FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Kyle Lyons (White River Junction, Vt.) recorded a goal and an assist to lead the University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Friday afternoon's 3-1 America East victory against Fairfield University at University Field.
UNH remains atop the America East league standings at 4-0 and is now 12-5 overall. The Wildcats will play host to the University at Albany in the Oct. 30 regular-season finale in a game that will determine the regular-season champion – and who will host the America East Championship tournament.
Fairfield is now 8-9 overall, 0-4 America East.
UNH goalkeeper Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) was credited with one save. Fairfield counterpart Maddy Sposito stopped six shots.
"This is a tough place to play, but after giving up an early goal we settled in and scored three beautiful goals off well-executed penalty corners," 20th-year UNH head coach Robin Balducci said. "Our goal was to enter the Albany game with a chance to host the league tourney and we got that one last step closer today."
The Stags took a 1-0 lead at 3:52 when Amanda Sullivan corralled a loose ball inside the circle and fired a shot from eight yards into the lower-right corner of the cage.
New Hampshire pulled even, 1-1, at 16:57 when Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), the reigning America East Rookie of the Week, scored off a rebound. Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md.), the current America East Player of the Week, initiated the scoring sequence by pushing the ball into play on a penalty corner. The initial shot by Kara Connolly (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.) was blocked but set up Bozek's tally.
UNH held an 8-2 shot advantage and 5-1 edge in penalty corners at the half, but the score was tied 1-1.
Lyons broke the tie with a penalty-corner goal at 38:04 – just 3:04 into the second half. The battery of Rausch and Connolly set up the strike by Lyons.
The Wildcats converted their second penalty corner of the second half into their third goal of the game at 49:11 when Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) redirected Lyons' shot into the goal.
UNH tallied a 14-5 shot advantage overall with a 7-3 edge in penalty corners.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 24 at home against 10th-ranked Louisville. Game time at Memorial Field is 12 p.m.