DURHAM, N.H. - Kristen Weldon (Avon, Conn.) scored two goals to propel the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Monday afternoon's 5-0 victory against the University of Rhode Island at Memorial Field.
UNH won its third consecutive game to improve to 4-3 while Rhode Island, which has lost five straight to New Hampshire, is now 2-2.
Weldon gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 6:46 of the first half and the 'Cats, with a 16-7 shot advantage, took that advantage into halftime.
New Hampshire pulled away early in the second half with goals by Jennifer Stamp (Tyngsboro, Mass.) and Marcie Boyer (Dillsburg, Pa.) within 90 seconds, at 32:29 and 30:59, respectively. Boyer's penalty corner goal was set up by Cameron Schmitz (Cos Cob, Conn.) and Tami Street (Kingston, N.Y.).
Schmitz, with the assistance of Street and Brittany Schneider (Middletown, Md.), scored on a penalty corner at 23:04 to give the Wildcats a 4-0 lead.
Rhode Island, which in the first half generated some dangerous chances by Crystal Mohr, settled down but could not create a sustained attack.
Weldon capped the scoring with another unassisted tally at 6:53.
UNH goalie Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) was created with eight saves and exited the game at 13:23 of the second half. Julie Munson (Dover, N.H.) played the rest of the way in goal and was not forced to make a save.
URI goalie Danielle Dangoia was credited with 14 saves as her team was outshot 29-15 in the game.
New Hampshire returns to action this weekend with two home conference games. UNH plays Towson on Sept. 21 at 3:30 p.m. and battles Delaware on Sept. 23 (12 p.m.).