New Hampshire field hockey edged by Providence, 3-2
Caitlin Gillen

UNH is now 1-6 overall while Providence is 4-6.

The Friars utilized their two corners to build a 2-0 lead in the first half. Amy Phillips' initial shot from the top of the circle was stopped by UNH goalkeeper Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) but Lauren Sickel was in front to lift the rebound into the cage at 19:56.

On the next PC corner, Phillips' shot from the top of the circle went into the cage. Melissa McGow and Kati Lary were credited with assists on the tally, which came at 32:01.

UNH trimmed the deficit to 2-1 on its ninth corner of the half, which came as time expired. The initial shot from the top of the circle by Brittany Schneider (Middletown, Md.) was blocked by PC goalie Meredith Jones but Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.) was in front to shoot the rebound into the cage.

Providence College reestablished a two-goal lead, 3-1, at 40:53 on a low shot by Melissa Kroslak. UNH responded less than four minutes later, however, to once again pull within a goal, 3-2, at 44:06. A centering pass from the left corner was deflected by a PC defender in front of the cage, but the ball trickled to Caitlin Gillen (New Preston, Conn.) at the far post and she shot the ball into an open cage.

Play continued to flow up-and-down the field following a PC timeout at 45:20. The Wildcats pushed the ball into the offensive zone in the final 30 seconds, but could did not record a shot or force a penalty corner.

Buckley finished with five saves defending the UNH cage while PC's Jones was credited with seven saves.

New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 26 (2 p.m.) for its America East conference opener at Northeastern University. The next Wildcat home game is Oct. 1 vs. UConn. Game time at Memorial Field is 7 p.m.

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