FIELD HOCKEY EDGED 4-3 IN OT BY #11 LOUISVILLE
KARA NAPOLITANO

BOX SCORE

SYRACUSE, N.Y.Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) scored two goals and Jenna Lehman (Kingston, Pa.) made 10 saves, but the University of New Hampshire field hockey team was edged 4-3 in overtime by the 11th-ranked University of Louisville Saturday afternoon at Syracuse University’s J.S. Coyne Stadium.

Both UNH and Louisville are now 4-3 on the season.

Trailing 3-2 in the waning seconds of regulation, New Hampshire was awarded a penalty corner – its third of the half and the game. The Wildcats executed it perfectly, as Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.) swung a pass to Rausch and she scored with no time remaining on the clock to force overtime.

The Cardinals gained possession early in the extra session and Tuli Lim, in a one-on-one situation with Lehman, scored off a pass from Nikki Auker to end the game at 70:28.

The two goals and four points marked career highs for Rasuch and it was Lehman’s second double-digit save effort of the season. UNH’s Kara Napolitano (Waltham, Mass.) was credited with a defensive save, her first of the year. UL’s Heather Bustanoby finished with three saves, including two in the second half.

UNH took a 1-0 lead at 30:33 when Rausch converted a pass from Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) into a goal in a 2-on-1 breakaway.

Louisville tied the score with 1:37 remaining in the first half on a Nicole Youman goal off the Cardinals’ fourth corner of the half.

UL took a 2-1 lead just 1:08 into the second half on an unassisted goal by Hayley Turner off a rebound.

The Wildcats pulled even, 2-2, when Meg Shea (Melrose, Mass.) scored off a rebound at 64:23. Louisville regained the lead, 3-2, just 1:23 later on Youman’s second goal of the game.

New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 21 (1 p.m.) at No. 3 Syracuse University. The Wildcats’ next home game is Oct. 3 (4 p.m.) when they open America East conference play against Boston University.
 

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