WORCESTER, Mass. – Kyle Lyons (White River Junction, Vt.) scored a career-high two goals and Kara Connolly (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.) matched her personal best of two assists to lead the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 5-1 non-conference victory against the College of the Holy Cross at Hart Turf Field.
UNH, which recorded significant advantages in both shots (22-4) and penalty corners (17-2), won its second consecutive game to improve to 6-2. Holy Cross is still winless in five games this season.
"This was a good win for us because overall we played very well," 20th-year UNH head coach Robin Balducci stated. "We generated a lot of opportunities early and the flood gates just opened in the second half. We did an excellent job of controlling possession and limiting their chances in the circle."
Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.), Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.) and Melyssa Woods (Glens Falls, N.Y.) scored UNH's other goals. Rausch was also credited with an assist to finish with three points. Starting goalkeeper Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) played the initial 62 minutes, 57 seconds and was not credited with a save. Renee Bernier (Wolfeboro, N.H.) went the rest of the way and did not face a shot on goal.
For the Crusaders, Kelly Sotsky made 13 saves and Alanna Sikorski was credited with a defensive save.
UNH scored the only goal of the first half to take a 1-0 lead at 10:50. Rausch's tally was set up by Connolly.
The Wildcats struck 62 seconds apart to quickly build a 3-0 advantage. Lyons converted on a penalty stroke at 40:46 to give the 'Cats a two-goal lead and then New Hampshire capitalized on a corner at 41:48. Rausch initiated the sequence and Lyons' initial shot was stopped by Sotsky, but Pohlmeyer scored off the rebound.
Carly Grimaudo, with the assistance of Lindsay MacPhail on a penalty corner, lifted the home team within 3-1 at 48:41.
New Hampshire again capitalized on a corner to reestablish a three-goal lead, 4-1, at 58:58. Rausch once again pushed the ball into play to battery-mate Connolly for the stop at the top of the circle, and then the shot off Lyons' stick went into the cage.
UNH scored off another rebound on a corner at 62:57 to close the scoring. Rausch, who started the sequence, was denied by Sotsky but Woods was not denied off the rebound for her first goal of the season.
New Hampshire continues its stretch of five consecutive road games Sept. 24 at the University of Michigan. The Wildcats' next home game is Oct. 6 (7 p.m.) against intrastate rival Dartmouth College.