HANOVER, N.H. - Heidi Anderson (Hampton Falls, N.H.) broke a 3-3 tie with 8:46 remaining in the game to propel the University of New Hampshire to Friday afternoon's 4-3 victory against the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth College's Scully-Fahey Field.
Anderson's initial shot from point-blank range was stopped by UMass goalie Ashley Egland (four saves), but persistence paid dividends for Anderson, who poked the rebound into the cage.
UMass (0-1) created a penalty corner with 1:20 remaining, but UNH (1-2) cleared the ball from the circle before the Minutewomen could fire a shot. The Wildcat transition game created a corner at the other end of the field and secured the victory.
Marcie Boyer (Dillsburg, Pa.) scored the first of her two goals on a penalty corner at 28:11 to give UNH a 1-0 lead. Tami Street (Kingston, N.Y.) and Jennifer Stamp (Tyngsboro, Mass.) set up the tally.
UMass tied the game at 16:42 when Erika Whiston's shot from the top of the circle eluded Wildcat goalie Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.; five saves) and went into the cage. Kaitlyn Byron gave the Minutewomen a 2-1 advantage when she gathered a deflected pass and lifted the ball over Buckley.
Boyer scored on another corner at 7:34 with the help of Street and Carr. Jennie Peyser (Rye, N.H.) scored her first collegiate goal early in the second half when she lifted the ball into the cage. UMass tied the game on a penalty-corner goal by Anke Bruemmer at 19:38. Ashley Gilbert and Whiston were credited with assists.
New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 3 against the University of Iowa. Game time at Alfond Sports Stadium at the University of Maine is 11:00 a.m. UNH's home opener at Memorial Field is Sept. 7 (3:30 pm) vs. Yale.