DURHAM, N.H. - In a game featuring stifling defenses, Maureen Connelly broke a scoreless tie at 24:44 of the second half and it stood as the game's lone goal in Northeastern University's 1-0 America East field hockey victory against the University of New Hampshire Friday afternoon at Memorial Field.
UNH lost its fourth consecutive game and is now 5-7 overall and 1-4 in league play. NU, ranked 15th in this week's national poll, won its seventh consecutive game to improve to 9-1, 4-0.
Connelly's goal was set up on a Liane Dixon crossing pass in front of the goal mouth. Connelly collected the ball and fired it into the open right side.
NU goalkeeper Kathleen Madaus (four saves) turned away UNH's best opportunity to tie the game when she blocked aside a low, hard shot by Lizzy Duffy (Oak Park, Ill.) from the top of the circle and the shot off the rebound by Marcie Boyer (Dillsburg, Pa.) with 18 minutes remaining in the game. Fior Arrindell almost gave Northeastern a two-goal lead as her shot from the top of the circle deflected off a UNH back, off the left post and wide of the cage with 14 minutes on the clock.
UNH was awarded a penalty corner with one minute remaining but did not generate a shot.
In the first half, New Hampshire limited the visitors to two shots but created only one shot at the opposite end of the field.
UNH goalie Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) was credited with four saves.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 7 against No. 4 Old Dominion University. Game time at UConn's George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex is 12 p.m. UNH's next home game is the regular-season finale vs. Maine on Oct. 27 (1 p.m.).