New Hampshire field hockey overwhelms Yale, 5-1

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Senior captain Marcie Boyer (Dillsburg, Pa.) and junior Jen Stamp (Tyngsboro, Mass.) scored two goals each to lead the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Wednesday evening's 5-1 victory at Yale University.

UNH won its second consecutive game and has won five of six to improve to 6-3 overall. Yale is 2-3.

"I was very pleased that we took control and took it to them," UNH head coach Robin Balducci said. "We moved the ball very well and had an effective attack inside the 25."

Boyer, ranked 10th in the nation in points and 11th in goals at the beginning of the week, gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead 7:20 into the game when she scored on a penalty corner. Stamp, who recorded a career-high five points with two goals and an assist, and Kristen Weldon (Avon, Conn.) were credited with assists. Stamp scored an unassisted goal with 4:04 remaining in the first half and New Hampshire took that 2-0 lead into halftime.

Yale pulled within 2-1 on a goal by Elizabeth Topp at 23:51. The Wildcats responded with three goals in a six-minute span to regain control of the game.

Stamp, ranked 18th in the nation in points, reestablished a two-goal cushion with a tally at 56:36, then Boyer potted her second goal at 60:41 to give the 'Cats a 4-1 advantage. Brittany Schneider (Middletown, Md.) scored her first career goal when she redirected a hit by Boyer into the cage at 62:20.

UNH goalkeeper Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.), who entered the week ranked third in the nation in saves, made three saves and exited the game when Schneider scored. Julie Munson(Dover, N.H.) was solid over the final 7:40 and was credited with two saves.

Yale goalie Krissy Nesburg stopped six shots.

Boyer vaulted to a tie for eighth on UNH's all-time points list as her five-point effort increased her season total to 23 and career number to 72. She is also currently tied for ninth on the program's all-time goals list with 28.

New Hampshire plays its heavily-anticipated home opener on renovated Memorial Field on Sept. 28. Game time vs. Providence College is 1 p.m.

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