PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Whitney Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) recorded a goal and two assists and Meg Shea (Melrose, Mass.) scored twice to propel the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Friday afternoon's 6-1 non-conference victory against Brown University at Warner Roof.
UNH, which recorded a 33-8 shot advantage - including 25-4 in the first half - and an 11-6 edge in penalty corners, improved to 1-1. This was the season opener for the Bears.
The two assists marked a career high for Frates, and the four point equaled her personal best. Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) tallied a goal and an assist for the Wildcats. Kate Collins Smyth (Parteen, County Claire/Ireland) and Emily Buda (Simsbury, Conn.) also scored for the ‘Cats; it was Buda's first career goal (and points). Kara Connolly (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.) was credited with an assist and goalkeeper Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) recorded her first career win with a two-save effort.
Brown goalie Caroline Washburn was credited with a career-high 15 saves.
"We played a very solid game tactically," 19th-year UNH head coach Robin Balducci said. "I was pleased with out possession, and we had balanced scoring, so that's positive.
New Hampshire dominated play early and recorded five penalty corners and four shots on goal - as part of eight shots overall - in the opening 10 minutes of the game.
Tacy Zysk gave the Bears a 1-0 lead at 12:03, but Frates responded with an unassisted goal at 16:14 to tie the score. The Wildcats continued to control play and broke the tie on Rausch's strike - from Frates - at 28:04. Collins Smyth, set up by the battery of Connolly and Rausch, scored off a direct shot on a penalty corner at 30:26 to give UNH a 3-1 advantage heading into halftime.
Shea scored unassisted goals at 39:04 - off a rebound from the initial shot by Kyle Lyons (White River Junction, Vt.) - and 48:16 to extend the lead to 5-1. UNH struck again at 58:53 in a 2-on-1 rush in which Frates passed the ball to Buda on the left wing and she shot the ball inside the far post.
New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 6 (1 p.m.) at 20th-ranked Providence College. The Wildcats' next home game is Sept. 19 (1 p.m.) vs. Holy Cross.