New Hampshire field hockey bested by Maryland, 4-1

EVANSTON, Ill. - Senior captain Marcie Boyer (Dillsburg, Pa.) scored 3:20 into the game but the University of Maryland, which lost in last year's national title game, rallied to record a 4-1 victory at Northwestern University on Sunday afternoon.

"We came out stepping it up and, considering our youth, I was very impressed that we scored right away," 12th-year head coach Robin Balducci said. "We were able to take them out of their game and, except for the final 10 minutes, limit their effectiveness."

Boyer, last year's Wildcat leader in goals and points, scored on a penalty corner to give UNH a quick 1-0 advantage. Jen Stamp (Tyngsboro, Mass.) and Kristen Weldon (Avon, Conn.) were credited with assists on the tally.

Maryland (2-0) took the lead on a pair of first-half goals by Colleen Barbieri. Her first tally tied the game at 8:03 and she gave the Terrapins a lead they would not relinquish at 24:59.

New Hamsphire goalie Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) made seven first-half saves to keep the Wildcats within one goal at halftime.

The Terrapins held that one-goal advantage until Carissa Messimer scored a pair of penalty-corner goals in the final 10 minutes. She extended UM's cushion to 3-1 at 60:12 and capped the scoring with 56 seconds to play.

Buckley finished with 11 saves, while Maryland's Kerry Hearsey was credited with one save.

UNH returns to action Sept. 2 (1 p.m.) at Northwestern University. The Wildcats are scheduled to play their home opener on renovated Memorial Field on Sept. 28 (1 p.m.) vs. Providence College.

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