ORONO, Maine -- Nicole Emery scored with 12 seconds remaining in the first half to lead the University of Maine field hockey team to Friday afternoon’s 1-0 America East victory against the University of New Hampshire at Alumni Field.
UNH fell to 1-12 overall and 0-3 in America East with the loss while Maine improved to 6-8, 2-1.
The Black Bears capitalized on their fifth penalty corner of the first half – which proved to be their last of the game – to score the game’s only goal. Emery, with the assistance of Kristen Healy, scored off a scramble in front of the cage at 34:48.
UNH trailed by that one-goal margin at halftime with the shots even at 5-5, including two Wildcats’ shots that went off the post.
The ‘Cats, behind the strong play of Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.) and Megan Shea (Melrose, Mass.), produced pressure – and penalty corners – in the closing minutes but could not score the equalizer.
UNH goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) was not required to make a number of saves – three overall – but the few she did make were big stops to keep the score close.
Maine goalie Rebecca Giroux was credited with two saves.
The Wildcats finished the game with the advantage in both shots (8-7) and penalty corners (8-5, including 5-0 in the second half).
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 15 at home vs. 14th-ranked Providence College. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.