– Junior goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) recorded 15 saves, the second-highest total in her career, but the University of New Hampshire field hockey team was edged by University of the Pacific, 1-0, Saturday afternoon at Maxwell Field.

UNH (0-2) controlled play with strong possession in the first half but did not execute inside the 25, which resulted in a lack of dangerous scoring opportunities for the Wildcats. The ‘Cats did strike the ball into the cage off a penalty corner in the first half, but the ball was ruled too high by the officials and no goal was awarded.

The teams played to a scoreless tie through the first half and Shute played well early in the second half to keep Pacific (3-1) out of the scoring column.

The Tigers continued to build momentum, however, and Vianney Campos, the reigning NorPac Conference co-Offensive Player of the Week with six goals in three previous games, scored the game’s only goal off an assist from Kate McDonough at 61:13.

In addition to the yeoman’s effort by Shute in goal, junior Shaunna Sellenger (Londonderry, N.H.) and sophomore Kara Napolitano (Waltham, Mass.) were cited by head coach Robin Balducci for their strong overall play.

UNH returns to action Sept. 3 at the University of California. The next Wildcat home game is Sept. 15 vs. Harvard University. Game time at Memorial Field is 7 p.m.
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