CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Kerri Kulesza scored 1:56 into the game and it proved to be the only goal of the match as the 15th-ranked Boston College field hockey team defeated the University of New Hampshire, 1-0, Wednesday night at Alumni Stadium.
UNH is now 11-7 overall while BC improved to 14-4 with its ninth shutout victory of the season.
The Wildcats' best scoring chance came in the closing seconds of the game, when BC goalkeeper Lauren Hill was red carded for striking a UNH player with her stick. The 'Cats had a dangerous shot by Jenn Harrison (Hanover, Mass.) turned aside but was awarded a penalty corner as time expired. New Hampshire was given a second penalty corner but did not score the game-tying goal.
"It was evident that we got off to a slow start, but I was pleased with the way that we got back into it and settled in," UNH head coach Robin Balducci said. "Now we just have to look to finish."
Wildcat goalkeeper Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) finished with five saves. Hill made three saves and Jillian Savoy was credited with one save in her nine second relief appearance.
UNH's failure to finish was evident by the shot totals. BC held a 13-4 overall advantage, but the edge for shots on goal was just 6-4.
New Hampshire concludes the regular season Nov. 2 (1 p.m.) at Maine. The combination of a Wildcat victory vs. the Black Bears and a Boston University victory against Northeastern (also Nov. 2, 1 p..m.) will result in UNH becoming the No. 1 seed - and host - for the America East Championships on Nov. 8-10.