DURHAM, N.H. - The University of Maine field hockey team withstood a late charge by the University of New Hampshire to record a 4-3 America East victory Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field.
UNH had its two-game winning streak snapped and completes the 2001 season with a 7-12 record (3-6 America East). With the win, Maine improved to 9-7 overall and 6-3 in America East, a mark that ties Boston University and Delaware for second place.
Maine's Jen Johnstone and Morgan Brady scored at 26:41 and 24:24, respectively, in the second half to give the Black Bears a 4-1 advantage. Johnstone's tally came on a lifted shot on a pass from Kristy Ferran, while Brady scored from her own rebound at the right side of the cage after initiating a penalty corner with a long hit.
UNH called time out and trimmed the deficit to 4-2 at 23:00. Marcie Boyer (Dillsburg, Pa.) made a centering pass from deep on the right side of the circle and Jen Harrison, standing alone at the left post, redirected the ball into the open cage.
The Wildcats closed within 4-3 at 2:11 when Jen Stamp (Tyngsboro, Mass.) tipped a long hit by Tami Street (Kingston, N.Y.) into the cage. New Hampshire was awarded a penalty corner as time expired, but any game-tying shot attempt was nullified when the 'Cats were whistled for failing to stop the ball at the top of the circle.
Maine, which had a 19-7 shot advantage in the game, took a 2-0 lead in the first half on goals by Karly Bundy at 18:53 and Jana Ouellette at 9:03. Bundy scored when she collected the rebound from a Ferran shot alone in front from six yards out. Karyn Magno set up Ouellette's tally on a pass down low from the top-right side of the circle.
UNH pulled within 2-1 before halftime when Street scored on a penalty corner at 2:26. Brittany Schneider (Middletown, Md.) began the sequence with a hit to the top-right of the circle, where Lizzy Duffy (Oak Park, Ill.) fired a low shot that was redirected by Street into the cage.
UNH goalkeeper Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) recorded 10 saves. Her counterpart, Jaye Lance, was credited with one save.
The end of the 2001 season also brings an end to Wildcat careers for three student-athletes. Street ends her career with 44 points on 10 goals and 24 assists, a mark that is third best in the program's history. Kaitlin Carney (Farmington, Conn.) and Cameron Schmitz (Cos Cob, Conn.) - both defensive stalwarts - also made their final appearances in a UNH uniform.