DURHAM, N.H. - Heidi Anderson (Hampton Falls, N.H.) and Jen Stamp (Tyngsboro, Mass.) scored goals five minutes apart to propel the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Friday afternoon's 3-1 America East victory against 18th-ranked Boston University at Memorial Field.
UNH won its third consecutive game - and has won seven of its last eight - to improve to 11-4 overall and 3-0 in the America East conference. BU is now 8-6, 1-1.
Following a scoreless first half, Anderson gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 42:17. Lizzy Duffy (Oak Park, Ill.) drove into the circle from the right wing and made a centering pass to Anderson, who redirected the ball into the open left side.
Stamp extended UNH's advantage to 2-0 at 47:17. She initiated the scoring sequence by executing the push on a penalty corner, then finished by stopping the pass from Marcie Boyer (Dillsburg, Pa.) and firing a low shot into the cage.
Boyer gave the Wildcats a 3-0 lead with an unassisted goal off a penalty corner at 62:29. Stamp pushed the ball to the top of the circle, where Kristen Weldon (Avon, Conn.) stopped it for Boyer. Instead of taking the immediate shot, she dribbled in and to the left to score the goal.
BU pulled within 3-1 when Celeste Hubbard scored on a penalty corner with 5:34 remaining in the game. Lindsey Domers pushed the ball to the top of the circle, where Meredith Long stopped the ball for Hubbard's low shot.
UNH goalkeeper Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) made 10 saves while BU counterpart Susan Harrington stopped six shots, including a Jenn Harrison penalty stroke at 20:01.
The Terriers controlled play in the first half and kept pressure on Buckley as Hubbard registered five shots and Dalinda Banuelos had four shots. UNH began to wrest away control early in the second half and carried play for most of the final 35 minutes, as evident by the 13-6 second-half shot advantage.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 20 for its final home game of the season. The Senior Day game vs. Harvard University begins at 1 p.m.