Brooke Bercari

– Pam Spuehler scored two goals to propel the 14th-ranked Boston University field hockey team to Friday afternoon’s 4-1 America East victory against the University of New Hampshire at Jack Barry Field.

UNH fell to 6-5 overall with its second consecutive loss, both to a nationally-ranked team. BU improved to 9-2 with its sixth straight victory. This game marked the America East conference opener for both teams.

The Terriers took a 1-0 lead at 6:28 when Spuehler scored at the left post off a rebound from a penalty corner.

New Hampshire tied the score, 1-1, at 12:43 on the third goal of the season by Shauna Sellenger (Londonderry, N.H.). Off a restart, Brooke Bercari (Bordentown, N.J.) passed the ball from the right side to the middle, where Sellenger stopped, turned and fired a shot into the cage.

BU scored goals 2:38 apart to quickly build a 3-1 lead. Spuehler struck again off a rebound on a corner at 17:24, then Hadley Adams converted a turnover into an unassisted goal at 20:02.

The home team led by that 3-1 margin at halftime, then extended the advantage to three goals on Hayley Hamada’s tally at 58:21.

UNH goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) recorded eight saves, including five in the first half. BU counterpart Kim Kastuk was not credited with a save in the shutout victory.

The Terriers generated a 15-3 shot advantage as well as a 5-3 edge in corners.

New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 30 (2 p.m.) at Northeastern University. The Wildcats’ next home game is Oct. 6 (5 p.m.) against the University of Maine.
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