EASTON, Pa. – Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.) and Meg Shea (Melrose, Mass.) scored first-half goals to give the University of New Hampshire field hockey team a 2-1 halftime lead, but Lafayette College scored the lone second-half goal and prevailed 3-2 in overtime Friday night at Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex.
UNH fell to 4-5 overall and Lafayette improved to 6-3.
Craigue scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 21:18. Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) was credited with her third assist on the play.
The Leopards tied the score at 25:24 on an unassisted tally by Kelly Hilovsky, but the ‘Cats regained the lead, 2-1, when Shea scored at 28:03 off a rebound from the initial shot by Kate Collins Smyth (Parteen, County Claire, Ireland). It was Shea’s fifth tally of the year.
Despite Lafayette’s 11-4 shot advantage and 2-1 edge in penalty corners in the opening 35 minutes, UNH held that one-goal lead at the half.
Caitlin Titus scored an unassisted goal off a penalty corner at 40:18 to tie the game at 2.
At the end of regulation, the Leopards had a 17-6 shot advantage and a 5-1 edge in corners.
Maggie Condon, with the assistance of Jaclyn DiSanti, scored just 3:40 into the extra session to lift the home team to victory.
UNH goalkeeper Jenna Lehman (Kingston, Pa.) turned in another strong performance defending the Wildcats’ cage and finished with eight saves, including seven in the first half.
Lafayette’s Kelsey Andersen was credited with three saves. Neither goalie made a stop in the overtime session.
New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 28 (1 p.m.) at 17th-ranked Rutgers University. The Wildcats’ next home game is Oct. 3 (4 p.m.) when they open America East conference play against Boston University.