WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.) scored a career-high two goals to propel the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 3-0 victory against Radford University at American University’s William I Jacobs Recreational Complex.

UNH improved to 1-1 on the season while Radford fell to 0-2.

After generating dangerous scoring opportunities early in the game, the Wildcats broke through to take a 1-0 lead on Craigue’s first goal of the game at 24:38. Kendall Deck (Bridgewater, N.J.) recorded her first collegiate point with an assist.

UNH struck again with 49 seconds remaining in the first half to take a two-goal lead – as well as a 13-4 shot advantage and a 6-0 edge in penalty corners – into halftime. Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.), with the assistance of Meg Shea (Melrose, Mass.), tallied the goal for her first collegiate points.

Craigue, whose four points also marked a personal best, scored her second of the game at 42:05 to give the ‘Cats a 3-0 lead early in the second half. Kate Collins Smyth (Parteen, County Claire, Ireland) became the third UNH freshman to register her first career point with an assist.

New Hampshire freshmen goalkeepers Jenna Lehman (Kingston, Pa.) and Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) combined to shut out the Highlanders with one save apiece. Nagengast, who played the final 27:12 of the game, made a diving save along the goal line in the closing minute to preserve the shutout. Kiera Williams (Dover, N.H.) was credited with a defensive save for the ‘Cats.

Radford starting goalie Megan Stucke surrendered all three goals and was credited with six saves in 54:46. Jennifer Wisniewski made one save in her relief stint.

UNH finished with a 20-6 shot advantage and a 10-0 edge in corners.

“I was very, very pleased with the performance,” 18th-year UNH head coach Robin Balducci stated. “We had a lot of pressure on them in the first half. We were knocking on the door several times and didn’t put it away, but then the flood gates opened.

“It was an all-around outstanding game to secure the shutout,” Balducci added. “The play was of quality with regards to the possession game and ability to move the ball. And the leadership on the field was outstanding, particularly with Keira and Cally (Cooke) in the backfield.”
New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 5 for its home opener against Brown University. Game time at Memorial Field is 2 p.m.
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