DURHAM, N.H. -- Despite a personal-best 19-save effort from sophomore goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine), the University of New Hampshire field hockey team was defeated 3-1 by Indiana University in Saturday afternoon's season opener for both teams at Memorial Field.
Indiana (1-0) controlled play early and took a 1-0 lead at 4:51 when Kayla Bashore scored in front on a lifted shot off a rebound. The scoring sequence began on a penalty corner started by Frederique Meeuwsen to Meredith Brown. Morgan Miller's initial shot from the top of the circle was stopped by Shute, but Bashore converted her chance.
The Hoosiers extended their advantage to 2-0 at 16:32. Lelsey Wiler's pass from the left wing was gathered inside the circle by Nikki Orciuch, who beat a defender and fired a low shot into the cage from seven yards.
UNH (0-1) pulled within 2-1 when the Wildcats were awarded a penalty stroke at 17:48. MacKenzie Stuart (Washington Depot, Conn.) made a pass through the midfield that sent Katie White (Glens Falls, N.Y.) behind the defense and she attacked the goal to generate the penalty stroke. Michelle Tavener (Winchester, Mass.) lifted a shot high inside the right post for a goal in her collegiate debut.
Shute, meanwhile, kept the score close with outstanding play in her first career start. She finished with nine first-half saves and that more than doubled her previous career-high for a game, which was four. Anita Anastasi (Watertown, Mass.) was credited with a defensive save when she turned aside Lydia Schrott's shot from the goalmouth with 2:30 remaining in the first half.
Indiana continued to carry play in the second half and Shute's strong play continued to keep the Wildcats' deficit at 2-1.
Schrott, who also hit the left post four minutes into the second half, would not be denied a third time as she scored off a rebound to give IU a 3-1 lead at 57:05.
UNH had a chance to score on an untimed penalty corner at game's end, but Stuart's shot went wide of the cage.
Indiana goalkeeper Haley Exner was credited with one save, which came on a penalty corner with 8:15 to play on a left leg-pad save that denied Kaitlyn Skelley (Wolfeboro, N.H.).
New Hampshire returns to action Aug. 28 against Sacred Heart University. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.