DURHAM, N.H. - Marcie Boyer (Dillsburg, Pa.) and Jen Stamp (Tyngsboro, Mass.) scored first-half goals and Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) recorded her second consecutive shutout to lead the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 2-0 America East victory against the University of Vermont at Memorial Field.
UNH won its fourth consecutive game to improve to 8-3 overall and 1-0 in the conference. It is the team's best record through 11 games since the 1999 team also went 8-3. Vermont is now 4-8, 1-1.
Boyer gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 12:51 and it proved to be the game-winning goal. Samantha Carr (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) started the scoring sequence on a pass just outside the top of the circle. Boyer gathered the ball with her backhand and fired a shot into the cage.
Stamp increased the lead to 2-0 at 20:16 on an unassisted tally as she worked her way into the circle from the right wing and maneuvered towards the end line before firing a shot inside the far corner of the goal.
Buckley finished with two saves, both late in the game, for her third career shutout. She has not allowed a goal in 160 minutes, 34 seconds. UNH's shutout streak stands at 168:14 and includes 7:40 by Julie Munson (Dover, N.H.).
UVM's Holly Colberg was credited with 10 saves.
UVM had few scoring chances. The best opportunity came in the closing minute when Shawn Carney was denied from 10 yards and on the ensuing penalty corner as time expired.
UNH dominated first-half play, which resulted in a 11-1 shot advantage. The Wildcats ended the contest with a 20-4 edge in shots and an 18-4 advantage in penalty corners.
Boyer and Stamp have combined to score 19 of the team's 25 goals (76%) this season.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 9 vs. intrastate rival Dartmouth College. Game time at Memorial Field is 4 p.m.