WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - In a season-opening battle between field hockey teams that were ousted in the first round of the 2000 NCAA championships, the College of William & Mary defeated the University of New Hampshire 5-1 at Busch Field on Saturday afternoon.
"I was disappointed with our intensity and our work ethic," UNH head coach Robin Balducci said. "I felt we didn't come out ready.
"On the positive side, Cameron Schmitz played an outstanding game on both the defensive side of the ball and in generating offense out of our zone," Balducci added.
The Tribe (1-0) took a 1-0 advantage 9:13 into the game on the first of two tallies by Ann Ekberg, who scored again at 11:27 to give the home team a two-goal lead. Goals by Kristen Southerland (10:12) and Ginny Sutton (5:41) gave William & Mary a 4-0 halftime cushion.
UNH trimmed the deficit to 4-1 on an unassisted goal by Kristen Weldon (Avon, Conn.), the team's second-leading returning scorer, at 32:26. Southerland's second tally of the game midway through the second half capped the scoring.
In her first collegiate action, sophomore goalkeeper Julie Munson (Dover, N.H.) stopped six shots in the first half of action. Freshman Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) played the second half and was credited with four saves, including one on a penalty stroke.
Tribe goalie Claire Miller recorded two saves.
New Hampshire returns to action Aug. 26 (12 p.m.) at Virginia Commonwealth. UNH is scheduled to play its home opener at Memorial Field on Aug. 31 against UMass. Game time is 4 p.m.