UNH field hockey defeated by No. 19 Harvard, 5-0

DURHAM, N.H. - Mina Pell came off the bench to score two goals and assist on another to lead the 19th-ranked Harvard University field hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 5-0 victory against the University of New Hampshire at Memorial Field.

UNH had its three-game winning streak snapped and is now 11-5. Harvard has won three straight games and is 9-3.

The Crimson took a 1-0 lead when Tiffany Egnaczyk scored at 16:57 on a penalty corner. From the top of the circle, Elizabeth Andrews passed the ball down low to the left for Pell, whose crossing pass to the right side was redirected into the open cage by Egnaczyk.

Harvard quickly extended the advantage to 2-0 on Pell's first tally of the game 1:39 later. On a corner, Andrews slipped the ball to the middle for Kate McDavitt, who in turn advanced the ball to the left corner where Pell one-timed a shot into the cage.

UNH called time out, but the visitors continued to carry play and took a 3-0 lead on a Pell goal at 24:00.

Harvard took that three-goal lead - and a 12-3 shot advantage - into halftime. Shelley Maasdorp scored on a backhand shot off a corner 2:42 into the second half. Philomena Gambale capped the scoring on an unassisted tally at 47:59.

UNH's best opportunities to score came in the final six minutes of the game. On a penalty corner, a low, hard shot by Marcie Boyer (Dillsburg, Pa.) from the top of the circle was stopped by HU goalkeeper Katie Zacarian (six saves). With 2:30 remaining, Zacarian preserved the shutout by charging from the goal line and diving to stop a breakaway opportunity by Kristen Weldon (Avon, Conn.).

UNH starting goalie Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) made six saves and surrendered four goals before exiting the game with 26:08 to play. Julie Munson (Dover, N.H.) matched her season high of four saves and allowed one goal.

This was Senior Day for UNH as three Wildcats - Boyer and Weldon, as well as Lizzy Duffy (Oak Park, Ill.) - played their final regular season home game.

New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 26 (1 p.m.) at Northeastern University.

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