– Freshman forward Megan Shea (Melrose, Mass.) scored three goals – senior forward Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.) assisted on all three – to propel the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Wednesday afternoon’s 4-1 non-conference victory against the University of Massachusetts at Garber Field.
    UNH improved to 2-15 with the victory while UMass fell to 6-13.
    The three goals and six points were both career highs for Shea, who entered the game with one goal and a total of three points on the season. Colton’s three assists also marked a personal-best output. Junior forward Jen Mooney (Manchester, N.H.) scored her first collegiate goal to account for the Wildcats’ other tally.
UNH goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) reached double digits in saves for the fifth time this season with 10. UMass counterpart Sarah Williams was also credited with 10 saves.
    Shea scored her first goal of the game at 6:21 to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. Colton set up the tally by intercepting a pass deep in the zone and firing a centering pass to Shea, who lifted a shot into the cage.
    New Hampshire utilized pressure off a penalty corner to take a 2-0 lead at 18:15. The initial shot by Sam Geary (Norwood, Mass.) deep on the left side was stopped by Willliams, but the rebound was corralled by Geary, who then passed the ball across to Mooney for the score.
    UMass closed within 2-1 at 25:13 on a transition goal by Lauren Gillespie, but the ‘Cats reestablished a two-goal advantage before halftime when Colton’s shot was redirected in front of the cage by Shea at 32:04.
    The Wildcats carried momentum into the second half and extended the lead to 4-1 at 37:41. A long hit by Colton went through a cluster of players to Shea, who one-timed the ball into the cage.
    “(Shea) displayed a lot of her skill and finishing ability,” UNH head coach Robin Balducci said. “She played with a lot of confidence. Emily Colton, Sam Geary and Brooke (Bercari) also had a great game out there today.”
    New Hampshire concludes the regular season Oct. 28 (12 p.m.) at UMBC.
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