FIELD HOCKEY SHUTS DOWN DAVIDSON IN 3-0 WIN

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Sam Geary
HANOVER, N.H. – In a battle of Wildcats, Shauna Sellenger (Londonderry, N.H.) recorded a goal and an assist to propel the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Tuesday afternoon’s 3-0 non-conference victory against Davidson College in a neutral-site game at Dartmouth College’s Scully-Fahey Field.

UNH, which recorded a 15-3 shot advantage as well as a 12-3 edge in penalty corners, leveled its record at 8-8 with the victory while Davidson fell to 8-7.

UNH goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) was credited with one save to record her fourth shutout of the season. Davidson goalie Christa Goeke made 10 saves, including seven in the second half.

Sellenger, who now leads the team in both assists (seven) and points (15) and is tied for the team lead with four goals, opened the game scoring at 12:44 on a shot from the middle of the circle. Megan Shea (Melrose, Mass.), with the entry pass from the top-left of the circle, set up the tally.

New Hampshire extended its lead to 2-0 off pressure on a penalty corner at 32:20. Cally Cooke (Newburyport, Mass.) initiated the sequence with the push to Sellenger at the top of the circle. The ball was worked down low, where it deflected off the stick of Brooke Bercari (Bordentown, N.J.) to Kara Napolitano (Waltham, Mass.), who scored near the left post.

At the half, UNH held a 2-0 lead as well as a 6-0 edge in both shots and corners as the defensive unit of Cooke, Napolitano, Sam Geary (Norwood, Mass.) and Kiera Williams (Dover, N.H.) effectively kept Davidson out of the circle. Shute also thwarted Misty Stallings and Kayli Maxwell on quick transition counterattacks by charging to the top of the circle and poke-checking the ball away.

The Blue and White Wildcats of UNH continued to control play early in the second half and they generated three consecutive penalty corners. Sellenger was denied from the top of the circle on the initial corner, then Geary’s shot from the top-left side was turned away by Goeke’s right leg pad and finally Napolitano was denied at the right doorstep.

Davidson recorded its first corner of the game with 8:30 elapsed in the second half, and Britti Himelfarb tallied the first shot as her low blast from the top-right of the circle was turned aside by Shute’s left leg pad. DC was awarded a second corner, and Jen Willis’ shot from the left side bounded wide of the near post.

UNH closed the scoring at 67:12 on another penalty corner. Cooke once again made the push and Sellenger also made the stop. She then rolled the ball to the top left, where Geary swept a low shot inside the right post.

New Hampshire returns to action at home Oct. 20 (1 p.m.) against America East newcomer Fairfield University. The Wildcats then have Senior Day on Oct. 21 (3 p.m.) against 12th-ranked Boston College.

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