DURHAM, N.H. – Sarah Shute recorded a goal and an assist to lead the Boston University field hockey team to Saturday afternoon’s 3-1 America East victory against the University of New Hampshire at Memorial Field.
UNH fell to 1-9 overall and 0-1 in America East while BU improved to 6-4, 1-0.
New Hampshire generated some pressure early in the game and created two penalty corners, but BU began to wrest momentum away and took a 1-0 lead at 8:41. Pam Spuehler carried the ball from outside the 25-line into the middle of the circle and pushed a pass towards the right post, where Shute redirected the ball into the cage.
Shute helped extend the lead to 2-0 at 21:20 when her pass from the center of the circle found Hadley Adams at the right post, and she redirected the ball in. UNH called time out at that point, but the Terriers continued to control play and pushed their advantage to 3-0 at 27:29. On a restart in the left corner, Sarah Hudak’s hit into the circle was tipped by Suus Dekker into the far corner of the cage.
UNH trailed by that three-goal margin at halftime, then began to generate some pressure in the second half. On a counterattack, Michelle Tavener’s (Winchester, Mass.) strike from outside the 25-line bounced into the circle, where Gabby Cafone (Fairfield, N.J.) hit the ball into an open cage at 47:29 for her first career goal.
The ‘Cats threatened again with a penalty corner with 15:30 remaining, but BU goalkeeper Erin Prediger stacked her leg pads to make a save on the shot from the top of the circle by Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.), UNH’s leading scorer.
UNH goalie Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) recorded double digits in saves for the second time this season with 13, while Prediger stopped three shots for BU.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 1 at home against intrastate rival Dartmouth College. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m.