DURHAM, N.H. - Katie White (Glens Falls, N.Y.) scored three goals and Caitlin Gillen (New Preston, Conn.) tallied two goals and set up another to lead the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Wednesday night's 5-2 victory against the University of Massachusetts at Memorial Field.
UNH won its third consecutive game to improve to 7-8 overall while UMass is now 3-11.
White, who tied her career high with the three tallies and has seven goals in the past three games, scored the first three goals of the game to give the Wildcats a 3-0 lead. Jen Stamp (Tyngsboro, Mass.) set up the first goal by driving along the end line on the right side and centering the ball to White, who redirected the ball into the open cage at 9:32. The second goal, scored at 13:20, was set up exactly the same, albeit Gillen was the one who made the move and the pass. White again was alone in front of the net and redirected a pass from MacKenzie Stuart (Washington Depot, Conn.) into the open cage for her team-leading 13th goal of the season and a 3-0 Wildcat advantage at 19:10.
UMass closed within 3-1 at 26:22 when Robin Dziedzic's shot off a penalty corner from the middle of the circle went through traffic and into the cage.
Gillen, the reigning Rookie of the Week in America East, re-established a three-goal lead, 4-1, when she scored on a rebound from close range at 28:47.
The 'Cats took that lead into halftime and Gillen, who finished with a career-high five points, redirected a centering pass from Sam Carr (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) into the open cage at 40:48 to give UNH a 5-1 advantage.
The Minutewomen trimmed the deficit to 5-2 at 49:37 when Adrianne Monaco pushed the ball into the cage from a scrum on the left side.
UNH starting goalkeeper Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) made six saves in 51:26 to earn the victory. Julie Munson (Dover, N.H.) played the final 18:34 of the game and stopped all three shots on goal. UMass goalie Christine Tocco was credited with four saves.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 18 (2 p.m.) at the University of Vermont. The next Wildcat home game is Oct. 24 vs. Maine. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m.