New Hampshire field hockey knocks off Providence, 1-0

Shute records second career shutout

Margaux Shute

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Katie White (Glens Falls, N.Y.) scored a goal in the 30th minute and Margaux Shute (Norridgwock, Maine) recorded four saves for her second career shutout to propel the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 1-0 non-conference victory at Providence College.

UNH improved to 6-10 overall while PC fell to 5-11.

White scored her team-leading ninth goal of the season to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 29:43. Kara Napolitano (Waltham, Mass.) recorded her first collegiate point with an assist on her centering pass. White, meanwhile, moved into sole possession of No. 3 on UNH's all-time goals list (41) and into a tie for fourth in career points with 86.

"That was a great play by Kara to keep the ball alive and make the hit to Katie, who finished it off," UNH head coach Robin Balducci said.

"We scored and we were able to sustain pressure immediately after that, and that was important," she added. "To get the shutout was also important. Margaux was outstanding today. She just shut down some breakaways."

Shute recorded two saves in each half to earn the shutout. PC goalkeeper Stephanie Scavelli also recorded four saves.

UNH had a 7-3 shot advantage, as well as a 5-2 edge in penalty corners, in the scoreless second half. The 'Cats ended with a 12-9 shot advantage and the corners were even at 8-8.

New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 21 (3 p.m.) at the University of Vermont. The next Wildcat home game is Oct. 23 vs. Boston College. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.

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