WALTHAM, Mass. -- Second-half goals by Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.) and Liz Edwards (Essex Fells, N.J.) lifted the University of New Hampshire field hockey team within one goal of 11th-ranked Boston College, but the Eagles fended off the Wildcats' late rally to record Thursday night's 3-2 non-conference victory at Bentley College.
With the Wildcats trailing 3-0 in the second half, Colton netted her fourth goal of the season - third in the past two games - with 19:35 remaining to trim the deficit to 3-1. Edwards, with the assistance of Caitlin Gillen (New Preston, Conn.), scored her first collegiate goal to pull the 'Cats within 3-2 with 2:01 to play.
BC controlled play the rest of the way, however, to secure the victory.
UNH goalkeeper Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.) played a strong game and was credited with five saves. Brittany Schneider (Middletown, Md.) in the defensive zone and MacKenzie Stuart (Washington Depot, Conn.) in midfield also had impressive performances for the 'Cats.
BC goalie Jillian Savoy did not make a save in the victory.
The Eagles took a 1-0 lead at 4:36 on a goal by Sabrina Lazzari and Kerri Doherty scored at 30:17 to give the home team a 2-0 lead into halftime. Lazzari struck again at 46:03 to extend the advantage to 3-0.
UNH concludes the regular season with Senior Day on Oct. 30 vs. Boston University. Game time at Memorial Field is 2 p.m.