Championship Team, as was sophomore Halden Forbes (Morristown, N.J.)