RICHMOND, Va. - Sophomore goalkeeper Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) stopped three of the five penalty strokes in overtime to lift the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Friday afternoon's 3-2 overtime victory against the University of Richmond at Crenshaw Field.
With the game tied 2-2 through regulation and 30 minutes of overtime, the game was decided by overtime penalty strokes. Richmond shot first and took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Lydia Decembrino but UNH, which improved to 4-2 with its fourth consecutive win, responded immediately with a goal from Jenn Harrison (Hanover, Mass.). The Wildcats took a 2-1 lead through two rotations on a Brittany Schneider (Middletown, Md.) goal and maintained that advantage through three shooters. The Spiders (1-3) pulled into a 2-2 tie, but Lauren Bruce (Amherst, N.Y.) scored in the bottom of the fourth rotation to put the 'Cats back in front. Buckley, already with two saves in the penalty stroke session, denied Kristen Gavin to give UNH the victory.
Buckley finished with eight saves, five of which came in the first half. Richmond's Michelle Swartz was credited with four saves.
Richmond generated a 9-1 shot advantage in the first half at took a 1-0 lead into halftime with a Danica Haupt goal at 23:00.
The Wildcats turned the tables in the second half, however, and tied the game on an unassisted tally by Jen Stamp (Tyngsboro, Mass.) at 45:00. The Spiders regained the lead, 2-1, when Brittney Parrish scored at 48:43. Stamp scored her second goal of the game less than two minutes later - this time with the help of Marcie Boyer (Dillsburg, Pa.) and Schneider - and neither team scored over the final 49:29, including the two 15-minute overtime sessions.
Boyer extended her point-scoring streak to six games with the assist.
New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 15 at second-ranked Old Dominion University. The Wildcats are scheduled to play their home opener at renovated Memorial Field on Sept. 28 (1 p.m.) against Providence College.