WORCESTER, Mass. – Sara O’Coin recorded a goal and an assist to lead the College of the Holy Cross field hockey team to Thursday night’s 2-0 non-conference victory against the University of New Hampshire at Hart Center Astroturf Field.
UNH is now 1-7 on the season and Holy Cross is 5-3.
O’Coin, off a redirection from Lauren Coletta, gave the Crusaders an early 1-0 lead with a goal at 6:28 and Tara Welch increased the advantage to 2-0 before halftime with a tally at 32:11.
UNH trailed by that two-goal margin at halftime despite generating a 6-2 edge in penalty corners, and the Wildcats could not cut into the deficit in the second half despite their 6-5 shot advantage.
“We possessed the ball a lot, especially in the second half,” 16th-year head coach Robin Balducci said. “We dominated the play but we couldn’t generate shots for various reasons. On paper just doesn’t reflect how the game was played.”
UNH finished with a 13-12 edge in shots and a 7-4 margin in corners.
UNH goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) made six saves. HC counterpart Erin Singleton stopped four shots.
New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 24 at Indiana University. The next Wildcats’ home game is their America East conference opener Sept. 30 vs. Boston University. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.