New Hampshire field hockey defeats Rhode Island, 5-3

KINGSTON, R.I. - Senior captain Marcie Boyer (Dillsburg, Pa.) scored two goals and assisted on two others to propel the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 5-3 victory against the University of Rhode Island at the URI field hockey complex.

New Hampshire (5-3) took a 1-0 lead when Jen Stamp (Tyngsboro, Mass.) scored an unassisted goal at 24:27. The Wildcats generated a 13-5 shot advantage in the first half and took that 1-0 lead into halftime.

UNH continued to control the tempo in the second half, but not until URI (0-7) tied the game at one on a Rebecca Roman tally at 37:58. Stamp, with the assistance of Boyer and Lauren Bruce (Amherst, N.Y.), and Katie White (Glens Falls, N.Y.) scored 1:36 apart - at 44:31 and 46:05 - to give the Wildcats a 3-1 lead. Boyer, who leads the team in goals (seven), assists (four) and points (18), was also credited with an assist on White's goal, which was her first career tally.

The Rams pulled within one goal, 3-2, on a Bridgett Narewski tally at 52:34, but Boyer reestablished a two-goal cushion with an unassisted goal at 53:16. Boyer's second unassisted goal of the game gave the 'Cats a 5-2 lead at 57:23 and URI closed out the scoring at 58:14.

UNH goalkeeper Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) made three saves while URI counterpart Danielle Dangoia stopped 11 shots.

New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 25 (5 p.m.) at Yale. The Wildcats are scheduled to play their home opener on renovated Memorial Field on Sept. 28 against Providence. Game time is 1 p.m.

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